Perception Skill

Fyxt RPG Perception SkillThe Perception Skill is a character’s ability to notice something, especially something that escapes the notice of others.

In general terms the Perception Skill in the Fyxt RPG system represents your character’s ability to notice and detect things around them. This is through all of the senses the character might posses or even clues in the area to something that might not be easily noticed.

Specifically speaking all characters within the Fyxt RPG must be able to perceive something in order to be able to react to it or interact with it. This is generally easy to do in normal conditions. However, there will be situations where it may be difficult to perceive a target such as in darkness, heavy weather, or a foul warehouse full of chemicals. Here are the general rules to follow when trying to determine if a player character or non-player character can perceive something.

  • If a character can perceive a target, they can interact with it.
  • Perception means every way something could be perceived: sight, sound, smell, touch, heat, and more.
  • Perceiving a target means a character can detect it with their Perception Skill.
  • No die roll is needed if passive Perception Skill score is enough. This is calculated by adding 10 to a character’s Perception Skill score.
    • Passive Skill scores cannot be used during any player versus player roll off. These must always be rolled.
  • A character perceives a target if the character’s Perception Skill roll is equal to or lower than what is needed to detect the target.
  • If a player character’s passive Perception Skill is not high enough they will need to use an Action to actively try to perceive something.
    • Once something is perceived it can continue to be after the initial check unless circumstances change.
  • Powers, Fyxt RPG Items, and other modifications can affect these perception scores. For example: Visors of Eagle Eye +5  give +5 to the Perception Skill.
  • Environmental Effects such as a blizzard can make it much harder to perceive targets.

Using the Perception Skill in the Fyxt RPG

Many things in the game world you will easily perceive and the GM will describe these to you as you play.

There will come times when a player character would like to look for something specifically. The player character can then ask the GM if they can look for a secret door, smell the air for leaking coolant, or feel the door to see if feels hot. At this time the GM will come up with an appropriate difficulty for the question and then have the player character roll a d20 plus their Perception Skill. If the player character rolls the required difficulty score or higher than the GM will answer the question. Whenever a player asks to use the Perception Skill it will take an Action to do so.

There will also come times during normal Fyxt RPG gaming where the GM has hidden secrets within the game that you may notice. At this point the GM will check or ask the player group what passive Perception Skill is for the player character. Those that have high enough passive Perception Skill scores may notice subtle things in the game world such as a secret door, a concealed blaster, or a group hidden in the brush waiting to ambush you.

Player versus Player Perception Skill Checks

There may come a time when a player character may need to make notice something about another member of their own party, another player character. Passive Perception Skill is not used for player versus player rolls. For these each player must roll a skill check with a d20 against the appropriate skill. Whichever player rolls better is the player that wins.

Environmental Perception Effects

In normal good lighting and weather conditions, it takes a Perception Skill of 1 per space to perceive things enough to interact with them. Interacting with a target means being able to use a Power or Skill on the target, hear what they say and know what they are doing. The GM can always make exceptions to this rule such as allowing your party to shout to a group far in the valley below. However, the 1 Perception Skill per space scale should be assumed in most situations.As visibility gets worse, apply modifiers depending on the difficulty of whatever may be hindering the Perception Skill Checks. The GM will tell player characters what type of Perception Environmental Effects they are enduring. The effects are listed below.

No Environmental Effects

Perception Skill modifications are calculated at 1 per space of distance. A calm, clear day would have no changes to normal Perception Skill.

Minor Environmental Effects

Perception Skill modifications are calculated at 5 per space of distance.  Light fog, wind, or light rain would be situations that would make perception difficult.

Major Environmental Effects

Perception Skill modifications are calculated at 10 per space of distance.  Darkness, driving rain, thick fog, or hurricane force winds are examples of Major EE.

Perception Skill Check Needed to Perceive Target

Spaces 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Normal 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Minor 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 65 70 75
Major 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 110 120 130 140 150

Fighting the Unseen

It is possible to remain hidden and unseen in Battle Time. Though it can be very difficult to do so. Any character attempting to do so does at a Major Penalty. Meaning, a penalty equal to twice their Character Tier. This Penalty goes into affect the first time they take an offensive action. If a players Passive Perception is equal to or higher than the character that is hidings Subterfuge or Athletics than they can see the character.

If a player doesn’t see a hiding character than they can still attack. This attack will be at a Major Penalty.
The attacker may not know where to attack. If this is the case there are several options.

  • A player that can see them can “point them out” freely. This allows a player that doesn’t see the hiding target to attack the area they are in.
  • If no players can see the target, then the GM should give the players a general area where the target may be. Those with the highest Passive Perception have the best ideas.
  • Players can also use an Action to use their Perception skill. This can increase their chances of seeing the Target.

If the character that is hiding is found they can use an Action to attempt to hide once again.

The Perception Skill is a player skill that will be used all of the time. It is used heavily by the GM to determine “automatic” things that characters notice. It will also be used frequently when player want to find out more about what is happening in their Fyxt RPG campaign world. The is often one of the Skills that most players will put at least a little training into. The most used and most often referenced Skill in the Fyxt RPG is the Perception Skill.