What does it mean to be intelligent in 5e?


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Jiggy wrote:
JoeJ wrote:
Also, when there's no penalty for failure, per the rules, you can just take ten times as long and automatically succeed (assuming that it's possible for you to succeed at all, that is).
Wait, what?

Look at p. 237 in the DMG, near the bottom of the page, under the heading "Multiple Ability Checks".

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Hm. Don't have the DMG, I'm afraid. Is it some kind of optional subsystem, or what?

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"Multiple Ability Checks"

'Sometimes a character fails an ability check and wants to try again. In some cases, a character is free to do so: the only real cost is the time it takes. With enough attempts and enough time, a character should eventually succeed at the task. To speed things up, assume that a character spending ten times the normal amount of time needed to complete a task automatically succeeds at that task. However, no amount of repeating a check allows a character to turn an impossible task into a successful one.
In other cases, failing an ability check makes it impossible to make the same check to do the same thing again.'


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Nope. It's not listed as a Variant Rule or a subsystem.

It's listed under the section about how to be a GM, specifically with guidelines for running skills.

Basically, during times when there's no penalty for failing (and assuming the character could pass anyways), instead of having them reroll over and over and over until they pass, just assuming they take ten times as long to accomplish the task and that they succeed.


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My group has shifted GM's, and next week should be starting a 5E game. I plan on playing a half-elf bard using the blade archetype from one of the UE updates. Hopefully it goes well.


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It's still "optional" in the sense that it's up to the DM entirely, and the DMG is to help DMs run games and not make hard-coded rulings.

It also clearly says that there is penalty to failure, but one of them can simply be the time it takes to perform an action and for those actions you should automatically succeed in time.

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