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

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Combat advantage with ranged attacks?

Just curious if ranged attacks gain combat advantage the same way melee attacks would from circumstances that would normally grant. In example, from status effects such as dazed or restrained. I ...
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What do you do when you roll a 1 for initiative?

Are there any rules - be they official or side-bar optional ones - as to what happens when a player rolls a 1 on their initiative roll? Is the initiative roll something you can critically fail at?
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Where is the information for Vampire hybrids?

Where do I find information for making a vampire hybrid character? I own both HoS and the PHB3 but I can't seem to find any information on creating a vampire hybrid. Am I simply overlooking something ...
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What benefits or powers does a cleric gain from choosing a deity?

Is there any benefit from choosing a god? What are they? Do they change per level? Is it available to use at all times? Do they involve rituals? What are the prerequisites?
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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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Adding Heroes of the Fallen Lands to D&D 4e's downloadable Character Builder

Looking to try and make some characters with the new subclasses from HotFL but found out that it wasn't put out for the downloadable WotC builder. What's the easiest way to add the new elements?
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Software to make DIY Item Cards [closed]

I'm a big fan of Paizo's GameMastery item cards. I also like GoDeckYourself but I'm wondering if anyone knows of any other software or websites that can be used to make your own Item Cards or Power ...
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Can Aegis of Ensnarement teleport adjacent enemies to adjacent squares?

The Swordmage power Aegis of Ensnarement allows you to mark targets and trigger a reaction when the marked target attacks others. Paraphrasing pertinent power text: If the marked target hits with ...
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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 can I keep my Blood Mage alive?

I just made it to paragon tier! My wizard Bai has been focused on area damage with some control effects, especially slowed (save ends). I use Orb Mastery to make the opponents' saves more difficult ...
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Does D&D 4 suffer as much drift/house-ruling as previous versions? (Primarily 3 and 2) [closed]

Let me start by clarifying "drift". 'Drift' is the process by which a playgroup, consciously or unconsciously, moves away (drifts) from playing the game according to the rules as written (“RAW”). ...
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What to do in the Shadowfell?

I have a drow assassin character who has recently been brought to the Shadowfell by the Raven Queen for a short quest involving taking out an upstart Dark One toying with necromancy. It will be a ...
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Do marks go away when one of the parties is dead or incapacitated?

While DMing for DnD Encounters, I had an interesting rules concern come up, that I can't see handled in the rules specifically. We always assumed that when a character or monster goes unconscious via ...
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Does Rain of Steel damage include any magic weapon enhancements?

Does Rain of Steel damage include any magic weapon enhancements? i.e. is the damage [1W] or [1W] plus enhancement Effect: You assume the rain of steel stance. Until the stance ends, any enemy ...
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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 while we've run RP-only disadvantages in the past, this time around he wants mechanics to back it up. He's interested in taking on the ...
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Is the Penny Arcade adventure preceding Storm Tower published?

In 2008, Christopher Perkins ran an adventure with four players, named "Penny Arcade and the Tower of Storms". The adventure was recorded as season 2 of the Penny Arcade podcasts, and in the following ...
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How do I build a defensively focused Battlemind at level 1?

Can someone give a good idea to get a defensive Battlemind build that will work well with the following party at level 1? Drow Warlock (dark pact), Longtooth shifter ranger, Dwarf Healing cleric ...
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What are the major differences between D&D 4e and 5e

What are the major differences between D&D 4e and 5e? I have been playing 4e for about a year, and I have been considering selling my books to get 5e. What are the major differences, and is there ...
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Where can I find a complete timeline of the history of Points of Light?

A year or two ago whilst doing research for a D&D 4e campaign, I came across a fantastic timeline of the history of its default setting, Points of Light. The timeline tracked events including the ...
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How do masterwork armours work (e.g. Feyleather, Starleather)?

In D&D 4e, there are superior "masterwork" versions of armour types, like "feyleather" for leather armour or "wyrmscale" for scale armour. They have a higher armour bonus, but a minimum ...
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How do you calculate the Attack and damage workspace?

I am relatively new to D&D, and there has been one question about the character sheet of 4th edition. How do you calculate the attack and damage workspace on the character sheet? So far, I've ...
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What are the main differences between 3.5e and 4e of D&D [duplicate]

I've been playing D&D 4e for a while, and I've been considering n getting 5e or 3.5, and what are the main differences between 4e and 3.5e? I know 4e is more combat orientated, is 3.5e that same ...
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Does water pressure apply in D&D 4e

I plan on making an adventure, and in it they have to go deep underwater, through a tunnel, and out, but does water pressure apply in D&D 4e?
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Where can I get old D&D Encounters content?

Does anyone know whether there's any way to get a hold of the content from previous D&D Encounters seasons? I'd like to be able to try some of it out.
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How do I handle a PC trying to assassinate another?

I have a situation in which one PC is sitting on top of a roof with a rifle (which I've house ruled as having stats of a repeating crossbow) and there is another PC approaching the building. He wants ...
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Get instant Combat Advantage when attacking adjacent with crossbow?

There's a 4E feat called Opportunity Knocks found in Martial Power 2. It causes an enemy to grant combat advantage until the end of your next turn when they miss you with an opportunity attack. Is it ...
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Play D&D by yourself? [duplicate]

Anyone know how to play D&D 4e by yourself?? I try to find people to play with, but no one is really interested, so could i just do my own encounters, or is there a way I could actually make an ...
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Can Alchemy-produced items be purchased like regular potions and items?

I'm looking through the Adventurer's Vault, and there's an Alchemy section which lists items that can be produced by someone with the Alchemist feat, and lists the price of item recipes as well as the ...
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Does replacing a basic melee attack with an encounter power expend the use of the power?

When using an encounter power to replace the basic melee attack at the end of a charge, such as daring charge (barbarian lvl 3 encounter power, phb2) does this expend the use of said encounter power? ...
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Is giving a kobold a weapon considered a marriage proposal?

I have a friend who played D&D 4e longer then me. One day we were adventuring in Kobold Hall and I convinced a female kobold to join our group. Soon after my character gave the kobold a weapon, my ...
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Is there time after a free action triggers to use another free action before continuing?

I've got the following feat and power on my rogue. Slaying action: If you spend an action point to take an extra action and have already dealt Sneak Attack damage during this round, you can deal ...
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Is Martial Power 2 the only source for martial practices?

The martial practices in Martial Power 2 are already pretty neat, but not quite aplenty in my opinion. New rituals are added with every other core books released. Alchemy has gotten many upgrades ...
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when to announce effect?

Can someone please settle an argument? When using an effect which modifies an attack roll such as reckless charge or elven accuracy, should the player announce it before/during the attack or after the ...
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Is 4th edition good for learning 5th edition

A while back I got into D&D at a young age but didn't get far into it before it faded from my mind. Recently (last week) I got back into it after watching some YouTube videos which cleared up a ...
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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 ...
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Can a single character use material from multiple sources?

I was curious if when creating a 4e D&D character if I could use multiple books to do so. For example I want to make a Druid, can I pick 1 at will power from one book and another at will power ...
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What and where was the Cloak Tower?

What I Want to Know In the Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition Neverwinter Campaign Setting (NCS), there is a building called Cloak Tower. The NCS says this about Cloak Tower: The tower takes its ...
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Alternative means of rendering .dnd4e files

Besides the .csl file for DDI Character builder available here, are there any novel ways of creating printable 4e character sheets that are more effective than the default printed sheets? Are there ...
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What is the intended amount of encounters per session in 4E?

I've bought the 4E red box starter kit and taken on the role of DM for the first 'season' of my group. Reading up on DMing and playing D&D with articles like Angry DM's Build a megadungeon, I get ...
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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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Do you still count as taking ongoing damage if you're resisting the damage?

The Ancient Green Dragon can inflict a target with ongoing 15 poison damage (save ends) with its Bite attack (as well as immediate normal damage). It also has an ability it can use on its next turn ...
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What are the implications of letting a player skip the Save Ends on effects?

I'm a new GM to D&D 4e, and today this situation happened during our game: a player was hit by a Beholder Eye Tyrant, and started taking 2d20 ongoing damage (save ends). The player however changed ...
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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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Can a creature shift while swimming?

The party I was DMing for was fighting in a sewer passage with small water ways running through the passage, and some questions came up about movement and water. The DM's guide 1 explains some ...
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How much experience should a PC be worth?

Long story short, I'm about to betray my party (by trying to kill them). I'm playing this betrayer on behalf of the GM. Assuming they defeat me, how much experience should they get? I am a level 14 ...
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Ignoring/Losing Immunities- How does this work, exactly?

The power Wizard's Wrath contains the following text: Effect: The burst becomes a zone of arcane energy that lasts until the end of your next turn. You gain combat advantage against targets in the ...
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When did D&D 4e get racial ability bonus choice?

I noticed recently a handful of D&D 4E races have been updated, to have one fixed ability bonus and one choice, between two other stats. When did that happen? What was the reasoning behind this? ...
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Does Iron Vigil really allow an extended rest at any time?

There's a ritual in Divine Power called Iron Vigil: You invoke your dedication to your god and let it wash your fatigue and needs from you. Iron Vigil fulfills your body's need for food and water ...
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Does a doppelganger who's replaced a PC get their stats for rolls?

I'm running a mini campaign within a normal campaign, which has a different DM. The regular DM has a PC of their own and we, as a group, thought it would be fun to let the DM really play their ...
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D&D4E - Need Penalty for Character Death [closed]

I'm running an evil campaign at the moment for D&D 4e, and recently I "accidentally" killed a player character. Now said player character is a vampire, and he was level 4 with 44 hit points. Long ...