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Ruling Skill Challenges
by Mike Mearls

In last month’s column, I talked about using a skill challenge as a convenient way to handle the action when the characters separate. While one character looks for information on Bane and his clerics in the royal library, another character hunts down a thief who broke into the temple of Bane. Using skill challenges to break out such action allows each character to stand in the spotlight and lets you cover a number of separate actions at once. This month’s column presents a sample skill challenge in that vein.

This skill challenge is based on a classic adventure from Dungeon magazine called A Hot Day in L’Trel. Written by Ted James Thomas Zuvich, that adventure thrust the characters into the role of firefighters as an inferno raced through the titular city. The adventure also delved into the aftermath of the fire, as the characters helped rebuild L’Trel. This skill challenge focuses on the fire and tracking down the responsible party.

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    About the Author

    Mike Mearls is the Lead Designer for the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game. His recent credits include Player’s Handbook 3, Hammerfast, and Primal Power.

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