Dungeons & Dragons Fourth Edition from 2008 (includes Essentials)

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Embedding and attaching double weapons to Warforged, specifically spiked chain

Regarding embedding and attaching weapons as warforged components, p. 114 of the Eberron Player's guide Weapons can be embedded or attached components. Two-handed weapons cannot be attached or ...
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Can a PC “loot” a dead monster's corpse?

This is probably a silly question, but I am new to D&D and am unclear on a few things regarding equipment and armor, specifically as it relates to dead monsters. Lets say that a creature is ...
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Master of Flame (Paragon Path) and Flaming Weapon

Master of Flame paragon path has a level 12 Utility Power called Burning Transformation. Burning Transformation - You transform into a creature of fire until the end of the encounter. While in ...
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Does the Rogue's Riposte stop the enemy's attack?

Rogue's Riposte Strike (PHB1 Pg 118) says: Hit: 1[W] + Dexterity modifier damage. If the target attacks you before the start of your next turn, you make your riposte against the target as an ...
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Is there a better way to run a “rules light” or “beginner” D&D 4th edition game?

I've been attempting to play 4E with my two kids for a while now. I've had some false starts trying to run very simple adventures partly due to lack of DM experience/prep time (demanding job for Dad) ...
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Does Combat Opening use an immediate action?

Combat Opening is a feat from Martial Power which says: When you can make a melee basic attack against a target because of Combat Challenge, you can instead choose to let an ally make a melee ...
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How does Violent Awakening work with Flurry of Blows and Furious Assault?

The feat Violent Awakening goes off when both Flurry of Blows and Furious Assault (the Half-orc Racial) are triggered. Both are triggered when I hit an enemy. This feat adds extra damage to my Flurry ...
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How do I start DMing a new game after the Red Box?

I finished playing the D&D beginners Red Box with my friends. Now how do I start DMing another game? Where do I go from here?
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Does the Essentials Berserker benefit from non-essentials Rages in powers?

If you have an Essentials Berserker and you choose a non-Essentials barbarian power with a Rage effect, do you still gain the benefits from the non-Essentials Rage listed in the power? For instance ...
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Can the Essentials Berserker use Martial powers while they are in Berserker Fury?

There is one line on page 44 of "Player's Options: Heroes of the Feywild" that says "Additionally, since you can use martial powers only when you are not under the influence of your Berserker Fury, ...
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How do I help a player who struggles with a tactics-focused character?

I'm a fairly new DM with fairly new players. One such player rolled up a warlord, casting the character as a "tactical genius". Unfortunately, she's having trouble getting "moments of glory", because ...
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How do I play D&D 4e gridless (but still on tabletop)?

A friend told me that he would like to try playing a gridless game next - still on tabletop, but without the gridlines. Is there any difference in the game except for movement? There are some things I ...
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How do you rule halfling tossing as a combat action?

The party I am GMing has three characters over 6' tall with 20+ strength as well as a halfling and a kobold, both small and about 3' tall. A couple of times, they have wanted the big characters to ...
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Are the following moves legal when affected by the dread carapace power?

Dread Carapace is the L6 utility in the Misshapen theme from Dragon Mag 416. Part of the power states: In addition, when any enemy ends its turn adjacent to you, it must use a free action to move ...
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DnD 4e Books to get (errata? where to get?) [duplicate]

I have the DnD 4e red box, and some friends and I are keen to play more. I live in Belgium (Europe) and finding your gear here isn't all that easy. Most of the books sold online come from America. ...
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Can I skip reading the Red Box? [duplicate]

Can I play D&D 4e without reading the Red Box, as I already have the Player's Handbook, Monster Manual, and Dungeon Master's Guide?
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How to continue d&d after the redbox [duplicate]

I had a question. I'm trying to get in to tabletop rpg games. I'm very new and the people that want to play with me are also very new. After some googling I stumbled on the D&D red box. This ...
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When is it appropriate to use Ability checks over Skill checks?

For a quick example of the question posed; say there was a series of spiked mashers randomly coming down from the ceiling during combat between the PCs and monsters. Would the PC's be making dexterity ...
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What would it take for Pelor to abandon a paladin?

I am specifically running a D&D 4e game and am tossing around story ideas to incorporate an old character of mine as a guest star. A brief history of the character is that he is a dwarf who ...
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Does the “Serpents of flame” standard sustain include the attack?

The Serpents of flame power is a daily with a standard attack and an opportunity action (both daily) The sustain for the effect (required for either action) is either a minor or a standard (the one ...
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Does damage resistance apply to a Blood Mage's self-inflicted damage?

A defining class feature for the Blood Mage paragon path is Bolstering Blood where, when you use a blood mage, daily, or encounter power that deals damage, ...you can, once per turn as a free ...
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Enlarged Dragon Breath & Hurl Breath

While I am assuming that Hurl Breath would continue unchanged, does having the Enlarged Dragon Breath feat have any affect upon the AoE of Hurl Breath? The EDB was created first and thus wouldn't ...
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How can I successfully integrate skill challenges without a grid in DnD 4e?

DnD 4e is based on tactical combat on a grid. Yet when I read the dungeon master's guide, I saw skill challenges for situations that don't seem to require a grid. For instance: Urban Chase. The ...
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Where can I get a list of 4th edition D&D acronyms?

I'd like to have a simple reference sheet for this, as people will frequently reference sourcebooks with a simple acronym. Perhaps this question can be made into such a sheet. Most have been easy to ...
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Can a dagger be used as a melee weapon?

In the PHB1, daggers are indicated to be light-thrown weapons. But is it possible to use them also for melee attacks against adjacent opponents? That seems to be logistically possible, but I am not ...
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Can two characters mark the same enemy?

Can my friend, who is a swordmage, and I, who am a battlemind, both have the same enemy marked at the same time? I tried to read the rules and look up the answer but I am pretty new at D&D so I ...
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How can a DM run D&D 4e combat as theater of the mind rather than a grid?

I am DMing a new 4e group, and I am interested in approaching the game as a "theater of the mind" style combat rather than the traditional grid format. We are locked into doing D&D 4e because of ...
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Christmas Themed Campaign

I Watched the Big Bang Theory s06e11 The Santa Simulation. And I wondered whether there are actually Christmas Campaigns, I searched a little but I have no clue which adventures are fun to play. Has ...
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Can a wizard ever gain more at-will spells?

Can a wizard, through levels, races, paragon paths, epic destinies, or feats, ever gain more at-will spells?
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When using Blade of the Eldritch Knight (AV 2), can you charge from within 5 squares?

Blade of the Eldritch Knight When you use a standard action to make a melee attack with this blade, your melee reach increases to 5 for that attack. Charge Movement Requirements You must ...
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Do magic weapon/Implement bonuses affect extra damage?

I'm going over my monk character and moving him into the Fight Club iPhone app and one thing I noticed was that the implement damage bonus from my Cascading Strikes Ki Focus was being added to my ...
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Is the D&D 4 shuriken reusable?

My D&D character is a rogue, and I use shurikens. But I am uncertain whether I can pick them up after I throw them. Can I? And if it is possible, what are the rules for it?
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Is there a shapeshifter that needs to keep its quarry alive?

My question is regarding the rules of shapeshifters of all kinds in D&D 4e. I'm designing a plot in which I want to have a Changeling (or something like it) replace a prominent member of society, ...
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Converting 4e Forgotten Realms setting to 3.5e or Pathfinder [closed]

I'm trying to use the 4th edition Forgotten Realms campaign setting in either Pathfinder or D&D 3.5, which I use, as the idea for the Spellplague is awesome. Can someone help me convert this from ...
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Why is the Essentials Dungeon Master Kit so expensive/hard to find?

It looks like the Essentials Dungeon Master Kit for 4e is hard to find new, and the new copies I can find are really expensive. Is this because it is out of date or out of print? Is there a ...
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Adjusting Combat Balance

My Problem My players all seem to have +5 defenses and attacks over the monsters, in addition to the health and more deadly abilities... and they're in appropriate gear for their level (+2 gear at ...
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How do light thrown ranged attacks interact with a Hidden condition?

If a character is Hidden (as it is defined in The Rules of Hidden Club), having done all the necessary skill checks, and is in a Totally Obscured area, can he perform a light thrown attack while ...
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Can you force movement without using a power?

Are there ways for a character to employ forced movement without using any powers, feats or items of the sort? By that I mean using exclusively skill and ability checks.
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Will a rogue get their Sneak Attack dice if they charge from cover?

I'm about to start up a new 4e campaign, and my roommate is playing a melee rogue. They're going to have a warlord, so she took melee basic training(DEX) as a feat for melee attacks. She's been going ...
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How do you calculate an attack bonus for a druid wielding a Magic Weapon and an Implement? [duplicate]

One of our group is playing a Druid, and is a little confused about how attacks with the implement keyword work. According to the PHB 2 (p. 82) a Druid can use simple melee and simple ranged ...
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Eladrin population centers in Nerath/Nentir Vale?

Looking for something to reference in a character background. PHB says some of their cities fade in and out of 'this world' on a daily cycle. Ideally somewhere feasibly accessible to Nentir Vale, but ...
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Can a power with “target: one creature” be used on an empty square in an attempt to hit a hidden creature?

Say that I'm in the midst of a battle, and I know that there's an Invisible and Hidden creature somewhere. Am I allowed to use a power that says "Target: One creature" on a random square in an attempt ...
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Mechanically, how do I prepare a village of not-quite-vampire-thrall monk NPCs?

What I need I need to build one or more NPC character sheets, or cards, for the monk/ninjas in a fortified mountain monastery whose order was (and still is) founded by an ancient vampire lord, who is ...
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Rules source for Mundane Armor Bonuses Scaling by Level

So I was building a character for 4th edition with the D&D Insider Character Builder and found that my AC was a little off, looking more closely I saw that the Character Builder was giving me +8 ...
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Do half-elves have the Elven Accuracy power?

In the DDI character builder, when building a half-elf character you can select the Elven Arcane Precision feat. This is an enhancement of the Elven Accuracy racial power. But the resulting character ...
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Where do I write down the passive scores for skills?

It tells me that my passive score for insight and perception are 10 + their checks, which are 0 because they are not yet trained. Where do I write down the passive scores? I had it written in the ...
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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 good books and implements to get started with DnD4? [duplicate]

So, a few of my friends and I have recently gotten the Dungeons and Dragons Red Box starter set, and it's really a blast. But we realize that this set is only a very simplified version of the game, ...
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Any provision for taking a second class feature?

Can a Ranger, at some point in it's career, take both Archery style and Two-handed style class features in order to broaden their efficacy? Can a Rogue take both Artful Dodger and Cunning Sneak or ...
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Can characters get combat advantage more than once per encounter with Bluff?

Page 140 of the Dungeon Master's book states Once per encounter, a creature can try to gain combat advantage against a target by making a Bluff check Does this mean that I can bluff my way only ...