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How can I fix Essentials Druid sentinel's Armor Class?

The sentinel is a wis/con leader designed to fight in melee combat. While it comes with an animal companion, the sentinel is limited to light armor and has dex as a tertiary stat at best. Are there ...
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In D&D 4e, does the half-elf get an extra encounter power, or does his race power take the place of his class power?

The half-elf gets a racial power that lets him take an at-will from a class not his own and make it an encounter power. Does that mean it replaces his class encounter power or that he gets an ...
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What is the minimum set of books a group should have to play 4e? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 4th ed. D&D - 'Core books' or 'Essentials' - what (set of books and financial outlay) makes a complete game? At the moment I do not own any of the 4e ...
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What is a 'Death Spiral'?

And what does it mean for combat in a game?
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8answers
438 views

How do you plan a character's actions when the player is absent?

How do you handle being absent a session when you have specific actions in mind for your character? Leave notes for the person playing your character, even a script? Describe the character's ...
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When did the concept of Striker, Controller, Leader and Defender enter into the gaming lexicon?

One of the biggest changes I've observed as an old time gamer (AD&D 1st ed, Shadowrun 1st ed etc) versus now exploring 4th ed D&D (and reading about 3.0/3.5 and d20 systems etc) is that now ...
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Any advice for playing characters who are older (much older) than the player?

Several of the characters in our group are of long-lived races and have ages in the triple digits as a result. Presumably the game-mechanic effects of their ages are already factored into the rules ...
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1answer
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How easy is it for a group that's grown up on a D20/DnD system to quickly pick up and try Dust Devils?

The Dust Devils rpg seems very interesting to try; we are, however, quite busy and won't have time to prepare in advance - most likely we'll be learning the rules while we play. How difficult is the ...
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Rebalancing the Orc Brutes in Thunderspire labyrinth?

The Orc Beserker is a miserably designed sack of hitpoints: Orc Berserker HP 66; Bloodied 33 AC 15; Fortitude 17, Reflex 13, Will 12 Speed 6 (8 while charging) Greataxe ...
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240 views

Are “Zero” and “Interface Zero” the same RPG?

I've seen mentions of both in discussions - are they one RPG, or two?
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What is an “ashcan” release?

What are "ashcans"? What are their purpose? Where does the name come from?
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Good first “indie” rpg to try out? [closed]

What would be a good "indie" role-playing game to try out something a little more experimental than the mainstream games? Recently we've been playing D&D3, WFRP 2nd ed, and a FUDGE-game based on ...
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Can an enemy missed by Bard's Compulsion still charge?

From the Bard's 5th level Daily power: Miss: ...and it cannot take move actions on its next turn. Can an enemy affected by this power still charge on its turn?
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Does Challenge Rating scale linearly?

In other words, given a CR of x the official definition of CR is that four adventurers of level x will on average use up a quarter of their resources to defeat the challenge. For parties with less ...
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7answers
435 views

Role-playing within role-playing

Suppose that the PCs are actors that have to play roles in film, television, theatre. Or that they are some sort of spirits that process other people and make them do their bidding without letting ...
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Are there known design flaws or exploits in Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition?

I've googled some but not found a definitive answer. I did however see that 'exploits' are now an in-game term. This is not how I mean it in the question: I mean game-breaking loopholes. A short ...
8
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1answer
640 views

How can I convert monsters from D&D 3.5 to d20 Modern?

What sort of issues would I run into if I wanted to co-opt some D&D 3.5 creatures into a D20 Modern setting? I'm looking mostly at devils, demons and some of the astral creatures. Will such ...
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8answers
539 views

What non-RPG hobbies are complementary to the RPG addiction?

We want to recruit players for our regular table-top group, and have been debating where to look, to find non-players who would most likely be interested in playing and enjoy the experience. Going ...
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1answer
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How do brutal and high crit weapons interact with non [W] damaging attack powers?

At least two Swordmage powers are weapon powers, that deal fixed dice of damage rather than [W]s of damage. Spidersilk Slash ddi is a weapon power that deals 1d10 + int mod damage. Seed of Fire ddi ...
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2answers
345 views

Does ranged magic that requires line-of-sight also require line-of-effect?

This came up during a combat last week. The party had barricaded themselves behind double doors and the wizard was peering through the keyholes, dropping Scorching Bursts on anything foolish enough ...
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Story Arc vs. Player Creativity

I want to put the players in a challenging spot by putting them in a no win situation and having them captured and stripped of their equipment (assuming they might get it back as they make their ...
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1answer
596 views

Do underwater opponents have cover from someone in the water?

Someone under the water has total cover from someone on the land. If you are in the water but not under it you have partial cover from a land based opponent. What I'd like to know is if you are in ...
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3answers
593 views

In Call of Cthulhu, what would you roll to search a room?

In a Call of Cthulhu adventure, a particular clue is concealed in a room. In Trail of Cthulhu, you'd spend a point of Evidence Collection. What would you do in Call of Cthulhu? The rules I have are ...
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1answer
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What is an effective leader for a striker heavy first level party?

I'm new to D&D and recently posted a question asking what class would do the most damage and learned that we need a good damage-mitigator. We have a Drow Warlock (dark pact), Longtooth shifter ...
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Resources containing practical, yet non-combat, non-adventuring D&D spells

Continuing the train of thoughts emerging from the discussion of this previous question (about magocracies and theocracies in DnD), I'd like to know if there are any good official or unofficial ...
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D&D Encounters Dark Sun Season

I've stepped up to run one of the local Encounters tables for this season. However I don't have adventure chapters 1 & 2. What has happened in the story up until now?
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1answer
613 views

How can a Sphere of Annihilation be detected, and how can it be “disarmed”?

I'm reading the DnD Essentials DM Book, and on the Sphere of Annihilation stat block, it mentions several things I don't exactly know how to read: The sphere has "Detect automatic". Does this mean ...
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1answer
378 views

What are the consequences of the retargeting aspect of the Battlemind's Lightning Rush power on enemy area or close blasts or bursts?

Lightning Rush is one of the battlemind's featured powers: It's augment 2 (as an immediate interrupt) states: Hit: 2[W] + Constitution modifier damage, and you become the target of the triggering ...
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2answers
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Optional rules to replace various XP costs in DnD3.5?

Are there any official optional rules to replace various XP costs (that characters have to pay for things like potion making and so on) with something else in D&D3.5? If not, do you have any ...
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How quickly can fortifications be built in D&D 4e, magically and otherwise

My bad guys have holed themselves up for a couple months. Given little preexisting fortification, what resources are there for for building mechanical and magical defenses? Is there something ...
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2answers
351 views

Can you to take a healing surge in response to being bloodied that is not Second Wind?

My group has been using a rule ever since we started playing D&D 4e. I did a search and can not find a reference to it anywhere. I need to know if I missed the reference to it or if we have ...
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1answer
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Average attack bonus of a 30th level character in DnD 4e

What is the average attack of 30th level D&D character? (Of course this number must be calculated without uber-strong homebrew items). My real question is this: What is the average chance of ...
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2answers
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Does going prone stack with having cover?

Suppose I'm playing a ranged character. I am standing with an ally between me and my enemies, which grants "+2 defenses" for cover. I decide to further go prone. Do I now have a "+4 defenses", 2 ...
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Does a prone creature grant cover to its allies against ranged attacks?

It seems like it's a no-brainer that against ranged attacks, prone creatures would not provide cover to allies, but I don't see any specific rules about it. Also I guess you could argue that larger ...
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2answers
463 views

Do multiple withering weapons penalties to AC stack with each other?

Withering Weapon: Property: Each time you hit with this weapon in melee, your target takes a cumulative –1 penalty to AC. The target can make a saving throw to end the entire penalty, but it can ...
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1answer
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What has to occur for Quickhit Braces' damage to be maximized?

Quickhit braces: Property: When using a power, if you hit one creature with both your main weapon and your off-hand weapon, deal an extra 2d6 damage to that creature. If I'm using twin-strike, when ...
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2answers
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How does Magic Circle against Evil work?

Magic Circle against Evild20SRD has two primary effects: Affecting all creatures within 10-ft. of its target with a Protection from Evild20SRD effect. Drawing a 10-ft.-radius circle centered on its ...
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How do I fill the DnD 4E Essentials Character Sheets? - clarifications

I'm exercising to start as a DM, and one of the things I'm doing is know how to fill the 4E (especially Essentials) character sheets. I'm not sure what I should fill What are the "Modifier", "Misc" ...
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Reliable ways of generating cover/concealment at range

Are there any magical items that can be used in order to reliably generate concealment at range, but do not impair/effect the user? Take the case of, say, an archer-archetype character. They may ...
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1answer
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How are some Essentials classes non AEDU classes?

I've just received my Essentials books. Perusing the Heroes of the Adjective Noun books, the classes have and receive at-wills, encounter, daily and utility powers as they start and level. On the ...
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Is there a Potion of Magic Circle against Evil?

I know that you can brew a potion for any 3rd-level or lower spell that targets one or more creatures : If you store a personal spell in a wand, can you then target other creatures with that spell?. ...
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2answers
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How often are Rules Updates released for D&D 4th Edition?

Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition was released in mid-2008. However, the current list of Rules Updates only has one from October 2010. Are updates really released that infrequently, or are there ...
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2answers
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What is an appropriate nerf for an Epic Ardent using Demoralizing Strike?

Demoralizing Strike is a 1st level Ardent at-will. Of interest here is the Augment 2 (sample build): Augment 2 Close: burst 1 Target: Each creature in burst Hit: 1[W] + Charisma ...
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1answer
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What magic items and feats improve a Monk's attack bonus?

The Stone Fist Monk character in my group has a relatively low attack bonus because she didn't get a really high main ability score. I'm wondering what feats and magic items, other than magic ...
7
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1answer
284 views

Can the Ardent's Unhinging strike cause a creature to target itself?

The power reads: At-Will Augmentable, Charm, Psionic, Psychic, Weapon Standard Action Melee weapon Target: One creature Attack: Charisma vs. Will Hit: Charisma ...
7
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1answer
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When a creature is hit with the Wizard's Sleep, do they also have to save against the initial slow effect?

The Wizard Level 1 Daily spell Sleep says: Hit: The target is slowed (save ends). If the target fails its first saving throw against this power, the target becomes unconscious (save ends). ...
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1answer
657 views

Is a utility power that has the encounter keyword considered an “encounter power”?

Powers are divided into At-Will, Encounter, Utility, and Daily powers, which you gain at different levels. At 12th level, my character (a blood mage) now has: Soul Burn Blood Mage Utility 12 ...
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1answer
438 views

Is there anything useful missing from the DnD Essentials character sheets?

I'm trying my hand at character creation with Essentials, and I have both the original 4E character sheets and the Essentials character sheets. I was wondering if some stuff left over is actually ...
5
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1answer
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How do you calculate the Monk's Attack bonus?

I'm having a lot of trouble figuring out how to calculate the Monk's attack bonus, for some reason it seems stupidly low. If an attack power has the keywords Full Discipline, Implement, Psionic. ...
4
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3answers
206 views

Can a vehicle make a reflex save to avoid damage from Autofire?

In d20 Modern, if a character is in a square hit by autofire, he can make a DC 15 Reflex save to avoid taking damage. I can't see anything in the SRD about what happens to a vehicle hit by autofire. ...

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