Team Effort

I pity the poor slaves building a pyramid while using the 5e rules, as”help” just increases their odds of success but doesn’t increase their maximum limits. They’re just as effective as slaves working alone that’re rolling hot.

I won’t miss the chorus of “I assist” and compiling of bonuses when a character is attempting a mundane task. Because there’s no penalty to failing to assist, everyone tries to help out, stacking circumstance bonuses onto the check. It’s a little silly trying and “assist” someone in picking a lock, recalling lore on demons, or hiding beneath some underbrush. What exactly are they doing when helping with an Intelligence check: shouting out random facts or trivia?

But sometimes assistance from multiple people should work. Physical tasks are the most obvious, such as lifting or dragging a heavy object.