Breakthroughs & Setbacks: How and Why We Should Bring Back Skill Challenges. Kind of.

Some skill checks answer simple, immediate, yes/no questions. Do I see that goblin hiding in the bushes? A 15 — why, yes, I do. A simple yes/no die roll is appropriate and satisfying for those situations. But a single check doesn’t always feel right for other situations, particularly those involving ongoing, progressive challenges in which […]

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Gaining an Edge in the Great Bazaar, Part 3: Avoiding Trouble

Note: The text below continues from a previous article and its sequel. This installment constitutes Part III in the sequence. Avoiding Trouble There are four dangers adventurers should worry about while shopping for unusual equipment in a city: drawing the attention of thieves, drawing the attention of authorities, drawing the attention of those inclined to manipulate them into serving […]

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Smarter Intelligence Checks

Robijeign, Arch-Diviner of Stull, gazed at the runes. Jagged hashes, rough, and deep, the strange markings had been found carved into the underside of the banquet table: ten of them, forming a circle, with an additional marking in the center. Eleven markings, total. Mere moments earlier, the emissaries dining at that very same table had been at each […]

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