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By the same author as Grand Line 3.5
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13th Sep 2021, 12:00 AM

Has anyone ever had to roll a Spot Check to notice an NPC's emotional distress? Should it have been Sense Motive instead?

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13th Sep 2021, 12:09 AM

I'm guessing Vivi the character is the one who tried to sail the grandline without a pose.

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13th Sep 2021, 12:30 AM

There's a difference between noticing the physical signs of stress and realizing what they mean. Spot check to spot the reaction, Sense Motive to guess what it means.

Or in the language I use these days, Perception check, then Insight check.

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13th Sep 2021, 8:28 AM

Yeah, but unless it's part of some big narrative moment, it's overkill to use two separate skill checks. Just Insight is probably sufficient. Fail = they don't notice anything *or* notice and misinterpret, at GM's discretion based on RP and what's appropriate for the character(s).

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13th Sep 2021, 2:34 AM

Personally I'd use Sense Motive for something like this. I've had players roll it for things like noticing someone is under duress, or concealing something even if they're being truthful. It'd fall under the "making a gut assessment of the social situation" use of the skill.

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13th Sep 2021, 1:34 PM

If this is eyes flicking over to the piles of dead bodies, I could see either spot or sense motive, but generally I'd go with sense motive. Maybe if someone didn't have any ability in that, spot could be rolled as a backup, either at a penalty or to notice changing facial expressions without necessarily having the ability to interpret them.

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