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John Wick's monthly game master advice column in Pyramid was the most controversial in the magazine's history. 

It was seen by some as revolutionary and dismissed by others as outright dangerous. Collected here for the first time are all eleven episodes including "Hit 'em Where it Hurts," a new introduction and closing statements by the author. 

Learn the worst, most despicable, dastardly and downright dishonest game mastering tricks, traps and tactics that will make you the GM your players love to hate!

The advice in Play Dirty works. After reading the book, I couldn’t wait to try out Wick’s ideas and found that they could be recycled with minimal effort. I listened as my gaming group chattered on about Villain Dice, the Laws of the Table, and changes to Experience; furthermore, I realized just how much more intense the game became. This is the point of the book and it serves that point well.

-- Todd Cash, Flames Rising Review

As you read it, you will find yourself at once going "That's low..." and "I'm gonna start using that."


I could write a chapter about John Wick. He's a strange and interesting guy who doesn't apologize for his controversial political or religious beliefs. His opinions on gaming and game design are just as strange and interesting as he is, and whether or not you agree with his politics, you should definitely familiarize yourself with his role-playing philosophy. Play Dirtyis a good place to start.

-- The Dice of Life



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April 9th, 2015
This should be in every GM's collection. Even if you don't use it, you'll wish you could. [...]
October 25th, 2013
What was John Wick thinking? Look, I watched a couple youtube videos that Mr. Wick put out - the first recommended to me in a John Four newsletter. And based on the video picked this PDF up. I am intrigued by some of the concepts prese [...]
August 21st, 2012
The advice is hit and miss - some of it is very helpful even to the most advanced GM, cutting straight to the essence of tabletop RPGs, while some of it is not particularly useful except in the most extreme cases where you might be better off just aski [...]
July 26th, 2012
Unfortunately I cannot agree with the other reviews. I found the topics in this book not new, not "dangerous" and not innovative. They are not bad either, but this book is not the best since sliced bred as so many say. I would rate it average [...]
July 25th, 2011
A great read! Excellent ideas for the gm who is having trouble with "cheese-ey" players. Don't be the guy who runs the game be the game master who everyone loves to hate. [...]
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