Sunday, October 9, 2011

Examples of proper skill use.

DM: You have arrived in town and slept at the Inn. You awake feeling refreshed in the morning.
Player: Can I buy some new weapons, I don't see the ability on my sheet do any of you have that ability.
DM: You just need to find a shop or visit the market district.
Player: Ok, I use balance to walk out of my room and then climb to get down the stairs. If I see anyone I will use Diplomacy to convince them to tell me where a shop is. And then balance or tumble my way to the shop. Then I will appraise the goods. Bluff the shop keeper, while using sense motive on him. And then role some knowledge checks on what I am buying.
DM: You forgot to roll a concentration check while leaving to remember to grab all your equipment. So, roll survival to see if you can live without it.
Player: Can I roll spot to try and notice it on the way out.
DM: Sure, you manage to spot some equipment laying around in your room.
Player: Ok, do I use an Int check to know who's it is or will Knowledge Local work.
DM: Knowledge Local, so you can tell if it's suppose to be there or if you brought it.
Player: Ok, I pick up all of my stuff.
DM: Roll a perform check.
Player: Perform?
DM: Yeah, Perform, Menial Task, also make a listen check to see if you hear your conscious remind you not to take what isn't yours. Also roll a Knowledge Humanoid check when you catch your own reflection in the mirror.
Player: Can I also roll a sense motive check to see what the person in the mirror wants.
DM: Your doing alot right now roll a concentration check.
Player: Ok, *rolls low
DM: You weren't concentrating on breathing and so you pass out. You hit your head on the dresser, which is a huge bludgeoning weapon that's 1d10 damage and 1d6 for the fall. You take 11 damage.
Player: As I am bleeding can I roll a spot check to notice my life slipping away.


  1. The best comedy often needs very little exaggeration. I know people who might have gone this far if we hadn't already slashed their character's throat :P

  2. I've seen games practically go this far at least while in dungeon. Roll to look at the door and then to enter the room and the spot stuff in the room and then search the room, then knowledge on everything in the room, lol.

  3. "You have arrived in town and slept at the Inn. You awake feeling refreshed in the morning."

    Then "he" didn't sleep alone! :O

    That was absolutely hilarious, Louis! And sometimes, that really happens!

    Roll play vs Role play. Gotta love it!

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  5. Once, while playing 3.0, I was instructed to roll Search to successfully search an open barrel. I failed. The next player searched the barrel, rolled his Search, and found 300 gp. There was not false bottom...I was told that I failed to notice the gold.

  6. Nice, I have the same thing on searching bodies. One Dm was giving more gold and even healing potions the higher you rolled on your search check.


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