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How could the passive Perception bonus of the Obsevant feat be replaced with a bonus to active Perception checks in a balanced way?

My DM doesn't tend to use passive Perception of the characters; he'll just get us to roll active Perception checks in most cases. We tend to use Perception far more than any other skill in the game. ...
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What ability should be used when resisting Intimidation?

During our last play session (it was our second session, so everyone is first level) my fighter dwarf had a conflict with another player's human fighter. My dwarf became annoyed at the human's ...
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how to make my will save insanely high [closed]

In my game one of our teammates has the seduction skill and continually uses it to try to force my characters in relationships with his. Needless to say, I'm not happy about it. Since the GM won't ...
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It seems like every skill check should always be made with advantage due to the 'Working Together' rules. Is this accurate?

My group just started playing 5th last night, and we immediately ran into issues with the 'Working Together'/'Skill Assist'/'Skill Help' rules. By the rules it seems like nearly every single skill ...
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How does failing a Sense Motive check against a Bluff affect your character's perception of the world?

There doesn't seem to be a concrete explanation for what happens to your character if you fail a Sense Motive check against a Bluff. I want to know the limits of failing a Sense Motive check, as well ...
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How should we thematically deal with failed skill checks?

Is there a specific ruling or generally-accepted-practice that determines how players should handle failed skill checks? Does it depend on the skill? Specifically, do PCs know when they failed a ...
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Why is Survival not a class skill for animals?

Question in title. Seems odd that an animal isn't naturally inclined to get bonuses to Survival, which typically involves dealing with the wilds and it's associated difficulties (an animal's natural ...
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How can an NPC be built to track a fleeing target? [closed]

I have seen the tracking rules based on the survival skill and something bothers me: you take a -20 penalty to track a target at twice your speed (a.k.a hustle speed a.k.a a fleeing runaway speed on a ...
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Can tracking/scent be used to follow a 'jumping' creature?

I have a halfling who can jump far. Let's say he is invisible at the moment, and running away from a bad guy with a large sword riding a reindeer who has scent. So in between hustling away from the ...
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Are there rules as written for counter tracking?

I recall running a pre-generated mod years ago, where the NPCs were performing tracking (survival) checks to make their tracks more obscure to the party hunting them. I have been using this since ...
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How can you achieve a significantly higher total passive Perception than the sum of your Perception bonus + 10?

In the comments for another question, I was asked to pose a question on how to achieve a passive Perception of 28, while having a Perception modifier significantly lower than 18, which is impossible ...
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What is the highest total result one can get for a skill check?

I was bored, so I decided to try to calculate what could be the highest total result one could obtain for a skill check. Answers can include officially published material, including magic items - but ...
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How can you gain proficiency in a skill after level 1?

I have been reading the Basic Rules a couple times, but could not find any way to gain proficiency in skills past level 1. For example, if I create a Rogue, I may chose 4 skills among 11: ...
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If a PC's ability score increases due to an item, does it increase the corresponding modifier for the ability score or any skills/attacks?

I'm a new DM. One of the PCs obtained gauntlets of ogre power, which raise the Strength score of the creature wearing and attuned to them to 19. Does this increase the modifier or any of the skill ...
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How can I adjudicate the dismantling of monsters for parts?

I'm planning a GURPS 4e game in a scenario that uses monster parts as material for weapons and armors. After searching my books, however, I couldn't find a proper way to dismantle monsters (or even ...
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Can a human variant take proficiency in initiative?

I was making a human (variant) character, and I didn't knew what skill proficiency I could give them. I was wondering if I could give them proficiency in initiative. Since the Jack Of All Trades bard ...
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How do you encourage the use of lesser trained skills in a skill challenge?

I've been playing in a D&D 4e campaign for almost a year now, and as a Bard for the last several months. At 15th level, my character's Perception is 28 (38 passive), with Insight coming in second ...
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What is the best way to do search checks (or similar), when players knowing the result of their roll will colour their perception of the result?

What is the best way to do search or spot tests (or similar) when knowing the outcome of the roll will colour the players' perception of the result? I have encountered this problem in a number of ...
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Making skill-based feats attractive

So everyone knows that the feats that give bonuses to skills are... lackluster at best. I was wondering if anyone has tried implementing any changes to these feats to make them more attractive choices ...
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When to use skill checks in social situations with NPCs?

I'm new to DMing and I've been planning my first adventure (for D&D 5e). However when it comes to non-combat situations I don't know when it makes sense for a skill check to be used or when the ...
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When a druid wild shapes to a beast that has double proficiency with a skill, should the druid's proficiency bonus be doubled with that skill?

When a druid uses its Wild Shape feature: Your game statistics are replaced by the statistics of the beast, but you retain your alignment, personality, and Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma ...
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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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What values do I recalculate when I Wild Shape?

When I Wild Shape, I take a beast's STR, DEX, and CON scores. I keep my proficiency bonus and my INT, WIS, and CHA scores. I will focus this question on the assumption I'm proficient in Athletics, and ...
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How to avoid the determinism of Passive Perception

From this question, Passive perception is exactly that, passive. It's what the PCs are always using when not actively searching for something and doesn't use a roll of the die. However, being that ...
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How do I know whether a 9th-level character has the correct number of skill points if they may have gained Int in the past?

Let’s say you have to study a level 9 character sheet created by another player. However, you have no record of whether the player put additional points into INT or not, and cannot ask him/her. How ...
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What skill proficiencies do I get from multiclassing into Artificer?

I can't find the rules for multiclassing into Artificer. My character is starting out with Rogue through level 3 and then going into Artificer, after which I will bounce back and forth. Which skill ...
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What are the advantages of using the Intimidate skill over using the Diplomacy skill for the same purpose?

What are the advantages of using the Intimidate skill over using the Diplomacy skill for the same purpose? There are some pretty obvious downsides to intimidation. The primary one is if it fails you ...
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Do these bonuses to disguise really stack together to +51 (or even more, eventually)?

Inspired by an answer to another question. My character is a Kitsune with 22 Charisma* and 8 ranks in Disguise. He has a Realistic Likeness feat. So, using logic from answer by william porter (sic!) ...
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When can we use proficiency with ability checks?

The D&D Starter Set says this about Ability Checks: You might be particularly skilled at a certain kind of task related to an ability check. The character sheets list each character's ...
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Does the “Unified Theory” skill feat have any interaction with the “Natural Medicine” skill feat?

The Unified Theory skill feat states that: Whenever you use an action or a skill feat that requires a Nature, Occultism, or Religion check, depending on the magic tradition, you can use Arcana ...
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What skills in 5e give trap knowledge (i.e. the equivalent of Dungeoneering in 4e)?

4e had a skill called Dungeoneering which was used for recognizing hazards and knowledge of some monsters. This skill doesn't exist in 5e. Clearly Perception and Investigation can be used to find ...
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What are the uses and limitations of Persuasion, Insight, and Deception against other PCs?

Yesterday, I was in a D&D 5E group. Today, I am not. We were playing Out of the Abyss, but that's redundant to my issue, I think. Basically, the DM and I are interpreting Insight differently. He ...
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Can you put ranks into knowledge skills that aren't class skills?

Can you put ranks into knowledge skills that aren't class skills? As a sorcerer, Knowledge Engineering isn't a class skill, can I still put ranks into it so I can do Engineering checks after I level?
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Can you shove a friendly creature?

This came up in a session recently, and we couldn't really decide on how this would work. Basically, I wanted to move through an ally's square, and then shove them backward... so I could move up to ...
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Which skill can be used to represent gambling games?

I know there is a similar question, but that one is related to D&D. I'm planning a scene for a Vampire: The Dark Ages campaign where the players will need to participate in a gambling game - ...
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Can temporary bonuses be used for magic item crafting checks?

In pathfinder, the rules for magic item creation state that one must make a skill check at the end of the crafting process: At the end of this process, the spellcaster must make a single skill ...
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What skill would you use to determine a scent?

I am not quite sure which skill scent would fall under. Our group just made our own category for it such as Spot, Listen, etc. That is working fine for use but I was just curious as if there was a ...
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Does an accidentally cursed magic item lose all other magic except the curse?

On Magic Item Creation says that At the end of this process, the spellcaster must make a single skill check (usually Spellcraft, but sometimes another skill) to finish the item. ... Failing this ...
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Is passive Investigation essentially truesight against illusions?

I have been thinking about this for a few days (since taking the Observant feat specifically) and have now seen my logic backed up in this question. Let's assume a character has 20 passive ...
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How can the Starter Set wizard have five skills?

I ran out of time making my own Elven character, so I grabbed the pre-made one from the starter set. Then I realized that the skill selection is impossible. The included High Elf Wizard comes with ...
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Trap/Ambush/Stealth Mechanics VS Passive Perception Confusion

I thought I knew, at first, how passive perception versus hidden/invisible creatures and/or well laid traps worked. I have a group of level 2 adventurers that are about to come upon their first trap ...
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What do I roll for seduction?

I plan to play a bard who is very seductive, somewhat of a Casanova. Do I roll persuasion, performance or some other skill check to determinate the outcome? Our game is less dungeon-delving and more ...
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If a player tries to persuade somebody, what should that creature roll not to be persuaded?

It's clear that we should roll Insight versus Deception (I guess) , but what should be rolled against Persuasion or Intimidation checks? Is the answer to this question different for NPCs and PCs?
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Can I reuse a disguise check/familiarity if I'm always using a fabricated identity?

I have a character who is always in disguise and I was wondering how that affected things. Does he have to reroll his check every day? Does someone he’s known for years have a bonus to seeing through ...
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How does a character proficient in the Medicine skill help other characters recover from diseases, injuries, or similar effects?

Recuperating is described as a downtime activity option on Basic Rules Version 1.0, page 71: You can use downtime between adventures to recover from a debilitating injury, disease, or poison. ...
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If I train a skill I already have via a feat, do I get to retrain that skill?

If a character trained in Perception in Star Wars Saga Edition later buys Force Perception (Train Perception, and roll UtF for it instead), can the character retrain the skill training lost? The ...
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If I retrain the feat Skill Training, do I then lose training in that skill?

Let's say at level 2, I choose to learn the feat Skill Training and add a +5 training bonus to Dungeoneering. Then at level 11, I retrain it with a Paragon level feat. Do I then lose the training ...
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Can I use a Talent without initation?

I'm currently creating my first character for a Würm game. At character creation you choose a tribe (which determines starting skills) and Strengths. My character is a Long Man (Aurignacian culture) ...
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Rolling for playing an instrument with instrument proficiency, performance proficiency and expertise?

My character has proficiency with an instrument, she also has expertise with in performance. I know the rules say you add and multiple proficiency once. The RAW for instrument proficiency states ...
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Do lightfoot halflings get +2 to Acrobatics?

I'm creating a lightfoot halfling bard via 5e Companion App, and it automatically added a proficiency to Acrobatics. Is that legit, or do I need to remove it?