With the release of Dungeon Delves and Player’s Handbook 2, I decided to run a dungeon delve on those nights we know everyone isn’t going to make it, and sometimes I’ll do a delve between quests just for a change of pace.
So, here’s the idea. Everyone generates a new character of the announced level (usually level 6, but I’d like to run some paragon tier stuff too). Page 143 in the DM Guide covers creating higher level characters. I’d like to draw your attention to bullet point 7 – money and magic items.
In general, this gives you a chance to try some of those other character ideas you have.