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

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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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If we can exchange one feat per level up, then can those feats be racial or class feats?

Can you replace feats that you get as class features, but that you'll never use for reasons unique to your character? Can we, for example, take those useless feats at a rate of one per level and ...
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How does resist all apply to an attack that deals two types of (non-combined) damage?

Resist all applies to all damage types (including untyped damage), reducing the damage by the resist amount. What happens when a single attack deals two different kinds of damage? Not combined damage, ...
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What feats grant both weapon proficiency and bonus damage, without a race requirement?

Turathi Weapon Training (Tiefling), Githzerai Blade Master (Githzerai), and Xen'drik Weapon Training (Drow), and a couple others I think I'm forgetting—Proficiency and (a lot of) bonus damage ...
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Does Damage Resistance count twice for different types of damage? [duplicate]

The Rune Priest in my group grants DR4 to anybody next to him. Not a problem. But then, my players heard me say: "He swings his axe against the paladin of Khalmyr and: 15 damage plus 8 cold damage." ...
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What direction do you go if you push yourself?

Dominated: The creature can’t take actions voluntarily. Instead, the dominator chooses a single action for the creature to take on the creature’s turn: a standard, a move, a minor, or a free ...
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Can you get the benefit of Last Legion Officer without spending a healing surge?

The feat Last Legion Officer reads as follows: Benefit: When you use a power that would enable an ally to spend a healing surge, that ally can also choose to shift 1 square as a free action or ...
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Is D&D 4e supposed to have really easy skill checks?

I have been using the D&D Insider character builder recently to help my group streamline leveling up and keep their powers better organized. I noticed that a carefully statted-out character at ...
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Are there any rules or guidelines for creating original magic items and rituals?

I am running a D&D 4E campaign, and I particular enjoy that a lot of the 'man-made' spells that the PCs encounter—when for example, raiding wizards' hideouts—can be described as "you can get a ...
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How can I make diseases non-trivial?

As noted here, diseases in 4e seem more trivial than I think they were intended: they rarely last more than one increment! What rules can I make/break, or what actions can I take, so that contracting ...
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Is a high level Elite the same difficulty as a low-level Solo, as XP suggests?

For example, a Level 14 Elite Monster is worth 2000 XP. A level 9 Solo is also worth 2000 XP. Does this mean that these two monsters are of equal difficulty to an average party?
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D&D 4e Stealth Ambush Question

Okay so I am rather confused about a particular part of the stealth mechanic in regards to Elves of the Valley Adventure from Dungeon Mag #178. In the 1st encounter, it says the elves (enemies) get a ...
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How do you determine the challenge rating of an encounter in 4e?

Recently my players decided to make the game as hard as possible for themselves by planning a jailbreak that will make them fugitives before they complete their mission to spy on the King. To make ...
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D&D4e Thri-Kreen Claws without weapon/implement keyword

I just realized that Thri-Kreen Claws does not specify whether it is a weapon or implement attack. It simply lacks the keyword. Does it mean it is none of them and therefore no feats and proficiency ...
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How do I deal with these crazy PCs?

I got some of my friends to play a very small game of D&D, with my being DM to see if they will like to play more often. Our quest consisted of PvP, hiding, going to the tavern to get drunk, and ...
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Rogue daily power Profit from Weakness

I'm building an Rogue duelist and have a question about the lvl 9 daily: Profit from Weakness Profit from Weakness You step aside as the enemy’s attack sweeps toward you. You then slide your ...
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Are there any builds for dual wielding sickles?

I am trying to make a character like Death from Darksiders 2 and need some help for the build. The character is going to be a Eladrin Hexblade that focus on single target damage and uses necrotic ...
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Last-minute system-related second thoughts before starting a game

I'm looking at starting a game with a bunch of friends. Between us, we have very little RPG experience; one of the party has played a little before (Pathfinder, I think) and I played a handful of ...
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D&D4e monk nova round

I have stumbled quite a few times about the expression "nova" in combination with the monk. What does it mean? E.g. "for building up nova rounds".
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What's so bad about Seeker anyways?

I remember being unimpressed about playing a Seeker, and the handbook certainly regards them as a challenge, What core mechanic is such a poor fit? Are there any standard remediations (choice of ...
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How much does a magical weapon cost in DnD 4e?

Do you have to add the "enchantment" cost to the weapon cost? Does the player just pay the amount? Do you have to buy a completely new weapon? For example for a +1 magic weapon, it costs 360... Is ...
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Do I need both DMG1 and 2 to create adventures?

I'm working on my first custom campaign for my players and I am wondering if I should read both DMG1 and 2 or if it's possible to just use DMG2 as a guideline. I have previously run modules out of ...
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If a character teleports more than 2 squares while hidden, do they need to reroll stealth with a -5 penalty?

If a character teleports more than 2 squares while hidden, do they need to reroll stealth with a -5 penalty? The rules for stealth specify: Keep Still: If the creature moves more than 2 squares ...
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When does a character get fatigued?

I'm aware characters can rest to regain health and fatigue, but when exactly does a character get fatigued?
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How do I run a skill challenge?

Follow-up question to Where can I find actual play examples of skill challenges? The Dungeon Master's Guide 2 on pages 80-81 has an example of play of a skill challenge. The DM just describes the ...
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What is the best way to create custom weapons and armor for your PCs?

After quests have been completed, or during the course of completing them, my Player Characters might pick up new armor or weapons that I've put placeholders in for, but eventually I reach a point ...
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Does bonus damage from a feat apply to an ongoing damage effect?

When a character hits a target with a power that has an ongoing damage effect of 5 (for example psychic damage), and they have a feat which adds bonus damage of the same type of damage, does that ...
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Where can I find actual play examples of skill challenges?

I understand the 4E rules for skill challenges, including the revisions in DMG2. But when I read the "examples of play" it strikes me that the players in the examples are suspiciously good at picking ...
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How do I build a new, balanced, disease in D&D4e?

Constructing diseases and the underlying mechanics for diseases seem to be under-described in D&D4e. How do I set a level for a new disease I want to create? How do I choose difficulties for the ...
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How does Changeling Disguise affect your allies?

In my current campaign one of my players is playing a Changeling. He has requested that he be allowed to keep his Changeling lineage a secret, and so far it hasn't been a problem as he hasn't shifted ...
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How does Wizard spell preparation deal with non-spell powers?

How do non-spell powers work with Wizard preparation? Say, for example, I made a Tiefling Wizard with the Grim Isolation racial daily power — how would this work with regards to choosing my ...
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When a Wizard learns a non-spell power, do they learn two?

Playing my first campaign of 4e, I discovered Skill Powers in the Player's Handbook 3. Per the PHB 3: Whenever you reach a level that grants you a utility power from your class, you can choose a ...
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As a DM can you have multiple encounters without allowing the players to take a short rest?

In D&D 4e encounters are usually bookended by short rests. Will breaking this convention put too much pressure on the players? Can it enhance the game for DMs to break this convention every ...
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How can a PC craft armor?

I am DMing a dnd-4e game, and there was a wolf in the party's first encounter. After they defeated the enemy, the rogue wanted to skin the wolf in order to use it's hide for armor. I know there are ...
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CBLoader : Character sheet has skills like fishing, farming, and actor. How do I remove them?

I'm using a 3rd party program called CBLoader (think WotC Character Builder). I created a character in it, choosing its skills and feats etc. I then attempted to create a printable version of the ...
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I play a level 11 dwarf fighter in DnD 4e, is there any kind of loophole that would stop me from aging?

Due to some reckless play my dwarf has lost about half his life span. Trying to get around this problem, is there any kind of loophole he could use to regain his full life span or gain immortality ...
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How can I expand my crit ranges in D&D 4e?

This question exists for 3.5, but I haven't seen it for 4e. How far can you go with crit range expansion in 4e? I'm not interested in how far is worth it, or value judgements, just how far it's ...
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How do you calculate damage for MM1 and MM2 monsters? [duplicate]

I realize this may be a subjective question, but I'd really like to know what the consensus is. I know that WotC changed the way they calculate monster damage from MM3 and onwards, but there's isn't ...
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How can a party with no healers return a character from the unconscious/dying condition?

The party I DM for has only three characters and they elected not to take a healer. This is fine with me as the DM, and they all seem to enjoy the characters they've taken. I try and hand out a few ...
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Does an invisible creature trigger an opportunity attack if it makes a ranged attack

Does an invisible creature trigger an opportunity attack if it makes a ranged attack? And if it does, is the opportunity attack -5 as it's against an invisible creature? Where does the invisibility ...
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Does Rain of Steel still work if you're blind?

The power description for Rain of Steel says specifically that Effect: You assume the rain of steel stance. Until the stance ends, any enemy that starts its turn adjacent to you takes 1[W] ...
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What good is GP?

I know the title sounds silly, but hear me out. I'm kinda new to DnD and I'm DM'ing a 1st level campaign for a group of people who have never played before. They've made their characters with what ...
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Optimizing an Executioner for Lair Assualt: Spiderkiller

For an upcoming Lair Assault I am building an Assassin(Executioner). I tried to focus on upping damage and maximizing the utility of my poison attacks as much as possible with some lip service to ...
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How can I adjust 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 does off-hand spellcasting with two implements work?

With the Dual Implement Spellcaster feat, you can add the off-hand implement's enhancement bonus to damage rolls. 1) What if you cast a spell with the off-hand implement? Do you get nothing from the ...
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Riddles in a game [closed]

I'm not very good with riddles, but I'd really like to create some for my game. The situation takes place in a forest. I thought that perhaps the characters will be in a situation where on the one ...
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How do you improve Death Saves for the character?

I don't know if my group is particularly incompetent in combat or if its our own feckless dice at fault, but we frequently find ourselves locked in desperate combat, with multiple members of the party ...
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D&D4e Thri-Kreen Chameleon Chitin

I have a question based on the wording of a Thri-Kreen power. Chameleon Chitin Your powerful mind can rapidly change your exoskeleton to match the light and objects around you, allowing you ...
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Handling encounters where the monsters aren't initially visible

When researching how to handle invisibility, I came across the Rules of the Hidden Club which state: "The First Premise: Everyone knows where everyone else is, at all times, period.". But I can't ...