Okay, let’s get into it!
Determining the skills are important in order to determine proficiencies for the classes within the game. Also, I’ll need to write up information about what the new skills do. There are way too many skills in D20 Modern, and most of them are unnecessary. Here’s the list I’ve got.
Bluff (Cha), Climb (Str), Computer Use (Int), Concentration (Con), Craft (Int), Decipher Script (Int), Demolitions (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Disable Device (Int), Disguise (Cha), Drive (Dex), Escape Artist (Dex), Forgery (Int), Gamble (Wis), Gather Information (Cha), Handle Animal (Cha), Hide (Dex), Intimidate (Cha), Investigate (Int), Jump (Str), Knowledge (Int), Listen (Wis), Move Silently (Dex), Perform (Cha), Pilot (Dex), Profession (Wis), Repair (Int), Research (Int), Ride (Dex), Search (Int), Sense Motive (Wis), Sleight of Hand (Dex), Speak Language (None), Spot (Wis), Survival (Wis), Swim (Str), Treat Injury (Wis)
That’s 37 of them. In contrast, here’s 5e’s list, which contains only 19.
Athletics (Str), Acrobatics (Dex), Sleight of Hand (Dex), Stealth (Dex), Arcana (Int), History (Int), Investigation (Int), Nature (Int), Religion (Int), Animal Handling (Wis), Insight (Wis), Medicine (Wis), Perception (Wis), Survival (Wis), Deception (Cha), Intimidation (Cha), Performance (Cha), Persuasion (Cha)
So, what can be ditched, and what needs to be kept? We’ll keep all of the 5e skills, which can absorb a lot of skills from D20 Modern. I think Computer Use is important, as is Repair, Pilot, Disable Device and Demolitions. But can those all be incorporated into fewer skills?
You could easily convert all of this into three broad Skills: Computers, Mechanics and Vehicles. Computers would handle the computer side of Computer Use, Repair (for computers) and disable device (again, for computers). Mechanics would involve knowing broad mechanical things, as well as Demolitions, repair and disable device (for such things). Vehicles would handle both driving and repairing vehicles. That may work there.
I can’t see any 5e skills that should be eliminated, so instead, we could add three more bumping the total skill list to 22. Thoughts?