by Mike Shea on 21 March 2011
This year at PAX East, Wizards of the Coast sponsored the second Dungeon Master's Challenge. Dungeon masters were to come to PAX East prepared to run a level 8 adventure for a group of unknown players. Last year, the venerable Dave "the Game" Chalker won the competition. This year, the championship went to Matthew Brenner.
The following adventure, Gravemyst, was my entry and, while I didn't win, it is still an adventure of which I am proud. While preparing for the competition, I decided to make it "publishable" by designing it and formatting it like any other adventure you might get from DDI or another source.
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Even if you don't use the adventure as written, the adventure includes examples of the techniques described in other articles within the adventure such as including "outs" for every battle, skill challenges and puzzles within battles, and heavy use of environmental effects.
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