Dungeons & Dragons Fourth Edition from 2008 (includes Essentials)

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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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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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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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What are the advantages and disadvantages of oldschool D&D combat initiative?

Old D&D and D&D3E/4E treat initiative and combat order differently like so: D&D 3.5 / 4E: All participants roll individual initiative, once only at the start of combat. Each player takes ...
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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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What is the best way to determine Overland Speed in D&D4e?

I'm running an adventure that centers around a race, and I want to use the overland speed between scenes as a scoring mechanism. What is the best way to determine overland speed in D&D 4e? The ...
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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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Continuing a Charge after enemy shifts

Can a player doing a Charge action, continue the movement after the target uses an Immediate Interrupt to do something, e.g. Shift or Teleport, to move away ? And what direction do they have to go? ...
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Do you have to have a Holy Symbol in one of your hands to use it?

Do you have to have a Holy Symbol in one of your hands to use it ... (a) in your attacks, (b) to gain advantage of any special effects ?
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If a battlemind and her cleric companion are the target of two attacks by a Yuan-ti Anathema, and the battlemind uses lightning rush, what happens?

Situation: a near-epic Battlemind and her Cleric friend are standing adjacent to each other, 3 squares away from a Yuan-ti Anathema with no intervening cover or interesting fiddly bits. The anathema ...
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How could you adapt the Vitality and Wound Points system from Unearthed Arcana to the 4th ed rules?

Inspired by this answer to a question: How could you adapt the Vitality and Wound Points system from Unearthed Arcana to the 4th ed rules. What major changes would you need to make?
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Does Rimefire plate armor grant resist 1 to all damage?

My character just got hold of a Summoned Rimefire Plate Armor +2. Am I reading it right in that it seems to grant Resist 1 to all damage? Or am I misreading/misunderstanding what it means?
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Dual Implement Spellcaster and double weapons

A Swordmage with Dual Implement Spellcaster, Spiked Chain Training, and an enchanted Spiked Chain is weilding an enchanted light blade in each hand. Does Dual Implement SpellcasterDDI allow the ...
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Can you pull an enemy from an adjacent square to another adjacent square?

Some background. I Recently leveled up my Weaponmaster to L7. I took the power "Come and Get It." It allows me to pull anything in a burst 3 up to 2 squares and then try to hit them with my giant ...
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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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Monster Vault Creatures Grab DC

I've noticed that in the monster block of Monster Vault creatures with a special grab ability/attack the escape DC for their grab is explicitly stated (example: Mind Flayer Thrall Master). ...
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Dealing with captured PCs

In my latest adventure, the PCs didn't fare so well against the final villain (a necromancer), and now one of the PCs has been captured. I hated to split the party in this way, but the only other ...
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Can wizard's staff of defense class feature stack with Wizard Utility 2 Shield on the same triggering effect?

Staff of Defense class feature: ...once per encounter as an immediate interrupt, you gain a bonus to defense against one attack equal to your Constitution modifier. You can declare the ...
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How can I introduce epic destinies earlier?

How can I introduce epic destines earlier in the game, preferably in the first few levels? I'm mostly looking for some way to justify time some foreshadowing while have a nice mechanical resonance to ...
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Blacksmithing and repair in D&D 4e?

This is my first time as a DM of D&D 4e. I have a character playing a paladin with a blacksmithing background. This player has played a years-long campaign with other friends. He's been looking ...
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Newbie starting first D&D campaign

My friends want to play D&D and they expect me to be the GM; since none of us has ever played before, their wanting to keep playing or not pretty much depends on me. I have bought the Player's ...
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What can you make a dominated creature do?

According to the glossary, creatures get saving throws when the Dominated effect compels them to enter hindering terrain or throw themselves into a pit. Is the saving throw rule limited to just these ...
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What can a player do to force down a flying creature?

Dakeyras' answer in this thread got me thinking about how a player would/could counter an enemy that used hovering flight to its full advantage. What specific items/powers/etc. can a character use to ...
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Can a pixie fly higher than their altitude of one?

In the pixie description on the compendium: Altitude Limit: You fall at the end of your turn if you are using your racial fly speed and are more than 1 square above the ground (see the rules for ...
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Are the effects of a power applied in an “atomic” mode?

Are the effects of a power applied in an "atomic" mode, i.e. all at once, or are they sequentially applied ? So for example, the power says … "does 1W + Int damage and pushes the target one square" ...
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Can the target of Drunken Monkey attack themself?

Can you make the target of a Drunken Monkey[DDI] attack themself ? The point is the "against one enemy of your choice" ... couldn't you pick the target ? Hit: 1d8 + Dexterity modifier damage, and ...
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Do burst powers affect the square you occupy?

I have a tiny creature occupying the same square as an enemy medium sized opponent. If I use a power with close blast targeting, would it affect the enemy in my square?
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Does a large creature that occupies 1x2 squares require a move action to rotate its facing?

I know that in 4E D&D, there is a rule that states creatures are facing 360' at all times. I understand the nature of this when a creature occupies a square 'footprint' ex: 2x2, 4x4. But, when a ...
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Making a Party of Warlocks

I have recently gained access to DDI for a short while and wanted to try an experiment with some friends of mine. That is, I actually want to play with these characters for a few sessions to see if a ...
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Do monsters get a second wind?

In the early adventure, Siege of Borodin's Watch I found this curious statement: If the militants are bloodied, they shift back and spend their second wind, jumping back into the thick of ...
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Does a power that does damage on Hit and with an Effect gain from vulnerability twice?

I'm looking specifically at Bloodbath. As you can see the power deals 1 [W] + Dexterity modifier damage on both the Hit and the Effect. Do both the hit and the effect gain from vulnerability? Or ...
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Where are the DnD 4e rules for perceiving burrowed creatures?

Are they limited to the Perception rules, or are there burrowing-specific rules that I can't find?
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Does the errata-ed Magic missile always kill a minion?

As many know, magic missile does not have a hit section anymore, just an effect: Effect: 2 + Intelligence modifier force damage. Does that mean that a minion is auto-killed by magic missile?
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What are the consequences of the retargeting aspect of the Battlemind's Lightning Rush power on enemy area or close blasts or bursts?

Lightning Rush is one of the battlemind's featured powers: It's augment 2 (as an immediate interrupt) states: Hit: 2[W] + Constitution modifier damage, and you become the target of the triggering ...
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What has to occur for Quickhit Braces' damage to be maximized?

Quickhit braces: Property: When using a power, if you hit one creature with both your main weapon and your off-hand weapon, deal an extra 2d6 damage to that creature. If I'm using twin-strike, when ...
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Can a creature inside a Stinking Cloud make an Opportunity Attack against a creature outside of it?

The text for Stinking Cloud says Effect: The burst creates a zone of poisonous vapor that blocks line of sight until the end of your next turn.... Does that mean that even at the inside ...
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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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Does D&D 4e have rules for necromancy or conjuration summoning?

Necromancy and Conjuration (summoning and binding) are topics that were fairly thoroughly addressed in previous editions of D&D, and these topics certainly pop up often in fantasy literature. I ...
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Dungeon Masters Guide: Do I need it?

I'm not new to D&D--I've been playing since the tail end of first edition--and I've owned my share of Dungeon Master Guides. I've flipped through the 4e DMG a few times, and I'm stuck with one ...
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How does character movement translate to real-world speed?

If a Human is in desperate need to run away from a monster and he decides to use three Move actions (Standard, Move, Action Point) on his turn to run, how fast is he running?
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How can I encourage role playing in a custom setting?

Since creating a fully living and breathing world for the players to inhabit is a time-consuming process, I have been feeding them background info as often as possible as it is relevant to the story. ...
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Is resistance/vulnerability applied before damage is transferred with Nusemnee's Atonement?

Situation: level 16 Dragonborn Sorcerer with Paladin Multiclass, Ancient Soul, Nusemnee's Atonement, Radiant Breath, Morninglord paragon path, and Fey Beast Tamer theme. Whenever she breathes, she ...
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What is the difference between “partial cover” and “cover”?

Degrees of cover and concealment are defined in the Player's Handbook (pp 280-281). There it discusses cover, superior cover, concealment, and total concealment. However, many powers and features ...
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Increasing experience gain in session

I want to increase the experience gain per game season for several reasons: My group does not play too often, something like once a month, therefore some players seem to loose sense of achievement ...
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Does Punishing Eye count as an attack?

The last time I played my Artificer I used Punishing Eye and Spike Wire on a boss and waited for my ally's attack. First, my ally's attack got my Wis modifier for an attack, then the Eye triggered ...
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Is it possible to play with just 1 player book in a group?

I want to start a game with some friends. We never played using any book but now we want to try that out. I got the PLayer, DM and monster book but that's it. As I'll be DMing for the first time I'm ...
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Can a Rogue (Scoundrel) with Sharpshooter Talent and Moonbow Stalker apply the crossbow bonus to her shortbow?

Given: Rogue with Sharpshooter Talent: Choose crossbows or slings. You gain a +1 bonus to attack rolls with any weapon of the chosen group. You gain Far Shot as a bonus feat, even if you don’t ...
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Can a caster hit themself with a Blast spell?

Can a caster hit themself with a Blast spell? i.e. the usual example is the caster is in square A, casts a Blast 2 spell, so they could hit BCFG, FGJK, EFIJ, etc. A B C D E F G H I J K L ...