The Lazy DM's Workbook Paperback – November 9, 2018
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- Publisher : Independently published (November 9, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 48 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1731107501
- ISBN-13 : 978-1731107503
- Item Weight : 3.52 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.12 x 11 inches
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By Icarus on October 25, 2019
The second half of this book. Puts dungeon maps, scene descriptions, items of interest into 10 different areas. Which is great as a backup location for a campaign. A place to run one shots using random encounter tables provided.
the problem i had was i got a copy with the front pages upside down and the maps first. so my first copy was completely ass backwards and upside down. the second copy i receive in the mail had some crimped spots along the soft spine and near the edge. it wouldn't be a big deal but it actually makes a bubble and the book kinda bind up as i turn the pages.
maybe i had a terrible experience with the book itself, but hopefully you wont have that same experience
I capitalized work book because this is not a "text book," but a helpful "work book" for running your RPG sessions.
Covers topics that are directly from Sly Flourish's Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master "text book."
The guidance is straight forward enough to stand alone but is much better elaborated in Return of the Lazy DM. This work book hits the key points and helps to get your DM game on point for your next session.
Yes, it's a small book (it's not the Text Book, just the addendum Work Book).
Yes it has several simple quick charts for items like random names, traps, monuments, items, town events, random monsters and character connection hooks.
It has a new challenge rating guide and tables that work with the new system.
Yes, half of the book is used for lairs that could be added into any of your sessions. Example lairs are simple designs for a castle, docks, sewers, catacombs, a wizard tower and more (I enjoy the art work, with rooms or sections numbered not labeled so you can use them as actual maps in game). These are helpful and creative with little twists that make each location unique. They are all laid out so they can each be stand alone locations or can be connected to one another to create a complex labyrinth.
I was a little disappointed when I purchased this book at first. The reviews I read didn't get it across to me that this is designed as a supplement, like a DM screen in book form, or Cliff Notes to review before your test (game session). Once I came to that realization, my attitude about it changed to being very pleased.
I recommend purchasing the Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master to give you more understanding of the philosophy that this workbook is designed to guide you through prior to and during your RPG sessions.
If you have read the Lazy Dungeon Master, is this workbook necessary? No, but it is helpful in the same sense that a DM screen is helpful even if it only covers the same charts that are presented in a text book.
Would I recommend it? Yes, mainly to DM's but there are comments about approaching your session that would be helpful to just players as well. At the low price it's offered at, I would have no issue with recommending it to everyone.
I have read several reviews that show the book was printed with poor quality. Mine arrived quickly and has no print or manufacturing issues at all.
All in all, it's a very useful guide book.
Let the games begin!
By Fishy toys on April 1, 2019