Fate is a generic role-playing game system based on the Fudge gaming system. It has no fixed setting, traits, or genre and is customizable. It is designed to offer minimal obstruction to role-playing by assuming players want to make fewer dice rolls.
Fate was written by Fred Hicks and Rob Donoghue; the latest version (4th edition) was published successfully through crowd sourcing Kickstarter in 2013. Fate gained adherents both for its high level of support, which is unusual for a free game, and for the numerous innovative gaming mechanics.
As a result of the crowd funding effort, Evil Hat Productions released Fate Accelerated, a streamlined version of the rules based on the same core mechanic intended to get players into the game faster. One notable difference is that skills are replaced with six “approaches” to solving problems – Careful, Clever, Flashy, Forceful, Quick, and Sneaky. The approaches can each use all four skill actions.