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

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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 ...
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Does Lasting Frost affect the damage dealt by a Frost Weapon?

Lasting Frost Benefit: Once per turn, the first target you hit with a power that has the cold keyword gains vulnerable 5 cold after the attack. The vulnerability lasts until the end of your ...
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What type of action is sheathing a weapon and equipping another?

I have seen both the "What action type is switching two items between hands" question and the Master at arms feat referenced within. My question is: Suppose I have an elven cleric with both a mace ...
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What are some “ideal” marching formations?

It often happens that your party is approaching an area in which you just know combat will soon ensue. Or, when a combat encounter presents itself, you may be given an opportunity to arbitrarily ...
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Does “resist all” from different sources stack?

So I've looked in PHB1 and 2, as well as all over the internets, and I can't find a clear answer. I play a level 12 Dreadnought Fighter, wearing Rimefire Plate armor. The armor gives a static ...
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Do 4E Essentials Mages gain more Cantrips after 1st level?

I was finally getting around to reading my 4E Essentials books, specifically the Heroes of the Fallen Lands Wizard, the Mage. After discovering the nice hybrid of Vancian and 4E Core magic, I noticed ...
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Are there any 4E Mega-Dungeons out there?

When I say "Mega-Dungeon" I am thinking directly of my much beloved (and sometimes hated) World's Largest Dungeon for 3.5E. I know that WOTC has not released any sort of Mega-Dungeon (unless you count ...
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Can my mage prepare powers of the same level but of a different type (encounter, daily, utility)?

I'm reading about the Mage on the Heroes of the Fallen Lands, and page 200 says You cannot prepare more than one power of any given level on the same day. For example, a 14th level mage [...] can ...
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When exactly is the reroll for Elven Accuracy done?

Trigger: You make an attack roll and dislike the result. Effect: Reroll the attack roll. Use the second roll, even if it’s lower. Specifically, is the player entitled to know if the attack ...
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Can a stabilized dying player continue to make death saving throws on their turn?

This came up in our game this past week. A character is reduced to negative hit points and is dying. Our Psion uses a conjuration to stabilize the dying character on that character's turn. I ...
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Using a Scavenger Bird Ki Focus

I recently picked up the Scavenger Bird Ki Focus for my assassin. Does the ki focus' enhancement bonus to attack and damage rolls get applied to any weapon that I am wielding? Also, when I use its ...
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What kinds of misc (implement, ki focus, that sort of thing) items can a swordmage equip?

I am playing a swordmage, and have 620 gp. My DM decided to open the shop so that we can buy some items with our cash. I don't know what I can actually use though.
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How many daily/encounter powers can I “prepare” per day?

The book is a little confusing on this. Especially for classes with spellbooks. Is it (in laymans terms): One power, per level (minus your level one at wills?), per day? If so, how does a ...
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How can I encourage my D&D Encounters group to do more role playing?

I'm a new player to D&D 4e. I've been participating in D&D Encounters since Season 1 and have even run a couple of sessions in Season 3 when the regular DM couldn't attend. I don't play in ...
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How do you determine your attack?

For instance: a spell says "Int vs AC" Do you roll raw int + d20 vs AC? Do you roll Int bonus + d20 vs AC? Do you roll int bonus+weapon accuracy +d20 vs AC? (This is a question about swordmage, so ...
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Where does a thrown weapon land after a missed attack?

I assume that if the attack hits, it lands in the target's space or is embedded in the target in some way. However, if the attack misses where does it land? Is it assumed that whoever threw it has at ...
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Can a thrown weapon be picked up?

I was creating a Paladin recently and came across a conundrum...save for a Daily power, he has no ranged abilities, meaning I can't engage a creature I cannot reach by the end of my turn. So my ...
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Brutal and Crit Dice (from High-Crit or Magic Weapons)

How does a brutal weapon interact with crit dice that are granted through a magic weapon or a high-crit weapon? Examples: +2 Magic Mordenkrad, 2d6, Brutal 1. 2d6 on critical hit. Obviously the dice ...
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Can a Leader's Burst Healing work if there is a blocking wall?

Most of the Leader's in 4th edition have a close burst 5 Healing power. If the target of the Healing power is completely blocked by a wall from the Leader, can the Leader still heal the target? ...
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How do you handle dazing and stunning, with regard to solo monsters?

In 4th edition, one of the biggest problems I've found with solos is that they get locked down way too easily--between stuns, dazes, immobilzation, and other effects...they are far too effective when ...
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Are enemies aware of Hunter's Quarry, Bravo prey, etc?

If a ranger is hidden and quarries an enemy, is the enemy aware of it? Is the ranger's position revealed? Are the rules the same for a Bravo's prey? I'm sure there are other effects out there too, ...
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Can the rogue feat “Two-Fisted Shooter” allow you to shoot a crossbow twice?

The rogue feat "Two-Fisted Shooter" (Martial Power, p.140) says: You can treat the hand crossbow as an off-hand weapon, and you can reload it one-handed as a free action. When you score a ...
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Which Thief-Style Striker Build is Simplest to Master?

So we have some players in our group who play 4e for the "Role" play aspect, not the "Roll" play aspect. They have a firm grasp on the "general" flow/rules and whatnot, but generally don't spend much ...
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How does character movement translate to real-world speed?

If a Human is in desperate need to run away from a monster and he decides to use three Move actions (Standard, Move, Action Point) on his turn to run, how fast is he running?
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Does a creature lose invisibility after being hit?

Duergar Scouts can turn invisible as a standard action until the end of their next turn or until they hit or miss with an attack. One of the PCs guessed where the monster might be and attacked the ...
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Can you double dip with Maldeen's Hunt?

Maldeen's Hunt (11th level) You gain a +5 bonus to Perception checks to track creatures, and you and your allies can cover 5 miles an hour overland. When you end your movement 2 squares ...
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Does the new Character Builder hide valid content?

While answering a question here I googled and found this thief build. It seemed like it was pretty neat so I went into the new character builder and couldn't get a single aspect of that build to ...
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What house-rules would be appropriate for a D&D Ironman game?

In a game I'm planning on running, I'm planning to run it in an "Ironman" fashion, reminiscent of Nethack and the Diablo options. I have established that: there will be no possibility of ...
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Is this charge-based build legal?

In my campaign we have two, almost identical, charge-based builds tuned to be a duo. These characters totally imbalance the party to the point where encounters four levels higher than the party's ...
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How many powers do I get as a first level character in D&D 4E?

I can't seem to figure out how many powers I get. Is it one of each type of the level I'm at? I'm starting at level one, so I get one at-will, one encounter, and one daily? The recommended builds ...
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Can a Wizard Levitate while Immobilized?

When a Wizard is immobilized can she still use Levitate to move vertically? Levitate Move Action Effect: You can move 4 squares vertically and remain there, hovering above the ground.
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Does a Readied Action or Delayed Turn count as an Opportunity Action or Immediate Action?

Do Readied Actions or Delayed Turns count against your usage limits for Opportunity Actions or Immediate Actions?
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Can a Rogue gain sneak attack damage more than once per action?

When my Rogue uses Circling Predator, he gets to attack twice: Hit: 1[W] + Dexterity modifier damage. Effect: You can shift 1 square and must end adjacent to the target. Then make a secondary ...
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What is, or should be, the average time length of combat in each tier in real time?

As per title, what is or should be the average time length in real time of one combat encounter in each tier of a DnD 4E game? I've noticed between heroic and paragon tier combat length starts to ...
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Balancing Paragon and Epic Grab Mechanics in D&D 4e

From this question Monsters are being issued with lower grab DCs to represent realistic difficulties in skill-scaling by players. the DCs follow this chart. There is a specific kind of Fighter, a ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of oldschool D&D combat initiative?

Old D&D and D&D3E/4E treat initiative and combat order differently like so: D&D 3.5 / 4E: All participants roll individual initiative, once only at the start of combat. Each player takes ...
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Monster Vault Creatures Grab DC

I've noticed that in the monster block of Monster Vault creatures with a special grab ability/attack the escape DC for their grab is explicitly stated (example: Mind Flayer Thrall Master). ...
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What class pairs well with a fighter in 4e?

We're getting ever closer to our 4e game and have begun to hash out backgrounds. Much like in Fire Emblem (yes I do pretty much decide all of what I want to do based on video games) I really want my ...
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What is the formula for average damage for an Avenger against an Oath target?

I am creating a spreadsheet to compute average damage for my party. One of the issues that I am having is calculating average damage for the target of our Hybrid Avenger-Assassin's Avenger attacks ...
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Final Fantasy Style/Tales of Symphonia Style Summoner in 4e

I’m trying to build a character for a 4e game but I’m having trouble picking a class and powers that go with the feel I’m looking for. I want to effectively play a Final Fantasy style or a Tales of ...