4E 4e ask a simple question, get a simple answer

MwaO

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(started by Surreal over at WotC 4e CharOp, might as well have it here...)

"The purpose of this thread is to serve as a catch-all for minor questions or mundane rules queries that don't really warrant a new thread here at the CharOp boards (and thus in a way, hopefully reduce the clutter of redundant threads). If you have a more detailed question about a character build or certain rulesets, etc, then I suggest posting a new thread in the appropriate forum to get a more proper response.

All newcomers and regulars alike are welcome to ask questions, and I encourage all the CO residents to do their best to answer them (because you have to admit, we're all pretty much the resident rule monkeys here at the D&D boards)."
 

Noctem

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I made the request for the thread to be stickied so that it can be immediately visible to anyone wanting to ask a quick question.
 

Noctem

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Q1: Can an Aarakocra hover in place or do they have to keep moving every turn in order to remain in flight?
 

Noctem

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Ah true, it is specifically called 4e Q&A.. haha

How about... can someone spend a healing surge if they don't have any and, if so, what benefits if any do they gain?
 
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MwaO

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Ah true, it is specifically called 4e Q&A.. haha

How about... can someone spend a healing surge if they don't have any and, if so, what benefits if any do they gain?
They cannot. In general, it is undefined if you're forced to spend/lose one - exploration generally makes you take hp = level damage from environmental effects when you'd lose a surge you don't have. But it isn't uncommon to see DMs apply damage equal to a healing surge when you lose a surge as well.
 
They cannot. In general, it is undefined if you're forced to spend/lose one - exploration generally makes you take hp = level damage from environmental effects when you'd lose a surge you don't have. But it isn't uncommon to see DMs apply damage equal to a healing surge when you lose a surge as well.
The exception is when you're below zero HP; in that instance any effect that lets you spend a healing surge will give you a single hit point if you have no healing surges remaining.
 

Storminator

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One of my players wants his PC to transform between regular and demon forms. Is there a class or PP that supports this?

PS
 

Zathris

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One of my players wants his PC to transform between regular and demon forms. Is there a class or PP that supports this?

PS
Is this something that needs to have mechanical changes? If they don't need any mechanical change, then you don't need anything to support this other than you agreeing to let them. Assuming they want some sort of Demon power-stuff...

There are a multitude of ways to make your character look like a creature of the same size, though very few ways of becoming Large (nearly all are terrible and/or daily powers though). Mostly, this is going to be useful so they can look Human because there's also plenty of ways to permanently look demonic.

The easy answer is "Be a Tiefling"
After that is Demon Spawn Theme from HotEC - You look very demonic, your origin becomes elemental, you gain the demon keyword, you add Abyssal to your languages, you gain a resist when bloodied, lots of demonic related powers. Throw on a Hat of Disguise to look Human sometimes and you're good to go.
After that, give them a Demonic Monster Theme from the Demonomicon or DMG2

After that, I'd say play a Warden or Battlemind, whose daily powers involve polymorphing for interesting benefits, and describe the transformation into relevant demonic types (Form of Winter's Herald = Jarrlak, etc.)
 

MwaO

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Yeah, a lot of 4e is simply refluffing. Define what you, the DM, mean by Demon form and point out ways of 'transforming' - Rain of Steel as an example could be an aura of nasty demon teeth.

Just look for powers that that last the entire encounter and have some obvious transformation effect such as forms(Warden) or rages(Barbarian). Berserker could be interesting - when the PC is a Defender, they're human and when they're raging, they're demonic.
 
I keep hearing that 4e requires certain feat taxes.

Other than the relevant expertise feat, are there any other feat taxes? And roughly when should I take these feats?
 

Zathris

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I keep hearing that 4e requires certain feat taxes.

Other than the relevant expertise feat, are there any other feat taxes? And roughly when should I take these feats?
It's honestly a bit wrong to call them taxes. You can play and enjoy the game without them, and with a competent DM that knows how to balance encounters for the party, and parties with similar optimization levels they're basically irrelevant. Though they do fix obvious math errors in the game design and will make the DMs job easier for challenging the party properly.

Improved Defenses is needed around Mid-Paragon
Epic Fort/Ref/Will is needed for your worst NAD. It's often also suggested that the other two not be allowed.

Personally I feel that Strikers have a lot more feat taxes, but it's different based on the class, they just need to be able to do their job.
 
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MwaO

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A reasonable fix is basically to hand out Versatile Expertise and Improved Defenses for free at 5th. .

The major benefit is that it results in more interesting builds. Otherwise, the various feats are so used that a pc is basically suboptimal for not taking 2-3 of them by 11th. When 25-42% of all PCs feats are put into very similar feats, it really lowers diversity of builds.
 

masteraleph

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Broom of Flying: How does one get on/off? It's not technically a mount or vehicle, but it seems weird to say that it can be ridden without taking an action.
 

MwaO

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Broom of Flying: How does one get on/off? It's not technically a mount or vehicle, but it seems weird to say that it can be ridden without taking an action.
That's kind of undefined. It could be a Mount(move), an object you need to retrieve(minor), or a free action to use. Up to the DM.
 

masteraleph

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On a Carnage Weapon ("When you roll the maximum result on at least one of this weapon’s damage dice, the target takes extra damage equal to twice the weapon’s enhancement bonus.")- what counts as a damage die? Are we only talking [W]s here, or do things like the extra dice from a critical hit, devastating critical, etc. count as well?
 

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