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

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How can I design rooms and encounters for a “natural” dungeon? [closed]

The next dungeon will take my group to the inside of a giant tree where an evil parasite has its nest. The miasma it produces is poisoning the water and it about to cause the flower from which baby ...
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When does a surprise round start?

The PC's are in hiding behind a cliff, they can see the unaware monsters but cannot attack them from their position. If they move out of hiding in the open (in order to have a line-of-effect on the ...
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How do I make a D&D 3.5e veteran get used to the 4e roleplaying style?

I have a good friend in my 4e group who is good when it comes to roleplaying his character, but he's always been a dedicated 3.5e player, to the point of avoiding 4e and even Pathfinder completely. ...
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What are the planes of D&D 4e? Where did they come from, and how are they connected?

I understand that in D&D 4e's default setting there are planes, and I know a bit about them: the material plane is where the people generally are, and there's a "feywild" where the Eladrin and ...
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Is there a story to guide my class choices for all 4e classes?

In the Dungeons & Dragons 4e red box (my starting point), there's this story that goes: if you could do {something}, your character is a {some class} - and that's how you make your character. The ...
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Do Weapon of the Gods and Seldarine Dedicate form a combo?

I think I just discovered a combo for a cleric, but I'm not sure if it actually works. Weapon of the Gods (PHB) is a daily which allows you to do an extra 1d6 radiant when you make an attack with ...
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How do I make a large organization of villains memorable or likeable?

I'm currently preparing a levels 1–30 D&D 4e campaign based on the .hack// games, where players become trapped inside an online game where a sentient program plans to become God. My main ...
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Can a Player Character create and use diseases or traps?

In several 4th edition books, I have seen traps and diseases, such as Deathsong (Book of Vile Darkness p33) or a magic crossbow turret. Is there a way for a character to learn how to create and use ...
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Are there “Good” goblins?

Plain and simple: Are there "good" goblins? Every goblin I've seen is always evil aligned in the DnD 4e Monster Manuals. I know this could apply to other RPGs but as DnD is what I'm familiar with, ...
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How to create a Number Puzzle? [closed]

I wanted to create a puzzle for my adventure. I found a very interesting book that has all sort of tips on how to create them: It´s called fourthcore alphabet. The puzzles there are very generically ...
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How fast do PCs tend to level?

I'm planning out a campaign to run with some friends. None of us have played D&D before so this means a few questions are presenting themselves. The campaign itself is set in a custom world but ...
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Is Magic Armor with an Enhancement Bonus over 4 Automatically Masterwork Armor?

Motivation After seeing this comment, I read this answer and this answer. This gave me the distinct impression that any magic armor with an enhancement bonus of +4 or more is automatically ...
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Does Sorcerous Blade Channeling grant the weapon's proficiency bonus?

The Sorcerous Blade Channeling feat says: When you use any ranged sorcerer attack power through a dagger, you can use the power as a melee attack. If you do so, the power’s range equals your melee ...
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Any ideas on how to populate empty D&D 4E Dungeons?

Ok guys, tomorrow is gonna be my first dungeon crawl experience with my new group of level 1 players, and after some encounters to let them understand the game, we're finally trying dungeon delving. ...
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Where can I find a complete timeline of the history of Points of Light?

A year or two ago whilst doing research for a D&D 4e campaign, I came across a fantastic timeline of the history of its default setting, Points of Light. The timeline tracked events including the ...
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How should I stat very powerful artifacts that the party acquires too early?

A few weeks ago I started DMing a campaign that involves five divine artifacts that all of the gods' powers are filtered through. I planned on the paragon level quest being collecting these in order ...
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How are the Planes in 4e connected? [duplicate]

In DnD 4E, the planes are listed as being: The Astral Sea Elemental Chaos The "World", being the "normal realm". Feywild, being the "magical realm". Shadowfell, being the "underworld". Far Realm ...
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Dungeon designing and 4E; how to avoid having too many combat encounters?

I'm returning to 4E after a long break and I'm also coming back as a DM after exams. I'm running a campaign based on dungeon delving, however I'm still not used to Dungeons and one thing that comes ...
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How do you actually crawl through a dungeon in online play?

Yes, this is quite a silly question considering I've been gamemastering for almost five years now, but one thing that drove me away from (and the same thing that made me return to) D&D 4E was ...
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Can a necromancer be made in 4E?

A player wanted to build a necromancer in 4E, but as far as I know there isn't a way to do it. Is there a way to model a necromancer in 4E? By Necromancer I basically mean "somebody who raises ...
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What's a good adventure to begin a level 1 D&D 4E campaign? [closed]

I'm looking for a good adventure to start a new campaign from levels 1 to 30 with some friends! Our campaign is gonna be based on the .hack// games, where people get trapped inside an online game, so ...
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Can you hijack a Tenser's Floating Disk by killing the caster and taking his body?

The question Can I Have More than One Tenser's Floating Disk? inspired this question: The rules concerning Tenser's Floating Disk states that: It remains stationary unless you move more than ...
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Can I Have More than One Tenser's Floating Disk?

There is a ritual in the Player's Handbook called Tenser's Floating Disk. I don't see any official errata for it in the UpdatePH document. It reads: You create a slightly concave, circular plane ...
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My party is leveling far too quickly in Thunderspire Labyrinth

My friends and I have recently decided to take up playing D&D after a 4-5 year hiatus and have started by making level 4 characters and jumping into Thunderspire Labyrinth (H2) (Only campaign I ...
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Charging with multiple vanguard weapons

I am building an charging character, and I have a question about the spiked shield enchanted with the vanguard weapon. What if I charge while holding the spiked shield (off-hand) but use a different ...
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Can D&D Fourth Edition be played effectively in a non-gamist manner?

I'd like to ask a question that's been brewing for a while. A lot of the answers and comments on this site seem to be from people who play 4e and are insistent that the right way/only way/best way to ...
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How can I GM and play a PC without spoiling the fun?

We're returning to D&D 4E after a long absence from it, coming back from Savage Worlds since we've really missed HP-based battles and videogame-like logic. However, as we talked about our new ...
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Slayer Weapon Specialization with More Weapon Groups

I made a half-orc slayer to use in a DnD 4E Neverwinter campaign. I got him all set up to use a longspear. The Spear Expertise feat adds damage on a charge, half-orcs' Swift Charge feature gives them ...
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Are class feature Powers At-Will Powers?

I'm incredibly new to tabletop roleplaying games and D&D 4e, and I was wondering whether a featured power counts as an at will power. I ask this question because I am trying to create a Druid ...
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Which background and theme fits a Razerclaw Shifter Ranger (Archer) [closed]

Our DM declared that as of Lv11 we will be allowed to choose a BG and Theme - as long as it matches our (still to be written) background story. I am a LV10 Razorclaw DEX Ranger heading towards the ...
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Is any rest required to level up?

One of our houserules for Castle Ravenloft is that a player gains full HP as part of leveling up. This was based on a common presumption between the "DM" (technically, CR has no DM per se, but he ...
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Longhand Student, Spirited Rider, Deft Hurler Style [duplicate]

I'm trying to make a mounted charger with the aforementioned feats (along with Spear Push, Polearm Momentum, and Pinning Challenge). I've read some conflicting reports about whether you can use all ...
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Which instruments can a 4e Bard use as an implement?

I have a player who is starting a Bard in a new 4e game. He (and I) were wondering which musical instruments could be used in place of a wand. I found this passage: Songblades and some magic ...
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If a character is stunned at the same time they're granted an attack, what happens?

Last game we had the following situation: A custom made monster used the following attack against a player character: Slash: std: 22 vs AC, 3D10 + 14, on successful hit 50% to stun the target ...
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How can I create a D&D 4e Ranger that never misses ranged attacks?

I have a level 12 human ranger who relies mostly on ranged attacks. However I find his attack bonus to be too low. What are the best options to boost my chances of hitting ranged attacks? I was using ...
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What happens when you combine Deft Strike and Ghostwalker Style?

Deft Strike: Requirement: You must be wielding a crossbow, a light blade, or a sling. Effect: Before the attack, you can move up to 2 squares. Ghostwalker Style, from Dragon Magazine 373, adds ...
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How to make my mount travel more in one day

I have a Celestial Charger (Adventures Valt pag. 11) for a mount, it can travel 40 miles in a day. Is there a way to make it travel further? I don´t need anything to use during combat. The mount ...
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What are typical defense statistics for a Defender at different tiers?

What are some typical defenses (AC, Fort, Will, Reflex) for a defender at the different tiers (Heroic, Paragon, Epic) of a D&D4 game?
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How much food is considered substantial?

Our group put it to a vote and 2 of 3 voted yes we want to keep track of food. I must implement it and I want to do it in the best way possible. I've always been familiar with 3 weeks without food ...
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How to create a Poké Ball-like item?

My character has two magic mounts (a griffin and a bladespider). During combat he relies on the special powers granted by them when mounted. But it's kind of funny having two mounts at a time, and ...
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Is there a mount storage item in D&D 4th edition?

My character has two mounts, a blade Spider and a Griffon, that I use depending on the occasion. Some times I use one, some times I use the other. My DM doesn´t complain much about that, but it´s kind ...
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What should a PC expect when having an encounter with higher level monster?

I will tell my game first. So in my game, (a paladin and a ranger) we have an encounter with two dire rats. S1 and S2 indicates Ranger and Paladin. a and b indicates dire rats The game starts ...
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Can I choose not to defend against an attack?

Playing D&D4e, I have a situation in mind where a character could reasonably WANT to get hit with a normally harmful attack. Is there anything in the rules allowing the character to purposefully ...
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Do weapon damage types have any extra effects?

How do elemental damage types affect a weapon? For example let's say I had a regular great-axe that ended up doing 10 damage. But, some other guy had a Flaming +1 great-axe that did 10 fire damage. ...
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Does a bonus to “all defenses” include AC, too?

This might seem like a stupid question, but I am a new DM and not super familiar with 4E rules and wanted to make sure I understand bonuses and how to effects that relate. I read several other ...
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Can a melee opportunity attack be taken with a ranged weapon?

The following situation happened during a game: A player was granted a free basic melee attack, so of course the player was intending to do as much damage as possible. Which in his case was using his ...
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What is the best way to retroactively fix a mistake? (2 shields)

So I was asked to DM for a group in 4th edition. I live 2 hours away so we are doing 1 12-hour session a month. We just had our first session and I made it clear that I was doing and am willing to ...
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Do monster close and area attacks affect allies by default?

Recently I've been seeing several NPC monster entries with blast range attacks that have no stated target included, whereas player abilities often specifically say what they hit. For example: Storm ...
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What set of books makes a complete starter set for 4e?

I've asked several questions about 4th Edition D&D because I may be able to start a game. However, I'd need to purchase (some) materials. I am aware of the 4 book set (core) and the expected ...
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What is needed to start playing D&D (minimal) [duplicate]

Me and my friends are looking into starting to play D&D. We try to get the minimal necessary books to start whit. I know that the easyest way is to get a red box but its currently out of our price ...