Reliable Encounter Powers Jun19

Reliable Encounter Powers

I don’t play very often, but when I do, it sure sucks to miss with an encounter or daily power. Fortunately, dailies either have miss effects or are reliable. But what about encounter powers? Sure, you get it back for...

The Impossible DC Jun19

The Impossible DC

I hate saying no to players. In fact, saying “yes” has made it into the 4th Edition rules lexicon. Page 28 of the Dungeon Master’s Guide states: One of the cornerstones of improvisational theater technique...

The Difficulty Class by Level Chart Jun19

The Difficulty Class by Level Chart

As a player and a DM, I hate having to stop the game to look up rules; a silly statement, to be sure, as I doubt there are many gamers who enjoy seeing the flow of a session disrupted just to look up a rule. One...

What are hit points? Jun19

What are hit points?

Since recently I’ve been treating hit points more and more abstractly in games, I figured it might be a good idea to hammer out exactly what they mean to me and what players in one of my games can expect. For the most...

Monster Death and Conditions Jun01

Monster Death and Co...

If a monster dies, do conditions he places on others go away? As it turns out,...

Running and Difficult Terrain May30

Running and Difficul...

Can you use the run action through difficult terrain? This is one of those question...

A Cubist Viewpoint May30

A Cubist Viewpoint

A medium-sized character takes up one square on the battlefield—but how many...

Redesigning Encounte...

The White Wyrm encounter, located on page 45 of The Scouring of Gate Pass, was a...

Combat Related Queries Apr30

Combat Related Queri...

A rapid succession of new rules hiccups came up recently, all related to...

Forced Movement and Enemies Apr27

Forced Movement and ...

Yes another fun-filled rules ambiguity! In Dungeons & Dragons, the forced...

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