There are many occasions on which a Captain will need to rely on the Skills of his or her Crew to overcome the numerous challenges standing between them and greatness as a Star Trader. Skill Tests refers to testing of the Skill total of the entire crew, in which any character who has that Skill is able to contribute dice to the test attempt.
Skill Tests include:
- All Mission Tests
- All Exploring, Blockading, Patrolling, Spying and Black Market Tests
- All Deep Space Skill Tests
- All Landing Tests
Skill Save Talents[edit | edit source]
Before examining the various situations in which a crew's skills are tested it is important to note that there are many Talents that can provide an automatic save in case of a failed skill test. Some of the variety of situations in which the saving Talent may be applicable are listed in the the Talents description. However, it is important to note that whenever a Skill is tested in the group mode that Skill Save Talents may be used to turn a failed attempt into a success.
These talents have a cool down period so a single Skill Save Talent cannot provide perpetual protection against failures. Therefore, consider having multiple crew members who have the same Skill Save Talent in order to avoid failures, which can be especially important for the regularly occurring deep space Skill tests.
Deep Space Skill Tests[edit | edit source]
When traveling through deep space and landing, the crew will encounter many different events which could damage the ship, wound the crew or decrease crew morale, potentially leading to non-functioning Ship Components, crew incapacity, death or even a Mutiny. These events are described in the scrolling event log visible in the bottom right of many screens. These events test only the crew skills and use the Skill Pools of the ship to determine Strong and Weak dice. Skill Save Talents can help pass many failed deep space skill tests.
Mission Skill Tests[edit | edit source]
When completing many missions the Captain will have the opportunity to chose between various options, testing a combination of different skills and attributes. In these tests, it is the Captain's Attributes that are tested and the ship's cumulative skills that are tested.
Though both skills and attributes are tested, it is possible to use the Skill Save Talents to pass these tests. If a save talent is available a checkmark will appear in the option icon.
Operation Results Skill Saves[edit | edit source]
Operations include Spying, Blockading, Patrolling, Exploring and accessing a Black Market. They use card games to determine the results of each operation and often negative cards will be drawn which can damage the ship, wound the crew or wound the captain. The results of these cards have a chance of being avoided by testing various skills and attributes combined. The specific tests vary with each card and operation type. To understand which skills and attributes might be tested see the operation articles.