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What skill is used to recognise someone?

Consider for example a character hears a voice recording of someone, such as a recording that a journalist made of an interview. Later the character coincidentally meets someone who spoke in that ...
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D&D 5e Variant Human +1 Skill [duplicate]

In D&D 5e, variant humans receive an additional skill upon creation. Does this skill have to belong to the same class as the character or can it be from any class? For example, if I made a ...
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What skill proficiencies can a Variant Human choose from at character creation?

When creating a variant human you get an extra skill to be proficient in. Does that skill have to be from your class skill list, or can it be any skill available to any class? For instance, if I'm ...
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What is the point of knacks like animal-lore or dodge at level 1?

In the Warrior Adventure Game, animal lore (at level 1) gives +1 per intelligence chip on intelligence or ponder for animal-related checks. First, ponder is an intelligence skill, so why is it ...
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Nonviolent “social conflict” in Fate - which skills opposes rapport?

I'm running a campaign with a few nonviolent characters. I understand how to handle physical fights, but am a bit at a loss how to deal with "social conflict", where characters need to ...
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Discover a Monsters Weakness? [duplicate]

As a D&D5e newbie player, I'm getting to grips with all my skills and abilities and when to use them. One thing that's come up is when we encounter monsters ... what do you roll against when ...
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How do I demoralize more often?

So I recently picked up the PF-2e core book, and I noticed that Intimidate as a skill has a lot more built-in support than it had in PF-1e, having both rogue and fighter feats dedicated to it in the ...
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Can a persuasion roll avoid battling the BBEG?

So yesterday I was DM’ing our weekly D&D 5e session. For practical reasons it was a one-shot. At some point, one of my players, a Lvl 10 Bard, ends up in the BBEG’s lair alone (an adult red dragon,...
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Should a dragonborn Draconic Bloodline sorceror have only 4 starting skill proficiencies?

One of my party rolled up a dragonborn (race) Draconic Bloodline sorcerer in a session and after going through the race, class, and background (outlander), she ended up with just 4 skill proficiencies:...
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Can you use sleight of hand to hide a larger weapon?

Can you use the sleight of hand skill to hide a larger weapon, such as a longsword, dragoon pistol, or light crossbow? Or is it only usable for lighter weapons?
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When do you use ability checks without a specific skill?

When, if ever, as a DM would you ask players to make an ability check without allowing them to apply a skill proficiency? The Player's Handbook (p. 174) says: The DM calls for an ability check when a ...
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What are the dots in the skills section of the standard character sheet for? [closed]

I'm filling out a pdf character sheet for my character who is a high elf wizard and I'm not sure how the skill box works. I've got all my saving throws done but I'm really just confused with the dots ...
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GMing with an overtuned skill monkey

I have a player in one of my games, who has managed to create a build that can roll a minimum of 41 by level 7 across a large plethora of skills (mostly excluding dex/str based skills). They use these ...
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What should players roll to “deduce” a solution?

Say my players are in a dungeon of many keys and many doors, where if a wrong key is used in the wrong door, they will be electrocuted, ambushed, etc. This makes the players wary to just try every ...
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What are the mechanics for hiding something that is not yourself?

How can a cleric hide a living body? asked for cleric spells that would keep the body of an unconscious but live comrade unseen. I considered Pass without Trace, since it targets creatures with no ...
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What skill check should be used to hide your race in pathfinder?

I have a character who is a non-standard race, and he doesn’t want people to know what he is. I’ve read the disguise rules but they only seem to apply for trying to look like something specific, and ...
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How many two-skill +2/+4 bonus feats are there and is it balanced to homebrew more?

Each skill except for Appraise, Linguistics, Craft, Perform, and Profession corresponds to a core feat that has no prerequisites and grants +2 to two skills or +4 if you have 10 or more ranks. Those ...
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What are the ticks for when advancing skills?

In Troika! the numinous edition in chapter 11 Getting Better the rules suggest a tick next to the advanced skill on every successful skill roll (roll under) on the character sheet. After rolling for ...
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How to check for normal skill or action?

For example a player wants to kick a door open or transport glasses over a slippery wet floor. The player has no fitting advanced skill for those. The base SKILL is 1d3+3 which can be very low. ...
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Can a Changeling with the Actor feat have permanent advantage on Performance and Deception checks?

The changeling's Shapechanger trait says (E:RftLW, p. 18; WGtE, p. 61): As an action, you can change your appearance and your voice. You determine the specifics of the changes, including your ...
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Do racial features which benefit specific ability/skill checks provide a benefit for skill checks made with different abilities?

The rules for making skill checks are usually cut and dried. If a character is making a check to see if they can swim against a current, this would usually be a Strength (Athletics) check. But the ...
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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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Does the Observant feat allow you to auto-succeed against illusions? [duplicate]

The Observant feat states: You have a +5 bonus to your passive Wisdom (Perception) and passive Intelligence (Investigation) scores. To my knowledge, nowhere else in the rules is there discussion ...
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If a feature gives proficiency in a skill you are proficient with, can you always choose any skill to replace that proficiency?

Page 125 of the PHB in the rules for backgrounds we have this statement: If a character would gain the same proficiency from two different sources, he or she can choose a different proficiency of ...
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How can I make the Observant feat worthwhile, but not boring, in a 1:1 adventure?

I've started DMing a one-on-one D&D 5e adventure. The PC took the Observant feat and as a result, has really high Passive Perception and Investigation (20 and 18 at level 1!). If I use the rules ...
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Do you have to use a skill from the KRB when a character doesn't have it or should you use a generic characteristic?

Let's say a player wants to use a sword to fight an enemy in Call of Cthulhu 7e but didn't pick that specific skill for the character, should you as a keeper make the player roll a sword skill (20%) ...
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Can a druid/trickery domain cleric use Invoke Duplicity and Wild Shape, then cast spells through the illusion?

I am DMing a D&D 5E game. I have a player who wants to use Invoke Duplicity and Wild Shape, then cast spells through the illusion. My thoughts are Wild Shape says the druid can't cast spells, and ...
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Can the Echo Knight's Echo make Ability Checks?

In the Echo Knight subclass it states that the Echo "uses your saving throw bonus for [saving throws]", but says nothing about being able to make ability checks with the Echo. I'm primarily concerned ...
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What is the point of tool proficiencies [closed]

I play an artificer who has a bunch of tool proficiency's, but it seems that every one can do the same things with normal skills. So is there a point to even having these tools?
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Where has my History proficiency come from?

I'm new to DnD. I was typing up my character sheet (I've decided to do this every now and then as my annotations become more messy), and in the process I didn't spot any reason for me to have the ...
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Applications of Will in Condensed vs. in Core

Some months ago, I noticed a difference between the Core and Condensed editions in the way the Will skill is described. I would like to know whether this is an intentional change between editions (or '...
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How do short-duration buffs work when used to buff rolls for longer-duration actions?

How do buffs with short durations (let's say guidance, which has a duration of up to 1 minute) work when used to buff rolls for longer-duration actions (such as a heal check to treat disease, which ...
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Does a vivisectionist benefit from a healer's kit bonus?

The vivisectionist's cruel anatomist ability allows him to "use his Knowledge (nature) skill bonus in place of his Heal skill bonus". Does this mean that using this ability while making a check ...
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Is it possible to use Athletics (or other skills) for/with attack or damage rolls?

I just started a game in 5e with a new human greatsword-wielding fighter, and rolled stats pretty well (I have a Strength score of 17). I chose the Brawny feat (from UA: Feats for Skills) and ...
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Does polymorph replace my class-skills while polymorphed?

Polymorph (Player's Handbook v.3.5, p. 263) is based on Alter Self (Player's Handbook v.3.5, p. 197) that reads, in part: Alter Self [...] You acquire the physical qualities of the new form while ...
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What is my rogue's Stealth modifier?

What is my rogue's Stealth modifier? Here's my attempt to calculate it: My Dexterity modifier is +4. I have proficiency in Stealth and Dex saving throws, so I think that’s another +4 (+2 and +2). ...
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How does a “passive wisdom” check work? [duplicate]

I'm a Dungeon Master, and I can't figure out how passive wisdom works. In the Player's Handbook it says: A passive check is a special type of check that dose not use any dice rolls. That is good ...
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How can my heroic tier PC contribute more during skill challenges?

My character isn't much use during skill challenges, and the campaign has seen, like, 25% of encounters be skill challenges. I'd like my character to contribute more during skill challenges, whether ...
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Opening a skill with B1 stat as root

Suppose a character has perception B1 (maybe they are a young troll or something). If they open their observation skill, either in character burning or through play (testing, practice, instruction), ...
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Combining Flash of Genius and Psi Bolstered Knack?

Long story short I am rolling up a level 13 Soul Knife UA Rogue / Armorer Artificer. Can I use Soul Knifes Psi Bolstered Knack with the Artificers Flash of Genius add both my Intelligence modifier ...
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Are there any PL2 options that are viable in a PL20 setting?

I’ve been doing a thought experiment involving Inventing in Mutants and Masterminds 3e. The way Inventing works is a DC 10+pp Technology check to design something at the rate of 1hrs/pp followed by a ...
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How loud are guns in Pathfinder, really?

Related question here, similar question about casting volume here. I'm playing in a game with a gunslinger ally, and while this hasn't come up just yet, I'm sure it will eventually. Are there any ...
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Is it reasonable to let Inquisitive Rogues get advantage on Perception and Investigation outside combat?

I am DM in a campaign and recently my players reached level 3. The Rogue chose to take the Inquisitive archetype. I am looking at the Eye for Detail feature, which allows the rogue to make a ...
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What does it cost to craft a Hell-knight plate with “Easily Worked” steel?

I have problems calculating the costs for a Hell-knight plate which is crafted based upon the Pathfinder Unchained Rules and using a special raw material (Easily Worked steel). A Hell-knight plate ...
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Is there a way to add both Knowledge (religion) and Knowledge (the planes) to the Spellthief skill list?

... Other than taking Skill Knowledge twice? (or Skill Knowledge + Apprentice) I'd like this character to enter Ur Priest at level 6, so he needs max ranks in Knowledge (religion) and 5 in Knowledge (...
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Should I use characters' passive Perception scores or ask for an active Perception check to detect hiding enemies?

I'm DMing for a party that constantly says stuff like "We'll walk slowly and carefully," or "We'll look around as we walk, to make sure there's nothing threatening or out of the ordinary." Say there'...
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What happens if a player asks to roll an Ability Check?

New DM here, playing casually with my friends for fun during Quarantine. An interesting series of events conspired last night. Udaron the Monk says: “looks around and notices the goliath.” (he then ...
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Lingering Composition: Does a Performance critical failure cost the Focus point?

TL;DR: The bard player is arguing that lingering composition is a Performance check, and another player is stating it's Casting a Spell (Focus spell). I have a player playing a polymath bard with ...
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Do characters ever gain new skills/proficiencies?

Do player characters ever freely learn new skills/proficiencies? From what I can see, most classes get two or four proficiency skills to start, and backgrounds provide two more. Some class ...
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Converting difficulty class (DC) of checks from D&D 3E to 5E

I'm looking at converting the 5th-level D&D 3E adventure The Speaker in Dreams to the fifth edition and I'm noticing a lot of DCs from 20 to 30. Were difficulty classes higher in 3E or were ...

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