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This is now possible. I'm not sure when this was changed, but there is now an Orange House icon on the top of both the Powers and Feats tabs. If you click the Orange house, an extra power or feat slot will be added and can be used for whatever purpose you desire. If you click on the extra feat slot, there is a remove button at the bottom of the window ...


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I’m going to answer “how do I combine Dervish with Lightning Maces,” rather than specifically how to get a slashing mace. Aptitude Special Ability The aptitude special ability from Tome of Battle can be applied to a weapon to cause feats that are specifically for another weapon to apply to the weapon with aptitude. It is likely that the ...


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I follow the iplay4e email distro. WoTC has a tendency to change the file format in little yet annoying ways with regularity which keeps the developer of iplay4e busy. If you are looking to roll your own, be prepared to have it break with every other release or so. As far as I know, there is no published documentation of the format, nor has WoTC promised to ...


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Home Campaign is code for "everything goes". All the other options are supposed to limit choices to ones either permitted (as Lair Assault and Encounters seasons may have regulation determining selection options) or suggested (Dragonmarks do not appear in canon Forgotten Realms). The only mechanical impact that I can see for selecting the Eberron setting, ...


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There are three big ones. Hero Lab from Lone Wolf Development is IMO the best character generator for D&D 3.5e and Pathfinder. It's being actively developed, has a large community, and is professional quality. It supports a wide variety of rulesets including 3.5e, 4e, Pathfinder, Mutants & Masterminds, World of Darkness, Call of Cthulhu, and Savage ...


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As answered here, I recommend power2ool.com. While it has DDI integration, you can create your own well-formatted power cards on it with custom text. For character sheet, I find that making my own really helps me understand my character. Of course, my character sheets (answered in detail here) are themed after weem's sheet. They are functionally checklists ...


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There is a subtle indent in the compendium (at least on mobile) that puts the secondary attack under the miss line, without that cue it's unclear when the secondary attack happens. Usually if a secondary attack always happens it's under the effect line, not the miss or hit line (which then require those conditions). In dragon magazine the indent is much ...


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I just booted up my old offline character builder for this as I, too, was curious. If you boot up the builder and click to create a new character, followed by going to "Manage" and "Campaign Settings" you will find a complete listing of resources used in the builder itself. The most recent issues of Dragon and Dungeon magazines are issues 390 and 181 ...


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"Noble Utility 2" equates in function to "$Class Utility 2". It is a utility power of the second level that may be taken whenever you may choose or rechoose a power of the appropriate level. However, you do not automatically get utility powers nor encounter powers offered by themes. Instead you may choose to replace your normal powers with theme powers. ...


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As someone who used to maintain an app that parses that XML file (sadly obsolete now) I can tell you that the big problem with that file isn't necessarily parsing it (although their choice of certain approaches in the XML makes baby Jesus cry) the big problem is that since the file format is almost XML, and 'internal' to WotC, they feel free to change it at ...


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No. Battlerage Vigor, Tempest Style, and Arena Training are all choices for the Weaponmaster Fighter's fighter talent. They cannot be chosen by the Essentials fighter sub-classes (Slayer & Knight). From the Compendium: Fighter (Weaponmaster) Fighter Talents: Choose one of the following fighter talents Arena Training: ... Battlerager ...


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In order to build an essentials thief with all of the options, follow the following steps: Load up online CB (with ritual curse about silverlight...) Click custom Click D&D home campaign 3a. Wait Select class thief (tab 1) Select appropriate background to give you rapier prof (I quite like gritty sgt.) (details tab) select the equipment tab switch to ...


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Just figured this out. It looks like the rules for magic armor changed with HotFL. The masterwork bonus is automatically applied no matter what type of armor you are using. You don't need Layered Plate or Rimefang Plate to get those masterwork bonuses, they are automatically rolled in to the native magic item. The masterwork armors still exist if you want ...


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I second Brian's answer by saying that making your own character sheets and power cards is very helpful. Personally, I combined them into one and created an excel spreadsheet for my character info and my powers. While the up-front work is significant, it's worth it if you are sticking with a single character for any amount of time. The spreadsheet is ...


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I don't think you can do that within the Character Builder at the moment. You could work around the problem, as the DM, by lowering defenses by one point per tier. Then, depending on why you are doing this - I've seen both fixing the to-hit math of the game, and I've seen eliminating a feat tax quoted as reasons - you may want to ban players from taking ...


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DIY for Techies The .dnd file is XML, so it can be translated into other forms. Of course, this requires understanding of XML and the target format, and an thorough grounding in XML translation techniques (probably XSLT). Write a program to read the .dnd file, translate the XML into HTML, PDF, or Open Document format, and then print it from there. I do not ...


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You may be asking the wrong question, the tool for Game Masters is "Adventure Tools." From a theoretical perspective, it is impossible to apply "monster" templates to "player characters." The rules governing monsters and PCs are simply different. It is possible to give monsters powers that act similiar to what PCs have, and it's certainly possible to call ...


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RAW, No. Retraining in 4e is limited to skills, feats, and powers. From the compendium: Every time a character gains a level, he or she can retrain. This involves changing one feat, power, or trained skill. Only one change is allowed per level. If the player book says to replace one of the character’s powers with a different power of a higher level, ...


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From Nightbringer, The sword Nightbringer is a +5 vicious longsword with the following properties and powers. Just add the +5 vicious longsword in the character builder and have the Nightbringer item description printed out with your character sheet. When you reach enough concordance for the artifact to increase its enhancement bonus to +6, you can ...


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Paragon Tier feats are in the character builder, but only show up under the right circumstance: You need to be level 11, AND have the level 11 feat slot selected in order to have them show up. Keep in mind however that this is not a good way to select feats, as only the feats you currently qualify for are shown. If a feat that would be absolutely positively ...


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1)Load your Character 2)Select Character Sheet at the top Right 3)Select Print: a dialog box should pop up showing your available printers. If you have Adobe Acrobat Reader (free) installed then you should be able to select Adobe PDF as your printer. This will "print to PDF" creating a PDF file for your character sheet. Another box will pop up where you'll ...


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Templar and Warpriest are two separate classes that both fall under the "Cleric" name and they each have their own builds that are associated with them. Devoted Cleric is a build option of Templar cleric so to build one on DDI you will need to build a Templar and pick the Devoted Cleric build option/class features. To build a Devoted cleric do the ...


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If you need to make a custom item card (as you are saying builder lacks an item card appropriate for the artifact) I would suggest Power2ool Power2ool is a free, Flash based website that lets you create item and power cards just like the ones generated by the character builder. It color codes and formats the cards based off using keywords like, "Effect:" ...


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From page 5 of the Eberron Player's Guide. HOW TO USE THIS BOOK This book is designed to help you create characters in the DUNGEONS & DRAGONS® game using the unique flavor and details of the EBERRON setting. The EBERRON Player's Guide uses the core rules and game mechanics of DUNGEONS & DRAGONS. YOU can use a character from another D&D campaign ...


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Paragon multiclassing occurs instead of a PP You must take the three multiclass powerswap feats and then choose Paragon multiclassing in lieu of your PP to be eligible for Sorcerous power. The only instance that I've seen where this is remotely useful compared with just taking a hybrid is with a warlock MC Swordmage for aegis. Edit: As a means of ...


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Strange... I tried and found, bought and equipped the item quite straightforwardly. The item is two-handed, but if you select it in you primary hand the Character Builder automatically un-equips your shield. Its bonus is counted in the power preview (the frame on the right) and in power cards too. Edit: Sorry. I just read you are using the offline ...


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Not a great solution but I believe the DDI Character builder will export the character sheet to xml, which would be a better starting point for alternative formats. I almost hate myself for suggesting it but you could then use an XSLT to convert it into different layouts.


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Most of it is pretty straight forward if you have a few examples to work from. It's missing quite a bit of information as others have pointed out. What you want to do with the file might help us get you going. For instance in i4e the import site can now create a new character without the .dnd4e file and you can then import it into the app as if you had ...


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Apparently the iplay4e guy converts .dnd4e files into his custom format, which seems a lot easier to deal with, as he'll probably change his format a lot less often and he'll always be working on the parser anyway. Unfortunately, the export to i4xml doesn't seem to be working for me. Reference: Enworld post.


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I still have yet to find a decent character sheet besides the official one that I really like. As for power cards though I have found a few. The power cards I like to use were originally created and found at a Google group called Tools for DMs. However it looks like that group may be wiped soon due to inactivity. I was able to download the files for the ...



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