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

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What types of bonuses and penalties to a creature's land speed affect its climbing and swimming speed?

This question is about creatures that don't have a special climb speed or swim speed, what is the case for most playable races. The general rule is to make a climb/swim check and move at quarter/half ...
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Take a worse result on a skill check [duplicate]

I was recently working on something in Pathfinder and I was wondering about circumstances where it would be more favorable to automatically fail on the check then to have any success. An example ...
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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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Where do I find the rules prohibiting animals from learning certain skills?

I remember some rules existing about certain skills being inappropriate for animals, or beyond their ability to use — either they don't get to take them in the first place, or the GM can forbid ...
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How does DnD 5e handle group skill checks?

I have looked at the Lost Mine of Phandelver and see many times where a skill check for wisdom is vital, I want to get my group to work together, like everyone contributing and cooperating, instead of ...
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Official rules for using optional skills

I'm having troubles in my D&D 4e table because the skill system, even though it's simple and fast, is also limited. And there are quite a few things my characters want to do and sometimes I just ...
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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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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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Can you roll social skill-checks against other players?

This is the situation: In a group of four people, they've stumbled upon a magically locked tower. They discover a balcony, and three of the PC's want to enter through there. The Lawfully Good paladin ...
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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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Character advancement - buying new skills with Karma

p.105 Core Rule book The skill table works on a similar principle, though Active Skill ratings costs are computed at new Rating x 2. If you are purchasing a brand new skill, find the desired ...
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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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Human Favored Class: Sorcerer

First of all, I think this favored class bonus is ridiculously powerful compared to any other options available. It dramatically reduces the drawback of choosing a sorcerer over a wizard. However, my ...
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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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Taking 20 with Quick Change

How long in game time should a characters one-time-a-day bonus from the Streetwise Performer bard archetype take? The bluff skill reads that bluffing to deceive takes one round minimum, longer for ...
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Can a character reduced to Tiny size but originally bigger use his Dexterity modifier for Climb checks?

In Pathfinder, Tiny or smaller creatures use their Dexterity modifier for Climb checks instead of Strengh. It is quite easy to understand in terms of game balance and common sense alike. But then I ...
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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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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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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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Is Acrobatics used in response to an AoO's intent or to negate it?

Does a foe declare its intent to make an attack of opportunity when a creature declares its intent to provoke attacks of opportunity by moving within the foe's threatened area, into the foe's space, ...
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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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How do you adjudicate a wall run?

Through a series of poor decisions, my players have managed to get themselves trapped in a tomb with a full hard encounter of enemies coming down the stairs and another full medium encounter at the ...
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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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What part of skill numbers in bestiary entries are actual skill ranks (above all in the case of animals that can be used as Companions and Familiars)?

This is a question about the sometimes very confusing wording (or maybe "numbering" ?) of bestiary entries. Preparing a Pathfinder campaign with friends, checking stats for animals that could ...
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How many Acrobatics checks are needed to pass through a medium creature's threatened area via its space?

I'm trying to understand how using Acrobatics to avoid attacks of opportunity works. The green dot is the creature that wants to move past its foe without provoking any attacks of opportunity. The ...
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How to resolve Skill Checks that can be repeated with no consequence? [duplicate]

As a newbie GM, I wonder what happens when a PC fails on a Skill Check, but nothing stops them from rerolling it. E.g. In the starter set, after defeating a goblin ambush, the players can spot a ...
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Is Forest Druid weak? [closed]

I am hardcore rookie at D&D but I am already hooked up. After the last gaming day we all got level 2 and have to decide which path we choose for our characters. I am a hunter and my girlfriend is ...
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Skill and Knowledge Based System [closed]

I am planning a steampunk play-by-post game. Although I started by homebrewing Pathfinder, I've found that the skills (and especially knowledge/profession) aren't robust enough to handle my needs. I'...
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Using skills in place of attacking - how can I contribute? [closed]

I'm trying to play a Rogue who doesn't fight directly, but I still want to help out in combat. I've asked my GM if he's ok with me attempting more creative or unusual actions, and he's said yes. (Side ...
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Is there any rule defining what is anatomically required to climb (above all in the case of animals)?

A tough question here : I saw a rather hilarious topic on this very forum about Pathfinder with elephants or horses climbing ladders due to a lack of rules saying they cannot. I have been wondering ...
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What kind of check is disguising a command word activation?

I want to activate a magic item using Command Words. I don't need to disguise the effect or that I used a command word at all. However, I want to disguise what the command word is, such as by saying a ...
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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 skill ranks be spent at level 1?

Can a character put skill ranks into skills at level 1? I am brand new to Pathfinder and don't know if that's allowed. All the information I get is from Masterwork Tools, which was very vague on the ...
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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 are the rules regarding taking actions while bluffing? [closed]

In Pathfinder, I am in the middle of creating a minor plot element that could become a full-blown side quest where a coven of witches have trained their familiars for the specific purpose of ...
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How do I calculate my Jump when combined with Charging speed

What speed I may take to calculate my jump bonus if I'm charging? Charge gives me twice speed. For example I'm a dwarf and I have 20 speed. If I'm going to use Charge my speed is 40. To calculate ...
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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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Redundant Skill Selection in 4th edition Dungeons and Dragons [duplicate]

Good evening: I was looking over some of the classes in the Player's Handbook and found something I must not have noticed when I had first started playing: redundant skill selection for some classes, ...
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Why does master craftsman allow skills like profession?

Why does the feat master craftsman allow skills other than craft (bows, weapons, armor)? Even if it was for the wondrous item aspect, it still does not make sense to me. Specifically to state that it ...
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Can Honeyed Words be used for Feinting?

I'm playing a Rogue and I'd like to improve my chances of Feinting for the purposes of getting some sneak attack damage. I was reading Honeyed Words on the pfsrd, but don't have the Advanced Player's ...
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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?
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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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Mix and matching skill point costs in BESM

In the old tri-stat BESM game ONLY skill tables there are 3 or 4 lists of costs for skills (and sometimes other things as well), depending on the "era" a game is played. But I want some technologies, ...
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Is there a set of mechanics for Craft (Mechanic) in d20 Modern beyond those in the core books?

I've been having a hard time judging what to make the proper DC for Craft (Mechanic) checks in d20 Modern. The core books provide a few examples of things that are Simple all the way up to Advanced, ...
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Re-Rolling Skills for Perception/Insight/Sneak [duplicate]

When is it appropriate to allow/disallow players to re-roll skill checks? For instance, a player walks into a room in a dungeon and rolls a 2 on perception. Do I allow them to re-roll? If so what's ...
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Setting DCs based on their desired impact [closed]

I'm trying to set the DC for something (poisoned caltrops spread wide across a street) which ranges from a mild annoyance (no poison) to truly dangerous (it is poisoned). I know the effect I want them ...