Here’s the difference: Mike was telling people how he would run it. I was telling people how it works as printed.

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Golden Rule 45: Rolling a 1 on an ability check doesn’t mean you failed.

If there’s no chance of success, don’t make an ability check, since rolling a 20 isn’t an automatic success for a check

The success of a game session is measured by your group’s fun, not by how much you enforced rules or prepared

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