Approaches & Abilities – Svetlana

Here is a sample character made using the blended method of Approaches and Abilities that I proposed in this post here. I was already planning to post several sample characters using this method and comparing them to how I would build them in FAE or Fate Core. But Ian O’Rourke specifically asked how this would work cross-genre, mentioning cinematic spies as an example, so I whipped up one in the that feel. So, here are the questions I’d like you to consider as you judge this method in action:

  • Is it more immediately obvious what this character is good at then the standard FAE method?
  • Is it easy to understand?
  • Does it make you think about how you’d creatively combine the Approaches & Abilities to do cool stuff?
  • Does anything feel “out of place” in the genre?

Svetlana

High Concept: Svelte Super-spy
Trouble: Which cover am I using tonight?
I’m seductively gorgeous
Small blades are the best blades
I work alone!
Approaches
Careful +1
Clever
Flashy +2
Forceful
Quick
Sneaky +1
Abilities
Athletics
Combat +1
Investigation +1
Reason
Socialize +2
Technology
Stunts
Endless Blades – Svetlana loves knives! She always has an endless supply of knives on her person (don’t ask where she keeps them all!). She would rather throw a knife than shoot a gun. When she is Flashily Combative with throwing knives, she gets a +2 when Attacking.
Femme Fatale (-2) – Because Svetlana is so manipulative, whenever she is Carefully Social with someone who finds women attractive, she gets a +2 to Create Advantages, or Defend.
Finder of Secrets – Because Svetlana is trained to uncover secrets people keep hidden, whenever she Sneakily Investigates she gains a +2 to Overcome Obstacles.
Refresh: 2

FAE METHOD

Approaches
Careful +2
Clever +1
Flashy +3
Forceful
Quick +1
Sneaky +2

FATE CORE METHOD

Skills
Rapport +4
Deceive +3
Shoot +3
Investigate +2
Athletics +2
Empathy +2
Stealth +1
Burglary +1
Notice +1
Fight +1
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