Everybody lies and you can do it better than most because you’re trained in Bluff. But why limit yourself to just telling a convincing lie? Here are 10 new and creative ways to get more out of Bluff.
Bluff is not only applicable when speaking untruths. Any attempt at a falsehood is covered by this catch-all skill. Whenever you pretend to be someone you’re not, or mislead an opponent in combat, you rely on Bluff.
In many situations a Bluff check can or should be accompanied by another skill in order to make the lie more believable. It’s up to you and the DM to determine which situations warrant secondary checks, the appropriate DCs and what modifiers may apply.
10 New Ways to Use Bluff
Fake left, move right
Act on stage
Pretend to eat or drink
Tell a Joke
Impersonate the faithful
Cheat at Cards
By falsely telegraphing your movement, a pursuer believes you’re about to turn left, when in fact you actually turn right. +2 to your next Stealth check.
You put on a false accent in an attempt to convince people that you’re from a particular region or country.
You put on a performance in order to entertain others.
You pretend to eat or drink something harmful in order to lull your victim into doing the same. Or pretend to be drinking, and getting drunk, when in fact you’re not. This may require two bluff checks: the first to fake drinking, the second to fake being inebriated.
Whether it’s a passport, a letter of introduction, a full pardon or a priceless work of art, your deft hands, attention to detail and knowledge of what people are likely to scrutinize allow you to create passable forgeries.
During combat you tell a joke to put your opponent off guard. They have to be able to hear and understand you. +2 to your next attack against that target. This benefit does not provide you with combat advantage.
You pretend to be a faithful servant of a deity in an attempt to fool other worshippers, magical wards or automated defenses. +2 to your next Religion check.
While playing any game of chance you can overplay or underplay your hand to gain an advantage.
You pretend to be someone you’re not.
Your fast-talking skills allow you to get a better price for goods and services.
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