Sly Flourish's Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master

Narrated by: Colby Elliott
Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
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Five years ago, the Lazy Dungeon Master offered a simplifed approach for preparing fantasy RPGs with one clear directive: Prepare only what most benefits our games. This focus on lightweight preparation and improvisational preparation resonated with many GMs over the past five years.

But during that time and with the release of the fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons, the world of fantasy roleplaying has changed and expanded. With five years of new systems and new ideas, all GMs have a wealth of experiences to share and explore to help us prepare and run great RPGs. 

Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master builds off of the concepts of the well-received GM's guidebook Lazy Dungeon Master, updating that book with five years of new experiences, new approaches, and new observations of the way people prepare and run RPGs. This new book is a completely self-contained work, which does not require anyone to have previously heard the Lazy Dungeon Master.

Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master offers a new focused approach for preparing and running our roleplaying games. The book includes an eight-step guide for lightweight game preparation and is focused on how we prepare for our games, how we run our games, and how we think about our games.

©2018 Michael E Shea (P)2018 Last Word Audio

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Indispensable

Hosting a fantasy role playing game and taking on the responsibility of being the dungeon master can be a daunting task. Sly Flourish’s Return Of The Lazy Dungeon Master is an indispensable resource for getting the most out your preparation time and developing the ability to improvise at the table more effectively.

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A must read for DM's

Lots of great ideas on how to improve your DM skills. Good for both experienced and new players.

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Very good overall

This is a very good guide to how to be a good dungeon master. My only caveat is that it is a tad misnamed as a guide for a "Lazy Dungeon Mater." Mostly the guide tells you what you need to do to run a good campaign but most of what it advises takes a significant amount of time. It does however include tips on how to cut down on a lot of that time.

Thus I'm a little torn on how to rate this. I think all the advice here is super solid but... definitely not for the lazy.

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Great for new and old DMs

Very digestable and practical. Exceeded my expectations and I would definitely recommend that you have a read or listen.

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Great DM resource.

This book is my go to resource on how to prep for an RPG session. It is even better now that I can listen to it as I prep.

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amazing resource

This book has given me an insight into dm'ing that I desperately needed so much.

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A helpful resource, well worth your time

This book is full of good advice. I strongly feel that it has helped my tension mastering. The book is short and straight to the point. It has a strong focus on making improvisation easier, something useful even if you Play a system other than a Dungeons and Dragons. The advice in this book is very system agnostic and I recommend it to anyone who’s friends enjoy their time behind the screen

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A fantastic resource for all GM's

this book has dramatically expanded and improved the way I prepare for games. the advice is sound and very practical. highly recommended. I also picked up a PDF to use as reference as the audio alone can be difficult to refer to during preparation

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I really enjoyed this book, maybe I wasn’t ready though.

This book is geared towards people that are creating their own adventures, but it was also helpful to me as a new DM. I was able to gleam so great info. The narrator’s voice was in a low tone, almost like he was whispering the book so no one else would hear. I really enjoyed it though and will refer to it often.

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Amazingly helpful!

This book helped me out tremendously! I was thrown into being a DM because somebody backed out. So I had a week to prepare and pick a new story. This book helped me so much with the prep of the game, and according to my friends I did pretty well :)

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  • 12-17-18

A simple book about a complicated book

Super useful approaches to maximise the time invested into prepping a d&d game. A powerful tool to have at your disposal!

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  • Mr. J. N. Cobb
  • 10-23-19

A DM'S must have tool

Listen, or more usefully, physically read and flip your way through this book. Keep what you like, dump the rest.

There is a lot of wisdom here learnt the hard way. Don't reinvent the wheel. Reduce time and stress in prep for games, and gain the confidence to play at all.

I dropped one star because frankly, this is really hard to follow as an audio book. Get the physical copy or kindle version.

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  • DannyB
  • 03-22-19

Well worth a listen!

Well read and easy to digest in the form of an audio book. Probably worth listening to a couple of times to have it digest

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-09-18

lazy DMs rejoice

narrator needed to invest in a pop filter, too many unfiltered splosives. good reference material