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

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Can One Benefit from an Action Point after a Charge?

This question was prompted by a statement in this answer. Charging Ends Your Turn After a charge, your turn is over, except for free actions. From the Rules Compendium, pg 240: No Further ...
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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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Temporary HP on missed attack

Let's say I attack with a power that gives me Temporary HP like Bolstering Strike (Paladin). Do I still get the THP even if I miss?
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Is giving players extra HP based on their level going to unbalance my game?

In my group, we are taking it in turns to DM. We are currently on our 2nd adventure and I am preparing to DM the next one. During my preperations, I have discovered a potential problem. Our first DM ...
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What kinds of effects can modify a die roll?

After you roll a d20, there are some effects that can modify the result before the calculation is made. Is this a complete list? If you don't like the roll (before you know success or failure), ...
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My campaign uses old item rules. How to implement the change to Essentials items?

The game I run so far uses the old 4e item system. Players find items in dungeons and can buy them at full cost and sell at 20% cost. We do not use rarity. My players now want to switch over to the ...
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What is the best epic destiny for me?

My character is an elf cleric of Melora multiclassing in ranger. He is basically a bow/ laser cleric combo. I am also planning to take the Seldarine Dedicate paragon path. As I like to have my ...
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Goring Charge Monk Optimization

So I have been thinking about creating a minotaur monk character. I looked at feats and skills so I could get some general idea where to aim with the build. This particular combination caught my eye. ...
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In D&D 4e, can you use Dual Weapon Attack on a Charge?

I'm a fairly new DM for 4e (1.5 years). I have a player playing a Scout that has a Dual Weapon Attack At-Will. Can he use this on a Charge? In Character Builder, it seems as though the trigger of ...
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Can I use “Heroic Effort” benefit with a reroll?

I've just found this item: Couters of Second Chances (Adv I 116): Power (Daily) Free Action. Use this power when you miss with a melee attack. Reroll the attack, and use the ...
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Will Eladrin Boots and Gloves of Dimensional Repulsion enhance teleports created by Walk Among the Fey?

Walk Among the Fey says that "Whenever you use a power that slides a creature, you can teleport that creature an equal number of squares instead. Where you teleport the creature remains subject to ...
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How do I read the 2[W] and 'at level X' of attack cards?

Probably a simple question but one I cannot figure out from the books: Some power and attack cards have at the HIT statement a small symbol saying 1[W], or 2[W] at level 21. For example: How do I ...
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How to be a Dungeon Master? [duplicate]

About a year ago, a saw a Dungeons and Dragons beginner set on Amazon. I was curious because I heard so much, but didn't know anyone who played. I bought it, read the books that came with it. And then ...
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Beginner DM questions: Exploration and skill-checks

A group of friends and I have started playing the Red Box(4e), which we are enjoying a lot. I am the DM for this and probably the next adventure and our DM will change every few adventures to keep ...
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Skill Challenges, how much are my players supposed to know?

reading some of the Published Adventures for 4e I've found some Skill Challenges to have some obscure elements, such as using Endurance to give a friend a +2 to the roll on their turn, or making an ...
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Does Favored Soul turn you into an angel?

The Paragon path for Favored Soul states, "... thus marking you as one of the heavenly host, kin to angels, and a special servant of your god." Does it turn the character into an angel?
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How can I convert some of LotR's main characters to D&D 4e?

I want to show my groupmates D&D 4e, but they know nothing about it. However they do know The Lord of the Rings, so I would like to convert the characters from there into D&D 4e. Any books ...
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Why can you move with Cat & Mouse before Flurry of Blows, off the same triggering event?

The Cat & Mouse power lets me shift some squares and have total concealment. The trigger says: "You hit an enemy with a melee attack." The trigger of FoB says: "You hit with an attack during ...
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How can I convert a creature's tactical size to real life measurements?

One of the biggest improvements from 3.5 edition to the 4th DnD edition in my opinion is converting everything to game squares. It makes everything simpler, but unfortunately it also makes it more ...
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If the Raven Queen claimed Nerull's portfolio, why doesn't she preside over souls in an/the afterlife?

As this answer outlines, the Raven Queen was a mortal until she killed Nerull and took his stuff. Why is her portfolio different from his, then? She's got Winter and Fate (Nerull didn't), but doesn't ...
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What happened to Nerull in 4e?

I've been following a story from 3.5e to 4e related to Nerull... but in 4e he does not exist! :o what happened to him in 4e?
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Why did the gods take the Raven Queen's authority over the dead? [duplicate]

Why did this happen? and now that Nerull is dead in 4e, and the Raven Queen rules over the death itself, who rules over the death?
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Is an out of sight enemy a problem for Warlock's Curse?

My players like to turtle in corridors, fighting enemies in sight before heading into the room. This often means the Defender is on the door, followed by several ranged characters. This also means the ...
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How can I design rooms and encounters for a “natural” dungeon? [closed]

The next dungeon will take my group to the inside of a giant tree where an evil parasite has its nest. The miasma it produces is poisoning the water and it about to cause the flower from which baby ...
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When does a surprise round start?

The PC's are in hiding behind a cliff, they can see the unaware monsters but cannot attack them from their position. If they move out of hiding in the open (in order to have a line-of-effect on the ...
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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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Is there a story to guide my class choices for all 4e classes?

In the Dungeons & Dragons 4e red box (my starting point), there's this story that goes: if you could do {something}, your character is a {some class} - and that's how you make your character. The ...
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Do Weapon of the Gods and Seldarine Dedicate form a combo?

I think I just discovered a combo for a cleric, but I'm not sure if it actually works. Weapon of the Gods (PHB) is a daily which allows you to do an extra 1d6 radiant when you make an attack with ...
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How do I make a large organization of villains memorable or likeable?

I'm currently preparing a levels 1–30 D&D 4e campaign based on the .hack// games, where players become trapped inside an online game where a sentient program plans to become God. My main ...
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Can a Player Character create and use diseases or traps?

In several 4th edition books, I have seen traps and diseases, such as Deathsong (Book of Vile Darkness p33) or a magic crossbow turret. Is there a way for a character to learn how to create and use ...
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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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How to create a Number Puzzle? [closed]

I wanted to create a puzzle for my adventure. I found a very interesting book that has all sort of tips on how to create them: It´s called fourthcore alphabet. The puzzles there are very generically ...
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How fast do PCs tend to level?

I'm planning out a campaign to run with some friends. None of us have played D&D before so this means a few questions are presenting themselves. The campaign itself is set in a custom world but ...
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Is Magic Armor with an Enhancement Bonus over 4 Automatically Masterwork Armor?

Motivation After seeing this comment, I read this answer and this answer. This gave me the distinct impression that any magic armor with an enhancement bonus of +4 or more is automatically ...
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Does Sorcerous Blade Channeling grant the weapon's proficiency bonus?

The Sorcerous Blade Channeling feat says: When you use any ranged sorcerer attack power through a dagger, you can use the power as a melee attack. If you do so, the power’s range equals your melee ...
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Any ideas on how to populate empty D&D 4E Dungeons?

Ok guys, tomorrow is gonna be my first dungeon crawl experience with my new group of level 1 players, and after some encounters to let them understand the game, we're finally trying dungeon delving. ...
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Where can I find a complete timeline of the history of Points of Light?

A year or two ago whilst doing research for a D&D 4e campaign, I came across a fantastic timeline of the history of its default setting, Points of Light. The timeline tracked events including the ...
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How should I stat very powerful artifacts that the party acquires too early?

A few weeks ago I started DMing a campaign that involves five divine artifacts that all of the gods' powers are filtered through. I planned on the paragon level quest being collecting these in order ...
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How are the Planes in 4e connected? [duplicate]

In DnD 4E, the planes are listed as being: The Astral Sea Elemental Chaos The "World", being the "normal realm". Feywild, being the "magical realm". Shadowfell, being the "underworld". Far Realm ...
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Dungeon designing and 4E; how to avoid having too many combat encounters?

I'm returning to 4E after a long break and I'm also coming back as a DM after exams. I'm running a campaign based on dungeon delving, however I'm still not used to Dungeons and one thing that comes ...
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What's a good adventure to begin a level 1 D&D 4E campaign? [closed]

I'm looking for a good adventure to start a new campaign from levels 1 to 30 with some friends! Our campaign is gonna be based on the .hack// games, where people get trapped inside an online game, so ...
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Can you hijack a Tenser's Floating Disk by killing the caster and taking his body?

The question Can I Have More than One Tenser's Floating Disk? inspired this question: The rules concerning Tenser's Floating Disk states that: It remains stationary unless you move more than ...
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Can I Have More than One Tenser's Floating Disk?

There is a ritual in the Player's Handbook called Tenser's Floating Disk. I don't see any official errata for it in the UpdatePH document. It reads: You create a slightly concave, circular plane ...
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My party is leveling far too quickly in Thunderspire Labyrinth

My friends and I have recently decided to take up playing D&D after a 4-5 year hiatus and have started by making level 4 characters and jumping into Thunderspire Labyrinth (H2) (Only campaign I ...
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Charging with multiple vanguard weapons

I am building an charging character, and I have a question about the spiked shield enchanted with the vanguard weapon. What if I charge while holding the spiked shield (off-hand) but use a different ...
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Can D&D Fourth Edition be played effectively in a non-gamist manner?

I'd like to ask a question that's been brewing for a while. A lot of the answers and comments on this site seem to be from people who play 4e and are insistent that the right way/only way/best way to ...
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Slayer Weapon Specialization with More Weapon Groups

I made a half-orc slayer to use in a DnD 4E Neverwinter campaign. I got him all set up to use a longspear. The Spear Expertise feat adds damage on a charge, half-orcs' Swift Charge feature gives them ...
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Are class feature Powers At-Will Powers?

I'm incredibly new to tabletop roleplaying games and D&D 4e, and I was wondering whether a featured power counts as an at will power. I ask this question because I am trying to create a Druid ...
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Which background and theme fits a Razerclaw Shifter Ranger (Archer) [closed]

Our DM declared that as of Lv11 we will be allowed to choose a BG and Theme - as long as it matches our (still to be written) background story. I am a LV10 Razorclaw DEX Ranger heading towards the ...
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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 ...