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In demand like never before, a good gamemaster is a valuable asset. As more and more people try running their own games, many are discovering that it’s not as easy as it looks. 

Increasingly, roleplaying games are moving from the mechanical battle simulators of old and becoming more like shared, social stories. Tabletop gaming today (whether online or in-person) involves much more than stat-blocks and rule modifiers. The best gamemasters must have a deft grasp of the social dynamics at play, an understanding of what each player seeks from the experience, and the organisation and flexibility to ensure that everyone has a good time – including themselves!

In this book, veteran gamemaster Chris Cunliffe shares decades of insight into how to run games excellently. From how to resolve player disputes to how to create a beguiling world; from creating a memorable villain to managing improvisation – we cover everything the rules books don’t tell you. 

Designed with beginner and intermediate gamemasters in mind, Gamemasterclass aims to help you elevate your games, keep your players spellbound, and (most importantly) ensure that you, too, have a good time.

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Mike O April 06, 2023 2:32 pm UTC
Hey. I wrote about the quality and usability in german. I think this is useful for this great Book. I got an discount for the HC Print only. Maybe I will get the PDF in addition. I am thinking about it. Thank you!!!!!
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Jonathan B December 21, 2021 8:41 am UTC
I made the mistake of assuming from the prior Tim R discussion and fix, that this situation had been fixed. Just useed the discount coupon and did not also get the pdf, thus like Tim R this is not really a discount at all (17.83 for HC and pdf vs 16.00 for HC). I agree with the prior complaint provide the pdf or refund and can reoder to get both.
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Angus M December 21, 2021 3:05 pm UTC
It's not a problem that the tools of DTRPG allow me to fix unfortunately.
However, I will be happy to send you a free PDF copy. If you could email me your email address to: angusmcnicholl(at)btinternet(dot)com I will be happy to sort this out :)
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Tim R December 17, 2021 1:48 am UTC
A 16.00 coupon saves 1.91 but the pdf costs 10.61 more, ie the coupon should have been for both hardback and pdf. Parallel Publishing, a GREAT and dedicated company, may have set it up incorrectly, but please provide the pdf or refund or credit the amount for the purchase and I'll reorder.
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Tim R December 17, 2021 2:17 am UTC
DriveThruRPG is the best. Thank you for helping fix this.
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