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Newbiespud 31st Aug 2019, 6:00 AM edit delete
Any stories about having to use skills on tasks for which those skills were never intended?

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ANW 31st Aug 2019, 6:09 AM edit delete reply
Does using a sniper rifle as a telescope count?
Cause that is as close as I can this story time.
DarkLord 31st Aug 2019, 7:14 AM edit delete reply
Like in Red Vs. Blue?
ANW 31st Aug 2019, 8:59 AM edit delete reply
I don't watch Red vs. Blue.
I use it like a scout or hunter would.
BackSet 31st Aug 2019, 6:09 AM edit delete reply
Of course. Of course she wants to roll persuasion on the tree! Why not.

Anyway, once I used animal handling and sleight of hand (or whatever you call them) in order to steal a giant bee larvae from a bee hive.
Freelance 31st Aug 2019, 1:00 PM edit delete reply
My biggest disappointment in this strip is that the DM didn't say "Sure. Would you like to use Detect Good on that gazebo over there next?"
BackSet 1st Sep 2019, 6:06 AM edit delete reply
Twilight: There's a gazebo!?
Needling Haystacks 3rd Sep 2019, 10:51 AM edit delete reply
"There is no problem that cannot be solved with repeated and vigorous application of the Animal Husbandry skill" -Red Mage, 8-bit theater
BuffaloBrony 31st Aug 2019, 6:11 AM edit delete reply
All I really need say is the final line:

"OK, Roll Charisma + Demolitions"...
Guest 31st Aug 2019, 10:02 AM edit delete reply
No no no, now you need to tell us the whole story.
albedoequals1 1st Sep 2019, 8:15 AM edit delete reply
That sounds like someone was trying to threaten someone with a fake bomb who actually knew bombs, so it had to be a really good fake
andreas002 1st Sep 2019, 11:15 AM edit delete reply
That interpretation is a lot better than what I came up with. And a lot less NSFW.
Malroth 2nd Sep 2019, 9:44 PM edit delete reply
Persuading an AI bomb not to explode itself ?
Medicshy 31st Aug 2019, 6:24 AM edit delete reply
My best one from one of these was "Roll insight to see if the window windows or walls"

Though the window was run by a capricious spirit that would either gate you to a portal or lock you in the room and laugh, so... it made sense?
Wulfraed 31st Aug 2019, 8:34 AM edit delete reply
A cousin of Maxwell's Demon?
TheStratovarian 31st Aug 2019, 6:30 AM edit delete reply
This is why druids are not allowed to drink and shapeshift.

They get Ent-titled about thinking foliage, though it does save you work watering and fertilizing them for later.

Especially if you get'em smart enough. But then you gotta buy the premium stuff sooner or later..

Erf. Druiding's hard.
Winged Cat 31st Aug 2019, 10:37 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
What, did you think they were cheap dates? Or figs.
Derpmind 31st Aug 2019, 6:40 AM edit delete reply
I think Harmony likes hugs. ;)
Platonix 31st Aug 2019, 7:45 AM edit delete reply
In our most recent campaign we have a barbarian who tries to use Intimidate for everything. I've let him succeed at it a time or two, such as using Intimi-Perception to find a hidden object by stomping the floor hard enough to make the object fall out of its hiding place.
Kittoradra 31st Aug 2019, 8:10 AM edit delete reply
I actually stumbled onto a rule system that included that. Big Eyes Small Mouth, d20 version, had a class in it... which was allowed to roll Bluff against Reality.
Some Bob 31st Aug 2019, 11:18 AM edit delete reply
Adventure! also includes this, though it's more of a cash in plot points to bluff the GM deal.
Borg 31st Aug 2019, 8:30 AM edit delete reply
I did once attempt persuasion on some mushrooms that were according to some accounts intelligent.

The mushrooms did not react.
Digo 31st Aug 2019, 8:57 AM edit delete reply
A long time ago I had players successfully birth a werewolf girl from a watermelon.
Ghost Writer 1st Sep 2019, 8:55 AM edit delete reply
..........What? Just what? Explain please!
tipulsar85 31st Aug 2019, 9:00 AM 4th ed and oversimplifying skills edit delete reply
Back in the tales from Sunder era of my career, I had to explain a lot of what was going on with how I played Poule. 4th edition D&D can be forgiven for having certain features in design but sometimes just having a limited pool of skills can break the game. Bear in mind Poule had a background of being a former university student on a far more advanced mat4erial plane, but Arcana should not be a catch all for chemistry for making black powder satchel bombs, explaing multiverse theory scientifically and rewinding time on the reflections of glass all at once.
Winged Cat 31st Aug 2019, 10:43 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Not to mention concocting mood-altering drugs to calm a gunpowder elemental's explosive temperament.
albedoequals1 31st Aug 2019, 9:46 AM edit delete reply
I played under a GM that made us use Handle Animal to interact with a party member who had been hit by Feeblemind.
Malroth 31st Aug 2019, 10:28 AM edit delete reply
Totally stealing that one.
Bed Head 31st Aug 2019, 11:15 AM edit delete reply
Similar situation in my group, only it was an enemy we'd feebleminded and the party druid asked if she could use Wild Empathy on him since he had the same intelligence as an animal.
Winged Cat 31st Aug 2019, 10:52 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Take one locksmith, statted out like the thief locksmith from the Monaco video game.

Now drop that locksmith into a Kingdom Hearts game. The locksmith does eventually get a keyblade - more specifically, it eventually gets recognized that the locksmith's tools have become a keyblade but everyone at first just thought the locksmith acquired an unusual sword without realizing it, and started using it when combat came around because it felt right.

Said exposition's in a world based on a numbers game. The party met a four that explained it.
Freelance 31st Aug 2019, 12:50 PM edit delete reply
Closest thing I have is that one of my players had tend/heal animals (in character was a veterinarian). I would allow him to use it on (demi-)humans, but the results would also include something like wearing the neutering collar or end up munching on a dog biscuit afterwards.
Ariamaki 31st Aug 2019, 2:43 PM edit delete reply
Using crafting skills related to kashrut food prep to drain the blood out of vampire meat for safe consumption in a werewolf campaign.
aylatrigger 1st Sep 2019, 12:32 AM edit delete reply
"We need someone to distract him."
(me): "Someone should seduce him...My diplomacy is crap...but my Acrobatics is 14! ...So...pole dancing?"

It worked excellently. Our fake-German alchemist "had zis feremone" and got a 20 to make it... DM said that was +20 on the roll. And I got a 20 on my roll. 54 to seduce a guy.
dziadek1990 1st Sep 2019, 4:50 AM edit delete reply
(Oops, commented on wrong strip and forgot username.)


Got bored and randomly calculated the following:

Since in strip 16 RD said that "it's been almost an hour", this would make approximately 3.44 minutes per strip (assuming the same amount of time passing in same-length strips).

1267 strips, with 10% of them being double-length is equivalent to 1394 single-length strips.

1394 multiplied by 3.44 minutes is approximately 80 hours of play.

That's 40 game sessions if each one lasts 2 hours (like the first episode of Fallout is Dragons).

(Btw Spud, how long do your D&D sessions usually last?)

...or 13 game sessions if the DM is a maniac like the Past Me and does sessions lasting 6+ hours.
dziadek1990 1st Sep 2019, 4:58 AM edit delete reply
Oh, coincidence.

That equals to 10 hours of gameplay per each year of this comic's life.
Cygnia 1st Sep 2019, 5:44 AM edit delete reply
"Someone has slipped a poisonous spider into the dress you borrowed...roll Finesse + Fashion to get out of the dress without ripping it..."

I love 7th Sea :-D
DuoScratch 1st Sep 2019, 6:41 AM edit delete reply
Easy solution, the tree only would respond to a Druid. XD
Sanne 1st Sep 2019, 4:17 PM edit delete reply
At one point during my first ever campaign, the party brought back a mysterious, almost-definitely arcane book from a dungeon crawl. It was guarded by fierce monsters and written in a strange language that no one could read, so naturally once we got back to the inn we started rolling every possible check on it that we could.

After several checks that revealed absolutely nothing, one of the party members (I think it was the sorcerer) attempted to roll Sense Motive -- to which the DM gave him a dumbfounded look and replied with "It's a BOOK."

From that point on "it's a book" became the go-to phrase whenever someone badly flubbed a skill check.
Alias Unknown 2nd Sep 2019, 5:22 AM edit delete reply
Does using the Kenku's Expert Forgery ability to make make items count?
My schizophrenic Kenku paladin/warlock was one of two party members who could make magic items and because I took Aspect of the Moon, my Kenku would spend the long rest making items.
CmndrHurricane 2nd Sep 2019, 12:01 PM edit delete reply
player: can I do (thing I don't remember at the moment)?

me, first-time DM: uuuh, make a persuasion check


I'll allow it!
Kgy121 3rd Sep 2019, 2:33 AM edit delete reply
Using the Ride skill to be extremely battle-field mobile.
It's only a DC 20 skill check to mount or dismount as a free action. Riding a creature 'ill suited as a mount' is only a -5. There's also a -5 for riding without a saddle. Being able to consistently make a 30 means you can mount and dismount on the other side of any creature one size category larger than you as a free action; doing it correctly, you can propel yourself all the way across a map. With a few ranks in ride, and maybe handle animal to get the +2 bonus, you have (at level 5) 7 points from skill plus whatever dexterity modifier you have. Not that impressive, but once you hit 10, that's a 12+Dex, and you only need eight points to be able to take 10 and Dead Rising yourself across a tide of bodies.
Skill bonus magic items cost (Bonus^2*100). 10K gold for a +10, 6.4K for that +8. 10th level WBL is 49K, and that's not too bad for a situational item of limited instant transportation.
Can also combine that with a wand of Mount; free horses with saddles you can put into strategic locations for extra movement squares, and quick meat shields.
DeS_Tructive 4th Sep 2019, 3:57 AM edit delete reply
"That's a botched electronics check. You see no way to disarm the bomb. This is the part where you start running."

"Wait... I'm a technopath, right? Couldn't I just... talk the bomb out of exploding?"
Buggy 10th Jun 2021, 7:23 PM edit delete reply
Roll intimidation to seduce