Things your character can do.

Skills range in value from 0-3 0 is untrained 1 is a beginner 2 is a professional 3 is an expert

Types Of Skill Tests

Skill tests come in a few various types.

Fixed Difficulty

A standard skill test, will have a negative assigned, and it will be either pass or fail. These are written as SKILL Fixed Difficulty(+/- VALUE). If no value is mentioned in brackets, the skill test is assumed to have no bonus or negative to the roll.

So a Confidence Fixed Difficulty(-1) would be a communication skill test with a -1 to the roll, Physique Fixed Difficulty(0) would be a strike skill test with no additional penalty.

Variable Difficulty

This is a test where you will receive more information or success based on how well you do. Variable difficulty skill tests care about your Step Of Success

An example is collecting flowers, your character may get additional flowers based on their number of steps.


When talking about variable difficulties, rules may reference step your steps. A step of success is 1 additional on your dice roll above what was required, 4 steps of success is a “14”. A step of failure is 1 less on your dice roll above what was required. 

Opposed Difficulty

A standard skill test, however since the skill test is directed at a certain thing their expertise/resistance to the effect will influence the difficulty. Generally, this means the skill test will have an additional penalty equal to the target’s relevant Character Skills ranks, this will not include their attribute, but a high attribute character could provide an additional -1 penalty on the test.

Only Bosses can make non-combat opposed difficulty skill tests targeting the players. For every other type of enemy the players should act on them, making opposed difficulty skill tests targeting them.

An example would be trying to sneak past someone, this would be a Coordination Opposed Difficulty(Insight) which means it is a grace skill test with a negative equal to their ranks in Understanding.


Sometimes a character will begin working on something early in a session or Scene that may not reasonably resolve until the end of the scene or further into the session. This could be because the character lacks all the information, tools, or materials they need to complete the current action, but before trying to pursue the idea want to make sure it is possible. Short-term situations like this should be considered “projects”. If something does not have a large bearing on the story and could easily be resolved immediately with a single skill test, it would better be considered a Variable Difficulty skill test.

Examples of projects would be, sweet-talking a guard captain into letting you have their troops, powering a device to destroy a magic barrier, coordinating the plan of attack for a massive battle, identifying a creature you are hunting. Treating a king who has come down with a mystery illness.

A project is a Variable Difficulty skill test:

  • If you fail, your character isn’t capable of attempting the project, whether it be you lack the knowledge, items, or the process eludes you. Potentially, in the future, you could receive aid of some kind to allow you to attempt the project again.
  • If you succeed, your character marks their Step Of Success against a number of required Step Of Success set by the Game Master.

The initial success should provide the player with some information, direction or confirmation they are on the right track. Then as the Scene progresses, you can take further action to gain additional steps towards success, these should not directly require a skill test (but obtaining the progress may require other skill tests). Any beneficial project action should give at least 1 Step Of Success and may give up to 3. They also potentially should again give the players further information, direction or confirmation towards their final goal.

If the number of Step Of Success is met, the Character may complete the project. There is no additional skill test required, after all the initial work, the project will succeed.

Even if you roll all of the required Step Of Success on the original skill test, all projects require at least one additional step to be completed.

As an example, say a hunter is trying to identify the creature that has been slaughtering farmers’ cows. He has Understanding and knowledge of monsters, though he doesn’t have many clues to go on yet. After witnessing the injuries on the cows, he makes his Project skill test rolling Understanding to see if he knows of the creature and succeeds with 3 steps of success. The hunter has a list of creatures it could be based on the attack but can’t narrow it down, the GM assigns a requirement of 4 Step Of Success to complete the project. The hunter will need one more clue to receive the details of the creature. He decides to go into town to ask about strange occurrences. After some additional narrative time, the hunter discovers that the creature had avoided a woman wearing a lot of silver jewellery, this gives him his final step of success and the player and GM agree that it is reasonable for the project to then be completed. As a reward for completion the GM provides the hunter with the information that it is a Werewolf and the abilities and attributes of the creature.

Aid and Hindrance

When multiple characters are all attempting to perform the same task together, instead of each performing a skill task separately, the Most Skilled of the group performs the skill test and receives a +1 for each person who is Trained and aiding them. Similarly, they receive a -1 for each person who isn’t Trained and is part of the activity.

So, if two trained doctors attempt first aid, the better makes a skill test with an additional +1. If 5 characters are attempting to sneak past a guard and 2 are trained and 3 are not, then the skill test is at an additional -2 (+1, -3).


Any untrained skill test is at an additional -2.

Examples would be trying to spot enemies with Understanding, or jumping across a ledge with Physique.

Critical Failure

Rolling double 1’s on a skill test is always considered a failure.

Critical Success

Rolling double 6’s on a skill test is always considered a success. If you wouldn’t otherwise have succeeded, you are considered to have 0 Step Of Success on the skill test.


If you roll two identical values on a skill test (1,1), (2,2)… (6,6) this is considered doubles. Some Actions special rules may reference Doubles.

Character Skills

The list of skills should cover any activity a character would be expected to do related to their primary attributes.

Strength Skills

Agility Skills

Intelligence Skills

Spirit Skills

Communication Skills