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

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How compatible are D&D 4th Edition and Essentials? Can you use Essentials encounters with 4th edition characters?

I've seen posts about how (un)convertable D&D Essentials characters are to 4th edition. This is a question about monsters/encounters/adventures. People have been raving about the Essentials ...
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Are there any guides for hacking DND4E files?

The offline Character Builder had some houseruling support, but it was somewhat limited and the new online Character Builder has even less. Even if you have a fully legal character, some powers, ...
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What rules govern group skill checks?

A number of published adventures mention rolling a "group stealth check" and other group checks where, theoretically, a proportion of the players try to beat the DC. Are there formal rules for this, ...
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How can I introduce epic destinies earlier?

How can I introduce epic destines earlier in the game, preferably in the first few levels? I'm mostly looking for some way to justify time some foreshadowing while have a nice mechanical resonance to ...
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Can a prone ally be used to flank an enemy?

If a prone ally is on the opposite side of a creature than another standing ally, does the prone ally allow the standing ally to gain combat advantage? Can the prone ally also gain combat advantage ...
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Can the Sorcerer use 'Lightning Shift' while prone?

Lightning Shift is a 6th Level Sorcerer Utility Encounter Power that is a move action. Effect: You shift your speed. You ignore difficult terrain during the shift. If the sorcerer is ...
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When a creature is prone, can it make opportunity attacks?

If a creature is knocked prone, can it still make opportunity attacks?
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Must you not use Monk Unarmed Strike, to take the bonus from Iron Parry?

NOTE: I recently posed this question to Wizards Customer Support, and thought I'd share with the community. This came up when the offline Character Builder appeared to be mishandling the AC bonus of ...
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Question regarding Sneak of Shadows feat

My question is when you use the multiclass feat Sneak of Shadows for the 1/encounter sneak attack damage, does it increase by tier like the rogue class feature Sneak Attack, Heroic: 2d6, Paragon: 3d6; ...
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Where would Teleportation Circles be in Forgotten Realms?

Long range teleportation in D&D 4e seems to work by teleportation circles Linked Portal Reverse Portal Planar Portal However the book says nothing about where these portals might appear. ...
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How often per Day can the Living Missile Attack power be used?

The Effect line of the Living Missile power card reads: While the target is immobilized or slowed by this power, you can use the Living Missile Attack power once per round. The Requirement line ...
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When does a mount get healing?

In one game I'm currently playing, I have a Riding Horse which has just taken damage as part of an aura. This helped me to better realize that the horse is indeed a creature - not just a piece of ...
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Does Dimensional Scramble's teleport take effect before or after triggered actions?

Scenario - A Psion attacks a creature with Dimensional Scramble, doing enough damage to kill the creature. The creature has an effect which triggers upon the creature's death. Did the teleport ...
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What are the Twitter Buffs for D&D Encounters, and how do they work?

I take part in a weekly D&D Encounters program and the question often comes up. What are the "Twitter Buffs", and this is quickly followed by "how do they work"?
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Can a character in the middle of a move action alter his movement based on a change in his surroundings?

For example: A player (speed 6) moves two squares towards a human bandit (pg. 162 MM) becoming adjacent to him, then proceeds to move around him to the right, provoking an opportunity attack. The ...
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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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Does the DM tell the players when a skill check can be used in a conversation?

Often times in adventures the players can make a skill check during conversation to learn some important information. Does the DM tell the players or otherwise give them a hint that a particular ...
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Is it necessary to maintain Line of Effect for the Dominated condition?

The dominatedDDI condition states that the controller can chose one action for the dominated creature to take each turn. Is there anything that can prevent that control from taking place other than ...
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How to create a D&D4 Drizz't Do'Urden?

I am thinking about bringing in Drizz't Do'Urden as a PC in a future campaign. We'll be starting at 14th level. I'm not too worried about the story, I'll figure that out later. I'm just starting to ...
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What about character death should be included in a social contract?

For a D&D (4e, primarily) game what about player-character death should be included in a group's social contract? What are some options for best reaching consensus about the possibility of death ...
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What is the D&D 4E encounter system?

In answering a question on applying old-school rules to 4E, R.S. Conley suggests "Not use the encounter system. Just set up a region sandbox style and what the player find they have to deal with" I ...
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Does Reverent Mettle affect the entire area of effect?

Reverent Mettle Trigger: An ally within 5 squares of you takes damage from an attack. Effect: Reduce the triggering attack's damage by 5 + your Cha modifier. Special: When you use ...
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Where are the rules for summoned creatures?

In the PHB1, summoned creatures are very clearly defined in the power descriptions that summon them. In the PHB2, particularly the Invoker powers, I find many summons such as Angel of Fire that do ...
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How do I catch a Player Character up to the rest of the group after returning from an extended hiatus?

This is somewhat similar to "How do you deal with missing players?", but I'm looking to address slightly different issues. Also, this query is about longer breaks than the one or two sessions ...
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Do “On Critical Strike” effects continue to chain off of each other?

I'm currently playing an epic level barbarian. I have a number of abilities that allow me to attack as a free action after I critically hit someone. I've even gone to the length of making a flow chart ...
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Can a creature use an immediate interrupt power and an opportunity attack in the same round?

Can one creature or character use both an immediate interrupt and an opportunity attack in the same round, or are they mutually exclusive actions?
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Skill Checks in 4e — specific help

For the purposes of this question, please assume that I have four characters in play. They all have "Acrobatics" skill. They are 1st, 5th, 10th, and 15th levels respectively. They are in a bar and ...
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Invoker's Hand of Fate ritual

In D&D4, I'm playing an Invoker. One of the rituals is: Once per day, you can use Hand of Fate without expending components I don't think I've ever used this ritual. Part of it is me just ...
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Unconsciousness, dying, and temporary hp

In tonight's game, the knight went down to 0 hp. Later that round, the paladin granted the knight 7 temporary hp. As the DM, too lazy to slow the game down to look the precise rules up, I ruled that ...
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What does the symbol on the bottom of a WotC miniature mean?

When I look on the bottom of the latest official D&D miniatures, there is some information about what product line a particular miniature came from. But there is also a small symbol below that, ...
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How to fix this scenario for D&D Encounters?

I just finished running a D&D Encounters season 3 ep 11 session, and I'm dissatisfied with how it ended; I want to fix it next week with a bit of retroactive play before moving on to the finale. ...
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Anyone have some links to “easy to read” resources for a DND newbie?

Howdy! I am about to start a campaign with some friends in a month or so when they finish their current game. We will be using the 4e rules and characters. My wife has expressed interest in playing ...
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Are there any free tools for designing encounters or traps?

I'm trying to design a module and I was wondering if there were any free or open source encounter or trap designers for D&D 4e Mostly I just like something that lets me fill in the blanks and ...
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How can you create a well-rounded four character party that is trained in most skills?

Any D&D 4th Ed. player knows that a well-rounded party needs a controller, a striker, a defender, and a leader. Most often, I think a character's function and contribution to the party is ...
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What is the upgrade path for characters generated with the Red Box Starter kit?

After creating a character using the Red Box and convincing my gaming group, all newbies to RPG's, to roll characters using the Red Box, I discovered that the Red Box doesn't seem to have an upgrade ...
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How do I work Powers into Skill Challenges?

I am a rather new DM (returning after 18 years) and I had a question about running a Skill Challenge called "Give it Back". The party was chasing a thief through the market and the mage said "I'm ...
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What techniques are there for balancing power gamers with story gamers in D&D 4E?

In my current D&D 4E game, I have a fairly large number of players with differing preferences for play style. As they have progressed through levels, differences between the characters with ...
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Upgrade weapon mechanics [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can players use crafting to improve beloved magic items instead of churning gear? Are there any D&D 4.0 mechanics to upgrade weapons? One of my PCs has a weapon ...
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Is there any way to get multiple standard actions for Summoners in D&D 4E?

I was working on an NPC summoner for our 4E game this week and am a bit mystified. Given that controlling a summoned creature requires a standard action and characters only get one standard action, ...
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Is there an option for gestalt characters?

I know they changed the way you multiclass to feat-based, but is there any way to start with two classes and level them both at the same time like the gestalt rules for dnd 3.5?
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Can a creature be grabbed by two different creatures at the same time?

I've been playing the Thunderspire Labyrinth adventure for D&D 4th edition, and at one point a character was grabbed by two different monsters. Can two different creatures of different types grab ...
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Do creatures occupy cubic space, or are larger creatures still one square tall?

Does a large creature need to squeeze to fit into at 5' tall passageway?
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Can you shift, or move your speed, while squeezing?

One would imagine that movement while squeezing would be somewhat hindered, as making oneself occupy less than their normal space is not an easy task. In reading comments to a recent answer on the ...
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What is the range of the Knock ritual?

The KnockDDI ritual does not specify anything for range. Can you use the ritual to unlock a door that you cannot touch? Can you use the ritual to unlock a door that you cannot see? Can you use ...
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Using the Shadow Jack encounter power, do I get an opportunity attack?

My assassin has an encounter power called Shadow Jack, it reads like this: Hit: 2[W] + Dexterity modifier damage, and you shift 1 square into the target’s space and remain there until the start of ...
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How many shrouds do I get?

was just wondering with playing my assassin. I normally get to put up to a maximum of 4 shrouds on a target. If I take the feat Crimson Eye Action which says When you spend an action point, you also ...
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How much is too much? Rules for looting in D&D4

We're a brand new gaming group. We ran our first session tonight. (I believe it is Keep on the Shadowfell, but I'm not positive.) We headed towards Winterhaven, encountered some Kobolds, and made our ...
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Can a Warlock take Hexblade powers/feats/etc? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can a Dungeons and Dragons 4e character take D&D Essentials class powers? When a Warlock levels up, can they diversify into Hexblade Powers (etc) or does this ...
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What restrictions exist for the Warlock Shadow Walk power?

D&D 4's Warlock power Shadow Walk states the following (text copied from the D&D Compendium): On your turn, if you move at least 3 squares away from where you started your turn, you gain ...
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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 ...