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Feb
17
awarded  dnd-4e
Feb
16
revised What is the significance of a Basic Attack vs. any other sort of attack?
Clarified Essentials design concepts.
Feb
16
comment What is the significance of a Basic Attack vs. any other sort of attack?
I'd also point out that there is no power poaching in Essentials: Half-Elves no longer have Dilettante, nor are there hybrid or multiclass options. So while defenders now make basic attacks ala Combat Challenge as Opportunity Actions (not Immediates), they also can't augment their Basic Attack through feats or features. So if you love combining powers through granted attacks, Essentials gets rid of both combining powers and granting attacks... I'll update the story on Essentials to reflect this.
Feb
16
comment What is the significance of a Basic Attack vs. any other sort of attack?
On the other hand, basic attacks were meant to be BASIC. If granted attacks were meant to have at-will functionality, why not simply grant at-wills? The other problem with enhancing the MBA is that it enhances it for all types of uses, even types where simple damage dealing would be preferable. Essentials takes a very different approach to basic attacks: it standardizes (and slightly improves) them all, but it also does away with granted attacks. The combination of both systems results in inconsistent fundamental design concepts.
Feb
16
comment What is the significance of a Basic Attack vs. any other sort of attack?
Apologies if the tone was more abrasive than intended; my "vinegar" is more against the fact that "basic attacks" have become anything but, rather than the power of exploits. That, and I like a bit of dramatic exaggeration in my long-form essays :)
Feb
16
answered What is the significance of a Basic Attack vs. any other sort of attack?
Feb
16
revised How do I Cleave as a Melee Basic Attack?
small edits
Feb
15
awarded  Necromancer
Feb
15
revised How do I Cleave as a Melee Basic Attack?
Added quick note about granted attacks.
Feb
15
revised How do I Cleave as a Melee Basic Attack?
re-worded the answer to specifically address the issue of Cleave on Combat Challenge.
Feb
15
answered How do I Cleave as a Melee Basic Attack?
Feb
14
accepted Does Word of Life interrupt and heal a dying ally before they fall unconscious?
Feb
9
revised How do players learn about traits and auras with monster knowledge rolls?
clarified question/title
Feb
9
revised How do players learn about traits and auras with monster knowledge rolls?
added 251 characters in body
Feb
9
answered How do players learn about traits and auras with monster knowledge rolls?
Feb
9
asked Does Word of Life interrupt and heal a dying ally before they fall unconscious?
Feb
7
revised When does a creature “Deal Damage”?
added broad question request, added two sub questions.
Feb
6
comment When does a creature “Deal Damage”?
For environment, what happens if you push someone into an aura? If we assume the creature with the aura deals the aura damage, that conflicts with the assumption that the pusher deals the damage resulting from a push. I would say forced movement, including falls, doesn't "deal" damage, because you're dealing forced movement: nothing in the power you're using suggests damage.
Feb
6
comment When does a creature “Deal Damage”?
I would argue against the summon one, because a summon is a creature that is responsible for it's own attacks and can be affected directly with Shackles. Note especially druid summons with instinctive attacks, which work even if the summoner is incapable of dealing damage, and a weakened summoner doesn't weaken a summon.
Feb
6
comment When does a creature “Deal Damage”?
I wonder if this also applies to resistances. If a creature hits you for 10 fire damage and you resist 10 fire, does he deal 0 damage to you and trigger Shackles? Or when you deal zero points are you no longer "dealing damage"?