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

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Does Reach stack?

Well, I don't think I can make it any simpler then such; Does Reach stack? For example: "Reach" weapon property, "Full Extension Fighter Utility 2", "Lunging Strike Fighter Attack 1", ...
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Gain the Enchantment Property from Both Implements and Weapons?

If we legaly wield two weapons or implements, do we gain the Enchantment property from both? I've found this on it. Player's Handbook p.225 Property: Some magic items have a special property ...
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Khyber's Harvest is made for how many PCs?

I'm running the free adventure Khyber's Harvest but I can't find anywhere for how many PC's were the combat encounters designed. It says 750 XP should be awarded for the major quest and that PC's ...
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How can I make my allies & myself regularly benefit from Mark of Warding?

I'm playing a Tiefling Paladin and I've picked up Mark of Warding, which as a secondary benefit increases all defence bonuses granted by any of your powers by +1. At as low a level as possible, how ...
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How many spells can a level 1 human Wizard have in 4e?

I'm new to D&D and roleplaying games in general, so I thought I'd ask here. On page 29 of the Player's Handbook for 4th edition, it says I get the class features, racial traits, 1 feat, 2 ...
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Can a player mark two different targets?

I have a player who plays a multi-class swordmage/warden. Each class gives him the capability to mark a target. Last encounter he used the marking ability of the swordmage as well as the marking ...
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Does “attacks” in effect text refer to attempted or only successful attacks?

The cleric attack 'Halo of Consequence' hit text includes: ...and after the target attacks you or any ally, it is dazed until the end of its next turn. Does this use of the word "attacks" mean ...
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How much experience should players earn when fighting in a war? [closed]

I just finished a quest where the players were able to help determine which side won a war. How much experience should they receive for this?
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Would Deft Blade affect Virtuous Strike?

I'd DMing a 4th Edition game, and one of my players is playing a Rogue/Paladin Hybrid and wants to take "Deft Blade" as his 11th level feat, but only if it would affect his Virtuous Strike. Would it? ...
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Is there software which can serve as a virtual DM?

I want to play D&D but have no one to play it with. Is there a virtual DM that creates the adventure as you play? If not, is anybody good enough at programming to do it?
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Can an enemy overrule your dominate feature with another dominate attack power?

In General Players handbook and Dungeon Master's Guide does not provide any answers on situations where a target get affected by the domination condition from two conflicting sources at the same ...
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Creating a campaign everyone can DM in?

So I have a group of players I'm playing D&D 4e with. Two of them are hardcore gaming nerds, my brother and his friend. His friend actually has a job but it's not intensive, my brother on the ...
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Can I choose not to defend against an attack?

Playing D&D4e, I have a situation in mind where a character could reasonably WANT to get hit with a normally harmful attack. Is there anything in the rules allowing the character to purposefully ...
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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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What happens when a nemesis god is responsible for resurrecting your character?

The characters in my group are currently level 24. My character died and got resurrected as a Revenant. (which was planned). The only one participating in the ritual was Vecna, (he told the other ...
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What happens to effects when their origin dies?

Character A gives a target the dazed condition until the end of character A's next turn, but character A dies before their next turn. What happens to the dazed condition? When does it last until now? ...
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Does Manifestation of Wrath heal depending on the number of enemies hit or not?

The power says: Daily Divine, Radiant Standard Action Close burst 1 Target: Each enemy in the burst Effect: Each target takes 10 + Wisdom modifier radiant damage, and ...
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Do large creatures provoke Opportunity Attacks when moving if some part of them still occupies the threatened square?

This scenario happened in our 4E game last night. A Troll (2x2) started in a non-threatened space and tried to move 2 squares to attack the cleric. With the first step, it entered a square ...
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Does increasing Con during level-up also increase the bonus to HP from Con?

When a player's character increases their Con score at any level does that change their max Hit Points? For example, a cleric has HP equal to 12+Con at 1st level and has a 16 Con. And at levels 4, 8, ...
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What's the best way to DM semi-large battles (~50 guys on each side)?

In one of the campaigns I'm running, the players are about to enter a large fight (~50 vs ~50). This includes around 40 regular units, and 6 Player Characters versus around 45 regular units and 5 ...
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Does Avatar of Vice grant free uses of Dread Smite if I don't know it?

Assume I have a multi-class paladin, and have spent a feat to take Avatar of Vice (from Heroes of Shadow) as my level 29 daily power instead of whatever my class power was. The last part of this ...
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Are class and feat based proficiencies cumulative?

A dnd 4e dwarf fighter has the feat Dwarven Weapon Training, which reads: '+ damage and proficiency with axes and hammers.' Our dwarf is already proficient with both weapons, being a fighter. Does ...
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What is the most damage-oriented barbarian build (without any regard to defences)?

I'm playing a minotaur barbarian who has a (housruled) tanked int of 3. He's a brute - simple as that. I want him to be able to do the most possible damage with zero regard to defenses or companions ...
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Can you get the benefit of Saving Inspiration without spending a healing surge?

The Warlord feat Saving Inspiration reads as follows: Benefit: When you use inspiring word, you can forgo any extra dice of healing granted by the power to instead grant the target a saving ...
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How can summons and beast companions become more fun?

Currently, if you're a summoner wizard, necromancer, or a beast master - summons are just not that good.. you have to spend an entire action to move/act with them and most the time it's just not worth ...
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Change Of Heart (Deity)

One of the players is a level 5 Avenger with Sehanine as his deity. Would changing his deity or acting against its "laws" result in him getting punished by Sehanine, and if yes how?
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Turning a Campaign Evil Leads To “Problems”

Prologue : So, the campaign I'm running right now has a noble-kinda purpose. To kill the Evil Witch and save the world etc, you get the point. As a plot twist I am thinking to turn the campaign to ...
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Changing Type Of Enemy During Combat

Hypothetic scenario: A ranger does a stealth check and succeeds. While moving he notices two patrols and decides to attack them using Two Fanged Strike. The patrols are normally minions. He gets to ...
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How does one calm, then tame a Natural Beast?

I read in this question that to tame a Natural Beast creature that one must first calm, then tame, then train. Also, that this is achieved through an "extended" challenge. Is this true? And, if so, ...
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Do I apportion XP to NPC allies? [duplicate]

I'm running a D&D 4e duet game. Recently, the PC picked up a couple temporary NPC companions. Now they have completed their first encounter together, and I'm not sure what to do about ...
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Kobold Barbarian and Rage Drake’s Frenzy

We have a Kobold Barbarian, with Shifty from Monster Manual 1 p278. If he activates Rage Drake’s Frenzy (Level 1 Daily, PHB2) and reduces a unit to 0 HP, he is granted a MBA as a free action. Can he ...
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Is Wild Magic a Prerequisite for a Chaos Sorcerer?

Is Wild Magic a prerequisite to playing to play a Chaos Sorcerer? If yes, when Wild Soul is used, how does the outcome affect the powers that already have a damage type Explanation : If I roll a ...
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How can I build a Sorcerer who focuses on debuffing and debilitating effects?

A friend of mine is about to start his own 4e campaign, and I'll be playing a Sorcerer. We're starting from scratch at level 1. I need your advice on how to build him the way I want him, though: I ...
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Am I locked into zones being exactly as described, or can I change what they're a zone of?

Sorry if this question is a bit nit-picky, but I have asked a few questions before based on misconceptions of "flavor text" in 4e... Now my RP oriented mind has a question about a specified ...
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Can any creature be tamed?

In my game, my PCs are always trying to tame a creature or monster with their Nature skill. Can any and all creatures/monsters be tamed and controlled/kept by using Nature or any other skill?
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How to use Time Paradox In-Game

Position/State of Players : Trapped in the Underdark Goal : To use time travel A small explanation : While they are there, I want to make them travel back in time. However I have no idea on how to ...
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Introducing Roleplaying in Combat [duplicate]

I am the kind of gamer that mostly enjoys the story and I love roleplaying. However this time I am the Dungeon Master and not a player. How can I encourage my players to roleplay during combat ...
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Being a more “flexible” Dungeon Master [closed]

[The following question is about avoiding to railroad the players, and has nothing to do with breaking or following rules.] I am playing a campaign of my own with my friends, and the thing is that I ...
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Critical failure suggestions?

In my last session, my group had in a single encounter over 8 botches, I lost count in fact! At first, I was statistically amazed at how our ranger botched 4 rounds in a row (in-game interpretation ...
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How can I quickly come up with random encounters and puzzles?

I'm DMing my first campaign in D&D 4e using my own setting, and I need to create some random encounters throughout the map surrounding the starting village. I only have a week available between ...
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D&D 4E, Passive Perception or Passive Insight instead of rolling

In my D&D game, I'm unsure whether to allow players to use their Passive Insight or Passive Perception instead of rolling when they are actively trying to inspect something. Do I make them roll ...
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Why is a skill offered twice as trained on some classes? [duplicate]

So it's bugging me since the first day I started playing D&D (not long ago, but meh!), but why do some classes go like this: Trained Skills: Arcana. From the class skills list below, choose ...
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Random Loot list for Magic Items

Does anyone have some sort of random Loot list for magic and non-magic items? My group prefers the random approach when it comes to magic items. I am using Sly Flourish´s random loot table for now, ...
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Does warden's mark lower enemies attack rolls?

As far as I know a warden marks his/her enemies in order to exploit Warden's Fury and Warden's Grasp immediate at-wills. But in Primal Power, page 95, Daily Evocations lvl 5, Lifebind Attack states: ...
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How do you deal with metagaming based on die results?

I ran into this problem in a session I had earlier today. My characters were going through a dungeon and after a fairly lengthy fight with a person who lived there, they decided they would question ...
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How do Hybrid Warlocks get Eldritch Blast?

I may be reading this wrong but with the hybrid rules in PHB3 it doesn't seem to say that a Hybrid Warlock does or does not get Eldritch Blast which in PHB1 it says all Warlocks have. Does this ...
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Does Vecna's Aura work on revenant players?

The creature Vecna has the following Aura: Vecna's Aura (Healing, Necrotic) aura 10; any living creature that starts its turn within the aura takes 50 necrotic damage. Any undead creature that ...
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Does a hybrid blackguard choosing Domination as vice gain the Dominator's Strike? [closed]

Reading the compendium article, it's a bit unclear.
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Are rulings that only feature in Dragon/Dungeon Magazine 'official'?

A recent answer presented the following ruling from Dragon Magazine 371, page 9 (emphasis added): If you choose multiple heritage feats (or feats that similarly modify at-will powers), you choose ...
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Bard Focused Sound Criticals

In Arcane Power the Bard lvl 1 Encounter Power Focused Sound says: Until the end of your next turn, any attack against the target can score a critical hit on a roll of 18-20. Does this mean that ...