Dungeons & Dragons Fourth Edition from 2008 (includes Essentials)

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Critical failure suggestions?

In my last session, my group had in a single encounter over 8 botches, I lost count in fact! At first, I was statistically amazed at how our ranger botched 4 rounds in a row (in-game interpretation ...
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In D&D 4th Edition, how numerically close should party member levels be? What happens if they aren't?

I've read a lot here (and in the official books) about balanced parties in Dungeons and Dragon's 4th edition. Parties should contain at least one each of four specific roles, a distribution of skills ...
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Increasing experience gain in session

I want to increase the experience gain per game season for several reasons: My group does not play too often, something like once a month, therefore some players seem to loose sense of achievement ...
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Are class and feat based proficiencies cumulative?

A dnd 4e dwarf fighter has the feat Dwarven Weapon Training, which reads: '+ damage and proficiency with axes and hammers.' Our dwarf is already proficient with both weapons, being a fighter. Does ...
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Naval Combat Sourcebook

I know there was a book in 3.5 that centered on naval campaigns, with classes for ship captains and rules for Narrative naval combat. Has that book been updated for 4e, or are there any other books ...
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What is the most damage-oriented barbarian build (without any regard to defences)?

I'm playing a minotaur barbarian who has a (housruled) tanked int of 3. He's a brute - simple as that. I want him to be able to do the most possible damage with zero regard to defenses or companions ...
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Turning a Campaign Evil Leads To “Problems”

Prologue : So, the campaign I'm running right now has a noble-kinda purpose. To kill the Evil Witch and save the world etc, you get the point. As a plot twist I am thinking to turn the campaign to ...
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What happened to the D&D power cards?

I am running a party of 5 (+ me, the DM) and have found the power cards included in the Starter Box to be really helpful to players without an iPad or something similar at hand. The power cards I ...
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Can you get the benefit of Saving Inspiration without spending a healing surge?

The Warlord feat Saving Inspiration reads as follows: Benefit: When you use inspiring word, you can forgo any extra dice of healing granted by the power to instead grant the target a saving ...
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How does one calm, then tame a Natural Beast?

I read in this question that to tame a Natural Beast creature that one must first calm, then tame, then train. Also, that this is achieved through an "extended" challenge. Is this true? And, if so, ...
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Changing Type Of Enemy During Combat

Hypothetic scenario: A ranger does a stealth check and succeeds. While moving he notices two patrols and decides to attack them using Two Fanged Strike. The patrols are normally minions. He gets to ...
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Do I apportion XP to NPC allies? [duplicate]

I'm running a D&D 4e duet game. Recently, the PC picked up a couple temporary NPC companions. Now they have completed their first encounter together, and I'm not sure what to do about ...
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How to use Time Paradox In-Game

Position/State of Players : Trapped in the Underdark Goal : To use time travel A small explanation : While they are there, I want to make them travel back in time. However I have no idea on how to ...
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Kobold Barbarian and Rage Drake’s Frenzy

We have a Kobold Barbarian, with Shifty from Monster Manual 1 p278. If he activates Rage Drake’s Frenzy (Level 1 Daily, PHB2) and reduces a unit to 0 HP, he is granted a MBA as a free action. Can he ...
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Can a character purposefully “fall” to avoid incurring an Opportunity Attack?

I understand from an existing question that a fall does not trigger an Opportunity Attack, but what happens if the player purposefully initiates the "fall", e.g. the character flies to a position ...
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Is Wild Magic a Prerequisite for a Chaos Sorcerer?

Is Wild Magic a prerequisite to playing to play a Chaos Sorcerer? If yes, when Wild Soul is used, how does the outcome affect the powers that already have a damage type Explanation : If I roll a ...
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Am I locked into zones being exactly as described, or can I change what they're a zone of?

Sorry if this question is a bit nit-picky, but I have asked a few questions before based on misconceptions of "flavor text" in 4e... Now my RP oriented mind has a question about a specified ...
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Can any creature be tamed?

In my game, my PCs are always trying to tame a creature or monster with their Nature skill. Can any and all creatures/monsters be tamed and controlled/kept by using Nature or any other skill?
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Being a more “flexible” Dungeon Master [closed]

[The following question is about avoiding to railroad the players, and has nothing to do with breaking or following rules.] I am playing a campaign of my own with my friends, and the thing is that I ...
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Introducing Roleplaying in Combat [duplicate]

I am the kind of gamer that mostly enjoys the story and I love roleplaying. However this time I am the Dungeon Master and not a player. How can I encourage my players to roleplay during combat ...
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How do you deal with metagaming based on die results?

I ran into this problem in a session I had earlier today. My characters were going through a dungeon and after a fairly lengthy fight with a person who lived there, they decided they would question ...
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D&D 4E, Passive Perception or Passive Insight instead of rolling

In my D&D game, I'm unsure whether to allow players to use their Passive Insight or Passive Perception instead of rolling when they are actively trying to inspect something. Do I make them roll ...
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Why do some classes mention the same skill in both Trained and Class skills?

Consider this example from the Rogue class traits: Trained Skills: Stealth and Thievery. From the class skills list below, choose four more trained skills at 1st level. ...
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Why is a skill offered twice as trained on some classes? [duplicate]

So it's bugging me since the first day I started playing D&D (not long ago, but meh!), but why do some classes go like this: Trained Skills: Arcana. From the class skills list below, choose ...
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Random Loot list for Magic Items

Does anyone have some sort of random Loot list for magic and non-magic items? My group prefers the random approach when it comes to magic items. I am using Sly Flourish´s random loot table for now, ...
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Are rulings that only feature in Dragon/Dungeon Magazine 'official'?

A recent answer presented the following ruling from Dragon Magazine 371, page 9 (emphasis added): If you choose multiple heritage feats (or feats that similarly modify at-will powers), you choose ...
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Does warden's mark lower enemies attack rolls?

As far as I know a warden marks his/her enemies in order to exploit Warden's Fury and Warden's Grasp immediate at-wills. But in Primal Power, page 95, Daily Evocations lvl 5, Lifebind Attack states: ...
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How do Hybrid Warlocks get Eldritch Blast?

I may be reading this wrong but with the hybrid rules in PHB3 it doesn't seem to say that a Hybrid Warlock does or does not get Eldritch Blast which in PHB1 it says all Warlocks have. Does this ...
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Assassin or Rogue for high DPS?

I'm making my second-ever character in D&D 4e and I want him to be a not-so-good guy (my first character being a Dragonborn Fighter who worships Bahamut) that can do a ton of single-target damage. ...
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Does Vecna's Aura work on revenant players?

The creature Vecna has the following Aura: Vecna's Aura (Healing, Necrotic) aura 10; any living creature that starts its turn within the aura takes 50 necrotic damage. Any undead creature that ...
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Does the Executioner Assassin apply dexterity to its melee basic attacks?

I am trying to figure out if the Executioner assassin (Heroes of Shadow) applies its dexterity to its melee basic attacks. The Attack Finesse Class feature says: You can use Dexterity instead of ...
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How can I successfully run one-on-one adventures in D&D 4E?

It seems clear that 4E really wants the party to have at least four PCs, so that all four roles can be covered. The official rules give tips on what to do when you can only have three PCs, but when ...
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Can a martial character combine a lesser style with greater style, arena training, or other at-will modifying feat?

What level of stacking is possible with at-will modifying feats? Take, for example, the fighter power: "Cleave" At-Will Martial, Weapon Standard Action Melee weapon Targets: ...
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Bard Focused Sound Criticals

In Arcane Power the Bard lvl 1 Encounter Power Focused Sound says: Until the end of your next turn, any attack against the target can score a critical hit on a roll of 18-20. Does this mean that ...
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What are ways to imbue magic into a cloth armour?

In the PHB1, this is said about cloth armour: Jackets, woven robes, and padded vests don't, by themselves, provide any significant protection. However, you can imbue them with protective magic. ...
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Does glowering threat work the same way as a mark or differently?

I'm playing a high level fighter in a long term D&D campaign and a specific issue related to one of my powers has come up regularly and been a source of dispute at our table. I have the power ...
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What happens when you step off the battle map?

D&D 4th Edition is heavily map-based in combat, right down to dungeon tiles and insert maps and the like. But what happens if a creature moves off the map, either willingly or through forced ...
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Is there any information on cities where most of the citizens are undead?

In Open Grave it says: Other places, such as the city of Eredu, take a more proactive approach. In Eredu, undead that want to be citizens must submit to a process of authorization to gain ...
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Is there a way to replace the attribute used by powers gained through multiclassing without being a bard?

I'm right now working on a 11th Level Half-Elf Bow Cleric Multiclass Ranger taking the Paragon of Victory Paragon Path. I have at-wills and basic attacks covered through my dilettante power and ...
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What is the cumulative defensive effect of stacking the following feats?

I am looking for the cumulative defensive value when applying the following feats & effects. This example assumes I have the following feats and am opting to spend an extra power point when ...
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What are ways to make enemies count as bloodied?

How can I make an enemy count as bloodied in 4e? I'm having an awesome idea for a character that substitutes intimidate for diplomacy, and I was looking for a way to make opponents be considered ...
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How do I find players and game sets in my area? [duplicate]

I need help finding d&d game sets. I also can't seem to find any players. What do I do?
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About critical rolls on D&D

In both the third and fourth edition of D&D, rolling a “natural 20” on an attack roll automatically hits regardless of the target’s AC, and results in a critical threat, which must then be ...
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What does the term “party level” mean?

I understand that my question may be vague. I'm trying to figure out what is meant by the term "party level". I have a party containing 7 players and currently all are at level 1. I was picking ...
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Handling a dragon lair's treasure consistently with treasure parcels

It's my first time as the DM of a D&D campaign and I'm planning an encounter against a dragon in his lair. Since dragons hoard large amount of treasure, I would like to know how you deal with all ...
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Does Ghostly Vitality apply to the attack that triggers it?

Ghostly Vitality: While you have 0 or fewer hit points, you gain insubstantial. Case: Player has 10hp. An enemy deals 20 damage to him. Question: Does the attack leave the player at -10 or -5hp? ...
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What does the condition “Unattended” mean?

I am building a monk on the D&D Insider Character builder and the level 1 encounter power Eagle Claw Strike says: Hit: 2d8 Dexterity modifier damage, and the target takes a penalty to AC equal ...
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Riding your Sorcerer familiar as Pixie

I'm currently in the process on finishing up my Pixie Sorcerer Character and I wanted to theme him around the idea that he's actually too lazy to fly himself, so instead he rides his Storm Talon ...
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Average Damage Output in 4e?

Is there a resource that lists the average damage output for each role (Defender, striker, leader, controller) that is divided into ADO per level or at the very least ADO per tier? I am really just ...