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Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Session Prep

Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Session Prep

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"Gnome Stew has hit another home run for the Game Master. Never Unprepared has earned a permanent place in my GM toolbox, right along side the likes of Robin’s Laws of Good Game Mastering, Hamlet’s Hit Points, Play Dirty, Eureka, and Masks. Highly recommended." -- RoleplayDNA review

2013 Origins Award nominee for Best Game-Related Publication - 2013 ENnie Award nominee for Best Writing - 2012 Golden Geek Award nominee for Best Supplement

Whether you’re new to game mastering or have been running the same campaign since 1974, Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Session Prep will help you prepare for games faster, avoid common pitfalls, and have more fun in the process. To our knowledge, this is the first book entirely devoted to the process of prepping for tabletop RPGs.

Never Unprepared breaks game prep down into its component phases—Brainstorming, Selection, Conceptualization, Documentation, and Review—and provides the tools you need to make the most of each phase. If you hate prep, you’ll find ways to make it more enjoyable. If you already have a great system for doing your prep, you’ll learn how to make it even better.

Ten years in the making, Never Unprepared is award-winning author Phil Vecchione’s epic rock ballad to game prep. A project manager and veteran game master, he draws on extensive experience to present flexible systems for developing or optimizing your own unique approach to game prep. Phil’s work has previously appeared on the ENnie Award-winning GMing blog Gnome Stew and in Eureka: 501 Adventure Plots to Inspire Game Masters and Masks: 1,000 Memorable NPCs for Any Roleplaying Game.

Within Never Unprepared you’ll find prep techniques, utilities, and tips that are applicable to any RPG:

  • An in-depth look at each phase of session prep, from brainstorming to review
  • Templates for sessions, scenes, NPCs, and combats that you can modify to fit your gaming style
  • Practical advice on selecting prep tools, putting them to good use, and scheduling enough time to prepare for every session
  • How to identify your strengths and weaknesses, as well as tips for preparing when you’re short on time—and what to do if everything goes horribly wrong
  • A comprehensive index to make it easy to find what you need

Like all Engine Publishing titles, Never Unprepared includes four versions of the book: DRM-free, bookmarked, hyperlinked PDF plus EPUB, MOBI, and plain text.

Want to try before you buy? You can download a free 16-page PDF preview of Never Unprepared and read more reviews on the Engine Publishing website.

 
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July 20th, 2021
This is a gem. If you are looking for a way of giving the preparation process a more formal approach, to attend a certain level of quality and your own capabilities of self-criticism, this is a must. Beware, it is not a lightweight read to just move fo [...]
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March 31st, 2019
[Originally published in 2012. For some reason, DTRPG changes the date when you edit, bumping it back to the top. Sorry for that : I simply divided the paragraphs properly.] I'll say it right off the bat : "Never Unprepared" is not the [...]
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March 10th, 2019
A great read that dives into the rare touched subject of how and what to prep and time management. System agonist and can be applied to others things beyond DND as well. [...]
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January 21st, 2019
The product has been edited after the fact to replace content, namely the Sean Patrick Fannon foreward. I have no side in the Fannon affair, and do not even own a Shaintar book, but am extremely uncomfortable with the precedent of removing content from [...]
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August 11th, 2018
There is some sound advice in here but it's diluted with filler material and what-works-for-you and generalities to the point that I felt it wasn't of value. It's a shame because I'm sure the author knows A LOT MORE than me about being a GM and prepari [...]
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134
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978-0-9836133-2-9
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This title was added to our catalog on July 05, 2012.