by Mike Shea on 12 February 2018
Five years ago I wrote the book the Lazy Dungeon Master. This was in the middle of the transition between the 4th edition and 5th edition of Dungeons & Dragons. Since then, the book has done extremely well and the ideas in it have resonated with many dungeon masters, both old and new.
Last year, after the wonderful success of Fantastic Adventures, I went back through the original book to see what worked well, what fell short, and what needed to be refined. I studied dozens of gamemaster books for different fantasy roleplaying games and books of advice for running great fantasy RPGs. I watched a ton of Youtube videos by folks like Matt Mercer, Matt Colville, and others. I poured over forums and websites and blogs that talk about how to run great D&D games. I went back over the six thousand responses to the 2016 Dungeon Master Survey and dozens of Facebook and Twitter polls. I dug deep to see how we actually prepare and run our games.
Then I took a month off from everything and wrote the first draft of the Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master. Now, the Kickstarter for the Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master is live! If you like my work and want to give back, this is the way to do it.
I kept the price of this book low, $8 for the PDF and $13 for access to buy the print-on-demand book at cost direct from RPGNow. This keeps it close to the original cost and still make it viable enough to bring on industry titans like Scott Fitzgerald Gray, Marc Radle, and Jack Kaiser to polish this book like a Samurai sword.
At this point we're hammering through stretch goals that include a free EPUB ebook version of the book for all backers, access to a hardcover edition for the $13 backers, and a Lazy Dungeon Master Workbook that will include piles of useful tools to help us run great D&D games. We also unlocked Lazy Lairs; maps of common dungeon locations we can drop right into our game when we need them. These ten general-purpose dungeons will be added to the Lazy Dungeon Master Workbook.
The Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master sample chapters are packed with material you can use right now to make your game awesome. Read it, see if you like it, and if you do, please back the Kickstarter.
I love this book. I can't wait to get it into your hands so you can love it too.
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