To roll, or not to roll.

JVC Parry

To Roll or Not to Roll…

Something that I think many game masters and writers are guilty of is asking for ability checks too frequently, in a way that disturbs that narrative flow and works against the characters, rather than in their favour. In this article, I hope to give some advice on how to use ability checks in your games (forgive the cliché opening).

The D&D 5th Edtion Player’s Handbook defines an ability check thus:

An ability check tests a character’s or monster’s innate talent and training in an effort to overcome a challenge. The DM calls for an ability check when a character or monster attempts an action (other than an attack) that has a chance of failure. When the outcome is uncertain, the dice determine the results.

I think, for the most part, this is something most D&D players, especially most DMs could have had a good…

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