Campaign of the Month: September 2013
Step: Rank + CHA
Can be used as an Artisan skill. The character acts out other personalities to convince an audience that he is someone else. Actors can portray emotions they do not feel, persuading listeners and watchers that the emotions are genuine. Though the Acting skill does not allow a character to physically alter his appearance (the character must use the Disguise skill to do that), the character can mimic voice and speech patterns, copy gestures and movements, and convey energy, attitudes, and mannerisms appropriate to his role. The character makes an Acting Test against the target’s Social Defense. If successful, the target believes the character to be the type of person he is portraying. If the character pretends to be a specific person whom the target knows, the character needs at least an Excellent Result to convince the target of his authenticity.
When using the Acting skill during a theatrical performance, the character makes an Acting Test and compares the result against the Social Defense of each member of the audience; for large audiences, the gamemaster may choose to use the average Social Defense of the audience. The Result Level determines how much each audience member enjoys the performance.