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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.

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lazy DMs rejoice

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

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  • Italo Samano
  • 30-01-2020

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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  • Alex
  • 01-04-2019

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-02-2019

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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  • Christian Rosales Vera
  • 10-05-2021

great book

love it, is what you need to know about d&d, to play as a DM.

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  • Sunshine Andrei
  • 25-03-2021

outstanding book!

amazingly designed. a great way to get ready for your next game. everyone will get something from this book

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  • Joey
  • 23-02-2021

listened to it twice

I'm pretty busy and usually don't have time to work on my sessions nearly as much as I want to and after reading this book I feel a lot better about preparing less and getting more out of my normal day-to-day life while also being able to give a good experience to my players

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  • Dante Nava
  • 19-02-2021

GM's guide to winging it!

I'm new to GMing but usually fly by the seat of my pants. This book has helped me to figure out what I should focus on to make a better game for my kids. Also there were some great ideas for better fleshing out locations/worlds on the fly with minimal prep (if that makes sense). Several of the tips in this book I've also seen GM's, that I've enjoyed playing with, employ with great success. I'd recommend this book for anyone who's new or wanting to help their players have a better time.

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  • Tidus Duplissis
  • 01-02-2021

Insightful

This book is an excellent resource for giving you the focus you need to gather your thoughts for each session before hand. The tools and ideas introduced in this were just what I needed to improve my DMing.

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  • Sebastian Haff
  • 30-11-2020

Quality advice and strategies

This book was well organized and helpful. I’m a brand new DM, yet I was able to follow along and gain a lot of useful knowledge.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-11-2020

No nonsense and good advice for all GMs

Perhaps the best thing about this book was that it didn’t promote any nonsense that a new GM wouldn’t know enough to avoid. Many of the tips and techniques were just “the way we played” in the late 70s and throughout the 1980s. Some of these tips codified behavior that was on display for me as a young D&D player, but might have been difficult to conjure again without better understanding how and why they worked then and will work again. Still, moreover, there were ideas here that were new to me - ideas and techniques that I will employ at least twice, to see how things go, now that I’ve come out of RPG retirement to teach and play with a new generation of dungeon delvers and lovers of magic and adventure.

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  • splats
  • 11-04-2021

5 stars with proper chapter details.

narrator's voice is easy to listen to. My only issue is I want to go back and listen to some of the sections but there are no meaningful names for the chapters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-12-2018

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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  • Joe Thompson
  • 03-02-2021

Lots of padding

Good and useful ideas but could have been done in half the time without the uneccessary repetition.

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  • Kim Patrick Røtnes
  • 10-09-2020

Great book!

Really useful for both professionals and noobies looking for a structured wat to prepare their tabletop rpgs

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  • Mrs. D. G. Reynolds
  • 26-08-2020

must read for game's masters of all kinds

takes alot if the mystery and anxiety bout if be ing a DM.
I use it's advice in every game I run and that are more fun and less stressful for it

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  • Daniel
  • 22-07-2020

The Best Book for Dungeon Masters

This book is so good I have it in audible, pdf and a physical copy

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  • Mr. J. N. Cobb
  • 23-10-2019

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
  • 22-03-2019

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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