We sat down and played a one shot (actually 2 sessions) game of the weird west in Fate Accelerated last week and I actually took time to make a character journal. +Matt Jackson narrated the game for us using Roll20 in Google Hangouts, and it was a lot of fun. I still love FAE and think it is one of the best systems I have ever played. Here is the journal:

After a day on the trail, and towards dusk we were about to stop when we come across some wagons circled on the trail. There was one man alive and though Thomas tried to bandage him up, we were not able to save him. I guess I’m going to need to use my shovel for something other than mining…

Then we thought one of the guys was okay, because he started moving, but he didn’t seem to be all there and he started lumbering towards us. I went over to help him but my partner yelled “Get down” and I hit the dirt. They start firing at the survivors and I try to stop them.

Another one of the survivors that I try to help is one of my old partners. He was one of them that stole my great fortune…I wasn’t particularly happy to see him. His name was Welbert McGinnis. I run up to him and grab him by the shirt and put my gun to his forehead and say “Where is my money Welbert!”

I noticed he had something fat in his front pocket and pull it out to find a fat wallet, I hold it up happily and Welbert bites my thumb! I pistol whip him and his face caves in! At this point I’m confused and hurt, and I back up yelling “What’s wrong with these guys?”

Me and Thomas are having a conversation about what is wrong with them while he shots more of them and I contemplate what I need to believe. Since Welbert bite me and I see that some of the gun shots are not affecting the others, I stomp on Welbert’s head and shot the guy in front of Thomas, saving him.

We notice a dust storm approaching from the northeast and realize we need to get under cover, but these dead things (according to Thomas) are still coming after us…

The dust storm hits as we finish off the last of the dead and I hunker down next to an overturned wagon with my mule, holding her head and speaking softly into her ear to keep her from getting spooked. I make it through the dust storm unfazed, but my two companions seemed to be bothered by it and were a little shaken after it passed. The red fog that signaled the end of the dust storm hung prettily over the landscape. My gaze kept getting drawn to the dead laying around us though. What had caused this to happen? I wrapped the thumb that had been bitten and stop the bleeding. I don’t like what we road into today…

I get up and and start to lead my mule to the wagon when I see some lumbering shadows. I back up slowly to head towards Thomas and Austin.

I come around the wagon back towards them and find them firing at the dead as well, and I try to help out and end up scaring my mule Sarah and she crushes me against the wagon.

After we finish off the dead, we find that the wagons have chests of gold, props, fancy clothing, and costumes. There is a body of a woman on the ground that did not come back. I turn her over and half of her face is made up to look beautiful and the other is bubbled and looks a little demonic. She has a symbol of a cross with a circle around it burned into her forehead. A red feather was in her hat and blows away when I turn her over. There are five chests full of gold. There is a cheap casket covered with a cloth as well. It has a really old body in it resting on rich dirt that falls out a little as we disturb the coffin.

Playing in Roll20

Austin heads after some of the dead in the distance so that he can put them down before they are able to hurt some other people. Meanwhile, I start to load the chests while Thomas is messing with the coffin.

Thomas asks me for some chain which I don’t have, then asks for rope, which I do, and I toss the rope over to the Thomas and he tells me that he wants to take the coffin back with us as well. He ties it shut and we load it is as well.

Next we start stacking the bodies into the the broken wagon so that we can give them a burial by fire, since the desert sand is no place to properly bury someone. We light it on fire and watch it burn to ash, then head off back towards town the chests of gold and casket, even though it is twilight. We decide to all get in the wagon and go through the night.

We get into town early in the morning hours. We heard some sounds coming from the coffin but ignore it.

(and this is where we ended for the night)

This is Part 1 of my Actual play write-up…

I had the opportunity last night to run a Fate Accelerated game for two friends over Google Hangouts and wanted to share my experience. First, I have only ran the Fate Accelerated once before and played it a few times, so I am still pretty new to the game. Even so, the game ran smoothly and was pretty easy to handle as the GM.

Game Creation

Even though this was likely to be a one shot, I wanted to give my friends the full Fate Accelerated experience since they were playing for the first time. To do this, I borrowed the game creation worksheet from Fate Core and I had them give me the idea of what they wanted to play. Now, before playing Fate Accelerated, I would have been way too nervous to do this and play in that game setting on the same night. In the past, we may have made a world, but then I would have wanted a night or three between the creation and the first session to give me an idea of what to do. However, with Fate Accelerate (or FAE from here on out) I was confident that I could handle whatever they threw at me. This is a huge plus just on its own.

In around 20 to 30 minutes, Ara and Brennen had given me the following items for the game world:

  • Cyperpunk version of assasins creed cross with blade runner and the maltese falcon.
  • Ganster, kaper, heist

With these two points, we had our setting and scale.

Next, we discussed the issues their characters would be facing, and came up with the following:

  • Gangs vying for control of the city, playing gentlemen hitmen, like ronin, hired by the various factions, eventually asked to killed some of the friends
  • Immediate job to go get something from someone we just did a job for
  • One of the last frozen tuna, high grade, like a ruby, from someone they did a job for.
  • Mr. M wants sushi and hasn’t had it in 50 years.

We fleshed out the setting and issues a little to get that they were in a city with a power vacuum. The city we used was London, at some future date and time. Ara and Brennen were two associates that worked together for mutual benefit. They had just finished a job for a Professor Muto, killing off someone for the benefit of his career.

Now they are about to be approached by someone who wants them to steal a prized possession from Professor Muto, the last known can of Tuna in all of London and quite possibly the world.

Tune in more tomorrow for Part 2 – Character Creation.