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

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Traps specifically for Smart characters

Does anyone have examples or suggestions on creating traps that are harder for Smart (High INT/WIS) characters? Example: My NPC necromancer has set up his lair. In his arrogance he believes that ...
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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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What should a DM do if a player wants to do something impossible?

If a player wants to do something a little out of the ordinary such as punching down a wall with his bare fists, what should I do? Do I make a DC for it? Do I make it so that no matter how much he ...
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How do you actually crawl through a dungeon in online play?

Yes, this is quite a silly question considering I've been gamemastering for almost five years now, but one thing that drove me away from (and the same thing that made me return to) D&D 4E was ...
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Which items can I use to boost my hit chance?

I'm a vryloka cosmic sorcerer. I choose to start with a 16+2 Charisma to get some extra Dex from the point buy and my first three feats were almost entirely focused on boosting defenses and damage ...
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Festival Mini Games

My D&D party will be going to a town with a festival in it. Generally during festivals there may be some games that are going on, kind of like small carnival type games or "mini games", ones that ...
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Would a fight against a higher level minion work out well or badly?

I have a level 8 party in a thieves guild/pirate campaign and I was wondering how it would play out if I gave them a high level minion like a level 11 "Ogre Thug" or a level 15 "Grimlock Minion", both ...
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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 much damage is caused by a thrown coin?

If someone was to use their coins as thrown weapons, no sling just out of hand, how would you roll the attack and damage rolls? Is there a damage chart for something like this?
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How to speed up 4e combat

I DM a group of four PC's and even "easy" battles take at least an hour to resolve. Normal encounters take even longer! I want to speed up combat so my players can do more in a session. I've been ...
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How Can I Play A Fighter Dual-Wielding Shields In DnD 4e

I'm rolling my very first DnD character. I'm trying to play a tank-type role in my group as a Dwarf Fighter. While looking through some forums I came across an image of an African warrior wielding 2 ...
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Dual wielding with a Double Weapon and an Off Hand weapon

Is it possible to dual wield with a double weapon and a off-hand weapon? For example, I'm wanting to use a double-sword in my main hand and, in my off hand, a handaxe.
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Can Pixies wield shrunk two handed weapons?

I was looking at building a ranger/artificer hybrid pixie, but the rules for weapon sizes seem to be contradicting. (Or maybe I'm just reading it wrong) From page 28 of Heroes of the Feywild: Wee ...
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What to buy to start out 4e D&D (DM and PC) (Complete Noob, no previous experience) [duplicate]

So we're a completely new group of people, none of us have experience, and I've been assigned DM, which I think is a good idea. But we don't know where to start, or what to buy to get started on our ...
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How to gather ritual components in a low-treasure campaign

In the campaign I play in, my character is the only magic user (Sorcerer). I just reached level 6 and decided it would be a good idea to take the ritual caster feat, to be able to help out the party. ...
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How can I tune encounter difficulty appropriately in D&D Essentials?

Two of my friends and I recently played our very first game of D&D using the Essentials kit. I DM'd, getting them through the Red Box create-your-own character story. It was all good fun, they ...
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Blacksmithing and repair in D&D 4e?

This is my first time as a DM of D&D 4e. I have a character playing a paladin with a blacksmithing background. This player has played a years-long campaign with other friends. He's been looking ...
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How do you rule halfling tossing as a combat action?

The party I am GMing has three characters over 6' tall with 20+ strength as well as a halfling and a kobold, both small and about 3' tall. A couple of times, they have wanted the big characters to ...
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Is throwing other PC's possible? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you rule halfling tossing as a combat action? Hello, one of my fellow players brought upon a good question to me; is possible to throw another PC almost like a ...
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Can a character change alignment and deity during the campaign?

Here's the situation: my PC's alignment was neutral, but I don't feel like it matched the personality I wanted him to have. Can I change my character's alignment and, as consequence, his deity?
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What major differences are there between convention DMing and home DMing?

I've been DMing for a while in 4th edition D&D, but I've only been DMing for Living Forgotten Realms and D&D Encounters. Now I'm thinking of starting to do some home games in various systems. ...
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Is it possible to grab a living enemy by the leg and use him as a club?

Inspired by the Stack o' Mounts question. The above situation actually happens more than you'd expect in Belgian comics: a really strong man grabs one of his enemies by the legs and uses him as an ...
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What happens when you have two races? [closed]

I've been searching for a bit now and have found nothing. My character is a Human paladin but is also eladrin, So what the specifics towards these rules, like could I take all the racial powers from ...
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What is the timing of Parrying Weapon's ability?

Parrying Weapon Level 2+ Uncommon Weapon: Any melee Power Daily (Immediate Reaction) Use this power when an enemy makes a melee attack against you. Make a melee basic attack against that ...
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Is Cape of the Mountebank's power really supposed to be a reaction?

Cape of the Mountebank Level 5+ Uncommon Power (Teleportation) Daily (Immediate Reaction) Use this power when you are hit by an attack. Teleport 5 squares and gain combat advantage ...
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Mechanically, how do I prepare a village of not-quite-vampire-thrall monk NPCs?

What I need I need to build one or more NPC character sheets, or cards, for the monk/ninjas in a fortified mountain monastery whose order was (and still is) founded by an ancient vampire lord, who is ...
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How do I help a player who struggles with a tactics-focused character?

I'm a fairly new DM with fairly new players. One such player rolled up a warlord, casting the character as a "tactical genius". Unfortunately, she's having trouble getting "moments of glory", because ...
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How can I quickly come up with random encounters and puzzles?

I'm DMing my first campaign in D&D 4e using my own setting, and I need to create some random encounters throughout the map surrounding the starting village. I only have a week available between ...
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Being a more “flexible” Dungeon Master [closed]

[The following question is about avoiding to railroad the players, and has nothing to do with breaking or following rules.] I am playing a campaign of my own with my friends, and the thing is that I ...
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Introducing Roleplaying in Combat [duplicate]

I am the kind of gamer that mostly enjoys the story and I love roleplaying. However this time I am the Dungeon Master and not a player. How can I encourage my players to roleplay during combat ...
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How to use Time Paradox In-Game

Position/State of Players : Trapped in the Underdark Goal : To use time travel A small explanation : While they are there, I want to make them travel back in time. However I have no idea on how to ...
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Changing Type Of Enemy During Combat

Hypothetic scenario: A ranger does a stealth check and succeeds. While moving he notices two patrols and decides to attack them using Two Fanged Strike. The patrols are normally minions. He gets to ...
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Turning a Campaign Evil Leads To “Problems”

Prologue : So, the campaign I'm running right now has a noble-kinda purpose. To kill the Evil Witch and save the world etc, you get the point. As a plot twist I am thinking to turn the campaign to ...
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Do I Add my Dex Modifier to my Slayer's Power Strike Damage?

I have a Fighter (Slayer) from Heroes of the Fallen Lands. One of the class features is called Heroic Slayer, and it gives this benefit: Benefit: You gain a bonus to the damage rolls of weapon ...
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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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How to have Goblins Spring Out of Barrels

I would like to make an encounter in a storage room which is full of barrels and chests. The room is, seemingly, only guarded by goblin archers. When a PC runs past certain barrels, I would like ...
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3d6 vs a d20: What is the effect of a different probability curve?

What is the effect on game play of replacing d20 rolls with 3d6 rolls in a D&D 4e campaign? I started thinking about this after reading this question where the example was given of playing a d20 ...
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How should a shaman act in combat?

In my group, there is a shaman whose spiritual companion is a panther. The problem is that he is too afraid to go on the front lines, and as consequence he sends his panther to take care of it, but ...
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Help w/Character Sheet: What are ability modifiers and how do I calculate them?

So I was filling out the character sheet and suddenly I saw an "ability modifier". I'm confused, and am asking these questions for clarification: Where do you put your "Standard Array" number. In ...
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What does “Strength modifier damage” mean? [duplicate]

Some powers, for instance the warden's Earth Shield Strike, say "1[W] plus Strength modifier damage", though I've seen the same line used with different ability scores in different powers. What is ...
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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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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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Do multiple effects of the same power stack

During the last session, we had two PC's with the same power: a full Bard and a Bard/Warlord Hybrid both had the daily power Stirring Shout. Stirring Shout has an effect: Effect: Until end of ...
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Letting PCs be the target of a skill challenge

I started a new campaign with a brand-new set of players. After the first evening, one of the PCs reacted poorly to a decision made by another PC and 'went home'. This reaction was totally in ...
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How can a wizard maximize the area of bursts and blasts?

I'm hoping to build a power play wizard (or hybrids) with large bursts. Is there any way to Enlarge Spell more than once (like with the talent "Enlarge Spell")? In short, I would love to know how to ...
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How many spells can a wizard have in 4e, and how do they work?

Sorry, I'm just a bit confused on this. I'm making a half-elf wizard for my first campaign and though I really want to play a wizard, I'm a bit confused on the spellbook mechanic. I'm also a bit ...
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How can I assassinate someone and make it look like an accident? [closed]

I was recruited by an Assassin's guild when my party of five was out of town, and now I have to assassinate someone and make it look like an accident. The problem is that my party has to contact my ...
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How to create an only skill challange quest?

First time playing D&D, first time DMing and first time creating a quest. The plot is simple: the players arrive at a town, they hear about a treasure and off they go to collect their riches... ...
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What information a DM should have at hand when in an encounter?

I am currently playing D&D 4th edition and will be DMing soon. The party consists of 7 characters (mine included, even though I am a DM). I will be running a quest that I created myself and ...
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Artificer with a Defender-y bent

I’m interested in building an artificer who has a defender-y bent; still an artificer, still a leader, but with a minor in defending. I’m fine with sacrificing some Leadership for Defense; I ...