Month in Review: August 2011

by Ameron (Derek Myers) on August 31, 2011

August was a great moth for gamers and for us here at Dungeon’s Master. The month began with another fantastic GenCon. Following the Con we shared some of the things we saw (good and bad) including previews of D&D Encounters, Lair Assault and the D&D Open Championship. We also received a shout out from Bart Carroll on the Wizard of the Coast website in his August 17 article A Look Back at Gen Con.

In August we continued narrowing the list of best feats in 4e (voting is still open), we looked at playing in a party where everyone is the same race, and we shared more of the antics from D&D camp. Our critique of 4e D&D and our speculation of what might be in store for 5e D&D also generated a lot of excellent discussion. August we saw the conclusion of D&D Encounters: Dark Legacy of Evard and the beginning of D&D Encounters: Lost Crown of Neverwinter.

If you missed any of the great articles from August, this is your change to get caught up. We want to thank everyone who visited Dungeon’s master in August and hope that you continue to visit our website everyday in September. We always welcome your comments and feedback so don’t be shy.

Highlights

DM Resources

  • Campaigns Set in One Location - There’s no need to travel across the country in search of adventure when there are many interesting locations that can contain an entire campaign.
  • The End Is The Beginning - Showing the players how their campaign might (or will) end can set a very positive tone for the entire campaign to come.
  • The Future of Dungeons & Dragons – Part 1 | Part 2 - Wimwick begins by running 4e D&D through a skill challenge as he critiques what’s working and what’s not before he speculates on what 5e D&D might look like and where there’s room for improvement.
  • Incremental Encounters - Let the party’s successes and failures determine the difficulty of subsequent encounters.

Player Resources

D&D Encounters and Lair Assault

Visit the Dungeon’s Master D&D Encounters Archive for all of our ongoing weekly coverage as well as other great D&D Encounters articles and resources.

D&D Encounters: Dark Legacy of Evard

D&D Encounters: Lost Crown of Neverwinter

Set in the Neverwinter, season 6 of D&D Encounters has the heroes returning to the Forgotten Realms where they find themselves swept up in a civil war between the Lord Protector Nevermember and a mysterious stranger called the Lost Heir wearing the Lost Crown of Neverwinter.

Lair Assault: Forge of the Dawn Titan

The newest public-play event from Wizards of the Coast begins in September and we have two preview articles to raise awareness and excitement.

 GenCon 2011

Eberron

The Eberron tab at the top of the page provides easy access to all of our Eberron resources.

  • Secrets of Eberron Revealed (Part 12) - If you thought there was a lot of excitement and adventure on the surface of Khorvaire, wait until you learn about the underwater metropolis called Madidus.

A Look Ahead

In September Lair Assault is set to make its debut at your FLGS. I’m predicting that this will be all the rave in the D&D community over the next month. As we have an opportunity to play Forge of the Dawn Titan ourselves we’ll be sure to provide you with more insights and possibly even a few actual play podcasts. I suspect that we’ll see a lot of very interesting and optimized characters played at Lair Assault which will no doubt lead us to write about character creation in the coming month. We’ll still continue to bring you weekly field reports on D&D Encounters: Lost Crown of Neverwinter and more actual play podcasts of those experiences as well.

Also in September we look forward to welcoming a new member to the Dungeon’s Master writing team so be sure to visit every day in and see what we’re writing about next.

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