DCs, Skills, and Crafting Encounters

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Before we begin, a discussion on probabilities.

There's definitely an analytical solution to the probability distribution of 6df. However, I'm an engineer, not a mathematician. The results below are from a Monte Carlo simulation of 10^9 samples, producing a distribution that should be accurate to 0.01%.

Result % prob to get
result exactly
% prob to match
or beat result
-6 0.13 100
-5 0.82 99.86
-4 2.88 99.03
-3 6.85 96.15
-2 12.34 89.29
-1 17.28 76.95
0 19.34 59.67
1 17.28 40.32
2 12.34 23.04
3 6.85 10.69
4 2.88 3.84
5 0.82 0.96
6 0.13 0.13

The most important thing this table tells us is that a roll of 5 is very, very unlikely, and a roll of 6 is very likely to never happen in a given session.

The second thing this tells us is that aspect tagging and maneuvers are really powerful. In game terms, aspect tagging and maneuvers allow the untrained character to perform a feat that would require years of training, and it effectively allows an untrained character to perform heroic tasks - with a maneuver and an aspect tag, an untrained character can, in a pinch, perform a task that the party expert would normally do.

  • DC 0 - An average task for the common individual. A person with no ranks in the related skill should be able to complete a task like this in their day to day lives.
  • Examples:
    • Hear an approaching security guard
    • Swim in calm waters, or stay afloat in rough waters.
    • Climb a rope ladder.
    • Walk along a 30 cm platform
    • Answer academic or scientific questions that a high school graduate would know.
    • Hit a dinner plate with a firearm from 10 meters
  • DC 2 - An average task for someone acquainted with the subject. The average untrained person might be able to do this if they're lucky.
  • Examples:
    • Climb the average recreational rock wall, or a neighborhood fence
    • Swim quickly in calm waters.
    • Make a basketball shot from the free throw line.
    • Run along a 30 cm platform, or walk a 15 cm platform
    • Forage food for yourself in the wild
    • Answer questions that a college freshman in the field would know.
    • Fix a bicycle
    • Hit a dinner plate with a rifle from 25 meters
  • DC 4 - A average task for someone with some training.
  • Examples:
    • Make a safe explosive.
    • Field strip a firearm.
    • Swim in rough waters
    • Hack a computer system with consumer-grade security.
    • Climb a cliff face with fist-sized handholds, or a tall chain link fence
    • Run along a 15 cm platform, or walk along a 5 centimeter platform
    • Forage food for yourself and a partner
    • Answer questions that a college junior studying the field should know.
    • Hit a dinner plate with a rifle from 50 meters
    • Pick a simple padlock
  • DC 6 - An average task for a well-trained individual.
  • Examples:
    • Pick the average door lock.
    • Disarm an explosive.
    • Hack a computer system with business-grade security.
    • Climb a cliff face with small handholds
    • Run along a 5 cm platform
    • Forage food for yourself and two other partners
    • Answer questions that a college graduate from the field would know.
    • Find an enemy's weak points
    • Hit a dinner plate with a rifle from 100 meters
  • DC 8 - An average task for an expert.
  • Example:
    • Pick a high quality lock
    • Hack a computer system with corporate-grade security.
    • Forage food for yourself and three other partners
    • Answer questions that a doctor in the field would know.
    • Hit a dinner plate with a rifle from 200m
  • DC 10 - A challenging task for an expert.
  • Example:
    • Make a half-court basketball shot.
    • Hack a computer system with military-grade security, or Level 1 Foundation computer systems.
    • Walk a tightrope.
    • Answer questions that a doctor in the field studying the specific topic would know.
    • Hit a dinner plate with a scoped rifle from 600m
  • DC 12 - A challenging task for the best of the best.
  • Example:
    • Hack Level 2 Foundation computer systems.
    • Stabilize a character who was recently reduced to negative Body? (Possible mechanic)
    • Answer questions that a doctor in the field studying the specific topic would find challenging.
    • Hit a dinner plate with a scoped rifle from 1km
  • DC 14 - A formidable task for the best of the best.
  • Example:
    • Hit a dinner plate with a scoped rifle from 2km
  • DC 18 - A heroic task for the best of the best.
    • Hack Level 4 Foundation computer systems.
  • DC 22 - Damn near impossible.
    • Hack 05 Foundation computer systems.
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