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

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What is a good scaling ratio for larger than 5 player character parties?

What is a good scaling ratio for parties with more than 5 player characters? I've seen the effects in another 4e game of "force multiplier" effect that 7 players have, so the straight scaling from 5 ...
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Should a DM tell the players how valuable non-magical treasure is?

In D&D 4th edition most official adventures have encounters that come with lists of treasure items and their values. Example (not a great one but you get the idea): Polished Ruby with gold ...
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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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Practical use of Masterplan in first time DM

So, I have played D&D (and other RPG rules) off and on for a long time, and now have boys of an age that I could DM for them and have some good father/son/nerdy time. I have never DMed myself. I ...
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How can a character create a skeleton (or any other undead)

How does a character create a skeleton, or for that matter, any other undead in 4th edition? I've checked the rituals in the compendium and the closest match for "Create Skeleton" was "Create ...
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If you force an enemy to attack, do they trigger a Fighter's Combat Challenge?

If you force an enemy to attack through one of your powers, do they trigger an ally's Combat Challenge fighter class feature ? ... assuming they were marked by the fighter
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Can the target of Drunken Monkey attack themself?

Can you make the target of a Drunken Monkey[DDI] attack themself ? The point is the "against one enemy of your choice" ... couldn't you pick the target ? Hit: 1d8 + Dexterity modifier damage, and ...
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At-Will power side effects outside of combat

I have a Warden character, and the Strength of Stone At-Will power. It seems like it would be nice to grant myself those temporary hit points at a few other times, like if I plan to 'deactivate' a ...
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If an attack that has different effects for living and undead creatures is used on a revenant, what would happen?

I'm talking specifically about spirit rend which for a hit goes: 3d6+ intelligence modifier damage(save ends). If the target is undead, it takes no damage and is not immobilized. Instead, the target ...
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What happens to a target you are grabbing when you are knocked prone?

One of my PCs grabbed someone with a garrote and was knocked prone shortly afterwards. What would happen to the grabbed target? Would he be let go (it was a human), would he get knocked prone as well ...
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Do damage modifiers affect the damage dealt by a sustainable zone?

A player's wizard that I DM for has picked up the Ice Sceptor from the Cairn of the Winter King adventure. The Ice Sceptor has the following property: Property: You gain a +2 item bonus to the ...
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When do characters get numbered powers from themes? Is this a bug in Character Builder?

I'm running a D&D 4e game and we us the Character Builder exclusively to manage our character sheets & powers. My party members all have themes, and they all just made 2nd level - but their ...
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Is extra damage from free actions maximized with a critial hit?

Question 1: Say a player has a sword that enables him to add 1d8 damage as a free action whenever he hits an enemy. Can he choose to activate it upon a critical strike for an automatic 8 damage, or ...
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How are damage rolls defined?

I play a warlord with Warlord's Strike Warlord Attack 3 One convincing cut is all you need to reveal the enemy’s weakness and spur your allies into finishing him off. Encounter ...
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Attack roll bonus for Orb implement?

I made a Psion class with the Dungeon's and Dragon's Character Builder for level 2. It is showing on all of my special moves that the prof bonus from my non magical orb as +6. Is this right? Should I ...
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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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What counts as a target for the purposes of 'Simple Animation?

The 2nd level Wizard Utility 'Simple Animation' has the following specification: Target: One Medium or smaller object that is not fastened in place or held by a creature Effect: The target ...
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Is there any system for translating AD&D type encounters to 4e?

I would very much like to run a party of people through the TPK machine that is the original Tomb of Horrors. However, while I'd like to keep the balance and toughness that made this first entry so ...
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What effects can hit a phasing creature in a nonmagical wall square?

In a recent battle I was Dming, the party was fighting against Wraiths (in the Madness at Gardmore Abbey adventure). Wraiths have phasing and thus can fly into and through walls, so the players and I ...
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Can a pixie levitate on bootlaces carried by a spirit of salzacas?

Given: A pixie, tiny creature weighing 1-4 pounds. Presuming the sum total of gear weight is less than 10 pounds. A nice thin platter, or a net of bootlaces, made out of a light substance of the ...
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Does World Serpent's Grasp trigger against a restrained opponent?

World Serpents Grasp Whenever you hit a slowed or immobilized target with an attack, you can knock it prone Restrained you are immobilized (among others) The DM maintains that WSG does not ...
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Do overlapping damaging zones stack?

We know penalties from zones do not stack, but the rules appear to be silent about overlapping damaging effects. If I'm in two zones that each do 15 fire damage, how much damage do I take?
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If I'm dazed do I forget to attack after charging?

I know if my first action of a turn is Charge, then Daze will not stop the charge. What happens if Daze is the second action of the turn? Can Daze stop the Charge then ? Sequence of events: I do a ...
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Can a polymorphed magic user still cast spells if the new form has limbs, mouth, and fingers?

The Wizard power Foe to Frog (Heroes of the Fey Wild) allows the wizard to change the target into a tiny beast. My question is: can the polymorphed target retain its spell casting ability if it has ...
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Do Dragons lose a stored breath weapon when bloodied

In 4th Monster Manual, the Dragons all have an ability that recharges their breath weapon and has them use it interrupting flow of combat. Does this use expend any charge they may have built up before ...
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Rose King's Shield temp HP does it stack?

I am using a Elf Swordmage at the moment, and have given him a feat called Rose King's Shield Prerequisite: Avenger or Swordmage, proficiency with longsword Benefit: You gain a +2 feat bonus to ...
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What happens if a Troll Vinespeaker would be reduced to less than 0 hitpoints?

We recently fought a Troll Vinespeaker in our DnD 4e campaign. These was some controvery over whether we could reduce the troll to less than 0 hit points to keep it from getting up the next turn, via ...
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Do burst powers affect the square you occupy?

I have a tiny creature occupying the same square as an enemy medium sized opponent. If I use a power with close blast targeting, would it affect the enemy in my square?
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Communicating with gallant hawk familiar

I recently bought a Gallant Hawk and I was wondering what I need in terms of feats, powers, etc. for communicating with it. Also, what other rules are involved (what I need to know) when ...
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Can a pixie shift under a medium creature's legs?

What are the rules for occupying the same square as an enemy while tiny? There are provisions to occupy the same square for allies, and a feat that enhances it (here) and a 11th level pixie feat that ...
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Running a business in a D&D 4e game? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there any games that include a good rule system for running a business? My group is looking to set up a trading post in our game where we can sell our loot through, ...
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Can a dead rat deserter make psion attacks through shaped consciousness while transformed?

This question looks to explore the relative priority of wording. Dead Rat Deserter is a character theme which allows a character to transform into a tiny rat. This rat cannot make attacks as per the ...
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If a power says 'move your speed', what happens while I'm prone?

I want to use the Battlemind At-Will power Lightning Rush [ddi], PHB3 p49, while I am prone, with a normal speed of 6, with an enemy that is 6 squares away, one that is 3 squares away, and one that is ...
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Are there any starting D&D 4e adventures being published?

I'm trying to prepare for a low-prep-time starting game for D&D 4e. The obvious solution would be to buy a prepackaged adventure for 4e for 1st level characters. However, from what I can see, ...
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Suppressing an Aura?

I have a 4e dnd character that has the lich template. Can I suppress the necrotic aura, and if so what kind of action is it? Ive looked elsewhere and I cannot seem to find an answer anywhere that ...
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Can a creature immune to Immobilized walk away from a creature grabbing it?

Grabbed: While a creature is grabbed, it is immobilized. Maintaining this condition on the creature occupies whatever appendage, object, or effect the grabber used to initiate the grab. This ...
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Where is Restwell Keep Located?

I'm getting ready to start a Chaos Scar campaign with my group an I'm having a bit of trouble placing Restwell Keep on the map provided by Wizards. Where is Restwell Keep located?
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Does a double attack described as “make an X attack against two creatures” violate a defender's mark? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do marks interact with dual attacks? The Yuan-Ti as referenced here makes a slam attack against a defender and a non-defender as a single action. Would that ...
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If a battlemind and her cleric companion are the target of two attacks by a Yuan-ti Anathema, and the battlemind uses lightning rush, what happens?

Situation: a near-epic Battlemind and her Cleric friend are standing adjacent to each other, 3 squares away from a Yuan-ti Anathema with no intervening cover or interesting fiddly bits. The anathema ...
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If a power adds a damage roll to a static damage power, is bonus damage applied?

In dnd 4e, if I have a +4 weapon and use concussive response and brutal barrage (+7 con), how much damage is applied?
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Does forced movement provoke OA with polearm gamble?

In DnD 4e, I wield a Glaive with Heavy Blade Opportunity and Polearm Gamble. If my defender ally slides an enemy adjacent to me on his turn, can I use an at-will attack power on the enemy?
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Does weapon proficiency grant a bonus to attack AND damage?

Rolling a 1st level Dwarf Knight (from Hero of the Fallen Lands). He has a strength of 18 so a str mod of +4. I've calculated the Attack Bonus as (+4 str mod.) + (+3 weap. prof from longsword) = +7 ...
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Is a Warlock's Curse damage Psychic?

Does the damage from the Warlocks class feature Warlock's Curse get the Psychic? ... we've just had a combat and the monsters have Vulnerability Psychic
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What square does a medium sized rider occupy when mounted on a Large creature?

What square is used to reference the location of a medium-sized rider on a large-sized mount, and furthermore, how are melee attacks (range 1)resolved from adjacent foes? This is an offshoot of a ...
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How do I use minions effectively?

I'm a newbie DM. It seems that minions in an encounter benefit the PCs more than they benefit me: The Barbarian can kill them for free THP and a Swift Charge (I thought they were supposed to slow ...
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Does a large creature that occupies 1x2 squares require a move action to rotate its facing?

I know that in 4E D&D, there is a rule that states creatures are facing 360' at all times. I understand the nature of this when a creature occupies a square 'footprint' ex: 2x2, 4x4. But, when a ...
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If you lose healing surges, will they count for Strongheart Tattoo

The Strongheart Tattoo DDI has the benefit ... When you spend a healing surge, you regain extra hit points equal to the number of healing surges you have spent since your last extended rest. Will ...
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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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Can a necromancer be made in 4E?

A player wanted to build a necromancer in 4E, but as far as I know there isn't a way to do it. Is there a way to model a necromancer in 4E? By Necromancer I basically mean "somebody who raises ...
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Does “Grit” give temporary hit points for heals that say “as if you had spent a healing surge?”

My question is about the interaction of a feat called Grit and effects like the daily item power on Dwarven Armor. Grit: When you spend a healing surge to regain hit points, you also gain ...