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

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Do certain powers gain or lose keywords depending on usage?

Blazing Starfall is a Sorcerer power that, in its power description, includes the Fire keyword. However, the Fire keyword is apparently inherited from a zone effect that is only available when the ...
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Does resist all prevent normal damage?

Does Resist 1 all such as is profiled by Rimefire Plate +2 prevent normal / untyped damage, such as is done by an axe or arrow?
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Does Blazing Starfall Cause Fire Damage?

Blazing Starfall has the Fire and Radiant keywords, the damage line indicates radiant damage, and cosmic magic sorcerers create a zone has a fire damage effect. The players were fighting Trolls "if ...
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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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How much damage is caused by a thrown coin?

If someone was to use their coins as thrown weapons, no sling just out of hand, how would you roll the attack and damage rolls? Is there a damage chart for something like this?
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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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Does an unoccupied mount count as an ally, for flanking?

Can you use your mount as an ally, for flanking purposes, while dismounted?
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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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How does a DM define a Skill Check value?

When a DM says make a skill check, how do they decide what value they need to beat?
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How much (if any) force does Tenser's Floating Disk transfer to ground?

One question here is asking "What counts as ground for Tenser's Floating Disk?". The query seems aimed at using levitative powers or effects on whatever object the Disk is floating above. Since ...
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How can I judge rarity of monsters?

One of the things I like about 4e is the scalability of monsters. If I say, for example, that kobolds are common I can then make then the most common monster for encounters for quite a few levels. ...
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What counts as ground for Tenser's Floating Disk?

What counts as ground for this ritual, if you have a 5x5 piece of stone/paper/metal/wood under the disk, and that is moved up, say 10 feet, would the disk phase through that stone, or hover 1 foot ...
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Is there a high limit on how high the Tenser's Floating Disk will fly?

Is there a high limit on how high the disk will fly? If i'm on it and use a move action to go "UP" how far will it go before it refuses to go any farther? I did not see any mention of high limits ...
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Is the use of Action Points permitted in a surprise round?

In Dungeons & Dragons 4e can players use an Action Point during a surprise round?
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What rules govern the use of encounter powers in extended-duration skill challenges?

A party with a shaman and a bard are navigating an "imperial bureaucracy." Abstracted into one skill challenge, this presents the process of moving from bureaucrat to bureaucrat, meetings over ...
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How can I prevent teleportation in 4e?

In our gaming group, our storyteller loves to use creatures with teleportation abilities. This is starting to get frustrating since as soon as a creature is bloodied, it teleports away with its next ...
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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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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 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?