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  1. Thread: 4E Redux

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    With new players I normally dont start with the...

    With new players I normally dont start with the daily.
    And in some cases without the encounter power entirely.

    Those cuts are made to mantain simplicity and usually last 2-4 combats.
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    I wasn´t aware of that. I only DM'd for a...

    I wasn´t aware of that.

    I only DM'd for a Knight on the Heroic Tier and it felt more powerful than de fighter, although more dull.
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    I thought the whole point of the essentials was...

    I thought the whole point of the essentials was to give the option to play 4e classes that are as powerful as the previous ones, but much simpler to handle.

    That's what I would do if a 10 year old...
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    What does it mean "big brother/little brother...

    What does it mean "big brother/little brother feel"?
  5. Thread: 4E Redux

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    Another way to keep 4e progression, remove the...

    Another way to keep 4e progression, remove the overwhelming options (apart from Essentials) and level up is to:
    Remove magic item powers, or keep one.
    Remove consumables.
    Make two stacks of...
  6. Thread: 4E Redux

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    What's you opinion on limiting yourself to the...

    What's you opinion on limiting yourself to the levels of 4E where you don't get that analysis paralysis?
    Wouldn´t that do the trick?
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    Gonna watch it tonight, thanks!

    Gonna watch it tonight, thanks!
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    Thanks Raskinner, off the top of your head is...

    Thanks Raskinner, off the top of your head is good enough.
    This is a brainstorming post.
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    Thank you guys!

    Thank you guys!
  10. Thread: Inframinions

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    Inframinions

    I always frowned upon the scenario of missing for a couple of rounds against a minion.

    I don´t like how they can waste so many PC actions, in such a non-fun way.

    So I added some options for...
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    Where/how can you get these APs these days? (I'm...

    Where/how can you get these APs these days?
    (I'm back from 6 years of not roleplaying)
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    Thank you Bawylie! Very inspiring! Anyone has...

    Thank you Bawylie! Very inspiring!

    Anyone has another idea?
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    The final encounter on Keep on the Shadowfell has...

    The final encounter on Keep on the Shadowfell has good reviews also.
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    In that sense, to make it cooler, I would drop...

    In that sense, to make it cooler, I would drop the requirement to be attacked.

    Just have it as a Daily Minor Action (remember that daily usage of items is limited/capped)

    That way the player...
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    Personally I prefer the original power. Not...

    Personally I prefer the original power.

    Not because it is cooler than what was suggested. Of course not.

    But because it is more in line with the idea of the magic item: a cloak that protects....
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    It seems it is much more in line with what you...

    It seems it is much more in line with what you wanted.

    Seems quite stronger, but not unbalanced.

    Do you want to make it cool or do you want to make it stronger on-par with other items of this...
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    Do you want to keep it balanced/in line with...

    Do you want to keep it balanced/in line with other items of that level?
    If so, provide some items you wish to compare this one to.

    The fly speed is provided for completeness and consitency.
    If...
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    The first encounter and general setup in Scales...

    The first encounter and general setup in Scales of War: fighting an Ogre and two hobgoblin archers.
    But the main idea of: you are in a bar, some goblinoid soldiers break in (WTF??) and after...
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    Ideas for a "Repair the seals" campaign

    Hello! I'll be running a 4e campaign in Eberron, Eldeen Reaches.
    2 Druids, 2 Barbarians (one with a Defender build)
    From level 1 to level 5.

    Loosely, the structure will be:

    Investigate...
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    Continuing our tradition of necromany... Yes,...

    Continuing our tradition of necromany...

    Yes, I did finish it, but I didn't have time to write it down.
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    I thought it explicitly said that it dealt 1 hp...

    I thought it explicitly said that it dealt 1 hp per square teleported.
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    One of my main issues with the next AP I'm going...

    One of my main issues with the next AP I'm going to buy/run is the choices the players have.

    One is tactical, within combat. Which is perfectly fine with 4E.
    Another is within the adventuring...
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    100% agree with bert1000. Persnoally I'm doing...

    100% agree with bert1000.

    Persnoally I'm doing that with the WotBS adventures I'm running.
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    LOL Ok, let me rephrase that. How would you...

    LOL

    Ok, let me rephrase that.

    How would you handle the various NPCs if you wouldn't want to penalize XP?
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    How would you handle this in the case where you...

    How would you handle this in the case where you don't hand out XP?
    (I have them level up at certain points in the adventure, when they reach certain goals)
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    Oh, now I understand better what you meant. And...

    Oh, now I understand better what you meant.
    And I agree 100% with you.


    I have the same exact problem.
    I don't know how to make them visible/active enough so they feel they are with an NPC, and...
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    These NPCs are DMPCs only if you use them as...

    These NPCs are DMPCs only if you use them as such.

    In any case you can make the players use them, make them hang back in the background or just get rid of them.

    None of them are essential,...
  28. The traps in that encounter almost doesn´t count....

    The traps in that encounter almost doesn´t count.



    The problem with removing those NPCs, IMHO, is that you loose a lot of depth in the campaign.
    These NPCs will be with the party only for a...
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    Although the minor sweep would work, it doesn't...

    Although the minor sweep would work, it doesn't feel very "assassin"ish, IMHO.
    Dazing, blinding, making himself invisible seems more in flavor.

    A Close Blast 3 vs Ref to Daze until end of next...
  30. This. I use myself that same criteria, and for...

    This.

    I use myself that same criteria, and for other things other than clues as well.
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    I make one of them roll, and use the lowest...

    I make one of them roll, and use the lowest Stealth in the group.

    This works for parties, pairs or individuals :)

    The DC is the 11 + best Perception of the enemies.
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    Wow, that was intense. I feel you man, I'm...

    Wow, that was intense.

    I feel you man, I'm having the same problems as you.
    I have an easier time than you because we play slower, so I have more time to piece the things together and prepare for...
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    I like Crystin not been hot, and very shy. ...

    I like Crystin not been hot, and very shy.

    She's a bomb that's about to explode, and her father the evil guy who leave the scene to cause more mayhem at another place.

    My intention in this part...
  34. We redefined what Dying and Dead means in a...

    We redefined what Dying and Dead means in a combat, so the PCs won't die unless me as the DM deems so.
    So I can have a lot more narrative control, I can Coup de Grace them, or throw them reallly...
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    For a Solo Skirmisher it lacks a lot on the...

    For a Solo Skirmisher it lacks a lot on the movement department. And means to hide or gain CA as well.

    Not that it won´t dish out tons of damage as it is, but at least to give it more the feel of...
  36. I think the Dianoem is important. If you feel...

    I think the Dianoem is important.
    If you feel like you want them to have it, you have another chance with the Dwarves in The Chasm Gate.

    After running Street Ambush, I realized I did it wrong....
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    "My" Haddin is acting somewhat obnoxious, but is...

    "My" Haddin is acting somewhat obnoxious, but is trying to keep a low profile to reach Seaquen. Once there he will let loose all his evil.

    At the end of Scouring... Crystin's love for his father...
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    I like a lot Morrus' advice. But I have the...

    I like a lot Morrus' advice.

    But I have the same issue as Durn, why can't she be Coup de Graced.
    Or why can they kill her if Anyariel failed?

    In my campaign not only will Kazyk be present, but...
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    Sure. If you need it before a certain date, tell...

    Sure.
    If you need it before a certain date, tell me so I can organize all the things I have to write :)
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    When I ran it, first I put a blank battle mat, a...

    When I ran it, first I put a blank battle mat, a token representing the altar and asked for everyone to put themselves around it (I also put Khadral in the map).
    I also described that they where in...
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    Got mine too!!

    Got mine too!!
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    Hi! I'm back, I'll post soon my group's advances....

    Hi! I'm back, I'll post soon my group's advances. I have another group that's going to make the encounter against the Inquisitor at Scourge's end, so I'll havo two groups in this adventure.

    The...
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    I don't use the NPCs in combat, I just make them...

    I don't use the NPCs in combat, I just make them hang back.
    They are neither an asset not a hindrance in combat.

    But they are an instrument for giving the PCs another perspective on the...
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    Dwarves and Dianoem [SPOILERS]

    Could you spoil this a bit more for us, DMs?
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    I would be worried about: - players missing a...

    I would be worried about:
    - players missing a chance to get their character back
    - players feeling they are been cheated
    - seems a forced solution to a problem that should be solved on it's own...
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    The trait I made him was that whenever he smiled,...

    The trait I made him was that whenever he smiled, I put an angry face, showing my teeth.

    I portrayed him as a polite, kind, benevolent and enthusiast researcher.

    In this contest, the song came...
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    I think your Elite template is a bit on the weak...

    I think your Elite template is a bit on the weak side.

    If you want to keep it simple I would change it to:

    +100% damage, 2x normal hp, one free power recharge

    The damage increase could be...
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    I LOVE the handouts. Although I don't get how...

    I LOVE the handouts.

    Although I don't get how to print and fold them :(

    Thanks for sharing!
  49. I also recommend running another adventures to...

    I also recommend running another adventures to get comfortable with 4E.

    The Chaos Shard series is a good one to start.
    Lots of short, simple adventures.
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    Nice idea, I like it. I forgot that if they...

    Nice idea, I like it.

    I forgot that if they die within the forest, Indomitability revives them.
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    The best course would be for that plan not to...

    The best course would be for that plan not to work.

    For starters, all the forest is in a valley, and that river will most probably enter into the forest at some point, and maybe end in Lake Seela...
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    Maybe the same as Goliaths. Look at the player's...

    Maybe the same as Goliaths. Look at the player's guide.

    A Goliath that was introduced on one of my games, I decided that the Ragesians attacked their village and enslaved most of them and he was a...
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    Yeah, English is quite tricky in the...

    Yeah, English is quite tricky in the pronunciation department.

    That's why they have spelling contests :D

    We should all speak Esperanto :)
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    Wow, that IS a nice picture for Torrent. Great...

    Wow, that IS a nice picture for Torrent.

    Great thread BTW, I think it's going to be very useful.
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    The bridge-fort

    From the moment I read this encounter, I thought it wasn't going to be great.

    So I tweaked it.

    Even after that, it wasn't great.

    But I don't know if that's a good thing or not.
    The fact...
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    Khazyk's offer

    Now, onto the last session:

    After they accepted Indomitable's offer, Khazyk showed up and negotiated the truce with the party.

    Since they already accepted Indomitable's offer, they thought that...
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    I forgot to mention that in the previous session...

    I forgot to mention that in the previous session Indomitable offered the PCs to free her.

    Despite the demanding and unpolite tone of her, the PCs didn't feel the spirit was rude.
    As written, the...
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    If I were to use monster's healing I would...

    If I were to use monster's healing I would decrese their HPs appropiately.

    Monsters are not balanced to have healing.
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    Great work DracoSuave. I like the feat and all...

    Great work DracoSuave.

    I like the feat and all the reasoning behind it's design.
  60. Along the Expertise fix I also grant...

    Along the Expertise fix I also grant weapon/implement bonuses and Free Expertise bonuses to all attacks: Bull Rush, Racial Powers, etc.

    That's to keep them useful as levels go up. As you mentioned.
  61. Being Basic Attack is strictly better than "can...

    Being Basic Attack is strictly better than "can be used in a charge"
  62. Deft Strike as a Basic attack? Sure? I can move...

    Deft Strike as a Basic attack? Sure?
    I can move 2 during a charge attack or an OA?
  63. I like a LOT of those changes. Although it's...

    I like a LOT of those changes.

    Although it's too much change for my taste and it's a problem with the Character Builder.
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    Let me put it another way: A power that deals...

    Let me put it another way:

    A power that deals 10 fire damage is not assumed to be less powerful than a power that deals 6 fire damage and then 4 fire damage.

    Yet, against a creature that is...
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    If the countermeasures are obvious, I describe...

    If the countermeasures are obvious, I describe them because I'm counting on them to try them.

    If the countermeasures are not obvious, I ask for an appropiate check to reveal it.
    In this case I...
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    That ruling, though correct, brings a problem: ...

    That ruling, though correct, brings a problem:

    Powers with a certaing keyword that deal damage afterwards, such as this encounter, or cloud of daggers, end up dealing double vulnerability damage....
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    Of course, what I'm proposing only makes sense if...

    Of course, what I'm proposing only makes sense if you tell the players when a power recharges.

    If you wonder how would they know that, I think is a matter of choice of you, as DM.
    If you want...
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    Not trying to be a suck up, but this edition got...

    Not trying to be a suck up, but this edition got a LOT of things right.
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    Funny, this is the case when it's better to have...

    Funny, this is the case when it's better to have more damage, and not more hit (that's in general, it actually depends on the ratio of your avg damage vs % to hit)

    Normal:
    70% chance to hit, 10...
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    What?!?!? What XP is that worth for? What...

    What?!?!?
    What XP is that worth for? What encounter level is that?

    For that party, a level 6 encounter, which is VERY dangerous, the budget would be 1000 XP.


    In the Monster Builder once you...
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    Shouldn't Monsters Recharge at End of Turn?

    I love telling players lots of info about monsters attacks and defenses.
    I find it keeps them making meaningful choices.

    But lately I've found that when a monster recharges a power at the start...
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    What about at the beginning of the Dhakhanni(sp?)...

    What about at the beginning of the Dhakhanni(sp?) Empire?
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    Maybe the only leader that can heal and attack 20...

    Maybe the only leader that can heal and attack 20 squares away?
  74. Thread: Wand of Accuracy

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    Free actions are WAY better than immediates. They...

    Free actions are WAY better than immediates. They can be used ANYTIME, after the attack is declared, after the attack is rolled, after the attack is known to be a hit ot a miss, after damage rolled,...
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    I think not. You only deal the best of the...

    I think not. You only deal the best of the vulnerabilities damage, in this case, 5.
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    That's a nice one Primitive Screwhead. I did a...

    That's a nice one Primitive Screwhead.

    I did a campaign ni the same period, but it never occured to me that it could be done for WotBS.
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    You can think of it not as "you cannot say it"...

    You can think of it not as "you cannot say it" but more on the line of "this is something that it isn't easy to communicate".

    Because there are lots of words and concepts we have at the game level...
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    Handling Monster Information

    I wanted to share this experiment I'm currently running with my players:

    Easy DC:
    - You tell the player the monster's role (or describe the role if you don't want to tell it explicitly)
    ...
  79. Note that if you down-level any Solo of level 4...

    Note that if you down-level any Solo of level 4 or less it should work well.
  80. I'm worried that the barbarian is a little too...

    I'm worried that the barbarian is a little too fragile for the player's concept.

    A great weapon fighter may do less damage than a barbarian (but a lot more than a sword and board fighter), but he...
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    Trial by Fire

    Today I ran Trial by Fire.

    As usual, I modified the monsters and the encounter in several ways:

    Flaming Lance:

    Changed to a +9 vs Reflex Burst 3 centered on the party member closer to the...
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    It may be an oversight, but it may also be a way...

    It may be an oversight, but it may also be a way to say "you can't take multiple seeds and raise your AC bonus more than once".


    In module 3? I don't find any dream elemental in module 3.

    The...
  83. Well, you are right that if you want only two...

    Well, you are right that if you want only two encounters a day, then the current system doesn't work well for that.

    But then again, the current system doesn't work well if you want 12 combats in a...
  84. Ok, I see. But how can't you accomplish this...

    Ok, I see.

    But how can't you accomplish this with the normal rules but with these houserules you can?

    I've made several adventures where there where more encounters than the party would be able...
  85. PHB Page 285:

    PHB Page 285:
  86. As it was previously stated, limiting surges...

    As it was previously stated, limiting surges recovered, limits the amount of combats per day.

    How that improves the grittines is not clear to me.

    For starters, it the amount of surges you have...
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    I haven't come up with anything that could make...

    I haven't come up with anything that could make WotBs work decently on Eberron.

    All my ideas are hard work, and almost no pay off.

    Hope someone comes up with something brilliant, I love Eberron...
  88. Another good advice I saw was to make the Solo...

    Another good advice I saw was to make the Solo behave differently at different stages of the battle.

    Looking at bosses fights in videogames should be a good way to know how to make an interesting...
  89. Thread: Skill power type

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    I think it's not enough. Skil powers are made...

    I think it's not enough.

    Skil powers are made so that they have a use in combat too, unfortunately.

    WotC TRIES to decouple Combat resources from non-combat.

    Unfortunately, the fail. Big...
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    I recommend Mesh Hong's books.

    I recommend Mesh Hong's books.
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    If the PCs get out of the forest, they still have...

    If the PCs get out of the forest, they still have to go around it so they can take the road that goes through it.
    After that, they will begin the third module the same place/way as if they had left...
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    No, in that case nothing happens since the only...

    No, in that case nothing happens since the only target available to choose is the Berserker.


    Auras don't include the origin, unless explicitly said.
    Technically, yes, it would affect everyone....
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    I would only count dice that are applied to all...

    I would only count dice that are applied to all targets.

    Because that's the factor that Enlarge balances.

    More targets? Less damage each.

    Critical dice are not worth reducing because:
    -...
  94. No, forced movement ignores difficult terrain. ...

    No, forced movement ignores difficult terrain.

    Also, you can't change the altitude of the target using forced movement.

    Forced movement doesn't count as "willingly moves"

    And there is some...
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    While what you are saying is true, note that the...

    While what you are saying is true, note that the OP is more concerned with other scenario:

    If the attacker is hidden after he opens the door.

    I misread him too :)
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    First of all, sorry Kzach for not answering well...

    First of all, sorry Kzach for not answering well the first time.

    As Abdul said, to remain hidden you must have at least cover or concealment.

    If the door the attacker opens is slim enough, then...
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    Nope, they must still make a Hide check which is...

    Nope, they must still make a Hide check which is allowed at the end of a move action.

    You could make the slits/doors be opened by just standing over a pressure plate, this could easily make the...
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    Merry Chirstmas Morrus :) Thanks for the...

    Merry Chirstmas Morrus :)

    Thanks for the answer.

    Forgive me for my lack of understanding but, what you are saying is that PCs, should they choose to escape the forest and don't involve...
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    I like it. Did you have the chance to test it?...

    I like it.

    Did you have the chance to test it?

    It seems she's a little bit strong for an Elite. The Warp Missiles at-will in particular.
    And the second Action Point.

    Also, I assume the...
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    Escaping Innenotdar (spoilers)

    SPOILER!





    In a nutshell:

    How can the campaign move forward if the PCs escape the forest?
    (this question is also valid if the PCs skip the adventure entirely)
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