>>45260888 Just have the bad guys do whatever they would do if they weren't aware of you: playing cards with each other, scratching ass, paging through a spell book, or just scratching their asses. I mean, how much description do you really need?
If it's a situation more like your webm, then just mention how you can feel the thing's breath or hear it clicking its teeth together or sniffing the air as it looks for you, like when Frodo was hiding from the Wraith in the first LotR movie.
>You pass by the guard, he seems to have not noticed you. >The door slams shut behind you and the guard yells to his allies in the room that the spy just came in. >Sorry dude, he made his bluff check. Turns out you shouldn't have dumped wisdom.
You should often make it seem like the PC only narrowly avoided being spotted. Helps up the tension. You can link this into what the dice actually roll or just use it for flavour regardless of the roll.
>the orc stops, sniffs the air and peers suspiciously in your direction for twenty seconds, but eventually turns away and starts to shamble off
>One of the guards stands up suddenly and "Did you hear that? Sounded like footsteps." His companions look surprised and say they didn't hear anything. "Sit daan yer silly sod, dere's bugger all out dere." the grizzled captain grunts, and the guard sheepishly sits back down.
>>45262752 I always though about this. You could effectively replace the rogue with 20,000 GP worth of magic items. A ring of invisibility and a hammer of 4/day knock. Then with the other 4,000 GP you just buy a sneak attack weapon.
Skills that the player should roll out in the open (called): Balance Climb Concentration Craft Escape Artist Handle Animal Heal Jump Open Lock Perform Profession Ride Survival Swim Tumble Use Magic Device Use Rope
Skills the GM should roll behind the screen: Appraise Bluff Decipher Script Diplomacy Disable Device Disguise Forgery Gather Information Hide Intimidate Knowledge Listen Move Silently Search Sense Motive Sleight Of Hand Spellcraft Spot
I typically don't spend alot of time discribing how a player sneaks around, unless they overtly fail. Normaly there is something else going on that I focus on instead. For example, a PC is sneaking up on two NPCS in a dark room, instead of discribing the act of walking quietly, I would continue to discribe the NPCS, and the conversation they are having. I find it helps build tension, as the PCS aren't quite sure if they actually succeded or not, while also bringing the setting to life. Alot of times, one PC is sneaking up on an NPC that is already engaged with the rest of the party. Thats easy mode, I just jump back to what everyone else is doing to keep the flow going. Stealth is about subtley, there is no real reason to ham that up, just makes you sound dumb.
>>45260888 I usually describe it as "The [enemy] continues to [do whatever it was doing]." "The sentry continues to squint into the darkness and pick his nose as he walks down the corridor" for example.
That leaves it open just enough for a paranoid player to think "...wait, what if he -did- see me and is just waiting for me to try something?"
You can also describe the guard going "Aha!" and looking behind somewhere the player isn't, then they spit and say "Could've sworn I heard something here."
>>45260888 Holding a scroll, clipboard, etc in your off hand, you hold your head high and march out into the area with a sense of purpose. The guards, thinking you are someone important, hurriedly make themselves look busy, trying to avoid drawing your attention too long
>>45275424 see if we were just fucking around with a throwaway game or something, I'd allow it, but if i was running a serious game and one of my players randomly did some derailing shit like that, I would just ignore it and describe him as sneaking through the courtyard without the extra bits. If they threw a fit, (they probably wont actually care too much) I'd tell him to get over it. Call me a bad GM, idgaf.
>>45275516 I used to play a condottiere in a notVenitian setting that used to get out of every situation by waving papers around and demanding to talk to the person in charge He eventually got shot point blank with ye olde handgonne while trying his administrative bullshit, but he had a good run. Making as much noise as possible is the best kind of stealth.
>>45260888 >"You hide so well you even hide from the world, becoming one with the shadows. In the darkness you witness the rise and fall of empires, the birth and death of stars. You finally snap out of it, remembering yourself. The *insert cause of hiding* has moved on, disinterested in your location. 10xp. for becoming more wise about the reality of life and the universe."
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