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Focal Point: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Running Extraordinary Sessions

Focal Point: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Running Extraordinary Sessions

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The heart of roleplaying is the gaming session, that point when everyone is gathered around the gaming table — and exactly when so many of your game mastering skills are most needed. To the best of our knowledge, there's never been a system-neutral book focused on running great sessions. Until now. Focal Point: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Running Extraordinary Sessions is that book.

Written by award-winning authors Phil Vecchione, Walt Ciechanowski, and John Arcadian, Focal Point is the third volume in Engine Publishing’s “accidental trilogy” of GMing advice books, which began with Never Unprepared and continued in Odyssey. You don’t need those books to enjoy and make use of this one, although they do complement each other well (and we offer a special bundle price for the trilogy).

Each of Focal Point’s authors is a veteran GM with years of experience, and each of them excels at a particular aspect of GMing. John is an entertainer, a GM who loves props and drawing his players into the game world. Walt is a storyteller, an adventure-writer who makes his living in the RPG industry. Phil is a facilitator, an organized GM who specializes in helping his players work well together.

These three roles — entertainer, storyteller, and facilitator — are at the core of Focal Point. From building “sets” for your gaming table, to using flowcharts to structure your adventures, to making sure everyone in your group feels comfortable during play, this guidebook addresses everything that goes into running an extraordinary gaming session.

Like every Engine Publishing title, Focal Point includes four versions of the book: DRM-free, bookmarked, hyperlinked PDF plus EPUB, MOBI, and plain text.

Want to try before you buy? Download a free 19-page PDF preview of Focal Point and read more reviews on the Engine Publishing website.

 
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March 23, 2016 11:37 pm UTC
Will there be a print edition of this?
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March 23, 2016 11:44 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
I don't have plans to set up a POD edition of Focal Point here, no. (None of our books have a POD option here.)

It's available in print from the Engine Publishing website, other online retailers, and local hobby stores worldwide.
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Dan E February 15, 2016 12:23 am UTC
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I kept hoping that Gemma, the wheelchair-bound mediocre whiny GM would get cancer and a new GM would take over.
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Colbert R September 06, 2015 4:26 pm UTC
Any thoughts on this? I thought out of engine publishing library this one would take off the most but seems pretty quiet. Thoughts ?
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Product Information
Gold seller
Pages
232
ISBN
978-0-9836133-5-0
Publisher Stock #
EGP42006
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40.39 MB
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Original electronic
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This title was added to our catalog on August 18, 2015.