FS3 Third Edition (FS3.3)

What is FS3?

FS3 (Faraday’s Simple Skill System) is RPG system designed for MUSHes, currently in its Third Edition. FS3 is:

  • Fast and Easy - FS3 takes a simple approach to abilities and highlights skills that are relevant to gameplay. The goal is to get players through Chargen and reviewed as quickly and easily as possible.

  • Roleplay-Friendly - FS3 has a lightweight conflict resolution and combat system. This frees you to focus on the story, not the dice.

Learn more about playing FS3 in the FS3 Player’s Guide.

FS3 as a Framework

With just a few tweaks to fit the setting, FS3 can be used for anything from Wild West to Battlestar. In this way, it is similar to generic RPG frameworks like D20 or FATE.

However, FS3 is designed and optimized for games that are:

  • Near-Modern - Regular humans in a tech level not too unlike our own (no magic, super powers, augmentation, energy shields or death rays).
  • Cooperative - Players who are on the same team (PvE).
  • Focused - A narrow focus on what action mechanics can be detailed and/or automated through code.

Learn whether FS3 is right for your game in the FS3 Design Guide.

FS3 as a Codebase

Since FS3 is designed for MUSHes, it is provided as a complete codebase. FS3.3 is only available for AresMUSH. Earlier versions were available for PennMUSH.

What’s New in Third Edition

See What’s New in Third Edition.

Prior Editions

For prior editions of FS3, see Old Editions.


Thanks to the following people for their contributions to FS3:

  • The designers of FUDGE and FATE, which inspired FS3.
  • The cast and crew of Battlestar Pacifica, where +combat originated.
  • @Bunting and Limmer@BSP and my dad for input for the original edition of FS3.
  • PirateSpice and @Boo and the crew of Aftermath for initial alpha testing on 3rd edition.
  • @Roadspike, @Blu, @Avarice and the crew of The 100 for some cool house rules I stole and general feedback.

Copyright and License

The FS3 System Copyright 2007-2022 by Wordsmyth Creations, LLC and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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