By Logan Bonner. Interested in playing a cleric? This article will get you well on your way with cleric fundamentals, character building advice, and a slew of new powers and feats for your cleric character. By Robert J. With new powers, feats, and more, your great weapon fighter will be ready for anything.

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By Logan Bonner. Interested in playing a cleric? This article will get you well on your way with cleric fundamentals, character building advice, and a slew of new powers and feats for your cleric character. By Robert J. With new powers, feats, and more, your great weapon fighter will be ready for anything.

By Chris Tulach. More regions of the Realms are provided with unique paragon paths, especially suited for your Forgotten Realms campaign. The staff discusses the goals, strategies, and details. By Bart Carroll and Steve Winter. The Living FR campaign is in full swing. Learn more about how to get involved! By Bill Slavicsek. September Chris Youngs. Senior Art Director. Jon Schindehette. Web Specialist. Chris Sims. Web Production. Bart Carroll, Steve Winter.

Graphic Design. Keven Smith. Contributing Authors. Cover Artist. Howard Lyon. Contributing Artists. Rob Lazzaretti, Sean Macdonald. Web Development. Mark A. Christopher Perkins. Executive Producer,. Chris Champagne. Bill Slavicsek. Special Thanks. The Future is Now. Since the dawn of the Interwebs, the game has enjoyed a vocal, enthusiastic, opinionated, and sometimes boisterous group of fans willing to offer feedback on topics as wide-ranging as individual campaigns can be.

Last week, Wizards of the Coast launched the latest online community offering so far. From straight- forward message boards, which had largely been the community experience on our site, we now offer individual profile pages, wikis, blogs, and more.

Chat is back after not working for almost two years in the old system , and you can access a slew of options made popular on the most robust of social networking sites. Yes, the feature set is not complete. Given more time, we know lots of little fixes or changes we would like to make.

But we wanted our forums back online as quickly as possible, and we were immensely satis- fied with the new system even if it does have room to grow. It really is something to see. Create a pro- file, check out the groups that are already there, and start thinking about how you can use this new system to improve your game. Building groups for our individual campaigns. Getting feedback. Getting feature requests. What features would you like to see on the new Wizards Community? What do you miss from the old forums that might not be there?

What would you like to be able to do with groups? What sort of informa- tion would you like to see posted on our official group pages? Send your feedback to dndinsider wizards. To be your friends! All rights reserved. Skill Powers. Design by Mike Mearls and Robert J.

This time, we explore a brand new concept for the game: the skill power. Skill powers are utility powers that you qualify for not based on your class, but by virtue of your training in a particular skill. This debut content includes a selection of those powers roughly half of the total appearing in the book , as well as the introductory section detailing how to use these powers in your game.

The concept first came to me when I was playing a tiefling wizard with a 16 Charisma and training in Diplomacy and Bluff. I wanted the option to do interesting things with my skills outside of the spe- cific scenes and roleplaying moments that came up. A skill power is a way for a player to make a skill important in whatever situation he wants.

If you want your high Diplomacy character to feel like a charismatic leader in battle, just pick out a combat-useful Diplomacy power. With a skill power, you extend a skill into whatever situa- tion that power applies to. However, that method has two drawbacks. Skill powers give the player a button to hit that will make a skill useful, regard- less of the exact situation.

Mamindreth Starsong paused a moment as the Linked Portal ritual drew to an end. The ogre dealt Kraya a blow to the head that should have dropped her like a rag doll.

She could barely see through the blood in her eyes but refused to fall. The dragonborn retaliated with a blast of icy breath and a charge, and then nearly collapsed from the pain. This act gave his companion the chance to run the man through while the duke was worrying about what had been stolen—which was nothing more than his attention.

A skill power is a utility power that represents a degree of skillfulness surpassing that conferred by normal training. Having a skill power is a sign of your mastery of that skill or a mark of your natural apti- tude for it.

Gaining and Using a Skill Power. You can gain and use only the skill powers associated with your trained skills. Whenever you reach a level that grants you a utility power from your class, you can choose a skill power in place of a class power.

The skill power you choose must be of the same level as or lower than the class power you would have gained. Schwalb: Skill powers address a key custom- ization concern, giving players additional mechanisms for individuating their characters from other characters fill- ing the same class, race-class, or even role combination. Utility powers achieve this too, but they are confined to the story, tactical choices, and themes found within the particular class.

Skill powers do this as well, but they have greater availability to a wider range of characters. Most important is that skill powers enable players to place greater emphasis on their skill choices and grant access to powers that reflect these choices. I think the perfect balance for them makes them desirable for certain classes but a touch underpowered for others.

Schwalb: Since any character with training in the skill can select its skill powers, reinforcing character role was unnecessary. Once free from roles, it was just a matter of building extensions to how skills are already used, providing concrete ways characters could incorpo- rate skills into encounters in interesting and evocative ways.

Peter Schaefer: Skill powers are power-neutral options. To build a power good enough to be level 22, it had to feel distinctly superhu- man. It felt more natural to reserve those amazing feats for the classes than to tie it to a simple skill. You cannot replace a utility power from a paragon path or an epic destiny with a skill power. You can combine your speed and agility to cross treacherous terrain, keep your balance even in the most difficult situations, and maneuver past enemies.

Acrobatics powers enhance your maneuverability, allowing you to catch your enemy by surprise or to evade attacks by tumbling to safety. You must be trained in Acrobatics to gain and use Acrobatics powers. Agile Recovery. Acrobatics Utility 2. With a quick leap, you are back on your feet and ready to act. Minor Action. Effect: You stand up. Dodge Step. Acrobatics Utility 6. Relying on superior balance and agility, you move in the blink of an eye.


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The assassin—and the shadow power source—are here! The class includes two builds, and the first. The launch of the assassin continues into the paragon tier. New powers and new paragon paths show up in this. Once more, new warden character basics,.



The class includes two builds, and the first installment will present the heroic tier and feats for the class. New powers and new paragon paths show up in this installment. Once more, new warden character basics, along with more mechanical support for your new or existing warden 39 hero. This article will get you well on your way with cleric fundamentals, character building advice, and a slew of new powers and feats for your cleric character.

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