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2nd May 2015, 6:00 AM
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Twenty Percent Skill
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Newbiespud 2nd May 2015, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Improvising mundane but necessary non-combat events can be tricky as a DM. There's the natural desire to put in challenge and chances for failure, chances for the players to prove themselves... but it's also dangerously easy for the little details to become a pace-halting tangent all their own.

Oh my gosh, Fallout is Dragons is back! Maybe. I might have forgotten how long it takes to edit one of these things and it's not done yet. If not, it'll be here tomorrow for sure.

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emmerlaus 2nd May 2015, 6:04 AM edit delete reply
emmerlaus
Story time about a GM asking to roll dices when its not necessary? :p

I have nothing on this one. Except I did it once when I was starting as GM but the story is not even interesting lol
Folly Industries 2nd May 2015, 7:19 AM edit delete reply
We once had a drunken night for a day's game. At no point were we ever sober enough for us not to roll to do actions.

It was the day our giant gained the name Mr. M.C. Hammersworth.

Our Knome also found out how far he can be punted by hammer for using names in poor taste
Mykin 2nd May 2015, 7:59 AM edit delete reply
Mykin
Having gone back to a D20 Star wars system on Tuesday, I decided to try again at the whole "diplomancer" idea I kinda had going with my last character. Since I wasn't having fun last time around, my GM managed to convince me to roll a Jedi character in the middle of the "Rise of the Empire" time setting. With this in mind, I put as many points into Gather Information as possible, reasoning that it would help me keep myself from walking into a trap by hopefully finding out about it before hand, as well as be useful to the group by finding jobs.

The kicker is that I'll ask a specific question about what I want to find out about and he'll make me roll the check. Well one time I actually asked if it mattered what I rolled, since I had a pretty high bonus to the check, and he let slip that he was just randomly picking stuff from the book or coming up with something off the top of his head and giving it to me. Thus it didn't matter what I rolled as I'd be getting the same information regardless.

Granted, his star wars games tend to be more sandbox than most and I'm fine with him buying himself some time. It's just finding that out took the wind out of my sails a tad bit. Then again, he has told me several times he doesn't like doing skill checks, so I probably should have seen this coming a mile away.
modulusshift 3rd May 2015, 6:25 AM edit delete reply
To diplomancer:
That sucks. It really doesn't take that much to come up with something and vary it by how high you roll. Else why even have skills? It sounds like your DM would be happier in a FATE-like system than d20.
Mykin 3rd May 2015, 8:20 AM edit delete reply
Mykin
Ironic considering that he absolutely abhors the system...or was that the Anima system? Either way, he plays the system everyone in the group wants to play and no one seems interested in playing anything that isn't D20 based. My DM and I might be happier with something else, but that's an opinion no one else shares apparently.
Specter 2nd May 2015, 9:31 AM edit delete reply
Specter
Asking me to roll attack and damage against my opponents.

Now, that may seem strange, but the little thing I didn't know about this pre-generated pathfinder societies map I was playing (which was for levels 1-7) was that I couldn't harm anything. As dumb as it sounds, I and my animal companion couldn't actually hurt anything because of everything's damage reduction, which was apparently all 6 or something.

Seeing as I wanted to play a support character, I didn't even have any spells that could harm anything and Entangle was useless, cause there wasn't any vegetation.

... sadly enough, my druid might have been beaten to unconsciousness and what not, but without a doubt, my raptor took the most damage of all, and it won't be easy to heal him, now that he knows just how weak he is. I hope he lives long enough so I can fix his pride.