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

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What adventures focus on courtly intrigue and social conflict instead of combat?

My wife bought me the Dungeons & Dragons 4e Player's Handbook for my birthday, and we've been talking about playing it. She has experience with video games: we've always played video games, and ...
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What should a DM do if a player wants to do something impossible?

If a player wants to do something a little out of the ordinary such as punching down a wall with his bare fists, what should I do? Do I make a DC for it? Do I make it so that no matter how much he ...
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How do I help a player who struggles with a tactics-focused character?

I'm a fairly new DM with fairly new players. One such player rolled up a warlord, casting the character as a "tactical genius". Unfortunately, she's having trouble getting "moments of glory", because ...
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Non-magical encounter suggestions

I'm once again turning to the good folks at Stack Exchange for help regarding my non-magical campaign. I've written several encounters in which the PCs fight the main bad guys and their followers ...
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How does a DM deal with characters leveling up too quickly for the module, due to side-quests/ random encounters?

My group and I are playing the Thunderspire Labryinth adventure for 4th edition, levels 4-6, and our DM added in a lot cool side-quests and random encounters. The only problem is that now we are ...
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Forced movement - PUSH

When I use a power that allow me to push a target X squares, can I choose the direction the target will be pushed to? For example: can I push a target in front of me to the diagonal or it must be ...
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How do you kidnap a PC?

Here's where my group is currently at: We are reaching the end of a campaign and we are going to be switching GM's. I have been playing a (secretly) evil Psion who has plans to betray the party ...
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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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What's so bad about Seeker anyways?

I remember being unimpressed about playing a Seeker, and the handbook certainly regards them as a challenge, What core mechanic is such a poor fit? Are there any standard remediations (choice of ...
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What class does the most damage overall?

I'm new to D&D 4e and I am an illusionist Wizard. We have 3 PCs playing, but one of our players should do a lot of damage. Which class does the most damage?
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How can I convert 2nd Edition AD&D to 4th?

I grew up on second edition AD&D. I played some first edition, and frankly found most 1st edition add-ons to be highly compatible with 2nd Edition. However, I'm a huge fan of Ravenloft, ...
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How to rule a permanently blind PC in D&D 4e?

One of my players wants to build a totally blind character, and so far as I can tell the system has no rules for it, despite coming close. Blinded is a condition that more accurately reflects having ...
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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 any way for a player character to get Threatening Reach?

Is there anyway for a player character to get the Threatening Reach or equivalent ability with a reach weapon? Apart for one-off's like artifacts such as the Spear of Urrok the Brave [ddi]
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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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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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How can I model an army squadron to assist the players through the use of player-controlled minions?

In the chat playtest my players have decided that they are members of an army squadron. What is the best way to present the feel of working in a squad alongside other soldiers? Nominally, I'd like ...
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How can I tune encounter difficulty appropriately in D&D Essentials?

Two of my friends and I recently played our very first game of D&D using the Essentials kit. I DM'd, getting them through the Red Box create-your-own character story. It was all good fun, they ...
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How does damage resistance work with same typed damage from multiple sources?

A scenario from our game last night. We are facing monsters with an Aura 2 that causes 5 cold damage and stacks (enter or start turn in aura). These guys also have an attack that immobilizes and ...
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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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What kind of take-away/offline material does D&D Insider (DDI) give you?

This relates to another question that was just recently asked: What is DDI (D&D Insider)? What kinds of materials does DDI give you that you retain access to "offline" (including if you ...
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Playing D&D 4e with two players

I was thinking of starting a D&D 4e campaign with two of my friends. I will DM, and they will play. They are both quite new to RPGs, and I'm not very experienced as a DM. However, 2 players does ...
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What happened to SVDPress?

I used to read SVDPress's blog about fourthcore and their updates but the last time I went to their site it simply was a download page for the three fourthcore modules they created. I've archived them ...
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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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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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Is an out of sight enemy a problem for Warlock's Curse?

My players like to turtle in corridors, fighting enemies in sight before heading into the room. This often means the Defender is on the door, followed by several ranged characters. This also means the ...
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Does Create a Diversion to Hide come with all the Rules of Hidden Club, or bypass them?

In D&D 4e, characters have a couple of straightforward ways to become Hidden through their skills. The first is to use the Stealth skill. This is a check usually made at the end of a move. Using ...
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What are the steps that you as GM's and PC's take to develop a Level 1 character?

This is for the basic character creation at level 1. I know the PHB goes into some detail on character creation and the steps for doing so. What I want to know is how you as GMs or players create ...
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How do I deal with absent players?

If a player is absent and nobody chooses to play this absent character and instead I let it vanish for a while with a suitable reason or excuse, does this missing player gain levels and XP with the ...
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What feats expand a character's critical range?

What dnd 4e feats exist that expand a character's critical range? For example, my cleric took the paragon path Radiant Servant and was granted the feat Illuminating Attacks, which makes his radiant ...
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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 do I fill the DnD 4E Essentials Character Sheets? - clarifications

I'm exercising to start as a DM, and one of the things I'm doing is know how to fill the 4E (especially Essentials) character sheets. I'm not sure what I should fill What are the "Modifier", "Misc" ...
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How do I turn a daily into an encounter?

I'm looking for something that shifts a daily power into an encounter power. I want to take the Demigod Epic Path so I can use Blade Cascade whenever I want. Ideas?
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Do Properties of magic weapons stack when using Two-Weapon Fighting?

Let's assume my monk has the Two-Weapon Fighting feat. 1.) When I use two daggers, one with Ki-Weapon and another magic dagger, do the magic features of the Ki-Weapon and the magic dagger stack? It ...
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What counts as “entering a zone”?

There are many actions that create persistent zones and have a trigger for their effect of among others: "...enters the zone..." What are the things that qualify as entering the zone? Things that ...
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What options are available for a Sentinel Druids Animal Companions item slot?

I read in an answer to Druid (Sentinel) Animal Companion Armor that there was at least one item (Companion's Defender) which could be given to a Sentinel Druids Animal Companion, but as I am not a DDI ...
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What is the difference between “No Action” and “Free Action”?

What is the difference between No Action, e.g. the Monk's Centered Flurry of Blows [ddi], and the more common Free Action?
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Is teleporting a creature considered forced movement of said creature?

Is teleporting a creature considered to be forced movement of said creature? I have a player interested in a power that adds damage on forced movement and teleport.
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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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Attack with two keywords versus resistance with one of them

I had the following situation last night. A creature attacked with a Fire and Poison attack. My character has resist 5 Poison. does the resistance apply or do I need to resist 5 fire as well?
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What ways are there to convey loneliness and betrayal in an encounter?

A little background: I am designing a campaign that largely takes place in the mind of a twisted wizard. The wizard was shunned and exiled from his home due to a physical disfigurement, and after a ...
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What happens when making a dying, surgeless character use her second wind?

Last session happened that our Barbarian fell unconscious, with 0 healing surges, and before she could spend her second wind. The Avenger then made a Heal check to force her spending her second wind. ...
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In D&D 4e What does a letter inside of brackets mean for a hit effect of an attack power?

For example, the Clerics level 1 power "brand of the sun" says the following: Hit: 1[W] + Wisdom modifier radiant damage. What does that mean? Does that mean 1xWeapon Damage + Wisdom modifier? ...
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What does AEDU mean?

I have seen the acronym "AEDU" (or perhaps ADEU) used on the community boards at wizards.com, but haven't stumbled on the definition, and a google search goes nowhere (I doubt they're suddenly ...
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How do I represent a warlock with a background in thievery?

I'm developing a Dwarven Warlock (Hrafnhildur "Fin" Arnarsdottir) for the next 4E campaign I get the chance to join. She left home to join a gang in a city, and after reading a book they were going to ...
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Does resist all prevent normal damage?

Does Resist 1 all such as is profiled by Rimefire Plate +2 prevent normal / untyped damage, such as is done by an axe or arrow?
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Does a character have to successfully hide from all opponents to be hidden?

Specific example - If a rogue successfully hides from one opponent can he then sneak attack that opponent? Or can the opponents allies use a free action to yell out, "Hey, the annoying guy with the ...
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As a DM, how to save a creature from being killed by players and not be cheap?

If you put a creature you want to use at a later date in an encounter, how could I save that creature near the end of the battle without sounding cheaty. E.g. The evil mage has only 1 hit point left ...
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How does disarming a monster affect its statistics?

The disarm maneuver has almost totally disappeared from D&D 4th edition. However, at least one Fighter power - Exorcism of Steel - allows it. Exorcism of Steel - Fighter Attack 17 You make a ...
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Firearms for DnD

My DM would like to run a DnD adventure set in 1930s-tech era, replacing technology with magic-punk stuff. He's pulling a lot from Eberron. Guns will exist, however, and he's just "renaming" bows ...