nittanytbone said:Additionally, I think the designers deliberately low-balled things and made the skill challenge system HARD under normal circumstances. This allows the DM to hand out +2 bonuses for good ideas like candy and accounts for the players picking up magic items with significant skill bonuses without anything breaking.
This may be true, but if it is, they need to tell us that. It's not good enough to expect someone to crunch the numbers ahead of time and figure it out. Or realize it after a dozen skill challenges that the PCs never seem to be able to win.
I'm going with they didn't know.