Skillful Stunts by Adamant Entertainment is part of Adamant?s D20 Master Kit series which provides setting independent rules options for D20 fantasy. This product is eight pages (seven after OGL) long with a clean layout and a few B&W illustrations, with examples are clearly set aside in shaded boxes.
The purpose of Skillful Stunts is to both allow for more cinematic combat in the D20 system and to allow a wider number of skills to be useful in combat. It uses a very simple system to determine the DC of the stunt ?the player is encouraged to be creative in describing the stunts and examples for almost all skills are included? and if it is successful, the character gains a Stunt Point. The DC for stunts can be voluntarily increased with the payoff being additional Stunt Points. The stunt points can be traded in useful combat bonuses (extra damage, lowering an opponent?s armor class, save penalties).
Additionally, multiple skills can be combined into a single stunt, such as ?the Stare? which uses Intimidate, Concentration and Gather Information. Combined stunts are more difficult but potentially gain one Stunt Point for each skill used and it encourages players to be creative. It is suggested that character be limited to one stunt per level per session (though, you might want to make it one successful stunt per level), which seems like a reasonable balancing factor, and ?of course? the villains can use them too.
Skillful Stunts is a nice system for encouraging creative and cinematic play in D20, if such appeals to your play-style, take a look.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Excellent<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>