Dungeons & Dragons Fourth Edition, published in 2008 (includes Essentials)

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Does a psion need a ranged basic?

I'm putting together my first psion. The race will be human, and the focus will be telekinesis. While choosing powers, I've keyed on the special feature of the "Kinetic Trawl" power: "You can use this ...
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How to speed up 4e combat

I DM a group of four PC's and even "easy" battles take at least an hour to resolve. Normal encounters take even longer! I want to speed up combat so my players can do more in a session. I've been ...
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Dual wielding with a Double Weapon and an Off Hand weapon

Is it possible to dual wield with a double weapon and a off-hand weapon? For example, I'm wanting to use a double-sword in my main hand and, in my off hand, a handaxe.
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Rolling math fixes into default progression

I am very new to 4e, trying to wrap my head around it, and to be honest I find it a lot less structured, oddly enough, than 3.5. Because each class is compartmentalized, with little overlap, I find it ...
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Weapon proficiency - Bonus to Attack AND damage?

Rolling a 1st level Dwarf Knight (from Hero of the Fallen Lands). He has a strength of 18 so a str mod of +4. I've calculated the Attack Bonus as (+4 str mod.) + (+3 weap. prof from longsword) = +7 ...
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How do I help a young player fill their character sheet quickly?

I GM a game of D&D with my cousins, who are 10 and 11 years old. This happens: Me: Let's fill your character sheet. Which race do you want? Eleven-year-old: What are the available choices? ...
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What Happens When an Assassin Shrouds a Target?

Currently I have a player who has made an assassin. As many assassins do, he loves to hide around in the shadows, and pop out on an unsuspecting enemy and do as much damage as possible before ...
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What happens after level 30?

Most of the forum posts I've read say you retire your character at level 30 but wouldn't that make the level 30 Epic Destiny features useless? There must be something after. Why give us cool new ...
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Can One Use Multiple Magic Items with the Same Power in an Encounter?

After answering this question, another one occurred to me. Let's say I have a dozen Wands of Shield in my inventory. Here's the text for Shield, from the Player's Handbook, pg 161: ...
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What to do in the first session of a campaign?

The first session of my new D&D 4e campaign is coming up pretty soon and I'm not quite sure how to go about the introduction into this new campaign. I have the geography and landmarks and things ...
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Character wealth by level for 4E?

I know that the DMG addresses this slightly on page 143 by stating that a character's wealth is equal to: One magic item of character level +1 One magic item of character level One magic ...
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Encounter powers, magic item powers and immediate reactions

Been fooling around with my artificer character, who has Eldritch Fusillade Expertise, which among other things states the following: "Draw or stow a wand and load crossbow as free action." Now a ...
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Do attacks against gelatinous cubes hit engulfed players?

I have a question about a situation happened in our last D&D 4th edition session. A gelatinous cube managed to swallow one of us and put us into troubles because almost all of our powers have as ...
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How to optimize this rogue´s knockout combo?

I use a combo with my Rogue to kill the target within one turn. It goes like this: My rogue has Slaying in Action feat (MP II 131) which lets me use my sneak attack again, when I use a action point. ...
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How do I DM the Red Box encounter 4: The Trial?

So I've played this adventure with some friends a few times and tomorrow we are planning to have a big adventure with multiple groups. The only problem I've encountered during the Red Box is this ...
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Looking for a specific group set of magic boots

I recall that one of the books of 4th Edition described two pairs of magic boots, who formed a group set together conferring bonuses to the wearers if both sets are worn. They had something to do with ...
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d&d 4e first session help, need adventure [closed]

Me and my friends are going to be playing DnD 4e for the first time. I have played a couple of times before, but they have not. I will be the DM. We are with 3 people, me + 2 friends. As it is my ...
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How are 4e elves different from 3.5e elves?

I was looking into how to roleplay an elf in D&D 4e, when the kind folks in one of the chatrooms on this site informed me that elves in 4e are very different from those in 3.5e, which sparked my ...
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Can you teleport a monster vertically up and thus damage them when they fall?

Can you teleport a monster vertically up and thus do them the D10 per 10' falling damage?
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My party doesn't want to get rid of an unbalanced house rule

I've posted about this house rule before wherein my DM decided that upon levelling up we would add our Constitution modifier to the hitpoints gained. This was due to our first session where we ...
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How can a wizard maximize the area of bursts and blasts?

I'm hoping to build a power play wizard (or hybrids) with large bursts. Is there any way to Enlarge Spell more than once (like with the talent "Enlarge Spell")? In short, I would love to know how to ...
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How should I respond to a DM who unfairly plays the “rules-lawyer” card?

My question: How would you, as an experienced role-player, deal with this situation? I was recently invited to join a 4e startup goup. I've RP'd a fair bit in my day, but not in decades, and never ...
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What class does the most damage overall?

I'm new to D&D 4e and I am an illusionist Wizard. We have 3 PCs playing, but one of our players should do a lot of damage. Which class does the most damage?
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Penalties to running long distances outside of combat?

I'm running a game with a couple of friends, one of which is a druid with a base speed of 8, and the party has hired some horses (speed 10) but almost lost one in combat as an enemy tried to escape on ...
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Adding the Reliable Keyword

I realize that daily powers are either Reliable, or they do something even if you miss. But is there any way to add the Reliable keyword to a power? It's possible with certain other keywords; for ...
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What is the best first adventure to run in D&D 4e?

I am very new to Dungeons and Dragons 4e. I recently picked all the necessary books and surprisingly low priced pound of dice from eBay. I have also coaxed my friends into giving it a shot while I ...
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Is my DM being fair? [closed]

Me & some friends recently started playing 4e & none of us had played anything like it before. However, recently, the guy who was DM-ing at the time (we're taking turns to see who enjoys it/is ...
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Is there an item that prevents expending a power on a miss?

I know that some powers have the Reliable Keyword. Is there an item that prevents me from expending a power on a miss? I've read my share of books, but it is just too many books.
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How do I avoid railroading in dungeons?

Well, I'm a very big fan of 4E's character creation system and also its combat, but a problem I've found is that exploration seems pointless in this edition and everything's built around combat ...
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Can a Warlock Selectively Curse Anyone they can See?

This question was prompted by reading this answer. That answer, and accompanying comments, indicate that a Warlock can curse the closest enemy that he can see, even if he's aware of enemies that are ...
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Can One Benefit from an Action Point after a Charge?

This question was prompted by a statement in this answer. Charging Ends Your Turn After a charge, your turn is over, except for free actions. From the Rules Compendium, pg 240: No Further ...
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Software to make DIY Item Cards

I'm a big fan of Paizo's GameMastery item cards. I also like GoDeckYourself but I'm wondering if anyone knows of any other software or websites that can be used to make your own Item Cards or Power ...
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What are the Players and the DM supposed to be permitted to know in regards to rolls/defenses during combat?

What are the Players and the DM supposed to be permitted to know in regards to rolls/defenses during combat? I've only played 4th Ed. D&D, so I don't know how it's handled in other editions. ...
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Temporary HP on missed attack

Let's say I attack with a power that gives me Temporary HP like Bolstering Strike (Paladin). Do I still get the THP even if I miss?
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Is giving players extra HP based on their level going to unbalance my game?

In my group, we are taking it in turns to DM. We are currently on our 2nd adventure and I am preparing to DM the next one. During my preperations, I have discovered a potential problem. Our first DM ...
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What kinds of effects can modify a die roll?

After you roll a d20, there are some effects that can modify the result before the calculation is made. Is this a complete list? If you don't like the roll (before you know success or failure), ...
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My campaign uses old item rules. How to implement the change to Essentials items?

The game I run so far uses the old 4e item system. Players find items in dungeons and can buy them at full cost and sell at 20% cost. We do not use rarity. My players now want to switch over to the ...
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What is the best epic destiny for me?

My character is an elf cleric of Melora multiclassing in ranger. He is basically a bow/ laser cleric combo. I am also planning to take the Seldarine Dedicate paragon path. As I like to have my ...
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Goring Charge Monk Optimization

So I have been thinking about creating a minotaur monk character. I looked at feats and skills so I could get some general idea where to aim with the build. This particular combination caught my eye. ...
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In D&D 4e, can you use Dual Weapon Attack on a Charge?

I'm a fairly new DM for 4e (1.5 years). I have a player playing a Scout that has a Dual Weapon Attack At-Will. Can he use this on a Charge? In Character Builder, it seems as though the trigger of ...
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Can I use “Heroic Effort” benefit with a reroll?

I've just found this item: Couters of Second Chances (Adv I 116): Power (Daily) Free Action. Use this power when you miss with a melee attack. Reroll the attack, and use the ...
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Will Eladrin Boots and Gloves of Dimensional Repulsion enhance teleports created by Walk Among the Fey?

Walk Among the Fey says that "Whenever you use a power that slides a creature, you can teleport that creature an equal number of squares instead. Where you teleport the creature remains subject to ...
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How do I read the 2[W] and 'at level X' of attack cards?

Probably a simple question but one I cannot figure out from the books: Some power and attack cards have at the HIT statement a small symbol saying 1[W], or 2[W] at level 21. For example: How do I ...
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How to be a Dungeon Master? [duplicate]

About a year ago, a saw a Dungeons and Dragons beginner set on Amazon. I was curious because I heard so much, but didn't know anyone who played. I bought it, read the books that came with it. And then ...
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Beginner DM questions: Exploration and skill-checks

A group of friends and I have started playing the Red Box(4e), which we are enjoying a lot. I am the DM for this and probably the next adventure and our DM will change every few adventures to keep ...
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Skill Challenges, how much are my players supposed to know?

reading some of the Published Adventures for 4e I've found some Skill Challenges to have some obscure elements, such as using Endurance to give a friend a +2 to the roll on their turn, or making an ...
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Does Favored Soul turn you into an angel?

The Paragon path for Favored Soul states, "... thus marking you as one of the heavenly host, kin to angels, and a special servant of your god." Does it turn the character into an angel?
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How can I convert some of LotR's main characters to D&D 4e?

I want to show my groupmates D&D 4e, but they know nothing about it. However they do know The Lord of the Rings, so I would like to convert the characters from there into D&D 4e. Any books ...
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Why can you move with Cat & Mouse before Flurry of Blows, off the same triggering event?

The Cat & Mouse power lets me shift some squares and have total concealment. The trigger says: "You hit an enemy with a melee attack." The trigger of FoB says: "You hit with an attack during ...
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How can I convert a creature's tactical size to real life measurements?

One of the biggest improvements from 3.5 edition to the 4th DnD edition in my opinion is converting everything to game squares. It makes everything simpler, but unfortunately it also makes it more ...