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

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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)]. ...
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Convert a D&D 4e adventure to another level

How can I easily port an adventure to another level? Say take Keep on the Shadowfell and instead of it being 1st to 4th level it becames 6th to 9th level.
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Information about a solstice - what skill to challenge?

I'm adding a plot hook about some murders that take place on each winter and summer solstice. (It's up to the characters to find out that a mysterious wizard who lives south of town comes into town ...
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Is water/beverage included in Trail Rations?

If it is, why does Standard Adventurer's Kit include a waterskin? If you need to keep track of Rations when adventuring, wouldn't you also need to keep track of how much water you've consumed from ...
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Does riding a mount ever require any special skills?

This is strictly in non-combat situations! Do all characters automatically know how to ride a horse? Would it be fair to have players roll a (nature?) check to determine whether it's a skill they ...
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What do I use for the Wizards nature skill modifier?

In the PHB on page 156 the Wizard says that it's nature skill modifier is INT. But on the actual Character sheet itself the nature skill modifier is WIS. Just wondering which one I am supposed to ...
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Taking into account line-of-sight & blast rules, how would a blast work with a wall between you and an enemy?

If you take into effect the blast rules and the line-of-sight rules, how should we play the blast? Would it wrap the nine squares in front of him, including the wall? Would it go the nine diagonal ...
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What are some good stats to use when a player is attacking without a weapon (using fists)?

Obviously just about any weapon would be better than fists for a character that's not trained in unarmed combat, but I'm curious as to what stats I should give PC's when forced to fight unarmed ...
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Non-combat objective: Delay larger enemy force

I'm re-writing the "Battle of Albridge" encounters from The DM-kit's Reavers of Harkenwold. As supplied they are mostly just a rehash of earlier fight-to-the-death skirmishes on re-used maps. Instead ...
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Does the half-level modifier contribute to damage?

Taking a random spell, I find Flames of Phlegethos. Its hit is 3d10 + Constitution modifier fire damage. Let's say the caster has a constitution score of 16, and he is level 2. This means his ...
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Doing something sneaky in combat

Let's say I'm a Goliath Barbarian. I want to use my Stone's Endurance racial ability as a minor action, which grants me +5 resist all damage until end of next turn. But, I don't want my opponent to ...
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How can I format a Dungeons and Dragons 4e character sheet such that players are more likely to remember (and use) their class features?

In a game I play in, almost all of the players routinely forget to use and apply their class features that do not appear as powers. The players forget their class features and little-used powers due ...
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Do class and race abilities count against your at-will/encounter powers?

At first level, you know 2 at wills, 1 encounter, and 1 daily power. Let's say I'm a Tiefling Wizard. I have an racial power of "Infernal Wrath" which is an encounter power. Wizards can also learn ...
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After Essentials, what material do I need?

On launch, I bought all the D&D 4E Essentials books (except the Starter set). I'm currently very happy with the content, but I'm noticing more and more frequently stuff that I don't have: More ...
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GM confusion: The n-dimensions of Clerics. Or: The nightmare of errata

I was listening to the latest official D&D podcast - all about the Class Compendium's latest updates, especially to the Cleric and have become completely confused. There's a cleric in the ...
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What do temporary hitpoints represent, and how to roleplay them?

I know what temporary HP do: they provide a buffer, while leaving the original state of the character intact (if you receive temp HP while bloodied, you don't stop being bloodied, for example). What ...
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D&D 4th Edition deities - more than just what's in the PHB

I'm making a Dragonborn Paladin. I'd like him to be lawful good, but I'm really not all that fond of the the two LG deities listed in handbook. What are some good options to get around this? Are there ...
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How do you maintain pacing close to a campaign climax when a number of players cannot make a game? [closed]

Possible Duplicate: How do you deal with missing players? So this weekend a couple of our party can't make it, but the rest of us still want to play. Our DM is concious that we're ...