When I first heard about the DM hotline, I thought it was a joke. I mean, really, operators are standing by to answer your DMing questions? But it wasn’t a joke, and it wasn’t lame, it was actually pretty cool.
The DM Hotline, operated by the folks at Wizards of the Coast will run from October 8th through the 11th. it is being manned by the actual guys whose names you see on the books, not college interns. I think it’s a cool way for fans to get up close and personal to the game designers and get answers to some questions that they may have.
I called asking about a trap called the Gloomfell Floor. It’s a trap where 10 random squares in an encounter area are filled with necrotic energy, and attack anyone who steps in an affected square. I was connected to Rob Heinsoo, a name you may recognize from the books. He and I went over my questions a bit, and then he called in Mike Mearls to add to the conversation. I got my questions answered and even got some small conversation time in with the both of them.
It didn’t feel rushed, it wasn’t scripted or impersonal. It was a pretty good experience overall. So if you’ve got some 4e questions that need answering, give them a call at (800) 878-3326.