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How many times may a character attempt a skill roll for the same test? [duplicate]

We have a rogue locked in a cell and he is trying to escape. How many attempts does he get to try and unlock the same door with the same hairpin if no outside influences ever change? I have a vague ...
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Can you make a single roll multiple times? [duplicate]

I'm playing a 5e D&D homebrew campaign and we are all new to D&D, we don't know all the rules. So I'm wondering: can you make a multiple rolls for one task? For example: I'm trying to spot ...
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By working together can a party of X size perform 2X skill checks on the same task? [duplicate]

For example, my entire party is versed in Arcana and they attempted to recall lore on a spell. Party member A made the skill check while being helped by B and failed with advantage. B tried while ...
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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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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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How can I resolve a repeatable skill check when there's no time constraint or clear drawback from repeating it? [duplicate]

Willem Renzema's answer to "Can you Investigate the same room twice?" and abalonemacaroni's answer to "I failed to open a lock. Now what?" seem to lean towards the idea that if an ...
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Is there a specified length of time that a pc must wait before trying to perform the same action (due to a previously failed ability check) [duplicate]

For example, a rogue fails a roll attempting to unlock a prison cell. All other pc party members fail on their respective rolls. At that point, may the initial rogue try again or are the prisoners ...
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How can metagaming retries on poor skill checks be prevented?

I'm sure every DM has had this happen: one PC is trying to find something cool on a dead monster's body. The player rolls poorly, and instead of accepting the paltry 2 copper pieces, the PC calls all ...
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Repeating actions outside of combat breaking the flow

In my most recent session where I was DM, I hid a door in a small side room that the players found. However to get in to the room, the groups large warrior PC simply kept attacking the door until the ...
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Do characters know they did a poor job if the result of a dice roll isn't automatically obvious?

During a discussion I had with @jgn based on the question discussing rolling twice on an investigation check, I realized we were operating with entirely different ideas of how dice rolls actually ...
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Does 5th edition have the equivalent of Taking 20?

In 3rd edition D&D there was the option to Take 10 or Take 20 on a skill check. Does an equivalent rule exist in 5th edition? If the answer is no, have you tried houseruling it in, and what ...
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European Medieval Fantasy RPG with an appropriate setting, minimal bookkeeping, random characters, and simple rules? [closed]

I want to run a campaign in a fantasy-setting. I want there to be a primary focus on travel, adventure, swordplay and sorcery, with the option of pursuing more diplomatic solutions to problems. I ...
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What's the appropriate way to handle large parties when it comes to skill DCs?

In published adventures (or even homebrew ones), we usually find things like "DC 15 Wisdom (Insight) check tells if the NPC is lying" and so forth and so on. Of course, some checks such as climbing a ...
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How can I figure the number of trials until success?

I have a player who I want to let make many attempts at the same skill check. (I'm aware that's not always the best way to do it, but it makes sense in some cases.) But rather than rolling many times ...
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Supporting degrees of success and failure when rolling

I have only played D&D so far, but I'm not that happy with it, mainly because the results are so binary. Take, for example, picking a lock. You roll a dice, you add your lockpicking modifier and ...
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Handle PCs attempting the same social interaction with a NPC [duplicate]

I have troubles with handling non hostile social interactions with NPCs that have information or items important for the story, but who are not willing to hand it out for free. Imagine a situation ...
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What happens when a PC drops to 0 HP outside of combat?

All similar questions I've found are concerned with what happens if combat ends while there is an unconscious PC, but I can't find any rules regarding what happens if someone drops to 0 HP while the ...
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Stopping Each Player From Rolling Every Check? [duplicate]

This is a problem that many a DM has faced, but only one I've run aground of recently. I'm running a campaign with a group of fairly new gamers, and as such they are playing to win. And I mean win at ...