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Jan. 7th, 2002


first number is the one the test gave me: second is the one I would give me. comments in italics.

Str: 8 (13)
How about leg strength, huh?
Int: 12 (16)
Come on. How much school you've completed is not a valid measure of intelligence.
Wis: 14
Dex: 13
Con: 11
Ok, these three are all about right. Dex is confounded by the 'if I'm payinjg attention' factor - probably goes down to 9 if no, up to 15 or 16 if yes.
Chr: 15 (11)
Maybe this is a subjective thing, but I do not see myself as at all charismatic.Weird.


Jan. 7th, 2002 10:42 am (UTC)
strength: leg strength is certainly important. but in D&D, STR's main use is for swinging swords, for which your leg strength is much less important than your upper-body strength. :)

intelligence: no, and neither is your IQ, necessarily. i'm also curious what it takes to get a high INT rating, because you're a Mensite and I'm guessing your IQ is pretty high. a 12 seems awful low.

and yeah, my charisma seemed a bit high, as well.
Jan. 7th, 2002 11:09 am (UTC)
Well, I just gave it an IQ of 200 + doctorate, and it still only came back with a 14. Seeing as how there are maybe ten people in the world with an IQ over 200, it's apparently practically impossible to get a high int score.

Granted IQ isn't a perfect measure of intelligence, but it's certainly better than how much schooling you've had.
Jan. 7th, 2002 11:24 am (UTC)
if you don't enter an IQ and give it doctorate it comes back with 17. shrug.

i see myself as being pretty charismatic; i wasn't surprised by the 18 it gave me.
Jan. 7th, 2002 01:26 pm (UTC)
DND int is *somewhat* related to the amount of schooling, though, IIRC.
Jan. 7th, 2002 11:52 am (UTC)
DnD STR is not all upper body
I disagree that DnD strength is all uper body (or that it should be)

STR is used in the following manners
Melee Attack -- 90% Upper-body 10% Lower-body
Melee Damage -- 70% Upper 30% Lower (Good use of lower body str can really enhance the power behind a melee strike)
Grapple Checks -- 50 - 50, it varies based on how it is done grappled,
Bull Rush -- 10% Upper 90% Lower
Break Object Checks -- 90% Upper 10% Lower
Climb Checks -- 30% Upper 70% Lower (this one is difficult because expert climbers use 60% Upper and 40% Lower.
Jump Checks -- 10% Upper 90% Lower
Swim Checks -- 30% Upper 70% Lower
Weight Carriable-- 30% Upper 70% Lower
Pushing/Dragging---30% Upper 70% Lower
Lift Over Head ---70% Upper 30% Lower

Based on that evaluation, Lower body strenght does, or should, have nearly as impact in DnD as Upper Body, which is not represented in this survey
Jan. 21st, 2002 03:20 pm (UTC)
Re: DnD STR is not all upper body
Heh. That one test has probably spawned more entries amongst my geek buddies than any other online test...I wrote an entire entry about what I'd require before assigning a strength score.

Personally, I think the 3rd edition scores should be interpreted as 2 points = 1 standard deviation away from the mean for humans. This might have to be modified slightly since women simply don't get strength scores above 20, but almost certainly have a higher "ceiling" on dexterity than men.


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