As I've mentioned here and a few other places (In particular +Erik Tenkar's blog and +matt jackson's FAE google+ community) I am very interested in the FATE/FAE system but can never seem to get a handle on it. I don't know if it is because I'm old (go ahead and laugh everyone who played The Game in '78 before I was even born) or if I'm just too sctructure minded or a complete munchkin control freak but the lack of numbers and defined ... everything confuses me.
That being said I've gone to great lengths to read, re-read and attempt to make characters (the best way for me to learn a ruleset) with FAE. The results have been less than desirable as I've typically broken down into a jibbering mass as I've attempted to perfectly define my aspects. Seriously it is like trying to make a loophole free wish!
Anyway, I'm listening to SM Stirling's Dies in the Fire (I've also read it about three times) and I really want to explore the United States post change. I've been trying to figure out the best way to do this, revised OSR rules for a post-modern game, d20 Modern, Cortex, d6 ... the list goes on. Then I get to thinking, what defines these characters? As I'm thinking this I'm basically listing aspects (yay me!) and I think I've found the perfect system ... only one problem, I still don't get the damned system!
So inbetween The Pile, and Innsfjord I need to read FAE again and try not to become a gibbering madman!