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I'm a Master of Information, an MMORPG expert, and in my spare time I dabble in Dungeons and Dragons, mainly 4th edition. I secretly aspire to re-write 4e into AD&D 4.5 and fix all those niggly issues I have with it.


Feb
10
comment What are ways to imbue magic into a cloth armour?
My reading of the ritual suggests no limit on what items you can enchant. "You touch a normal item and turn it into a magic item of your level or lower." No restriction to common items.
Dec
26
comment Why doesn't Immobilized grant Combat Advantage?
Being glued to the floor by webs would probably be restrained, not immobilized. Also, D&D 4e is a game system before a fantasy combat simulator, so conditions are primarily given value in terms of game function. There are often "softer" versions of most penalties (eg: slowed -> immobilized -> restrained, dazed -> stunned -> unconscious) with varying degrees of in-game effect balanced on game function before "reality simulation."
Dec
24
comment Why doesn't Immobilized grant Combat Advantage?
Note that there is a feat, Vicious Advantage, that lets you gain combat advantage against enemies that are slowed or immobilized.
Dec
21
comment Adjusting Combat Balance
"Please help! I'm worried the players are as bored as I am with the drawn-out combat encounters!" If they're showing up each week to play, they're probably not bored ;) They may really truly enjoy soundly defeating monsters. It's like how people play games with cheat codes to win every time. Sometimes the challenge of setting up a guaranteed win and seeing it play out is the fun of the game.
Dec
19
comment Are there rules for drowning in 4e?
Also, quick point, monsters have 1 healing surge per tier. So level 1-10 monsters have 1 surge, 11-20 monsters have 2 surges, and 30+ monsters have 3 surges.
Dec
16
comment Can a thri-kreen count a wrist razor as a “melee” weapon for thri-kreen shooter while using a superior crossbow?
I suppose one answer is that, unless the crossbow has the versatile property, you can't use the versatile mechanics with it. More precisely, versatile weapons can be USED with two hands, but you're still technically only wielding them with one hand, so wield-related actions don't apply to the transition between both states. A discussion on Swordmages seems to suggest they can indeed use their versatile swords with two hands for the bonus damage and maintain all their defensive benefits for a free hand, EXCEPT during the attack (eg: immediate interrupt, OA).
Dec
7
comment Movement and sight
Also worth noting that if the enemies did not make a stealth check to become hidden or their check was lower than the highest passive perception in the party, you would know where they are / put their minis on the map even if they are not illuminated. Being out of the light source only gives them total concealment, but players still know their positions. Incidentally, walls always fail their stealth checks, so players always know the layout of all walls, even in the darkness!
Nov
25
comment Does liquid count as ground?
Can the explicit question of water be added to the original question, and the answer revisited?
Oct
25
comment Alternatives to Pass-Fail skill challenges in D&D 4e
I disagree. I think a skill challenge should only be used in order to advance the plot. You should never use a device as complex as a skill challenge when there is the outcome of a null possibility. You should never go through all that role-play and dice rolling and say "Oops, you rolled badly, the end. No treasure for you."
Oct
22
comment Alternatives to Pass-Fail skill challenges in D&D 4e
One unofficial alternative I've used is a challenge that requires players to reach a certain "total" of skill rolls. For example, a locked door that requires a total of 100 thievery to unlock it. Players can make thievery checks as standard actions on their turn, but the monsters are attacking them. They have the choice of fighting and leaving the check until after the battle (auto-success, no thievery rolls) or trying to unlock it to evade the monsters (requires standard actions and multiple rolls). Is this what you're looking for?
Oct
7
comment Does Deep Shroud affect the Sorcerer's own attacks?
It is worth pointing out that while it may seem intuitive that lines of sight traced through obscured squares (especially when described as "heavy fog") should be in some way affected, they are not. Thus, even if there is a wall of heavy fog causing total obscurement in those squares between you and a target, you actually see that target just fine!
Aug
10
comment Can Oath of Enmity and Divine Challenge be stacked on the same target?
Clarification: Oath of Enmnity is not a Mark and never Marks the target. "Mark" is a glossary term and should only be used when a power explicit states "Marks the target", not to refer to things tracked with tokens or markers. Even if Wizards releases little tokens including one that says "Avenger Mark" do not let yourself be confused ;)
Aug
6
comment Targetting empty squares for area burst attacks?
I think he's confusing the Wizard spellbook class feature that allows them to take two of each daily power and utility power, and specify which spell they "memorize" each day. At level 5, for example, they'll have 4 daily powers and can use two of them per day (one of the two level 1s, one of the two level 5s).
Jul
5
comment How can I tune encounter difficulty appropriately in D&D Essentials?
Note that the vast majority of published adventures assume 5 PCs, not 2, so a quick rule of thumb will be to slash 3/5ths of monsters. EG: eliminate one goblin and turn the two wolves into two-hit minions (with fixed, lower damage).
May
25
comment What would the effect be of zeroing your exp after every level?
Note that this is not an increasing curve; it levels off around level 10. It only takes 51 encounters from level 19 to 20 and 52.6 encounters from level 29 to level 30.
May
21
comment How does Phasing interact with the Z-axis?
I appreciate the cinematic problems with Phasing, but my problem is much more game specific: the player says "I'm phasing, so I do this" and the rule has to be adjudicated. I suppose "the DM will just have to make something up, the rules don't provide any guidance" is a valid answer (and may be the only one) but I was hoping for some more concrete explanation of what the rules allow a phasing player to do...
May
18
comment Can a prone immobilized creature stand up?
That definition of move does discount standing up from prone, because the definition says that leaving a square to enter another is moving and standing up from prone is not leaving a square to enter another.
May
11
comment When does a power count as an attack?
What about "Wizard Attack 1" Flame Arrow, that targets all allies in a close burst 1 and buffs their next attack with 1d6 fire damage? No "attacks" happen with or as the result of the use of that power, unlike Direct the Strike.
Mar
25
comment Does a close burst attack that only targets 1 creature in the burst trigger burst vulnerability?
Are you sure it was "vulnerability to burst"? Many swarms have "Vulnerable against close and area attacks" but this refers to the attack type (Close and Area rather than Melee or Ranged) and not whether it is burst, blast, one creature, all creatures, etc.
Mar
5
comment How to Manage Player Frustration and Disengagement
The goblin dice article is interesting but deals with large issues rather than the relatively minor round-by-round outcomes of rolls. This isn't about one player, I'd say most in my group are this way. What if they reversed the roll and got a 20? They'd experience the same or even more frustration!