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    Default [Fate Core] Call of Cthulhu Hack

    Okay, so I recently found my Chaosium copy of Masks of Nyarlathotep and Fate Core is all new and shiny, so I decided to give it a try.

    Aspects:
    High Concept: Yeah, I like the DFRPG term better
    Trouble: As normal.
    Pillar of Sanity: I liked that idea quite a bit. "Why aren't you insane (yet)" seems like a question that needs a place on the character sheet
    Adventure: Your "pilot introduction scene," where you get to show off what makes your character interesting.
    Guest Star: Where you describe what you did in someone else's Adventure scene.

    Skill List: Academics (renamed from Lore), Athletics, Burglary, Contacts, Crafts, Deceive, Drive, Empathy, Fight, Investigate, Mythos (New skill), Notice, Physique, Provoke, Rapport, Resources, Shoot, Stealth, Will.
    Design Notes: I don't want to bloat the skill list unnecessarily. PCs will only have 10 skills [assuming a pyramid with a cap of Great (+4)] and 3 free stunts at character creation, so this way they'll have just about half of the skills trained, which seems right to me.

    New Skill: Mythos
    Overcome: Understanding Mythos books, inscriptions etc.
    Create Advantage: Recognize monsters, spells, rituals, significant constellations etc.
    Your Mythos skill is also the Weapon Rating of all mental attacks from Mythos creatures and knowledge (you'll typically defend with Will against this, incidentally). Damn your luck.
    No character can start with the Mythos skill, unless the GM (AM for Asylum Master?) rules otherwise
    Attack: Only with the Ritualist stunt and an appropriate spell.
    Defend: No.
    Design Notes: Basically, understanding stuff is free (though it will take some milestones for characters to get a significant Mythos skill), but using spells costs a Stunt (making the cost for spellcasting 1 skill + 1 refresh; no need for a character aspect, the campaign aspects undoubtedly have that covered). As people learn more about the Mythos, however (as they increase their skill), they enter the rapid down-spiral of growing more insane. Yay!

    Spells:
    As Void Calling (from the Magic systems extra), but with additional spells.
    Important points:
    • Magic is easy to do and powerful, but hard to get right. Even a flawless casting (ha!) will have negative consequences.
    • You need a spellbook (notes, inscriptions, whatever) to use the spell. No way you can memorize these things; you're only human.
    • As you succeed with style (well... if) on castings, it becomes slightly easier to decipher the rituals. Remember, the difficulties listed for the spells is the minimum rating. You might get some garbled mess written by some insane cultist, where a Fair (+2) spell is so poorly copied that you need a Legendary (+8) roll to cast it properly (and +11 to succeed with style).

    As for the existing spells
    • The Dapper Gent: Probably Nyarly himself. Always glad to lend a hand, but never quite for free.
    • Wound-Eating Beetles: Yay, healing spell! I'm sure that whole "might lose your connection with the world" won't ever be relevant, right?
    • Lazarus Eyes: Hey, a resurrection spell! I'm sure it doesn't have any horrifying side-effects.
    • Lightning Worms: Finally, a blasting spell that doesn't have the potential to create more problems than it solves. Entirely unrelated, this also works as Create Zombie... though there should probably be a Control Zombie spell somewhere. Ah, I'll leave that for later.
    • Mineo Toadstool: Disease isn't a big threat in most CoC games, so I have no problem with how this is genuinely an "I win" card against disease. How it leaves a wake of pestilence in the wake of the PCs is just a bonus.
    • Freet: Call it a Fire Vampire and you're done.

    When adding in the many CoC spells (and, honestly, a lot of them don't need to be), just remember that a good casting needs to be a bit inconvenient and a poor casting can have horrific consequences.

    Thoughts?
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    And don't forget that a lack of skills needn't be a problem - in a pinch, BAB can substitute for a lot of skills! Diplomacy ("If you be friend, me no stab in face"), Hide ("If you no see, me no stab in face"), Move Silently ("If you no hear, me no stab in face"), Open Lock ("Me stab lock in face with adamantine dagger"), Heal ("Me stab you in face until you no dying anymore"), Climb ("Me stab rock face"), and so on!

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    Default Re: [Fate Core] Call of Cthulhu Hack

    Nothing? Well, that's disappointing.

    How about this for a spellbook?
    Book of Eibon
    Langugage: Latin
    Description: The book is supposed to have been written by the wizard Eibon in the land of Hyperborea. It contains, among other things, a detailed account of Eibon's exploits, including his journeys to the Vale of Pnath and the planet Shaggai, his veneration rituals of Zhothaqquah, and his magical formulae.
    Aspects: "Arcane Knowledge Best Forgotten"
    Spells: Dapper Gent [Decipher: Great (+4)], Freet [Decipher: Legendary (+8)].
    Mythos: Upon reading this tome, the reader suffers a Superb (+5) attack on their Mental stress track with a Weapon rating equal to their current Mythos score.
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    And don't forget that a lack of skills needn't be a problem - in a pinch, BAB can substitute for a lot of skills! Diplomacy ("If you be friend, me no stab in face"), Hide ("If you no see, me no stab in face"), Move Silently ("If you no hear, me no stab in face"), Open Lock ("Me stab lock in face with adamantine dagger"), Heal ("Me stab you in face until you no dying anymore"), Climb ("Me stab rock face"), and so on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Need_A_Life View Post
    Skill List: Academics (renamed from Lore), Athletics, Burglary, Contacts, Crafts, Deceive, Drive, Empathy, Fight, Investigate, Mythos (New skill), Notice, Physique, Provoke, Rapport, Resources, Shoot, Stealth, Will.
    Design Notes: I don't want to bloat the skill list unnecessarily. PCs will only have 10 skills [assuming a pyramid with a cap of Great (+4)] and 3 free stunts at character creation, so this way they'll have just about half of the skills trained, which seems right to me.
    Why only 3 free stunts? FateCore, as of now, has six refresh standard which translates as up to 5 free stunts. Or did you mean they start with a minimum of three stunts so they don't have more than 3 refresh when they begin play?

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    I believe the OP meant free stunts before you start buying stunts with refresh.
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    Mewtarthio, you have scared my brain into hiding, a trembling, broken shadow of a thing, cowering somewhere in the soothing darkness and singing nursery rhymes in the hope of obscuring the Lovecraftian facts you so boldly brought into daylight.

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    Default Re: [Fate Core] Call of Cthulhu Hack

    Quote Originally Posted by sandchigger View Post
    Why only 3 free stunts? FateCore, as of now, has six refresh standard which translates as up to 5 free stunts. Or did you mean they start with a minimum of three stunts so they don't have more than 3 refresh when they begin play?
    The second one.
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    And don't forget that a lack of skills needn't be a problem - in a pinch, BAB can substitute for a lot of skills! Diplomacy ("If you be friend, me no stab in face"), Hide ("If you no see, me no stab in face"), Move Silently ("If you no hear, me no stab in face"), Open Lock ("Me stab lock in face with adamantine dagger"), Heal ("Me stab you in face until you no dying anymore"), Climb ("Me stab rock face"), and so on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Need_A_Life View Post
    The second one.
    Ah, okay. I see now that that's the wording they use in the release version of the game. I love the fact that your mythos skill is used against you when you read the blasphemous tomes. The double sided nature of the skill is an awesome innovation.

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