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Characters live at the core of Fate! Fate Core is the latest edition of Evil Hat Productions' popular Fate roleplaying game system.
Characters live at the core of Fate! Fate Core is the latest edition of Evil Hat Productions' popular Fate roleplaying game system.
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Fate Core: Lookin' Golden From Here

Posted by Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions (Creator)

Hey there, Fate Corps! 

Some fun news today, and a bit of an update on everything. Update first! It totally called dibs.

How Things Are Going

One of the great things this Kickstarter's wild success brought us was the ability to bulk up as a company. We've been able to bring together a core leadership pool for Evil Hat that has helped us do more things, all at the same time, instead of our previous incarnation as a one-or-two-things-maybe wee indie. You've already seen some of that with how our first year went: we were able to bring out Fate Core, Fate Accelerated, Fate System Toolkit, Fate Worlds 1 & 2, Strange Tales of the Century, a few fiction books, and more — not to mention partnering up with Green Ronin to print the Fate Freeport Companion. 

That pace has relaxed a bit, but that doesn't mean we're not still getting a lot done, all at the same time. We're running the Zeppelin Attack! card game kickstarter right now, which would normally be one of those all-consuming things that takes up all of Fred's attention and a big chunk of company resources to boot. But thanks to you and your support of this Kickstarter, we've been easily able to keep plenty of other stuff goin' too. 

Much of our current roster is working on what Fred likes to call the "Fate Core Phase Three" stuff — things y'all will be getting in digital form (assuming you pledged at $10 & up) once they're ready for publication. Here's where each of the Phase Three items are at.

Do: Fate of the Flying Temple: The system design is in playtesting right now (including in a classroom or two), running through til April 15th. Once we get there we'll be able to chart the rest of its course; could be we don't need much extra work, could be we need a fair amount, depending on the playtest feedback.

Shadow of the Century: Development continues! Some setting and system work have been done, and the team is hard at work iterating through the ideas to make sure they work together to build a compelling, playable setting of 1980's style action adventure.

Young Centurions: The final setting & system polish is being done on the draft, with our deep-system-nerds working on reviewing the design over the next few weeks. We likely have some playtesting in our near future too.

Dresden Files Accelerated: As promised, we kicked off development on this at the beginning of this year. We're two design meetings into the process, with story development pending Jim's answers to a few key questions, and a design doc roughed out and getting edited as we speak. This one's going to be a long road (as all Dresden Files projects are), but we've set a great pace and will be keeping it going.

Fate Core & Supplements Nominated for Golden Geeks

2013 was a great year for Fate, with the launch of the Fate Core product line thanks to your support. And the fine folks over at RPGGeek have noticed! Fate Core and its supplements have picked up six nominations for this year's Golden Geek awards. If you're a member of the Geek and have the time to place some votes, we'd be thrilled to get your support in our run for the win. 

Voting (for folks w/ registered accounts on the site) can be done here:

Thanks again for making an amazing 2013 happen for us at Evil Hat. It's been a real sea-change for us and simply wouldn't have happened without this Kickstarter stepping on the gas. We hope you'll join us again over on the Zeppelin Attack! kickstarter, and regardless we can't wait to share our "phase three" efforts with you as this year continues... not to mention other projects like the Atomic Robo RPGWar of Ashes RPG, and Fate Adventures & Worlds Patreon campaign

Wherever we happen to see you in 2014, we're sure you'll be a part of another great year for the Hat. Thanks!

C.K. Lee, Steve Ela, and 19 more people like this update.


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    1. Paraplegic Racehorse on

      These are the last of the items funded on [this] Kickstarter to be released. Fred, can we have a status update, please? Thanks.

    2. Sichr on

      It is an honour...and lot of be backer of this all. Thank you for all of this and good luck

    3. Sean Nittner

      Having had a chance to see all of these games in development, I am in awe of what the writers have done. They started with Fate Core and Fate Accelerated and are grafting them onto amazing settings. I'll be running the play-test of Do:Fate of the Flying temple at a local game day later this month. Can't wait to see what my pilgrims do with their dragon!

    4. Joe on

      Looking forward to, well, absolutely all of this. My daughter and I got to play a test session of "Fate of the Flying Temple" with Mr. Truman hisownself, and had an absolute blast. Atomic Robo is a favorite comic of the household, and as Fate is our collective favorite RPG, their combination could be nothing but magnificent. And, in addition, all the awesome stuff that Patreon will make possible? Gonna be a great year.

    5. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 13-time creator

      Great! Layout is way more tangly than we expected (and we had to switch graphic designers mid-stream due to life issues), but it's coming along.

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      Sean Mulhern on

      Since you brought it up, how's the Atomic Robo RPG coming along? :)

    7. Kaarchin on

      Wooo! Dresden Files! Woo!
      Hrm, sorry.

    8. Dr. Automaton (4" & 5" Round RPG Bases) on

      I can't wait for Shadow of the Century, either. I want to see what it's like to have the back of my favorite head tapped against some cheap barroom wall, Fate-style! :)

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      Andrew Crystall on

      Great! Waiting on "Shadow of the Century" myself...such a great setting pitch.

    10. C.K. Lee on

      Congrats on the nominations! Personally can't wait for Dresden Accelerated!