Siren & Song Variations

(Note: Supporters of the Fantastic Fate Resources Patreon got the Siren & Song Variations PDFs on July 26th. The post has now been updated to include a link to the resources.)


Howdy folks,

Back at the start of June, we said we’d be donating all of the Patreon funds (before fees) collected this month to the Equality Federation, as well as donating a matching amount out of our own pockets. It looks like the total donation is going to be $50; we’ll make a separate post with a screenshot of the receipt after we’ve made the donation once the Patreon funds clear. We’ll probably do more donations like this in the future, because while making a bit of income from these resource packs is nice, there are other places the money can do more good. Okay. On to the resource pack.

June 2019’s resource pack is the Siren & Song Variations – a single enemy (a fantastic hitter) and three thematically linked hazards on two pages. Both the Fate Accelerated and Fate Core versions of the siren fit onto a single page, and the three song variations are the same regardless of which version of Fate you’re using.

When we first thought about doing the siren (which was the theme selected by our Influencer and Collaborator level supporters), we were imagining an aquatic creature. Something similar to a mermaid. But while doing research for the monster, we discovered the original siren from Greek mythology had avian features. Some were described as birds with human faces, others were human from the shoulders up, and still others were winged humans, sort of like harpies. We also discovered that some sirens were associated with either Zeus, Poseidon, or Hades, and had different types of voices based on that association.

We thought that was pretty cool, and asked our Collaborators if they wanted to see three different sirens with “built in” song effects, or a single siren with three different song variations. Based on the title of this post, you can probably guess which option won.

While the siren has some very high approaches/skills (the highest we’ve done so far), it really is a glass cannon. It’s physical stats are low, it has a small stress track, and it will crumple very quickly if it gets into a straight up slugfest with the heroes. Which is why it needs to stay out of reach and harass opponents with its song effects. All the sirens can put charm-related aspects on opponents, but depending on which type they encounter, the heroes will also have to deal with recurring mental stress (from the chthonian siren), immobility (from the elysian siren), or forced movement (from the pandemonium siren). If you wanted to have a really challenging encounter, you could two or even three sirens of different types at the heroes, or give a single siren multiple song effects. But that seems kind of mean, honestly. (If you do end up doing that, please let us know how it works out.)

As we did last month here’s a tentative schedule of what’s coming up for July 2019:
  • July’s resource pack is going to be an Aboleth. It was a clear favorite with about half of the total votes. The finished resource pack will be released to patrons on Friday, July 26th (and go public at the end of August), with a patron-only progress report post on the 12th, and a poll for $5+ patrons to help us build an antagonist on the 19th.

  • The next updated fantasy hero, the Cautious Dwarven Runepriest, will be posted on Friday July 5th.

  • The Juvenile Dragons & Lair, which we promised last month, took longer to update than we anticipated. We’re aiming to have updated version of them posted on July 12th.

  • The post to help determine August 2019’s resource theme will be sent out to $2+ patrons on Friday, July 5th. Although we’ll probably stick with something fantasy related, we have been considering a cyberpunk themed resource pack.

Again, if you want early access to these resources, to vote in polls for the theme of future months, to get progress reports about what to expect, to help build antagonists, or just to say thanks, head over to the Fantastic Fate Resources Patreon page. Thanks.


The Siren & Song Variations PDFs are now publicly available. The links on the front page under Resource Catalogue have been updated, or you can grab the A4 sized version here and the letter sized version here.

Siren & Song Variations

Revised Giant Spiders

Hi folks,
Just letting everyone know that the Giant Spiders, Venom, & Webs have been updated to include both Fate Accelerated and Fate Core stats. Each PDF is now five pages long, with Accelerated stats, stunts, and stress boxes on the first two pages and Core stats, stunts, and stress boxes on the third and fourth pages. The fifth page is the rules for spider venom and spider webs, which are the same regardless of which flavor of Fate you’re playing.

The links on the front page under Resource Catalogue have been updated, or you can grab the A4 sized version here and the letter sized version here.


Just a reminder that supporters of the Fantastic Fate Patreon get new resource packs a full month before they’re released to the public. Patrons also get to vote on the theme of upcoming monthly sets, as well as help make decisions regarding the stats of antagonists.

Revised Giant Spiders

Agile Elf Monk

Agile-Elf-Monk-PatreonTwo or so years ago when we first wrote up this character, we mentioned how we weren’t fans of the monk (or samurai or ninja) class in D&D. They gave us an uncomfortable feeling, as they kind of seemed… exploitative.

The class is clearly meant to be a shaolin monk, with its mention of remote, secluded monasteries, martial arts training, and “inner energy” manipulation. And despite the fact a D&D monk can be any number of fantasy species, it still smacks of orientalism to us. We’ve seen people suggest renaming the monk to a martial artist and mixing in fighting styles from other cultures in an effort to decouple it from it’s problematic origins. Which is an approach we would very much like to see.

The links for the Agile Elf Monk on the front page under Resource Catalogue have been updated, or you can grab the A4 sized version here and the letter sized version here.

We’ll continue to post updates like this when heroes and monsters released prior to the Patreon page have been updated to include both Fate Accelerated and Fate Core stats.


Just a reminder, these resources are made possible thanks to the supporters of the Fantastic Fate Patreon page. Patrons get new resource packs a full month before they’re released to the public, get to vote on the theme of upcoming monthly sets, as well as help make decisions regarding the stats and presentation of antagonists.

Agile Elf Monk

Revised Fire Giants

Hi folks,
Just letting everyone know that the Fire Giant Soldier and Fire Giant Juggernaut have been updated to include both Fate Accelerated and Fate Core stats. Each PDF is now two pages long, with Accelerated stats, stunts, and stress boxes on the first page and Core stats, stunts, and stress boxes on the second.

The links on the front page under Resource Catalogue have been updated, or you can grab the A4 sized version here and the letter sized version here.

All of the resource packs from May 2019 onward (the Lizardfolk Clutch, which becomes available to non-patrons on 6/28/19) will have both Fate Accelerated and Fate Core versions. We’ll post updates just like this one when the other previously released packs have been updated.


Just a reminder that supporters of the Fantastic Fate Patreon get new resource packs a full month before they’re released to the public. Patrons also get to vote on the theme of upcoming monthly sets, as well as help make decisions regarding the stats of antagonists.

Revised Fire Giants

LGBTQIA+ Pride Month

Hi folks,

June is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, and we felt it was important to help contribute to the cause. To that end, we will be donating 100% of June’s Patreon pledges to the Equality Federation. All of the pledges we collect on July 1st (before Patreon fees) will be donated, plus we’ll personally match that amount out of our own pockets. For example, if you’re a supporter at the Influencer tier, at the end of the month your $2 will be donated to the Equality Federation and we’ll donate a matching $2 as well.

If any of our current patrons want to increase their pledge this month so that more gets donated to the Equality Federation, that’s great! If you do, please know there are no hard feelings if you go back down to a lower tier after we collect June’s pledges. The same goes for any new supporters. If you only want to become a patron for June to help make a donation, that’s awesome. While we’d love to have you stay and become a regular, we understand not everyone is able to do that. There are absolutely no hard feelings if you stop after the month is over.

Please feel free to share this around so that we reach as many people as possible. 

LGBTQIA+ Pride Month

Lizardfolk Clutch

(Note: Supporters of the Fantastic Fate Resources Patreon got the Lizardfolk Clutch PDFs on May 31st. The post has now been updated to include a link to the resources.)


Howdy folks,

May 2019’s resource pack is the Lizardfolk Clutch – four scaly enemies (a Threat, a Hitter, some Filler, and a Boss) and a thematically linked countdown hazard on two pages. Actually four pages, as this is the first resource pack to contain both Fate Accelerated and Fate Core stats. Enough people said they’d be interested in seeing both versions for us to go ahead and do it. It’s not that much more work, and it will hopefully make these resources even more useful. The first two pages of each resource pack are the Fate Accelerated versions, and the remaining two pages are the Fate Core versions. That should allow people to easily print out a complete set of resources for whichever version of Fate they’re playing. (By the way, we’re always open to heading ideas and feedback about how these sheets are laid out. If you have a suggestion about how to make these more user-friendly, please let us know.)

You might notice there isn’t anything overtly magical about the lizardfolk in this set. No shamans or warlocks or wizards. That was intentional. While we are focusing mainly on fantasy themed resources (hence the name of this patreon), we’d eventually like to make resources for other genres too. Fate is a very flexible system able to handle a number of genres, and we’d like to help show that off. Pulp adventure is another of our favorite game genres, and lizardfolk work great as antagonists for “Journey to the Center of the Earth” type scenarios. To be perfectly honest, the Summon the Scaled Beast! countdown hazard in this set was heavily inspired by King Kong and other jungle-trekking adventures where some horrible monster is summoned to devour a hapless sacrifice or rampage through the group of protagonists. We kept the “high fantasy” elements in this set to a minimum so that people could use the lizardfolk clutch in multiple genres. That won’t always be possible, but we’ll be keeping an eye out for similar “crossovers” in future resource packs.

So as not to overwhelm you all with constant update posts, here’s a tentative schedule of what’s coming up for June 2019:

• June’s resource pack is going to be Sirens. They were a clear favorite over the skeletons, with 100% of the vote. The finished resource pack will be released to patrons on Friday, June 28th (and go public at the end of July), with a patron-only progress report post on the 14th, and a poll for $5+ patrons to help us build an antagonist on the 21st.

• We’ve started updating the old fantasy hero characters and will publicly release the first one, the Agile Elf Monk, on Friday June 7th. Going forward, heroes will be posted on the first Friday of each month. All have been updated to include both Fate Accelerated and Fate Core stats.

• The next monster set to be updated is the Juvenile Dragons, which will be released on Friday, June 14th. As with the heroes, these will also have both Fate Accelerated and Fate Core stats. Additionally, there is currently a half-page of blank space in the dragon set. As a thank you to our patrons, we’re asking what they’d like to see fill that space; rules for dragon lairs, rules for expanded breath weapon effects, or some dragon-worshipping cultists. (If you want to help decide what else goes in the dragon set, consider becoming a patron.)

• Speaking of polls, the post to help determine July 2019’s resource theme will be sent out to $2+ patrons on Friday, June 7th. We’re currently thinking about either fishfolk or an aboleth, but that might change.

One last update, thanks to the support of our patrons, we’ve updated the blog to an ad-free, custom domain site. Thank you all so much. Things are still getting set up and sorted out here, so there might be some hiccups and sudden changes as we get it all worked out. Thank for your patience.

Again, if you want early access to these resources, to vote in polls for the theme of future months, to get progress reports about what to expect, to help build antagonists, or just to say thanks, head over to the Fantastic Fate Resources Patreon page. Thanks.


The Lizardfolk Clutch PDFs are now publicly available. The links on the front page under Resource Catalogue have been updated, or you can grab the A4 sized version here and the letter sized version here.

Lizardfolk Clutch

Update: New Patreon Goal & Reward Tier

Howdy folks!

As we mentioned in our last post, we’ve started a Patreon for Fantastic Fate Resources and thanks to some very generous supporters, we’ve already reached our first goal. Thank you all so much for your support! We now have the funds for an ad-free blog site with a custom domain name, as well as more storage space for the PDFs. We’ll start working on the site upgrade soon, with the intention of having it up and running by June 2019.

Our next Patreon goal, which is set at $25 a month, is additional content. Right now, there are usually between one to four monsters, antagonists, and/or obstacles in each resource pack. That’s one to two pages per PDF, as each individual entry takes up about half a page depending on size and complexity. Filler enemies usually take up less space, and bosses often take up more. (For example the Purple Worm, which has yet to be updated, takes up an entire page all by itself due to its stunts and special rules.)

When we reach our $25 goal, we’ll increase the size of each monthly resource pack to two to six entries across a minimum of three pages. That’s two full page entries, six half page entries, twelve quarter page entries, or a combination of all three (which is most likely).

We’ve also just added a new $5 reward tier – Collaborator. At this level, we’ll ask for feedback and suggestions about the mechanical elements of an individual entry. So, in addition to getting to vote on the general theme of each monthly set, we’ll ask Collaborators which aspect, approach array, or stunt they like for a specific monster.

We’ll most likely ask for input around the middle of each month. That way we’ll have the resources mostly planned out, allowing us to present a number of options for Collaborators to choose from.

Two last things. The poll to determine the theme for the June 2019 resource pack is still running. If you’re supporting us on Patreon at $2 or higher, don’t forget to go and vote for what you’d like to see. Also, we’re still trying to reach 100 followers on Twitter. Once we do, we’ll release some Capcom Monster Hunter inspired creatures as a free resource pack in addition to the regular monthly content. Help us spread the word and unlock some cool monsters in the process!

Thanks again for all your support!

 

Update: New Patreon Goal & Reward Tier