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Sly Flourish's Frequently Asked Questions

by Mike on 28 February 2008

I’ve put together the following page to help answer the most common questions I receive. Please don’t be insulted if I send you here instead of directly answering your email. I get hundreds of emails a day and it’s very hard to keep up. If your question isn’t here, please feel free to reach out to me at

Who are you?

You can learn more about me at About Mike Shea.

I have a question about running D&D games.

The best place to get answers from me about general D&D questions, running games, or other advice is through the Sly Flourish Patreon. Every month I host a monthly Q&A thread and answer every question patrons post. Patrons also get access to a Patreon Q&A database including answers to hundreds of previous questions linked directly to the timestamped YouTube video in which I talk about it. Patreons really get lots of awesome stuff. You should join!

Where can I get more of your stuff?

The best way to get the best stuff I make is to do the following:

  1. Sign up for the Sly Flourish newsletter. It’s free and you get a lot of great stuff.
  2. Join the Sly Flourish Patreon. It’s moderately priced and comes with a lot of awesome stuff updated every month.
  3. Buy my books on the Sly Flourish Bookstore. This is the best stuff I’ve produced.
  4. Subscribe to the Sly Flourish YouTube channel for multiple videos a week about D&D.
  5. Subscribe to the Sly Flourish podcast so I can chat with you about D&D while you commute.

How do I get into tabletop RPG writing or publishing?

Check out my longer article on How to “Make It” in the RPG Industry.

Can you give me advice about my RPG product?

Unfortunately my time is completely taken up making my own new stuff and I can’t review or offer recommendations on someone else’s work. I suggest meeting up with other communities of creators including the DriveThruRPG discord server and the RPG Writer’s Workshop.

I have a product I’d like you to review on the Lazy D&D Talk Show

I don’t take compensation for products I spotlight on the Lazy D&D Talk Show and I can’t spotlight every product I receive. You are free, if you wish, to send me a digital version of your product. My DriveThruRPG email address is Because my audience is mostly D&D DMs, I focus on high-quality products built foremost to serve D&D 5e DMs. I also only spotlight products people can buy right now. I don’t spotlight products that aren’t yet available for general sale.

I have far more products in my stack than I can ever spotlight so please do not be insulted if I don’t spotlight your product.

I have a Kickstarter I’d like you to promote.

Like my product spotlights I tend to only spotlight currently running Kickstarters that focus on products that serve D&D 5e DMs. Like products, there are always more Kickstarters going on than I can spotlight so I can’t promise I’ll get to your Kickstarter. I do not accept payment for spotlights – a product has to speak to me as a D&D DM and be something I, myself, will invest in.

I had a problem with the shipment of a physical book order

Please contact for shipping problems with physical books.

I had a problem with a digital book or order or lost a digital book

Please contact for problems with digital orders or other Sly Flourish products that don’t involve physical shipping.

How do I market my tabletop RPG product?

See my article on Marketing Your Tabletop RPG Product.

How do I run a Kickstarter?

See my article on Experiences Running a Kickstarter.

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