March was a good month for D&D and a great month for Dungeon’s Master. We hit our two month milestone and are gaining a strong and loyal readership. Our thanks to everyone who visits regularly and comments often. In March we published 26 new articles on a wide variety of topics. Here are the highlights just in case you missed anything.
We published four new skill challenges in March. The Skill Challenges tab at the top of the page provides easy access to all of them.
- Defend the Camp – Sometimes fighting is not the best option.
- It’s Mine – The PCs must locate a missing item in part 1 and then recover it in part 2.
- Temple Treasure – The PCs must navigate through the ancient temple in part 1, disable the trapdoor in part 2 and recover the lost treasures in part 3.
- Travelling Underground – Five small encounters combine to make that long journey through underground passages more exciting.
- In Skill Focus: Endurance and Skill Focus: History we present 10 new and creative ways to use these skills.
- The Skill Matrix by Class and Race offers the DMs a Skill Matrix by Class and the players a Skill Matrix by Race. These aides are ideal for DMs creating their own skill challenges and offer players a useful overview of racial bonuses when creating characters.
Player’s Handbook 2 and Wizards of the Coast
- Wizards release the PHB2 in March. With the addition of eight new core classes, we had to ask How Many Classes Are Too Many?
- Read about my experience as a participant in Worldwide D&D Game Day 2009.
- We also have strong opinions on Why Wizards Missed The Boat With The Insider.
Those playing arcane spell casters wondered Where Are The Familiars? So we proudly proclaimed that the Familiars Have Arrived. We also completed our presentation of the 4e Necromancer, offering the Necromancer: Epic Tier.
- We reviewed the ups and downs of Playing Characters With Low Ability Scores and Playing Really Smart Characters.
- Despite our instinct to do the opposite, we actually advocate that you Split the Party.
- We remind DMs about the importance of pacing and advise that they Don’t Skip the Slow Parts.
We explored the Prevalence of Magic and Cosmology as part of this ongoing series. The Campaign Design tab at the top of the page provides easy access to all the articles in this series.
RPG Blog Carnival
A Look Ahead
In April you can expect more new skill challenges and the next three Campaign Design articles. Our third module, The Guardians will be available in late April. Also in April, we’ll look at the versatility of the Ranger, explore cheating in D&D, provide 10 alternative uses for Heal and Bluff, share our experiences playing Epic level characters, and take another look at Assisting during skill challenges. April should be another great month, so be sure to visit Dungeon’s Master every day.