Goblin Queen (She/Her/Hers)
But, as per the actual example the OP gave way back in the first few pages. it only seems like it’s an impossible task because the player neglected to mention that they’re using a magic item that actually does make it possible.My answer to this statement would likely be "It's a warship built of oak planks several inches thick, hitting it with your long sword isn't going to do much of anything." This is a case of the PC is asking to do something impossible, so I'm verifying the scene and abilities of the PC.
My point exactly.It's practically asking to jump over the moon but maybe, just maybe, they have some trick up their sleeve in which case they should have specified it.Just like if the wizard says they target an enemy with a spell they have to specify which spell.
The whole point of this technique is that I need to know both what a player wants to achieve and how to know whether or not it’s possible to achieve by the specified means (and if so, is there risk involved in the attempt, and how difficult?)But this is that 1 in a 1,000 scenario that I don't recall ever coming up in a real game, at least not in 5E. Maybe in 3.5 with adamantine weapons which were stupidly broken it could have happened.
What I'm asking for is examples that would come up in game, things that are at least possible for the PC to achieve.
But there may be extenuating circumstances, and if that’s the case, I don’t want to give that fact away by asking for more details than I normally would. If those details are always expected, I don’t even have to ask. Also, the fictional action will be far clearer and more explicit instead of all existing in a hazy void of abstraction, without me having to narrate what the PC is doing (which again, is a hard no for me.)Unless there are extenuating circumstances, I don't see how the method of smashing would ever be relevant.
But if the chicken had a carpet of flying, it would be relevant to know whether they walked or used the carpet of flying. Especially if there happened to be a pit trap in the road.I assume the common mode, that they walk since chickens can't fly far enough. "I cross the road" is fine by me, "I cross the road by walking" would be clunky.