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    D&D General On Social Mechanics of Various Sorts

    And how many pages are the combat rules? How about the exploration rules? You are being intentionally obtuse. It would be nice if, for once, we could actually discuss the thread topic.
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    D&D General On Social Mechanics of Various Sorts

    Sure, but the social pillar hardly has the same granularity of specific rules as combat, or even exploration. There is a lot more weight on the GM to make rulings unsupported by the system in most versions of D&D, 5E especially.
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    D&D General On Social Mechanics of Various Sorts

    I want to clarify that I am talking about more than just "persuasion checks" here: faction rules, romance mechanics, honor and reputation, "social combat" and so on. The social pillar of the game is actually pretty broad, but I feel like mechanics to support it are often underutilized.
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    D&D General On Social Mechanics of Various Sorts

    I really like that. I think I'll steal it -- not least because it might be a way to help keep table talk down when the PCs wouldn't reasonably be able to discuss it amongst themselves (such as tactics discussions in mid fight, or how what to say in the middle of a private conversation).
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    D&D General On Social Mechanics of Various Sorts

    I was being hyperbolic for effect. The point is I found it immersion breaking to step out of the immediacy of the scene to discuss the goal and approach implementation. It's unnecessary because the end result -- the action the PC takes -- is the same, so it is better, I found, to stay in the...
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    D&D General On Social Mechanics of Various Sorts

    It breaks immediacy when you focus too much on the final goal I have found. I have gone back to "What do you do?" as the basic question. It is immediate, and in reality what the ultimate goal is shouldn't matter from a mechanical standpoint -- only what the PC is attempting at that time. It...
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    D&D General On Social Mechanics of Various Sorts

    I have actually backed of a focus on goal and approach after a few years of favoring it. I found that it was pulling me as GM and my players out of the game.
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    D&D General On Social Mechanics of Various Sorts

    I can't recall a time when rewarding "roleplaying skill" actually motivated quiet players to come out of their shells. Usually, it had the opposite effect. So that's why I adopted my current outlook: if there is no pressure to "perform" then the player can focus on what they want their character...
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    D&D General On Social Mechanics of Various Sorts

    I make an active effort not to judge DCs or modifiers based on how eloquent the player is, or how well they do their accent, or whatever. It isn't fair to the quieter, less confident, or simply less acting-talented players. I don't punish role-playing in the third person, either. That being the...
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    D&D General On Social Mechanics of Various Sorts

    So using skill checks when appropriate to inform your NPCs' response to the role-playing interactions? I think that is probably the most common approach in D&D (and certainly is in my personal experience).
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    D&D General On Social Mechanics of Various Sorts

    I just picked up a copy of Legendary games Ultimate Kingdoms book, and I was reading through the Relationships chapter last night as it is relative to my next campaign (the PCs are going to be crew members of a large "Planejammer" sailing the Astral Sea and they will have to make friends, rivals...
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    Rules FAQ How Does Stealth Work in D&D 5E?

    In my experience, players want to use the things they took the effort to put on their character sheets. Interesting. I wouldn't have an assassin target a PC unless I wanted there to be some chance the assassin succeeded.
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    Rules FAQ How Does Stealth Work in D&D 5E?

    I am more inclined to challenge the characters than the players. That's just a playstyle preference. I don't want them to have to pixelhunt or play DM-may-I. Players aren't their characters, and there is no reasonable way to be sure I as DM am providing enough contextual information to be sure...
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    Rules FAQ How Does Stealth Work in D&D 5E?

    I mean, that involves making rolls to determine if the PCs notice something. I'm not sure what we were disagreeing on that case.
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    Rules FAQ How Does Stealth Work in D&D 5E?

    I would say this is where Deception vs passive Insight comes into play. The assassin is trying to convince you they are someone who they aren't in order to lull you into a false sense of security so they can gut you. By not allowing a roll, what you are saying as GM is that there is NO chance...
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    Rules FAQ How Does Stealth Work in D&D 5E?

    I don't like this interpretation because I presume that anything that can attack you can also potentially give itself away. The rug bristles with anticipation, or the mud mephit moves just a little closer in the muck or whatever. I don't think "no save" style situations fit 5E's design ethos...
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    D&D 5E MCDM Kingdoms and Warfare is out!

    All this talk of built in lore made me finally break down and buy Legendary games' Ultimate Kingdoms PDF.
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    Rules FAQ How Does Stealth Work in D&D 5E?

    One thing that is super important is to double check abilities that require you SEE a target. Sometimes you can target something you are aware of otherwise, but many things -- including opportunity attacks -- require you actually see the target. This is important for those Scent empowered...
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    D&D 5E MCDM Kingdoms and Warfare is out!

    That depends on what you do for work. ;)
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    Rules FAQ How Does Stealth Work in D&D 5E?

    You have a bunch of ideas about how things work and what aspects of a person's aptitudes control for things that I absolutely don't agree with. And tat is totally fine -- except if I sit at your table at a con and choose the charismatic pregen because I want to be a suave liar and later find out...
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