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

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What is the best way to create custom weapons and armor for your PCs?

After quests have been completed, or during the course of completing them, my Player Characters might pick up new armor or weapons that I've put placeholders in for, but eventually I reach a point ...
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Help w/Character Sheet: What are ability modifiers and how do I calculate them?

So I was filling out the character sheet and suddenly I saw a ability modifier. I'm confused, and am asking these questions for clarification: Where do you put your "Standard Array" number. In ...
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Does bonus damage from a feat apply to an ongoing damage effect?

When a character hits a target with a power that has an ongoing damage effect of 5 (for example psychic damage), and they have a feat which adds bonus damage of the same type of damage, does that ...
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Where can I find actual play examples of skill challenges?

I understand the 4E rules for skill challenges, including the revisions in DMG2. But when I read the "examples of play" it strikes me that the players in the examples are suspiciously good at picking ...
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How do I build a new, balanced, disease in D&D4e?

Constructing diseases and the underlying mechanics for diseases seem to be under-described in D&D4e. How do I set a level for a new disease I want to create? How do I choose difficulties for the ...
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How does Changeling Disguise affect your allies?

In my current campaign one of my players is playing a Changeling. He has requested that he be allowed to keep his Changeling lineage a secret, and so far it hasn't been a problem as he hasn't shifted ...
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How does Wizard spell preparation deal with non-spell powers?

How do non-spell powers work with Wizard preparation? Say, for example, I made a Tiefling Wizard with the Grim Isolation racial daily power — how would this work with regards to choosing my ...
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When a Wizard learns a non-spell power, do they learn two?

Playing my first campaign of 4e, I discovered Skill Powers in the Player's Handbook 3. Per the PHB 3: Whenever you reach a level that grants you a utility power from your class, you can choose a ...
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As a DM can you have multiple encounters without allowing the players to take a short rest?

In D&D 4e encounters are usually bookended by short rests. Will breaking this convention put too much pressure on the players? Can it enhance the game for DMs to break this convention every ...
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How can a PC craft armor?

I am DMing a dnd-4e game, and there was a wolf in the party's first encounter. After they defeated the enemy, the rogue wanted to skin the wolf in order to use it's hide for armor. I know there are ...
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CBLoader : Character sheet has skills like fishing, farming, and actor. How do I remove them?

I'm using a 3rd party program called CBLoader (think WotC Character Builder). I created a character in it, choosing its skills and feats etc. I then attempted to create a printable version of the ...
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I play a level 11 dwarf fighter in DnD 4e, is there any kind of loophole that would stop me from aging?

Due to some reckless play my dwarf has lost about half his life span. Trying to get around this problem, is there any kind of loophole he could use to regain his full life span or gain immortality ...
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How can I expand my crit ranges in D&D 4e?

This question exists for 3.5, but I haven't seen it for 4e. How far can you go with crit range expansion in 4e? I'm not interested in how far is worth it, or value judgements, just how far it's ...
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How do you calculate damage for MM1 and MM2 monsters? [duplicate]

I realize this may be a subjective question, but I'd really like to know what the consensus is. I know that WotC changed the way they calculate monster damage from MM3 and onwards, but there's isn't ...
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How can a party with no healers return a character from the unconscious/dying condition?

The party I DM for has only three characters and they elected not to take a healer. This is fine with me as the DM, and they all seem to enjoy the characters they've taken. I try and hand out a few ...
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Does an invisible creature trigger an opportunity attack if it makes a ranged attack

Does an invisible creature trigger an opportunity attack if it makes a ranged attack? And if it does, is the opportunity attack -5 as it's against an invisible creature? Where does the invisibility ...
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Does Rain of Steel still work if you're blind?

The power description for Rain of Steel says specifically that Effect: You assume the rain of steel stance. Until the stance ends, any enemy that starts its turn adjacent to you takes 1[W] ...
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What good is GP?

I know the title sounds silly, but hear me out. I'm kinda new to DnD and I'm DM'ing a 1st level campaign for a group of people who have never played before. They've made their characters with what ...
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Optimizing an Executioner for Lair Assualt: Spiderkiller

For an upcoming Lair Assault I am building an Assassin(Executioner). I tried to focus on upping damage and maximizing the utility of my poison attacks as much as possible with some lip service to ...
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How can I adjust the difficulty of a scene on the fly?

I was a DM for the first time yesterday. It was a lot of fun, and all things considered, I think I've made a pretty darn good first session. It was, however, too difficult. I've based the various ...
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How does off-hand spellcasting with two implements work?

With the Dual Implement Spellcaster feat, you can add the off-hand implement's enhancement bonus to damage rolls. 1) What if you cast a spell with the off-hand implement? Do you get nothing from the ...
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Riddles in a game [closed]

I'm not very good with riddles, but I'd really like to create some for my game. The situation takes place in a forest. I thought that perhaps the characters will be in a situation where on the one ...
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How do you improve Death Saves for the character?

I don't know if my group is particularly incompetent in combat or if its our own feckless dice at fault, but we frequently find ourselves locked in desperate combat, with multiple members of the party ...
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D&D4e Thri-Kreen Chameleon Chitin

I have a question based on the wording of a Thri-Kreen power. Chameleon Chitin Your powerful mind can rapidly change your exoskeleton to match the light and objects around you, allowing you ...
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Handling encounters where the monsters aren't initially visible

When researching how to handle invisibility, I came across the Rules of the Hidden Club which state: "The First Premise: Everyone knows where everyone else is, at all times, period.". But I can't ...
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Are there guidelines for creating & customising MM3-style monsters?

I've heard that Monster Manual 3 came with an improved design philosophy for monsters (particularly solos), and there are questions about updating pre-MM3 monsters for MM3. I want to create and ...
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Can the Heroes of Something books replace the PHB?

Can the player manuals of the Essentials line (Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms / of the Fallen lands) replace the Player Handbooks?
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D&D 4e monk Spider Technique

The monk's Spider Technique says: You climb your speed. During this movement, you can move across overhanging surfaces, such as ceilings, but you fall if you end your turn on such a surface. Is this ...
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Do I need to buy the Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition Red Box [duplicate]

I'm a beginner to DnD, and I've been reading everywhere that you should buy the Red Box Set, but this is about $100, in comparison to the DM Kit, Monster Vault, and Hero's of the Forgotten Kingdom ...
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Can the damage dealt by Slashing Wake be increased?

The Warlock paragon path Feytouched grants the feature Slashing Wake: Slashing Wake (11th level): Once per turn, when you leave a square by teleporting, enemies adjacent to that square take damage ...
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How do the Ranger features Hunter's Quarry and Prime Shot work?

First of all. I'm really sorry if the question is so "dumb". There is nobody that can teach me at this point, and I'm really clueless So I'm playing in this solo D&D And I currently in a room, ...
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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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Blinding Barrage: Do you need ammo for each target?

I know for ranged attacks you need one piece of ammunition for each target, but blinding barrage is a close attack. Do you need ammo or a thrown weapon for each target?
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What is the best way to play D&D via long distance? [closed]

I have a few friends in my party that will be heading out once summer break is over for them. One lives in Tucson and the other lives far enough away that he may not want to make the trek to my house ...
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Does healer's lore work with powers that allow an ally to heal “as if it had spent a healing surge?”

Usually I find the rules for DnD 4th edition to be fairly unambiguous, but now I've encountered quite a conundrum. Clerics have a class feature, Healer's Lore that grants some extra healing whenever ...
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Is there any exisiting feature similar to this (poorly worded?) homebrew?

I'm working with an homebrew artifact from this file, page 34, but the way its (poorly worded?) powers work baffles me. The artifact is a morning star, but it has an attack without the Weapon keyword ...
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How to get the most out of an encounter by combining foes

I am an new GM playing DnD-4E and i am looking for advice on how to compose challenging encounters. I have played with my group ~10 times so far and what i really like is to challenge them. Not a TPK ...
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Tips to run engaging exploration in 4e

Fighting is a fun thing in D&D 4e, and every session we enjoy battles. The next sessions I will no doubt have some. But at this point in the adventure I'm running for my PCs, I think it would be a ...
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Alertness feat, Perception and being surprised

I am a new GM playing D&D 4e. I have a question regarding the Alertness feat. In the Compendium it is described as the following: Alertness Benefit: You cannot be surprised. Also, you gain ...
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Does Word of Life interrupt and heal a dying ally before they fall unconscious?

The Bard level 10 utility power Word of Lifeddi states: Immediate Reaction Close burst 20 Trigger: An enemy attack reduces an ally within 20 squares of you to 0 hit points or fewer ...
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What is a good pdf/excel/app to use to create a computerized character sheet and power cards without the DDI (Dnd Essentials)

I've been searching the net for a way to make a nice looking / easy to read/access character sheet, similar to the ones that are given out at encounters. I've found a couple, and I'm curious if there ...
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Responding to Opportunity Attacks with Snarling Wolf Stance

I have a 5th Level Ranger/Psion playing in a Dungeons and Dragons 4e Eberron campaign. The other day, we had a situation come up in a fight and I want to see if we handled it right. I had Snarling ...
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What kind of steps can I take to avoid overwhelming a new, support-heavy party?

I'm a new DM looking to introduce my group to D&D 4E via a brief, low-level (3-4) custom adventure. My hope is that I can later expand into a full campaign after my players have become comfortable ...
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Can I jump over monsters while using the charge jump granted by pouncing armor?

I'm wondering if a barbarian with pouncing armor and an ability score of 17 in athletics can feasibly jump over a monster to reach the monsters behind as part of the charge jump allowed by the ...
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How Does Skilled Companion Work in Dungeons and Dragons 4e

My hybrid Psion/Ranger is about to reach level 6, and I need to pick a level 6 Ranger Utility. I'm considering picking the level 2 Utility Crucial Advice, but I'm also looking at the level 6 Utility ...
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How does damage resistance work with same typed damage from multiple sources?

A scenario from our game last night. We are facing monsters with an Aura 2 that causes 5 cold damage and stacks (enter or start turn in aura). These guys also have an attack that immobilizes and ...
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What is the Marshal's Quarry?

While building a character for the newest season of encounters, a Paladin(Blackguard), I decided to take the Sentinel Marshal Theme. As part of the entry features for the theme you receive the ...
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Powers or Items used outside encounters

As a player and DM I am not quite sure how to approach the perspective of powers or items used in a non-encounter situation. For example, I just saw that the alchemical item slow-step oil can be used ...
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Anyone have write-ups (or alternatives) for “missing” skills in D&D 4E?

I decided that my urban campaign setting for 4E would be better off if characters had some "mundane skills and knowledge." One solution is adding the Knowledge, Craft, and Profession skills back in ...