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A conversation cropped up in the BW Discord that got me curious - When you use spells like Falcon Skin, or Art Magic effects that transform you into another creature, it’s obvious that you get the stats and traits of the animal. The question is, do you retain your own skills, or gain the skills of the animal form? I’ve seen arguments both ways.

My interpretation is that you have a human mind in a critter body, so you use the skills you have as a human. Being a bear, for example, grants you higher Power, but it doesn’t necessarily give you the Brawling skill of you don’t already have it. Certain creatures might make learning skills easier - a falcon’s keen eyes, for example, might give you some training wheels for learning Observation, or the bear’s high Power might mike Brawling easier to learn. Those skills and tests carry over to your human form.

The other argument that makes sense is that the skills that an animal comes with are necessary for functioning as that animal, so you use the full statblock of the creature while shape changed, but don’t get to log tests for advancement. In other words, tests don’t transfer between forms.

So, my question is, how do y’all interpret shapechanging and skills? Also, +Luke Crane and co., how have you handled this in BWHQ games?

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First session of my new Urban Shadows stream! We only got to introduce the characters and do the session start move, but we've certainly got a lot on the plate for next Tuesday!
Part 1 of #UrbanShadows is up!
Pretty stoked to be running this thing.

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Part 1 of #UrbanShadows is up!
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Part 2 of tonight's #BurningWheel session is up, as well!

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Just wanted to reshare these to the BW Community page!
First part of tonight's # BurningWheel session is up on YouTube!

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Part 2 of tonight's #BurningWheel session is up, as well!
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First part of tonight's # BurningWheel session is up on YouTube!
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Here's the second part of last night's game!

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Here's the first part of last night's session. The plan was to do some quick scenes to tie up some dangling threads from the previous session, and then go into a quick Trait Vote. That's not what happened. Instead, we wound up doing a whole session without Beliefs, which was totally my fault. It worked out okay, and we got to a good spot for downtime.
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