Dungeons & Dragons Fourth Edition from 2008 (includes Essentials)

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Will using NPCs as allies overshadow my PCs?

As I was working on my D&D 4e campaign, I created a few NPCs to connect with my players, some of them intended as travelling companions of the PCs. Their backstories and knowledge hook into the ...
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Do you gain combat advantage from a flanking charge?

Can you gain combat advantage from flanking as the result of a charge? For example, if I charge an enemy, and will end my charge opposite an ally, do I get +2 for CA from flanking in addition to +1 ...
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Does ongoing damage stack?

Tonight while leveling characters my players raised a question that stumped me. Does ongoing damage of the same type, from different players stack? Say you have two players that each have moves that ...
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Powers or Items used outside encounters

As a player and DM I am not quite sure how to approach the perspective of powers or items used in a non-encounter situation. For example, I just saw that the alchemical item slow-step oil can be used ...
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How to gain utility powers from multiple other classes

What are the options for a character that wants to gain utility powers from more than one class other than their own? I am aware of the following options so far: Paragon Multiclassing The ...
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Can a sniper be built in D&D 4e?

The concept of a sniper has been around a long time, even with bows. Is this even possible in D&D4e, where the range increments are so short? Criteria: Long range bow or crossbow attacks. ...
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A few questions about mounts

One of my players who is playing a warden uses a griffin as a mount. Besides being able to fly, he also gains a lot bigger range than his regular move speed is. This seems a huge advantage to me and I ...
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How do i scout with a bat familiar?

My gaming group in a few encounters will be hitting level 14. I plan on taking the arcane familiar feat, and choosing the bat familiar. My plan is to have the bat passive inside my cloak to gain the ...
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Persistent tail combined with concealment from Ghostwalker

I am not sure if I understand the level 10 Utility Power Persistent Tail correctly. Let's say I have a level 11 CB-Monk Ghostwalker. When I hit a target and slide it adjacent I get CA. I then have ...
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Can mount slot items like Impenetrable Barding be used with figurines of power?

I imagine a mount slot item as something the mount carries/wears. When you use the Figurines such as the ebony fly they tend to be of use in just one or two combats--with a standard action they grow ...
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How can I use improvised consequences to make combat more interesting?

In DnD 4e, the consequences for being hit by basic attacks are a simple loss of HP, and narration is what gives the basic attacks their 'spice'. The use of encounter and daily powers is the main ...
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Should rogues play stealth or tank on D&D?

I am arguing with my D&D group about the following: I, as a halfling rogue, want to play stealth, but some member of my group are arguing that I should play as a tank (which doesn't make any ...
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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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Can I use Defender Aura without ending Berserker Fury?

I created a Minotaur Barbarian (Berserker) Level 1 with the Character Builder. I got the Berserker Fury feat and it reads: Enter Berserker fury until end of encounter when you use a barbarian ...
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Good Miniature for a Dancing Weapon

My DnD Artificer is going to take the Dancing Weapon daily power and I want a miniature to represent the weapon. I've tried doing google searches and looking through the Wizards miniatures and can't ...
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When is the flurry power triggered?

As I have read, it is possible to use the flurry power as soon as I hit. So when using Crane's Wings, I can use the flurry before pushing the enemy. But what when I attack multiple targets? When can ...
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Do Properties of magic weapons stack when using Two-Weapon Fighting?

Let's assume my monk has the Two-Weapon Fighting feat. 1.) When I use two daggers, one with Ki-Weapon and another magic dagger, do the magic features of the Ki-Weapon and the magic dagger stack? It ...
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Need help with selecting dungeon master book [duplicate]

I've spent all day on forums and websites and I can't figure out what products I need to purchase to run a game of D&D with my friends, I played a few years ago and I understand the basic rules ...
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What typed-damage builds (item & feat) exist for ki-focus implements in 4e?

The problem at hand I'm fairly proficient with the usual pathways for getting frost or fire or radiant damage combos/optimization going with regular weapons or using holy symbols, but I am new at ...
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Immobilized creature doesn't want to pay; can he charge instead?

Here is the situation that has come up often in our group: A creature is immobilized(save ends) at the start of its turn. As no enemies are adjacent, its options are limited. The creature readies a ...
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When does a flurry of blows occur when attacking multiple enemies at once?

I have a question concerning the monk class in the PHB3: On this page I have read the following conerning five storms: http://community.wizards.com/content/forum-topic/2416336 Be aware that when ...
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Can an Essentials Fighter pick non-Essentials Fighter feats?

Does a Essential Fighter (Slayer and/or Knight) meet the Prerequisite "Fighter" for the purpose of taking Feats?
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What books should I purchase to start D&D4 with? (2014 after some became out of print) [duplicate]

This is obviously a more difficult question to ask now, given 5th is on the way. Essentials Dungeon Master Kit is way overpriced now, but the core rule books are still reasonably priced. I don't ...
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Creating a campaign everyone can DM in?

So I have a group of players I'm playing D&D 4e with. Two of them are hardcore gaming nerds, my brother and his friend. His friend actually has a job but it's not intensive, my brother on the ...
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Gain the Enchantment Property from Both Implements and Weapons?

If we legaly wield two weapons or implements, do we gain the Enchantment property from both? I've found this on it. Player's Handbook p.225 Property: Some magic items have a special property ...
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Does Reach stack?

Well, I don't think I can make it any simpler then such; Does Reach stack? For example: "Reach" weapon property, "Full Extension Fighter Utility 2", "Lunging Strike Fighter Attack 1", ...
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Do Resplendent Circlet and Aversion Staff work together?

This seems quite a powerful combination. Aversion Staff: Property You gain a +2 item bonus to all defenses against attacks from enemies that are subject to effects caused by you. ...
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What is the optimal way to design a well balanced party

Confession - I just TPK'd my group....again. One of the reasons that has been identified is that while the party is composed of 5 pretty well optimized characters, as a party they just aren't in ...
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Khyber's Harvest is made for how many PCs?

I'm running the free adventure Khyber's Harvest but I can't find anywhere for how many PC's were the combat encounters designed. It says 750 XP should be awarded for the major quest and that PC's ...
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Can a player mark two different targets?

I have a player who plays a multi-class swordmage/warden. Each class gives him the capability to mark a target. Last encounter he used the marking ability of the swordmage as well as the marking ...
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How many spells can a level 1 human Wizard have in 4e?

I'm new to D&D and roleplaying games in general, so I thought I'd ask here. On page 29 of the Player's Handbook for 4th edition, it says I get the class features, racial traits, 1 feat, 2 ...
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How can I make my allies & myself regularly benefit from Mark of Warding?

I'm playing a Tiefling Paladin and I've picked up Mark of Warding, which as a secondary benefit increases all defence bonuses granted by any of your powers by +1. At as low a level as possible, how ...
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How do I build a defensively focused Battlemind at level 1?

Can someone give a good idea to get a defensive Battlemind build that will work well with the following party at level 1? Drow Warlock (dark pact), Longtooth shifter ranger, Dwarf Healing cleric ...
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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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Does “attacks” in effect text refer to attempted or only successful attacks?

The cleric attack 'Halo of Consequence' hit text includes: ...and after the target attacks you or any ally, it is dazed until the end of its next turn. Does this use of the word "attacks" mean ...
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Can unbelieving characters be resurrected in 4e Forgotten Realms

After some research about the Wall of the Faithless, it seems that it's gone from Forgotten Realms in the 4e. So where do the souls of the unbelievers go now? The 3e Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting ...
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How much experience should players earn when fighting in a war? [closed]

I just finished a quest where the players were able to help determine which side won a war. How much experience should they receive for this?
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Tomb of Horrors in D&D 4.0?

Are there any resources on the web or in print about running or converting the classic adventure 'Tomb of Horrors' in D&D 4.0?
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What does the Moilian Barrow monster in the Tomb of Horrors Super Adventure look like?

From the read aloud text of encounter M3: Dark Barrow on p55 of the Tomb of Horrors Super Adventure: Bones and body parts are knitting themselves together into a larger mass in the rubble. There ...
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What happens to effects when their origin dies?

Character A gives a target the dazed condition until the end of character A's next turn, but character A dies before their next turn. What happens to the dazed condition? When does it last until now? ...
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Would Deft Blade affect Virtuous Strike?

I'd DMing a 4th Edition game, and one of my players is playing a Rogue/Paladin Hybrid and wants to take "Deft Blade" as his 11th level feat, but only if it would affect his Virtuous Strike. Would it? ...
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Is there software which can serve as a virtual DM?

I want to play D&D but have no one to play it with. Is there a virtual DM that creates the adventure as you play? If not, is anybody good enough at programming to do it?
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Can I choose not to defend against an attack?

Playing D&D4e, I have a situation in mind where a character could reasonably WANT to get hit with a normally harmful attack. Is there anything in the rules allowing the character to purposefully ...
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How do I make skill checks more than just sequences of die chucking?

I think I don't get skill challenges. As I understand it at some point I break the narrative by proclaiming: "This is a skill challenge. You need 5 victories before you reach 3 failures. Go" And then ...
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What is the best two handed weapon in 4th edition?

There are several options available for two-handed weapons in 4e. Ignoring build, is there a qualified best option? Analysis in each category would be welcome. What are the best options for Simple ...
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Can an enemy overrule your dominate feature with another dominate attack power?

In General Players handbook and Dungeon Master's Guide does not provide any answers on situations where a target get affected by the domination condition from two conflicting sources at the same ...
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Choosing DnD 4th edition or Essentials for a new group and DM?

Recently I've got interested in roleplaying. My background is more or less hardcore boardgamer, I have played quite a large number of board games, even some of the most complicated ones and found it ...
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How can summons and beast companions become more fun?

Currently, if you're a summoner wizard, necromancer, or a beast master - summons are just not that good.. you have to spend an entire action to move/act with them and most the time it's just not worth ...
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What is the total net bonus when attacking an unconscious creature?

I've been thinking about unconsciousness and performing a a coup de grâce lately. It came up in our game this past week and I want to make sure I'm understanding it correctly. Unconscious reads: ...
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Do the core D&D 4th edition rulebooks get updated?

Before I buy any books for 4.0, I would like to know if the physical books (PHB, DMG, MM) have been edited after WotC updated their online definitions. This has been bugging me for a while now. A ...