A Review: Part Time Gods of Fate

As you might have read, the Fandible crew took a trip a few weeks ago down to Sunny, Sunny Ohio. We packed up our bags, threw a few bologna sandwiches into our lunch bins, and drove a whopping 12 hours to attend this year’s Acadecon. And you know what? It was well worth the trip! But again, you should already know this from Angela’s previous con report.

But now it’s my turn to talk! And instead of giving you my general thoughts about the con (newsflash: it was fun), I’m going to take the time to review one of the games there. It was a game we had played before but it had been switched around to a new system. And that game was ‘Part Time Gods of Fate’.

If you remember our game of ‘Part Time Gods’, you’d know that we absolutely adored the idea behind it. You got to play a mortal who had been blessed with Godhood of a particular aspect. We had the God of Paper, the God of Regret, the God of Medicine, and the God of Nerds. Our characters got along well, we loved the story Jesus painted for us, and it was starting to look like we were going to make it into one of our longer games when we suddenly dropped it.

It was the system. We did not like the system. For a game about being an aspect of Godhood, a representation of an idea on a whole, we felt that the system very much limited you. You weren’t able to truly represent your sphere because you were constantly running into ‘do you have that power?’ The rules didn’t mesh well with our styles, we felt they were too constraining for the core concept of the book, and our possible long-running campaigned just turned into one of our unfinished campaigns.

However, as I said, ‘Part Time Gods’ is now ‘Part Time Gods of Fate’. And guess what? Every issue we had with the previous version of the game is gone. While I am not the biggest fan of Fate (I don’t hate it – I don’t love it), ‘Part Time Gods of Fate’ is one of those games that seem to fit PERFECTLY in the core mechanics of Fate. Instead of only have three powers starting out, you have all the powers – only, you’re better at some than others. So, yes, while you might be awesome at convincing nerds to bow their heads in respect and enchanting Hulk Hands into magical melee weapons, you can still use the power Oracle to read someone’s fate using a D20.

Character creation is also a lot easier! If you’ve played any Fate game before, then it’s pretty much the same. At no point did the Fandible crew get angry or confused on how to fill out the character sheet. It was short and sweet like most Fate character creations!

Now if you aren’t a fan of Fate, this isn’t a game for you. For those that are somewhat neutral on the whole Fate system (like me), this is one of those games in Fate that feel really well connected to the setting. I’ve played Fate Games before where I felt that the author was lazy in grabbing Fate for a system, and it didn’t really fit well with the narrative tone. This is not one of them. Never have I played a Fate game that was more in line with the tone of the narrative than ‘Part Time Gods of Fate’.

So! Will Fandible be returning to ‘Part Time Gods of Fate’ this year? Well, let me roll my D20 and use my Oracle power to tell you: Yes. Yes we will be.

Are you excited about Fandible’s return to ‘Part Time Gods’? If so – what joke or idea from the past ‘Part Time Gods’ game do you hope to see return? Leave a comment below!  

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About the Author
Billy started out his roots like many roleplayers - D&D. Playing it and then Vampire all through highschool and college, Billy picked it all up again when he made the move from Michigan to New York. Now working in publishing, Billy does what he can to view roleplaying games through a narrative's lens. Does that sound classy as balls? It should.

2 comments on “A Review: Part Time Gods of Fate

  1. Jordan L says:

    Hell yes I’m excited! Chad and his nerd-herd were wonderful, and I adored the edgelord god of regret.

  2. MDMann says:

    Bow down mortals for I am your God!
    “Would you like fries with that?”
    “Hades, yes! Also, super size me!”

    Loved the concept. Continue the game from where you left off is all I’ll say.

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