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

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How does a shadowdancer use nearby shadows to hide in plain sight?

In pathfinder; a shadowdancer acquires the ability to hide while being observed. A shadowdancer can use the Stealth skill even while being observed. As long as she is within 10 feet of an area ...
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Which skills are lost first if Intelligence drops? Can I choose?

As per this question, permanent increases to Intelligence retroactively grant new skill points in Pathfinder. If I lose my Intelligence bonus, is there a rule for which skill I lose first? Can I ...
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Can a spellcraft check reveal the target of a spell?

You can use spellcraft to identify a spell as it is being cast. But does this check let you know the target of the spell? As an example of when this could matter quite a lot, Dominate allows you to ...
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How do I learn new skills?

In D&D 5E, is there a way besides the Guild Artisan Background (PHB 132-133) to learn professional skills? I.e. blacksmithing, knowledge, gem cutting, etc.?
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Can you take 10 on Aid Another?

I've only seen the "take 10" specifically disabled for ritual checks (PH1, p. 300). Are they allowed for Aid Another?
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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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How can you use skills of different scope to complement one another in FATE 2.0?

I GM a lot of FATE 2.0, especially one-shots. A recurring problem for me is when a player takes two (or more) skills in the same area of differing specificity. The most recent example is a character ...
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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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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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Can non-psionic classes use the Autohypnosis skill?

The Autohypnosis skill was added by Ultimate Psionics, published by Dreamscarred Press*. On this page it says: Presented are new psionics-related skills and existing skills that are used in new ...
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“If I have 3 or more ranks…” What does that mean?

In some skills, it is written that if you have three or more ranks in the skill, something will happen, such as the Acrobatics skill: If you have 3 or more ranks in Acrobatics, you gain a +3 dodge ...
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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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Difference between Athletics and Acrobatics?

What are the differences between Athletics and Acrobatics (aside from the stats they are based on) and is there anything interchangeable?When should one be used over the other? When I see these two ...
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Should a history skill check let a PC identify a language?

I have a player who argues that a History check should allow a PC to identify a language. In the past I ruled it a hard 'no' but always made an exception if a player can somehow justify it; e.g., "I ...
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Wild Reaper (druid variant) skill priorities

I am playing in a campaign as a wild reaper, which is a druid variant. One of the wild reaper disadvantages compared to a normal druid is that I only get 2 + Int bonus skill points per level, and I ...
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Do shield and armor check modifiers stack?

If I wear Hide armor (Check -1) and use a Heavy Shield (Check -2) is my check -2 or -3? In other words, do the checks stack or do I use the highest negative?
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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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Failing to use acrobatics to move through threatened squares in Pathfinder

As a rogue I want to start making better use of the Acrobatics skill to move through threatened squares to get better positioning. However, I have been holding back because I am a little unclear on ...
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Are skills only improved via proficiency and ability scores?

In D&D 5e, is the only way to get higher skill ranks determined by prof bonus and ability score? Is my only choice to wait til 4th level, raise an ability score, and improve my proficiency bonus ...
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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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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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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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Should all players be able to roll skill checks together?

Recently started DMing and, during the game, they captured a Goblin and attempted to pry information from him. My question is, is every player allowed to roll intimidation/persuasion in an attempt to ...
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Can you choose a second craft/profession/perform subskill as a class skill when multiclassing?

I'm wondering if you can make a second craft, profession, or perform skill a class skill upon multiclassing, so that, for example, you could have both Craft (Alchemy) and Craft (Weapons) as class ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are class skills picked before or after your character's Background is selected?

In the Backgrounds section: Each background gives a character proficiency in two skills. Skills are described in chapter 7. In addition, most backgrounds give a character proficiency with one ...
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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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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? [closed]

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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What is the use for an alchemist's lab?

If the alchemist's lab (500gp) provides +2 circumstance bonus on craft(alchemy) checks, what use is there for it if a masterwork artisan's tools (55gp) already provides the same bonus on ANY craft ...
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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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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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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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Is there any way to cast non-cantrip spells without taking a level in a spellcasting class?

Can a Fighter learn spells and cast them without multiclassing? I know of feats in supplement books that allow characters to learn and cast 1 cantrip ( lvl 0 spell). I was wondering if there is either ...
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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 ...