Jul 232015

Yesterday’s accidental capture of the Bluff icon made me wonder about the other two too.

(Two too? Tu Tu? Bleh. Technically correct yet still looking so wrong).

Specifically, what are the Intimidate and Diplomacy icons? Stepping aside from the grammar of it all, still there are screenshots to take and closeups to arrange. And so I did. And now it is blindingly obvious that indeed, I am completely oblivious. Obviously oblivious.

  • Of course the Bluff icon is a face playing poker. So is the skill icon!
  • Of course the Diplomacy icon is a handshake. So is the skill icon!
  • And no, saddest of all, Intimidate is not the middle finger after all. It is two faces, one large one that is overpowering the smaller one. I was missing the faces and only seeing the space in between them (which still does look a little middle-fingery). So. Two faces. Of course, because that is what the skill icon shows as well


Charisma skill buttons
Bluff, Diplomacy and Intimidate, seen in their native habitat

But anyway, on with the screenshots. I suspect that the blinding obviousness of it all will strike home rather quickly, at least for both of you who did not know all of this already.


Bluff, from yesterday’s article


Diplomacy. Not the clearest image but clear enough. And what an angry hill giant!



Intimidate. The key is the two faces, not the middle-fingery space between them


Three usage icons
All look the same as their skill
Gaming cohesion

And that pretty much puts the whole topic to rest. I think.

Unless you have more to say?

Do you?

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  6 Responses to “Up Close And Personal With Charisma Skills”

Comments (6)
  1. Remember, it’s intimidate, not taunt.

  2. I was wondering where you had come up with the middle finger as intimidate. But now I see the shaded area between the two heads. You’ve probably made the icon-makers at Turbine blush.

    • I remember an exercise/technique that I was introduced to(not knot naught two, too or tu-tu) in an artsy learn’n book. Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards teaches you to identify and draw the empty spaces in an image. This frees the mind from the worries of trying to draw what it THINKS a nose or an ear looks like.
      Obviously the connection here is that if Geoff is ever inspired to draw a cartoon of two politicians debating, he should start by drawing a middle… πŸ˜‰

  3. The intimidate icon becomes particularly hilarious when a halfling succeeds at intimidate vs.. well, just about anything i guess, but particularly giants, dragons etc. Surely that’s actually one hell of a bluff check too πŸ™‚

  4. the other two as well… But please, stick with the other two too. πŸ™‚

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