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

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What is the most effective healing class in D&D 4e?

There are many Leader role classes in D&D4.0 these days. Cleric Warlord Bard Shaman etc Which one makes the most effective healer by the numbers? Numbers to be evaluated Hit points healed ...
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What do you do when you roll a 1 for initiative?

Are there any rules - be they official or side-bar optional ones - as to what happens when a player rolls a 1 on their initiative roll? Is the initiative roll something you can critically fail at?
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How far does one travel when falling for one round?

How far would you fall in one round assuming you started falling this round, and were high enough that you did not hit anything? Would this follow the math, or is there a rule written somewhere I'm ...
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Can a druid use powers from other classes while in beast form?

I'm a first-level Druid, and I'm thinking of using my next feat to multiclass into Paladin (specifically to be able to take some helpful Encounter powers later on). Regardless of how smart this is, or ...
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How can I decrease 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 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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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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Do attacks against gelatinous cubes hit engulfed players?

I have a question about a situation happened in our last D&D 4th edition session. A gelatinous cube managed to swallow one of us and put us into troubles because almost all of our powers have as ...
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What is the normal “pace” for a 4E session/campaign?

Disclaimer: The DM has never DM'd before, and 2 out of the 3 PC's have never played D&D before. I am the 1 PC who has played before (2 previous groups). I've just started a new 4E group using ...
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Is Pathfinder selling better than D&D?

Is there any data showing that Pathfinder is selling better than 4th Edition D&D? Also, is there any data showing if and when that might happen?
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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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Recommend a published encounter for 4e to demo its strengths to newbies!

I'm looking for recommendations for a published (but not necessarily WotC), fun, single encounter to introduce some friends to D&D 4E. We'll be using a virtual tabletop (Roll20 specifically) for ...
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Character development suggestions for a low Dexterity character?

I read in some book (forget which) that players should use a low ability score as an opportunity for character development; for example, a low Con character could have insecurities and be very ...
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How do you create a new D&D 4E character class?

I'm a somewhat experienced game designer, yet creating a 30-level character class for Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition intimidates the hell out of me. Where do I start? Is there a list of kinds of ...
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Choosing DnD 4th edition or Essentials for a new group and DM? [closed]

Recently I've got interested in roleplaying. My background is more or less hardcore boardgamer, I have played quite a large number of board games, even some of the most complicated ones and found it ...
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What do temporary hitpoints represent, and how to roleplay them?

I know what temporary HP do: they provide a buffer, while leaving the original state of the character intact (if you receive temp HP while bloodied, you don't stop being bloodied, for example). What ...
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Can I use “Target: One Ally” powers on myself?

I am building an Artificer, and I'm looking at some of his powers that give bonuses to allies. For example, Dancing Shield. Minor action, ranged 5, Target: One Ally. You conjure a shield ...
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How do you fight a sea creature?

My party is fighting at sea and we have encountered creatures who don't surface but damage the ship. I've been thinking but don't know how to fight these creatures.
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If a readied ranged attack action is used against the appearance of a burrowing creature, does the attack provoke an attack of opportunity?

In a recent D&D 4e session the characters readied an action, with the condition being the appearance of a burrowing creature from the ground. Suddenly the creature burst from the ground in front ...
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What are the planes of D&D 4e? Where did they come from, and how are they connected?

I understand that in D&D 4e's default setting there are planes, and I know a bit about them: the material plane is where the people generally are, and there's a "feywild" where the Eladrin and ...
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Can a Dungeons and Dragons 4e character take D&D Essentials feats?

In Heroes of the Fallen Lands many of the core feats have been streamlined, some paragon feats have become available to all levels. Before that feats were tiered by level: heroic, paragon, epic. Can ...
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How do you kidnap a PC?

Here's where my group is currently at: We are reaching the end of a campaign and we are going to be switching GM's. I have been playing a (secretly) evil Psion who has plans to betray the party ...
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Can a human's bonus at-will power be psionically augmented?

The other day, I used the old character builder to print out cards for a new human battlemind. For each of the augment-able at will powers, there is a separate card created for each augment point ...
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What happens to a dying character during a rest?

If a combat encounter is completed, and a character in the party is dying, what happens during the following rest period? During the rest period, it's a fair given that allies may try to use whatever ...
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Should a DM tell the players how valuable non-magical treasure is?

In D&D 4th edition most official adventures have encounters that come with lists of treasure items and their values. Example (not a great one but you get the idea): Polished Ruby with gold ...
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What does “move on an initiative of X” mean?

The Young White Dragon (Monster Vault page 67) has the following trait: Instinctive Rampage On an initiative of 10 + the dragon's initiative check, the dragon can move up to its speed as ...
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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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Can you double move a stinking cloud?

In D&D 4e, a creature can perform a move action instead of a standard action, allowing them to perform two move actions in a turn. Stinking Cloud allows you to create a zone and furthermore says: ...
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With Arcane Reach, can you Thunderwave yourself?

Arcane Reach allows you to target a close burst or blast starting 2 squares away from you. Thunderwave pushes each target in a close blast 3. The wizard chose his origin square and wanted the ...
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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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When does a creature “Deal Damage”?

When does a creature deal damage? A number of powers mention "deals damage" and a number mention "takes damage" and a comprehensive understanding when, exactly, "dealing damage" happens would be ...
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Guide to convert a 3.5e DM to a 4e DM

I have never played fourth ed, I have read most of the new books, but it is so different as to be quite foreign to my play style. Is there a primer or guide out to help 3.5 DMs switch to 4th smoothly? ...
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Do players get full XP from encounter if enemies break and run?

First, I don't know of any specific morale rules for NPC's/monsters, but I would say based on modern army tactics, a unit has lost its effectiveness at 33% losses, and at 50% its a rout. So if the ...
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Immobilized creature doesn't want to pay; can he charge instead?

Here is the situation that has come up often in our group: A creature is immobilized(save ends) at the start of its turn. As no enemies are adjacent, its options are limited. The creature readies a ...
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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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Flanking and swarms in 4e

Can swarms be flanked by two PCs? What if the swarm is occupying the same square as a PC? Does a PC grant combat advantage to a swarm if a regular mob is adjacent in a flank? Does it matter if the ...
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How can I depict three dimensional combats?

The dragon hovers 2 squares over the paladin, the ranger is perched 5 squares up in a tree, and the fighter is magically flying 3 squares off the ground. Aerial minions soar all about. In tactically ...
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Should a character drop his or her weapon when going unconscious?

Going unconscious DDI does not mention that a creature drops any held items, yet it seems logical to do so. Is this mentioned elsewhere in the rules that I am not aware of? Has WoTC ruled on this ...
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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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Order of effects on hit

The Invoker power "Rain of Blood" (Divine Power) says: Hit: 2d6 + Wisdom modifier damage, and the target gains vulnerable 5 to all damage until the end of your next turn. Does the vulnerable 5 ...
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How does D&D Encounters work?

I like the concept of D&D Encounters and would like to incorporate some of it into my own games. The problem is that I'm nowhere near a place that runs D&D Encounters, so I don't know much ...
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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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Does a Pyromancy Apprentice with the Burn Everything Feat ignore Fire Immunity?

If a Wizard (Mage) who was apprenticed under the Pyromancy School also had the Burn Everything feat, would he ignore Fire Immunity? Let me explain: The Pyromancy Apprentice benefit allows you to ...
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Would flying monsters ever land during combat?

Spooney asked this question in one of his podcasts, and I've started wondering about it myself. In a D&D 4.0 encounter, why would an at least moderately intelligent creature (including, but not ...
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Tying someone up in 4E

Is there any mention on how to tie someone up using a rope or chains in 4E? Let's say I have a sleeping player (helpless) and I try to tie him up. How does that work? What about a guy I just grabbed?
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Is there a penalty for holding a two handed weapon in offhand while throwing a weapon?

I have a fighter (warforged weaponmaster, level 6). He wields a Mordenkrad (2-handed hammer, brutal 1). He has a "Dwarven Thrower" Throwing Hammer (1-handed throwing weapon) sheathed at his belt. ...
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What happened to scrolls in 4e?

I'm still learning the 4e system, and I'm trying to find out what happened to scrolls. I loved scrolls back in my 1e days because it let players experiment with spells they normally wouldn't want to ...
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Unconsciousness, dying, and temporary hp

In tonight's game, the knight went down to 0 hp. Later that round, the paladin granted the knight 7 temporary hp. As the DM, too lazy to slow the game down to look the precise rules up, I ruled that ...
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Forced movement - PUSH

When I use a power that allow me to push a target X squares, can I choose the direction the target will be pushed to? For example: can I push a target in front of me to the diagonal or it must be ...
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How does an opposed (stealth) check work?

I was reading the Players Handbook 1 and I don't understand how the opposed check works, especially in context of a stealth check.