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

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How do zones and line of effect work, and are they adjusted if the zone follows the player (kinda like an aura, but defined as a zone)?

So lets say your situation is like so: ..... .XXX. CXB.. .XXX. ..... Where C is the caster, and B is blocking terrain, and the x's are the squares affected by a 3x3 blast, which forms a zone in the ...
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3d6 vs a d20: What is the effect of a different probability curve?

What is the effect on game play of replacing d20 rolls with 3d6 rolls in a D&D 4e campaign? I started thinking about this after reading this question where the example was given of playing a d20 ...
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Is an out of sight enemy a problem for Warlock's Curse?

My players like to turtle in corridors, fighting enemies in sight before heading into the room. This often means the Defender is on the door, followed by several ranged characters. This also means the ...
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Must you pay Raise Dead component cost when using the Ashen Crown?

The Ashen Crown, an artifact from Seekers of the Ashen Crown, reads, in part: Power Daily (Standard Action) As the ritual Gentle Repose, but no components are required. Power Weekly ...
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How can a DM run D&D 4e combat as theater of the mind rather than a grid?

I am DMing a new 4e group, and I am interested in approaching the game as a "theater of the mind" style combat rather than the traditional grid format. We are locked into doing D&D 4e because of ...
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Recommend a published encounter for 4e to demo its strengths to newbies!

I'm looking for recommendations for a published (but not necessarily WotC), fun, single encounter to introduce some friends to D&D 4E. We'll be using a virtual tabletop (Roll20 specifically) for ...
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Does the prone ranged defensive bonus apply to a creature hit by Flaming Sphere's initial attack?

Flaming Sphere is a nice low-level wizard power, but even the errata text is a little confusing. Daily ✦ Arcane, Conjuration, Fire, Implement Standard Action Ranged 10 Effect: You conjure ...
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How much is too much? Rules for looting in D&D4

We're a brand new gaming group. We ran our first session tonight. (I believe it is Keep on the Shadowfell, but I'm not positive.) We headed towards Winterhaven, encountered some Kobolds, and made our ...
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Can I use 4th edition Power (Spell) cards in a 3.5e game session?

Can I use Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition Power Cards in a 3.5 game? I haven't actually looked into the 4e power cards, because I play 3.5e and didn't think spells changed from 3.5 to 4th edition; ...
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Does “Shield Specialization” apply to an unwielded “Winged Shield”?

Will I get the feat bonus if I am using both hands to wield a two-handed weapon and having the Winged Shield float near me? The feat: Shield Specialization Benefit: You gain a +1 feat bonus ...
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Why does the point buy system allow players to put “8” in one slot only?

In the 4th edition, when using point-buy system to set ability scores, players can only choose to put "8" in one ability. What is the reason for this? Why don't the rules allow for an "8" to be put in ...
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In D&D, A PC became king. How do I keep him in check?

I'm running a D&D 4e campaign. There, a player has worked very hard and somehow tricked me into becoming a king of an evil kingdom (the population is 100,000+). The area he became king of is a ...
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Can brawler fighters sustain grabs from their powers?

The brawler fighter attack powers that enable grabbing contain the following line: ... The grab ends automatically at the end of your next turn. Can players sustain these grabs with a minor ...
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Do vulnerabilities stack?

Do vulnerabilities work like resistances, in that they do not stack, or are they handled differently and can be stacked? For example, if I use a power on an NPC that gives them vulnerable to radiant ...
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Does “Immune to sleep” affect the Sleep power?

This seems like a silly question at first, but I am not clear how this works with rules as written. The 1st level spell Sleep has the keywords Arcane, Charm, Enchantment, and Implement. It previously ...
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What is the easiest way to determine what kind of adventure my group will enjoy? [closed]

I am first time DM and I have to run one game for 5 people whose gaming habits I don't really know (except that they are gamers and/or bookworms and excited to try - good candidates). DnD 4e and yes, ...
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What kind of people would I need to crew a trade caravan?

I need to know what kind of crew members I would need to crew a trade caravan. Like, how many gaurds would make sense, or would I need any important crew members? How many people do I need? I am a GM ...
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Using an Encounter Power with Combat Challenge? [Martial Power II]

I'm currently building a Scimitar duelist fighter in 4e, and I'm using the Desert Moon Swordmaster Greater Style (MPII114). One of the benefits of this feat is that it allows you to use dance of steel ...
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Firearms in 4th Edition [duplicate]

Is there any system for Firearms in 4e that works well? My players want to do a swashbuckling campaign set in the Astral Sea, but I'm lost when it comes to firearms. I'm thinking of some kind of ...
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Where is published errata for Essentials?

Has Wizards of the Coast published errata yet for any of the Essentials books? I'm pretty sure that I already know the answer to this -- no errata has yet been published for Heroes of the Fallen ...
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DnD 4e Warden's Grasp Range

The range of the power is Close Burst 5 and triggers when the marked target attacks any ally other than the warden themself. I know you must be in that range to mark the target, do you need to remain ...
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What class options make a good ranged and melee striker? [closed]

What I'm looking for is a Striker, who is mainly a ranged striker, but also, sometimes, can go melee. As obvious. Something like an Arcane Archer or whatever would you call it. I've read a lot of ...
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Movement through diagonal blocking enemies

In the above situation, it is unclear to me whether - ignoring opportunity attacks - it is possible to move to the bottom right corner from the centre square. A player wanted to do that in the game ...
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Can Monks Unarmed Strike be used as a basic attack?

I know there are a ton of monk questions and I read as many as I thought might apply but I'm still not sure I understand. First, I am wondering if you can use your Monk Unarmed Strike as a basic ...
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Would a cahulaks-based race be overpowered compared to other races?

Per this question here, I asked about grappling hooks as a weapon in D&D 4e, and the community came up with a great answer using cahulaks. Now, as stated in my previous question, I'm trying to ...
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How to make grappling hooks a main focus for your character?

In an attempt to make a custom race, I'm parsing down a large, broad question idea into several smaller ones. This race, flavorfully, is supposed to have extreme proficiency with grappling hooks and ...
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Does D&D 4e have a Lizardfolk as a playable, PC race?

There are many entries in the Monster Manual for Lizardfolk, but I have yet to find a good piece of literature describing how to play them as a player race. If necessary I will create it from scratch, ...
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Should I scale the difficulty after the party recruits a boss?

A year ago or so, I was DMing a DnD4e campaign in which the leader of the players' party (Sariel) managed to convince a powerful (6 levels higher) adversary (Pieter) to join them temporarily; their ...
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What happens if a deva comes to remember all his past lives? [closed]

I'm playing a deva and I wanted to know what happens if my character manages to remember all his past lives? Does he gain all the experience he accumulated during all those lives or does nothing ...
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Is there an online interactive character sheet for Dungeons & Dragons 4E?

Is there an interactive web-based character sheet for Dungeons & Dragons 4E like there is for Gamma World? I'm not looking for a character builder.
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Does 4e become imbalanced when I allow any character to use any Paragon Path/Epic Destiny?

I will soon be running a D&D 4e campaign set in a homebrewed universe. Races and classes are getting re-skinned into whatever concept the players want, so long as they remain the same ...
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Does anyone know or have a introductory Planescape adventure?

I'm looking for an introductory adventure for the Planescape setting that I could use to sell people on Planescape. Ideally, I'm looking for an adventure that would satisfy the following criteria: ...
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How to deal with DM favoritism? [duplicate]

I've been playing a 4e dungeons and dragons campaign for a while now, and it's the first campaign I've ever played in. The DM seems to keep pampering one player in particular. He usually only gives ...
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Clarification on 4e Raise Dead's 'part of the corpse'

In 4th ed, the Raise Dead ritual specifies that "you must have a part of the corpse of a creature." Is a part removed from a living body considered a part of the corpse once the original body has ...
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Can 4e druids use machetes? [closed]

I don't even know if machetes are in d&d but since druids can use simple weapons would a druid be able to use a machete.
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What effect on the advancement math comes from re-tooling the experience system in 4e?

D&D 4e loves its experience pools in encounter building, and, because it is a system that inherently cares about party balance, carefully has laid out the math for experience - to encounter level ...
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Are Nature and Intimidate checks supposed to be this powerful, even untrained?

A scenario that I recently got into was this: I (ranger), an avenger, and a fighter, all level 6, went to an empty cave, found a bear, and tried to calm it with Nature checks, and food, which I ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of allowing a player to play a large creature?

We're playing 4e Thunderspire Labyrinth and we've decided to let the tank play a large (2x2) Minotaur. He has all of the stats from the Minotaur player character in the Players Handbook 3, but he's a ...
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Do I have to be a certain race to be a certain class, like WoW?

I don't know for sure if I can be any class with any race in 4th edition. Like WoW, you have to be like a Human or Dwarf in order to be a paladin.
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Can any Warforged attach a makeshift peg leg without needing an ability?

So our Warforged just had his leg blasted off in a pretty gruesome attack. He wants to jam a sword in there as a makeshift peg leg. We're using the online compendium as our official rule book and it ...
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Do Vengeful Strike and/or Valiant Strike count as melee basic attacks?

Would the at-will abilities Vengeful Strike and Valiant Strike count as melee basic attacks? I am asking because the purple dragon Focused Discipline stance gives +1 power bonus to melee basic ...
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In order to use a Genasi racial power, must I be in the appropriate manifestation?

I am a Firesoul Genasi with Extra Manifestation (Water) and Extra Manifestation II (Earth). As I understand it, in order to get the passive bonuses that come with each manifestation (i.e. +1 Reflex ...
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Which book is the Black Blade feature for the SwordMage in?

I remember reading something about a 'black blade' class feature for the swordmage but now I can't find it. It was basically where the 'black blade' was an intelligent weapon with it's own agenda. I ...
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How do I determine passive insight/perception?

I just don't know how to find what I'm supposed to put in for insight and perception. How are they calculated?
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Slayer Weapon Specialization with More Weapon Groups

I made a half-orc slayer to use in a DnD 4E Neverwinter campaign. I got him all set up to use a longspear. The Spear Expertise feat adds damage on a charge, half-orcs' Swift Charge feature gives them ...
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Best way to convert creatures from 3.x to 4E?

I've reccently discovered a load of monsters I created for 3.x D&D and would love to convert them to 4E. Do any guides exist for this? Or could someone give me the most important points to ...
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Word of Binding with a Reach Weapon

My Runepriest has the Word of Binding power, and is using a massive magic hammer with a reach 2. The weapon itself isn't in the book, but the concept is the same as a spear or polearm. My DM just ...
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What Does Cat Tabi's “Always Land on Your Feet” Property Mean?

There is a type of magical boots in the Adventurer's Vault called "Cat Tabi". Cat Tabi has a property (emphasis mine): Gain a +3 item bonus to Athletics checks to jump. You take half damage from ...
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Does Dragon Soul pierce Resist All?

The Sorcerer feature Dragon Soul allows you to pierce resistances of which you are resistant. I have a lightning resistance. Do I also pierce Resist All when I attack with lightning spells?
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What is a good way to handle a merchant / snake oil salesman PC?

I recently started running a 4e game where a character is playing an unaligned merchant bard who is also a bit of a snake oil salesman. What is a good way to play up the merchant / snake oil salesman ...