But I have also been thinking of adapting this to the" 4d6 drop 6s" idea. Specifically, the approach mentioned in reaction rolls with four dice. It’s not just for the fun of playing with an alternate table, as you’ll soon see. First, though, the table.
|4d6 drop 6||Reaction||Detailed Explanation|
|Up to 1||Broken!||Key snaps off and jams lock.|
|2-3||Wrong Key||Lock jammed on 5+ (1d6).|
|4-7||Might Fit||All keywords must match.|
|8-12||Close Match||At least half must match.|
|13-16||Fits||Lock opens if any keywords match.|
|17-18||Lucky Fit!||1st letter of a keyword must match.|
|19-20||I Made It Fit!||No matches necessary.|
Table should be self-explanatory now. Curses shift the result one category worse. Blessings shift the result one category better.
Now here’s the tricky part: when adapting this keyword trick to other situations that involve skills, you need to distinguish unskilled people from skilled people. For example, you could have a set of lockpicks instead of a single lockpick, each with a different keyword. Anyone trained as a thief rolls 4d6, dropping 6s. The thief class would add their level to the roll. Anyone who’s still in training would only roll 2d6, though, again dropping 6s, for a range of 0 to 10. So:
- An untrained character picking a lock requires one lockpick for every keyword on the lock (two picks for a green copper lock, for example.)
- A trained lockpick must use at least half as many picks as there are keywords on the lock.
- A true thief (class) never worries about jamming the lock.
- A 5th level thief has a good chance of opening any lock with one pick, but two picks are still a safer bet.
- An 8th level thief can open any two-keyword locks with only one matching pick.
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