Abilities of characters that describe their capabilities in a range of areas.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (2)

11
votes
6answers
1k views

Aced d4s vs skill development in Savage Worlds

Is there errata covering aced rolls when skills are at low levels vs higher? I've heard of players staying at rudimentary skill in order to reward themselves with aced rolls more frequently than ...
11
votes
2answers
2k views

Would Animal Handling apply when interacting with a young dragon?

From when a dragon hatches from its egg to the end of its life, could a character use Animal Handling to interact favourably with it? If so, when (in terms of life stages of the dragon) would it apply ...
11
votes
9answers
1k views

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 ...
11
votes
4answers
482 views

Does finding and removing a trap require one or two find/remove traps rolls?

Most of the question's above. I shall be running a campaign tomorrow where thieves and traps may have a higher profile than usual, and it occurred to me to wonder whether the thief skill of ...
11
votes
5answers
1k views

What skill to use to determine cause of death and analyse wounds?

When running Pathfinder one of the players wanted his character to investigate how a walking corpse had originally died. This obviously calls for some skill check, as the task if far from easy (the ...
11
votes
3answers
4k views

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 ...
11
votes
2answers
619 views

How often should the players roll Bluff when interacting with NPCs

My party had secretly infiltrated a stronghold and we were Disguised (using magic) as the leadership of the place after eliminating the real leadership. While rifling through the head honchos stuff ...
11
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
11
votes
2answers
1k views

What is/are the basic mathematical models for skill-check based systems?

It seems that there is some model-agnostic thinking around skill-check based systems, and I'm interested in finding out what designers use to model them. Ignoring the dice for a moment, and stating ...
11
votes
2answers
832 views

What rules govern group skill checks?

A number of published adventures mention rolling a "group stealth check" and other group checks where, theoretically, a proportion of the players try to beat the DC. Are there formal rules for this, ...
11
votes
2answers
708 views

Is this how to hide?

I know that Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 is a pretty lousy stealth simulator--which is probably why I've not seen a lot of folks try to play characters that hide--, but I want to clarify the hiding rules ...
10
votes
5answers
3k views

Are there rules for skinning animals and making leather armor with the hide?

Recently I was DMing a game, and my players ran into a giant lizard. After they defeated it, they asked if they could skin the lizard and make it into armor. I basically just made it up on the fly; ...
10
votes
4answers
987 views

Dark Sun 4E: Is Religion a useless skill?

1. Is Religion a useless skill in 4E Dark Sun? I know the Divine Power classes are out (aside from house rules) and was thinking that Religion as a knowledge class is of limited or virtually no ...
10
votes
2answers
226 views

What is a fair use or bonus for having a book of lore about an applicable subject?

In the PHB, a book has a listed description and value (25pg), and in the scholars's pack a book of lore is listed while those with the cloistered scholar background (SCAG) start with a book on a ...
10
votes
3answers
1k views

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 ...
10
votes
3answers
4k views

Question regarding spellcraft: Learn a spell

Browsing the PHB, I noticed the 3rd entry of the spellcraft skill's usages: 15 + spell level: Learn a spell from a spellbook or scroll (wizard only). No retry for that spell until you gain at ...
10
votes
6answers
611 views

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 ...
10
votes
2answers
861 views

Bardic Music with visual or silent performance types

Bardic Music states two conflicting things. I want to know what you guys think should be the ruling, because I'm seriously trying to convince my DM that this should work. Bardic Music can use ANY ...
10
votes
1answer
261 views

Truenamer's Knowledge Focus

I've had a little of a dispute with a player regarding Truenamer, his Knowledge Focus class feature and whenever it applies as prereq to, let's say, gaining a prestige class. The class feature is: ...
10
votes
1answer
473 views

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.
10
votes
3answers
395 views

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 ...
10
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
10
votes
2answers
5k views

How does a DM define a Skill Check value?

When a DM says make a skill check, how do they decide what value they need to beat?
10
votes
2answers
166 views

Infiltration trapping in Burglary

I am translating certain portions of the rules of The Dresden Files RPG to my native language (because there is no official translation), and I fail to understand what exactly the Infiltration ...
10
votes
1answer
213 views

First Aid (Grant 2nd Wind) question

Quick question about first aid (grant 2nd wind). The rules say that the target can use 2nd wind without using an action, so does this mean I could use this to heal a dying character as long as they ...
10
votes
2answers
406 views

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 ...
9
votes
8answers
862 views

Which systems do you find most realistically model progression through skills?

The role-playing systems I've played so far seem to either provide a mostly artificial skill system progression, or ignore skill progression entirely. I'd like to learn about, and maybe try playing, ...
9
votes
5answers
604 views

Skill Proficiency vs. Character Backstory

I have found myself in a position, as a DM, that is causing me some discomfort. What do I do when, in a specific situation, a PC's back-story and skill proficiency do not match? This has occurred to ...
9
votes
4answers
4k views

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 ...
9
votes
5answers
6k views

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: ...
9
votes
1answer
849 views

Can you see the moon with the spot skill?

This is born from a... pedantic ... argument. The argument is, with the spot skill, you take a -1 penalty per 10 feet of distance to the object you are trying to spot. Trying to see the moon on a ...
9
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
9
votes
1answer
321 views

Where are a monster's skills?

If you grab a goblin for example, and the goblin test to escape it says to have it make an acrobatics or athletics check but I can't seem to find where it says there skills? Any help?
9
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...
9
votes
1answer
1k views

When are characters restricted from using Untrained Skills in 4e?

There is a large volume of information on using skills in 4e D&D. The basic assumption is that the character using the skill is trained and the rules reflect this. My question is, what about ...
9
votes
1answer
374 views

Can a creature use an Immediate Interrupt (Trigger: Enemy Movement) against his own forced Move Action?

If a creature has an Immediate Interrupt action with a Trigger: Enemy Movement - can the creature use an ability that forcefully pulls the target - then immediately after pulling the target, invoke ...
8
votes
5answers
4k views

What classes other than Rogue can initially train in Thievery?

My gaming buddies and I are about to start up a second group to play D&D 4e with, and I'm looking for a class to replace the rogue to freshen things up a little. The only problem is that Thievery ...
8
votes
4answers
431 views

Will a house-rule for trained skills work?

I've been using a house rule for a while now. If you have a trained skill, and you are making a knowledge check it's free. For example, if you are trained in nature, and fighting natural beasts; you ...
8
votes
3answers
6k views

How to roll perception checks for characters who aren't actively looking?

This applies to all d20 systems, but with an example from the from the Pathfinder PRD (emphasis mine): Stonecunning: Dwarves receive a +2 bonus on Perception checks to potentially notice unusual ...
8
votes
2answers
1k views

How broken is Aid Another to individual skill checks?

So I've got a party of 6 who regularly will jump in automatically to 'Aid Another' when someone makes an individual, out-of-comabt skill check. Perception the room for traps? Aid Another. History or ...
8
votes
2answers
609 views

Can Intimidate be used to cause fear of other forces?

In Pathfinder, can the Intimidate skill be used to cause fear of and act on fear of third party forces? For example, my veteran Dwarven soldier walks up to a civilian, and says "I've seen the terrors ...
8
votes
3answers
1k views

Using Intimidate and/or Diplomacy to kill enemies

This question came up during another question regarding the use of cursed items as offensive weapons; however, I think there's a more general question that's otherwise identical: If a PC X succeeds ...
8
votes
2answers
316 views

What skills would a DFRPG PC roll when playing a video game?

In an upcoming session, one of the PCs will be babysitting a pre-teen video gamer. I expect that we'll be modeling a PvP scenario and want to roll some dice; whether as a conflict or a contest I don't ...
8
votes
2answers
428 views

Can circumstances change a skill's key ability score?

Can you use a different key ability for a skill check when it would make more sense for the situation? I think that I've read of this being done. I know there are feats and other abilities that let ...
8
votes
2answers
537 views

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?
8
votes
3answers
2k views

Intimidation in D&D 4e - What can it be used for and what are the consequences for doing so?

I'm a Halfling Warlock with a +17 to my rolls in Intimidation. As such I want to be able to make use of this as much as I can. So far I've only really used it to force bloodied targets to surrender. ...
8
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
8
votes
1answer
476 views

Can you redo a failed skill check?

If I were to fail a dexterity roll to unlock a chest, could I redo it next time? I know that if you fail a skill challenge it is permanent, but are skill checks the same, or can you redo them? If you ...
8
votes
1answer
348 views

Is there a generic way to add disguise as a class skill?

Is there some generic way to add disguise as a class skill to any class that doesn't have it? For example, many traits add other skills, but I haven't been able to find one for disguise. I'm looking ...
8
votes
1answer
143 views

Can aspects function as “New Action” stunts?

The most basic option for a stunt is to allow a skill to do something that it normally can’t do. (FC89) But can an aspect do that too? Aspects are supposed to be permissions for certain types ...