Chekhov’s Spot Check
Chekhov’s Spot Check

Also known as Schrodinger’s Spot Check, since you’re not sure whether your party will be alive or dead…

News: Posted April 14th, 2016 by Alina

^ 12 Comments to “Chekhov’s Spot Check”

  1. Metagaming alert!

    Posted April 14th, 2016 at 5:01 am
  2. Hogan Says:

    … and hence why I regulary, as the DM, had my players roll checks at a whim without any, apperant, consequences.
    It kept them on their toes, especially at nighttime 😀

    Posted April 14th, 2016 at 5:03 am
  3. Bagge Says:

    There is no chance of Joel asking for spot checks just to freak them out, no man.

    Posted April 14th, 2016 at 5:24 am
  4. ElvenSemi Says:

    I always make my players roll random perception checks. x’D Keeps them on their toes.

    Posted April 14th, 2016 at 5:26 am
  5. Tandin Says:

    This is why I both have my players roll random checks every once in a while and roll them myself every once in a while, just so my players never know when its important and therefore can’t metagame. The moment one of my players realized he couldn’t do the “Oh he had me roll something, something is about to happen.” Involved ten minutes of him being paranoid about a priest dictating a list of supplies to an acolyte in the temple of his god cause I had him roll a check and that’s what he overheard.

    Posted April 14th, 2016 at 9:13 am
  6. David Says:

    In addition to asking for “random” perception checks, I also sometimes just roll my d20 a few times for the fun of it.

    If you *really* want to mess with them, roll a d20, make a “hrm” noise, flip through several pages of notes (or the manual), jot something down on a piece of paper, and then carry on like nothing happened.

    Posted April 14th, 2016 at 11:38 am
  7. Hawke Says:

    Well, until such time that the party is tested, the party is mathematically both alive AND dead….

    Posted April 14th, 2016 at 3:52 pm
  8. Lukkai Says:

    Okay, randomly rolling my dice every now and then is something I do as well. Both as GM and as a player that is.

    Posted April 14th, 2016 at 5:12 pm
  9. Shin Kerron Says:

    I ran a session just last night. One party member early on in this game had asked if he could use a perception check to see if he could hear anything before going into the next part of a dungeon, I allowed this. As a result, the party has done this EVERY TIME they come to a door or a clearing. I finally started coming up with ways of screwing with them when there was literally nothing there to hear. It has done nothing to curb this behavior.

    Posted April 14th, 2016 at 5:24 pm
  10. S7RYPE Says:

    I would roll behind a screen or under the table, I even used random dice just for clatter on occasion. It was fun just watching the hair raise on their arms :p

    Posted April 14th, 2016 at 6:11 pm
  11. Anonmalous Says:

    Damn metagamers.

    Posted April 15th, 2016 at 1:21 am
  12. S7RYPE Says:

    Meta nothing, that was twenty years ago :p

    Posted April 15th, 2016 at 6:05 am