Despite not hitting as many of my blogging goals as I had hoped this year, I’m pretty happy with how the site has been doing. Traffic was up slightly compared to 2011 and I think I had some great content on the site. Here are some highlights from 2012:
Most Popular Posts
Based on number of views, these were the five most popular posts this year. This year, the most popular posts are mostly focused on D&D but Gen Con and Marvel Heroic both have one post in the top 5.
- D&D Virtual Table This post has gotten a lot of views with the most recent bump happening when it was cancelled.
- Core Mechanics: Mixed Dice Probabilities This post takes a look at how changing Cortex+ dice pools can affect the outcome of a roll.
- Divine Archetypes Inspired by one of the D&D Next blog entries, this is my take on how divine character classes in D&D should be defined.
- Gen Con: The Games An overview of the games I played, bought, or wanted to buy at Gen Con this year.
- Resolve: An Idea for Tougher Minions This post is an idea I had for reworking the minion mechanic to make them a little tougher without adding much bookkeeping or extra rolls.
My Favorite Posts (That Didn’t Make the Top 5)
These posts from this year didn’t make the top five list based on the number of views, but they are ones that I enjoyed writing or that are more meaningful to me.
- Challenges for Game Designers, Mario Kart, and Lords of the Underdark This series of posts was an early casualty to my work schedule picking up, but I really liked making the game prototypes. If I can manage my time better this year, I’d like to start these up again.
- Star Wars and Sword of Terra, The Imperial Navy, and Ships of the Rebel Alliance The little work I did this year for Sword of Terra was figuring out how I’d adapt it to run starship battles in the Star Wars universe.
- The Ghost King, The Blightbringer, Vampires of Kraelund, and The Last Child of Io For the May of the Dead blog carnival, I wrote about 4 undead monsters and provided stats for them for both D&D 4e and the AGE system.
- Black & White A dice mechanic that I still really want to use in a game.
Top Referring Sites
These sites are the top five referrers to the site this year. The D&D forums have dropped out of my top referrers with Exploring Infinity and a couple of posts Wizards driving enough traffic to be on the list.
- rpgbloggers.com I joined the network last year and it is the most common referer to the site.
- critical-hits.com Critical Hits links to a few of my Gamma World posts.
- exploring-infinity.com This is mostly traffic from a link to the Mixed Dice Probabilities post.
- wizards.com A couple of my posts got mentions in the Joining the Party columns which drove a lot of traffic early in 2012.
- twitter.com Twitter is where I advertise posts the most, so it isn’t surprising that it makes this list.
These are the top ten search terms that ended up resulting in visits to my site.
- d&d virtual table
- dark elder
- super dungeon explore
- 2d10 probability curve
- d&d languages
- caverns of roxor
- d&d cleric
- challenges for game designers
- gamma world downloads