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Alternate Skill Mechanicsby Håvard
Dragon Magazine #165 included the article "Can You Juggle, Can You Swim? At the Same Time?"
This article introduced a skill system for Classic D&D using a roll below % based mechanic. Lately I have been toying with a similar system, though it is somewhat different from what was described in that article. One thing I changed was to add a % bonus based on level ranges, derived from what boxed set the character belongs to. This system can be used with my alternate skill list Special Skill List.
Thieves may choose to forego one or more Thief Skill replacing them with any other General Skill (not including Special Skills).*
*=Borrowing this one from 5E.