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Give bonus skill points for a good backstory! If someone writes up a good backstory, and the character should logically have certain skills from that backstory, that aren’t actually useful (or, at least, unlikely to be useful) in the campaign, turn those skills into rewards for writing a good backstory. That’s a great story of how a former ...


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10 yes (sort of), 20 no. Taking 20 was not a thing in 4th edition, and is similarly absent from 5th. Taking 10 however is sort of a thing in 5th, but it's not implemented the way you might think it should be. Basically, the way "taking 10" works in 5e is that every ability (And by extension, skill), has a "passive" score (Basic Rules v2 page 59). This is ...


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On page 30 of the D&D 3.5 Player's Handbook, the bard starting package lists: Knowledge (any one) | Rank 4 | Ability Int (my emphasis) Knowledge ("any" or "any one") is sometimes used as a shorthand for the ability to select any of the game's Knowledge skills (listed under the skills section in the book and -- if you're playing D&D 3.5 -- ...


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Unlike Diplomacy, Intimidate and Bluff both have well-defined mechanical uses outside of open-ended persuasion. For instance, Bluff can be used as part of a Feint action in combat. If player-versus-player actions are allowed in game, then those uses of the skills are allowed by RAW. That is, in my opinion, why you do not see an explicit rule against the ...


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Short Answer: No It definitely does not count as ranks; it is a bonus. It’s effectively equivalent to the Skill Focus feat (which also provides an untyped permanent bonus). It does stack with Skill Focus, though, since they are different (and also does not count as Skill Focus for requirements, though I recommend houseruling that one). Relevant ...


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The word include indicates a subset: every element that is included appears in the including set. So the statement about the cloistered cleric’s class skills is that the given list, “Decipher Script, Speak Language, and all Knowledge skills (from the Knowledge domain, see below),” is a subset of the full set cloistered cleric class skills. ...


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Aid Another is not broken... That perception check example you give, its supposed to work that way 100 percent. Conceivably the players could also just stand in a room and continue to roll perception checks until they get a number they like. If the situation has no inherent danger punishing a failed skill roll should have no consequences. A creature ...


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Stunts I would argue that this falls perfectly under the application of stunts - using one skill in place of another. From Your Story p.147: The first possible use for a stunt is to broaden a skill by giving it a new trapping. Often this is a trapping that’s “transplanted” from one skill to another. Sometimes this trapping may need to be modified, or ...


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A +29 on Intimidate is a very large bonus. Especially on a fighter, who has few skill points and little use for Charisma in most cases; almost all of that is probably from skill ranks, which implies a very high level character. Such a person should be trivially succeeding on attempts to demoralize most anything. Anything short of an actual god should be an ...


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From http://www.d20pfsrd.com/skills/fly You generally need only make a Fly check when you are attempting a complex maneuver. Without making a check, a flying creature can remain flying at the end of its turn so long as it moves a distance greater than half its speed. It can also turn up to 45 degrees by sacrificing 5 feet of movement, can rise at half ...


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Yes, that’s a perfectly acceptable cause for intimidate. Intimidation is all about threatening someone with danger; it doesn’t matter what the source is. Every action movie that has the hero stare down that character who doesn’t believe the danger/wants to negotiate with terrorists/thinks he can go it alone, and tells that character all about the terrible ...


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There are a few classes you can multiclass into to gain skills, such as Bard, Ranger or Rogue. In addition to that, in the player's handbook there is a feat called "Skilled" which allows you to gain proficiency in any combination of 3 skills or tools. There is also a bard ability in the college of lore that allows you to learn 3 more skills at level 3. ...


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Sometimes the Rules Are Guidelines... According to the Player's Handbook, "[Y]ou can use [Knowledge skills] to identify monsters and their special powers or vulnerabilities. In general, the DC of such a check equals 10 + the monster's HD. A successful check allows you to remember a bit of useful information about that monster" (78). And there just ain't ...


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If no restriction is listed (and I can confirm that none is), no restriction exists. It’s related to psionics because the only classes that have it in-class are psionic classes, but others can use it just fine. As you say, there’s no reason it should be restricted, and lo and behold, it’s not.


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As the author of Ultimate Psionics, I can verify that anyone can use Autohypnosis, but only the psionic classes tend to have it as a class skill. So go ahead!


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Exploration is generally handled in a much more free-form manner In some games, the shift from exploration or other non-combat conflicts to combat is barely noticeable. But 4e has very strict rules for its combat, that's the game's strongest point. In a way, 4e combat is its own separate game which gets initiated from time to time. When not in combat, ...


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Skill Point Cost: Only current class’s class skills From Skills Summary Each skill point you spend on a cross-class skill gets your character ½ rank in that skill. Cross-class skills are skills not found on your character’s class skill list. From Player’s Handbook pg. 60. Skill points must be spent according to the class that the ...


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Don't You use the guns skill to use guns, its just that simple. Sounds like your friend/player is trying to get you to houserule something to make his character more powerful. Even using an aspect to do this would be too powerful and potentially game breaking. Discipline the skill does not mean trigger-discipline. Its a representation of your character's ...


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If you're into it; you can write down the riddle in multiple descriptions and give the appropriate one to each player. The description for a character who is dumb as a door might be little more than "you see weird symbols on the wall" without even drawing them in the image (thus not even allowing the player to figure it out unless the others talk him through ...


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Miscellaneous tricks that should make a Wizard (or in most cases, anyone) move more silently: Get a Collar of Umbral Metamorphosis (Tome of Magic). Grants a move silently bonus as the least of its abilities, the others include Hide in Plain Sight. Get some Silent Moves armor for up to +15 circumstance to move silently. Use ASF lowering techniques for best ...


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Within 3.5e D&D you cannot use an inaudible performance for Bardic Music. Bardic Music specifically states (from the d20 SRD): While these abilities fall under the category of bardic music and the descriptions discuss singing or playing instruments, they can all be activated by reciting poetry, chanting, singing lyrical songs, singing melodies, ...


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Try Fate Core. Fate (Core and Accelerated) is available for free download here and are online here. It's a setting-agnostic engine (invent your own setting in collaboration with the group), which uses a small set of skill-based options to resolve nearly every action. Swingy: No. Fate uses Fudge dice which provide a strong bell curve between -4 and +4, with ...


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Perception is for observation, Investigation is for deduction. Some of this answer will be observations on how Wizards has done it so far and some of this will be logic, and some of it will be mechanics. First for the headline question. It depends. when to use Investigation, and when to use Perception is not entirely clear yet, and I'm hoping we'll get ...


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"Have to" is a strong term and makes me hesitate a bit. I don't have the books handy, but I don't think diplomacy or even intimidate would really force an NPC to do something they really didn't want to. But would they probably do it? Yes. The action seems innocuous and the PC has just passed a relevant skill check to persuade them (in one fashion or ...


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Acrobatics and Athletics are quite different. Athletics is used for things that are strength based in nature. The big ones are jumping, swimming and climbing. Acrobatics is used for things that require agility and balance (Dexterity based things). The big ones are balancing, negating falling damage and tumbling. The thing that they have in common is ...


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Creature skills serve the same purpose as player skills do. Some of them are more applicable to combat then others. Acrobatics actually is pretty handy in combat. One of it's uses is to move through threatened squares without provoking attacks of opportunity. That can be a very handy ability. Jumping tends to be a less frequent thing, used to cross a gap or ...


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Yes, that is exactly what it means. The important thing to remember is that the target has to have their second wind available; if they've already used it in the fight, then first aid will not allow them to use it again. The purpose of that ability is to let players use their second wind to get back even when unconscious (as long as someone else spends the ...


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In my experience, the best way to find uses for obscure skills is to let the players come up with them, and just go along with their suggestions if they're halfway plausible. If your players are creative enough, as yours seem to be, they will come up with ways to use their oddball skills if you let them. To make this work best, you'll need to let your ...


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The major advantage of firearms over melee weapons is keeping the enemies at range - which would seem to be extremely valuable in a zombie-world where often one bite can mean infection and death. (Though of course in AFMBE there's lots of zombie types, not sure what you're facing...) Even though they may get "more kill" out of hitting a zombie directly, it ...


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Yes. Though in reverse. Passive perception should be checked first, and the DCs may be different for passive and active perception. Passive Perception often sets the floor. Basically a lot of the time you're rolling to see if you can get higher than a 10 and maybe do better than your passive. To clarify. If a passive perception meets the DC, you shouldn't ...



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