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How do powers work? I'm unclear on how to actually use at-will powers during combat. For example, when can I use Nimble Strike (as an Elven Ranger) and how do I make it happen?

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Something that has helped me get up to speed is listening to the Critical Hit podcast. I am just now getting back into playing RPGs so I am having to relearn a lot. If you go all the way back to episode 1 in the podcast the hosts do a walkthrough of character creation and then they get into actual game play all the while explaining the mechanics. –  etank Jul 15 '12 at 23:21
Do you have the books? They might help. –  SevenSidedDie Jul 15 '12 at 23:35
@Luke, please read our FAQ. RPG.SE is for expert Q&A on RPGs - not for asking people to post a whole rulebook for you piece by piece. All your questions would not be questions if you owned and had read the 4e rulebook. Please do so, and then ask specific questions on items that are still confusing after you've done some basic thinking about them. –  mxyzplk Jul 16 '12 at 1:31
Voted to reopen. Unlike Luke's other recent question, this one is pretty specific, practical, answerable, and on-topic. Just because it's a newbie question doesn't mean it isn't a good fit for RPG.SE. –  RMorrisey Jul 16 '12 at 3:41
@RMorrisey "how do powers work" is not really answerable in any specific sense (in the general sense the answer is really RTFM). Unless we're talking about power use strategy, I don't really see this as worth the time to reopen. And based on the user history here I doubt that anything that advanced is in his purview at the moment. –  wax eagle Jul 16 '12 at 11:21
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If you look on pages 15 and 54 of they PHB they describe how to use at-will powers.

You can use them as often as you like. They represent simple tasks that do not put unusual strain on your character.

This link looks like it would be a good link to review.

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Yeah, the downloadable Quick-Start Rules PDF in particular will probably help a great deal. –  SevenSidedDie Jul 16 '12 at 0:30
I would have recommended the Red Box set but it seems that the poster may already have the PHB. –  etank Jul 16 '12 at 0:32
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