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

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Can you intentionally fail a skill check?

This comes up to me in the context of the 3.x/PF/d20 Fly skill, even when I simply read about it: Can you intentionally fail a Fly skill check, or any other skill check for that matter, if you, or ...
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How does concealment work?

I'm confused about how concealment in combat works in D&D Fifth Edition. If there are environmental effects that make it difficult to see a character, but do not grant physical cover, how does ...
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What kind of check would it be to identify meat?

If the characters were presented with some cubes of cooked meat, what kind of check would be necessary for them to make in order to determine what kind of animal or creature it came from. For ...
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Can PCs learn skill, proficiencies, or spells from other PCs?

Can PCs learn skills, tool proficiencies, or spells from other players' characters in the game? In our game the rogue and ranger spend a lot of time scouting and working together. The rogue wanted to ...
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Does a character get all Skills or just Class Skills?

Introduction A friend and I have recently decided to give Star Wars Saga Edition a go and before we introduce it to our entire group, we want to run a few short 1-on-1 adventures to get the hang of ...
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How does Jack of All Trades interact with Reliable Talent?

The Bard's Jack of All Trades says you can add half of your proficiency bonus to rolls to skills that you otherwise can't add your proficiency bonus. And the Rogue's Reliable Talent feature lets them ...
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Our ranger has too many skill ranks for his skills

My group is fairly small (3 characters including my own), and ranks in skills seem to be a bit off for us. We are calculating skill ranks properly for each of our characters, but our ranger seems to ...
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Can a sleeping character Hide?

Hiding requires an opposed roll. Can a sleeping character hide at all? If they do so, do they roll Hide when they go to sleep (for hiding their sleeping spot, etc.), or do they make an opposed roll ...
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How to determine Difficulty Class for skills?

Does anyone have specific rules they use to determine a skill check's difficulty class for players? I've been using this rule of thumb: DC 5 = Very Easy DC 10 = Easy ... DC 35+ Extremely Hard ...
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Why are the recommended DCs grouped by 3's?

In the 4th edition DMGs (DMG p42, DMG2 p80), recommended DCs for easy, moderate, and hard situations are provided in tables. What's interesting is that the levels in the left-hand column are grouped ...
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Buttering up the Brainless — Social checks on unintelligent npcs?

Does Pathfinder have options for using Diplomacy to befriend or interact mindless creatures, such as oozes, zombies, golems or plants? What about Intimidate checks for instructing these sorts? If it ...
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Which skills can be used passively?

I understand how Insight and Perception can be used passively: for the DM to determine if an enemy Deception or Stealth attempt is successful without alerting the players that someone is deceiving or ...
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Can I make ability checks when my ability score is lower than the DC?

I'm new at Pathfinder and have a question nobody in my group of newbies knows the answer to. Can you attempt a DC 16 strength check if you have 12 strength? Option 1: With 12 strength you have a +1 ...
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D&D 5th edition questions [closed]

A group of friends and myself are starting up D&D for the first time. So we are starting with the 5th edition since it's the latest edition. Now I am currently building my character and I am ...
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Active Opposition with Free-Form Professions in Fate

I'm running a Fate Core game with Free-Form Professions as skill list. Now different actions may be more or less difficult from the perspective of different skills. Breaking into a house unseen should ...
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Does the game break if a character can't fail Appraise skill checks?

I'm homebrewing a class, and at about character level 14 I'm considering granting the class the following special ability: Appraise Anything (Ex): The creature's Appraise skill check result always ...
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Does every specialization of Craft you take get the class skill bonus, or just the first?

Suppose I'm playing a character with Craft as a class skill. I put 1 rank in it, select Weaponsmith to fit my background and end up with Craft (Weapons) +4. Now, if I later decide I want to be able to ...
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Balancing character intelligence against players wits

This might be a broad topic, so let me focus on one scenario, where I would like to hear which actions and methods fellow GMs use. A fantasy campaign runs along. BLUE plays a character who is dumb as ...
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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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What precedent is there for my homebrew “skill” concept?

I'm starting to use a skill-like mechanic for my NPCs which is kind of a cross between modes and the aspects only option. I want to know what systems have used a feature like this, so I can build on ...
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Should Merits be given as rewards when the accomplishments match?

As a storyteller, are merits acquired only through experience after character creation, or do you reward your players with them for accomplishing their goals? Suppose a situation like the following ...
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What to roll to unjam gun in Shadowrun 5e

Let's say player rolled a glitch and weapon is jammed. What skill should he roll to unjam it? I tried to find this info in core rulebook but I failed. It makes no sense to me to use Armorer (Logic) ...
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Skill to represent understanding dead languages, not necessarily speaking them

A character I'm creating is going to be an expert in ancient and dead languages, hopefully quite a few. Is a linguistics speciality in Academics enough (so he can decode/translate ancient Sumerian ...
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Can a familiar learn languages from ranks in linguistics?

According to RAW on familiars for Wizard/Sorcerer/Witch Skills: For each skill in which either the master or the familiar has ranks, use either the normal skill ranks for an animal of that type or ...
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Does passive perception supersede active perception? [duplicate]

If a player makes an active perception check and it is lower than their passive perception, should we use the passive perception instead? Background: During our weekly game yesterday the party scout ...
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Does 5th edition have the equivalent of Taking 20?

In 3rd edition D&D there was the option to Take 10 or Take 20 on a skill check. Does an equivalent rule exist in 5th edition? If the answer is no, have you tried houseruling it in, and what ...
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How can I get my group to use actual weaponry, not just improvised?

Currently playing a survival-horror game (All Flesh Must Be Eaten), and our characters are your average mix'n'match group of lucky-to-be-alive survivors. My issue is, one of our characters (a 21 y/o ...
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Items to enhance spot checks?

My character often has to make spot checks for various purposes, so I am considering trying to help myself with some magic tool to improve my spot checks. But after a quick research in D&Dtools ...
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How to manage character arguments / conflict?

I'm a new DM and have just started a 4e game as Play by Post. The game has started with one character (Bob) recruiting in a pub and the first response was from another character (Al) wanting to ...
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Does a dwarf take only a -2 penalty to disguise himself as a dragon?

A creature who wants to masquerade as a creature of a different race takes a -2 penalty to Disguise skill checks according to the skill Disguise (PH 72-3). I know that kind and type (and subtype) have ...
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What skill list should I use for a game set in ancient Greece? [closed]

I am pondering over a skill list for Fate Core game set in ancient Greece. Set in Athens of the Classical period (We do not want to pinpoint it on a precise year), the main themes are concerned with ...
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When is each skill used when searching for hidden objects like traps?

This actually a number of questions that conform to the title question, and which all stem from a bit of rules confusion. Let's start with the rules confusion. On pg 178, under the skill ...
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What properties of a magic item can be identified with skill checks?

Let's say a Level 1 Cleric finds a very powerful ring (e.g. Ring of Three Wishes). Since the cleric has no idea what this ring is for, what kinds of skill checks etc. can he use at which DC to ...
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How do I deal with players that pick very situational skills for a Campaign?

Well, luckily I don't have Power Gamers, in my game table, they all like to tailor skills according to the character background; however in many situation this makes them pick skills that are rarely ...
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In the skill list, when do ability modifiers apply?

In D&D 3.5e, do ability modifiers apply to all skills, or do they only apply to skills that you've spent skill points putting ranks into? The way the rulebook explains it is a bit confusing.
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Relative difficulty in Savage Worlds skill checks?

I'm a new GM running a Savage Worlds game, and I'm wondering if someone can help me understand the best way to set up a skill check with relative difficulties. Specifically, how do you differentiate ...
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How can you gain proficiency in a skill after level 1?

I have been reading the Basic Rules a couple times, but could not find any way to gain proficiency in skills past level 1. For example, if I create a Rogue, I may chose 4 skills among 11: ...
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Are there maneuver options for non-combat skills?

My GURPS GM complains that the PCs put a point or two in most skills, except for combat skills which get 10-20% of our character points. Aside from the fact that he asks us to make more combat checks ...
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System recommendation: Dynamic, engaging, and realistic skill rolls

Our group has been taking issue with traditional systems for rolling and resolving skill checks/skill encounters, and we were wondering if there are more dynamic and realistic options out there. Most ...
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How do you “pinpoint” with Listen Skill and “Keen Eared Scout” Feat in 3.5?

As per the Rules Compendium at p.14, beating a Listen DC by 20 allows you to pinpoint the 5' square that the sound is coming from, a very important function when facing stealthy or invisible ...
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Can player characters identify monsters?

In D&D 5e, I can't find a skill check for identifying monsters. (Other than Arcana for planar monsters). Can PCs identify monsters, and if so, what skill should they use? (Or is it just a Wis/Int ...
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How many doses of poison does the Craft (alchemy) skill check produce if completed?

I can find no reference in published Pathfinder material to how many doses a completed Craft (alchemy) skill would yield as a result. It seems to me that only 1 dose would be of very limited use ...
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Changing the attribute applied to a skill and penalties to attribute based checks

Student of philosophy causes you to use intelligent instead of charisma for certain uses of diplomacy and bluffing. Would family ties apply a penalty to those uses since it now uses intelligence? ...
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How could discipline be used to aim weapons?

My friend is a cryomancer and is arguing using Discipline to aim Guns, is this possible? Maybe as a stunt or something. It would be like the inverse of using Guns to aim an enchanted item effect ...
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What skills should a Wizard pick? [closed]

Wizards have a somewhat limited pick of really useful skills: Concentration and Spellcraft are of course mandatory, Decipher Script and Knowlege (arcana) are good ideas as well, but what about the ...
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Why is Survival not a class skill for animals?

Question in title. Seems odd that an animal isn't naturally inclined to get bonuses to Survival, which typically involves dealing with the wilds and it's associated difficulties (an animal's natural ...
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Why take Linguistics if you can cast Comprehend Languages?

Given the nature of the spell Comprehend Languages in Pathfinder, is there any particular advantage to taking Linguistics for a character who can cast it? Especially given the chance of severe (or ...
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Class skill +3, when you have 1 rank in that skill

"If you select a level in a new class, all of its class skills are automatically added to your list of class skills, and you gain a +3 bonus on these skills if you have ranks in them." I'm confused ...
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Can you save skill points for later levels?

When you level up you get a degree of skill points equal to your INT modifyer plus whatever your class modifyer is. But are you required to use these skill points when you level up, or can you save ...
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What guidelines, if any, exist to guide the DM in establishing difficulty level for skill/ability checks?

Reading through the basic set there is a DC Check difficulty table found on page. 58, but aside from the basic description of what a check is and the basic mechanics (d20 + mod/skill + any situational ...