After some five years, it looks like the guys over at WotC have decided to stop shoehorning encounters into the “delve format”. In case you haven’t cracked open an adventure published by them for a good while, the delve format is basically a two-page spread that is designed to let you run an encounter without having to reference anything else:
While a noble endeavor not every encounter demands the same amount of real-estate, and it sounds like a lot of people are happy to see it (mostly) go. I tried running Expedition to Castle Ravenloft recently and didn’t mind flipping back and forth to encounters, especially since I’d converted it to 4th Edition and so didn’t need to crack open other books to determine what various special abilities or spells did. I’m interested in seeing the new direction; from what we’ve been told, they are going to just let it flow across pages and divvy them up using a horizontal rule.
At any rate, at least one adventure this month—Going Ape–will rely on it. At least the cover looks badass (as do some of the articles).