Dungeons & Dragons Fourth Edition from 2008 (includes Essentials)

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Does cover also grant concealment?

One of the PC who plays in my Encounters session has a power that lets him make a stealth check to hide if he has "concealment." Last night we was behind a hard corner in a room without any other ...
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Does a creature lose invisibility after being hit?

Duergar Scouts can turn invisible as a standard action until the end of their next turn or until they hit or miss with an attack. One of the PCs guessed where the monster might be and attacked the ...
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Can you double dip with Maldeen's Hunt?

Maldeen's Hunt (11th level) You gain a +5 bonus to Perception checks to track creatures, and you and your allies can cover 5 miles an hour overland. When you end your movement 2 squares ...
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Is Pathfinder selling better than D&D?

Is there any data showing that Pathfinder is selling better than 4th Edition D&D? Also, is there any data showing if and when that might happen?
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Does the new Character Builder hide valid content?

While answering a question here I googled and found this thief build. It seemed like it was pretty neat so I went into the new character builder and couldn't get a single aspect of that build to ...
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Can a Wizard use Magic Missile against an Enemy she cannot see?

If an Enemy is shrouded in total darkness that blocks line-of-sight, but the Enemy is not Hidden, can the Wizard attack that Enemy with Magic Missile? From the Errata on Magic Missile[PDF]: ...
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Can a Wizard Levitate while Immobilized?

When a Wizard is immobilized can she still use Levitate to move vertically? Levitate Move Action Effect: You can move 4 squares vertically and remain there, hovering above the ground.
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How many powers do I get as a first level character in D&D 4E?

I can't seem to figure out how many powers I get. Is it one of each type of the level I'm at? I'm starting at level one, so I get one at-will, one encounter, and one daily? The recommended builds ...
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Which Thief-Style Striker Build is Simplest to Master?

So we have some players in our group who play 4e for the "Role" play aspect, not the "Roll" play aspect. They have a firm grasp on the "general" flow/rules and whatnot, but generally don't spend much ...
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What house-rules would be appropriate for a D&D Ironman game?

In a game I'm planning on running, I'm planning to run it in an "Ironman" fashion, reminiscent of Nethack and the Diablo options. I have established that: there will be no possibility of ...
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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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Can a Rogue gain sneak attack damage more than once per action?

When my Rogue uses Circling Predator, he gets to attack twice: Hit: 1[W] + Dexterity modifier damage. Effect: You can shift 1 square and must end adjacent to the target. Then make a secondary ...
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What is, or should be, the average time length of combat in each tier in real time?

As per title, what is or should be the average time length in real time of one combat encounter in each tier of a DnD 4E game? I've noticed between heroic and paragon tier combat length starts to ...
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How does disarming a monster affect its statistics?

The disarm maneuver has almost totally disappeared from D&D 4th edition. However, at least one Fighter power - Exorcism of Steel - allows it. Exorcism of Steel - Fighter Attack 17 You make a ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of oldschool D&D combat initiative?

Old D&D and D&D3E/4E treat initiative and combat order differently like so: D&D 3.5 / 4E: All participants roll individual initiative, once only at the start of combat. Each player takes ...
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What's with this tier stuff, and how does that translate to levels?

I've seen a few questions mentioning things like "paragon tier" or "epic tier". What are tiers? What game(s) are they used in ? How do they translate to D&D 3.5/Pathfinder Levels?
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Balancing Paragon and Epic Grab Mechanics in D&D 4e

From this question Monsters are being issued with lower grab DCs to represent realistic difficulties in skill-scaling by players. the DCs follow this chart. There is a specific kind of Fighter, a ...
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Monster Vault Creatures Grab DC

I've noticed that in the monster block of Monster Vault creatures with a special grab ability/attack the escape DC for their grab is explicitly stated (example: Mind Flayer Thrall Master). ...
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What is the formula for average damage for an Avenger against an Oath target?

I am creating a spreadsheet to compute average damage for my party. One of the issues that I am having is calculating average damage for the target of our Hybrid Avenger-Assassin's Avenger attacks ...
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Does ongoing damage from the same repeated attack stack?

The question is simple but I can't find an answer anywhere: If a creature hits one PC twice with the same attack that inflicts ongoing damage (save ends), does the ongoing damage stack? 1a) If so, ...
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Is this charge-based build legal?

In my campaign we have two, almost identical, charge-based builds tuned to be a duo. These characters totally imbalance the party to the point where encounters four levels higher than the party's ...
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Leaders Healing too powerful/polarizing in 4e?

My friend and I were having a discussion about Leaders in D&D 4e. At any rate, it was suggested that it would be better if our party had fewer leaders rather than more: their main purpose ...
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What class pairs well with a fighter in 4e?

We're getting ever closer to our 4e game and have begun to hash out backgrounds. Much like in Fire Emblem (yes I do pretty much decide all of what I want to do based on video games) I really want my ...
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Can a Rogue Coup De Grace twice against a sleeping opponent in a single power?

In a recent battle my rogue was in, I knocked out a wizard with one of my favorite powers.. uh.. Knockout. The text says: Hit:...and the target is knocked unconscious (save ends). If the ...
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What ways are there to convey loneliness and betrayal in an encounter?

A little background: I am designing a campaign that largely takes place in the mind of a twisted wizard. The wizard was shunned and exiled from his home due to a physical disfigurement, and after a ...
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If a flying or hovering creature is knocked prone, does it still have to stand?

A creature like the Bloodkiss beholder hovers and flies 6. If a rogue knocks this creature prone with a jumping blade assault, does the creature still have to stand? Does knocking a flying or prone ...
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Do feats buffing halfling's Second Chance stack?

Halfling Agility is a heroic feat that gives the triggering attack a -2 penalty on its reroll. Nimble Dodge is paragon and similar to the first; It has a -5 penalty and the reroll cannot crit. So ...
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What action is removing a shield and dropping it to the ground?

I know that removing an equipped shield and stowing it (usually on the back) is a standard action. I also know that dropping an held or wielded item is a free action. What action type is removing an ...
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Are there any tools for creating a campaign from scratch?

I am toying with the idea of writing up a custom campaign from top to bottom. Are there any tools out there for this sort of thing? I'm thinking of an editor that allows you to insert the stuff ...
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How do Renewing Action and Initiate of the Faith interact?

The Cleric paragon path Seldarine DedicateDDI action point feature Renewing Action states: Renewing Action (11th level): When you spend an action point to take an extra action, you also gain an ...
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Dealing with captured PCs

In my latest adventure, the PCs didn't fare so well against the final villain (a necromancer), and now one of the PCs has been captured. I hated to split the party in this way, but the only other ...
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How can I successfully run one-on-one adventures in D&D 4E?

It seems clear that 4E really wants the party to have at least four PCs, so that all four roles can be covered. The official rules give tips on what to do when you can only have three PCs, but when ...
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Final Fantasy Style/Tales of Symphonia Style Summoner in 4e

I’m trying to build a character for a 4e game but I’m having trouble picking a class and powers that go with the feel I’m looking for. I want to effectively play a Final Fantasy style or a Tales of ...
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Do enemies block line of effect?

This may seem like a no-brainer, but the non-errata-ed rules in the PHB aren't entirely clear on this point, that I can recall. So if an enemy is in directly in front of where your wizard wants to ...
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How to make a party work without a Defender?

I've just started running a Dark Sun game. Initially, my 8yo son was interested. However, once we got started, his interest level dropped off, and he's now not playing. Sadly, he was playing the ...
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Thri-Kreen 4-arm Combo?

So I looked around for feats that would allow a Thri-Kreen to legally use their middle arms because: "The middle set of limbs is small but dexterous, and the thri kreen use them for fine ...
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Does phasing away from an opponent provoke an attack of opportunity?

I know the rules for opportunity attacks: the only way to avoid an attack of opportunity is to either shift away or teleport away. However, if a creature moves via phasing, do they still trigger ...
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What would be the proper mechanics and stats for playing a siege?

This question is from @NewbieDM; asked today on Twitter: Would it make sense, if creating a 4e siege, to make a monster stat block for the horde, with different attacks, arrows, catapults, ...
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How can I depict three dimensional combats?

The dragon hovers 2 squares over the paladin, the ranger is perched 5 squares up in a tree, and the fighter is magically flying 3 squares off the ground. Aerial minions soar all about. In tactically ...
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What's a good Striker-role class suitable for a Dwarf?

I'm putting together a Level 1 party to introduce some friends to D&D 4e, and have just found out I'll have five players instead of four. I'd like to roll the fifth guy as a Dwarf (I'm sticking ...
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Does wild elf luck add to oath of enmity?

Does wild elf luckddi (add a d4 when using elven accuracy) add to both d20's that an avenger re-rolls when re-rolling an attack using oath of enmityddi?
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Grasping Weapon with reach and effects

Grasping Weapon You can use this weapon to grab targets, adding the weapon's enhancement bonus to your grab attack. You can still use this weapon to attack a target you’ve grabbed with ...
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What happens when making a dying, surgeless character use her second wind?

Last session happened that our Barbarian fell unconscious, with 0 healing surges, and before she could spend her second wind. The Avenger then made a Heal check to force her spending her second wind. ...
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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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How does an Invoker with Hand of Fury interact with summons and persistent dailies?

Hand of Fury: Benefit: When you miss all targets with a daily invoker power, you can use hand of radiance as a minor action once before the end of your turn. A sample power: Angelic Protector: ...
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Is there a way to make the damage system in 4e more like previous editions?

I have been playing 4e for almost 3 years now and have noticed that the average character has the capacity to take massive amounts of damage each day without any ill effects the next day. I have even ...
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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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Where's is defensive strike in the Compendium?

We built our very first D&D characters based off of the new Red Box. I rolled a halfling rogue, one of the at-will abilities I have is Defensive Strike. This week I signed up for the compendium ...
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Where are the DnD 4e rules for perceiving burrowed creatures?

Are they limited to the Perception rules, or are there burrowing-specific rules that I can't find?
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In D&D 4E, can a changeling change its biological sex?

Simply put, can a Changeling change its sex... physically? Specifically, I had an incident where a female PC tried to change into a male but I told her that a Changeling can't change 'reproductive ...