For this month's installment, here's the skill challenge I've been talking about so much. The skill challenge represents the difficulty in traveling around Suderham, a city ruled by a band of foul slave traders known as the Slave Lords. The PCs might need to enter the city in order to free someone from the Slave Lords' clutches, slay a particularly powerful villain, or otherwise take an active step to disrupt an evil plot.
After the skill challenge are some design notes explaining my thoughts behind it.
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About the Author
Mike Mearls is the Lead Developer for the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game. His recent credits include H1: Keep on the Shadowfell and Player's Handbook II (v.3.5).