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

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How can I increase AC for a Wilden Shaman|Runepriest?

My son has a hybrid Wilden Shaman|Runepriest and his AC is awful. How can I get it higher? He's taken no feats related to AC/defense and is level 4. Rebuilds are possible.
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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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How can I do signature items?

What is the best way to introduce a signature item to a player? By signature I mean a weapon that stays with them as they progress levels and is associated with who they are and not ...
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Handling Languages in D&D, or is the Linguist Feat desirable?

The Linguist feat gives three extra languages. A feat for 3 languages seems problematic and not balanced with all the other feats available, many of which seem highly desirable and the feat doesn't ...
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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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How can I make monster knowledge checks fun?

By now most players know, or should know, that a monster knowledge check can make all the difference when you’re fighting a monster for the very first time. But how can we make them both fun and not ...
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How is the reroll bonus calculated for Silent Shadows?

Silent Shadows is a Guild feat that allows the following: +2 bonus to Stealth checks. Reroll Stealth checks if qualifying allies are present. +1 bonus to reroll for each qualifying ally, up to +5. ...
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How can I make combat more challenging without making it too frustrating?

My fellow DMs and I have come across a problem. It feels like the party has been doing a good job of dispatching our monsters with relative ease. We are not upset about this part, our party has done ...
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How far does one travel when falling for one round?

How far would you fall in one round assuming you started falling this round, and were high enough that you did not hit anything? Would this follow the math, or is there a rule written somewhere I'm ...
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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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Can one creature be teleported on top of another with Dimensional Scramble?

The Psion power, dimensional scramble, offers a curious group teleport: Hit: 1d6 + Intelligence modifier damage, and you teleport the target to a square adjacent to the burst. While ...
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Do creatures take falling damage after Hurl Into Heaven?

Hurl Into Heaven allows you to fling a creature 5 to 50 feet into the air, where it will remain until the start of your next turn. At that point, "the target drops to the ground ... taking 3d10 + ...
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What is a good combat tracker for D&D 4th Edition?

As my players go up levels there are more and more variables in combat. I need help. What solutions exist out there and what makes them good?
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Can you voluntarily suppress damage resistance?

I have Resist 10 Fire. I get hit for 13 points of fire damage, so normally, under these circumstances, I'd take 3 points of fire damage. What if, because of another ability that triggers on becoming ...
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How can you add more meaning to skill challenges through narration?

This question is inspired by Baker's discussion of "What's at Stake?" and "Skill Challenges: All in the Cards" I run many of my 4e games as pregen adventures and the skill challenges tend to be ...
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What are the most important differences for a 1st Edition AD&D Dungeon Master learning to run D&D 4E?

I'm a campaign designer and DM with 20+ years of AD&D 1st edition experience. I've been "retired" from the game for over a decade, assume I don't know anything about 2nd, 3rd, or 3.5. Now I'm ...
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What are typical defense statistics for a Defender at different tiers?

What are some typical defenses (AC, Fort, Will, Reflex) for a defender at the different tiers (Heroic, Paragon, Epic) of a D&D4 game?
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What skills can be used to pierce the 4th wall?

One of my PCs (a Cleric of Bahamut) pondered aloud: "Can I use my Insight to determine why my God has brought us here?" There was some entertaining discussion on whether that should be a Religion ...
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Can an unconscious character use a healing surge?

Can an unconscious character use an action (like second wind or a healing power) to spend a healing surge? Can an unconscious character spend a healing surge due to some external effect?
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How much vertical space do a rider and mount occupy together?

How much vertical space do a rider and mount occupy together?
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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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Can forced movement be used to dismount a rider?

Are a rider and mount considered different targets so I could push or pull one but not the other with a power? If I can push the rider off of the mount, would the "Catching yourself"(PHB p284) clause ...
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Is the effect of a power limited by the power's range?

Last weekend my party ran into a scary "body-swap artifact" problem and my character wound up in the warlock's body... but that's a different story! :). Anyway, I got to use a number of warlock ...
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What are ways to improve attack modifier in D&D 4e?

In D&D 4e, it seems you have very few ways to improve your attack modifier. Improve the attribute the attack is based on. This can only be done via level increases. Improve the magic of the ...
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Do items like the Iron Armbands of Power modify the damage a Beastmaster Ranger's Animal Companion outputs on a Melee Basic Attack?

Given a Beastmaster ranger (or multiclass feat which grants an animal companion) and, for the sake of argument, a cat companion. Does a character's personal equipment which effects all melee attacks ...
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Do tall creatures have to duck elevated obstacles?

Are there rules concerning the interaction between a creature and elevated obstacles? Example: Say, you have the following. Tall Goliath (7'8") Short Gnome (3'4") Short Kenku (5'0") Short Human ...
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Character development suggestions for a low Dexterity character?

I read in some book (forget which) that players should use a low ability score as an opportunity for character development; for example, a low Con character could have insecurities and be very ...
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Can a sniper be built in D&D 4e?

The concept of a sniper has been around a long time, even with bows. Is this even possible in D&D4e, where the range increments are so short? Criteria: Long range bow or crossbow attacks. ...
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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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Does blade barrier have to be anchored to the ground?

If I cast blade barrier, does it have to be anchored to the ground? Or can I have it float anywhere I want that it could occupy, such as cast it above me as a sort of roof of blades?
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Is there a limit to the number of times you can multiclass?

Is there a limit to the number of times you are able to multiclass, for example could you get 1 level in 4 different classes?
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Can I retrain a multiclass feat?

Can I retrain a multiclass feat? Furthermore can I retrain into a different multiclass feat?
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Is there anything that can create a .dnd4e file that is not the official editor?

Linux is a plus. Even documentation of the file format would do.
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Can I use Spell Accuracy on a Wall of Fire?

The epic level feat Spell Accuracy from the PHB says: Benefit: You can omit a number of squares from the area of effect of any of your area or close wizard powers. This number can’t exceed ...
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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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Alternative means of rendering .dnd4e files

Besides the .csl file for DDI Character builder available here, are there any novel ways of creating printable 4e character sheets that are more effective than the default printed sheets? Are there ...
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Where can I find “Backgrounds” for D&D 4e?

My DM wants me to pick a couple of backgrounds for my character for a 4e game. Where can I find them?
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Are there any other sites or books dedicated to dungeon delves?

The WotC Dungeon Delves book is a title that provides a full, three part experience (typically centered around three main conflicts) in a single location (with fully detailed maps and enemies) ...
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None Shall Pass/Bradaman's Weapon problems maintaining Divine Challenge

These two things allow a paladin to target Divine ChallengeDDI on two enemies. Bradaman's WeaponDDI None Shall PassDDI During his turn the paladin "must engage the target" or the mark ends and ...
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How can acrobatics be used to move through an enemy occupied square?

According to the AcrobaticsDDI skill you can use an Acrobatic Stunt to "somersault over an opponent", amongst other things . It gives a base DC of 15, and "the DM sets the DC based on the complexity ...
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Does a large creature take damage moving through a Wall of Fire?

Here's the situation, a large creature moves next to a Wall of Fire. W CCW CCW W Next it moves into the wall, taking damage W CC CC W Then it moves again W CC CC W ...
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What is the optimal way to design a well balanced party

Confession - I just TPK'd my group....again. One of the reasons that has been identified is that while the party is composed of 5 pretty well optimized characters, as a party they just aren't in ...
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Is there a saving throw for forced movement over unrevealed pits?

Let me share a story of what happened (it was an epic moment) in one game, which prompted this question. Our party consisted of a Shardmind Psion (myself), a Halfling Rogue, and a Dragonborn Paladin. ...
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How many squares of forced movement are required to push something into a Wall of Fire?

The Wall of Fire specifies that 3 extra squares of movement (for a total of 4 squares) are required to enter a wall of fire. Does this apply to forced movement? Typically, forced movement ignores ...
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How large is the zone when targeting a large creature with Spirit of the Hawk's Wind?

Spirit of the Hawk's WindDDI is an interesting power. It is a close burst 5 that targets one creature. Further, as an effect, it creates a zone in a burst 3 centered on the target. My question - ...
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Does a creature take damage from Wall of Fire if it is moved before its turn?

Here's the scenario: A wizard is separated in initiative order from his target by one or more creatures/PCs. The wizard creates a Wall of Fire which occupies the space of his target creature. Prior ...
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Does the damage caused by Wall of Fire get the implement bonus when a creature walks into it?

Our wizard cast a Wall Of Fire which is an implement power. Does the damage that is caused when a creature starts their turn adjacent to or in the wall of fire get to add the implement's ...
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Close burst from a large creature — one square origin or all of them

If a large or larger creature uses a close burst, does the burst have to emanate from a single square of the large creature's space, or does it act as if the creature is the source (all squares)? The ...
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How often can a creature be damaged in one turn with Wall of Fire?

Question 1: During a creature's movement, he moves into more than one fire space. Does he take the damage for each square? Question 2: Using Forced movement (push/pull/slide) does the creature take ...
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With Arcane Reach, can you Thunderwave yourself?

Arcane Reach allows you to target a close burst or blast starting 2 squares away from you. Thunderwave pushes each target in a close blast 3. The wizard chose his origin square and wanted the ...