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Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master is a book designed to help fantasy roleplaying Gamemasters get more out of their games by preparing less. Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master uses the experiences of thousands of GMs to help us focus on how we prepare our games, how we run our games, and how we think about our games.

Refined for five years after the release of the Lazy Dungeon Master, Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master is a complete stand-alone book that includes practical steps for focusing our preparation activities on those things that will bring the biggest impact to our game.

Backed by over 6,700 backers on Kickstarter and based on research involving hundreds of books, videos, articles, and interviews with top Gamemasters, as well as thousands of results from Gamemaster surveys, Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master helps us understand the best tips and tricks used by GMs all over the world to bring the most fun to our games.

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"It’s official. Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master by ‪@SlyFlourish‬ is fantastic."

- Dungeon Master's Academy

"I'll be setting up a coaching system and teaching them the way of the Lazy Dungeon Master...we'll be using Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master as a text book."

- Ethan Schoonover

"Don't miss this. It's amazing! Great work as always. DMs of all experience levels will appreciate the fresh insights and planning tools."

- Jen Pixelscapes

"I'm reading Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master and I'm absolutely LOVING IT. Most of these ideas will be making their way into my game prep immediately. I hope plenty of DMs read it and take it to heart."

- Michael Mentz

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Nicolas C December 01, 2021 10:48 am UTC
Hello,
I'd like to know if there's any plan to release a french version of this book ?

Thanks

Nicolas
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Colin Z October 17, 2021 4:03 am UTC
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Is it OK to print this pdf out after we purchase it?
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David M November 29, 2021 7:20 pm UTC
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It's your PDF, of course you can print it out yourself.
However the Print version is usually higher quality than self-printed.
Of course printing and selling the print version is not OK, from an ethical standpoint at least...
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David N July 21, 2020 6:08 pm UTC
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Fantastic Product, highly recommended. It's to the point and concise, whilst providing a wealth of information, ideas and guidelines. Has made writing scenarios a lot more fun
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Alvis E June 06, 2020 9:33 pm UTC
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Mike C post in his review, "There are three books that are essential to becoming the GM you want to become, and this is the most important one."

What are the other two, Mike C.???????

Help me, Mike C, you're my only hope!
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William R February 15, 2020 6:55 pm UTC
Hello,

I have heard a lot of interesting things in this book but I don't run fantasy at all.

How can this book be used for sci-fi (Star Trek Adventures for instance) and Super-Heroes (like M&M) ?
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Adam S April 30, 2020 10:49 pm UTC
While the book is written largely to D&D players (understandable, given the vast audience), all of the principles he talks about are either easily applicable to any game/genre, or can be dropped entirely without regret.

I am not primarily a D&D player either, and I highly recommend the book.
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STEVEN R February 14, 2020 8:37 pm UTC
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Enjoyed reading it, got me excited to try. It was tough to start with a blank page, but once things got rolling the ideas flowed. Now to put it to practice, trying my creation out next session with new PCs and curious to see how it's going to go.

I'm a long time published adventures DM, but lately have struggled with how dense the WOTC books are and how much prep time I was doing. Not including daydreaming about it, my 2 page outline took about 2 hours to prep!

Let's see how this works at the table, got a crazy Homeland / D&D mashup going..!

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Joseph G February 10, 2020 8:03 pm UTC
Hi,

Is there a PDF/Ebook/softcover combo deal?

Thx
joe
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Adam S April 30, 2020 10:50 pm UTC
Don't know if you're still watching this item, but there appears to be a combo now.
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Gertjan G January 24, 2020 9:19 am UTC
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Where do hardcover books ship from? I live in Belgium, so if they get sent from outside of the EU the custom fees would add about 30-40 euros on top of the original cost.
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Tom ? November 27, 2019 2:52 pm UTC
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Is there a print-friendly version? I live in a place where I can't really get the physical books. I bought the electronic version, but could really use a simpler version that would print well. All the beautiful art and graphics on every page will be lost on the ordinary black and white printer.
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Joseph S October 21, 2019 1:18 pm UTC
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Are there no more Hardcover copies? I select that option and add to cart, but the only thing that shows up is the $8 pdf...
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Mike S October 21, 2019 9:42 pm UTC
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Hi Joseph! You might try logging out of the site, shutting your browser all the way off, logging back into the site, and then see if you still have the problem.
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Joseph S October 29, 2019 6:25 pm UTC
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Thanks! Yea that was bizzare bug.
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Bryce B January 09, 2019 3:16 am UTC
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Huge fan of the original book, How dose this one differ?
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Mike S October 21, 2019 10:07 pm UTC
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This one has been updated with five years of further experience from hundreds of DMs. It has a more comprehensive 8 step modular system for game prep (you choose the steps that help and toss away those that don't). You can see more about it in the video above. In my opinion, as the author of both, this is the book you want but it doesn't throw away many of the ideas from the original. This book does not require that you have the original and also doesn't throw away what the original book did well. Hope that helps!
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Kevin S December 13, 2018 2:55 am UTC
Is this useful for those that prefer sandbox-style gaming?
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Mike S December 15, 2018 7:08 pm UTC
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Absolutely. The steps and advice in this book focus on being able to improvise during a game which is perfect for sandbox gaming. The campaign building tips likewise help DMs build a dynamic world instead of a linear story.
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DIOGO L December 10, 2018 4:13 pm UTC
What digital formats are available in the "Multiple File Formats" product?
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Mike S December 15, 2018 7:08 pm UTC
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PDF and ePub
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James L November 22, 2018 11:17 pm UTC
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A preview would be appreciated...
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Kevin L November 27, 2018 1:54 am UTC
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You can see the first 12-13 pages in a preview at http://slyflourish.com/returnofthelazydm/
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Mike S November 28, 2018 7:50 am UTC
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Just added the preview. Thank you!
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James L January 31, 2019 3:02 am UTC
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Mike, thank you for adding that!
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Bart V November 21, 2018 11:22 am UTC
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The first book changed my game-mastering life. So I consider this new version a must have. But I'm waiting for the printed version. Yes, I'm old fashioned. ;) Please, oh please, do print it now!
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Mike S November 28, 2018 7:50 am UTC
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Soon!
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Logan F November 19, 2018 6:44 pm UTC
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I absolutely adore this book, with my first session planned using the lazy dungeon master checklist I felt more empowered to run my game than ever.

I had an idea, though, for one segment of the checklist. I think your current chapter, "Select your Monsters", could be slightly expanded to say "Select your Obstacles".

The idea is, instead of already gearing yourself towards creating a combat encounter, you spend that same energy creating obstacles for the party to overcome, of which combat with monsters is one part.

This allows you to add elements like traps, puzzles, or key social encounters or exploration elements with the Lazy Dungeon Master mentality. Even the DM's guide references the fact that not all encounters need to be combat encounters, so the change would allow our prep efforts to reflect it.
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Mike S November 28, 2018 7:51 am UTC
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A completely reasonable change. One of the things I highly recommend is to tune the checklist to fit your own style and game.
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Robert R December 01, 2018 6:51 am UTC
I agree completely! As GM you don't have to wait for me to say "roll initiative" to start encountering challenges. I get bored in games where the only time the group leans into the table is when combat starts.
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