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22nd Aug 2017, 6:00 AM
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Delicate Dance
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Newbiespud 22nd Aug 2017, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
950. Geez.

26 Comments:

CocoaNut 22nd Aug 2017, 6:10 AM edit delete reply
Prince Blueblood is head of the thieves' guild. Calling it now.
Solyxam 22nd Aug 2017, 6:47 AM edit delete reply
Dangit, you beat me to it.
ZhonLord 22nd Aug 2017, 12:58 PM edit delete reply
Didn't beat me to it. I mentioned the possibility several pages ago.
The_Hittite 22nd Aug 2017, 3:17 PM edit delete reply
Pretty sure I already called this one back when "Elusive" was first mentioned, or somewhere thereabouts. Too lazy to check now.
Digo Dragon 22nd Aug 2017, 6:13 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Well, it's about 9:10 here, so I got 40 minutes to prepare...

Social challenges are often harder because you have to actually think of what you want to say and to who. It really brings up that separation of what a charismatic/intelligent character would say versus the player who isn't as silver-tongued.
Zaranthan 22nd Aug 2017, 7:57 AM edit delete reply
Whereas I'm of the school of thought that a character who's silver tongued coupled with a player who isn't is EXACTLY why we can roll d20+Whatever to handwave convincing people. This is a game for NERDS. GEEKS. TWERPS. The "Indoor Kids". (Full disclosure: I belong to all four of those identifiers.) When the barbarian wants to lift a boulder, you don't ask the player to pump iron for a bonus to the roll. When the mage wants to dispel an enchantment, you don't ask him if he's using the Ethereal Detanglement Method or the Umbral Disassociation Technique and auto-fail him if he guesses wrong. Thus, when the bard wants to sweet-talk the prince, you don't penalize them just because Jerry is shy and stumbles when forming sentences while talking to strangers.

I understand the idea that "roleplaying means you speak in-character", but it's perfectly acceptable to say "I ask some gently probing questions about the slave trade" and roll Diplomacy.
terrycloth 22nd Aug 2017, 8:10 AM edit delete reply
Usually for me it's sort of the other way around. I get impatient and say something even though I *should* be letting other people talk, and the GM forc