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

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What are the main differences between Gamma World and D&D 4e?

I just got Gamma World and want to try it out with my D&D 4e (Essentials) players. Clearly to a great portion, a re-skin of 4e, but not completely. Obviously character generation is completely ...
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How does a readied action triggered on movement adjacent to an ally work when an enemy charges?

A readied action is an Immediate Reaction. A charge is a movement with an attack at the end. Suppose the following case: A PC charged with protecting his party's wizard does not want to move away ...
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How to implement a stealth based instant-kill system

I've been playing 4e for a few months now and I'm really interested in creating a dungeon crawl in which the PCs can choose to stealthily kill off certain monsters before they are able to alert other ...
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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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How to be a Centaur PC?

I just started D&D, bought my version 4 manuals and I'm now at my stage in character creation. The problem: I was wondering if playing as a centaur would be possible? What forms of skills and ...
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Powers that increase damage rolls, do they increase flat damage and automatic damage?

As to the title, I am testing out a class and something occurred to me. There is a power that gives a power bonus to damage rolls. I know there are plenty of powers that do such things, but the part ...
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Does a Stirge's attack auto-hit while it's grabbing someone or does it simply not make attacks?

The 4e Monster Manual states: ...An attached stirge doesn't make attack rolls while grabbing a target... Does this mean on the stirge's turn it automatically deals 1d4 damage, or does it just ...
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What's the impact of a monster being immune to Unconscious?

Some monsters have immunity to being Unconscious. Since monsters die when they hit 0 HP (barring a PC deliberately inflicting nonlethal damage), what's the impact of this? Do they fight on when ...
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What “party” items are worth getting during character creation?

Details on the formation of this question can be found in this chat. During character creation you are allowed 3 "uncommon" items. What items are beneficial enough to the party as a whole to warrant ...
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Is there a feat for melee characters equivalent to Dual Implement Spellcaster in D&D 4e?

Dual Implement Spellcaster lets you add the bonus from an off-hand implement to an attack using your main hand implement. I am making a Human Marauder Ranger and I would love to be able to add an ...
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How do I switch from combat-based play to roleplay-included play in D&D?

I have played a few RP games at this point, but the vast majority of the gaming i have done has been my solo (read: playing several char's at once but being the only player) campaigns Brian ...
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What were the stats on the original Oso la Fez?

I keep reading that it was amazing, fun, and completely unbalanced. But nowhere can I find the actual rules for it. The current one in the character builder on the Wizards site is pretty ...
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Order of effects on hit

The Invoker power "Rain of Blood" (Divine Power) says: Hit: 2d6 + Wisdom modifier damage, and the target gains vulnerable 5 to all damage until the end of your next turn. Does the vulnerable 5 ...
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How Do You Calculate the Average Damage for Twin Strike?

I'm looking for a formula that can calculate the average damage of a power. Specifically, the Ranger at-will power Twin Strike. This is a bit more complicated, since it's two attacks. Furthermore, ...
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How to kill yourself in 4e?

Warning: spoiler about P2: King of the Trollhaunt Warrens. The following explains why I want rules on killing yourself, but isn't critical to the question (with the edit), so don't read it if you will ...
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How many times can a stormwarden's Blade Storm trigger?

Stormwarden: Blade Storm (11th level): As long as you are armed with a melee weapon and are capable of making an opportunity attack, one adjacent enemy (your choice) takes damage equal to your ...
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+1 from Versatile Weapons

Should be an easy question: if you use a versatile weapon with two hands, it adds +1 to damage. Does it work like Brutal, where it is dependent on the number of dice, or is it a straight +1? In ...
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How should treasure parcels be adjusted to account for permanent character death in Dungeons and Dragons 4e?

In a D&D game I play, the party has had a 200% character turnover rate due to character death at low levels. Spawning at higher levels provides the incoming players with gear appropriate to their ...
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Why is a brutal 3 vorpal scythe called “Death's Scythe”?

The title is essentially my question. I have heard the weapon called that before, but i am curious as to both the why, and as to the origin of this term and the concept of the weapon.
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Pyromancy Master, extendable zones, and the Architect's Staff

Pyromancy Master: When you use an area or close arcane fire attack power that is not already a zone, the area of the attack becomes a zone that lasts until the end of your next turn. Creatures ...
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In D&D 4E, Changelings can keep other forms when sleeping?

Well, I did not find anywhere a rule against it. Am I right in assuming that they can maintain their alternate form when they sleep?
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What magic items are there to capture or restrain someone?

I'm looking for items to specifically address the strengths and weaknesses of the PC's. For example, our wizard who has lots of teleport spells will be restrained with Dimensional Shackles. How can ...
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What constitutes “closer” on a map of squares?

This answer makes it clear that each pull must result in the enemy moving closer to the puller. But on a square grid, don't you count each edge that must be crossed as a unit of distance? For example: ...
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Are the new “Heroes of X” books part of the essentials line?

I noticed that there are two new charachter books out. Heroes of Shadow and Heroes of the Feywild Are these two books part of the Essentials line? Have they stopped differentiating between ...
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What monster tokens are these?

Here is a snap shot of some monsters that I found while being bored today. I couldn't identify what the monsters were (sort of). the monster on the top left marked (3) turns out to be a "Vampire ...
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Can you pull an enemy from an adjacent square to another adjacent square?

Some background. I Recently leveled up my Weaponmaster to L7. I took the power "Come and Get It." It allows me to pull anything in a burst 3 up to 2 squares and then try to hit them with my giant ...
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Swarms' limited immunity to OAs

According to RAW for swarms, A swarm can enter or move through an enemy’s space; this movement does not provoke opportunity actions. I assume "pass through" in this case means "move into and out ...
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Stats for a Sorcerer King in 4E's Dark Sun?

I am in the middle of building a campaign and part of it takes place in the Athas. I am wanting to present the party with an actual threat towards the end of their stay in the hellacious world of Dark ...
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What are common sizes for zones in the heroic tier?

My wife wants to make some area markers for zones and such that powers create. She has a bunch of burst 1 powers at the moment. Before she starts making them she wants to know what other sizes she ...
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Can the Zephyr Blade's Storm Dance Strike be used against an enemy that has forced movement?

The Battlemind has a Paragon path called Zephyr Blade that has a Daily power called Storm Dance Strike. Storm Dance Strike allows the Battlemind to enter into a stance that allows for an Opportunity ...
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Does an opportunity attack that stuns prevent the movement?

If I make an opportunity attack with some combination of riders that will cause a hit to stun (or if the victim has already taken some action, daze) can the target of my attack continue their ...
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How can I enhance Hand of Radiance?

I'm pondering an epic level half-elf defender whose core feature is the power Hand of Radiance. How can I enhance Hand of Radiance to be more controllery: enabling slowing, sliding, or any other ...
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Forced/involuntary movement and OAs

The basics: Moving away from a threatened square provokes an Opportunity Action. The wrinkles: Certain forms of voluntary movement (shifts, teleports) specifically do not provoke OAs. Being pushed, ...
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Does the Rod of Dread's critical property add the fear keyword to powers?

Rod of Dread: Enhancement: +6 attack rolls and damage rolls Critical: (Fear) The target is dazed until the end of your next turn. Power (Daily * Fear): Free Action. Trigger: You attack ...
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Does a power that does damage on Hit and with an Effect gain from vulnerability twice?

I'm looking specifically at Bloodbath. As you can see the power deals 1 [W] + Dexterity modifier damage on both the Hit and the Effect. Do both the hit and the effect gain from vulnerability? Or ...
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Does the weapon damage type apply to Effect damage?

This is more general variation of a part of this question. If an attack power has an Effect that does damage (ex: Bloodbath), and the target is vulnerable to the damage type which the weapons causes ...
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Why do Combat encounters and Skill checks give the same XP reward?

Not much to elaborate on. Reading the DnD4e rules, it sort of bugs me that a "skill challenge" counts the same as a combat encounter. They don't seem to be very equatable to me, both in terms of ...
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How do I re-use a module?

I have a very small group of people to play DnD with. (2 people not including myself right now, trying to convince a 3rd) Before I left to this DnD free zone, I got a bunch of starter packs with ...
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Which 4e books are made obsolete by Essentials releases?

The reason I equipped my son with most of the Essentials line is because the core books were getting a reputation for being entirely superseded by the Essentials books. In particular, the ...
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Can I kill a creature trapped in a Tome Adept's implement?

As I look at the Tome Adept Paragon Path found in Dragons Magazine #380. My interest is in the Daily Spell 'Librus Phantasma'. Daily+ Arcane, Implement, Reliable Standard Action Ranged 10 ...
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Ratio of leaders for workable D&D 4e?

Leaders are the healers and party support of 4th edition and come in many flavors. What ratio of leaders is necessary for smooth play in D&D 4e? I ask because in our local game, as people come ...
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Can an escape attempt be made when using an attack power which lets you move as part of it?

Escaping a grab requires a move action as defined in the rules. You attempt to escape from an enemy who has grabbed you (see “Grab”). Other immobilizing effects might let you make escape ...
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What has Essentials done to improve upon Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition treatment of Magic items?

What exactly does Essentials do different with magic items, in comparison to the original core rules of 4th edition?
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How can you use a healing surge during battle?

In the PHB it says: Even in a heated battle, you can heal. You can heal yourself by using your second wind (see page 291), an ally can use the Heal skill (see page 185) on you, and an ally can use ...
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Is there anyway to “gift” D&D Insider?

A gift giving occasion is coming up and when my wife asked me for ideas I told her I was interested in a D&D Insider subscription. However when I went to go look up how one could give a ...
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Will magic items with raw stats break game balance in DnD4e?

I, and all the players in my campaign, are all experienced WoW players. (Multiple 85s, reminiscences of 40-man raids when your class — no matter who you were — sucked but was somehow better, etc.…) I ...
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How do you as GM's level/de-level monsters in adventures that are premade

I am getting ready to start a new campaign that was made for higher level characters. I want to use the campaign but want to lower the monster levels and may want to raise monster levels inthe future. ...
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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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What are good DM strategies for adjusting an Encounters session to handle various parties?

Our local store has been running the Encounters sessions, and one issue that the DMs have encountered is that the difficulty of the fight can vary drastically based on not only the number of players, ...
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Plate armor question

I was playing around with the Character Builder and noticed an oddity with my level 7 half-orc Knight: My character with no armor has a net AC of 16 [10 +3 (half level) +2 (heavy shield) +1 (dex)]. ...