Knowledge and Skills Guide

How Knowledge and Skills Work

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Knowledge and Skills Guide

Wed Aug 03, 2016 1:12 am

Knowledge and Skills Guide

How Knowledge and Skills Work

H
ere at Standing Trials, players are given the freedom to build and shape their characters exactly the way they like with very few restrictions. The following guide will explain exactly how skills and spendings skill points work, and what knowledge is used for any why it is important.

With almost one hundred different skills to choose from, building a well-rounded character can be tricky. Each skill costs two hundred and fifty points to master fully, which is sixteen and a half threads marked at full reward (15/15) to achieve. To master everything, you would have to write over one and a half thousand threads, but let's face it, no one is good at everything, and the same goes for our characters.

A character is considered a novice in any given skill wherein they have 25 points or less. All skills, including magic, offer an easy 1 for 1 point ratio. Person (A) is a new player and has completed three threads with person (B) in which both were awarded full points for each thread, giving them a total of 45 skill points to spend. (A) plays a knight, therefore the use of a weapon is very important and (A) plans to spend all of his points in Blade: Longsword. (B) also plays a knight and has 45 points to spend.

(A) spends all 45 points in Blade: Longsword. 25 of his 45 points complete the first rank of novice where each skill point is worth one in his chosen skill. With twenty points remaining, (A) must make sure he has eleven pieces of knowledge to advance from "Novice" to "Competent" so that he can spend the rest of his points. It costs twice as many skill points to increase the chosen skill at a competent level, leaving him with a total of 45 out of a possible 250, and with 31 points still needed to reach the next skill tier at 76.

(B) on the other hand, wants to spend his skills more wisely and chooses to put 25 of his 45 points in Blade: Longsword, and spend his 20 remaining points in Shield Combat. Even though (A) has a higher sword level, he will struggle to get by (B) defences. It isn't only skill points that come into effect, however, as knowledge is also important. While (B) might win this battle as it stands, if (A) had a lot more knowledge than (B) regarding the use of his Longsword, it is fair to say that he would once again have the upper hand.

There isn't much that separates a novice fighter from a competent one, which is why knowledges and spending your skills wisely will more often than not give you the upper hand. If you do find that you are having a disagreement with another player about which character should win the battle, we advise people to roll a dice and leave it to fate before seeking a third party (moderator) to step in and make the choice for you.

The Skill Breakdown


Fast Track Skill:

You pick your Fast Track Skill when developing your character, each Race lets you choose from two options. A Fast Track Skill is a one off, 100 point maximum skill that allows you to spend points on that specific skill all the way to 100 without the multipliers that apply to other skills (250 etc). Humans cannot pick a magic for their Fast Track Skill.

Novice: 0 - 25 (0 - 25 for Fast Track Skills.)

At this tier there is no mimimum knowledge requirement. To max this tier you must invest a total of 25 points, making this tier the easiest to gain points in quickly.

Competent: 26 - 75 (26 - 50 for Fast Track Skills.)

Once have 26 points in your chosen skill, you must have acquired 11 pieces of knowledge specific to the skill to advance to the Competent tier. To max this tier you must invest 50 points.

Expert: 76 - 150 (51 - 75 for Fast Track Skills.)

Once you have 76 points in a skill, you will need at least 22 total pieces of knowledge about that skill to advance to the Expert tier. To max this tier, you must invest 75 points, making the skill that much trickier to improve, where a cooperative thread awarded with full marks (15/15) will now earn much less progression.

Master: 151 - 250 (76 - 100 for Fast Track Skills.)
Once you have 151 points in a skill, to acquire the rank of Master, you will need at least 33 pieces of knowledge about your chosen skill.To max this tier, you must invest 100 points, making anyone who completes this rank quite impressive. Spending points in any skill at this level becomes quite expensive given the overall progression this earns them, and players are encouraged to spread their skills out, as explain in the scenario between players (A) and (B) above.

Grandmaster: 250 (100 for Fast Track Skills.)
To earn this tier, players must have spent a total of 250 points in the skill, and additionally have earned 60 pieces of knowledge about the skill. To get to this point is an impressive feat that will earn players capstone abilities. These are explained here.

It is important to remember as players, that no character should be defined by one skill alone, and that well-rounded, carefully planned out characters are likely to do a lot better and be much more fun to play than a grandmaster swordsman who doesn't have the strength to pick up his bastard sword, or the endurance to wield it long enough to outmatch someone half his level with strong perks in everything else (such as shield, strength, endurance, and meditation). Plan your characters carefully, remember that true strength lies in knowledge, and have fun, no one likes a power gamer, especially one who refuses to lose from time to time. Be considerate, but true to yourself. This isn't a race, so sit back, make some a friends, meet some of our amazing writers, and enjoy the ride.
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Knowledge and Skills Guide

Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:46 am

Knowledge and Skills Guide

A Note on Domain Magic

T
he Domain Magic Skills have a few additional restrictions on them, due to the nature of Domain Magic. Please note, these restrictions apply to Domain Magic Disciplines, not Practices. For further information see the Domain Magic Page

Specific Experience

In order to assign skill points / experience to a Domain Magic Discipline it must be awarded specifically in the review. Make sure that you ask for it in your review request - this is specific to the Discipline. So, in a thread you might be awarded 10 experience which can be spent on Domain Magic: Dustforge, for example. That can only be spent on that Discipline, not on any other.

Level Advancement & Mutations


Mage Mutations: All mutations must be submitted and approved in the Prophet Support Forum. You may either submit your mutations one at a time or you may submit them all at once in order to simplify and speed up the process.

Leveling up with Domain Magic:
Due to the potent and sensitive nature of Domain magic, we are changing how players will go through the level up process. Domain Magic Level Up Approval is administered by the Peer Reviewers from this point forward. When you fill out your Thread Review Form please simply fill out the applicable information at the bottom when requesting magic experience or magic level up approval. You only need to request level up approval if you are going to level up from that particular thread.

A Note on Level Up Threads
In order to be approved to tier up in your level up thread, you need to be showing that you are pushing yourself in the use of your magic, much like how you would for gaining magic experience in the first place. It's not really all that different except at this point you should be beginning to think about how your magic might be used in the future. But in essence a level up thread is simply the point in which you gain enough experience to progress to the next tier of your magic. When a level up is requested the reviewer should check to see that the mage has an approved mutation, enough knowledges and experience (in combination with the experience they will earn from the 'level up thread') to proceed.

A Note On Magic Experience:
The aim of this process is to ensure that mages are only being assigned magic experience and level up approval if they are truly pushing the boundaries of their magic at their current level. When you turn in a thread you must list both the magic that your character used along with the mage's current level in said magic. This will allow the Peer Reviewer to gauge if the character is deserving of receiving magic experience.

Also magic experience is gated to the level itself. For example, Defiance (Competent) means that you can only acquire experience that is suitable for Defiance at competency. You can't continue practicing Novice techniques and get continual experience that will push you toward expertise. Once you request a level up in a domain magic you need to wait for approval in order to begin gaining experience in the new level tier.

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Re: Knowledge and Skills Guide

Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:30 am

Knowledge and Skills Guide:
Clarification on Skill Levels


How to use the skill levels between players

Two pcs at the same level of proficiency (Expert, Master etc) in any skill may be considered roughly equal in terms of utilizing that skill. However, there is progression within these levels, and this should be taken into account IRP. Things which will make a difference to proficiency within a level includes number of XP (154 vs 245, for example), Knowledges (both number of knowledges and specific content) and levels of complimentary skills - for example, a character's Cooking skill is significantly augmented by Baking.

It is important to note that it is the IRP context which makes the most difference here. The difference between a skill of 91 and a skill of 93 in Baking is unlikely to be important or noticeable. However, if these two pcs both entered an IC Baking Competition (Masterchef: Idalos) - then that tiny, tiny detail might mean the difference if they find themselves in the dreaded Bakeoff.

Equally if they find themselves in that dreaded Bakeoff, facing each other for the right to remain in the competition - knowledge of the Bakeoff Challenge Dish might be much more useful.

If both PCs have knowledge of that dish, both write well and the context is otherwise neck and neck? Well, Baking of 93 might well get it. Obviously, the majority of this is self-enforced and boils down to an expectation that players will be playing to their skill and knowledge level. If, however, you feel at any point that this is being handled incorrectly in a thread then discuss with the player in the first instance - most things can be settled that way. If that does not work, however, or one or both of you remain dissatisfied, then approach a member of the Advocate team who will be happy to mediate and help you come to a conclusion. Mostly, though, enjoy playing your skills!

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