Again on Fate Accelerated

This prominent Fate author has one suggestion for how to handle the abuse of Approaches, which I discussed here on the blog. The idea is that the GM should always allow for the use of an Approach inappropriate for a given action, but make clear that it could have unwanted consequences. It is sensible, and it is worth considering, but (a) never is this mechanic mentioned in RAW, (b) it does nothing for the more general problem of the over reliance on your best Approach, and (c), more rule-internally, it seems to change all successes with abusive Approaches into successes “at a cost”, which in RAW are deliberately and crucially kept separated. In general, I think, this is a problem in which the hostility of games like Fate towards GM adjudication is clearer than ever.

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