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

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Does the DM tell the players when a skill check can be used in a conversation?

Often times in adventures the players can make a skill check during conversation to learn some important information. Does the DM tell the players or otherwise give them a hint that a particular ...
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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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What does the skill “Knowledge (any)” mean?

In Dungeons and Dragons, my character is a Bard Elf. I have the Bard Starting Package, which includes four starting skills (I can only choose 4 due to modifiers) But after "Knowledge", in parentheses ...
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What systems do use-based skill upgrades well? [closed]

By "use-based skill upgrades," I mean skills are increased as they're used. At some point, everyone questions the sense in killing just enough Orcs that you get better at sneaking. This sort of ...
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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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Beginner DM questions: Exploration and skill-checks

A group of friends and I have started playing the Red Box(4e), which we are enjoying a lot. I am the DM for this and probably the next adventure and our DM will change every few adventures to keep ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Is making a skill check in place of another check still considered the original skill?

I have an ability that allows me to make a "Use the Force" check in place of a "Stealth" check for the purposes of avoiding detection. Is it still considered a "stealth check" and i am just using my ...
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How can I use a Conspiracy X Influence system in GUMSHOE?

One of Conspiracy X's greatest innovations was influence and pulling strings to represent the important and influential “day jobs” players come from. These day jobs range from the FBI, to the DEA, to ...
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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 ...
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Do check bonuses apply to passive checks?

The Warlord Class Feature Canny Leader grants a "+2 bonus to Insight checks and Perception checks" to you and allies within 10 squares. Does this also apply to checks against Passive Perception and ...
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How can you model giving skills in Kerberos Club FATE?

So, I'm planning out a Misfits-style game using the rules from the Kerberos Club in Fate. Misfits is about a bunch of young offenders who get super powers. And the part of Kerberos Club I'm using is ...
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Are there any good alternatives to the Move Silently skill, preferably magic or spell based?

I want to create a spellcaster who specializes in stealth. I know that I can substitute spells like Invisibility for the Hide skill, and I can use either the Mindsight feat or the Tremorsense spell to ...
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What use is Skill Beyond Your Years?

In low-level D&D variant E6, you max out at level 6 and only gain feats every 5,000XP thereafter. There is a feat as follows: Skill Beyond Your Years Prerequisite: Level 6 Pick a skill. ...
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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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When do skills count as class skills when you have multiple (prestige) classes?

If you have multiple classes and/or prestige classes, what happens to the lists of class skills you have? Do they exist seperately and you use them when you take a level of that skill, or are they all ...
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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 ...
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Skill to recognize cleric domains and what spells appear on them?

For a homebrew class that I’d like to make sure remains consistent with existing rules on this subject, I need to know if any rules exist that cover the following. Suppose you know a character ...
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Does the Favored Enemy feature count when using INT skills?

The Ranger's Favored Enemy feature gives Advantage to Intelligence checks when trying to remember information about your enemy. Does that count when making an Intelligence (History) check, for ...
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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 ...
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Does a monster knowledge check allow the character to learn everything about a monster's powers?

A monster knowledge check, if successful grants: The character identifies the monster and knows its origin, type, typical temperament, and keywords. If the character meets of exceeds the hard ...
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AD&D 1e and “Skill Checks”

I've been reading the Quick Primer for Old School Gaming and I have found it enlightening, to say the least. One of the issues it brings up is the use of skill checks to determine whether or not ...
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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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Does Create a Diversion to Hide come with all the Rules of Hidden Club, or bypass them?

In D&D 4e, characters have a couple of straightforward ways to become Hidden through their skills. The first is to use the Stealth skill. This is a check usually made at the end of a move. Using ...
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Can Bluff be used to emulate an alignment?

If a character has something like the Touch of Golden Ice feat (Book of Exalted Deeds, pg41) could an evil character use bluff to avoid the ill effects, or is there an item that already does this?
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Do proficiencies stack?

In D&D 5e it is possible for a character to receive proficiency in the same skill, tool, weapon and/or armor from Class, Race, and/or Background. Do any of these proficiencies stack, thereby ...
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How can I use the skill system from D&D3e in AD&D2e?

How can I use the skill system from 3rd edition in a 2nd edition game? Are there any problems with just adding it as-is? Are there any good houserules online? Personal experience is much appreciated. ...
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Is it possible to get more successes than you have dice in your pool in Ubiquity?

With reference to this question and this answer, I wonder if ubiquity has a rolling up mechanic, to allow the slight possibility of exceptional successes. So, Is it possible in Ubiquity to get more ...
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Outdoors Alchemy

As a part of a module, our low-level party was sent on some random island with just 10 gp worth of gear each. The logical conclusion from that - as long as we want to have good stuff, we have to do it ...
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How can a Shadowdancer use spring attack with Hide in Plain Sight?

In Stealth skill, it is mentioned that; It's impossible to use Stealth while attacking, running, or charging. In a scenario where the attacker has Spring Attack feat or can move after an ...
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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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Legends of Anglerre chargen questions

I looked over Legends of Anglerre's explanation of quick character generation and it doesn't seem to exactly explain what power scope is covers. What characters does it allow? Additionally, I am not ...
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What is an appropriate list of Medical Investigation Skills for GUMSHOE?

I’m currently working on a one-shot for Gumsheos that will be very medically focused where the characters are quarantined in a medical facility and trying to identify a “super plague” of occult ...
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Dresden Files RPG: Can Spells Mimic or Replace other Skills?

I haven't found the section in the DFRPG Your Story Core Rule book that specifically talks about if a Spell could fully replace Skills. Can anybody point me to the specific section in the book that ...
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Are the Lying, Charm, and other manipulation skills opposed rolls?

I ran my first session of Unknown Armies the other day, and this came up. Lying is one of the standard skills that all characters get. However, it is not defined in the rules as to whether using the ...
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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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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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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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Maximum number of points in a skill per level? [duplicate]

I remember when creating my level 1 rogue many moons ago - for my first Pathfinder game ever - that our GM told us there was a max. number of skill points we could put into each skill. I don't ...
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What skill should PCs use to find information in books in D&D 3.5e?

The PCs don't have much time: they have to find certain mission critical bits of knowledge in a few ancient tomes on magic. It's not a matter of minutes, but they definitely can't read all the books ...
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RPG Systems with Attribute-based learning speed

I'm a first time poster (but an old time lurker on stackoverflow). I'm implementing a RPG system (personal use only) that is currently in beta testing. The idea for skills and progression is that ...
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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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Are class skill bonuses per rank or only once?

A skill gets a +3 bonus if it's a class skill. Do you only get the bonus once, or do you get the bonus for every rank put into the skill?
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How much should I reveal on a successful creature Knowledge check?

I am a very new GM, with new players as well, and I am wondering how much information on a creature I should reveal if they make a successful nature/arcana/religion/whatever check. My players want to ...
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How can you create a well-rounded four character party that is trained in most skills?

Any D&D 4th Ed. player knows that a well-rounded party needs a controller, a striker, a defender, and a leader. Most often, I think a character's function and contribution to the party is ...
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Is there a distinction between skill and knowledge checks?

On page 26 of the DMG it describes knowledge checks as giving the players particular information, such as a history check to identify a region. But wouldn't a skill check be the same? Or does the ...
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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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Can I Rope Check After Tripping?

I can't find anywhere stating when I can use my rope skill to tie someone up. I know it's obvious that if they're incapacitated I should question this but I'm wondering if, after I trip them and ...
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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?