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YAGS is released under the GNU Public License, and as such the full set of source documentation is available, as well as the final PDFs above.

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Core Skills

Core skills are meant to be common across all genres and settings. They cover a basic set of skills which won't change much from world to world.


The eight basic talents are the same for all characters, and are often defaults of more complicated skills.

  • Athletics
  • Awareness
  • Brawl
  • Charm
  • Guile
  • Sleight
  • Stealth
  • Throw

Combat Skills

The following are common combat skills. Some may be unavailable due to technology limitations.

  • Bow - Using a bow (short, long, composite) in combat
  • Crossbow - Using a crossbow (hand, light, heavy) in combat
  • Melee - Fighting with melee weapons in combat
  • Tactics - Knowing how to use small team tactics in combat

Social Skills

  • Art - Skill at painting and drawing
  • Carouse - Getting information in casual situations
  • Dance - Skill at dancing
  • Gamble - Skill and knowledge of games of chance
  • Game - Skill at board games or similar tactical games
  • Intrigue - Politics and subtle diplomacy
  • Musical Instrument - Skill at a musical instrument
  • Perform - Performance skills such as poetry, oratory, acting and singing
  • Teach - Teaching other people
  • Trade - Selling and buying things, bargaining.

Other Skills

  • Animal Handling
  • Burglary
  • First Aid
  • Leadership
  • Meditation
  • Ride
  • Sport
  • Streetwise
  • Survival
rules/skills/core.txt · Last modified: 2019/06/15 21:09 by sam