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

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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 ...
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Why use Battlemind's Demand on a Ranged Target?

I'm in a party of mainly new D&Ders, one of which is playing a Battlemind. One of his attacks, Battlemind's Demand, marks one or two targets in a close blast 3 for the duration of the encounter. ...
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What is the value of a “Companion”?

The game system is 4E. I am trying to get away from awarding just magic weapon here and there. Having the characters earn favors from NPCs is a pretty tried and true way to give value and move the ...
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Does the Bladesinger's Arcane Strike class feature let you use a melee basic attack as a minor action twice?

Let me clarify this question as much as possible because this will be somewhat of a 3-parter question. The Bladesinger's Arcane Strike level 3 class feature says: When you use a bladesinger ...
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Universal and Specific status effects

I'm a new DM trying to figure out some good ways to keep track of status effects and the like (I often forget and then I'm faced with the dilemma: retcon and annoy everybody, or go with it even though ...
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Does Augmenting Whetstone work on a magical item?

A while back I was browsing the old (downloadable) dnd4e character generator, and I found an item called Augmenting Whetstone. When used as a minor action, it grants your weapon "a +2 enhancement ...
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How does D&D Encounters work?

I like the concept of D&D Encounters and would like to incorporate some of it into my own games. The problem is that I'm nowhere near a place that runs D&D Encounters, so I don't know much ...
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Combining D&D 4th ed. Player's Handbook 1, 2 and 3

The gaming group I'm in is returning to D&D after not having played it for quite a few years. During character creation the following question came up: Can feats, powers etc. from all three PHB ...
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If you are chained to a boulder and the boulder falls off a cliff, are you pulled with it?

I'm trying to resolve a situation of characters being connected to things that are moving. If I am at the end of a 20ft chain connected to a boulder, and someone drops that boulder off a 50ft cliff, ...
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How does Dusk Oracle's Foreseen Hit interact with a multi-target power?

This character uses Foreseen Hit with Hand of Radiance which can target 4 creatures. Foreseen hit: Encounter Cold, Necrotic, Shadow No Action Personal Trigger: You make a ...
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Does Eighth Seal's save against domination function across multiple turns?

Eighth Seal has a level 24 ability: The Mind's Shining Corridors (24th level): ... In addition, when you are subjected to an effect that dazes, dominates, or stuns you that a save can end, ...
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Does a Ranged Basic Attack with range Melee become a Melee Basic Attack?

Divine Bolts as modified by Power Of Skill: You can use any power you have that is associated with this feat as a basic attack. Is treated as a basic attack, and because it's ranged, is treated ...
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AOE spells vs high ground in4E

In my next campain my group will face a chokepoint with archers on top of the mountain and melee down where they need to pass exept if they want to climb to get up on the high ground. My question is ...
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Can Swiftpad boots be used in a vertical jump?

I just found some Swiftpad boots as treasure in the 4e game I play in. Power (Daily): Move Action. You jump a number of squares equal to your Strength modifier. The power doesn't define whether the ...
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Clarification of Raise Dead

Raise dead starts like this: To perform the Raise Dead ritual, you must have a part of the corpse of a creature that died no more than 30 days ago. It says a couple of other things, and then ...
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Can I use Overwhelming Strike to swap places with the target?

I'm not extremely expert in the fourth edition, nor do I have constant access to the books, so I ask: overwhelming strike allows me to, on a hit, shift one square and then slide the target into the ...
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Has anyone adapted Otto's Irresistible Dance to the 4e rules?

It's one of my favorite spells. Are there any official (or formal attempts at) adaptations of it to the 4e rules?
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Gentle Repose, changes to the corpse, and hungry wolves

Does Gentle Repose modify the body in any way other than slowing its decay and resistant to being raised as undead? Specifically, would a corpse preserved by Gentle Repose smell like "food" to a ...
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What is the name of the large island in the D&D world of Nerath?

What is the name of the large island in the D&D world of Nerath? I guess it could be a continent also.
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Does the Linebreaker feat imply that the battlemind provokes an opportunity attack?

Linebreaker Benefit: When you use your speed of thought, you can enter an enemy's space. Doing so ends the movement. You must then slide the enemy 1 square. Unless a Battlemind takes ...
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Do racial origins stack?

If I take a feat that gives me a certain origin but I already have a specific racial origin, do they stack or is my racial origin replaced? Consider this example. Calistar the Eladrin is a fey ...
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How does Vulnerable work with the same Resistance?

Suppose the same creature has resist 10 lightning and vulnerable 5 lightning at the same time. I've been told that the rules are that both of them apply and neither are cumulative; I assumed that this ...
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Does a forced movement from an OA stop a movement action in progress? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does movement continue after an Opportunity Attack? I am in the process of creating a Druid, and an interesting opportunity came up. I a creature moves away from me to ...
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Does a scout get the bonus from aspect of the lurking spider on both attacks?

The scout stance "Aspect of the Lurking Spider" gives a +2 damage bonus when you have combat advantage. While you have combat advantage against an enemy, you gain a +2 power bonus to damage rolls ...
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Can a free action be taken in the middle of another action?

For example, if a character has the Quick Draw feat and a weapon with a daily which takes a free action to activate, can the weapon be drawn as part of the attack and the power be activated all "as ...
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Tactics for Battle of Albridge

I'm currently thinking about the Battle of Albridge in my Reavers of Harkenwold campaign. One of my players stated he wanted to have a big battle with the Rebellion troops against the Iron Circle. I ...
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Why does the “insubstantial” quality exist?

Aside from minor rounding errors for very low damage, a monster with x hit points and the insubstantial resistance type is exactly the same as a monster with 2x hit points. So, why does the ...
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How do I represent a stance effectively

Currently playing a game and we are going to be using iplay4e for our combats. One of the characters involved in the game is a Scout who will almost always be in some stance or another. Stances often ...
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[Spoiler Warning] Adventure summary of the H1-H2-H3-P1-P2-P3-E1-E2-E3 product line?

My current group started 4e at level 4 and has run H2, H3, P1, and we're currently working our way through P2. We plan on going all the way through to E3, achieving 30th level within this single ...
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What is the difference between themes and backgrounds?

Wizards has fairly recently released character themes for D&D 4th Edition. What is the difference between themes and backgrounds? Can you pick one of each or do you have to choose between the ...
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Dropping an object on an enemy using Mage Hand

My DM wasn't sure how to handle this so I figured I'd ask here and see what people think. I used Mage Hand to pick up a burning log from a fire and drop it on an enemy. Because it was a magical ...
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How do I integrate an implement based ranged basic attack with the Hunter's Rapid Shot feature?

I've made a hunter that can fire Divine Bolts as a ranged basic attack. (Half-elf + power of skill + Invoker MC + Versatile Master = divine bolts at will as RBA) Divine bolts: Standard Action ...
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Does the offline character builder allow you to apply the Lich template to a character or must this be done manually?

I am planning on turning a recurring character in our current campaign into a Lich at an as-yet-undetermined point in the future. I know the DMG provides a template for doing this, but it would be ...
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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 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 to build a demon hunter?

I've got a level 14 Drow Rogue built around hand crossbows. I want to modify him to be a Demon Hunter. How can I accomplish this using feats, items and paragon paths, without losing the hide-and-shoot ...
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Is the extra damage from Assassin's Strike maximized on a critical?

The executioner assassin has the following power Encounter No Action Trigger: You hit an enemy within 5 squares of you with an attack using a weapon. Effect: The target takes 1d10 ...
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When does marking occur

This is from memory, so if someone wants to edit the question, feel free. When a fighter attacks a creature, that creature is marked. When does the marking happen in the sequence of events? If the ...
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What happens when a large creature stops squeezing in a space that they had to use squeeze to enter?

This is a follow up question relating to What are the advantages and disadvantages of allowing a player to play a large creature? So far, everything for the player playing the large Minotaur has ...
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Is it possible to get Battle Cleric's Lore through Divine Healer multiclass?

Due to a recent dragon magazine, the Cleric/Templar has a semi-questionable issue. In Dragon Magazine 400, there is an article for Battle Cleric's (Those with DDI can check here: Battle Cleric ...
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What is the last issue of Dragon/Dungeon Magazine included in the offline character builder?

I'm trying to determine what the new options are available for a character who has so far been managed through the offline character builder. I've noticed that any of the Essentials books and Heroes ...
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What are the main differences between Gamma World and D&D 4e?

I just got Gamma World and want to try it out with my D&D 4e (Essentials) players. Clearly to a great portion, a re-skin of 4e, but not completely. Obviously character generation is completely ...
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How does a readied action triggered on movement adjacent to an ally work when an enemy charges?

A readied action is an Immediate Reaction. A charge is a movement with an attack at the end. Suppose the following case: A PC charged with protecting his party's wizard does not want to move away ...
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How to implement a stealth based instant-kill system

I've been playing 4e for a few months now and I'm really interested in creating a dungeon crawl in which the PCs can choose to stealthily kill off certain monsters before they are able to alert other ...
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What action type is switching two items between main hand and off-hand?

Here are two related questions, actually. 1st: What action type (time) does it take to pass an item from one hand to another (assuming the other hand is free)? 2nd: I know that retrieving or stowing ...