Gambit wrote:Crafting, Profession, and Performance are all list as "Var" which means it Varies on which is its governing stat. Each one will be based on the individual chosen subskill. For example smithing will be Str based, painting and other forms of artistry will be Dex based, alchemy will be Int based, etc. Same goes for profession, sage will be Int based, farmer will be Wis based, courtesan will be Cha based, etc. As for Performance, singing, acting, comedy, and oratory will all be Cha based, whereas the instrument ones will be Dex based.
I know you're just giving some examples and will probably handle each skill case by case, but I want to argue some your examples.
You're going Str for smithing, but I believe that Int is still the best choice. I am an electrician by trade (not quite the same, I know), and while having strength, agility, and endurance are all helpful, the very best electricians are the smart ones. A good blacksmith would need those same physical qualities, but a truly great blacksmith would need to be smart to master the techniques.
I would also be inclined to keep the Performance skills with Cha. I am also a musician. Fine motor skills are a must, so Dex makes some sense. But when I think about music with beauty, depth, meaning, etc. it comes down more to the ability of the composer of performer to express themselves. You don't need to be able to play the guitar fast to move people. You need to be able to express yourself. Its just that if you have clumsy fingers you probably be able to clearly express yourself. Composing music is also about expression, but intelligence and wisdom would play a factor instead of dexterity.
For Profession, I think there is more room for changing around the ability score, but I would still tend go with Wisdom as a default.
Maybe for some of these skills you assign a single ability score. When the player wants to do something, you think about it for a second and decide which ability score will be used based on the circumstances.
I addressed smithing above good sir, but as for performance, I think you are looking at it just from the perspective of a content creator, and I dont disagree that charisma plays an important aspect in such, but I believe merely playing is based more on those motor skills. And many bards are singing and playing songs that have been around forever, ancient elven ballads, historical dwarven war chants, grand lyrical masterpieces of the old human empire, etc, i.e. stuff they havent created themselves. This is not me trying to disparage musical creativity in the slightest, just provide alternate perspective.