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  1. Patlin

    Invoker's Blaze / Implement Focus

    My DM pointed out that there is now an implement focus feat, and I was wondering how that interacts with Invoker's Blaze. Can anyone tell me if they are both feat bonuses? I'm wondering if they stack.
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    Armor thrull token on white knight?

    I've been breaking my magic cards out of their decade long hybernation to play with my kids. I'm not sure if the rules have changed much in that time, but I give the time lapse in case it effects the answer. Does the White Knight's "protection from black" ability prevent it from gaining a...
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    Protector's Shield Feat

    I'm trying to evaluate this feat. At first glance, 1-8 additional damage on an ability I expect I won't often get to use (our group, including the DMs, avoid provoking OAs as a general rule) seems trivial and unworthy of a feat. However, it occurs to me that there may be a "hidden" benefit...
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    Advice for A WoW Prodigal

    Some of the folks in my D&D group are into World of Warcraft, which I stopped playing about 3 years ago. They are now trying to convince me to play. My main character in WoW was a level 60 Tauren Druid, and at the time level 60 was the level cap. If (when?) I give in and go back to playing...
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    Opening Shove, New Warlord at Will

    This looks like a pretty cool power, from the Martial Power excerpt. Here are my first thoughts on it. It does no damage, but on a hit it pushes the target and then gives an ally you can see the opportunity to either make a basic melee attack on the target or shift int mod squares... 4 squares...
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    Swordsage with Resounding Thunder and Thundering Weapon

    Basically, this is a "Does this work?" question. I'm not sure if it's actually called "Thundering Weapon" but I'm pretty sure there is a weapon out there somewhere that turns your damage into thunder damage, and in the process adds the Thunder keyword to attacks with it. Let's say this...
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    Transposing Lunge / Generating a miss with interrupts

    A shielding swordmage can use this power as part of an Aegis of Shielding immediate interrupt. Aegis of Shielding normally reduces the damage done by an attack, and transposing lunge could in theory move an attacker well out of attack range of the target. If that happens, does the swordmage...
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    D&D 4E 4e Multiclassing and Characters from Fiction

    What are some of your favorite fantasy books, and how would you represent the characters in them under the 4e multiclassing system? I'll start off with a few to show what I mean. The Belgariad by David Eddings Belgareth the Sorceror: Wizard Polgara the Sorceress: Wizard Belgarion: Wizard with...
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    Half Elves and Multiclassing

    The multiclassing preview tends to suggest that the half elf racial ability isn't as simple as "gain one multiclassing feat as a bonus feat." While "Arcane Initiate Int 13 Wizard: Arcana skill, wizard power 1/encounter" matches up with the Wizard power 1/encounter bit that the sample character...
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    Easilly assembled encounters, more character driven adventures?

    I'm hoping that 4e will be (as promised) significantly easier to DM than 3e was. While I could DM just about anything I could imagine in 3e, the process was simply too time consuming to maintain for long while working a full time job and raising a familly. Largely, I resorted to using Dungeon...
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    Tome of Treasures becomes Adventurer's Vault

    I may have missed this, so I'm not sure it's really a scoop, but I just noticed that Tome of Treasures on my Amazon Wish List has transformed into "Adventurer's Vault: A Guide to Weapons, Equipment, and Treasure for Your Character."
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    Who to curse?

    Note: I'm not trying to start a debate on 1-1-1 diagonal movement generally with this post, there are several other threads for that. I'm more interested in how people think the rules ought to work in the particular situation. Let's say your warlock PC "WK" is facing 5 enemies aa,bb,cc,dd, and...
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    Intra-Class Power feats?

    We know that there are some circumstances in which a character of one class can aquire a power from another class. We also know that warlock powers (some of them) are divided by pact. Anyone know if, for example, a Fey-Pact warlock can use a feat to take a fiendish-pact warlock power? I'm a...
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    Podcast: Drow Warrior 1 Usefullness

    Which of the two above would you be more likely to use as written straight out of the monster manual? The podcast suggested that the Drow Warrior 1 was a pretty pathetic representation of the Drow. I tend to agree. Somewhere on my home PC, I have a writeup of about 6 different drow all with...
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    Burst 1

    I've been meaning to ask this since I tried out the sample characters... For a burst 1, do you pick an intersection and go out 1, resulting in a 4 square AOE or do you pick a square and go out 1 resulting in a 9 square AOE?
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    Dynamic Priest Prerequisites

    I'm working on a Spirit Shaman build, and I've seen folks recomend the Dynamic Priest feat to consolidate the Spirit Shaman to a single attribute for spellcasting. However, neither my FLGS nor my local library have a copy of the rulebook in question. At this point, I'm mostly interested in...
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    Stat Block Envy

    I'm working on preparing for tonight's age of worms game, and I'm confronted by several 2 dungeon magazine column long stat blocks for a single encounter. Not only that, but a lot of that space is dedicated to short phrases that I'll probably need to look up if I want to use them, such as names...
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    First Level Powers at Epic Levels?

    The Rogue article shows us that some first level attack powers scale up at epic levels. I find this a little surprising, as I would have expected that 20 levels later first level at will powers would either be replaced or irrelevant. Even if still available for use, surely you would have...
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    Throwing your buddy with Mighty Throw [Bo9S]

    Warning: This whole idea is 1) silly and 2) easilly considered an abuse of a rule. Still, I'm interested in how it works. Here's the idea: I've got a very weak but dexterous swordsage who is taking the maneuver "Mighty Throw" at 1st level. Mighty Throw is pretty cool for this character as it...
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    Wizards, Naruto, and Game Balance

    "Naruto" was recomended to me by several members of my gaming group, and watching it has caused me to think about the limits of traditional fantasy in terms of game balance. It seems to me that in most western fantasy literature, the truly powerfull characters are usually wizards. King...