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

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Retrying a failed skill challenge

On page 74 of the DMG (Step 5: Consequences), it says that if you fail a skill challenge, it can become more difficult, such as detouring you in a different direction. Could you attempt the same ...
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Does Acrobatics allow you to move at full speed through Difficult Terrain?

It seems to me like it should, but I don't think I've seen it stated plain and simple. What I have found is in Acrobatics: You can keep your balance while traversing narrow or treacherous ...
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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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Which skill check (if any) lets characters free themselves from rope bindings?

The characters will find themselves tied up to trees. What skill check will they need to use - Athletics?
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D&D 4E, Passive Perception or Passive Insight instead of rolling

In my D&D game, I'm unsure whether to allow players to use their Passive Insight or Passive Perception instead of rolling when they are actively trying to inspect something. Do I make them roll ...
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What is the penalty for stealthing at normal speed?

In both Pathfinder and D&D 3.5e, the rules for stealthing (Stealth, Hide and Move Silently) state: When moving at a speed greater than half but less than your normal speed, you take a –5 ...
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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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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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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 do raising skills work in The One Ring?

When the adventuring phase ends, PCs can use their advancement points to raise common skills and experience to raise other stats. I hav several doubts about that: Is advancement points the only way ...
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Helping and FoRKs on a beginner's luck test

Which of the following scenarios are possible (under suitable fictional circumstances, of course)? Rolling a skill with beginner's luck, helping with a skill Rolling a skill with beginner's luck, ...
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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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Is there a way to use Charisma in an intimidate check?

I understand Intimidate using Strength as its skill when done in a manner of just looking scary enough to demoralize your opponent, but is there a way to use Charisma to intimidate with words? Aside ...
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Acquiring non-class skills for which untrained checks aren't allowed after character creation

I have a Paladin, now level 2, and at character creation, I didn't exactly have a ton of skill points to set. I have -1 in INT and I'm not a human, so that left me with quite little choice. This ...
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Does the Cloistered Cleric's skill list include the original Cleric's skills?

1st I am ONLY looking for RAW answers, I have plenty of my own logical reasonings for the answer should be what I think it should be so I don't need more of those. Please read the whole question to ...
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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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What is the difference between Skill Challenges and Skill Checks?

I was reading the DMG (p 72 to be specific), and I noticed that "haggling with a merchant" is just a simple Diplomacy check and not a complete skill challenge. How does a "skill check" differ from a ...
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Is automatic success guaranteed when Aiding Another with a high skill?

In my campaign, we've used the old mechanics for Aid Another up until now: roll 10 or more to assist with a +2, if you roll under you simple fail to assist. I recently became aware of the errataed Aid ...
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How to represent streetwise skills?

Some game systems have a Streetwise skill. Here are things that it's usually related to: Knowing about urchins, pick-pockets and urban gangs, their organization, codes, behaviors Knowing who's where ...
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Does Perfect maneuverability need Fly checks?

I can't seem to find a detailed breakdown of how to use Flight as a PC beyond what to expect of different maneuverability levels, but whenever flying is mentioned I sometimes come accross mention of ...
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For a Halfling Swashbuckler, how much investment in intimidate is worth it?

At 3rd level, Swashbucklers gain the following deed: Menacing Swordplay (Ex): At 3rd level, while she at least 1 panache, when a swashbuckler hits an opponent with a light or one-handed piercing ...
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Does the Vigor skill improve Fast Healing?

The Vigor skill is one of the skills in Legend that has additional benefits just for being trained in it. At five or more ranks, Vigor improves a character's ability to be healed, adding five hit ...
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Continuous acrobatics in Pathfinder?

Knowing that there is no penalty to use acrobatics to move through a threatened area, other than moving at half speed for the normal DC, why not continuously use it to move? And why not attempt to ...
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Is gaining Fly as a class skill with the Feather Subdomain supposed to replace gaining Knowledge (Nature) with the Animal Domain?

I'm creating a cleric of Erastil and I'm thinking about choosing the Good domain and Feather subdomain. Should the Fly skill be the only class skill gained or is it supposed to supplement the ...
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Can I default to Swimming?

I've been told that in Shadowrun 2e, there was a tree of skills that connected to every other skill (with varying degrees of distance), and in order to default you would take a die penalty to move ...
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Combat - What is the chance of hitting someone on Range? [closed]

I'm designing a game system, and am working on the combat system. I have several questions, and I'm trying to create a system that is as realistic as possible. Sadly I have no experience with guns or ...
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Pickpocketing through powers in GURPS

One of my players was thinking of creating "the best pickpocket evar" in GURPS 4e. Naturally, there will be some skills involved, but he's envisioning crazy stuff, like he's standing 5 feet away and ...
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Legend of the Five Rings Jiujitsu Alternate Rules [closed]

I love L5R. The setting is in depth and has just the right mix of different Asian cultures. I'm gearing up to play 4th edition and I'm excited to see what changes are in effect. The only problem with ...
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How to represent Tradecraft in GUMSHOE?

How can you represent good tradecraft in GUMSHOE-based games, such as Esoterrorists? That is, the techniques used in espionage, the topics or techniques (dead drops, for example).
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What Investigative Skills for Trail of Cthulhu at time of Sun King?

For a Trail of Cthulhu scenario set during the reign of the Sun King in France (1643 to 1715) what Investigative skills would I keep, remove and add?
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Healing Kits in combat

2 players are in combat, with no healing abilities except for 1 player has the Healing skill and also has a Healing Kit +1. Can he use that kit in combat to heal his friend that is low on health or ...
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What 3–4 social skills would cover every need?

I'm building a role-playing system and am just thinking about the social skills. In D20, you have like appraise, barter, intimidate, gather information, and then the really useful diplomacy, bluff ...
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Systems that use ability tests with a descriptive result applied by GM interpretation?

Thinking about a number of questions on here that have been to do with ability test modeling, I was thinking that there would be a lot of potential in a system that, rather than operating on a ...
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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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Pathfinder Acquiring multiple perform, craft, or profession subskills

I'm playing my first pathfinder game and am making a bard. Is it possible for this character to either start (or acquire over time via leveling up) multiple perform sub skills [perform(dance) and ...
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How flexible is the Fang Dragon's Sound Imitation

The Fang Dragon (taken from Draconomicon) has an ability called Sound Imitation: Sound Imitation (Ex): A fang dragon can mimic any voice or sound it has heard, anytime it likes. Listeners must ...
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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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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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Feats for choosing two physical Skills as Class Skills

Thanks to the cosmopolitan feat it is possible to choose two mental based (using int, wis & cha) skills as class skills. However, I can't find a feat that allows the same for physical skills ...
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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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Pathfinder: Does the +3 Bonus count as ranks in itself, or just a bonus? [duplicate]

I have a simple, yet complicated question regarding skill ranks and the initial trained bonus of +3. My question arose when one of my players stated that he was a Pale Master at level 5 because he had ...
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Dreyfus model of skill acquisition for skill advencements

Does anyone know of either any systems or have house rules that model skill advancement via the Dreyfus model of skill acquisition?
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Fighting Skills equivalent to skills [closed]

My question is about tabletop games and their skill progression systems. There are some games (World of Darkness, as one example) that allows a player's character to begin play with master-level (in ...
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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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Total or partial removal of skill cap in d20

What effect would removing or partially removing the skill cap in the d20 system (with a focus on DnD3.5 and Cthulhu d20)? By partial removal I mean - for example - (handing out all the skill points ...
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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 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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How does the Ambitious Schemer racial trait for Drow work?

I'm confused here. It is written "You may choose either Bluff or Diplomacy as a class skill, and gain a +2 bonus on such skill checks." So, how it works with regular class skills?
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Which, and how many, skills should a Human Scout pick?

I've been taking a look at the Scout, and it seems like a really fun class! What I am struggling with a bit is which skills to pick for one. Now, for a ranged Scout build DEX is of course important, ...
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How do passive skills work? [duplicate]

How does passive insight/perception skills work? I've read about it and asked people but I keep getting different answers. Any help?