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Fate-Role is a "simple enlightening role playing, story telling game" written by Jonathan D. Woolley and Karl Seven and published in Alarums & Excursions (Issue 100 - Dec 1983). The premise of the game is to simplify the typical role-playing rules drastically, to enable new players to enter the hobby. The system is used for only two people--a game master and a player. The game does have rules and the presentation includes a lengthy example of play, transcribed from a recording.
The game engendered extensive discussion in subsequent issues of the periodical, primarily because many contributors did not consider it an actual role-playing game because it dispensed with Attributes, Skills, equipment, and even dice.
The game historically is significant for being published some seven years before Amber, often considered the first diceless role-playing game.