December was a month for reflection here at Dungeon’s Master. The only brand new articles we posted were the weekly D&D Encounters reports and the season 11 report card. However, for the last two weeks of the month we ran our 2012 greatest hits.
Even though I haven’t been playing as much D&D over the past couple of months as I used to, going through our archives and revisiting some of the articles we published this past year really served as a good way to get recharged. I remembered a lot of the great games that inspired me to write so many of the articles. Reading the comments our readers left reminded me how much we’ve contributed to the gaming community and hopefully how much we’ve helped along the way.
I’d like to thank everyone who visited Dungeon’s Master in December. For newer readers I hope that you enjoyed a look back at our greatest hits from 2012. I think they provided a good cross-section of the kinds of things we strive to accomplish with this blog. We welcome your comments and feedback as well as any ideas you might have for future articles.
The War of Everlasting Darkness and the Rise of the Underdark campaign arc both came to a thrilling conclusion in December. We share our weekly field reports as well as our final thoughts on season 11.
- D&D Encounters: War of Everlasting Darkness (Week 6)
- D&D Encounters: War of Everlasting Darkness (Week 7)
- D&D Encounters: War of Everlasting Darkness (Week 8.)
- D&D Encounters: War of Everlasting Darkness – Report Card
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.
Merry Christmas and a Holiday Themed Adventure – The guys from The Big Bang Theory aren’t the only ones who can put together a decent holiday themed D&D adventure. Check out this classic that we first published in 2009.
Greatest Hits 2012
Our 2012 greatest hits include some hidden gems that generated a lot of discussion among the gaming community or that we think best represent what we’re all about. Each of our greatest hits include the original article in its entirety, along with a new introduction. Take a look at some of our favourite articles from the past year.
- Greatest Hits 2012: When the Plus (+) No Longer Matters
- Greatest Hits 2012: The Advantages of Using 3d6 Over Point Buy
- Greatest Hits 2012: How a Blind Player Improved Our Game
- Greatest Hits 2012: Staying Alive: 8 Ways to Keep Wounded PCs in the Game
- Greatest Hits 2012: Undead of Different Races
- Greatest Hits 2012: Don’t Be a Dick – 4 Tips for Following Wheaton’s Law
- Greatest Hits 2012: The 5 Ws of Treasure Maps
- Greatest Hits 2012: What Your Weapon Says About Your Character
- Greatest Hits 2012: Minions: Full Disclosure
- Greatest Hits 2012: Collaborative Dungeon Design
- Greatest Hits 2012: Don’t Fight to the Death
A Look Ahead
January will be an interesting month here at Dungeon’s Master. With D&D Encounters on hiatus for a few weeks we won’t have our regular weekly updates. Of course once we get our hands on a copy of the next adventure we’ll provide a preview. Until then we’ll focus on broader gaming and D&D-related topics. For starters we’ve got a few tips for improving your 4e D&D experience, especially if you’re feeling burned out. Additionally, we’ll look at how to make your maps interesting and suitably challenging for characters of all levels, and well share our experiences of playing monsters as PCs. To round things out we’ll also provide a new batch of adventure hooks. Be sure to visit Dungeon’s Master throughout January to get your regular D&D fix.