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    Quote Originally Posted by Fenris-77 View Post
    Part of the problem with Perception is how ubiquitous the idea of 'noticing stuff' is. That's a way bigger catch-all than any of the other skills. It sounds, to me anyway, like more of an ability or even game mechanic than a skill - at least when set next to the other skills. This big idea encompasses elements that might reasonably be described as being related to dexterity and intelligence as well as wisdom. So maybe make it not a skill and not tied to one stat. Dexterity already plays in to initiative, and doesn't need to be more important than it already is. But maybe a character's roll to 'notice stuff' could just be WIS plus INT mods with a DC target. No proficiency, no expertise, just the stat mods. The skill check leftovers can be covered with investigation and maybe insight.
    I've definitely had that same thought, of making Perception just like Initiative -- a function of pure ability score, with only the occasional special ability or feat that would modify it. Or, classes could grant proficiency in Perception or Initiative the way they do saving throws. (I'd give Perception proficiency to elves, bards, rangers, and rogues; and Initiative proficiency to fighters, monks, rangers, and rogues.)

    A similar wacky idea would be to make Perception only passive. Call it your "Perception DC," set it to 8 + Wis + Proficiency, and use it only to avoid getting ganked by ambushers, hidden creatures, or traps. Actively scanning would be Investigation or Insight. (One problem with removing the proficiency bonus from Perception is that it overpowers Stealth, which is why I included it in the DC.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 77IM View Post
    I've definitely had that same thought, of making Perception just like Initiative -- a function of pure ability score, with only the occasional special ability or feat that would modify it. Or, classes could grant proficiency in Perception or Initiative the way they do saving throws. (I'd give Perception proficiency to elves, bards, rangers, and rogues; and Initiative proficiency to fighters, monks, rangers, and rogues.)

    A similar wacky idea would be to make Perception only passive. Call it your "Perception DC," set it to 8 + Wis + Proficiency, and use it only to avoid getting ganked by ambushers, hidden creatures, or traps. Actively scanning would be Investigation or Insight. (One problem with removing the proficiency bonus from Perception is that it overpowers Stealth, which is why I included it in the DC.)
    If I were going to remove perception as a skill, I would replace it with a basic wisdom check and allow proficiency bonus from other skills or tools to apply in cases where that expertise mattered.

    Survival in some cases. Thieves tools in some. Masonry in some. Carpentry in some. Insight, etc.

    Of course, I would also tend to see it as the primary for initiative - situational awareness.
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    If we want to be ostensibly intersted in balance, and we want to 'fix' perception i think the only real answer is to open it up outside of straight WIS. INT gets dumped toi much IMO and giving people a reason to not dump it is good. INT plus WIS works thematically and practically, and i do think that it qorks better as a mechanic that isn't a skill.
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    Here is one that RhaezDaeven posted here on ENWorld a few years back (Edit: Nevermind, the skills are not different costs).

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    I have at times thought that Perception should be a stat, I know it would make many a Grognard cry but 1. Making Grognards cry is a hobby of mine and 2. It makes a lot of sense, balances well and would require minimal work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dnd4vr View Post
    Um... isn't this sort of thing what you're supposed to be doing in 5E? I know it is a variant option, but seems more like what most people do anyway. On the new character sheet I made, I removed the link between ability scores and skills so players don't get trapped into thinking you have to use them linked only one way.
    The bigger idea was not just to pair skills and ability scores as needed, a variant rule that I have to say I'm the only one I see doing around here, but to trim down the skill list so everything on it was meaningful. Combining similar choices like Athletics & Acrobatics, and leaving them differentiated by the ability score. And folding little used ones like Medicine into other skills, again differentiated by ability score.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FrogReaver View Post
    Many people complain about skills being imbalanced. I propose we create a point buy system for skills. Instead of being given X skill proficiencies you will be given Y points that you can spend on differently costed skills
    I had a related thought recently that might dovetail with this, to the point that it might come to me while I'm typing here.

    So, ASIs provide a +1 and a +1 to the ability score(s) of your choice (with a cap of 20, natch) OR a feat. Given that, let's say a +1 ability score increase is worth 1 "point" (there's a flaw there, see below), and therefore that an ASI is worth 2 points. The alternative to an ASI is a feat pick, so feats much be worth 2 points, too.

    The thing that occurred to me was "if feats are worth 2 ability score increases, why not allow feats to be chosen in place of ability score build points during chargen?"

    The problem there (and arguably a flaw with ASIs) is that if you use point-buy costs, not all increases of ability scores have the same value: raising an ability score from 12 to 13 chews up 1 point-buy point, but raising from 13 to 14 chews up 2 points, etc.

    That's as far as I got, but it seems like equivalencies could be made. I've built 5E races using the point value analyses and break-downs of people with much more committed than I, and one of the things I learned is that assigning everything point values is at least a little arbitrary. Different things will seem more or less valuable to different people.

    So, I wouldn't want to get into assigning point values to every little thing in 5E.

    Would you give every skill the same value, or have some be worth more than others? The latter would require at least somewhat arbitrary decisions.

    What i think might work better is to say something like "1 rank in a skill is worth X [other thing on the character sheet]" or "1 proficiency is worth 1 ASI" or whatever, and have a "point buy" system that's really just a bunch of rough equivalencies.

    I think it's fair to argue that a lot of things in 5E that seem like they should be of equal value aren't, or that many things are only valuable in the right player's hands. Having built races i can say with confidence that the official races are not balanced. I feel like the feats aren't of equal value either, but then that arbitrary thing comes back into my thinking. Sure, some people will choose to run a drow elf because racial trait X dovetails nicely with class feature Y, but some people choose drow because they think drow are cool, and the latter is what 5E seems interested in.
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    Athletics and acrobatics arent he same thing, though. Just because youre strong and athletic doesnt mean youll be able to do things an acrobat can do, and visa versa. They are both related to physical ability, but are very much different skills.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue View Post
    The bigger idea was not just to pair skills and ability scores as needed, a variant rule that I have to say I'm the only one I see doing around here, but to trim down the skill list so everything on it was meaningful. Combining similar choices like Athletics & Acrobatics, and leaving them differentiated by the ability score. And folding little used ones like Medicine into other skills, again differentiated by ability score.
    I worked this up once, inspired by MicroLite20, which does something similar: https://homebrewery.naturalcrit.com/share/ryshugSRr4

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    Quote Originally Posted by 77IM View Post
    The only one that I think is truly broken is Perception. In my experience, that gets rolled way more than any other skill (at some tables, it is rolled more than all other skills combined). And, it is super useful; it feels fun to spot an ambush/trap/clue, and it feels sucky to get surprised or walk face-first into a trap. Some of the weaker skills (Nature, Medicine, Performance) can be made useful by a creative or flexible DM, but it's very hard to make Perception less useful.
    Passive skills shouldn't be skills. Passive skills should be saving throws. Take away passive use of Perception and make it a Wis save and you'll solve a lot of the problems.

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