SAGA System
The SAGA System is a role-playing game
Role-playing game
A role-playing game is a game in which players assume the roles of characters in a fictional setting. Players take responsibility for acting out these roles within a narrative, either through literal acting, or through a process of structured decision-making or character development...

 system that uses "fate cards" to determine the effects of actions. The cards have numbers, suits, positive and negative states, and role-playing cues that guide the gamemaster
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 in telling the story and administering the game. The system has been used in TSR, Inc.
TSR, Inc.
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's Dragonlance
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: Fifth Age
game and the Marvel Super Heroes Adventure Game
Marvel Super Heroes Adventure Game
The Marvel Super Heroes Adventure Game is a role-playing game published by TSR, Inc. that uses the SAGA System. It should not be confused with the earlier Marvel Super Heroes Game or the later Marvel Universe Roleplaying Game .The game box contained a Fate Deck of 96 cards,each of which had a...

, later published by TSR. Sue Cook
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 was the brand manager for both of those game systems, and helped design the SAGA game rules.

In SAGA, a player holds a hand of fate cards that represent his health and the range of actions he can take. The maximum number of cards he can hold is determined by the number of quests he has completed. This replaces the experience points system of many other role-playing games. The cards replace dice-rolling, as well. When a player attempts an action, he plays a card from his hand. If the suit on the card matches the action type (swords for strength-related actions, for example) it is considered "Trump." Playing a trump card means that the player can draw another card from the top of the Fate Deck and add the number on it to his total for attempting the action. When a character takes damage, the player must discard the number of points of damage to be taken from his hand. When a player has no more cards in his hand, the character is unconscious.
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