I entered as well. I tied up a few things and was sure to gulp down a red potion before so I have a little bit of an advantage *wink*.
I am asking here because I think others in the Play By Post might like to know. Can skills be used on other player's characters? Example, my character uses mesmerize or psychology on another character.
In general, no. Your Character's Skills is for use on NPCs. Players need to be in control of their Character and not feel like another Player is impacting their decisions. The only way that could be allowed is if the Character is specifically requesting your Character to do something for them. For instance, translate what they say to an NPC.