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The No-Prep Gamemaster

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Tired of spending hours preparing for an RPG session?

This book began as a series of blog posts at

Provided are tips and advice you need to become a no-prep gamemaster. It is organized into three sections: Arcana, Three Keys, and Arrows in the Quiver.

The Arcana section deals with my history and struggles with learning how to gamemaster and why I decided to stop preparing for sessions.

The Three Keys section is the heart of the No-Prep Gamemaster. These short chapters provide the framework on which anyone can begin to gamemaster without preparation.

Arrows in the Quiver is a selection of tips and tricks that a GM can use at any time to cut down preparation time.

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September 18th, 2019
This book gives you permission to not plan a huge campaign, but rather to work with your players to create something enjoyable. It's an alternate way to play the GM, a way to take the stress off a position that a lot of people don't want to do because [...]
September 6th, 2019
My problem with this guide is that it's a one-sided presentation that repeatedly discusses the evils of GM prep and the joys of zero prep while glossing over the potential pitfalls of zero prep and how to avoid them. Besides, it's still asking you to [...]
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This title was added to our catalog on September 05, 2019.
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