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

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Is teleporting a creature considered forced movement of said creature?

Is teleporting a creature considered to be forced movement of said creature? I have a player interested in a power that adds damage on forced movement and teleport.
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Is any rest required to level up?

One of our houserules for Castle Ravenloft is that a player gains full HP as part of leveling up. This was based on a common presumption between the "DM" (technically, CR has no DM per se, but he ...
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Attack with two keywords versus resistance with one of them

I had the following situation last night. A creature attacked with a Fire and Poison attack. My character has resist 5 Poison. does the resistance apply or do I need to resist 5 fire as well?
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What ways are there to convey loneliness and betrayal in an encounter?

A little background: I am designing a campaign that largely takes place in the mind of a twisted wizard. The wizard was shunned and exiled from his home due to a physical disfigurement, and after a ...
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What happens when making a dying, surgeless character use her second wind?

Last session happened that our Barbarian fell unconscious, with 0 healing surges, and before she could spend her second wind. The Avenger then made a Heal check to force her spending her second wind. ...
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In D&D 4e What does a letter inside of brackets mean for a hit effect of an attack power?

For example, the Clerics level 1 power "brand of the sun" says the following: Hit: 1[W] + Wisdom modifier radiant damage. What does that mean? Does that mean 1xWeapon Damage + Wisdom modifier? ...
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What does AEDU mean?

I have seen the acronym "AEDU" (or perhaps ADEU) used on the community boards at wizards.com, but haven't stumbled on the definition, and a google search goes nowhere (I doubt they're suddenly ...
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How do I represent a warlock with a background in thievery?

I'm developing a Dwarven Warlock (Hrafnhildur "Fin" Arnarsdottir) for the next 4E campaign I get the chance to join. She left home to join a gang in a city, and after reading a book they were going to ...
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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 a character have to successfully hide from all opponents to be hidden?

Specific example - If a rogue successfully hides from one opponent can he then sneak attack that opponent? Or can the opponents allies use a free action to yell out, "Hey, the annoying guy with the ...
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As a DM, how to save a creature from being killed by players and not be cheap?

If you put a creature you want to use at a later date in an encounter, how could I save that creature near the end of the battle without sounding cheaty. E.g. The evil mage has only 1 hit point left ...
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How does disarming a monster affect its statistics?

The disarm maneuver has almost totally disappeared from D&D 4th edition. However, at least one Fighter power - Exorcism of Steel - allows it. Exorcism of Steel - Fighter Attack 17 You make a ...
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Firearms for DnD

My DM would like to run a DnD adventure set in 1930s-tech era, replacing technology with magic-punk stuff. He's pulling a lot from Eberron. Guns will exist, however, and he's just "renaming" bows ...
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How do I adjudicate the natural tendency for hikers to spread in D&D 4e?

This question inspired by this rather grognardian post over on the Tao of D&D. Functionally, the post asserts: But suggest to a party that they're too far apart to hear one another as they ...
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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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Sustaining a power and readied actions: what happens?

This came up today at our gaming session. I was sustaining a Wall of Fire with my minor actions. The enemy was out of sight and I readied an action to Thunderwave them into the Wall of Fire if they ...
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My players almost die in my encounters every time. Does this mean my encounters are too hard?

I'm running my first campaign with three friends. This is the first time any of us have done any table-top role-playing. I'm working the party through the H1: Keep on the Shadowfell campaign using ...
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Does an aura extend vertically?

For D&D 4e, auras read as such: An aura is a continuous effect that emanates from a creature. Unless otherwise noted, an aura uses the following rules. Fills an Area: The aura fills the ...
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Can I play an effective pacifist in D&D 4e?

Is it possible to play an effective D&D 4e character who is thematically a pacifist, uses almost no damage-dealing abilities, but is still effective in combat? Similarly, is it possible to build ...
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How do I use the same type of creature as characters level up without using more of them?

Is there a good formula/strategy for making monsters harder as characters level up without just throwing more of them? My kids, for example, love Kobolds but I just don't want combats of 30 of them.
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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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Understanding stealth and ambushing

I was looking at this map and realized I have a problem understanding stealth. The guys indicated with letters are ambushing. Does that mean that they're using active stealth against passive ...
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Does Resist All stack with Resist [specific]?

Case: A Warden has Resist 5 All Damage from some Warden feature/power. He also has Resist 10 Necrotic from his armor. He is hit by 30 Necrotic damage from a single attack. Does he take 15 damage, ...
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Does the Tarrasque cause flying creatures to plummet to their death?

As mentioned in this answer: The Tarrasque's Earthbinding aura ... prevents creatures to fly beyond 4 squares above the ground My question was, if the creature was ~30 squares in the air, and ...
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Whither the Warlord?

I got the 4e core books when they first came out. On browsing through them, I thought that a Dragonborn Warlord would be a fun combo to play. But D&D is not a game my group wants to play, so the ...
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How are some Essentials classes non AEDU classes?

I've just received my Essentials books. Perusing the Heroes of the Adjective Noun books, the classes have and receive at-wills, encounter, daily and utility powers as they start and level. On the ...
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Can a Dungeons and Dragons 4e character take D&D Essentials class powers?

Either by retraining or gaining a level, can a old-school D&D 4e character take the daily, encounter, utility, or at-will powers listed in the Essentials materials? For example, the Essentials' ...
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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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Can a knowledge check be used to identify the powers of a unique named enemy?

In Encounter 29: Arena of Kord in Madness at Gardmore Abbey the players face an enemy leader called: Leralix, Minotaur Magus (L) Level 9 Controller (Leader) Because Leralix is a unique named ...
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What will happen with DDI subscriptions and online content for 4e?

With a new edition of D&D releasing next year (5e) what will happen to the online content for 4e? Will wizards continue to offer subscription services for 4th edition support, make those ...
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Can a free action be taken in the middle of another action?

For example, if a character has the Quick Draw feat and a weapon with a daily which takes a free action to activate, can the weapon be drawn as part of the attack and the power be activated all "as ...
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If an attack does damage and causes the target to make an attack, which happens first?

Some attack powers, such as Seeker's Possessing Spirits, do damage on a hit and cause the target to attack an enemy (or take some other action). Hit: 1[W] + Wisdom modifier damage, and the ...
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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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Mechanics for implementing Earthdawn magic items in D&D 4e

I'm a big fan of the Earthdawn take on magic items. When you find a magic item, in order to use it you need to learn some of it's history, and spend legend points (Eathdawn XP) to bind it to you. As ...
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What striker builds let you play a secondary defender role?

I'm going to play D&D 4e on the PC side of the screen for the first time soon, and it looks like the best way to fill the party's needs is by taking up a striker that can also defend a bit. ...
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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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Player characters as mounts

I am asking about an edge case based on the three paragraphs under "Encounters with PC Mounts" on DMG 46. So far as I can tell these paragraphs are not reproduced anywhere else, and these paragraphs ...
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Do immediate interrupts stop the action?

One of my players uses a fighter and claims that his mark lets him use an immediate action to stop the triggering attack against an ally if the attack hits. Does this attack stop the previous action? ...
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Druid (Sentinel) Animal Companion Armor

I am new to D&D and I am looking to start. I would like to start a Druid(Sentinel) from Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms whose animal companion is a bear. My Druid would dislike his animal ...
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When does marking occur

This is from memory, so if someone wants to edit the question, feel free. When a fighter attacks a creature, that creature is marked. When does the marking happen in the sequence of events? If the ...
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What's with this tier stuff, and how does that translate to levels?

I've seen a few questions mentioning things like "paragon tier" or "epic tier". What are tiers? What game(s) are they used in ? How do they translate to D&D 3.5/Pathfinder Levels?
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Making epic combat interesting and challenging but not complicated

I'm running up on the tail end of a year-and-a-half 4e campaign, and epic levels are exhausting to GM. Everyone has more weird powers than you can shake a dragon at, and that includes the NPCs ...
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What is the difference between themes and backgrounds?

Wizards has fairly recently released character themes for D&D 4th Edition. What is the difference between themes and backgrounds? Can you pick one of each or do you have to choose between the ...
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Where does a thrown weapon land after a missed attack?

I assume that if the attack hits, it lands in the target's space or is embedded in the target in some way. However, if the attack misses where does it land? Is it assumed that whoever threw it has at ...
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What action is removing a shield and dropping it to the ground?

I know that removing an equipped shield and stowing it (usually on the back) is a standard action. I also know that dropping an held or wielded item is a free action. What action type is removing an ...
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If you are dying, are you still bloodied?

There are some powers that allow you to keep fighting when dying. Do you still count as bloodied if your HP are at 0 or less?
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Does the New Magic Missile Trigger “On Hit” Powers or Effects?

The new Magic Missile (p203 in Heroes of the Fallen Lands) introduces a new (I think) mechanic. It is an Attack that does damage without an Attack line, only an Effect line. IE, you don't have to ...
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Does teleportation require line of sight?

In D&D 4e, teleportation is very common. Does it require line of sight? Example: An Eladrin wizard is being attacked with his back to the wall. On the other side of the wall is the room he ...
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Do the core D&D 4th edition rulebooks get updated?

Before I buy any books for 4.0, I would like to know if the physical books (PHB, DMG, MM) have been edited after WotC updated their online definitions. This has been bugging me for a while now. A ...
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Handling a dragon lair's treasure consistently with treasure parcels

It's my first time as the DM of a D&D campaign and I'm planning an encounter against a dragon in his lair. Since dragons hoard large amount of treasure, I would like to know how you deal with all ...