Month in Review: December 2009

by Ameron (Derek Myers) on January 4, 2010

In December we were again thrilled to receive a couple of shout outs from Wizards of the Coast in their December News and Reviews. On December 1, they linked to our article on The Art of D&D and on December 11, they linked to our Holiday Shopping Skill Challenge. Thanks to these referrals from Wizards, Dungeon’s Master has seen a steady traffic increase throughout November and December as we welcome a lot of new readers. We’ve collected all of the articles we published throughout the previous month and present them in one place for your convenience. So if you’re new to Dungeon’s Master or you just happened to miss a couple of days while you were away over the holidays, here are the highlights from December.


Design a Holiday Dungeon Contest

Throughout November and December we ran our first contest called Design a Holiday Dungeon. Although it was a very difficult decision, we eventually selected Krangel’s Workshop (PDF) submitted by Corwin Riddle as the winner of our Design a Holiday Dungeon Contents. Thank you to everyone who submitted entries.

Skills and Skill Challenges

Player Resources

  • What Do PCs Do For Fun? – We’ve provided some suggested ways in which PCs can unwind and have some fun between adventures.
  • Why You Want a Controller In Your Party – When 4e D&D first came out nobody seemed to give Controllers the respect they deserve. Now that more gamers are getting into paragon and epic tiers of play that attitude is changing. Find out why.
  • Playing Against Type – Don’t choose a race/class combination merely because the numbers are good; try choosing an interesting race/class combo that presents interesting role-playing opportunities.
  • Tiers Of Play: Epic – We’ve played some epic level dungeon delves and share our thoughts and findings with you.


Greatest Hits 2009

During the last two weeks of 2009 the Dungeon’s Master team took some time off. While we were enjoying our Christmas vacation we ran some of our greatest hits from 2009. These were a combination of articles that generated a lot of discussion, got a lot of traffic and were just pieces that we liked. If you missed any of these the first time around or just last month when we ran them a second time (with new introductions) here again are some of our greatest hits from 2009.

A Look Ahead

Here’s what’s in store for January 2010. As the Dungeon Master team shifts gears in our own D&D campaign so to will we be shifting gears in the type of articles you’ll find in early 2010. Ameron is taking over the reigns as full-time DM and will be sharing some of his tips, tricks and sample encounters for paragon level play. We’ll still spend time focusing on skills and skill challenges in January. We’re particularly excited about our new approach to handling skill challenges; especially those designed for PCs with exceptional skill numbers. We’ll share more of our recommended reading list, including reviews of the latest Eberron and Forgotten Realms novels. And on February 1, Dungeon’s Master celebrates its 1-year anniversary. As always we welcome your feedback and suggestions. If there’s a particular aspect of D&D that you’d like to see us cover, send us an email or leave us a comment. Our goal is to make D&D better for everyone.

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