In situations where keeping track of the passage of time is important, the GM determines the time a task requires. The GM might use a different time scale depending on the context of the situation at hand. In a dungeon Environment
, the adventurers’ Movement
happens on a scale of minutes
. It takes them about a minute to creep down a long hallway, another minute to check for traps on the door at the end of the hall, and a good ten minutes to Search
the chamber beyond for anything interesting or valuable.
In a city or wilderness, a scale of hours
is often more appropriate. Adventurers eager to reach the lonely tower at the heart of the forest hurry across those fifteen miles in just under four hours’ time.
For long journeys, a scale of days
works best. Following the road from Baldur’s Gate
to Waterdeep, the adventurers spend four uneventful days before a Goblin
ambush interrupts their journey.
and other fast-paced situations, the game relies on rounds
, a 6-second span of time.