Results for tag: Skill Challenges
Posted by: Centauri on Nov 15, 2011 at 05:08:35 PM
I ran Dungeon Delve 1 for two people on 11/14. Their characters were level 1, a shardmind dark pact warlock and a half-orc brawler fighter.
Given the unusual party size, I had planned, even before I knew what the characters would be, to keep the monsters roughly the same, but to give them goals other than killing the PCs. In the first encounter, a removed one of three kobold slingers and kept the minions mostly busy moving two prisoners and a McGuffin into a tunnel in the floor of the encounter. The slingers and two minions did all the fighting.
The monsters' goal was to move their prisoners and another item into their tunnels. They moved one prisoner in quickly; there was not meant to be a way to prevent this. The other prisoner and the item took more time, as I wanted the PCs to be ablle...
Posted by: Centauri on Jan 24, 2011 at 11:49:20 AM
I ran three Living Forgotten Realms games this weekend, a first (and second, and third) for me. It was an interesting experience. My first two games went reasonably well, with players engaged in the story and having a reasonably challenging time with the combat. I'm no tactical genius myself, nor do I wish to be, so I generally rely on the monsters to have an interesting variety of powers to make life hard for the players.
Posted by: Centauri on Oct 8, 2010 at 02:59:24 PM
This thread, community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/758... got to list out a handful of my basic thoughts about skill challenges. I keep doing this, so I've decided to plunk them into a blog. It's not polished, but maybe I'll edit it later, or expand on certain points in later blogs. Enjoy.
Posted by: Centauri on Aug 12, 2010 at 10:22:06 AM
A blog inspired by Greg Bilsland's post about dungeons: gregbilsland.wordpress.com/2010/08/12/my...
Posted by: Centauri on Apr 28, 2010 at 01:08:41 PM
I just ran through a skill challenge in a play-by-post game I'm DMing. I picked the primary skills with consideration as to what would make sense to the challenge and with any eye toward its simplicity (of design, not of the PCs accomplishing the challenge), rather than what skills the PCs were good at. I picked a Complexity of 3, which I thought reflected the lowercase-c-complexity of the actual situation, i.e. convincing three ghosts that they are ghosts and need to pass back through a shadow crossing into the Shadowfell. I used moderate DCs for their level. I discouraged the use of Take 10 and Aid Another for what I think were valid reasons, and imposed another -2 penalty on all checks due to another event taking place. They went ahead and used skills they weren't trained in.
Posted by: Centauri on Apr 9, 2010 at 05:10:52 PM
@Level30yinzer mentioned on Twitter that her PCs regularly blow past even the Hard DCs she puts in front of them. That got me thinking.
Posted by: Centauri on Feb 20, 2010 at 12:40:09 PM
I'm not a terribly experienced DM, in any edition. Let's get that out of the way. So, feel free to tear into me about any misconceptions I may exhibit below.