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You love Dungeons and Dragons. As an experienced dungeon master, you've run dozens, if not hundreds of games. You put a lot of work into making your games great. What if there's another way to look at how you prepare your game? What if it turned out you could spend less time and less energy and have a better game as a result? It's time to unleash The Lazy Dungeon Master.
Written in the style of Sly Flourish's Dungeon Master Tips and Running Epic Tier D&D Games, The Lazy Dungeon Master shows a new approach to game preparation, one that takes less time and gives your game the freedom to grow at the table. This book will help a dungeon master prepare awesome games for any version of D&D.
Based on the real-world experiences of hundreds of dungeon masters and dozens of professional game designers, The Lazy Dungeon Master includes interviews with veteran D&D DMs and a complete toolkit to help you improvise an entire game. Whether you play 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Pathfinder, or the D&D Next playtest, The Lazy Dungeon Master has tips, techniques, and advice to make preparation easier and help you run a flexible and entertaining game.
©2012 Michael E. Shea (P)2016 Last Word Audio, LLC
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By Jesse on 02-22-16

Exactly what I was looking for

I was looking for a resource that would help me develop as a DM. I had been a DM for years doing the same thing over and over. I felt like something was missing but couldn't figure out what it was. This book helped.

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By Daniel Yarberry on 07-19-17

Good for DMs interested in perfecting their craft

Author focuses on a survey of dungeon masters opinions of running the game and elaborates on the need for prep work, or lack there of. This is perfect for the improvisational dungeon master trying to imitate success based on the only empirical evidence available. The authors method of breaking down survey results of 4E DMs is logical and insightful. This does not read from cover to cover at all times and operates more like a text book. This delivery method worked well for me. A DM who dislikes prep work and runs a weekly game while managing a stressful job and personal life. For what it's worth, I run a 5th Edition DND games and found that some of the tools referenced did not apply. Though the caveat need be this explores DMing in 4E, which is in most ways similar. Thanks!

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By Steve Downing on 10-28-17

For those who need to take a walk on the lazy side

Great stuff. I shall be coming back to it many times to beat myself over the head repeatedly to get the wisdom to go in. Shame a lot of the material is in, quote, "the accompanying PDF", which I have yet to track down (hey, I'm getting into this lazy thing) but I guess that's the drawback of the audio format

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