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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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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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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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Helpful tips for Dungeon Masters

As a DM who is often overwhelmed by the amount of prep work associated with bringing a module to to table in a competent manner, I found this book has a lot of helpful information about how to reduce some of the things that eat up a lot of time and don't provide a lot of in-game payoff. Also, the book gets to the point and doesn't waste a lot of time. At under 3 hours, it's not a huge time investment to get the knowledge it offers.

-1 star as it refers to a pdf a number of times that is supposed to be supplied with this audiobook that you never receive with Audible. It doesn't hamper things too much, but it really would have been nice to have.

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Structural Laziness

This is some fantastic advice and tools for being more efficient with your prep time

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Good tips, mostly from Q&As with other DMs

Pretty good tips, emphasis on quick preparation for games. Gets the message across in the form of interviews with other DMs.

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lot of stuff to take away

quick read that gives you a lot to reflect on. you get to see the concepts played out deferantly from 10 other gms points of view.

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I wish I found this book earlier.

I have wasted so much time over prepping for campaigns. This book will change my Dungeon Master career.

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great information for new and old DMS

good for dms new and old. a must read for gamers of any experience. techniques taught in this book will make your game 5x better

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SUCH A GOOD RESOURCE

This is a great guide for any DM who feels like they're putting too much work in to the game with too little reward. It gives great bulleted guidelines for keeping it simple and relying on the NPCs and PCs to flesh out the setting on the fly.

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Great Tips

Another DM friend suggested this and was not disappointed. Advocates "Be Like Water" D&D- kun-do.

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  • Steve Downing
  • 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