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

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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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When a creature is invisible, but not hidden, do the enemies know the location of the creature?

When a creature is invisible but not hidden, one could argue that the players still know it's general location. If a creature becomes invisible and not hidden does it remain on the battle-mat?
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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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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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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 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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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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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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How much should characters know about encountered creatures in 4e?

The shift from 3.5e to 4e in D&D has meant a big shift towards emphasizing tactics during combat. While I was apprehensive about this at first, it turns out it's quite entertaining, and a good ...
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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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How to go from a humorous campaign to a more serious one?

I am currently running a D&D 4E game. The game started off kind of goofy (we have a thrikreen rogue with glowing blonde hair, an ale-obsessed dwarf battlemind, a ditzy human wizard, and a dwarf ...
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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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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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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.
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Does the altitude start from square 0 or square 1?

Some forms of fly have an altitude limit (like those granted by Form of the Vengeful StormDDI, Sky HookDDI, DuskwalkDDI and Wings of Elevated ThoughtsDDI). Altitude limitDDI merely says that: If ...
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At-Will power side effects outside of combat

I have a Warden character, and the Strength of Stone At-Will power. It seems like it would be nice to grant myself those temporary hit points at a few other times, like if I plan to 'deactivate' a ...
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Can an implement held in Far Hand or Mage Hand (et. al.) be used with powers?

Scenario: A substance has been encountered which appears to augment damage done by weapons and, perhaps, implements. However, this substance appears to be harmful to those who come in direct ...
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Does a Summoned Creature have a “start of turn?”

Many effects apply at the start of a creature's turn; however, summoned creatures don't take turns and only perform actions when their summoner expends an action. Thus, is a summoned creature ...
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What is the upgrade path for characters generated with the Red Box Starter kit?

After creating a character using the Red Box and convincing my gaming group, all newbies to RPG's, to roll characters using the Red Box, I discovered that the Red Box doesn't seem to have an upgrade ...
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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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Should rogues play stealth or tank on D&D?

I am arguing with my D&D group about the following: I, as a halfling rogue, want to play stealth, but some member of my group are arguing that I should play as a tank (which doesn't make any ...
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Bard removed from D&D 4.0. Reasons? [closed]

Are there any officially stated reasons why the bard was removed from 4.0 main class roster ?
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Are there “Good” goblins?

Plain and simple: Are there "good" goblins? Every goblin I've seen is always evil aligned in the DnD 4e Monster Manuals. I know this could apply to other RPGs but as DnD is what I'm familiar with, ...
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Alternatives to Pass-Fail skill challenges in D&D 4e

Non-Combat encounters should be fun, not frustrating! I'm a veteran (AD&D) DM running D&D 4e, and my first-time players really enjoy the game I'm running for them. Though, the skill-challenge ...
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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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Are spear fighters sensible in DnD 4e?

I'm new to DnD and I'm creating a gladiator (fighter or barbarian) for an upcoming Dark Sun Game, and I liked the idea of using nets and spears. The Players Handbook implies that net and spear users ...
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What happens when you step off the battle map?

D&D 4th Edition is heavily map-based in combat, right down to dungeon tiles and insert maps and the like. But what happens if a creature moves off the map, either willingly or through forced ...
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How to rule a permanently blind PC in D&D 4e?

One of my players wants to build a totally blind character, and so far as I can tell the system has no rules for it, despite coming close. Blinded is a condition that more accurately reflects having ...