State Of The Dungeon – Year 3

by Wimwick (Neil Ellis) on February 1, 2012

Today Dungeon’s Master celebrates its third birthday. Three years ago Ameron and I launched the blog with the intention of talking about 4e Dungeons & Dragons. Our goal was to share our experiences of the game and to provide a resource for both DMs and players. Although 4e was still relatively new at the time, we both felt (and still feel) that there was an opportunity for input from the community about this great game.

Since February 1, 2009, we have published new articles every day (excluding weekend and holidays). This State of the Dungeons is our 846 post here at Dungeon’s Master. The best part is that we’ve had a great time with Dungeon’s Master and enjoy being a part of the D&D blogging community.

Of course there have been some changes both here at Dungeon’s Master and in the D&D blogging community. At-Will, a great D&D blog that launched just before we did called it a day. I also made the decision to step back from Dungeon’s Master due to a return to school and the heavy work (reading) load that came with it. You should start reading more from me towards the summer. Of course this has allowed us to reach out to other individuals who have a passion for the game and ask if they are looking for a forum to share their opinions about D&D.

This past year we have maintained our series on D&D Encounters. A piece that connects the community of players. Though I am unable to attend the sessions myself I enjoy reading not just the articles, but the comments that follow that share the experience. This coloumn granted an unexpected gift as Ameron was invited, along with a few others in the community, to Seattle to meet with the folks at Wizards of the Coast and discuss the public play program.

Of course Wizards of the Coast has also announced the next iteration of D&D. The Dungeon’s Master home game will be experimenting with the new rule set, and as we are able to, we will share what we can about the game. In all it has been an exciting year here at Dungeon’s Master and the future looks good. A lot is going on regarding the game that we all enjoy playing and we will continue publishing new articles about this great game that we all love so much. If you have not subscribed yet, make sure that you do. Fresh 4e D&D content delivered daily. It doesn’t get much better.

Now onto the stats, here are some numbers from the past year.

Organic growth since Dungeon’s Master launched in February 2009.

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1 BeanBag February 1, 2012 at 9:51 am

Four More Years!
Four More Years!!
Four More Years!!!

Well done, thanks for all the hard work

2 Alton February 1, 2012 at 9:59 am

Great to hear. Looking forward to the next year. Love the column.

3 Al February 1, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Congrats guys, keep up the good & hard work.

4 Jordan Quackenbush February 1, 2012 at 5:53 pm

I was very disappointed when I heard about At-Will closing shop. But then, they hadn’t updated in months.

Thank you very much for being a consistent source of excellent articles, information, ideas, and content. I check this site nearly daily, just subscribed (when I asked myself “why not”), love the articles, and frequently reference content on DM for my games. By the way, I love the Archive tab. I can just search in my browser for part of a title, and find the relevant article. The only other thing I could ask for is perhaps keywords to search articles by. Heck, I wouldn’t mind going through the articles and placing keywords.

Anyhow, I love this site. Please never close shop.

5 Wimwick (Neil Ellis) February 2, 2012 at 10:19 am

@ Everyone
Thanks for the kind words! As I mentioned in the post Ameron and I enjoy what we do here at Dungeon’s Master and look forward to writing about D&D well into the future.

6 Sunyaku February 3, 2012 at 12:08 am

Yes, I must echo Jordan’s sentiment. I am always impressed by the consistency and quality of your publications. Good show!

And the show must go on! Especially with Act 5 just around the corner…

7 LordOcampo February 8, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Awesome website. I love your articles and find them particularly useful. You give proof that you know and CARE what you are writing about.

8 Ameron (Derek Myers) February 8, 2012 at 1:26 pm

@ everyone
Thanks for kudos. Knowing that we have such loyal and supportive readers really makes this project worth while. We’ll keep writing as long as there’s material to write about. And with changes coming to D&D in the not-to-distant future I’m sure we’ll have plenty to write about (baring the NDA).

I played in an LFR Special (levels 11-14 if I remember correctly) at GenCon a couple years back with a character named Lord Ocampo. Was that you? If so, good to hear from you again. Perhaps we’ll have the pleasure of slaying monsters together again this summer.

9 LordOcampo February 8, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Sorry, wasn’t me 🙂 I’m from Nicaragua and have never been to the US. But my sister lives over there so we may have that pleasure some time 😀

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