I finally created a game my wife enjoyed playing!!! So I figured I should share it with ya’ll!
I recently ran a 1-shot with my wife, mom, and mother-in-law - all with little to no RPG experience. The part they struggled most with was the concept of “roll playing” - more specifically, imagining how their character would react to a situation. At the end of the session they said they liked it but wanted something on the character sheet to help guide their roll playing.
So, I replaced the standard stats (strength, dexterity, etc.) with the “Approaches” from FATE Accelerated (Forceful, Clever, Sneaky, Flashy, Quick, Careful). I ended up creating 9 different ‘partial-pre-gen’ characters (each with 2 art variations) for them to choose from and it worked GREAT!!! The next time we played, I got a HUGE positive response from all of them regarding the “Approaches.”
For anyone interested, the link below gets you the full 9 page document of characters I hacked together.
Intelligence spells became tied to “Clever” while I tied Wisdom powers to “Careful.” When necessary, Loot items were all modified on the fly to give bonuses to whichever Approach seemed best at the time.