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The Sticky GM

This book is all about making running your role-playing sessions more dynamic, responsive and simply more enjoyable for you, the Game Master/Dungeon Master/Keeper of Secrets or whatever your favourite game calls it. The game makes little or no difference.

You are just as much a player as those on the other side of the screen, it is just your role that is different. You deserve to have as much fun as they get. The Sticky GM aims to make running role-playing games more fun.

The Humble Sticky Note

The suggestions in this books centre around using sticky notes to organise every element of your game notes. Creating a structure that can be changed on the fly to ratchet up the tension or build a more convincing world. If something is in the wrong place, you can quickly move it to the right point in the story.

This is not one of those massive tomes on game mastering technique. It is a short, step by step, practical guide on how to organise your game notes in a different way.

If you apply this method to your gaming, you will get to use more of the great ideas you come up within your games, you will have less frustration when players walk right on by your plot hooks. Even combat scenes will be more exciting and dramatic.

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Sarah M May 31, 2022 10:40 pm UTC
Why no discount for buying both the PDF and print together? Your other titles have a discount…
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Peter R June 01, 2022 8:33 am UTC
It was an oversight. When this book was written I was under an exclusive agreement with DTRPG, meaning that I could not sell the digital copy of this book on other sites (excluding my own). As the book was originally written for Kindle, I could not offer a PDF version here, just the print. When my exclusive agreement ended, I added a PDF version, but it didn't register with me that I had to adjust the print pricing at the same time. So, short answer, it was an oversight.

I have also reduced the price to $7.99 to bring it in line with the other books in the GM series.
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Sarah M June 01, 2022 11:10 am UTC
Thanks! I’ll buy it next time I buy printed books, and hope you get Easier Story Craft in print soon so I can add it to my bookshelf.
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Peter R June 01, 2022 11:29 am UTC
I ordered the print proof of Easier Story Craft this week! If everything is good, that should be on sale in 2 weeks time.
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Harold A December 02, 2021 7:06 pm UTC
Before I rate this title, I'd like to give the author a chance to address a concern I have. The system described would appear to entail the ongoing maintenance of a significant number of sticky-notes. Unfortunately, the book doesn't really provide a good description of how this is to be done. Also, the author describes how to use their method to create situations and organize events in a game, but an illustration or image of the binder example showing how the author actually used their method would have been very helpful. I wonder if these concerns were considered and, for some reason, not addressed or if the issue never occurred to the author to address.
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Peter R December 02, 2021 8:07 pm UTC
Hi, You are right in that you can end up with a lot of notes. The actual volume tends to ebb and flow. You can go through creative phases and create many, but then in another period will see you use more than you create.
I imagined that there would be as many different ways of using sticky notes as there are GMs that choose to use it. It is intended to be a very kinaesthetic way of keeping track of your game ideas and assets. The way I do it may not work for one person, but be a perfect fit for another. What I didn't want to do was present something as 'one true way'.
Regarding the binder. I use the clear polythene document wallets. attach the sticky notes to a page and then slip the page into the document wallet. Now they can be inserted into a ring binder.
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Harold A December 03, 2021 4:48 pm UTC
Thank you for your response. I don't understand the concern about 'one true way'. Most people who are going to use an improvisational technique like the one you describe in 'The Sticky GM' aren't the sort of folks who are going to feel that your suggestion is the 'one true way'. And your description of how you dealt with the stick-notes was exactly the kind of information that would have been helpful in the book. It gives some idea of how you make these ephemeral work product more durable, allowing them to persist over time in a useful state. Very helpful!
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Chris T May 09, 2020 8:33 pm UTC
Why no PDF or preview?
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