Monte Cook launches new subscription based website

Posted on March 10, 2009 by


Monte’s getting in the subscription based model, offering daily (!) updates, encounters, maps by Ed Bourelle (SkeletonKey Games), and other fun D&D goodies.  It is 3.x stuff, so I don’t see me getting much out of it except perhaps ideas adaptable to 4.0, we’ll see…  I know he has a gazillion fans, and many folks are eagerly awaiting this new project, and it does sound very cool if you are still a 3.x player!  Although, as an aside, I’m glad there is a very active, and free, player community that revolves around D&D, I’d hate the game to go completely subscription based in the future.  Sadly that seems to be the direction the game is taking… 

 Anyway, I digress, here is the press release I received in my box this morning from Monte:


New site offers game fans a daily dose of adventure.


March 9, 2009 (Milwaukee, Wis.)—, Monte’s new subscription-based adventure site, goes live today, offering game material and DMing advice to its members., in fact, builds an entire ongoing campaign with a new material updated every weekday.


Monte expressed excitement for the new format in which he could create and deliver game material. “It’s been very fun coming up with this concept and seeing where it can go, but the key component will be the feedback from members, so it still could go in all-new directions,” Monte said. will be updated every weekday with a major encounter, plus frequent blog and podcast updates, monthly bonus encounters, and more. Members will find an active forum where they can ask questions, give feedback to Monte, exchange tips and ideas with each other, and help build into a community of dungeon (and dragon) enthusiasts. The site features cartography from award-winning artist Ed Bourelle. It utilizes the Open Gaming License and its 3rd-edition compatible rules, but is easily used with other editions as well. Memberships are available on an annual, quarterly, or monthly basis, but those starting a year’s subscription in March will become charter members at a special discount rate of $84 per year. The material presented on the site is suitable for characters of all levels and any fantasy campaign. Visitors can sample content for free at the website: <>.


Monte Cook started professionally in the game industry in 1988 and has worked for such companies as Iron Crown Enterprises, TSR, Wizards of the Coast, and his own Malhavoc Press. He co-created the 3rd edition of Dungeons & Dragons (the basis of the d20 System) and authored the Dungeon Master’s Guide, Monte Cook’s Arcana Evolved, Ptolus, Monte Cook’s World of Darkness, and designed the super hero miniatures game HeroClix. A graduate of the Clarion West writer’s workshop, Monte has also published short stories and two novels. His humorous nonfiction book about conspiracies comes out in October of 2009. To read more biographical information or to sample his recent work, visit <>.




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