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

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How do I build a Paragon path?

What is the guidelines or set of rules that I can use to build a custom paragon path for a character, and still be balanced?
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Rules for prone in D&D 4e?

What are the combat advantages/disadvantages for being prone in D&D 4e? My group plays it the same as in 3.5. +2 Melee attacks vs prone (but not combat advantage) -2 Ranged attacks vs prone. ...
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How to quickly plan a fun one-off session?

I'm planning to run a few one-off adventures in D&D 4 for my group. They just don't have the time or energy for an ongoing adventure. We've done this a couple of times over the last few years to ...
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Most effective ritual caster class?

What class is the most effective/cost efficient for casting rituals in D&D 4e?
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What is a good example of implementing old-school design in a 4e module?

I've done some poking around and haven't found anything. It looks like the RPGA "Village of Hommlet" drew on its heritage a bit, but I'm pretty sure I won't be able to get my hands on that. I also ...
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Can I build an effective druid in D&D4 without high WIS?

It seems like in 4e, druids have been more or less forced into a wisdom-based controller build. Even beast form abilities that are theoretically physical attacks take their bonuses from WIS. For ...
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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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Using Powers During A Rest

The below excerpts are from the D&DI Compendium entry on "Short Rest", referencing PHB 1. No Strenuous Activity: You have to rest during a short rest. You can stand guard, sit in place, ...
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Skill training vs Multiclass Feat?

In D&D 4e is there ever a reason to choose skill training as a feat when there is a multiclass feat that would give you training in that same skill? Ex: I have a bard I want to be able to pick ...
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How do I determine the level when creating a ritual?

What are the guidelines behind assigning level to a ritual?
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Are there Psionic Rituals?

Are there psionic-only rituals (don't see any in PHB3)? I see primal, arcane and divine rituals (though most seem to work with all three). The Psion has ritual caster so I'm wondering if there are ...
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How do I use restful healing? (using encounter powers outside of an encounter)

I'll start this question with a bit of background first... I've been playing in a new group as a Cleric. Our warrior was in a pretty bad state but survived the encounter. He was about to use 3 ...
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Does Virtuous Recovery help against ongoing damage?

Does the feat Virtuous Recovery help against ongoing damage. If I activate the feat by spending a surge it grants damage reduction equal to my character's wisdom modifier until the start of his next ...
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What makes a creature Aberrant?

Aberrant creatures are native to or corrupted by the Far Realm. But what other than origin makes something thematically of the Far Realm?
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How would I build a Tsuchigumo in D&D 4e?

I need help building a monster(s). I want a Tsuchigumo from Japanese folklore. I'm aiming for the under ground race/spider shapeshifter cross-blend, having these be a community from the Feywild that ...
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Where do I find boating rules for 4e?

Where do I find boat/ship rules for D&D 4e? Guidance for skill challenges using boats as well as combat on boats greatly appreciated.
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Do healing bonuses (Pacifist healer) apply to flat healing effects like consecrated ground?

Do the healing bonuses from feats like Pacifist Healer apply to flat, repeating healing effects like consecrated ground?
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What is the most effective healing class in D&D 4e?

There are many Leader role classes in D&D4.0 these days. Cleric Warlord Bard Shaman etc Which one makes the most effective healer by the numbers? Numbers to be evaluated Hit points healed ...
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Custom Race Creation for D&D 4e

The Monster Manual and Dungeon Master's Guide provides a few examples of how to adapt monsters into full-fledged PC races, but they're limited to only a few options. Are there any resources or other ...
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When should I allow Intimidate checks to rout enemies in 4e?

I know that in 4th edition, you're allowed to make an Intimidate check against a bloodied enemy to send it running. As far as I've seen in the rules, there doesn't seem to be any real limitation ...
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Do battlerager fighters gain extra temporary hit points from hitting with invigorating powers?

Battlerager fighters gain temporary hit points from hitting with melee and close attacks, "plus any temporary hit points normally granted by the power" (exact words used in the compendium). The ...
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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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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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How can I make the most of a Barbarian's Rage?

I was subbing for a Barbarian player last night, and I realized just how few rages they get. It seems they basically get one per daily power. I also noticed that several of his powers had better ...
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Who are the 3rd party 4e D&D providers? [closed]

Who are the 3rd party 4e D&D providers. What type of material do they do. One company per answer please. As this is a community wiki the answers (and votes) will gauge community views on their ...
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What's the maximum number of minions for an encounter?

What is the maximum number of minions that can be pitted against a party 0f 5 characters of equal level without being overwhelming (as defined by the DMG)? ie: How many Kobold minions can I pit ...
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Is there a 3rd party sourcebook for Arabian Nights gaming in 4eD&D

I'm looking for a sourcebook for Arabian Nights flavor (the more the better). I'm looking for any of the following: Monsters Classes (new or modified) Powers Rituals Magic Items DM advice On-line ...
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Does teleportation require line of sight?

In D&D 4e, teleportation is very common. Does it require line of sight? Example: An Eladrin wizard is being attacked with his back to the wall. On the other side of the wall is the room he ...
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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 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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Do powers that grant allies melee basic attacks ignore positioning?

Do powers and effects that grant allies basic melee attacks allow those allies to take the attacks regardless of their positioning? In other words, if I attack with a Warlord's Commander's Strike: ...
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What are the dinosaur equivalents?

I need to pull together a list of dinosaur equivalents for D&D by name, what dinosaur they are equivalent to, and ideally book. I know the various monster manuals and other books have a bunch of ...
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Fighter weapon choice?

With the normal fighter builds found in the PHB, is there any weapon choice (hammers, light blade, heavy blade, axes, etc) that does statistically better damage based on weapon damage, power ...
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Are spear fighters sensible in DnD 4e?

I'm new to DnD and I'm creating a gladiator (fighter or barbarian) for an upcoming Dark Sun Game, and I liked the idea of using nets and spears. The Players Handbook implies that net and spear users ...
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How do vulnerabilities combine, when taking multiple types of damage?

When a creature has multiple vulnerabilities, and is hit by an attack that deals more than one type of damage that it is vulnerable to, do the vulnerability effects combine? Example 1: Creature is ...
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How much errata is there in D&D 4e?

I got the initial 3 core rule books when they were first released. From reading various questions and answers here there is errata for the core rules and seem that some involves more than just fitting ...
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What are the mechanical implications of Dungeons & Dragons Essentials?

It's my understanding that WOTC is releasing a string of 4e products under a label they're calling "Essentials", that there's substantial revisions/errata attached to this product line, and that the ...
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How do you involve all players in a skill challenge?

I really liked some of the answers given to the question about enhancing skill challenges particularly the ones related to making it more role-playing based. So, now the question is, when you get to ...
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How to update a monster using the D&D4 Monster Builder?

I'm new to Monster Builder (part of Adventure Tools) and I'm hoping there is a good way to update pre MM3 monsters to the latest standards (in the errata). As an example, I'm trying to update the ...
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What major differences are there between convention DMing and home DMing?

I've been DMing for a while in 4th edition D&D, but I've only been DMing for Living Forgotten Realms and D&D Encounters. Now I'm thinking of starting to do some home games in various systems. ...
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Dungeon Masters Guide: Do I need it?

I'm not new to D&D--I've been playing since the tail end of first edition--and I've owned my share of Dungeon Master Guides. I've flipped through the 4e DMG a few times, and I'm stuck with one ...
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How do I make skill checks more than just sequences of die chucking?

I think I don't get skill challenges. As I understand it at some point I break the narrative by proclaiming: "This is a skill challenge. You need 5 victories before you reach 3 failures. Go" And then ...
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Psion's role in the group

Psions are listed as controllers. My daughter's 2nd level Psion seems to act more as a striker, doing a bunch of damage to one opponent and not having the ability to control the field as much as when ...
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What striker builds let you play a secondary defender role?

I'm going to play D&D 4e on the PC side of the screen for the first time soon, and it looks like the best way to fill the party's needs is by taking up a striker that can also defend a bit. ...
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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 for ...
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What books cover Fey Pact Warlocks and their awesome masters?

What books (and magazine articles) provide background (3rd party material okay)? Please specify as much detail as possible for indicating if the resource has enough detail to make worthwhile. I saw ...
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Do any powers use the percentile dice anymore?

The "percentile", or "10d10" dice are still found as a standard component of most polyhedral dice sets. But, I've yet to see use of them in my (albeit limited) experience with D&D 4e. Are there ...
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What books cover Star Pact Warlocks and their awful masters?

I'm a huge sucker for blending cthulu-inspired material into high fantasy. I can't stop myself. What books (and magazine articles) provide background (3rd party material okay). Please specify as much ...
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How do I get players to use their Interrupts?

Is there a good tool to get plays to remember their immediate interrupts? (please remember I play D&D4e with kids, so kid specific answers are always appreciated)
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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?