I always find it interesting reading the design blogs for Magic: the Gathering when they get into shifts and eddies in how the color pie can be used to divvy up effects. These kinds of total organizational systems always fire my design imagination. So when faces with a number of other computer RPGs that have 6-7 stats (fallout, SWTOR) that are obviously derived from Dungeons and Dragon's big 6 but with changes to make the stat names line up with what they actually do in that game, it got me to thinking about my own take on a new array of attributes and the "skill check pie" of effects.
I've come up with 6 new attributes, mixing and blending the big six while eliminating some of the names that have just never worked for me. I think this spread can be used to define heroic characters in interesting ways. I then did a little juggling to get the Mastercraft skill system down to only 18 skills and divided them up evenly amongst the 6 attributes. The neat thing is each attribute has a "key skill" thats sort of the defining skill for what the attribute does.
The challenge I wish to propose is:
Given the following list of 18 skills, create a list of 9 named pairs with no duplication or skills left out.
The six attributes and their associated skills are~
Awareness (Awr): Attention to your surroundings. Your Awareness modifier is added to initiative rolls, ranged defense, and Injury saves. The key skill for Awareness is Vigilance and its also tied to Investigate and Sense Motive checks.
Determination (Dtr): The drive to reach your goals. Your Determination modifier is added to morale per level, social defense, and Fear saves. The key skill for Determination is Focus and its also tied to Intimidate and Survival checks.
Fitness (Fit): Physical integrity and power. Your Fitness modifier is added to melee/unarmed attack checks and Affliction Saves. Fitness score sets Health. The key skill for Fitness is Athletics and its also tied to Acrobatics and Stealth checks.
Grace (Grc): Your agility and attractiveness. Grace modifier is added to lifestyle, melee/unarmed Defense, and spell (FX) save DCs. It benefits the Blend, Disguise, and Impress.
Guile (Gul): Cunning and creativity. Your Guile modifier is added to social attack checks and skill points per level. Guile score sets Spells (FX) known. The key skill for Guile is Deception and its also tied to Parley and Tactics checks.
Precision (Prc): Accuracy and attention to detail. Your Precision modifier is added to starting proficiencies, ranged attack checks, and spellcasting (FX) checks. The key skill for Precision is Expertise and its also tied to Sabotage and Transport checks.
Give it a try! I'm very curious to see if the new names are evocative without additional clarification of their function (which I'll go over later if there is too much confusion).