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

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Starting the first game tips?

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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Guide to convert a 3.5e DM to a 4e DM

I have never played fourth ed, I have read most of the new books, but it is so different as to be quite foreign to my play style. Is there a primer or guide out to help 3.5 DMs switch to 4th smoothly? ...
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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 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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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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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 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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What's the easiest way to adjust a module intended for 5 players so that it can accommodate 6 players?

I'm playing with a 6 character group in the H series of modules, Keep on the Shadowfell and Thunderspire labyrinth, which are both intended for 5 players. Frankly the combats are usually too easy, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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How do you involve all players in a skill challenge?

I really liked some of the answers given to the question about enhancing skill challenges particularly the ones related to making it more role-playing based. So, now the question is, when you get to ...
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After Essentials, what material do I need?

On launch, I bought all the D&D 4E Essentials books (except the Starter set). I'm currently very happy with the content, but I'm noticing more and more frequently stuff that I don't have: More ...
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Can I convert a 4e D&D character to 3.5e?

I have a character in 4e that I've been using for a while, but I recently met a DM who wants me and a friend to play his 3.5e campaign, since he doesn't like 4e or something... but our characters are ...
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What is the expected average damage for an area of effect power?

I have spent quite a bit of time coming up with an average damage document for my party and for several other characters. However, the one thing I have not been able to represent well is the average ...
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Has the “Points of Light” setting grown beyond the Nentir Vale?

In DnD 4.0, the Nentir Vale is the best known setting of the "Points of Light" scenarios. I don't know if there are any others, but the vale seems a bit small, and I figure it would get swamped with ...
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How do I use passive insight checks?

On page 26 of the DMG, it describes a passive insight check and gives an example of using it in a social encounter. Could you help me with it and how to use it? Step by step would be appreciated
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My group's misunderstood opportunity attacks for years; what to do now I know this?

So, it turns out that my group has been doing shifting/OAs wrong for the 2½ years and the four campaigns we've played 4.0. We've always assumed that non-shift movement was safe, as long as it was ...
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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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Why does shifting in D&D 4 not provoke Opportunity Attacks?

My gaming group is brand new. We had our first session tonight. I had a few questions for this SE... the first is this one. Why does shifting in D&D 4 not provoke Opportunity Attacks? Or am I ...
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How to keep track of abilities for D&D 4e?

What are some effective ways to keep track of my character's various abilities? I would prefer cheap or free tools.
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Can an unconscious character use a healing surge?

Can an unconscious character use an action (like second wind or a healing power) to spend a healing surge? Can an unconscious character spend a healing surge due to some external effect?
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How do players acquire weapons in DnD 4e?

This is a very basic question, but I'm a very new DM and I can't seem to find any indication how characters acquire mundane weapons and items beyond their initial equipment. I know some items they can ...
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How should I budget for ally/third party NPCs in 4e combats?

I've done a few combats recently where the PCs and their enemies were not the only participants in the fight. I wasn't sure how to budget XP in this case. In the case of an NPC ally to the PCs, I ...
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Do I reset XP to zero on a new level?

In the D&D group I play with one of the players insists that when you reach a new level you have to zero your experience. However when I checked the PHB1 there is no reference to this. PHB1 uses ...
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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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How far does one travel when falling for one round?

How far would you fall in one round assuming you started falling this round, and were high enough that you did not hit anything? Would this follow the math, or is there a rule written somewhere I'm ...
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Would flying monsters ever land during combat?

Spooney asked this question in one of his podcasts, and I've started wondering about it myself. In a D&D 4.0 encounter, why would an at least moderately intelligent creature (including, but not ...
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When a Stinking Cloud is moved onto a creature, does the creature take damage immediately?

In a recent session of D&D 4e, a Stinking Cloud was moved onto a creature who was outside of it. Stinking Cloud Effect: ...Creatures that enter the zone or start their turns there take ...
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With Arcane Reach, can you Thunderwave yourself?

Arcane Reach allows you to target a close burst or blast starting 2 squares away from you. Thunderwave pushes each target in a close blast 3. The wizard chose his origin square and wanted the ...
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How does resist all apply to an attack that deals two types of (non-combined) damage?

Resist all applies to all damage types (including untyped damage), reducing the damage by the resist amount. What happens when a single attack deals two different kinds of damage? Not combined damage, ...
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Are characters aware of monster abilities' effects?

Is a character aware of the consequences of a monster power or trait? For example, does the party leader know that healing an ally within a KlurichirDDI's Malign Influence is useless? Or does he ...
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Does the half-level modifier contribute to damage?

Taking a random spell, I find Flames of Phlegethos. Its hit is 3d10 + Constitution modifier fire damage. Let's say the caster has a constitution score of 16, and he is level 2. This means his ...
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Close burst from a large creature — one square origin or all of them

If a large or larger creature uses a close burst, does the burst have to emanate from a single square of the large creature's space, or does it act as if the creature is the source (all squares)? The ...
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Does Flurry of Blows count as an attack?

This handbook suggests that Flurry of Blows is an attack when recommending the otherwise extremely underwhelming malec-keth janissary: Malec-Keth Janissary (Swordmage-MoP)- Add extra damage to all ...
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What class/builds can be used to fulfill both striker and controller roles?

Many classes/ builds allow one to fulfill multiple party roles. For example, a Paladin is a hybrid leader/defender. What classes/builds are a good way to handle striker/controller? I'm looking for ...