Dungeons & Dragons Fourth Edition from 2008 (includes Essentials)

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What kind of steps can I take to avoid overwhelming a new, support-heavy party?

I'm a new DM looking to introduce my group to D&D 4E via a brief low-level (3-4) custom adventure and setting. I have a limited amount of experience with D&D 3E, but the fourth edition is an ...
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How Does Skilled Companion Work in Dungeons and Dragons 4e

My hybrid Psion/Ranger is about to reach level 6, and I need to pick a level 6 Ranger Utility. I'm considering picking the level 2 Utility Crucial Advice, but I'm also looking at the level 6 Utility ...
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How does damage resistance work with same typed damage from multiple sources?

A scenario from our game last night. We are facing monsters with an Aura 2 that causes 5 cold damage and stacks (enter or start turn in aura). These guys also have an attack that immobilizes and ...
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What is the Marshal's Quarry?

While building a character for the newest season of encounters, a Paladin(Blackguard), I decided to take the Sentinel Marshal Theme. As part of the entry features for the theme you receive the ...
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Powers or Items used outside encounters

As a player and DM I am not quite sure how to approach the perspective of powers or items used in a non-encounter situation. For example, I just saw that the alchemical item slow-step oil can be used ...
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How do current D&D 4e DMs deal with loot?

I've been playing since the system was released. I've been a fan of the design changes, except the loot. I loved random loot that allowed my players to be surprised by something awesome, and then ...
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Alertness feat, Perception and being surprised

I am a new GM playing D&D 4e. I have a question regarding the Alertness feat. In the Compendium it is described as the following: Alertness Benefit: You cannot be surprised. Also, you gain ...
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Anyone have write-ups (or alternatives) for “missing” skills in D&D 4E?

I decided that my urban campaign setting for 4E would be better off if characters had some "mundane skills and knowledge." One solution is adding the Knowledge, Craft, and Profession skills back in ...
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How do you make your players see beyond their power cards?

This question is similar in intent to How do you help players not focus on the rules?, but more focused on a particular feature of D&D 4E: the power list. On today's Rule of Three's article, ...
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What makes a skill challenge great?

What makes a skill challenge a good one. What makes then enjoyable and fun? What ways can we make them memorable?
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Can i jump over monsters while im using the charge jump granted by pouncing armor

Im wondering if a barbarian with pouncing armor and an ability score of 17 in athletics can feasibly jump over an monster to reach the monsters behind as part of the charge jump allowed by the ...
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What happened to SVDPress?

I used to read SVDPress's blog about fourthcore and their updates but the last time I went to their site it simply was a download page for the three fourthcore modules they created. I've archived them ...
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Are having the D&D 4e books and errata sufficient to replace a subscription?

I'm considering playing around with D&D 4e again. I last ran it in 2012 and had a DDI subscription to get the latest rules, monsters, etc. I'm not really interested in subscribing to the online ...
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Can PCs brew uncommon potions?

The Artificer in our party has the ritual to brew common potions, but we are trying to figure out what he needs to learn to brew uncommon potions. Below is the ritual. Brew Potion Liquids ...
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Are there any Mechanical differences between the Eberron and D&D Home Settings?

In D&D Insider's character builder, both Eberron and D&D Home campaign presented as separate options when creating a character. Does choosing Eberron vs. "D&D" actually make any changes ...
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Is there a cross referenced DPR / build list, or optimized build list, somewhere?

I'm a DM who is starting to play PC's, and I don't know the many many character options out there that well. My group is full of expert power gamers and I want my PC to match up reasonably, but I ...
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Do burst/close burst attacks “splash” around corners?

I know that blasts require LoS in 4e and that bursts require line of effect between the target square and the creature using the power but one my players asked if a burst would hit diagonally around a ...
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Does the combination of the Blinded and Deafened status effects make other creatures effectively hidden?

If an item and or attack power in 4e gives a creature both the blinded and deafened status effects and the creature has no alternative senses (blind sight, tremor sight) is it mechanically accurate to ...
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When & How often do 4e Monster powers recharge?

How often should I roll power recharge rolls and at which point in the monster's turn do I re-roll them? I'm trying to find the official definition of the recharge mechanic in the online compendium ...
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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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Are Lair Assaults treated as one long, unending encounter?

Specifically I'm asking about Lair Assault: Kill the Wizard, but would also like to know if this is an overall rule for Lair Assaults. It's my first Lair Assault and I want to build my potential PCs ...
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Do Defender Auras require activation?

I'm asking here because I've gotten different responses from different DMs. My home campaign DM said I had to activate my Knight's defender aura during my first round of an encounter before it was ...
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Would a free hand from gauntlet axe let me attack two handed with a bastard sword?

I'm building a Ranger(Scout) for an upcoming campaign and I was wondering if, while using gauntlet-axe, I would be able to Make two handed attacks using versatile weapons (such as the bastard sword)? ...
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How to get the most out of an encounter by combining foes

I am an new GM playing DnD-4E and i am looking for advice on how to compose challenging encounters. I have played with my group ~10 times so far and what i really like is to challenge them. Not a TPK ...
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Can you place something living in a bag of holding?

I don't have any rule books to read and the last rule book I had was dnd 2e, but this question came up at lunch today at work. Is it possible to place live objects in a bag of holding. For instance, ...
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How to encourage a player's creativity without breaking the game?

I've just started a new D&D 4e campaign with a new group of players. One of my players came straight from 2nd edition, and has never played 4e before. She doesn't seem to grasp the layer of ...
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What books should I buy to play with an average D&D group? [on hold]

I have already bought all three 4th edition Player's Handbooks, Dungeon Master's Guide, Monster Manual, dice, Dungeon Tiles, Plan escape tile map set, and several tubes of dice, but have recently ...
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How do I kidnap my characters without bending the rules?

I'm about to start a new arc with my characters and I'd really like it to begin by having them be kidnapped. It would be easy for me to just do this by fiat and say that "You are knocked unconscious ...
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Can hexblades use dual implement spellcaster?

There are a headache inducing number of threads that never actually resolved this issue on the wizards site. Not linked because I feel dumber after reading them. Can a hexblade use dual implement ...
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How can I prevent teleportation in 4e?

In our gaming group, our storyteller loves to use creatures with teleportation abilities. This is starting to get frustrating since as soon as a creature is bloodied, it teleports away with its next ...
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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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What set of books makes a complete starter set for 4e?

I've asked several questions about 4th Edition D&D because I may be able to start a game. However, I'd need to purchase (some) materials. I am aware of the 4 book set (core) and the expected ...
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Is it acceptable for the GM to attack a recently-stabilized character?

I was playing the Scales of War campaign with a group of friends, and my character was getting absolutely destroyed in an encounter. I had failed two death saves, but fortunately for me, the fight ...
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Is teleporting a creature considered forced movement of said creature?

Is teleporting a creature considered to be forced movement of said creature? I have a player interested in a power that adds damage on forced movement and teleport.
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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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Monster Manual 1 - Is it balanced? Should I balance it?

I've been DM'ing a little lately 4 edition D&D and of course I'm confused again: My first adventure was a big question mark, I didn't use the exact guidelines for creating an encounter and ...
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What exactly counts as “within X squares” in DnD 4e

The cleric attack Blessing of Wrath is a melee attack, but it also allows one ally within 5 squares of me to get a power bonus to their next damage roll against the target. What counts as "within 5 ...
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Are there any rules or guidelines out there for in-game gambling in D&D 4e?

Several years ago, when most of my group were still newcomers and unadapted to 4e, I asked my Dungeon Master which Skills to use in gambling situations for money, and how they should be used. He did ...
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Does speaking Supernal result in communicating with everyone?

Long story cut short, I've found online that gods, angels and demons speak Supernal to convey their ideas. "When a god or angel speaks Supernal, listeners who don’t speak Supernal understand the ...
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How can I add psychic damage to wizard powers?

If I want to add the psychic keyword to my wizard powers, the only thing I can come up with is to get heavy blades as an implement, and use a Githyanki Silver Sword. Are there any other ways to get ...
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Is there an item that prevents expending a power on a miss?

I know that some powers have the Reliable Keyword. Is there an item that prevents me from expending a power on a miss? I've read my share of books, but it is just too many books.
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What are the most important differences for a 1st Edition AD&D Dungeon Master learning to run D&D 4E?

I'm a campaign designer and DM with 20+ years of AD&D 1st edition experience. I've been "retired" from the game for over a decade, assume I don't know anything about 2nd, 3rd, or 3.5. Now I'm ...
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What kind of action is an active Perception roll?

There's this popular treatise on what it means to be hidden called The Rules Of Hidden Club posted on the WotC boards. It's widely regarded as a good and toroughful explanation on what being hidden ...
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Can you use superior weapons without training?

According to the Player's Handbook (4e), Superior weapons are even more effective than military weapons but require special training to use. You can learn to use a superior weapon by taking the ...
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What's with the Paladin's ranged powers? Do they provoke opportunity attacks?

So I am a little bit confused. I am currently playing a Paladin built for tanking and holding the front while my party hopefully finishes the enemy off before I die. I was looking though some of the ...
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Do you provoke opportunity attacks when flying?

Moving away from a square which is within threatening reach of an enemy, provokes OA if one does not shift, is pushed/pulled/slid or teleports. Further, so far I know, squares are 3d, as indicated ...
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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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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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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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Rangers making attacks with different melee weapons?

I'm somewhat confused by the Ranger class attack powers from the Player's Handbook. Many powers require the player to wield two melee weapons. What's bothering me is the damage: the book says the ...