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

learn more… | top users | synonyms (5)

2
votes
1answer
31 views

Definition of “using” in Dizzying Mace

Benefit: When you hit an enemy with a power that dazes the target while you are using a mace, the target also takes a penalty to attack rolls equal to your Constitution modifier for as long as it ...
12
votes
8answers
9k views

Designing my own D&D Adventure

Currently, I am part of my first campaign of D&D 4E as a player and, I have been having fun. Sometime in the near future I would like to host my own game of D&D with my own adventure. So far ...
3
votes
1answer
689 views

What are the canonical DC numbers for a skill challenge?

I'm putting together some skill challenges for D&D 4e, and I've come across some inconsistencies that I can't quite reconcile. Let's take as an example: a single check in the context of a ...
1
vote
1answer
60 views

Giving a Weapon Bonus Damage Against Specific Monsters, 4e

I would like to have my players contend with a monster that they aren't quite strong enough to defeat. One option available to them after doing some research would be to get certain weapons in order ...
4
votes
4answers
278 views

Can I take an action in the middle of another, eg a standard action whilst moving?

Is it possible to begin a movement action (Let's say my Warlock has move 5), move 3 of those spaces, take a standard action and then take the remaining 2 spaces of his movement action in the same ...
6
votes
3answers
5k views

Comprehensive list of WOTC D&D 4.0 products?

Is there a list of all the D&D 4.0 books to date, available on the web? Ideally sorted by release date, but I'm not picky.
3
votes
3answers
188 views

Do NPCs gain feats in certain circumstances?

I'm stating an NPC as a Ranger via the DMG design steps (pages 187-188). It says they gain the Fighting Style class feature and I've chosen Two-Blade Fighting (page 104 of the PHB), which says they ...
2
votes
2answers
48 views

Can Lodestone Lure be used on adjacent targets?

The Battlemind power Lodestone Lure states: (emphasis added) Hit: Constitution modifier damage, and you must pull the target 1 square. Until the end of your next turn, the target can move only to ...
6
votes
1answer
147 views

Why won't masterplan let me add traits/powers to Creature Templates?

Whenever I try to do so, the program does nothing. I can add powers and traits to monsters, just not to creature templates. Edit: This is in the libraries menu of Masterplan.
17
votes
4answers
717 views

Challenging pre-made campaign for veteran players but easy on new GMs

I just decided to start GMing. I have never done it before, but I have played lots of RPGs as a player. The group I have is a min/maxing group who knows what to do and I want to give them something to ...
7
votes
4answers
393 views

How do you present plot hooks to string together premade adventures?

I am about to run my first adventure as a GM. I have never GM'd or participated in table top role playing before so I am following premade adventures (in this case starting with the 4e Redbox ...
2
votes
2answers
670 views

Does moving around an opponent trigger an Opportunity Attack?

I'll try to be as specific as possible. In the first diagram, creature A wants to attack creature B. In the second diagram, it moves 5 squares to the back of creature B and attacks. · · · A · · · | ...
6
votes
1answer
337 views

What happens when an interrupt power changes the situation? 4e

One of the characters in the party is a Knight with slide 2 on their Melee basic. The general consensus in the group is that when an enemy attacks one of the knight's allies, the knight successfully ...
0
votes
0answers
51 views

How to get additional at-will powers [duplicate]

I'm currently playing a Deva Wizard in a D&D 4th campaign, and I often found that I would like to have more options for my at-will powers. I know I could have made a Human, but I didn't. Is there ...
9
votes
2answers
946 views

How do I run a single player 4e essentials game for a Drow Hunter?

I am trying to create a set of encounters for my wife. She will be playing a Drow Hunter (controller) from the Essentials line of DnD 4e. I'm looking for advice on how to make encounters (2 levels ...
9
votes
2answers
798 views

How to manage character arguments / conflict?

I'm a new DM and have just started a 4e game as Play by Post. The game has started with one character (Bob) recruiting in a pub and the first response was from another character (Al) wanting to ...
4
votes
2answers
3k views

How do beastmasters' companions work?

I am playing D&D for the first time, and working on being a GM at that. We had our first session today, and it was very fun and went very well. However, one of my players chose a beastmaster, and ...
2
votes
1answer
47 views

How many times do I get to use Winter Spirit in a Rapid Shot?

I'm a Hunter multiclass Seeker, Paragon Multiclassing paragon path. I have a Seeker encounter power called Winter Spirit from my paragon path that has a Special entry that reads: You can use ...
2
votes
1answer
97 views

Decreasing Enemy Base Health

I'm the DM for a 4e group and none of us really like minions because of their hit-or-miss nature; its unsatisfying to use an encounter power on them, even when its strategically sound. I'd still like ...
26
votes
11answers
3k views

Traps specifically for Smart characters

Does anyone have examples or suggestions on creating traps that are harder for Smart (High INT/WIS) characters? Example: My NPC necromancer has set up his lair. In his arrogance he believes that ...
9
votes
5answers
420 views

How do you involve all players in a skill challenge?

I really liked some of the answers given to the question about enhancing skill challenges particularly the ones related to making it more role-playing based. So, now the question is, when you get to ...
18
votes
6answers
950 views

What should a DM do if a player wants to do something impossible?

If a player wants to do something a little out of the ordinary such as punching down a wall with his bare fists, what should I do? Do I make a DC for it? Do I make it so that no matter how much he ...
9
votes
5answers
398 views

How do you actually crawl through a dungeon in online play?

Yes, this is quite a silly question considering I've been gamemastering for almost five years now, but one thing that drove me away from (and the same thing that made me return to) D&D 4E was ...
2
votes
1answer
87 views

Which items can I use to boost my hit chance?

I'm a vryloka cosmic sorcerer. I choose to start with a 16+2 Charisma to get some extra Dex from the point buy and my first three feats were almost entirely focused on boosting defenses and damage ...
21
votes
2answers
1k views

Festival Mini Games

My D&D party will be going to a town with a festival in it. Generally during festivals there may be some games that are going on, kind of like small carnival type games or "mini games", ones that ...
9
votes
2answers
1k views

Would a fight against a higher level minion work out well or badly?

I have a level 8 party in a thieves guild/pirate campaign and I was wondering how it would play out if I gave them a high level minion like a level 11 "Ogre Thug" or a level 15 "Grimlock Minion", both ...
26
votes
3answers
3k views

Is there a core campaign setting for DnD 4e?

I'm completely new to RPGs in general, so I apologize in advance if this is an odd question. There's such an overwhelming abundance of lore on all the different campaign settings for DnD that I've ...
19
votes
8answers
2k views

How much damage is caused by a thrown coin?

If someone was to use their coins as thrown weapons, no sling just out of hand, how would you roll the attack and damage rolls? Is there a damage chart for something like this?
9
votes
7answers
478 views

How to speed up 4e combat

I DM a group of four PC's and even "easy" battles take at least an hour to resolve. Normal encounters take even longer! I want to speed up combat so my players can do more in a session. I've been ...
5
votes
2answers
1k views

/roll formula for critical hit damage in roll20

I posted this over on the Roll20 support forums but I figured I'd ask here as well. Basically I want to incorporate bonus damage dice in my attack macros. Right now I've got this line: /roll ...
9
votes
1answer
2k views

How Can I Play A Fighter Dual-Wielding Shields In DnD 4e

I'm rolling my very first DnD character. I'm trying to play a tank-type role in my group as a Dwarf Fighter. While looking through some forums I came across an image of an African warrior wielding 2 ...
3
votes
2answers
313 views

Dual wielding with a Double Weapon and an Off Hand weapon

Is it possible to dual wield with a double weapon and a off-hand weapon? For example, I'm wanting to use a double-sword in my main hand and, in my off hand, a handaxe.
1
vote
1answer
98 views

Can Pixies wield shrunk two handed weapons?

I was looking at building a ranger/artificer hybrid pixie, but the rules for weapon sizes seem to be contradicting. (Or maybe I'm just reading it wrong) From page 28 of Heroes of the Feywild: Wee ...
5
votes
1answer
3k views

What to buy to start out 4e D&D (DM and PC) (Complete Noob, no previous experience) [duplicate]

So we're a completely new group of people, none of us have experience, and I've been assigned DM, which I think is a good idea. But we don't know where to start, or what to buy to get started on our ...
4
votes
2answers
398 views

How to gather ritual components in a low-treasure campaign

In the campaign I play in, my character is the only magic user (Sorcerer). I just reached level 6 and decided it would be a good idea to take the ritual caster feat, to be able to help out the party. ...
10
votes
3answers
2k views

How can I tune encounter difficulty appropriately in D&D Essentials?

Two of my friends and I recently played our very first game of D&D using the Essentials kit. I DM'd, getting them through the Red Box create-your-own character story. It was all good fun, they ...
8
votes
2answers
1k views

Blacksmithing and repair in D&D 4e?

This is my first time as a DM of D&D 4e. I have a character playing a paladin with a blacksmithing background. This player has played a years-long campaign with other friends. He's been looking ...
15
votes
6answers
2k views

How do you rule halfling tossing as a combat action?

The party I am GMing has three characters over 6' tall with 20+ strength as well as a halfling and a kobold, both small and about 3' tall. A couple of times, they have wanted the big characters to ...
4
votes
1answer
495 views

Is throwing other PC's possible? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you rule halfling tossing as a combat action? Hello, one of my fellow players brought upon a good question to me; is possible to throw another PC almost like a ...
4
votes
2answers
353 views

Can a character change alignment and deity during the campaign?

Here's the situation: my PC's alignment was neutral, but I don't feel like it matched the personality I wanted him to have. Can I change my character's alignment and, as consequence, his deity?
14
votes
7answers
464 views

What major differences are there between convention DMing and home DMing?

I've been DMing for a while in 4th edition D&D, but I've only been DMing for Living Forgotten Realms and D&D Encounters. Now I'm thinking of starting to do some home games in various systems. ...
7
votes
4answers
331 views

Is it possible to grab a living enemy by the leg and use him as a club?

Inspired by the Stack o' Mounts question. The above situation actually happens more than you'd expect in Belgian comics: a really strong man grabs one of his enemies by the legs and uses him as an ...
2
votes
3answers
340 views

What happens when you have two races? [closed]

I've been searching for a bit now and have found nothing. My character is a Human paladin but is also eladrin, So what the specifics towards these rules, like could I take all the racial powers from ...
5
votes
2answers
69 views

What is the timing of Parrying Weapon's ability?

Parrying Weapon Level 2+ Uncommon Weapon: Any melee Power Daily (Immediate Reaction) Use this power when an enemy makes a melee attack against you. Make a melee basic attack against that ...
5
votes
2answers
253 views

Is Cape of the Mountebank's power really supposed to be a reaction?

Cape of the Mountebank Level 5+ Uncommon Power (Teleportation) Daily (Immediate Reaction) Use this power when you are hit by an attack. Teleport 5 squares and gain combat advantage ...
8
votes
1answer
360 views

Mechanically, how do I prepare a village of not-quite-vampire-thrall monk NPCs?

What I need I need to build one or more NPC character sheets, or cards, for the monk/ninjas in a fortified mountain monastery whose order was (and still is) founded by an ancient vampire lord, who is ...
16
votes
4answers
751 views

How do I help a player who struggles with a tactics-focused character?

I'm a fairly new DM with fairly new players. One such player rolled up a warlord, casting the character as a "tactical genius". Unfortunately, she's having trouble getting "moments of glory", because ...
3
votes
3answers
333 views

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 ...
6
votes
4answers
658 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
200 views

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 ...