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

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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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What set of books makes a complete starter set for 4e?

I've asked several questions about 4th Edition D&D because I may be able to start a game. However, I'd need to purchase (some) materials. I am aware of the 4 book set (core) and the expected ...
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Are my 4E reincarnation rules reasonable and fun? [closed]

So I want to have near-instant (next in-game day) reincarnation, as I plan on running a fairly brutal campaign. There are a couple of things I plan on doing, and I would love some help fine tuning the ...
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Good Lich Resources

I'm trying to develop a plot were a cult leader is trying to become a lich. Do any of the currently published D&D 4e books provide any canon for this?
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Are there any D&D 4e rules or conversions for Iron Kingdoms?

I really enjoyed the d20 campaign setting, Iron Kingdoms, by Privateer Press. So, I would really like to continue playing with the new 4th edition rules. However, Privateer Press has decided not to ...
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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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Comprehensive list of WOTC D&D 4.0 products?

Is there a list of all the D&D 4.0 books to date, available on the web? Ideally sorted by release date, but I'm not picky.
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Scaling for battles when the number of players is unknown?

I play in a D&D 4e game at the local game shop where the number of players who shows up can vary from five to fifteen. Obviously a normal battle for fifteen characters would be overpowering for ...
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Need skill challenge ideas for Nature

Beyond tracking and survival I could sure appreciate some brainstorming around good ideas for skill challenges using Nature. Ability to add in Diplomacy, Bluff, Religion, History and Arcana are ...
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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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What is the hardest character to play as from low to high level? [closed]

So mages at low levels are pretty pathetic but they grow up to be pretty dangerous. Most Fighter classes are pretty balanced from bottom to top. So my question is what is the hardest class to play as ...
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Boon for a Shaman character

The player of a Wilden Shaman/Runepriest Hybrid has expressed interest in picking up a boon from a player initiated quest. A vision quest seems appropriate and he’s expressed something like this: ...
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What are the Players and the DM supposed to be permitted to know in regards to rolls/defenses during combat?

What are the Players and the DM supposed to be permitted to know in regards to rolls/defenses during combat? I've only played 4th Ed. D&D, so I don't know how it's handled in other editions. ...
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What are the differences between D&D 3.5 and D&D 4th edition?

I have a small group of players who don't play often and we've been playing D&D 3.5. I wanted to know if there are any significant differences between D&D 3.5 and D&D 4e? Do they use a ...
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Bard removed from D&D 4.0. Reasons? [closed]

Are there any officially stated reasons why the bard was removed from 4.0 main class roster ?
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Getting up to speed on Forgotten Realms

What one single resource should I read before playing in my first ever 4e Forgotten Realms campaign?
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How do you handle dazing and stunning, with regard to solo monsters?

In 4th edition, one of the biggest problems I've found with solos is that they get locked down way too easily--between stuns, dazes, immobilzation, and other effects...they are far too effective when ...
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Do Power Sources really matter?

Other than thematically, does the source of power for a character really make a difference in how they are built? Should I be paying more attention to the character's power sources as I build ...
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Mismatch between intelligence and wisdom - how to play it?

This question is tangential to the (good) question how to role-play an intelligent character. Say you have a system that differentiates between intelligence and wisdom (dd4.0 being the obvious ...
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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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What is an effective 3-character 'Core' party?

I (may) have a party with 3 core players and some people that occasionally chime in. While I'm not expecting too many socialisation / synchronisation problems (see this thread about changing ...
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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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Can the D&D 4 power Aegis of Ensnarement teleport adjacent enemies to adjacent squares?

The Swordmage power Aegis of Ensnarement allows you to mark targets and trigger a reaction when the marked target attacks others. Paraphrasing pertinent power text: If the marked target hits with ...
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D&D 4 - does it suffer as much drift / house-ruling as previous versions? (Primarily 3 and 2)

Let me start by clarifying "drift". 'Drift' is the process by which a playgroup, consciously or unconsciously, moves away (drifts) from playing the game according to the rules as written (RAW). Other ...
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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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Is it possible to run Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition without a battlemap?

The push, pull, and slide mechanics immediately come to mind as being difficult to track accurately without a battlemap. Auras are another. Has anyone come up with a simple solution to narrating ...
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Software to make DIY Item Cards

I'm a big fan of Paizo's GameMastery item cards. I also like GoDeckYourself but I'm wondering if anyone knows of any other software or websites that can be used to make your own Item Cards or Power ...
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What to do in the Shadowfell?

I have a drow assassin character who has recently been brought to the Shadowfell by the Raven Queen for a short quest involving taking out an upstart Dark One toying with necromancy. It will be a ...
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Tomb of Horrors in D&D 4.0?

Are there any resources on the web or in print about running or converting the classic adventure 'Tomb of Horrors' in D&D 4.0?
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What makes a skill challenge great?

What makes a skill challenge a good one. What makes then enjoyable and fun? What ways can we make them memorable?
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How much should characters know about encountered creatures in 4e?

The shift from 3.5e to 4e in D&D has meant a big shift towards emphasizing tactics during combat. While I was apprehensive about this at first, it turns out it's quite entertaining, and a good ...
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Playing 4th Ed D&D for the first time, what should I read to avoid holding everyone back?

I've been invited to join a new game of D&D 4th edition this weekend, but haven't played proper D&D before. Are there any resources I ought to read or get before I turn up, so that I'm not a ...
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How can I mitigate the power of Spitting Cobra Stance?

The Ranger has an encounter power called Spitting Cobra Stance that seems grossly over-powered—in one group I play in, the Ranger will enter Spitting Cobra Stance at the beginning of combat, and ...
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Are there any environment-based settings written for 4E?

I was a big fan of the 3E "environment" books such as Stormwrack, Sandstorm, and Frostburn - they generated many exciting hours of adventures. Has anyone taken a shot at updating these to fit into the ...
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How can I convert 2nd Edition AD&D to 4th?

I grew up on second edition AD&D. I played some first edition, and frankly found most 1st edition add-ons to be highly compatible with 2nd Edition. However, I'm a huge fan of Ravenloft, ...
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What's a good way to use treasure XP in 4th edition?

I've been incorporating some houserules to give my 4e game a more old-school feel, as I would probably be running a 1e game if my players didn't love having powers so much. One thing I'd love to do ...
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Do marks go away when one of the parties is dead or incapacitated?

While DMing for DnD Encounters, I had an interesting rules concern come up, that I can't see handled in the rules specifically. We always assumed that when a character or monster goes unconscious via ...
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Will a house-rule for trained skills work?

I've been using a house rule for a while now. If you have a trained skill, and you are making a knowledge check it's free. For example, if you are trained in nature, and fighting natural beasts; you ...
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Increasing cleric hitpoints

I'm running a Dwarf Cleric in a vanilla FR D&D 4e game. My character is intended to be somewhat of a defender as well as a leader. The problem I'm having is that I haven not found any ...
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How to deal with a Batman PC as a DM?

I'm running one of the D&D Encounters tables at the local game shop. In Chapter 3 the players can create their own characters. Everyone had normal characters with the exception of one player who ...
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How do I run a game for a larger group?

I am currently running a Dungeons and Dragons 4 campaign for a group of 9 players. Whittling the group down to a more manageable size is not really an option since they are all family. When we do ...
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How to keep track of abilities for D&D 4e?

What are some effective ways to keep track of my character's various abilities? I would prefer cheap or free tools.
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Likelyhood of Feywild creatures in Nentir Vale

What are the population level of Feywild creatures in Nentir Vale? It must not be massive. For example, everyone should be terrified of scarecrows.
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What is the difference between D&D and D&D Miniatures?

Are they the same game? Or is D&D Minis like an abridged toned down version of D&D 4.0? Or is it a separate rule-set entirely?
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What are the properties of Shaman Spirit?

I've run around 8 encounters with a shaman and his spirit, and many questions about it's properties have been raised. Is the spirit unsubstantial? Does the spirit float? The spirit is supposedly ...
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How do current D&D 4e DMs deal with loot?

I've been playing since the system was released. I've been a fan of the design changes, except the loot. I loved random loot that allowed my players to be surprised by something awesome, and then ...
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Monster Complement for Fire Beetles

I've been writing an encounter with fire beetles in a sewer. I need a good monster to complement them while keeping it at a level 1 or 2 encounter.
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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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Advantage to normal multiclassing in D&D4?

Is normal (feat-based) multi-classing beneficial in D&D 4e? Is there a better way to achieve the same character design (a character with facets of two classes)?