Critical Hits is a Trilogy

From the Desk of the Editor-in-Chief:

The time has come once again where we indulge in a little celebration. A little over three years ago, I started the conversations that would eventually lead to founding Critical Hits. Looking back, we definitely started a bit rocky, and it took us a while to find what we wanted to do with the site. After year 1, we started to establish schedules, set deadlines, and become a slightly more serious operation. Year 2 was where we started to hit our stride.

In this last year, I’m confident in saying that we’ve really started to “make it.” We’ve finally gotten attention for doing serious work (starting with the announcement of D&D 4e last year and our first glimpses of it at D&D XP) covering the gaming scene. Starting at Origins and continuing through GenCon, we’ve finally started to be noticed by the gaming industry and the public at large. Such exposure, and the nature of blogs, does not come without the occasional stresses: this year in particular I’ve learned that people don’t really care that you’ve put a lot of your free time, effort, and cash into providing a free service… if they disagree with you. Regardless, I couldn’t be prouder of the work we’ve done this year, and look forward to doing it for a long time to come. I’ve taken a big step in actually paying for a new theme, which hopefully will be agreeable to everyone (once we finish the work on it), and will pay for itself in time.

And as always, many, many thanks to my friends who write for me, our blogging buddies, and to our readers, of which there are more than ever. I hope you all will stick with us for wherever we go next!

Dave Chalker

Basic Stats

Twice makes it a tradition, so here’s the new tradition of sharing our stats from the previous year!

  • Highest number of RSS subscribers, according to Feedburner: 675
  • Technorati Rating: 88 (Highest: 96)
  • Pageviews since Oct. 5 2007: 296,817
  • Absolute Unique Visitors: 115,745
  • Posts: 1017
  • Comments: 5866
  • Authors: 19
  • Unique Commenter Names: 518

Most Trafficked Posts

  1. Review: Races & Classes / Worlds & Monsters
  2. D&D XP Seminar
  3. D&D XP Dungeon Delve Characters
  4. Session Report: Keep on the Shadowfell
  5. First Level Impressions: D&D 4e

Most Commented Posts

  1. So what IS D&D anyway? – 72 comments
  2. Real Ultimate Showdown Round 1 – 63 comments (the only returning champion)
  3. First (Level) Impressions: D&D 4e – 61 comments
  4. A Closer Look at 4th Edition Multi-Classing – 59 comments
  5. The World is Full of Dungeons – 50 comments

Authors by Postcount

  1. The Game (578)
  2. Bartoneus (233)
  3. DarthCthulhu (46)
  4. joshx0rfz (29)
  5. drscotto (26)
  6. The Main Event (22)
  7. The Bored Gamer (14)
  8. spankleberry (12)
  9. Elena99 (12)
  10. Original Sultan (11)
  11. Vince (11)
  12. The O (6)
  13. Foodist (5)
  14. Drackmire (3)
  15. Sucilaria (2)
  16. ChattyDM (2)
  17. Heathkit (1)
  18. Cloud (1)
  19. Don (1)
Top Commenters
  1. The Game (895)
  2. Bartoneus (795)
  3. Reverend Mike (398)
  4. joshx0rfz (283)
  5. TheMainEvent (283)
Top Non-Author Commenters
  1. Reverend Mike (398)
  2. Steve (194)
  3. ChattyDM, TheChattyDM, Phil (150 total… what a schizo)
  4. Graham (112)
  5. Abe (89) (our only non-blogging high-commenter!)
Top Countries by Hits in the Past year
  1. United States
  2. Canada
  3. United Kingdom
  4. Austrailia
  5. Germany
Top US States by Hits in the Past Year
  1. California
  2. Florida
  3. Texas
  4. New York
  5. Maryland (represent!)
Worst State in the Union
  1. North Dakota
Top Referrers in the Past Year
  1. ENWorld
  2. StumbleUpon
  3. Google
  4. DungeonMastering
  5. ChattyDM
Top Blog Referrers in the Past Year
  1. DungeonMastering
  2. ChattyDM
  3. StupidRanger
  4. DNDReviews
  5. GnomeStew
Top Search Terms (out of 24,509 logged) in the Past Year
  1. critical hits
  2. watchmen babies
  3. D&D 4e
  4. keep on the shadowfell
  5. D&D 4e review
Very Bottom Search Term
  • “youtube i think i crit my pants”
Hope these stats were helpful or informative in some way! Thanks again for reading!
About Dave

Dave "The Game" Chalker is the Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Critical Hits. Since 2005, he has been bringing readers game news and advice, as well as editing nearly everything published here. He is the designer of the Origins Award-winning Get Bit!, a freelance designer and developer, son of a science fiction author, and a Master of Arts. He lives in MD with e, their three dogs, and two cats.


  1. I feel the need to comment just to differentiate myself from TheMainEvent.

    There should be a “number of spelling errors corrected in other authors’ posts” – I think I’d be at the top of that list.


    joshx0rfz´s last post: Critical Hits is a Trilogy

  2. Hey, great work in getting where you now are!

    Here’s to many many more years of people critting their pants reading this most excellent of site.

  3. TheMainEvent says:

    @Josh: Dearth! Dearth!

    I’ll just use my editing powers to snip out some of your comments and take my place above you in the comments race.

  4. Woohoo!

    I’d definitely like to extend some warm appreciation to Rev. Mike, who randomly showed up here one day and quickly jumped to our most active commenter. Thanks Mike!

  5. OriginalSultan says:

    Hmmm, joshx0rfz and TheMainEvent are both ahead of me. Looks like I have some catching up to do.

  6. OriginalSultan says:

    Also, what’s up with the Managing Editor here? He’s way behind on the posting. Tsk tsk.

  7. Thanks, Bart…no need to thank me though…the pleasure of being right about something 398+ times is pleasure enough…

    If it weren’t for the title of being the most frequent non-author commenter here, I might just break out of that category one day…

    Reverend Mike´s last post: Demotivational Monday: Everybody Loves Deadpool

  8. I love when friends argue amongst each other to try to get each other to write and comment more… makes my job easier!

  9. Hey, 233 posts and I don’t even get a personal thank you in the post. The way I see it I’m OVER-achieving. 😛

    Okay, sorry, enough of me being passive-aggressive. 😀

  10. Also, agreed…North Dakota DOES suck…

    Reverend Mike´s last post: Demotivational Monday: Everybody Loves Deadpool

  11. Wise man say: managing editor can thank himself via edit.

    Wise man also say: North Dakota now objectively suck.

  12. Happy Blogiversary!!

    Geek’s Dream Girl´s last post: The Virgin DM Monologues: e as DM?

  13. Grats fellas on a job well done. Keep up the great work!

  14. Congrats!

    Yax´s last post: How to Deal with Instigators

  15. Those are some awesome numbers! RM’s got a lot of catching up to do then. We’re only getting half your uniques and not even close for comments.

    congrats 😀

  16. Who is the company that makes the Xbox 360 ?