Set during and in the immediate aftermath of the Battle of Stalingrad , it chronicles the hardships of a diverse cast of characters brought together by their conflicts with totalitarianism—whether they be German, or Soviet.
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As with War and Peace , however, the sheer scope of Life and Fate can be a little daunting, especially to those tasked with writing its overview in less than 1, words. Those actions were the first stirrings of a courage that would come dominate the next few years of his life; his exertions during the war certainly have something of the cinematic about them. Despite heavy censorship, he became the first journalist to write about the Holocaust in any language, and his piece on Treblinka was used as testimony in the Nuremberg trials.
Its main character to the extent that there is one is Viktor Shtrum, a brilliant self-interested Jewish physicist married to one Lyudmila Shaposhnikova, and residing in Moscow. One answer is found at the heart of it all, in wartime Stalingrad. The extensive Stalingrad scenes provide Life and Fate with its most gripping passages, enriched as they are with the kind of detail and precision that could only come from personal experience.
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But they do more than that: they give the book its ideological backbone, a defiant anti-totalitarianism that resonates throughout. If Grossman does not shy from balancing Soviet crimes with those of fascism, it is nonetheless with the melancholy realization that the latter was only opposed by the former. If that's the case, then you absolutely don't want to be using Contest rules, because you'd be looking at opposed rolls every time you tried to take the ball off someone - you'd be doing nothing but rolling dice all night.
Stick to the basic actions Note - personally, I wouldn't do any such thing, because I can't imagine playing a scene where a football game was played out in more than a handful of rolls I'd run the entire thing as a contest, resolved within a minute or two of play. But if you wanted detail, that's probably the way to go. Going off memory, a contest is an entire scene resolved in a series of rolls either against each other or against a target number.
Everybody involved tries to reach a certain number of "successes" before the opposition. It's very abstract, it resolves big events in a small collection of rolls. It works really well for a race, but it also works really well for something like point sparring where you don't want to deal with stress and consequences as a result of the fight. A conflict is essentially a fight: a group of people individually or as teams trying to wipe out their opposition, usually by hitting their stress and consequences until they run out or concede.
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For a conflict, you set the zones in the scene, characters Create Advantage and Attack and Defend primarily, but also Overcome to get rid of pesky Aspects giving them trouble and everyone acts according to the initiative rules you're using. The whole system gets used.
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If you want your soccer match to be a big action piece, a major scene that takes up a big chunk of time, I'd go with a conflict. To score a goal you must "Attack" the goal, before you can attack, though, you have to Create Advantage something that puts you in a superior position.
In fencing, this is something like "I have the high ground" but in a soccer match would exclusively be "I have the ball. This is a little tricky because it blurs the line of both Create Advantage and Overcome, so you could break it into two rolls to get the ball away from whoever has it, then one to seize it but I'd just make it one roll.
Once you've got the ball, you then must defend it until initiative comes back around to you. If you've still got it, you get to Attack the goal and try and score. I would break up the soccer field into three zones one for each goal area, one in the middle and the more zones your Attack crosses, the harder it is, perhaps impossible without a stunt if crossing more than one zone. If you want to cross zones with the ball, I'd make the player roll Overcome with the appropriate skill and if there's a player that can get in their way, they could roll against the Overcome.
When the attack is made, the goalie defends, and if the attacker wins, they score a point and the field is reset.
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That's what happens in Soccer, right? Everybody goes back to starting positions and somebody has to seize the ball again? I'd set the time limit for this as whatever feels appropriate. A number of initiative rounds, half the game session, the whole game session.
If you're not actively trying to get the ball or attack, you can also try and Create Advantage to set up more opposition, or even play dirty and Attack other players and give them troublesome Consequences to limit their effectiveness as a player. The more outrageous your game, the more creative these assisting and interfering actions can be. That is, broadly, how I'd run a soccer game using conflict rules in Fate. It all hinges around those fencing rules from the Toolbox.
Those rules are great.
I don't mind some dice-rolling. Dice are there to be rolled, and games are to be played. If Fate ends up being too anti-game for me, then I can perhaps look at other systems that encourages more of the dice rolls and tactics gameplay. My group is pretty game-y, and we come from video-gaming backgrounds, and most of us were also playing board games or competitive card games, so Winters1 Active member Banned.
Validated User. Get Wearing the Cape. It does a fantastic job detailing what each of these are, broken down to their base elements, and gives both step by step processes of how to implement them but numerous examples to show them off.
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Winters1 said:. I say "tends", because there's not really anything mechanically that prevents it, but frameworks like contests and challenges are focused on resolving scenes, not quick tasks. Last edited: Nov 1, Not a bad call