4E draws near

01.2008 at 10:27 pm 14 comments

Here’s the latest DnD Insider cartoon, linked below.

Now you’re all warmed up for some more updates on the 4th Edition of Dungeons and Dragons!

Elite Monsters – there will be elite monsters that count as two of their own level, monsters that are more difficult to defeat

Crits – no more rolling confirmation (stupid idea in the first place), no more doubling damage but maximizing rolls (1d10+4 crit will be 14), crits damage can be enhanced

Feats – feats are designed to enhance any class not define a class, abilities that might have been feats in previous editions are now included in the character class progression


Tier: Heroic
Benefit: When you take this feat, you gain additional hit points equal to your level + 3. You also gain 1 additional hit point every time you gain a level.

Tier: Heroic
Benefit: You don’t grant enemies combat advantage in surprise rounds.
You also gain a +2 feat bonus to Perception checks.

First Reaction
Tier: Paragon
Benefit: If you are surprised, you may spend an action point to act during the surprise round.

Golden Wyvern Adept
Tier: Paragon
Benefit: You can omit a number of squares from the effects of any of your area or close wizard powers. This number can’t exceed your Wisdom modifier.

There’s some updates for you. Feel free to comment on how you think they’ll go. Not too long now folks!


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14 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Wes  |  01.2008 at 12:38 am

    I can’t believe gnomes are being relegated to the Monster Manual. I don’t see how that even makes sense. Have they de-evolved since 3.5? They used to be the smartest of the core species, and now they’re monsters?

  • 2. truth9  |  01.2008 at 4:25 am

    I agree, also, what’s with the tiers on those feats? What do ‘heroic’ or ‘paragon’ mean? Are they replacing levels?

    And I am not against the confirming crits idea, but I am very much against not doubling damage, unless they come up with something better. For a person who can hit fairly easily, max damage doesn’t seem as significant, since 1d8 has a one in eight chance of being maxed anyways.

  • 3. Wes  |  01.2008 at 6:46 pm

    True enough. The very idea of the critical hit has become integral to not only DnD, but has become a standard concept of gaming in general, and almost universally means double damage. I’m not sure why they’d even entertain the notion of doing this, let alone have it get through their ‘rigorous testing’ procedures.

  • 4. riphoudouso  |  01.2008 at 12:53 pm

    That video gets better each time you watch it.

    Regarding the crit thing, I think they’re trying to streamline the game. Maybe they think doubling damage is more difficult than adding extra damage. We haven’t really seen what they’re completely doing with the crit system, but I’m pretty sure they will be having extra damage included.

    They also didn’t mention what the “tier” thing was all about, but they aren’t replacing levels, unless you mean level requisites. I’ll look into it.

  • 5. amilke  |  01.2008 at 4:04 am

    Just so long as they keep the kender the world will continue to be an ok place πŸ˜›

  • 6. riphoudouso  |  01.2008 at 6:53 pm

    An irritated groan in the bowels of my very being turned into a sad sigh of missing you, Amanda. I have no one to make fun of me for loving a girl:D

  • 7. amilke  |  01.2008 at 4:08 am

    Don’t worry Robbin we’re finished here in 11 weeks then we’re coming home!!!!! Yippee!!! But whats with that, you mean the guys aren’t teasing the crap out of you while I’m gone Oy! do I have to do everything ;P

  • 8. amilke  |  01.2008 at 4:11 am

    Heyyyyy yanno, I was just thinking. You should have a THEME wedding yaya like LOTORings (you should each dress as hobbits) and when it comes to kissing the bride you have to role for it hehe if you roll too low Ahh too bad you can’t kiss her hehe πŸ™‚ What do you think???

  • 9. amilke  |  01.2008 at 4:12 am

    Hmm but then again if you roll really well the Honeymoon may start early… eek!

  • 10. amilke  |  01.2008 at 4:13 am

    Oh ya one more thing, hehe since you miss me so much, you should make me your best man eh eh eh πŸ™‚

  • 11. riphoudouso  |  01.2008 at 12:08 pm

    I’d have to rig the die to roll a 20 every time.

  • 12. amilke  |  01.2008 at 4:31 am

    lol well just don’t let Wes carry it or you’ll critically fail πŸ˜›

  • 13. Wes  |  01.2008 at 6:42 pm

    I guess there will be no kisses for Wes. 😦

  • 14. amilke  |  01.2008 at 4:16 am

    lol we’ll just reverse the rules for you and not tell you, that way if you think you need to roll high you’ll roll low πŸ˜› Then Voila! Smooches lol


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