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If a creature doesn't notice a threat, it is surprised by it

As per the basic rules:

The DM determines who might be surprised. ... Any character or monster that doesn't notice a threat is surprised at the start of the encounter.

I'd interpret this to mean that if a creature regards you as nonthreatening and does not expect you to attack them, it is a surprise if you suddenly attack them, because they did not notice the threat. However, it is ultimately it's the DM's determination as to whether or not surprise applies.

If I were DMing this kind of encounter, I would probably call for a Deception vs. Insight skill check between your character and the enemies to see if you're able to hide your intentions sufficiently well that your actions take them by surprise. I would likewise be minded to give you advantage on that check if your attempt incorporates something very distracting and confusing - like causing the campfire to flare up.

If a creature doesn't notice a threat, it is surprised by it

As per the basic rules:

The DM determines who might be surprised. ... Any character or monster that doesn't notice a threat is surprised at the start of the encounter.

I'd interpret this to mean that if a creature regards you as nonthreatening and does not expect you to attack them, it is a surprise if you suddenly attack them, because they did not notice the threat. However, it is ultimately it's the DM's determination as to whether or not surprise applies.

If I were DMing this kind of encounter, I would probably call for a Deception vs. Insight skill check between your character and the enemies to see if you're able to hide your intentions sufficiently well that your actions take them by surprise. I would likewise be minded to give you advantage on that check if your attempt incorporates something very distracting and confusing - like causing the campfire to flare up.

If a creature doesn't notice a threat, it is surprised by it

As per the basic rules:

The DM determines who might be surprised. ... Any character or monster that doesn't notice a threat is surprised at the start of the encounter.

I'd interpret this to mean that if a creature regards you as nonthreatening and does not expect you to attack them, it is a surprise if you suddenly attack them, because they did not notice the threat. However, it is ultimately the DM's determination as to whether or not surprise applies.

If I were DMing this kind of encounter, I would probably call for a Deception vs. Insight skill check between your character and the enemies to see if you're able to hide your intentions sufficiently well that your actions take them by surprise. I would likewise be minded to give you advantage on that check if your attempt incorporates something very distracting and confusing - like causing the campfire to flare up.

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If a creature doesn't notice a threat, it is surprised by it

As per the basic rules:

The DM determines who might be surprised. ... Any character or monster that doesn't notice a threat is surprised at the start of the encounter.

I'd interpret this to mean that if a creature regards you as nonthreatening and does not expect you to attack them, it is a surprise if you suddenly attack them, because they did not notice the threat. However, it is ultimately it's the DM's determination as to whether or not surprise applies.

If I were DMing this kind of encounter, I would probably call for a Deception vs. Insight skill check between your character and the enemies to see if you're able to hide your intentions sufficiently well that your actions take them by surprise. I would likewise be minded to give you advantage on that check if your attempt incorporates something very distracting and confusing - like causing the campfire to flare up.

If a creature doesn't notice a threat, it is surprised by it

As per the basic rules:

Any character or monster that doesn't notice a threat is surprised at the start of the encounter.

I'd interpret this to mean that if a creature regards you as nonthreatening and does not expect you to attack them, it is a surprise if you suddenly attack them, because they did not notice the threat.

I would probably call for a Deception vs. Insight skill check between your character and the enemies to see if you're able to hide your intentions sufficiently well that your actions take them by surprise. I would likewise be minded to give you advantage on that check if your attempt incorporates something very distracting and confusing - like causing the campfire to flare up.

If a creature doesn't notice a threat, it is surprised by it

As per the basic rules:

The DM determines who might be surprised. ... Any character or monster that doesn't notice a threat is surprised at the start of the encounter.

I'd interpret this to mean that if a creature regards you as nonthreatening and does not expect you to attack them, it is a surprise if you suddenly attack them, because they did not notice the threat. However, it is ultimately it's the DM's determination as to whether or not surprise applies.

If I were DMing this kind of encounter, I would probably call for a Deception vs. Insight skill check between your character and the enemies to see if you're able to hide your intentions sufficiently well that your actions take them by surprise. I would likewise be minded to give you advantage on that check if your attempt incorporates something very distracting and confusing - like causing the campfire to flare up.

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If an enemya creature doesn't notice a threat, they areit is surprised by it

As per the basic rules:

Any character or monster that doesn't notice a threat is surprised at the start of the encounter.

I'd interpret this to mean that if a creature regards you as nonthreatening and does not expect you to attack them, it is a surprise if you suddenly attack them, because they did not notice the threat.

I would probably call for a Deception vs. Insight skill check between your character and the enemies to see if you're able to hide your intentions sufficiently well that your actions take them by surprise. I would likewise be minded to give you advantage on that check if your attempt incorporates something very distracting and confusing - like causing the campfire to flare up.

If an enemy doesn't notice a threat, they are surprised by it

As per the basic rules:

Any character or monster that doesn't notice a threat is surprised at the start of the encounter.

I'd interpret this to mean that if a creature regards you as nonthreatening and does not expect you to attack them, it is a surprise if you suddenly attack them, because they did not notice the threat.

I would probably call for a Deception vs. Insight skill check between your character and the enemies to see if you're able to hide your intentions sufficiently well that your actions take them by surprise. I would likewise be minded to give you advantage on that check if your attempt incorporates something very distracting and confusing - like causing the campfire to flare up.

If a creature doesn't notice a threat, it is surprised by it

As per the basic rules:

Any character or monster that doesn't notice a threat is surprised at the start of the encounter.

I'd interpret this to mean that if a creature regards you as nonthreatening and does not expect you to attack them, it is a surprise if you suddenly attack them, because they did not notice the threat.

I would probably call for a Deception vs. Insight skill check between your character and the enemies to see if you're able to hide your intentions sufficiently well that your actions take them by surprise. I would likewise be minded to give you advantage on that check if your attempt incorporates something very distracting and confusing - like causing the campfire to flare up.

3 Fixed "is is" to "it is", but then changed it to "they are" since I think it reads better
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