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

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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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What is the difference between D&D and D&D Miniatures?

Are they the same game? Or is D&D Minis like an abridged toned down version of D&D 4.0? Or is it a separate rule-set entirely?
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Do I need PHB3 to use Psionic Power?

One of my players wants to play a Monk using the options available in Psionic Power. Do we also need to get PHB3? Or would Psionic Power include most of Monk's base rules?
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Does a ritual-summoned gargoyle get its own turn in a fight?

I'm interested in exactly how the gargoyle from the summon gargoyle ritualDDI works. It allows a ritual caster to summon a gargoyle to guard an area or object, its type/strength depending on your ...
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Alertness feat, Perception and being surprised

I am a new GM playing D&D 4e. I have a question regarding the Alertness feat. In the Compendium it is described as the following: Alertness Benefit: You cannot be surprised. Also, you gain ...
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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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Order of Combat Operations (Warlock's Curse)

I am asking a very specific question and it is a follow-up to one of my earlier ones. (See Here.). Inside the link, is described a very specific situation in which a Warlock takes a paragon path ...
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Can Thieves wield rapiers?

My friends and I have pretty recently started playing D&D. We're playing 4th Edition Essentials and I am playing a thief character. Now, we are all still trying to figure things out a bit as we're ...
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D&D4 Boots of rapid motion vs Rock Armor

Hello I have a question about some abilities in D&D 4e. Actually I am having the following skill: Rock Armor Daily minor Effect: you assume the rock armor stance. Until the stance ends, you ...
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Attacking with a blade in main hand while holding a bow in off-hand in 4e?

This seems like such a silly question to ask, but it's something that occurred to me when making my character build. The character I'm making is a human ranger|cleric hybrid multiclassing into ...
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How do you deal with metagaming based on die results?

I ran into this problem in a session I had earlier today. My characters were going through a dungeon and after a fairly lengthy fight with a person who lived there, they decided they would question ...
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Can 4th edition D&D be played without using miniatures and a grid? [duplicate]

I have inherited all of the 4th ed hardcover books from one of my brothers-in-law. I am currently reading and trying to familiarize myself with the new 5th edition and I am really liking it. I had ...
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Is 4th edition D&D compatible with 5th edition?

I have all of the hardcover books from D&D 4th edition. I recently bought and am reading the 5th edition players handbook and I must say I like it. I was wondering if 4th edition information ...
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Booming Blade: Initial damage is what damage type?

Hit: 1[W] + Intelligence modifier damage, and if the target is adjacent to you at the start of its next turn and moves away during that turn, it takes 1d6 + Constitution modifier thunder damage. ...
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What's the attack for Fettering Aegis, if any?

It's a Swordmage power. It has a Hit entry but no Attack entry in my character builder. I noticed at least one other power that has this problem: Master Dimensional Cleave. Both powers are from ...
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Plane shifter Hole of Oblivion (patent pending)

A Warlock who takes the Planeshifter paragon path can use an ability at level 12 called Quick Portal. At 15, that same Warlock could learn Create Teleportation Circle and say create a teleportation ...
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What do you do with a drunken sailor early in the morning?

Seriously though, I need help creating a drinking contest. One of my player's characters has high Endurance and in one of our previous sessions challenged a tavern half full of bad guys to a drinking ...
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What are the effects of drunkenness on a humanoid in D&D 4e?

I'm creating a monster NPC in D&D 4e that's supposed to be falling-down drunk, which should have pretty large effects on his skills, but I can't find the appropriate penalties or bonuses to apply. ...
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How do I make a D&D 3.5e veteran get used to the 4e roleplaying style?

I have a good friend in my 4e group who is good when it comes to roleplaying his character, but he's always been a dedicated 3.5e player, to the point of avoiding 4e and even Pathfinder completely. ...
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How many creatures can Summon Warlock Ally summon?

The spell Summon Warlock's Ally allows you to summon a creature associated with your pact; however, from what I can tell there is more than one option for that. In the above link, you'll find the ...
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Do Warlock Ally's attack stats not level up?

I notice that a Warlock's Summon basic attack is +5 vs Fortitude. (from the power Summon Warlock Ally) (See here: What are the descriptions of the available creatures for Summon Warlock's Ally?) ...
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If a Warlock's Summoned Ally deals damage, does Curse damage apply too?

I have a Warlock with a summoned creature from Summon Warlock's Ally. A player with this summoned ally must use their standard action in order to control the ally. When the ally does damage to an ...
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Does Rain of Steel still work if you're blind?

The power description for Rain of Steel says specifically that Effect: You assume the rain of steel stance. Until the stance ends, any enemy that starts its turn adjacent to you takes 1[W] ...
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Does the Eladrin Soldier feat grant Greatspear proficiency?

Does the Eladrin soldier feat gives proficiency with the Greatspear? It says: You gain proficiency with all spears and a +2 feat bonus to damage rolls with longswords and all spears. The ...
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How do I deal with PCs who are evil?

There is a certain player in my group who always wants to play an evil aligned character. Now, I always tell him that he should make it unaligned so that he can still do the more "bad" things but it ...
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Do companions get action points?

I recently started a new campaign (D&D 4e) with my son. In order to make it a little easier on him, I allowed him to have a companion character (per the DMG2). Being a ten-year-old, he wanted a ...
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Inevitable Strike: do I have to declare which die is which?

Inevitable Strike No Action Range Personal Trigger: You make a melee weapon attack roll. Effect: Make the attack roll twice. If both attack rolls hit, the target takes 1d8 ...
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resources for building a dragonborn bard?

I am currently trying to build a level 1 dragonborn bard. I need assistance finding the resources that contain the information on class and racial feats, powers for race and class as well as ...
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Symbiotic Races in 4e?

My group is starting a new campaign and one of my players asked about any races that display symbiotic relationships. Basically, like Venom or Carnage from Spider-Man but in a fantasy setting. ...
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Spell to Duplicate a PC

Okay so here's the story: in an upcoming campaign, I will be sharing DMS duties with a player who's shown interest. Now, we are planning on playing the same person, but the PC has mutiple ...
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How can I GM and play a PC without spoiling the fun?

We're returning to D&D 4E after a long absence from it, coming back from Savage Worlds since we've really missed HP-based battles and videogame-like logic. However, as we talked about our new ...
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Do Transfer Magic and Enchant Magic Item work together?

This is a question concerning 2 different rituals and if they work in conjunction with one another, namely, Transfer Magic and Enchant Magic Item. If I understand the reading of the spells correctly, ...
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Definition of “using” in Dizzying Mace

Benefit: When you hit an enemy with a power that dazes the target while you are using a mace, the target also takes a penalty to attack rolls equal to your Constitution modifier for as long as it ...
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Designing my own D&D Adventure

Currently, I am part of my first campaign of D&D 4E as a player and, I have been having fun. Sometime in the near future I would like to host my own game of D&D with my own adventure. So far ...
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What are the canonical DC numbers for a skill challenge?

I'm putting together some skill challenges for D&D 4e, and I've come across some inconsistencies that I can't quite reconcile. Let's take as an example: a single check in the context of a ...
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Giving a Weapon Bonus Damage Against Specific Monsters, 4e

I would like to have my players contend with a monster that they aren't quite strong enough to defeat. One option available to them after doing some research would be to get certain weapons in order ...
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Can I take an action in the middle of another, eg a standard action whilst moving?

Is it possible to begin a movement action (Let's say my Warlock has move 5), move 3 of those spaces, take a standard action and then take the remaining 2 spaces of his movement action in the same ...
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Comprehensive list of WOTC D&D 4.0 products?

Is there a list of all the D&D 4.0 books to date, available on the web? Ideally sorted by release date, but I'm not picky.
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Do NPCs gain feats in certain circumstances?

I'm stating an NPC as a Ranger via the DMG design steps (pages 187-188). It says they gain the Fighting Style class feature and I've chosen Two-Blade Fighting (page 104 of the PHB), which says they ...
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Can Lodestone Lure be used on adjacent targets?

The Battlemind power Lodestone Lure states: (emphasis added) Hit: Constitution modifier damage, and you must pull the target 1 square. Until the end of your next turn, the target can move only to ...
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Why won't masterplan let me add traits/powers to Creature Templates?

Whenever I try to do so, the program does nothing. I can add powers and traits to monsters, just not to creature templates. Edit: This is in the libraries menu of Masterplan.
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Challenging pre-made campaign for veteran players but easy on new GMs

I just decided to start GMing. I have never done it before, but I have played lots of RPGs as a player. The group I have is a min/maxing group who knows what to do and I want to give them something to ...
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How do you present plot hooks to string together premade adventures?

I am about to run my first adventure as a GM. I have never GM'd or participated in table top role playing before so I am following premade adventures (in this case starting with the 4e Redbox ...
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Does moving around an opponent trigger an Opportunity Attack?

I'll try to be as specific as possible. In the first diagram, creature A wants to attack creature B. In the second diagram, it moves 5 squares to the back of creature B and attacks. · · · A · · · | ...
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What happens when an interrupt power changes the situation? 4e

One of the characters in the party is a Knight with slide 2 on their Melee basic. The general consensus in the group is that when an enemy attacks one of the knight's allies, the knight successfully ...
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How to get additional at-will powers [duplicate]

I'm currently playing a Deva Wizard in a D&D 4th campaign, and I often found that I would like to have more options for my at-will powers. I know I could have made a Human, but I didn't. Is there ...
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How do I run a single player 4e essentials game for a Drow Hunter?

I am trying to create a set of encounters for my wife. She will be playing a Drow Hunter (controller) from the Essentials line of DnD 4e. I'm looking for advice on how to make encounters (2 levels ...
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How to manage character arguments / conflict?

I'm a new DM and have just started a 4e game as Play by Post. The game has started with one character (Bob) recruiting in a pub and the first response was from another character (Al) wanting to ...
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How do beastmasters' companions work?

I am playing D&D for the first time, and working on being a GM at that. We had our first session today, and it was very fun and went very well. However, one of my players chose a beastmaster, and ...
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How many times do I get to use Winter Spirit in a Rapid Shot?

I'm a Hunter multiclass Seeker, Paragon Multiclassing paragon path. I have a Seeker encounter power called Winter Spirit from my paragon path that has a Special entry that reads: You can use ...