5 years ago ::
May 06, 2008 - 1:46PM
I know we do not have all of the information pertaining to skill challenges. However, we have been told through various sources that skill challenges can be used for immediate tasks, or for long term goals. So, with that in mind, I am looking for some help, be it from DM's or players, on how to flesh out some long term skill challenges.
I am looking to develop a total of 4 long term skill challenges for the players, one for each option they choose. It may end up being more, especially if they have more options. However, here is what I have thought of for one of the challenges:
The players choose to leave their home through a forest known for its shifting paths and eerie winds. This forest is actually home to many fey creatures who long ago came through from the Feywild.
The players will have a skill challenge to successfully navigate through the forest. This challenge will encompass them gaining access to more of the forest (by defeating enemies controlling certain sections either through battle or wits) and some tracking successes. In the middle of this forest, there sits ancient ruins, which holds the weakened Feywild portal. After "x" amount of successes, the players discover this set of ruins.
Of course, they may continue on their way through the forest to find the other side, or they can take a break and explore the ruins.
A second challenge is the navigation through a marsh with a Temple situated in the center, containing a way to the Shadowfell. The third is the navigation through a "man eating" forest with no inhabitants other than the trees and the fourth is a trip through the mountains with the help of Mountain Giants.
I am not looking to determine success or failure amounts just yet, but I am looking to flesh out the different obstacles the players would face with some variety.
Each of the long-term skill challenges would include some sort of combination between victories (either through wits or steel) and skill use. So, let your imaginations run wild and give me some ideas if you are so inclined.