Here is a list of fate materials I use in my Fate games. Some of the handouts and printed sheets I made, some I found, some I stole. If you see something I “borrowed” from you and didn’t get credit for, just reach out and I’ll make sure to do so.
These are the general game materials I use to make my game run smoother and to craft useful handouts and materials.
Fate Accelerated Edition Printout
I printed out about six copies of the FAE rulebook, folded, and center stapled them so each player would have it to reference. The Core rulebook is a little large to print out and center staple, and I have a hard copy, so I didn’t bother.
I re-created the Core and FAE character sheet in illustrator to use as a template for any other character sheets I wanted to custom make for the game.
- Adobe Illustrator
- Montserrat Font replaces Gotham font
- Vollkorn font replaces Adobe Garamond Pro font. I’m looking to replace it at some point, there are a few things I don’t like about this font after using it on several sheets. The Core sheet still uses Adobe Garamond, so there’s that.
- Fate Core Glyphs
Not everyone uses a shield for Fate – I don’t particularly care for it – but in this case there were a few things I wanted to have up for quick and easy reference. The GM shield I made takes inserts and it provided a safe place for me to fudge my rolls when needed (why fudge rolls? A debatable topic and one I’ll cover in another post).
I made my GM shield with posterboard, hockey tape (gaffer/cloth tape), and page protectors. It’s based on an instructional video for a small GM shield, but I added the addition of page protectors and made it fit 8.5″ x 11″ pages.
I have a number of cheat sheets handy, some that I put in the GM shield (outside facing the players AND inside for me) and some I handed out to players to look over.
- Exterior GM Shield Insert (facing players) / Player Handouts (.pdf)
- Interior GM Shield Insert – This insert sits front and center and I use it to keep track of all the player aspects and basic character information. The GM shield usually has three slots and I use one empty spot for any custom game materials I have and the other for more custom materials or a copy of the player cheat sheet.
- Aspect List (.docx) – collected from a number of resources. If you give your players something like this you run the risk of them being overwhelmed or thinking they have to choose from the list – which very nearly/sort of happened. I recommend pairing it down to the good ones you like and using them as examples.
- Contact Sheet (.pdf) – I let the players keep track of the NPC’s they run into and the aspects they discover on them. This print out gives them a “rolodex” of contacts they meet in the game.
- Fate point markers – don’t be fooled by special “MtG Counter” products on Amazon like I did. They’re just vase gems and can be quite cheap.
- Aspect cards – some people use sticky notes, some use index cards. I like these because they’re reusable and easy to add. Whenever someone creates an aspect that gets a free invoke, I simply write down the aspect on the card and place it on the table with a fate point sitting in the corner of it. When they invoke it, they take the fate point from the aspect card and give it to me.
- Battlemat + Wet Erase Markers – Drawing out various settings and marking zones.
- Fate Dice – Did I buy this style of Fate Dice just for the Aether Sea game just because they looked the part? Maybe. Yes
Aether Sea Materials
These are the materials I use specifically for the Aether Sea game. It requires a few extra or modified items from a standard lineup.
Aether Sea Player’s Guide
The Aether Sea game PDF comes with an included adventure, It’s only an Elven Moon. I was going to use that as the kick-off adventure, but I also wanted to give my players a printed handout of the game. Editing PDFs is fairly simple, so I broke my version out into a “Player’s Guide” and an “Adventure Module”. After printing and center stapling the player’s guide, each player got their own little game manual.
It’s Only an Elven Moon Adventure Module
As stated above, I broke out the players section from the adventure module. I printed out the adventure module section as it’s own little book for easy reference.
Unlike some Fate games, Aether Sea does not come with a character sheet (or ship sheet). So, me being me, I made one. I used the FAE Character Sheet template I had made previously, and styled it to fit the Aether Sea. I also made a ship sheet tailored specifically for the rules of Aether Sea. They each come with a handy cheat sheet.
You are free to use them in your own sessions. If you note any mistakes or want to recommend any changes, leave a comment.
Featured Image via the Fate Core book
D&D, Fate, RPGs, and general nerdery.
Follow me on Twitter