Some brief thoughts on fate skills for modes/classes/roles

This it just a quick thought from some notes that I was tinkering around with a few days ago, which I want to get down here for easy access.

I’ve been thinking about the roles/classes that crop up in games. There are four or five broad categories that show up again and again (for example in D&D, Leverage, Wilderness of Mirrors, Exalted, Werewolf, etc.) –
Rouge/Thief/Stealth/Assassin/Shade/Scout/Pluto/Night/Irraka
Fighter/Hitter/Heavy/Gunner/Violence/Solider/Mars/Dawn/Rahu
Bard/Grifter/Face/Voice/Charmer/Diplomat/Mercury/Eclipse/Cahalith
Sage/Tinker/Hacker/Fixer/Tech/Engineer/Vulcan/Twilight/Ithaeur
Cleric/Mastermind/Leader/Captain/Saturn/Zenith/Elodoth

I’ve been toying with how to best split the default Fate Core skill list into these categories. The Skill list is:
Athletics
Burglary
Contacts
Crafts
Deceive
Drive
Empathy
Fight
Investigate
Lore
Notice
Physique
Provoke
Rapport
Resources
Shoot
Stealth
Will
(I’m not too worried about Contacts and Resources, because a lot of the potential games in my head treat those as special cases, and they don’t break down readily along class lines)

 

So I’m thinking that on a 4 class (Thief/Fighter/Face/Hacker) model then I’d probably go for:

Thief/Shade/Stealth/Scout/Pluto/Night/Irraka:
Stealth*
Burglary*
Athletics*
Drive
Notice
Investigate?

Hitter/Heavy/Gunner/Violence/Solider/Mars/Dawn/Rahu:
Fight*
Shoot*
Physique*
Athletics
Provoke
Will?

Grifter/Face/Charmer/Diplomat/Mercury/Eclipse/Cahalith:
Deceive*
Rapport*
Presence*
Provoke
Empathy
Contacts?

Tinker/Hacker/Fixer/Tech/Engineer/Sage/Vulcan/Twilight/Ithaeur:
Crafts/Engineering*
Computer*
Lore*
Investigate
Drive
Resources?

The skills marked with a “*” are ones that I’m sure about, those marked with a “?” I’m on the fence about.

 

For a 5-class model (adding in a knowledgeable leader role), I think:

Mastermind/Intellect/Lore/Command:
Presence
Will
Lore
Investigate
Notice

Thief/Shade/Stealth/Scout:
Stealth
Burglary
Athletics
Drive
Notice

Hitter/Heavy/Gunner/Violence/Solider:
Fight
Shoot
Physique
Athletics
Provoke

Grifter/Face/Charmer/Diplomat:
Deceive
Rapport
Presence
Provoke
Empathy

Tinker/Hacker/Fixer/Tech/Engineer:
Crafts/Engineering
Computer
Lore
Investigate
Drive

 

See also:
https://fate-srd.com/fate-core/default-skill-list
https://fate-srd.com/fate-system-toolkit/skill-modes

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