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

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Are there parts of text missing in published errata?

Browsing through the latest errata of DnD4 (first PDF in the list as of now, dated 11/09/2011), I stumbled upon multiple entries that are missing essential parts. For example, in the item for the ...
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What does “any enemy you deal damage to” mean in Bloody Blades?

I am looking at Bloody Blades for my L9 fighter, but I have a question before I take it. The second effect line on the power has the following text: You can assume the stance of the bloody ...
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Whither the Warlord?

I got the 4e core books when they first came out. On browsing through them, I thought that a Dragonborn Warlord would be a fun combo to play. But D&D is not a game my group wants to play, so the ...
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Epic Resurgence, what does the second clause mean?

Epic Resurgence lets you recover the use of an encounter power. The first time you score a critical hit during an encounter... If you use an attack that targets multiple foes, you gain this feat's ...
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Is there a schema for interpreting xml files from the D&D4 Monster builder?

I wanted to build an app to read .monster files exported from the D&D 4E builder, joining the data in some fashion, and rendering them for print. I've heard one complaint about the system is that ...
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How should we choose classes as a new group of three players?

we're planning to start a new dnd campaign with my friends and we're a little worried about what class to choose. The group will include three players so we cannot fill all roles. What combination of ...
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Would Guardian's Counter work while flanking?

Dragon Magazine 399, under "Character Themes", introduces a power named "Guardian's Counter." This power is described as follows: You and the ally shift up to 2 squares as a free action, ...
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Can I apply the brutal property to Power Strike / Furious Assault?

Both Power Strike and Furious Assault add extra [W]'s of damage to an attack. If the weapon being used is Brutal, does the brutal property extend to the additional [W]'s added from these powers?
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When do you reach a 'milestone'?

The D&D 4th edition term 'milestone' isn't defined in the online D&D compendium, except that you gain an action point when it happens. When does a milestone occur? Has the definition changed ...
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What do “Shadowfell” and “Underdark” mean?

English is not my primary language, as such I have some difficult trying to understand the actual meaning of some place names. Shadowfell is the place where "shadows (noun) fell (verb)", or is a ...
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Does Adept Dilettante modify an at-will's secondary attack?

If a half elf or bard takes riposte strike: Riposte Strike At-Will Martial, Weapon Requirement: You must be wielding a light blade. Target: One creature Attack: ...
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How do you keep players involved between their turns?

I've been running D&D Encounters for the last several seasons. One of the areas I would like to improve is keeping players involved and interacting with the scene when it's not their turn. When ...
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What GM tasks can be delegated to players to speed up encounters?

My party's encounters (D&D4e - 13th level) take on average 3-4 hours. We chit chat a lot and are pretty easily distracted, and it's not a huge deal because we're all having fun. But lately we've ...
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Would adding a Move-Attack-Move “basic combat power” to DnD 4e unbalance the game?

I've been thinking of adding a power to DnD4e as a basic maneuver that all players can do. I'm not certain yet if this power should be regulated to only BRA (Basic ranged attack) or if it's ok for it ...
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Are the victims of Wrathful Aspect spared if they are immune to Fear?

As Wrathful Aspect, a level 2 Hexblade Utility, is currently worded, it has the Fear keyword (along with Fire and Arcane). If a creature who were immune to Fear were to attack the Hexblade that has ...
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How does __(Dexterity) vs. AC work?

I'm working through the new Red Box, and have ended up with a character with the at-will Bump And Run power. The attack is listed as __ (Dexterity) vs. AC Is this just a straight comparison of ...
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What do the effects of these potions mean?

In Mordenkainen's Magnificent Emporium there are a few healing potions. However, the text on their power is downright confusing, contradictory, and poorly written. Here is Potion of Cure Light ...
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What happens if you wear armor that you don't have a feat for?

In Mordenkainen's Magnificent Emporium, there are a bunch of new armor and armor types. It says that to wear these armors, you need to take special feats. What happens if a PC finds this armor as a ...
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How does throwing a grappling hook work in 4e?

I note, with some dismay, that a grappling hook exists as an item without any notes whatsoever. In the last room of Siege of Borodin's Watch, my scout decided to climb a thrown grappling hook to the ...
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Do marks apply to attacks that would benefit the marking party?

In our last session, there were, among the monsters, a defender and a vampire. The defender marked one of the PCs. After that, the vampire used an attack on this PC that commanded him to attack ...
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Effective Light Armor Fighter?

In D&D 4e is it feasible to have an effective lightly armored fighter? I'd like to do a rapier wielder for aesthetics but I want to make sure the character can still fill the role of defender. ...
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Is that superior or partial cover?

Take the following diagram: . E . X X . X X . X X . X X . . A . Considering the Attacker has line of effect (like an arrow slit) to the Enemy. According to RC pg 219 on determining cover, lines ...
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Do monsters get a second wind?

In the early adventure, Siege of Borodin's Watch I found this curious statement: If the militants are bloodied, they shift back and spend their second wind, jumping back into the thick of ...
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In creating a monster what cautions should be taken?

The DDI Adventure Tools make it very easy to refluff or restat a monster in no time. Creating a monster is still easy, but can be difficult due to trying to not create an overpowered monster. Aside ...
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What should be included in a standard 4E D&D encounter? How would this be written in the adventure?

I'm a big D&D fan, but haven't played in ten years or so. The last time I played, it was AD&D 2nd edition. I am trying to write an adventure for a friend, and I'm sort of confused as to what ...
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Are there any environment-based settings written for 4E?

I was a big fan of the 3E "environment" books such as Stormwrack, Sandstorm, and Frostburn - they generated many exciting hours of adventures. Has anyone taken a shot at updating these to fit into the ...
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What changes to Blinding Barrage, as reflected in the October 2011 errata updates, actually happened?

Listed here it states the Blinding Barrage has had it's damage reduced. On the errata for the Player's Handbook (page 8) as of the October update it states that: Blinding Barrage Page 119: Delete ...
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What things should I take into consideration before sending my PCs to Athas?

I am DMing a campaign in which the characters are going to begin shifting form plane to plane every few missions or so. I am considering dropping them into Athas (Dark Sun), but before I do I want to ...
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Does Sage of Ages roll replacement happen before or after the roll?

Sage of ages, level 24: Keeper's Prescience (24th level): At the start of each of your turns, roll a d20. You can use the result of that roll in place of any one d20 roll you make before the start ...
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Does a Dwarven Thrower automatically return to the thrower's hands?

Dwarven Thrower: Property This weapon can be used as a heavy thrown weapon with a range of 6/12. Does the fact that it "can be used as" indicate that it is a heavy thrown weapon for ...
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Creating Level 0 characters using monster stats vs recent Unearthed Arcana Rules

I'm planning a series of sessions that involve, Tales-of-Canterbury style, my players telling each other what made them into adventurers. For example, the first session will tell about our elven ...
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How can you build a character based on Lord Voldemort? [closed]

This question and it's answers may contain spoilers for the Harry Potter series of books If you were rolling a character based on Lord Voldemort (either as a player character or an NPC) for a DnD ...
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Can the target of Mind of Rage take normal actions on its turn?

Mind of Rage (Wizard Attack 25 from HotFL) gives this effect: The target is affected by mind of rage (save ends). This effect also ends if you or any of your allies attacks or deals damage to ...
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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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What kind of image does “Psionic Image” create?

Psionic Image: Effect: Each target sees the image of a Small or smaller object in your hand or in a square in the burst. The image lasts until the end of your next turn. Given a pixie who is 6" ...
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Does the Executioner Assassin's Attack Finesse apply to all targets of that attack?

Today, wizards released the Ninja guild option for the executioner assassin. As one of its powers, it gets poisonous shuriken: Target: One, two, or three creatures Attack: Dexterity vs. AC ...
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Can you use Wicked Strike and still get the benefits of the stances?

The Slayer stances only benefit normal attacks, but Wicked Strike can be used in place of a melee basic attack. Or can you even use this ability? I was using the character builder on the D&D ...
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Is it fair to make all Encounter/Daily powers Reliable in D&D 4e?

There's a D&D 4e variant rule where all powers are Reliable, meaning you don't lose your Encounter/Daily powers if they miss. If a power has an effect on a miss, you may either accept the miss ...
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What are the descriptions of the available creatures for Summon Warlock's Ally?

The D&D Compendium lists a level 9 Warlock daily power called Summon Warlock's Ally which includes the following line of description: You summon a creature associated with your pact in an ...
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Is D&D Insider worth subscribing to?

As a new DM I am wondering if it would be worth it to me to subscribe to D&D Insider? What are some of the pros? What are some of the cons? Specs: MacBook Pro 13" Thanks!
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Initiate of the Faith - Healing Word in addition to Daily spell allowance

Can you use the Healing Word power gained by the Initiate of the Faith feat as well as your normal Daily power allowance?
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What happens when a phasing creature cannot end its movement in an unobstructed space?

Phasing: While phasing, a creature ignores difficult terrain and can move through obstacles and other creatures, but it must end its movement in an unoccupied space. However, given a ...
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How does fighting on a mount work?

I'm not seeing anything in the PHB that explains how fighting from on-top a mount works. How does fighting from on top of a mount work while the mount also has attacks?
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Spell school specialization dnd 4e

How does the new school specialization work in dnd 4E? Do you get more feats to choose from or does it just give a static bonus or is it something different from either of those?
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How can Rogues maintain combat advantage?

I get that if you are hidden from an opponent, you gain combat advantage against them. I get that if you make a point of it, and you're not getting surprised by the opposition, you should be able to ...
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Is large-scale battle feasible with D&D 4e's minion rules?

Supposing you simulate a large battle in D&D 4e, and you want to do it with minions (rather than, say, treating each unit as a swarm or using some special large-scale combat rules). The XP chart ...
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How can you force an opponent to provoke an opportunity attack?

I'm wondering if there's any way to give the fighter an extra attack by forcing the opponent to move out of a threatened square. Does bull rush provoke an opportunity attack against the target? Bull ...
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How do I handle Psion Betrayal power?

I have a new game about to start up soon and one of my players wants to play a Psion. We are starting about mid-Heroic tier, so he will have the Betrayal* at-will power. Both of us are wondering how I ...
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What qualifies as a “ranged attack?”

My level 15 Dreadnought Fighter recently found a Shield of Deflection, which has "Property: Gain resist 5 to damage from all ranged attacks." I know that a crossbow attack or magic missile would be a ...
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How can I import the natural suspense and tension from a game of Dread into a game of D&D?

In Dread the game naturally lends itself to suspenseful play. As the game progresses the tower gets more wobbly and tension builds naturally due to the game's mechanics. I'd like to somehow bring this ...