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

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Does a falling creature provoke Opportunity Attacks on the way down?

I'm in a D&D4e game right now, and in the current combat there are some flying creatures which may soon be knocked prone by PC #1. As part of being knocked prone, a flying creature falls to the ...
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What are the most important errata for a new D&D 4E group?

I plan to start a new D&D 4E game soon. None of us have played before and we'll be starting at level 1. Are there any important errata that I should know about and inform my players? I know there ...
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Tenser's Circular Shield

Tenser's Circular Shield: The item says it's an optional focus for the Tenser's Floating Disk ritual. Does that mean one can perform the ritual free of component costs (10gp)?
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When are characters restricted from using Untrained Skills in 4e?

There is a large volume of information on using skills in 4e D&D. The basic assumption is that the character using the skill is trained and the rules reflect this. My question is, what about ...
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What is the difference between grabbed and restrained?

This is not a question about the mechanical effects. I'm just trying to figure out why 4e defines two effects that appear to be the same. If something is grabbed, isn't it in effect also restrained? ...
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How do I manage created content in D&D Character Builder

I love Character Builder. But I'm wondering how I manage creations specific to my campaign, like gods, boons, magic items or rituals (let alone feats, powers and backgrounds). What are the ways ...
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Does anyone have random encounter tables for 4th edition D&D?

One of the big things missing from 4e for my style of play is a good set of random encounter tables. Has anyone worked up a set of tables like you find in 1e (i.e., covers a variety of dungeon levels ...
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Can Pursuit of the Hunter be triggered in the middle of the enemy's movement?

From Pursuit of the Hunter: Trigger: An enemy within 2 squares of you moves on its turn Does the triggering enemy have to start its movement within two squares, or can the power be triggered ...
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What are some ways you can defeat extra senses?

Specifically from the point of view of a rogue, it's kinda disheartening to realise that around paragon your best trick will be neutralised. What are some useful, viable ways to defeat things like ...
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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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Can a creature use an immediate reaction after another creature's opportunity action on a third creature's turn?

My battlemind and a cleric were engaged in a melee battle with a Deathdog the other day. The cleric was knocked down on a previous turn, so that when her turn began she attempted to stand up. The ...
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Does the Manifester Weapon allows a psionic character to have more power points than max?

Power (Daily): Minor Action. You gain 1 power point until the end of your next turn. You can use this power point only to augment a psionic attack power. Does that mean if a character ...
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How to run a chess inspired D&D4E encounter?

Is there a way that you could run a chess inspired encounter for D&D 4E? I'm thinking like the characters themselves are involved in a human chess game albeit still allowing them to keep some of ...
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Does movement that uses a static value, or a stat that is not speed, bypass the effects of slowed?

The slowed condition reduces your speed to two. However, there are some powers that allow you to move a specific number of squares regardless of your speed, or move an amount of squares based on a ...
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Will the SpellJammer campaign setting be updated to the 4e ruleset? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the current state of affairs of SpellJammer? I enjoyed playing in the Spelljammer universe - anyone know if there are plans to update it with the newer ruleset?
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Should I get the DMG 2 if I already have the DM Book?

I have the Dungeon Master's Kit, and have just finished my first reading of the DMB it includes. I think it's a good book, though some things are missing, rituals being the one I recall now (besides ...
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Other than its class feature, what powers allow the battlemind to place encounter-long marks?

I'm trying to find out which powers allow the Battlemind to place encounter-long marks. I know that the class feature Battlemind's Demand lets you do this to two targets, but most of the other powers ...
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How does Harrying step interact with items that boost teleport distance?

Harrying step: When you use your blurred step, you can teleport to any square adjacent to the triggering enemy instead of shifting And, for sake of argument a Ring of Retreat: Property: When ...
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Does cover work both ways for enemies behind a portcullis or similar?

As the RC and DMB say, an enemy behind an obstacle has either partial or superior cover. The example often used is that of a creature fighting behind a portcullis or window (e.g. in DMB page 141). The ...
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Can shifting trigger immediate actions?

The primary benefit of using shift instead of move, is this: No Opportunity Attacks: Your movement doesn’t provoke opportunity attacks. Despite the above, can shifting still trigger immediate ...
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Does Bolt of Genius restore ALL of a Cleric's uses of Healing Word or just one?

Here's the scenario: The Cleric uses all their uses of Healing Word for the encounter. Then the Battle Captain Warlord usesBolt of Genius (PHB 154) on the Cleric to allow them to use Healing Word ...
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Is the paladin's Divine Sanction an immediate interrupt, op. attack or what?

The entry to the paladin's Divine Sanction mentions that an enemy takes damage the first time it makes an attack that does not include you (the paladin) as a target. Normally it's not a huge issue ...
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What happens when a character has both Superior Will and is wearing a Circlet of Arkhosia?

The Circlet of Arkhosia grants: Property: When you are dazed or stunned, you can make a saving throw against one of those conditions at the start of your turn. If you save, you can act normally on ...
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Is there a tested spell-research like mod for D&D 4e?

I'm looking for a mod to D&D 4e which reintroduces spell-research in a balanced way. Are there any of them around, which have been play tested and seem to work without unbalancing things too far?
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Does D&D 4e have rules for necromancy or conjuration summoning?

Necromancy and Conjuration (summoning and binding) are topics that were fairly thoroughly addressed in previous editions of D&D, and these topics certainly pop up often in fantasy literature. I ...
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Does the interrupt granted by “Refire the Forge” prevent an Avenger from falling unconscious?

Refire the Forge: Effect: Until the stance ends, you regain hit points equal to your Dexterity or Intelligence modifier each time you hit an enemy with an attack. Additionally, until the stance ...
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As a DM is it better to focus fire on defenders or on a weaker target?

As a DM if you wage a fair fight, the defender is something of a spoiler for your monsters. A defender usually has high hitpoints, high defenses, marking abilities, and ally protection abilities, all ...
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Equipment suitable for squads/members of a mercenary company?

What would be a good set of equipment for squads/members of a mercenary company inspired by modern special forces teams or the Wraith Recon setting? The requirements are that the squad could ...
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Does shifting count as movement, for the purpose of triggering non-attack opportunity actions? [duplicate]

Replaced by the following questions: Can shifting trigger immediate actions? Can shifting trigger non-attack opportunity actions? Can Pursuit of the Hunter be used to move away from the ...
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Can Pursuit of the Hunter be used to move away from the triggering enemy?

Pursuit of the Hunter's Effect line includes this: Effect: You shift 3 squares... There are no stipulations in the rule itself as to which direction you must shift. However, the flavor text of ...
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Can shifting trigger non-attack opportunity actions?

Part of the Shift rule is this: No Opportunity Attacks: Your movement doesn’t provoke opportunity attacks. However, there are a few Opportunity Actions that do not include attacks. If such an ...
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Would it be possible to use old Judges Guild items in a modern campaign (D&D 4e for example?)

I have an extensive collection of old Judges Guild items currently gathering dust halfway across the country at my parent's house. I'm debating shipping them to myself here in SF and potentially using ...
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How can I fix Essentials Druid sentinel's Armor Class?

The sentinel is a wis/con leader designed to fight in melee combat. While it comes with an animal companion, the sentinel is limited to light armor and has dex as a tertiary stat at best. Are there ...
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In D&D 4e, does the half-elf get an extra encounter power, or does his race power take the place of his class power?

The half-elf gets a racial power that lets him take an at-will from a class not his own and make it an encounter power. Does that mean it replaces his class encounter power or that he gets an ...
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What is the minimum set of books a group should have to play 4e? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 4th ed. D&D - 'Core books' or 'Essentials' - what (set of books and financial outlay) makes a complete game? At the moment I do not own any of the 4e ...
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When did the concept of Striker, Controller, Leader and Defender enter into the gaming lexicon?

One of the biggest changes I've observed as an old time gamer (AD&D 1st ed, Shadowrun 1st ed etc) versus now exploring 4th ed D&D (and reading about 3.0/3.5 and d20 systems etc) is that now ...
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Rebalancing the Orc Brutes in Thunderspire labyrinth?

The Orc Beserker is a miserably designed sack of hitpoints: Orc Berserker HP 66; Bloodied 33 AC 15; Fortitude 17, Reflex 13, Will 12 Speed 6 (8 while charging) Greataxe ...
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Can an enemy missed by Bard's Compulsion still charge?

From the Bard's 5th level Daily power: Miss: ...and it cannot take move actions on its next turn. Can an enemy affected by this power still charge on its turn?
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Are there known design flaws or exploits in Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition?

I've googled some but not found a definitive answer. I did however see that 'exploits' are now an in-game term. This is not how I mean it in the question: I mean game-breaking loopholes. A short ...
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How do brutal and high crit weapons interact with non [W] damaging attack powers?

At least two Swordmage powers are weapon powers, that deal fixed dice of damage rather than [W]s of damage. Spidersilk Slash ddi is a weapon power that deals 1d10 + int mod damage. Seed of Fire ddi ...
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Does ranged magic that requires line-of-sight also require line-of-effect?

This came up during a combat last week. The party had barricaded themselves behind double doors and the wizard was peering through the keyholes, dropping Scorching Bursts on anything foolish enough ...
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What is an effective leader for a striker heavy first level party?

I'm new to D&D and recently posted a question asking what class would do the most damage and learned that we need a good damage-mitigator. We have a Drow Warlock (dark pact), Longtooth shifter ...
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D&D Encounters Dark Sun Season

I've stepped up to run one of the local Encounters tables for this season. However I don't have adventure chapters 1 & 2. What has happened in the story up until now?
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How can a Sphere of Annihilation be detected, and how can it be “disarmed”?

I'm reading the DnD Essentials DM Book, and on the Sphere of Annihilation stat block, it mentions several things I don't exactly know how to read: The sphere has "Detect automatic". Does this mean ...
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What are the consequences of the retargeting aspect of the Battlemind's Lightning Rush power on enemy area or close blasts or bursts?

Lightning Rush is one of the battlemind's featured powers: It's augment 2 (as an immediate interrupt) states: Hit: 2[W] + Constitution modifier damage, and you become the target of the triggering ...
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How quickly can fortifications be built in D&D 4e, magically and otherwise

My bad guys have holed themselves up for a couple months. Given little preexisting fortification, what resources are there for for building mechanical and magical defenses? Is there something ...
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Can you to take a healing surge in response to being bloodied that is not Second Wind?

My group has been using a rule ever since we started playing D&D 4e. I did a search and can not find a reference to it anywhere. I need to know if I missed the reference to it or if we have ...
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Average attack bonus of a 30th level character in DnD 4e

What is the average attack of 30th level D&D character? (Of course this number must be calculated without uber-strong homebrew items). My real question is this: What is the average chance of ...
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Does going prone stack with having cover?

Suppose I'm playing a ranged character. I am standing with an ally between me and my enemies, which grants "+2 defenses" for cover. I decide to further go prone. Do I now have a "+4 defenses", 2 ...
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Does a prone creature grant cover to its allies against ranged attacks?

It seems like it's a no-brainer that against ranged attacks, prone creatures would not provide cover to allies, but I don't see any specific rules about it. Also I guess you could argue that larger ...