Abilities of characters that typically, but not always, apply to a wider setting than simply combat.

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What happens to a character's skill ranks if they happen to be over the maximum ranks allowed?

Let's say a character is a cleric with a domain granting access to a skill in-class, such as Trickery granting Bluff, Disguise, and Hide. After maxing out one of those skills, how many ranks does the ...
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Are there definitive types of Craft (XYZ)?

Dilemma I am making a character for an upcoming (low-power, no magic) campaign and the DM stated we should all consider mundane skills for repairs to our equipment, healing of our characters, and the ...
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can juggling be used to perform attacks? If so, how would it work?

Here's the scenario: a player wants to play a bard (jester fluffed) character who has dozens of mundane ribbon knives secretly stowed all over his body that he pulls out during battle, juggles them ...
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Setting DCs based on their desired impact [closed]

I'm trying to set the DC for something (poisoned caltrops spread wide across a street) which ranges from a mild annoyance (no poison) to truly dangerous (it is poisoned). I know the effect I want them ...
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How do skills work?

I am a new player creating a rogue character and I'm struggling to understand how the skill system works. I've spent about an hour searching through the Basic Rules and can't find anything. I'm ...
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Do special materials augment skills other than weapon skills?

I recently got into a debate with the four other members of my RP group over the use of specialist materials in skills. The basis behind the debate was whether special materials actually benefit ...
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What is an ability check without a DC called?

Sometimes the DM will want players to perform an ability check and not set a DC. They will instead use the result of the roll to give a sliding scale of success. Example: Two players are asked to ...
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Do I use the ability mod or skill mod when rolling an ability check?

When rolling for an ability check for say stealth, do I use the DEX modifier(say +3) or the stealth modifier(say +7) or both?
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Conceal Spellcasting - Skill or Skill Trick?

Races of Stone has a section in skills, which outlines how you can use Slight of Hand to conceal spellcasting. There is no special requirement: When casting a spell, you may make a Sleight of ...
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Can a wish spell grant new skills?

I was researching and trying to discern if a wish spell could give a PC a skill he does not have. I don't see anything that states it can or cannot but when compared to some of the things a wish could ...
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Maximum Ranks in Speak Language?

Is Speak Langauges subject to the same maximum rank as other skills? I.e., at level 1 with speak languages as a class skill, how many languages can I learn? 4, or more?
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What do you roll Insight against when the other person is telling the truth?

Frequently it comes up that characters will be talking to an NPC and one of them will say something similar to "Do I believe him?" "Roll an insight check." If they're lying, it's simple: an Insight ...
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Can you roll social skill-checks against other players?

This is the situation: In a group of four people, they've stumbled upon a magically locked tower. They discover a balcony, and three of the PC's want to enter through there. The Lawfully Good paladin ...
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How do the disguise kit and forgery kit work?

Many of the kits and tools described in the PHB (p. 154) state something like: Proficiency with this kit lets you add your proficiency bonus to any ability check you make to create [visual ...
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What kind of check is disguising a command word activation?

I want to activate a magic item using Command Words. I don't need to disguise the effect or that I used a command word at all. However, I want to disguise what the command word is, such as by saying a ...
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Take a worse result on a skill check [duplicate]

I was recently working on something in Pathfinder and I was wondering about circumstances where it would be more favorable to automatically fail on the check then to have any success. An example ...
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Build Advice For Pathfinder Oracle

I've made an Oracle, 1st level, Mystery of Lore, Haunted Curse, and I took Sidestep Secret as my first revelation. I'm trying to decide if I should focus on melee combat and take relevant feats for ...
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How to use, and not to overuse, Insight skill checks?

I've recently begun DMing a 5th edition D&D campaign after a long time of quiescence as Dungeon Master. I really like this new take on D&D, but still, soon a problem has resurfaced, that is: ...
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What's the perception DC of a shout spell?

In the spell Shout, I can make an extremely loud scream You emit an ear-splitting yell that deafens and damages creatures in its path. I don't think there's any rules at all for especially loud ...
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In Shadowrun 5e, do Knowledge Skills require a Specialization?

In the Shadowrun 5e core book, all knowledge skill examples are shown with specializations, do you need to designate a specialization whenever you take a knowledge skill? If not, does designating a ...
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How should character skills be categorised? [closed]

I would like to build my own RPG system. I'm not following any particular trope or format but I do usually enjoy characters who are the sum of their skills. I'd like to actively distinguish skills ...
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How do I work out the skill modes for a new Fate game design?

I’m working on a new Fate implementation as a personal project, deriving mainly from Fate Core, and I’d like to use skill modes for its skill system — I feel modes would be extremely suitable ...
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How to improve the Diplomacy skill mechanic in D&D 3.Xe and Pathfinder?

In D&D 3rd Edition, 3.5 Edition, and even Pathfinder, it is ridiculously easy as a player to purposely or inadvertently break the skill system, especially with Diplomacy. For example: A level 5 ...
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Why are there no skill descriptions in the 5E players handbook?

I can't find a description of hte clerics medicine skill anywhere. Am I just not looking in the right place? Thanks.
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Are there specific skills required to tame mounts?

I was recently playing a D&D 5e campaign, and we came across what appeared to be a newly born dragon. Being a Dragonborn character, I thought "Hey, it'd be cool if I had a dragon mount, right?". ...
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Casting Guidance cantrip for every roll?

What prevents a cleric from casting the Guidance spell every single turn and having everyone have 1D4 extra for their rolls, especially since you can combo it with this: It seems like every skill ...
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How powerful is the skill Bluff?

Is there any limit to the Bluff skill's ability to change other creatures' perceptions of the world around them? I think a high enough check result may allow any degree of change, but what's the Bluff ...
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Does Teamwork make you give up your action?

Both Fate Core and Fate Accelerated Edition have rules by which one player makes a roll and the others assist him without passing him free invocations or spending Fate points. In FAE this is called ...
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Character advancement - buying new skills with Karma

p.105 Core Rule book The skill table works on a similar principle, though Active Skill ratings costs are computed at new Rating x 2. If you are purchasing a brand new skill, find the desired ...
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How to handle “extra” skill points? [closed]

I'm building a GMPC character who's backstory involves learning forging from a smith father and learning violin (perform [string instruments]) from his mother. I don't want to waste points where I ...
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Can I use the cryptography skill to learn new languages?

I am wondering if i can reasonably use the cryptography skill in GURPS to attempt to learn a foreign language? An example would be my character only speaks english but discovers a book in french. It ...
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How to make sense of having one's passive Perception better than the active one? (e.g. when one takes the Observant feat) [closed]

Doesn't the Observant feat make you see more, when you're not actually looking? Or if you'd like me to rephrase that: doesn't it make you notice more, where you're not actively trying to notice ...
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How to handle Riding Horses in combat situations (Animal Handling)

Riding horses and Warhorses have a big price difference, so I'm trying to figure out their different abilities, beyond the barding thing. On the PHB all they say about Animal Handling is :"When ...
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How does DnD 5e handle group skill checks?

I have looked at the Lost Mine of Phandelver and see many times where a skill check for wisdom is vital, I want to get my group to work together, like everyone contributing and cooperating, instead of ...
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Are Nature and Intimidate checks supposed to be this powerful, even untrained?

A scenario that I recently got into was this: I (ranger), an avenger, and a fighter, all level 6, went to an empty cave, found a bear, and tried to calm it with Nature checks, and food, which I ...
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Where do I find the rules prohibiting animals from learning certain skills?

I remember some rules existing about certain skills being inappropriate for animals, or beyond their ability to use — either they don't get to take them in the first place, or the GM can forbid ...
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Putting more focus on knowledge skills

Knowledge skills are the cinderella of the skill set. Nobody really puts grades in Knowledge (local), Knowledge (Nature) or Knowledge (Royalty). If you have a bard in the group, all these knowledge ...
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Are there any systems featuring skill atrophy? [closed]

I was thinking the other day about skill atrophy - the opposite of advancement. What I mean precisely is a system that takes a use-it-or-lose-it approach to even maintaining skill proficiency. I was ...
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Do skills exist in D&D 5e? [closed]

I need to know if the abilities like spot, swim, move silently, and stuff like that exist in dungeons and dragons 5th edition. I really am confused about this. I know that there are skills like this ...
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How to house-rule re-locking a door using a lockpick?

It is apparently possible (in real life) to lock a lock using lockpicks: Locking locks by rgsupergrover » Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:48 am Sorry in advance since this may be a very ameture ...
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Are there rules as written for counter tracking?

I recall running a pre-generated mod years ago, where the NPCs were performing tracking (survival) checks to make their tracks more obscure to the party hunting them. I have been using this since ...
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Re-roll a failed exploration roll?

Can you re-roll a failed check in exploration? Beginner DM here btw :) For example:- A character tries to squeeze through a gap, either rolling a strength or Dex skill check. If they fail, can they ...
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What skill or skills should apply to an appraisal check in 5e?

This may be more than one answer, depending on what is being appraised. Is the following at least reasonable,or am I missing anything? Arcana - magic items, spell scrolls, potions (as long as they ...
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Official rules for using optional skills

I'm having troubles in my D&D 4e table because the skill system, even though it's simple and fast, is also limited. And there are quite a few things my characters want to do and sometimes I just ...
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Can tumble and jump be done at the same time?

Suppose we have a creature with a base move speed of 50ft. Suppose that creature is standing on a small platform and wishes to jump across a gap 15ft wide to another small platform. Also suppose that ...
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What weapon training is required to fire ship weapons?

When fighting against other ships, you must make a Ballistic Skill test to shoot your ship's weapons. Do these weapons require any sort of training? None of the "Weapon traning skills" mention ...
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Can Honeyed Words be used for Feinting?

I'm playing a Rogue and I'd like to improve my chances of Feinting for the purposes of getting some sneak attack damage. I was reading Honeyed Words on the pfsrd, but don't have the Advanced Player's ...
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Using skills in place of attacking - how can I contribute? [closed]

I'm trying to play a Rogue who doesn't fight directly, but I still want to help out in combat. I've asked my GM if he's ok with me attempting more creative or unusual actions, and he's said yes. (Side ...
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Is there a set of mechanics for Craft (Mechanic) in d20 Modern beyond those in the core books?

I've been having a hard time judging what to make the proper DC for Craft (Mechanic) checks in d20 Modern. The core books provide a few examples of things that are Simple all the way up to Advanced, ...
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Do you add Proficiency bonus AND the stat modifier to skill rolls?

I know this basic knowledge, but I seemed to have missed this info in the player's manual. Say someone makes an stealth check: do I add their Dexterity modifier and their proficiency bonus in Stealth ...