Skip to main content

Fate Condensed is a streamlined version of the classic tabletop RPG

Pocket universes.

Get to grips with a new system in just 60 pages with Fate Condensed, a shorter and more straightforward version of the tabletop roleplaying game Fate Core.

This standalone TRPG rulebook is designed to help fresh-faced players understand how to play Fate Core in a more streamlined fashion. By cutting away some of the denser aspects of the game, Fate Condensed aims to provide a more digestible version of the original - reducing the length of the book to 60 concise pages that outline the rules in an accessible manner.

Besides the smaller size and cleaner layout, Fate Condensed also introduces a number of small changes to make the RPG run smoother and faster. These alterations include reducing the number of stress boxes to hold just one point - rather than the multiple point system of the original - and changing the turn order to be decided via the story, rather than the game’s skill system. Fate Condensed also no longer includes significant milestones to decide player advancement, instead having this aspect be driven entirely by more developed major milestones.

Watch on YouTube

On top of these changes, Fate Condensed also features fourteen pages of options intended to help game masters and players make their own rules-light games. These options include rules for controlling the scale of the adventure, for establishing consequences and even ways to increase the threat of villains.

Fate Core - the original version of the roleplaying game - is a flexible RPG that enables GMs and players to create narratives based on any setting they like. These settings can include existing pieces of media, such as a book series; film franchise; graphic novel or video game, or entirely new universes created by the GM. Fate Core was awarded a Gold Ennie Award for Best Game and Best Rules, as well as a Silver Ennie Award for Best Product of the Year, back in 2013.

The designers behind Fate Core are Leonard Balsera, Brian Engard, Jeremy Keller, Ryan Macklin and Mike Olson. Both Fate Core and its streamlined version, Fate Condensed, are published by Evil Hat Productions - the company behind the fantasy roleplaying game Band of Blades and horror RPG Monster of the Week.

Fate Condensed isn’t the first simplified version of the original Fate Core, as Evil Hat Productions previously released a more family-friendly edition of the RPG called Fate Accelerated - which was awarded a Gold Ennie for Best Family Game in 2014.

Interested players and GMs can currently download the PDF for Fate Condensed from DriveThruRPG at a publisher suggested price of $4 (£3).

Read this next

Alex Meehan avatar
Alex Meehan: After writing for Kotaku UK, Waypoint and Official Xbox Magazine, Alex became a member of the Dicebreaker editorial family. Having been producing news, features, previews and opinion pieces for Dicebreaker for the past three years, Alex has had plenty of opportunity to indulge in her love of meaty strategy board games and gothic RPGS. Besides writing, Alex appears in Dicebreaker’s D&D actual play series Storybreakers and haunts the occasional stream on the Dicebreaker YouTube channel.
In this article
Awaiting cover image

Fate Core

Tabletop Game

Dicebreaker is the home for friendly board game lovers

We welcome board gamers of all levels, so sign in and join our community!