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It’s been twenty days since the 9th Key Press patreon was launched, and since then we’ve collected seven patrons and have beat two funding goals – which might seem fairly humble but to be honest I expected growth to be a bit slower than that.

So first I’d just like to say thank you to those seven patrons, who all have generously opted for the Adept tier. I was worried about not getting a single a patron for awhile, so they have definitely given me warm and fuzzy feelings.

Since today’s patreon update marks the probable end of April’s content (barring any sudden side projects that materialize), I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the Patreon launch and ask a series of survey questions in order to re-calibrate and try to match expectations.

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Using Skills is a series of posts that delves into and discusses each skill in 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons. This index is meant to make this series easier to navigate for anyone wishing to look up a particular skill.

And now we finally come to the last part of our ongoing series on the skills of 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons. Last time we covered Stealth, and for this final discussion we’ll be going over that friend of rangers and barbarians: survival.


Using Skills – Survival

The bent blades of grass. The occasional broken dead twig from the surrounding autumn forest trees. A slight smell still on the air; of horse sweat and steel.

“Less than an hour,” the tracker said, brushing dead grass out of the way of the muddy hoof-print. “Riding east hard, though they’ll need to be turning south-east to get around the river.”

Survival is the skill of thriving outside the confines of civilization.

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Last week we covered Investigation in our Using Skills series. This week we’re back with Medicine. Enjoy!


Using Skills – Medicine

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A city watchman brings his torch closer to the body in the alley, trying to figure out how the person died. A cleric prays over an ill peasant while taking note of her symptoms to develop a diagnosis. The barbarian gingerly wraps the wounds of his unconscious companion to stop the flow of blood in an attempt to keep him from death’s door. Medicine is the science of health.

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