In Anticipation of GenCon: Road Trip to GenCon Skill Challenge

by Ameron (Derek Myers) on August 14, 2012

Those of us lucky enough to be going to GenCon this year are likely making the trek to Indianapolis tomorrow. For me it’s a 9-hour car ride that starts at 6:00 a.m. in Toronto.

Road trips can be a lot of fun as long as you have good company, suitable refreshments and plenty of stuff to do. With that in mind we once again present the Road Trip to GenCon Skill Challenge. It’s fun and lighthearted, while being geeky enough to keep even casual gamers interested. I encourage you to print a copy of this sill challenge and bring it with you to help make things more exciting on the way to GenCon. Enjoy.

Originally published on August 3, 2010, Dungeon’s Master once again presents: Skill Challenge: Road Trip to GenCon

Skill Challenge: Road Trip to GenCon


You pack up the car for the long, arduous road trip to GenCon. The question isn’t if you’re going to get there but when you’re going to get there. The more successes you accumulate in the skill challenge will determine how quick and painless the journey is. No matter what obstacles you might endure along the way, it’s all worth it to get to GenCon.


Bluff, Diplomacy, Endurance, History, Insight, Intimidate, Perception, Stealth, Streetwise

Mandatory group check

Everyone in the car, including the driver, must make an Endurance check every hour. If you fail this check, you suffer a -2 penalty to all checks until you spend 5 minutes outside of the car.

Endurance (various DC)

  • Moderate DC for the driver and the passenger in the front seat. Moderate +2 DC for everyone else.
  • For each hour the car remains on the road the DC increases by +2. If the car doesn’t have AC, the DC increases by +5 for each hour rather than just +2.
  • The DC resets to moderate if you pull into a rest stop and everyone can get out of the car for at least 5 minutes. Going up to the drive through give everyone +5 on their next Endurance check, but does not reset the initial DC.

How about some tunes?

Perception (moderate DC)

Try to find a suitable radio station by cycling through channels randomly.

Diplomacy (moderate DC)

You make your case for changing the radio station. The driver automatically receives a +5 bonus. The car owner automatically receives a +2 bonus. These bonuses stack if the owner is driving. Children suffer a -2 penalty to this check.

History (moderate DC, assist)

If you’ve been to this radio market before, you get a +2 bonus. If you’ve lived in this city before the bonus increases to +5.

He who smelt it…

Bluff (hard DC)

Try to misdirect blame when you fart in the car. This is an automatic failure if there are only two people in the car. If there are three or more people in the car, you gain a +2 bonus. You gain an additional +2 bonus if there are kids in the car (because who believes a kid who said he didn’t do it?).

Perception (easy DC, assist)

You catch a whiff of something foul before anyone can claim credit or blame someone else. How you choose to use this information is totally up to you.

Stealth (hard DC, assist)

You try to pass gas without the tell-tale noise. Success means you get a +2 bonus to your bluff check to misdirect blame. Failure means that someone else in the car heard you fart. You suffer a -5 penalty to your Bluff check. You do gain a +5 bonus to Diplomacy if you clam immediate credit.

I’m bored, are we there yet?

Streetwise (moderate DC)

  • You share your intimate knowledge of games suitable for play in a moving car.
  • Tell amusing stories and anecdotes to pass the time.

Bluff (moderate DC, assist)

You embellish the stores to make them more interesting. For each hour in the car, you receive a +2 bonus to the bluff check.

Bluff or Intimidate (moderate DC)

When the passengers (usually, but not always the kids) misbehave, use threats and to get them to settle down. “I’m going to turn this car around and go home” is a tried and true threat.

Insight (moderate DC)

If someone in the car is using Bluff or Intimidate to get you to settle down, a successful check lets you determine just how serious they are. Kids automatically get a +5 bonus to this check.

Speed Trap

Perception (hard +2 DC)

Keep your eyes open for a speed trap. Everyone in the car can assist.

History (easy DC, assist)

You remember seeing speed traps in this area before. If you’ve received a ticket in this area yourself, you get a +5 bonus to the check.

Streetwise (moderate DC, assist)

You’ve heard a lot of rumours about where the speed traps are on this stretch of highway.

Bluff or Diplomacy (special DC)

Try and talk your way out of a ticket (good luck!). You only succeed if you roll a natural 20. Female drivers can succeed on an 18-20 if the police officer is male.


You made it! You arrive in Indianapolis in one piece. You didn’t get a ticket and you didn’t get lost along the way. Enjoy the Best Four Days in Gaming.


You made it, but the trip was grueling. Whoever said getting there is half the fun never travelled in this car to get to GenCon. But the worst is behind you now. Enjoy the Best Four Days in Gaming.

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1 Philo Pharynx August 14, 2012 at 10:08 am

Hmm… Are you going to do the flying version of this challenge?

2 Alton August 14, 2012 at 10:20 am

@ Philo Pharynx

You going? That’s awesome. Hopefully we will see you there.

3 Ameron (Derek Myers) August 14, 2012 at 10:49 am

@Philo Pharynx
In my experience flying to GenCon is hardly Skill Challenge worthy. You earn no XP for flying and loose no healing surges. You do incur penalties during social interaction with anyone who wasn’t rich enough to be able to afford to fly and got stuck in a car for 9+ hours. ?

See you at GenCon.

4 Philo Pharynx August 14, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Actually I’m not going. I just went to Vegas this month to meet with some people from a gaming website and we had a blast.

Ameron, you haven’t dealt with the TSA much, have you?

5 Tommy August 19, 2012 at 8:45 pm

I hope you had fun at GenCon I know I sure Did. 😀

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