Social Skills Versus Free Will

Can players use social skills against another player’s character to get him to do or feel the way he wants them to? For example, can one PC use Intimidate against another PC to force him to back down? Or Diplomacy to...

Flashy Movement

I’ve discussed fluffing to some extent in previous posts. For my money, it’s 4th Edition’s greatest feature. In earlier editions, it was difficult to make a goblin look like anything other than a goblin....

Perception to find treasure? Mar29

Perception to find treasure?

I once had a player suggest that Perception checks to find treasure were a waste of time. After all, if the DM placed the treasure, isn’t it treasure he wants to be found? If a player rolls too low, what happens to the...

Musings on Our First Session

It’s been a long road getting to where I am now. So, a little background. First of all, my friends Brian and Cody returned from their trip around the world on a cruise ship. This event was what I needed to finally get...

Aid Another Mar22

Aid Another

The rules for aid another seem pretty cut and dry: A creature can affect a...

Passive and Active Checks Mar22

Passive and Active C...

If the D&D manuals gave a rule for every possible eventuality and rules...

Elven Accuracy Mar22

Elven Accuracy

For the longest time, the power elven accuracy seemed like a no-brainer....

Essentials Versus Co...

Talking to the average 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons player, you would think a...

Fortune Cards

Wizards of the Coast just announced Fortune Cards, a customizable card component for...

Poisoned Shadows

Poisoned Shadows is an 8th-level, three encounter “adventure” from...

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