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Friday, March 6, 2009

Skill Challenges

Here are the rules for skill challenges. If these rules seem to work, we'll stick with them. If they need tweaking, we'll tweak. If they need abandoning, we will do so with nary a backwards glance.
  • As a group, you need to roll x successful skill checks before you roll y failures. This is normally written x/y, as in 6/3, or 5/2, or 27/201 (for something that might be going on over years), or 4/1 for something really harrowing.

  • You can only make one skill check per post.

  • You decide what skill you are using, and write your post to describe what your character is doing, and the success (or failure) of the skill check—be sure to include your roll in your post!

  • Feel free to embellish as much or as little as you want. This is a chance for you to add to the setting and story.

  • You can’t attempt the same skill more than once in a single skill challenge.

  • You can’t take 10 on your skill check.

  • You can’t repeat another character’s action. For example, if Belfrin rolls an Athletics check in an attempt to summon an extra burst of foot-speed and close the distance between him and his quarry, you can’t attempt an Athletics check to run faster. You could attempt an Athletics check to leap over a low wall and try to cut the fleeing party off.

  • Target numbers will be roughly based upon whether or not the task could be done by someone of average, non-heroic ability. If half the able-bodied adults in the world could manage the feat if they had to, that’s a target number of 10. If only a quarter of the population could manage it, that’s a 15. If only one person in a hundred could pull it off, that’s a 20. Chances are, it will be obvious if you succeed or fail. If it’s either a marginal success or barely a failure, get creative with your description.

  • Depending on the situation, you might be able to use a power or other ability instead of a skill check. Get creative!

  • It’s first come first serve, so if you post an action, and wait a day and nobody else has done anything, feel free to post again.

  • I’ll let you know whether your action counts as a success or failure in the comments.

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