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Alternate Skill Mechanics

by 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.