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

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Attacks of Opportunity from moving within a threatened area?

I'm curious about moving in threatened squares, say I'm a fighter and I'm already in a square fighting a monster with normal melee range and I move to the opposite side of him so that an ally can move ...
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How do I deal with absent players missing out on levels or XP?

If a player is absent and nobody chooses to play this absent character and instead I let it vanish for a while with a suitable reason or excuse, does this missing player gain levels and XP with the ...
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What is a “mark” actually supposed to be?

This is probably way too simple of a question, but I just haven't been able to figure it out. In D&D 4th edition, there's the concept of a mark on an enemy creature; a player character in combat ...
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Does sneak attack damage do max damage on a critical hit?

I have been trying to find an official ruling on this. In our campaign currently the DM says that one of the sneak attack die will do max damage, and I roll for the other one.
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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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How often can a creature be damaged in one turn with Wall of Fire?

Question 1: During a creature's movement, he moves into more than one fire space. Does he take the damage for each square? Question 2: Using Forced movement (push/pull/slide) does the creature take ...
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Firearms for DnD

My DM would like to run a DnD adventure set in 1930s-tech era, replacing technology with magic-punk stuff. He's pulling a lot from Eberron. Guns will exist, however, and he's just "renaming" bows ...
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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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What counts as ground for Tenser's Floating Disk?

What counts as ground for this ritual, if you have a 5x5 piece of stone/paper/metal/wood under the disk, and that is moved up, say 10 feet, would the disk phase through that stone, or hover 1 foot ...
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Which 4e books are made obsolete by Essentials releases?

The reason I equipped my son with most of the Essentials line is because the core books were getting a reputation for being entirely superseded by the Essentials books. In particular, the ...
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If the Raven Queen claimed Nerull's portfolio, why doesn't she preside over souls in an/the afterlife?

As this answer outlines, the Raven Queen was a mortal until she killed Nerull and took his stuff. Why is her portfolio different from his, then? She's got Winter and Fate (Nerull didn't), but doesn't ...
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What happens if I decide to skip saving?

What happens if I am afflicted with a condition that worsens on a failed save and choose not to try to save? Do I: Automatically suffer the effects of the failed save? Keep my current condition? ...
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Is the extra damage from Assassin's Strike maximized on a critical?

The executioner assassin has the following power Encounter No Action Trigger: You hit an enemy within 5 squares of you with an attack using a weapon. Effect: The target takes 1d10 ...
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Looking for help on expanding my campaign concept while avoiding railroading

I have split this into two more specific questions: How can I represent the use of fire being misrepresented in a campaign? and How to make rituals a part of everyday life. Below is the broad-strokes ...
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Does the Vanguard Weapon property only trigger when used to make the attack?

This question is in response to my answer for Do Properties of magic weapons stack when using Two-Weapon Fighting? which I deleted because of contention. In short I suggested that weapons, such as ...
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What are the descriptions of the available creatures for Summon Warlock's Ally?

The D&D Compendium lists a level 9 Warlock daily power called Summon Warlock's Ally which includes the following line of description: You summon a creature associated with your pact in an ...
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What GM tasks can be delegated to players to speed up encounters?

My party's encounters (D&D4e - 13th level) take on average 3-4 hours. We chit chat a lot and are pretty easily distracted, and it's not a huge deal because we're all having fun. But lately we've ...
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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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Starting the first game tips? [closed]

I was wondering if anyone had any tips on how to start our very first session. Everyone, counting the DM, has yet to play the game and we are not exactly sure were to start. Our PCs are: Drow ...
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Standard monster tactics for 4E D&D combat

In a similar vein to a question on tactics sources, I'm interested in knowing what are common tactics for monsters to use. The DMB and the MV mention monster groups, which are very useful, but I want ...
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How can I encourage my D&D Encounters group to do more role playing?

I'm a new player to D&D 4e. I've been participating in D&D Encounters since Season 1 and have even run a couple of sessions in Season 3 when the regular DM couldn't attend. I don't play in ...
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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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How to go from a humorous campaign to a more serious one?

I am currently running a D&D 4E game. The game started off kind of goofy (we have a thrikreen rogue with glowing blonde hair, an ale-obsessed dwarf battlemind, a ditzy human wizard, and a dwarf ...
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Are there guidelines for creating & customising MM3-style monsters?

I've heard that Monster Manual 3 came with an improved design philosophy for monsters (particularly solos), and there are questions about updating pre-MM3 monsters for MM3. I want to create and ...
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Does it make sense to give characters free weapons expertise?

A player I know suggested that when playing 4th ed, it made sense to give characters the Weapons Expertise feat for free at 5th level. I don't have much experience with 4.0, so I don't know whether I ...
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What are the planes of D&D 4e? Where did they come from, and how are they connected?

I understand that in D&D 4e's default setting there are planes, and I know a bit about them: the material plane is where the people generally are, and there's a "feywild" where the Eladrin and ...
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How to update a monster using the D&D4 Monster Builder?

I'm new to Monster Builder (part of Adventure Tools) and I'm hoping there is a good way to update pre MM3 monsters to the latest standards (in the errata). As an example, I'm trying to update the ...
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Is there a core campaign setting for DnD 4e?

I'm completely new to RPGs in general, so I apologize in advance if this is an odd question. There's such an overwhelming abundance of lore on all the different campaign settings for DnD that I've ...
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How can I make combat more challenging without making it too frustrating?

My fellow DMs and I have come across a problem. It feels like the party has been doing a good job of dispatching our monsters with relative ease. We are not upset about this part, our party has done ...
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How can I create an introductory D&D encounter intended for teaching the rules?

For my next D&D campaign, I want to introduce the players to the ruleset by having them play through a sample combat encounter. All of them have prior RPG experience, but they haven't played any ...
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How can I speed up combat with a large number of enemies?

I'm DMing for a campaign where the player characters will sometimes face small squads of creatures, most recently six ground troops and two archers helping out. In this setting, these creatures ...
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Convert a D&D 4e adventure to another level

How can I easily port an adventure to another level? Say take Keep on the Shadowfell and instead of it being 1st to 4th level it becames 6th to 9th level.
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How to rule a permanently blind PC in D&D 4e?

One of my players wants to build a totally blind character, and so far as I can tell the system has no rules for it, despite coming close. Blinded is a condition that more accurately reflects having ...
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Are there any published rules for dealing with mass combat in D&D 4e?

I'm looking for reference material for running large scale/war/mass combat simulations in D&D 4e. By mass combat I'm speaking of unit numbers in the 100's or 1000's, on two or more sides of the ...
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How do I balance an encounter for my party?

I'm currently DMing some games in the D&D 4e Adventure Series. We started with H1, Keep on the Shadowfell, and we're just about to start H2, Thunderspide labyrinth. I have six players who are all ...
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Can you place something living in a bag of holding?

I don't have any rule books to read and the last rule book I had was dnd 2e, but this question came up at lunch today at work. Is it possible to place live objects in a bag of holding. For instance, ...
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My necromancer keeps dying (and can't raise himself)!

Sometimes in the course of running an adventure you will run into an encounter that calls for a summoner to bring on a horde of undead (often minions). I have a simple problem: My summoners die in ...
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Readying an action before combat

Suppose the party suspects that combat is imminent, and some of the PCs ready actions (attack nearest hostile creature, attack first thing that moves). Then combat erupts. Some of the PCs are ...
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What action type is switching two items between main hand and off-hand?

Here are two related questions, actually. 1st: What action type (time) does it take to pass an item from one hand to another (assuming the other hand is free)? 2nd: I know that retrieving or stowing ...
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How does Come and Get it work with forced movement reduction

The L7 fighter Power Come and Get It specifies that you can pull enemies in a burst 3 up to 2 squares, but mandates that they become adjacent to you. How does this interact with creatures that can ...
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Mismatch between intelligence and wisdom - how to play it?

This question is tangential to the (good) question how to role-play an intelligent character. Say you have a system that differentiates between intelligence and wisdom (dd4.0 being the obvious ...
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How should I stat very powerful artifacts that the party acquires too early?

A few weeks ago I started DMing a campaign that involves five divine artifacts that all of the gods' powers are filtered through. I planned on the paragon level quest being collecting these in order ...
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What does “move on an initiative of X” mean?

The Young White Dragon (Monster Vault page 67) has the following trait: Instinctive Rampage On an initiative of 10 + the dragon's initiative check, the dragon can move up to its speed as ...
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What is the upgrade path for characters generated with the Red Box Starter kit?

After creating a character using the Red Box and convincing my gaming group, all newbies to RPG's, to roll characters using the Red Box, I discovered that the Red Box doesn't seem to have an upgrade ...
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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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D&D 4e Required Forced Movement

I just started getting into forced movement in D&D 4e, and I have a couple of questions: Is forced movement required to take place? IE As the attacker can you opt not to enact the forced ...
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How do I deal with these crazy PCs?

I got some of my friends to play a very small game of D&D, with my being DM to see if they will like to play more often. Our quest consisted of PvP, hiding, going to the tavern to get drunk, and ...
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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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How does the disease recovery mechanic work?

Currently DMing a campaign - I set up an easy encounter with a twist: a creature that could infect the players with the Abyssal plague. I was planning for the 4th level characters to struggle to deal ...
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What fixes are there for Keep on the Shadowfell?

This question is slightly inspired by this one, in that it brings up the 4E module, Keep on the Shadowfell. It is common knowledge at this point that KOTSF is broken in many ways, the first combat (an ...