Ability Checks

Sometimes a character tries to do something to which no specific skill applies. In these cases, the character makes an ability check: Roll 1d20 and apply the appropriate ability modifier. The GM assigns a DC, or sets up an opposed check when two characters are engaged in a contest using one ability against another. In some cases, a test of one's ability doesn't involve luck. When two characters arm wrestle, for example, the stronger character simply wins. In the case of identical scores, make opposed Strength checks.
Example Ability Check Key Ability
Forcing open a jammed or locked door Strength
Tying a rope Dexterity
Holding one's breath Constitution
Navigating a maze Intelligence
Recognize a stranger you've seen before Wisdom
Getting yourself noticed in a crowd Charisma
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