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Discord bot to help run a FATE campaign

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Discord Fate Bot

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A Discord bot to help play the Fate roleplaying game.


Once Discord Fate Bot is invited to a server, it will listen in text channels for commands and reply. All commands start with !.


Roll four Fate dice, with modifiers, optionally against a static opposition. This command has the following forms.

  • !roll — Simply roll four Fate dice and see the result
  • !roll [+|-]MOD... — Roll with a modifier. The + or - is required. Multiple modifiers may be given, separated by spaces.
    • Example: !roll +5 -2 to roll with an effective +3 modifier.
  • !roll MODIFIERS vs OPPOSITION — Roll against a static opposition amount. The result will be one of: fail, tie, succeed, or succeed with style.
    • Example: !roll +2 vs 3


Start a scene in the current channel. Each channel can have one scene active, which can be used to track situation aspects. The message describing the current scene will automatically be pinned (and unpinned when the scene ends).

  • !scene [DESCRIPTION] — Start a new scene in the current channel. The entire rest of the message will be used as the description. If a scene is already active, it will be ended automatically.

    • Example: !scene Warehouse Five
  • !scene end — End the current scene.


Add or manage aspects in the current scene. There must be an active scene in the current channel to use these commands. Aspects are automatically added to the pinned scene message.

Every aspect is given an ID — a unique number within the scene — which is used to refer to the aspect after creation (for example, to remove it).

  • !aspect [TAGS]... NAME — Add a new aspect to the current scene. Tags may be included, separated by spaces. After tags, the rest of the line will be used the aspect name.
    • boost — Tag this aspect as a boost, which means it automatically disappears when it runs out of invokes. TODO: A boost should implicitly add one free invoke if the invokes tag is not specified.
    • invokes=COUNT — Tag this aspect with some number of free invokes attached.
    • Example: !aspect Darkness of night
    • Example: !aspect boost invokes=2 Really awesome aspect name
  • !aspect remove ID... — Remove one or more aspects from the scene.
  • !aspect modify ID NAME — Rename an existing aspect. The rest of the line will be used as the new aspect name.
    • TODO: It will eventually be possible to update tags as well.
  • TODO: !aspect invoke ID — Decrease the number of remaining free invokes for the specified aspect.

Future Commands

I plan to add commands to manage a turn order, and possibly to track fate points. Beyond that, I may add facilities to track PCs and NPCs, though Discord text channels may not be the most convenient interface to manage those.

Inviting the Bot

There isn't currently a public instance of Discord Fate Bot available for invite. If you host your own copy, the bot will log an invite URL when it connects to Discord. Currently, the bot will ask for the following Discord permissions.

  • Add reactions
    • To leave a :+1: once it has processed a message.
  • Manage messages
    • To pin and unpin the scene message.
  • Read message history
    • Not currently used, but I have a half-thought that there could be a feature to recover scenes from message history if the database is out-of-sync with the channel.
  • Read messages
    • To read commands.
  • Send messages
    • To reply with results.

This list may grow and change while the bot is in development, but I'll try to freeze it once I release a stable public version.


This section is out-of-date since I've started bulding a Docker App. Please bear with me while I work out the bugs with that, and then I'll update this section.

Discord Fate Bot is available on Docker Hub. Images are automatically built and published based on our Dockerfile. There is also a docker-compose.yml file to deploy the app in Docker Swarm as a Stack, including a Mongo DB service.

Installing in Docker Swarm as a Stack

To install as a Stack, simply deploy our docker-compose.yml file. To install without having to check anything out, you can pipe it directly from GitHub.

$ curl | \
      docker stack deploy --compose-file - discord-fate-bot

Installing from PyPI

Discord Fate Bot is also available on PyPI.

$ pip install discord-fate-bot
$ discord-fate-bot

Make sure to configure your environment variables to hook up to Discord and your Mongo database (see below).

Installing from Source

I don't necessarily recommend this for production, but you can check out the project locally and install in a virtual environment.

Make sure you have at least Python 3.7 installed. You'll also need to install Poetry, which we use for dependency management and packaging.

$ git checkout
$ cd discord-fate-bot
$ poetry install
$ poetry run discord-fate-bot

Make sure to configure your environment variables to hook up to Discord and your Mongo database (see below).


Discord Fate Bot looks for the following environment variables on start-up.

  • DFB_BOT_TOKEN — The Discord authentication token for the bot account.
    • Mutually exclusive with DFB_BOT_TOKEN_FILE.
  • DFB_BOT_TOKEN_FILE — The path to a file containing the authentication token.
    • Mutually exclusive with DFB_BOT_TOKEN.
  • DFB_LOG_CONFIG_FILE(Optional) The path to a Python log config file. See the Python documentation for a description of the file format.
  • DFB_MONGO_CONNECTION_URL — The MongoDB connection URL.
  • DFB_MONGO_PASSWORD — The password for the Mongo DB connection.
    • Mutually exclusive with DFB_MONGO_PASSWORD_FILE.
  • DFB_MONGO_PASSWORD_FILE — The path to a file containing the password for the Mongo DB connection.
    • Mutually exclusive with DFB_MONGO_PASSWORD.

Note: For variables that have a *_FILE pair, the direct version is provided as a convenience, e.g., for development. I subscribe to the school of thought that it's best not to store production secrets in environment variables if at all avoidable. Our Docker Stack definition uses Secrets to share the Discord token and Mongo password into the services.


Discord Fate Bot is written in Python, mostly based on the awesome library. We use MongoDB for long-term storage when necessary (e.g., for scenes and aspects).

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