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Remember those books where the teenage wizards struggle against the Dark Lord of Evil? That movie where the dwarves fight to recapture their mountain home from a dragon? That animated TV show about mystical knights and their army of clones righting wrongs across the galaxy?

Aren’t those awesome?

Here’s your chance to put yourself in the heroes’ shoes in stories like those.

Fate Accelerated Edition is a tabletop roleplaying game, where you and your friends gather around and tell stories full of danger, excitement, and adventure. You might have played games similar to this before—Dungeons & Dragons is a very popular one—but don’t worry if you haven’t; this booklet will guide you through it.

Here’s what you’ll need to play:

  • Three to five people. One of you will be the gamemaster, the others players. We’ll talk about what those mean later.
  • Fate Dice™, at least four, preferably four per person. These are a special kind of six-sided dice that are marked on two sides with a plus symbol [+], two sides with a minus symbol [-], and two sides are blank [ ]. You can get these dice from many hobby and game stores, often under their original name—Fudge dice. We call them Fate Dice in this book, but you can call them whatever you like. Evil Hat will offer Fate Dice for sale at later in 2013.

If you don't want to use Fudge dice, you don't have to–any set of regular six-sided dice will work. If you're using regular dice, you read 5 or 6 as [+], 1 or 2 as [-], and 3 or 4 as [ ].

The Deck of Fate is an alternative to Fate Dice. It’s a deck of cards that mimics the probability of Fate Dice, and it’s designed to be used in the same way Fate Dice are. The Deck of Fate will be available from Evil Hat in 2013 or 2014.

  • Character sheets, one for each player. You can download these from
  • Index cards or sticky notes or similar slips of paper.
  • Tokens for fate points. These can be poker chips, beads, pennies, or anything similar. Get a handful—about 30 or 40.

Next, let’s talk about how to use Fate Accelerated to tell stories together.

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