Increase Difficulty: Roll Die for each check?


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Hey All-

If an effect causes the difficulty of checks against a monster to increase by some die, and that monster has multiple checks, do I roll once for all checks or roll separately for each check?

thanks!


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Good question!

It probably depends somewhat of the wording of the effect in question, but the best RAW answer I can give is "Separately for each check".

"Determine The Difficulty" is a part of "Attempting a Check" in the Core Rulebook (Page 11 & 12), so reasonably it would be determined on each check, rather than per encounter (which are instead detailed from Page 9 & 10).

But for a couple of minor reasons, I can see there being room for debate in some cases; such as if the effect was determined "When you Encounter", or "Before Acting", since those are called out under "Encountering a Card" in the rulebook, not "Attempting a Check".


Interesting. I did find the sidebar in the rules referencing situations where each character at a location takes 1d4 damage, and in those cases the rules clearly state to roll separately for each character.

In this case, we're playing WOTR and it's the barrier "Compelling Offer." Basically when you encounter a villain it lets you draw three non-basic boons of your chosen type and you may keep one to potentially be a reward for the scenario, but if you do, "Increase the difficulty of checks to defeat the villain by d20."

So on first reading I thought we'd roll the d20 once and add that to both checks (this villain had two) but after seeing the aforementioned sidebar we ended up rolling it for each check.

I'd love to get a solid answer as I imagine we may see this barrier again :)


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You roll separately for each check. You’ll later get a spell called Transmogrification or something like that which lets you decrease the difficulty of checks — you roll separately for each check in that case as well. (If you search for the spell on the forums you’ll find some official confirmation of that.)


skizzerz wrote:
You roll separately for each check. You’ll later get a spell called Transmogrification or something like that which lets you decrease the difficulty of checks — you roll separately for each check in that case as well. (If you search for the spell on the forums you’ll find some official confirmation of that.)

awesome thanks!


Yewstance wrote:

Good question!

It probably depends somewhat of the wording of the effect in question, but the best RAW answer I can give is "Separately for each check".

"Determine The Difficulty" is a part of "Attempting a Check" in the Core Rulebook (Page 11 & 12), so reasonably it would be determined on each check, rather than per encounter (which are instead detailed from Page 9 & 10).

But for a couple of minor reasons, I can see there being room for debate in some cases; such as if the effect was determined "When you Encounter", or "Before Acting", since those are called out under "Encountering a Card" in the rulebook, not "Attempting a Check".

Thanks again for this help!

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