Month in Review: January 2012

by Ameron (Derek Myers) on January 31, 2012

The announcement from Wizards of the Coast confirming that they are indeed working on the next iteration of D&D was the biggest news in gaming this month. A lot of people began speculating on what’s to come, but for now Wizards has not released a lot of details. Our existing relationship with Wizards of the Coast and an NDA restricts us from delving into this topic in too much detail, but what we can share on the subject we did. While the majority of the blogosphere wondered about what’s to come we continued providing great materials every day for those of us playing 4e now.

January ended up being a month for players with most of our articles aimed at them and not the DM (for a change). We continued to provide weekly recaps of D&D Encounters: Beyond the Crystal Cave and launched our Pre-Generated Character Library. We looked at the old 3d6 method for creating ability scores, fixing the maximum number of hit points characters have, and the importance of contacts.

If you missed any of our articles from January this is your perfect opportunity to get caught up. We encourage you to read any of the articles you might have missed or to revisit some of your favourites.

We want to thank everyone who visited Dungeon’s Master throughout the month of January, with a special shout out to everyone who left us comments. We measure our success largely based on what you, the readers, have to say. We welcome your feedback and encourage continued debate and discussion on every article we write.


D&D Next

Wizard of the Coast officially announced that they are working on the The Next Iteration of D&D. Few details were released at this point but we do know that in the short term they are inviting fans to do extensive play-testing. The Dungeon’s Master team were fortunate enough to be pre-selected for the Friends & Family play testing and have already begun trying out what’s on the drawing board.

DM Resources

Player Resources

D&D Encounters

We continued our ongoing coverage to D&D Encounters season 7, Beyond the Crystal Cave as the PCs trek across the Fey Wild in search of Orlando, and once they found him they set their sights on defeating the Hag, Soryth in her Palace of Spires.

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.


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

  • Secrets of Eberron Revealed (Part 13) – House Orien and House Deneith work together to keep the Lightning Rails safe and reliable. The last thing they want the general public to know is that the “Desperadoes” keep robbing the trains and getting away with it.

A Look Ahead

Tomorrow, February 1, marks our third anniversary so watch for the “State of the Dungeon.” Season 7 of D&D Encounters: Beyond the Crystal Cave concludes in just a couple of weeks, and after that we move on to season 8, D&D Encounters: The Elder Elemental Eye in which we get a reimagining of The Temple of Elemental Evil. We’ll continue to provide weekly recaps as well as a report card once season 7 is finished and a preview of season 8 as soon as the materials are available. We’ll finally have a chance to play and report on D&D Lair Assault: Talon of Umberlee, and when the materials for the next Lair Assault are available we’ll preview them for you. Also in February we’ll make good one our promise from last month and take a look at the Drow and adventuring underground, as well as provide some recommended reading and new adventuring hooks. Don’t miss a single article. Be sure to visit Dungeon’s Master every day in February.

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1 Sunyaku February 1, 2012 at 1:40 am

I know what you guys mean– I think comments are a great metric for “success” for this style of blog. It is essentially a labor of love, and a bit of commentary from readers is a great way to keep the content producers excited and enthusiastic enough to soldier onward.

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