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Sly Flourish's Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master

Narrated by: Colby Elliott
Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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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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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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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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Perfect tool for aspiring GM

If you're a games master with any experience, you've had sessions that just didn't feel quite right. Your players skipped every plot hook you threw at them and left you completely unprepared. This guide alongside basic improvisational skills gives you everything that you need to consistently provide quality gaming sessions for your players on a consistent basis. The only complaint that I have is that when listening to the recording without a personal copy of the book, referencing back to the concepts can be somewhat difficult.

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Saved me hours of prep time

I follow a few YouTube DM guide channels such as MCDM and I wasn't sure if I needed this book. I am now extremely glad I bought this since much of the advice here is unique and I will be applying most of it to my games. I run 2 D&D games and a starfinder game and spend way too much time prepping. This book has saved me hours of prep time weekly with a few simple methods and approaches to prepping. If you haven't heard lazy DM before you need this audiobook!!

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Pretty much the most useful book in my DM arsenal.

Incredible stuff here. If you're a GM that struggles with the time management of life vs game development, this will undoubtedly have some great knowledge to help you out.

I'm DMing again for the first time in years with the newfound confidence in myself and my preparations, despite having less time than ever before.

Thank you, Sly Flourish, for producing this book and helping me get back into my passion.

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new gm

I'm a new GM and I've only ran three one shots. I'm really looking forward to expanding and using these tips. I would highly recommend this book for any new or old gm

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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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  • Daniel Bird
  • 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