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House Rules

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House Rules

Campaign house rules are noted here. If you have suggestions for others please contact Jason. 


New races

Felf -- half-elven caltfolk (based on the elf, half-elf and catfolk racial stats); created by Dan.


Skill Challenges

Skill challenges are important encounters in this campaign. The rewards for success and complications for failure are just as great as with combat encounters (which means, by the way, that feats and utility powers used for skills are encouraged).  Here are some house rules regarding skill challenges (these ideas are inspired from Keith Baker's blog post about skill challenges):


  • Action Points -- you can use action points in skill challenges. If you are unhappy with your first roll you can spend an action point to roll again.
  • Critical Success -- a natural 20 on a skill check (not Aid Another) removes a failure.


The rest of this section can be skipped if you trust your DM. But, if you don't, please continue reading.


It has been pointed out by the D&D community in many places (yes, especially the ENWorld forums) that the 2N successes vs N failures model is broken. To make things a bit more fair we will use a combination of the equal threshould house rule (N successes vs N failures) and the partial success house rule (see the comments in Keith Baker's blog post if you are interested in the rationale). This works as follows...


There are three possible outcomes to a skill challenge, 1) failure, 2) partial success, 3) complete success.


  1. Failure means you don't achieve the goal of the skill challenge. You failed a skill challenge when you have more failures then successes.
  2. Partial success is what is usually meant by "success" in the DMG skill challenge description. You achieve partial success when you have more successes then failures.
  3. Complete success means you not only achieved your goal but there is also some kind of bonus associated with your success. This is achieved when you have 2N success vs N failures (normal rules for skill challenge).


The number of skill checks in a skill challenge is determined by the encounter complexity.



Skill Checks












 These skill challenge house rules are subject to change if WoTC updates the skill challenge section in the DMG (seems likely).


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