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Question about application of Medicine skill

My party has ended up in a ship in the middle of the ocean. One of us has motion sickness and I have proficiency in Medicine. I was wondering if I could use this and some ingredients to make some tea ...
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In Fallout: the role-playing game, is the gauss rifles supposed to use the "small guns" or "energy weapons" skill?

In the 2d20 Fallout ttrpg by Modiphus, the gauss rifle is listed under small guns, which makes sense to me, as it fires projectiles. In the description of the "energy weapons" skill, however,...
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What is the DC of a Long Jump?

Long Jump says: You Stride, then attempt a DC 15 Athletics check to make a long jump in the direction you were Striding...The GM might increase or decrease this DC depending on the situation. ... ...
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Can I increase my number of trained skills if I increase my Intelligence modifier?

I am currently playing a Rogue who had a lower than average intelligence score at character creation. As our party is nearing 5th level, I was anticipating where I might put some of my attribute ...
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What would the DC to intimidate the universe be? [closed]

I'm a level 1 fairy barbarian, and I, along with my party, killed an enemy that turned out to be a ghost, meaning they couldn't pass on to the afterlife. I asked to intimidate the universe into ...
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When a process takes longer than a round, at what point is a skill check made?

The party wizard is about to copy a high-level scroll into her spellbook. She has a +10 on Arcana, and a good chance of making the DC16 roll, despite it being a sixth-level scroll: A wizard spell on ...
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What are the most and least commonly used skills? [closed]

When you create characters for a party, one aspect in particular are skills. At least in our games, we try to make sure that someone has a decent Perception skill bonus, ideally several people, and if ...
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What is the highest Perception DC in each WotC-published adventure?

I’m building a character and one of the pillars of his abilities should be a high passive perception. I’ve found enough ways to boost this that I highly doubt I need to take all of them, so I’d like ...
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Can a character provide help with a Persuasion check?

In page 175 of the player's handbook under section Working Together it reads: Sometimes two or more characters team up to attempt a task. The character who's leading the effort--or the one with the ...
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How to limit sequential knowledge skill checks?

I had this issue with a knowledge check in our last session. Such checks do not require proficiency, everyone can try them. The paladin wanted to know if he could recall anything about a god the group ...
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Where can I find the rules for the Oriental Adventures Scry skill?

I have the Oriental Adventures book, and the 2/6/2006 errata. In a number of the new classes, there is a skill, Scry (Int, exclusive skill), first appearing in the ...
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Which is More Positively Effective, Math-Wise: Modifier Bonuses, or Expertise?

After my previous question about my character, I went off the deep end to find what role is needed in my party, exactly. Long-story short, we need a high DEX skill monkey. I'll have trouble with the ...
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For an exponent 1-4 skill, do I have to fill all my routine tests before I can start counting difficult + challenging ones?

BWG 42: Advancing an exponent 1-4 skill requires a number of routine tests equal to the exponent. Also, for exponent 1-4, a character needs difficult tests equal to half the exponent, or challenging ...
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Does Assurance bypass the MAP?

I was watching a YouTube channel that does P2E builds this morning. This one was for a grappler-type character, and it mentioned taking Assurance to avoid the Multiple Attack Penalty. That seems like ...
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What NPC skill or ability should be used to oppose a PC's Intelligence check made when using the Disguise Kit?

The Player's Handbook states that "The DM might call for an Intelligence check when you try to accomplish tasks like [...] Pull together a disguise to pass as a city guard." However, it's ...
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What Options are Available to Increase Performance Checks by Guaranteed Amounts?

In partial reference to my first post, I'm looking to improve my rolls for Charisma (Performance). As a side note, I learned that my DM's homebrewed magic item was only a slightly homebrewed version ...
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Do bonus rolls, like guidance and Bardic Inspiration, affect a passive check? [duplicate]

After reading this question: Bless/Bane and their effects on Passive checks, I want to ask about the general bonus rolls to passive ability checks. The description for passive check is: A passive ...
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Nymph's Kiss as a first-level character

Nymph's Kiss is a feat from the Book of Exalted Deeds that states, among other things: Starting with the level when you take this feat, you gain 1 extra skill point per level. If I take this feat on ...
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Can a character fail to gain psionic focus as a result of a Concentration check DC increase as a result of taking damage in combat?

A situation came up recently where a character had no other option than to draw an attack of opportunity while attempting to gain psionic focus. Fortunately the attack of opportunity failed to find ...
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How do I run stealth and perception? Passive perception vs active perception

I'm a new dm and I want to introduce some ambush style encounters in my game. I told my players recently that I will not ask them if they want to be steathly when moving around a dungeon because I ...
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What deductive reasoning capabilities would a soulless Simulacrum with an Intelligence score of 22 have?

Assume that: A level 17 Wizard (School of Evocation) with an Intelligence score of 22 is able to create a finite but arbitrarily large number of simulacrums of himself, using the widely known ...
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In Rolemaster Unified, can you use the Similar Skill rules on skills like Grace and Spell Trickery

In Rolemaster Unified spells come in lists (eg Fire Law) that you buy higher levels spells from, using skill points. In addition, there is also a category of skills called "Magical Expertise"...
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Can a Rogue Inquisitive use their passive Insight with Insightful Fighting?

Can a Rogue Inquisitive use their passive Insight with Insightful Fighting? Insightful Fighting short version: as a bonus action, make a Wis (Insight) check contested by target's Cha (Deception) ...
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Can I do a Performance during combat? Does it cost an action?

I am playing a Drunken Master monk and trying to come up with creative and fun ways to use their abilities. One of the features every guide says is useless is the proficiency in Performance, so I have ...
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Do starting intelligence flaws reduce the starting skill count

The Iruxi ancestry has an ability flaw in Intelligence, which means that Iruxi characters who didn't take a boost somewhere else would have a negative Intelligence modifier at level 1. Every class in ...
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Is there a rule for poison gathering?

I have heard some people are gathering poison from their Imps (fetched by Improved Familiar feat) and give it to the rogue in their team. But I can't find the related rule anywhere (there's a [Craft (...
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How does Freedom of Movement interact with Squeezing rules (ie: fitting through narrow spaces)?

I am curious about how Freedom of Movement effects would be affected by the squeezing rules in the PHB, p148. (Fitting through narrow spaces) The Squeezing rules state two conditions: Passing through ...
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How to deal with recording lexical knowledge gained from temporary skills?

There are a couple of skills in D&D which appear to represent your character's lexical knowledge (as opposed to "doing" skills). For example: Arcana. Your Intelligence (Arcana) check ...
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Do any of a character's skills or other capabilities transfer to a Podling?

When a Bodytaker plant successfully produces a Podling based on the form & memories of an enveloped creature, does that Podling retain any of the creature's skills or other capabilities? The ...
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How do the knowledge skills of the cloistered cleric work?

The class description says that: "the cloistered cleric class skill list includes decipher script, speak language, and all knowledge skills(from the Knowledge domain)" Does that mean that ...
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Is it possible for a single system to handle a huge range of different power levels?

I'm thinking about designing a game based on Shonen battle anime, and one of the aspects I'm having difficulty modelling is the range of power scales. The anime I'm referencing (Dragon Ball, Naruto, ...
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Is there a way to make a character proficient in every skill? [duplicate]

Is there a way to have a PC proficient in every ability(not including the bards "Jack of All trades" class feature) in D&D 5e while obtaining the full proficiency bonus? If not, what is ...
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Would a character using ventriloquism require a Deception or Performance check(or possibly both)?

Ventriloquism is a way of using one's voice to throw sound around. However, this was not the case until the 1830's. Assuming of course, the world we are talking about is a modern or futuristic ...
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How to stop everyone taking a crack at a challenge? [duplicate]

I'm relatively new to DMing and I'm struggling to manage the flow of the game when there's an "obvious" skill or ability check, such as a barred door. If, for example, the wizard confidently ...
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Is there a RAW or optional rule for how a player could discover what type of skill check needs to be made?

I have a specific example, but while I was thinking of how to do it, I had this realization. I, as a DM, always tell my players what checks to make for every interaction, usually resulting in a ...
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How are monster’s skills calculated?

For example, I’m looking at the Goblin Hex Hurler found in the Monster Vault. Its skills are Stealth +10, Thievery +10. The Monster Vault states: The skills section of a monster’s statistics block ...
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Can Sleight of Hand be used to retrieve a hidden item or weapon as a free action with a -20 penalty?

My understanding from the Rules Compendium page 7 is that retrieving an item either from a bag or from a pocket is a move action and I have not found any way to make this a swift or free action. In my ...
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Slight of hand to take items faster from handy haversack

We have a rogue in our campaign that uses slight of hand (taking a -20 penalty check) to take items (scrolls, potions, etc.) from her "handy haversack" claiming that this would reduce the ...
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As a bard, can the feat prodigy give me expertise on a skill that my bard expertise is on? [duplicate]

I am currently playing a half orc bard and have been considering what feat to choose once I hit level 4. I currently have expertise on my perception and I saw I can take the prodigy feat, where I can ...
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How to handle Passive Perception and Passive Insight when both scores are so high it takes all the fun away?

Currently I am playing a lvl4 Ranger with the Observant Feat. Meaning my Passive Perception lies at 20 and my Passive Insight at 17. So my DM recommended, which was awesome for me at first, to roll, ...
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Do multiple "Give you more on recall knowledge checks" feats stack?

I've seen at least 2 feats with different names that have the exact same effect, although one has more fluff (that you can easily get on the same character, as one is a dedication and the other is a ...
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Do I keep successes towards opening a complex lock even if I fail a Pick a Lock check?

If I'm facing a complex lock that requires multiple successes to unlock, and I fail one of the checks, do I get to keep my previous successes? In other words, if I fail to achieve my second success, ...
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As a game master, what to do when the player fails an ability check?

I'm playing Hero Kids with my 5 year old and am brand new to TTRPGs. I'm a bit unsure what to do when an ability check fails? Do I penalize the player, give them some disadvantage for the rest of the ...
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Is there a class (including variants) with Survival, Knowledge (nature), and Heavy Armor Proficiency?

I'm looking for a class that has Survival and ideally also Knowledge (nature) as class skills, to easily meet prerequisites for a prestige class (Weretouched Master). That's easy enough, but it would ...
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Can I use skills untrained in HarnMaster 3e?

In HarnMaster 3rd edition, can a character use a skill untrained? For instance, can a character with no experience with Fishing try and use the Fishing Skill? Or if the skill is similar to another ...
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Is there a way to use Strength for the Perform Skill?

How (if possible) would one utilize their Strength ability score with the Perform Skill? Be that in lieu of Charisma or in addition to it. There are so many ways to shuffle the ability score that ...
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How can I make sure my Roll For Shoes character gets XP or new skills?

I played some RFS (Roll for shoes) recently and I was having so much fun I didn't really check to see what XP or skills I had acquired. Going back I noticed over the 45 minutes of play I hadn't gotten ...
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Best methods for Handling the Dragonmark of Handling?

Mark of Handling The Mark of Handling gives its bearer a primal connection to beasts and the natural world, granting the power to calm and coax. This extends beyond purely natural animals; the mark ...
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Different checks for the same action?

Situation: Players are investigating a field trying to find a missing dog. Would it be reasonable to allow a DC 15 investigation or a DC 12 survival to get the "same" information of "...
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Why does increasing or shade-shifting a root stat not do so for skills?

Intuitively, if you learn a skill that's based on your physical strength, or your reflexes, or your ability to spot things, then if you get better at those things you would likewise get better at the ...
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