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Can the DM force player vs. player social checks?

Other answers have already dealt capably with your question: Can DM's force skill checks? Yes. Should they do so? Maybe - maybe not. But, it appears to me that your real issue may not be the skill ...
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How does my bard solve the problem without admitting he lied?

“I'd like this conflict to stop to preserve party unity” Then stop it. Stop lying. Admit you were wrong and move on. You the player are in control of the character. You have the power to preserve the ...
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How should a GM properly handle the Bluff skill when it's used to Deceive or Lie?

Speaking honestly is different from stating an absolute truth. Your player has made a very keen observation about one of Pathfinder's flaws. If you tell a convincing lie, then the listener's ...
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Can you use Vicious Mockery to win an argument or gain favours?

Not in the way you want it to. Vicious Mockery isn't just "influence them to be a bit demoralized". If you continue to viciously mock someone, you can literally kill them. It's not so much making ...
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Can the DM force player vs. player social checks?

Sort of? To start with; remember that the GM is: (Usually) not adversarial The arbiter of all-the-things; including house-rules, rulings, etc. Essentially a story-teller that you are helping craft a ...
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How does my bard solve the problem without admitting he lied?

It looks like both of you are suffering from my-guy syndrome If I read your question right, both you and the player of the artificer actually have no problem with selling the armor. Both of you are ...
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Does a character who believes what they're saying have to make Deception checks?

Andrew knows he's bluffing Your overall question is very interesting: does a person need to make a Deception check if they believe what they are saying is true? I would say "no." In that situation, ...
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If a player tries to persuade somebody, what should that creature roll not to be persuaded?

The DMG says: Some DMs prefer to run a social interaction as a free-form roleplaying exercise, where dice rarely come into play. Other DMs prefer to resolve the outcome of an interaction by ...
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If someone intimidates another person, does the person affected gain the Frightened condition?

The rules on the Intimidation skill state: Intimidation. When you attempt to influence someone through overt threats, hostile actions, and physical violence, the GM might ask you to make a Charisma ...
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How to DM a performance duel that involves the full party and has meaningful decision making

I've run a game in which a turning point in the storyline was represented by a one on one boxing brawl between the party's Fighter and the local crime lord's champion (who would have won a ...
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Nonviolent "social conflict" in Fate - which skills opposes rapport?

In a conflict, you intend to harm your opponent A conflict isn't simply conflicting goals; instead, the Fate SRD section on conflicts says: In a conflict, characters are actively trying to harm one ...
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What ability should be used when resisting Intimidation?

An alternate approach I don't see mentioned here: instead of using an opposed ability/skill check, assign a DC both players can live with. The two players can (briefly!) discuss how difficult it might ...
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Can the DM force player vs. player social checks?

Can they force ability checks? Yes they can A few ability checks are explicitly given by the rules, but in general, the GM is expected to call ability checks in situations where they think they are ...
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How should a GM properly handle the Bluff skill when it's used to Deceive or Lie?

First and foremost; The Angry GM has a whole article about metagaming and how people put up a non-existent wall to have their character and person be different. This causes lots of thinking-problems ...
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Does a player know if their Intimidation attempt worked?

In my experience, the players should know the result of their roll. You don't need to tell them bluntly yes you succeeded or no, you can add flavour to it - say they rolled a 10 on intimidation and if ...
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What does it mean in-game to be better at Deception than Persuasion?

Persuasion and Deception are largely different things, as called out in the PHB, pp178-179: Deception. Your Charisma (Deception) check determines whether you can convincingly hide the truth, either ...
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What do PCs roll Insight against when another PC is trying to convince them that he is telling the truth?

You don't necessarily have to roll anything I'd recommend reviewing the basic game flow, which is where I think the root of this problem lies. But to understand what is behind this answer: if they ...
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Does a player know if their Intimidation attempt worked?

They know it worked, but they can't know the consequences Let's say the PC is scaring a poor goblin. You, the DM, ask the player to roll a Charisma (Intimidation) check. The player rolls 18, 22 total ...
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If a player tries to persuade somebody, what should that creature roll not to be persuaded?

Nothing, probably 5e diverges from the "I use X skill" mentality. You describe what do you do, then the DM might ask you for an ability check, then the DM describes what happens. Making ...
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How can I design this conversational encounter?

I did something like this as the conclusion to a campaign a few years ago. There was a Council of Elders who the group had to convince of something. I wrote up descriptions and personalities for ...
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What are the stages of influencing Hostile NPCs?

Loyalty DMG p. 93 describes a variant/optional rule for Loyalty. This is intended to be used for friendly NPCs and measuring how far away from betraying/leaving the party they are. It can be used the ...
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How does my bard solve the problem without admitting he lied?

In Character, You Probably Don't You want two different things that are in almost complete opposition to each other, and one of them is not under your control. You want to: Continue carrying on with ...
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How should a GM properly handle the Bluff skill when it's used to Deceive or Lie?

Offical rules and clarifications for the Bluff skill There are many good answers with general advice already, instead, I will show you what the game rules advise on how you should be handling this ...
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Can the DM force player vs. player social checks?

Can they? Yes. No matter what the source, a rule serves you, not vice versa. (DMG p.263) Ultimately it is the DM's game to run as they see fit. D&D isn't the sort of game where the idea of a ...
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Can the UA Diplomat feat be used to charm multiple targets simultaneously?

The rest of the feat uses singular language. "Someone" is also a singular pronoun. "The target" is singular. Everything here is pointing to a singular target.
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How "far" can you intimidate an NPC?

Using Intimidate to demoralize​ an opponent can only get them shaken, by default. You cannot use it repeatedly to achieve greater levels of fear. First, in general effects do not self-stack, that is, ...
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How do I make this persuasion challenge with time constraints social combat work?

I don't think the interrogation needs to be done as combat turns, but as a generic encounter. That lets the talkative characters come to the fore without having to try and fit words into 6s intervals. ...
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What does it mean in-game to be better at Deception than Persuasion?

There is a lot of room for DM interpretation with these skills and there will be situations where either or both could apply. As a general rule, I would use deception when trying to convince someone ...
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How many servants can this Vampire summon to “moon” the party?

Maximum Capacity: The first step is to figure out how many people can fit in a veranda 80 ft. by 90 ft. long. A tight crowd has a person for every 5 square feet (or 5 people per D&D square). ...
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How do I narrate non-physical strain?

If a droid was really mean to me on the intercom, I might start crying and ball up. Maybe it doesn't work the same for all characters but even seasoned characters can have a mental breakdown. As an ...
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