D&D has always been a combat-heavy game and adding skill challenges with 4e has brought much needed balance to the game. Players are encouraged to role play and can earn as much XP for a skill challenge as they can for defeating a monster. It’s created a good balance between roll-playing and role-playing. The skill challenge has quickly become an important and integral part of 4e D&D.
Skill Challenge Library
Every week we will post at least one new skill challenge. They are intentionally generic. We want to make it easy for you to drop our skill challenges into your campaign. A few sample scenarios are included in the Setup section of each skill challenge. This should help DMs explain how and why the PCs find themselves in a given situation.
No specific skill DCs are provided. Instead, DCs are listed as easy, moderate or hard. This makes the overall challenge more versatile and easier to use at all levels. Consult the DMG to determine appropriate DCs for your campaign.
Come back every week as we amass a library of skill challenges for your convenience.
Remember that our list of skills in any challenge is intended as a guideline. Encourage your players to be creative. If they come up with something we hadn’t thought of reward their creativity.
More Than Just Skill Challenges
The skill challenge section will not be limited to just straight-up skill challenges. We want to provide resources for both DMs and players.
Skills should be more than numbers on your character sheet. Player aides will provide you with our thoughts on how to use your skills in more effect and imaginative ways. And for DMs we are going to explore ways to turn the traditional skill challenge into something more.
What do you need to better incorporate skill challenges into your campaign? Is there an area of skill challenges that you feel is lacking? Is there a particular kind of skill challenge that you’d like to see in our library? We want to provide articles to help you run a better campaign and we welcome your feedback and suggestions.