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

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Do forced movements stack?

When a combination of powers/feats each allow a push or slide of 1 square, can they be combined into a single forced move of 2 Specifically ... ...
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Does movement continue after an Opportunity Attack?

If a character moves away from a square adjacent to a monster, the monster gets an OA. Good. What happens after the attack is resolved? Can the character continue moving? So far, I've houseruled ...
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How do I return enjoyment to self-defeating strategies?

This question inspired by Self-defeating Strategy that posits: What happens when players outwit their enemies, leading to their easy defeat? In most other games, this is a perfectly valid, ...
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Monsters that are more dangerous when knocked down/forced movement

A PC who can knock mobs prone or force their movement can wreck an encounter singlehandedly. So...thinking of ways to get around this, other than the bad idea of completely neutralizing the power by ...
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What's the result when a Readied Action is triggered by another Readied Action?

Suppose two PCs both ready actions, and the triggering conditions are such that one PC's readied action is triggered by the second PC's readied action. What's the resulting initiative order if the ...
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How do I make a single combat in a day challenging and interesting?

4e is a game of resource attrition. I can't find the quote in DMG right now, but from memory and experience, it works best with about 3-5 combat encounters in an adventuring day. That way, some of the ...
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How much damage does mind spike do against an AoE type attack?

My players are fighting a dragon who naturally has a breath attack, which is a close blast. The defender in this case is a battlemind, having the dragon marked with his Battlemind's demand. The ...
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storm pillar and huge creatures

Last game session I had a rule problem with storm pillar. The creature moved into a square adjacent to the pillar so took the damage. He moved through and so hit a new square adjacent to the pillar. ...
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What ways exist to re-introduce vancian magic to 4E D&D?

As much as I like the system in D&D 4E, I'm slightly nostalgic of Vancian magic. The idea of the mage having to re-memorise the spells each day. Obviously it came with the baggage of resting every ...
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Does the Tarrasque cause flying creatures to plummet to their death?

As mentioned in this answer: The Tarrasque's Earthbinding aura ... prevents creatures to fly beyond 4 squares above the ground My question was, if the creature was ~30 squares in the air, and ...
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Does an aura extend vertically?

For D&D 4e, auras read as such: An aura is a continuous effect that emanates from a creature. Unless otherwise noted, an aura uses the following rules. Fills an Area: The aura fills the ...
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How can I remake a drow hexblade into an effective ranged attacker?

My first D&D4 character was a Drow Hexblade. I found it was most effective as a ranged striker, although I ran in to problems when all my attacks against ice-resistant enemies fell flat. What ...
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What do I roll for my Sentinel's animal companion skills checks?

A few weeks ago, I needed to make a Climb skill check for my Sentinels Bear Companion. I rolls d20+5 due to the bears strength, but later I got to wonder if I should have added anything extra. Even ...
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Multiple Sources of Damage against a single vulnerability

A very common occurance, a Paladin has used Sign of Vulnerability to apply Vulnerable 5 Radiant to an enemy. In the following round, they use the Minor Action, Bless Weapon, which adds 1d6 radiant to ...
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Where can I learn more about the World Tree?

I am going to be taking over the role of Dungeon Master soon, with a group of players that have leveled from 1 all the way up to epic tier. The characters will be level 21 at the start of my campaign. ...
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What classes other than Rogue can initially train in Thievery?

My gaming buddies and I are about to start up a second group to play D&D 4e with, and I'm looking for a class to replace the rogue to freshen things up a little. The only problem is that Thievery ...
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What is a good first heroic campaign for D&D 4e, levels 1-5?

I'm a very experienced AD&D GM, and have run levels 1-5 in 4e: Red Box + Reavers of Harkenwold. I want to start a new mixed-experience group (some 4e, some 3.5/Pathfinder, and no experience at all)...
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How far does one travel when falling for one round?

How far would you fall in one round assuming you started falling this round, and were high enough that you did not hit anything? Would this follow the math, or is there a rule written somewhere I'm ...
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Is Hengeyokai's Nature's Mask benefit applied to Hybrid form or just Animal form?

So in a recent errata and update, they brought the Hengeyokai out of Playtest. It still seems confusing though about the benefit for Nature's Mask in regards to being a hybrid of the animal and human ...
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What benefit does a fighter with a high wisdom score have?

In the Players hand book it mentions in a list called "Melee weapon groups and associated Statistics" (Pg. 77) and says ...the list below notes the melee weapon group and the ability score that ...
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When can I use Bastion of Mental Clarity?

If I use Bastion of Mental Clarity as an immediate interrupt, does it pump my will for the attack that just happened or is it in effect afterwards?
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Simplifying/introducing marking for 2e/3e players?

I received this question from a group I'm a member of on facebook, and whilst I'm not sure how appropriate it is for me to ask this, I'm going to anyway. Anyway the poster said this Marking. I ...
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How do I adjudicate the natural tendency for hikers to spread in D&D 4e?

This question inspired by this rather grognardian post over on the Tao of D&D. Functionally, the post asserts: But suggest to a party that they're too far apart to hear one another as they ...
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What effect does being slowed have on overland movement in D&D 4e

On page 336 of Heroes of the Fallen Lands it states that if a character tries to carry 20 times their strength score then they are slowed. I know during combat being slowed means you can only move ...
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What are the differences between the Dungeon Master's Guide (DMG) and the Essentials Dungeon Master's Kit (DMK)?

I've played some 4th Edition, but I'm curious about trying an all-Essentials game. My understanding is that I need the appropriate Heroes books (in addition to PHB/DMG/MM). Are there any meaningful ...
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Inspiration for a unique hybrid character in 4E?

I have been using Wizards' character creator, but I can't come up with anything unique. I would very much like to use a hybrid, but I've had trouble making one that would work at early levels (we are ...
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Do magical weapons convey effects to magical ammunition?

Let's say I have a +3 Frost Longbow. Frost Weapon Power (Cold) · (Free Action) All damage dealt by this weapon is cold damage. Another free action returns the damage to normal. Power ...
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Are there any low-magic 4e home-brew settings?

This question is in a sense related to "What RPGs treat magic as being common?" Aside from the WotC published setting of Dark Sun where magic is treated as something to be shunned, are there any home-...
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How to make a Dothraki Screamer in D&D 4th? (Mounted Combat)

Lots of people must be familiar with the Song of Ice and Fire series by now (since the release of the HBO show). As some of you may know, the Dothraki are a nomadic people of barbarians in the model ...
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What is the ideal ratio for PC vs monster in D&D 4e?

I am new to being a DM and am pretty much learning as I go. I am curious as to what some of the more battle-hardened DMs on this site would consider the optimal Player Character versus DM controlled ...
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What is the best way to determine Overland Speed in D&D4e?

I'm running an adventure that centers around a race, and I want to use the overland speed between scenes as a scoring mechanism. What is the best way to determine overland speed in D&D 4e? The ...
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I need a ritual to review memories

Is there a ritual already that can do this? If not, can someone please suggest a level and other mechanics to make it work? The ritual should allow the caster to review the target’s memories from ...
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What are the options for giving a Battlemind the ability to mark at range?

Basically I wanted to be able to mark a target up to 10 squares away so I can then use the Battlemind level 6 utility power Psionic Ambush to teleport next to it. The only potential option I see is ...
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Does the sorcerer at-will Lightning Strike trigger the feat Focusing Spellfury?

The sorcerer at-will attack Lightning Strike[DDI] (AP page 28) allows you to damage a secondary creature after hitting with the original attack. For the purpose of the feat Focusing Spellfury[DDI] (...
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Would a Spiked Shield magically enhanced as a shield and a Magic Ki Focus work together?

As the title, I want to know if its technically possible to use a Magic Ki Focus with a Spiked Shield. I know that if you had a magical weapon and a Ki focus, at the time of attacking, you choose ...
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Delaying Paragon level

I'm planning a campaign aimed at about 14th level (roughly) after the paragon paths are normally chosen. Is there a good (read; sensible) way to delay the character from gaining their Paragon paths ...
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Players rolling all of the dice in D&D 4th Ed

I was looking at the variant rules listed in the Unearthed Arcana, and noticed one that I think could work pretty well in 4th Ed. Players Roll All The Dice Basically it turns the monster's attack ...
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Should I announce to the players they are in a skill challenge?

I am completely new to DMing and I am considering including a skill challenge in my next game. Most of the players are new to 4e and one of them is new to D&D in general. Should I explain to them ...
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How do I represent a warlock with a background in thievery?

I'm developing a Dwarven Warlock (Hrafnhildur "Fin" Arnarsdottir) for the next 4E campaign I get the chance to join. She left home to join a gang in a city, and after reading a book they were going to ...
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Can a player take an immediate action against another player or npc's immediate action?

This has come up several times and thus far our DM has ruled against it. The question is: can a player take an immediate action against another player's or creature's immediate action, so long as ...
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How do you encourage the use of lesser trained skills in a skill challenge?

I've been playing in a D&D 4e campaign for almost a year now, and as a Bard for the last several months. At 15th level, my character's Perception is 28 (38 passive), with Insight coming in second ...
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How to make a warlock a better ritualist?

I want to make a warlock character I am developing a ritualist, which fits with her background. I have read this thread and whilst it provided helpful advice, it seemed focused on choosing a class ...
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Does multi-classing into a martial class make you a member of martial class?

A character who has taken a class-specific multiclass feat counts as a member of that class for the purpose of meeting prerequisites for taking other feats and qualifying for paragon paths. As a ...
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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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What class/builds can be used to fulfill both striker and controller roles?

Many classes/ builds allow one to fulfill multiple party roles. For example, a Paladin is a hybrid leader/defender. What classes/builds are a good way to handle striker/controller? I'm looking for ...
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Dual Implement Spellcaster and double weapons

A Swordmage with Dual Implement Spellcaster, Spiked Chain Training, and an enchanted Spiked Chain is weilding an enchanted light blade in each hand. Does Dual Implement SpellcasterDDI allow the ...
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Does readying an encounter or daily power expend it automatically?

Question: If I ready a daily or encounter power to trigger on a certain condition. Such as the fighter power Sweeping Blow with a condition such as to trigger when 3 or more enemies are adjacent to me....
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What race/class combinations would you like to see in pregenerated characters? [closed]

I am running a one shot for the local gaming association and am making pre-generated level one characters for people to use. So what Race/class combinations would work best in a group of ...
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Can a Berserker Barbarian rage in a berserker's fury?

It looks like a berserker can take normal barbarian daily attack powers, which are primal and so would trigger the berserker's berserker's fury, and many of which cause the berserker to enter a rage. ...
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Is there a simple D&D 4E mechanic that uses armor class as a damage reduction?

Instead of making it harder to hit a well armored target, it should be easier (slower to move). But your damage should be reduced, not your chance to hit. And then of course there is the penetration ...