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The Sneak Attack
August 6, 2009, 9:26 am
Filed under: Sandbox Campaign

This is a quick post about something I’ve been pondering. The Sneak Attack. You’ve seen it in the movies, the hero sneaks behind a guard, puts his hand over the sentinel’s mouth and drags his knife across the jugular.

In D&D there’s really no way in the rules to copy this. But it makes sense in the real world, so I’m thinking of implementing a Sneak Attack system.

It’ll probably occur as a type of skill challenge where you have to do a set of skill checks, all in a row, and you’ll have to succeed on them all.

For example:

1. Hide

2. Move Silently

3. Make an attack roll vs. flat footed AC.

4. Roll damage using coup de grace rules.

This will be more devastating than a normal surprise round, but with more risk if you fail. Also, as a side note, I’ll be pretty specific about what weapon can be used in this manner. Wouldn’t make much sense to silently stab someone in the back with a warhammer, now would it?

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