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Life During Wartime, Part 2D&D Insider Article
Ruling Skill Challenges
by Mike Mearls

Last month I presented some advice on using a skill challenge for large scale battles. This month, it's time to show off an example. As with the last sample skill challenge I created, this one describes skill DCs as hard, moderate, or easy, as per the table of DCs on page 42 of the Dungeon Master's Guide.

Additionally, this skill challenge sets the PCs against an army of hobgoblins led by an oni warlord. Such an army is a good foe for a heroic-tier adventuring party. For higher-level groups, consider changing the enemy soldiers to azers or giants, while the commander could become a titan or a balor. Focus on choosing monsters for Tzusho's bodyguard and command staff that provide a good challenge to the PCs.

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    About the Author

    Mike Mearls is the Lead Developer for the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game. His recent credits include H1: Keep on the Shadowfell and Player's Handbook II (v.3.5).