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Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Session Prep

Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Session Prep

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"Gnome Stew has hit another home run for the Game Master. Never Unprepared has earned a permanent place in my GM toolbox, right along side the likes of Robin’s Laws of Good Game Mastering, Hamlet’s Hit Points, Play Dirty, Eureka, and Masks. Highly recommended." -- RoleplayDNA review

2013 Origins Award nominee for Best Game-Related Publication - 2013 ENnie Award nominee for Best Writing - 2012 Golden Geek Award nominee for Best Supplement

Whether you’re new to game mastering or have been running the same campaign since 1974, Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Session Prep will help you prepare for games faster, avoid common pitfalls, and have more fun in the process. To our knowledge, this is the first book entirely devoted to the process of prepping for tabletop RPGs.

Never Unprepared breaks game prep down into its component phases—Brainstorming, Selection, Conceptualization, Documentation, and Review—and provides the tools you need to make the most of each phase. If you hate prep, you’ll find ways to make it more enjoyable. If you already have a great system for doing your prep, you’ll learn how to make it even better.

Ten years in the making, Never Unprepared is award-winning author Phil Vecchione’s epic rock ballad to game prep. A project manager and veteran game master, he draws on extensive experience to present flexible systems for developing or optimizing your own unique approach to game prep. Phil’s work has previously appeared on the ENnie Award-winning GMing blog Gnome Stew and in Eureka: 501 Adventure Plots to Inspire Game Masters and Masks: 1,000 Memorable NPCs for Any Roleplaying Game.

Within Never Unprepared you’ll find prep techniques, utilities, and tips that are applicable to any RPG:

  • An in-depth look at each phase of session prep, from brainstorming to review
  • Templates for sessions, scenes, NPCs, and combats that you can modify to fit your gaming style
  • Practical advice on selecting prep tools, putting them to good use, and scheduling enough time to prepare for every session
  • How to identify your strengths and weaknesses, as well as tips for preparing when you’re short on time—and what to do if everything goes horribly wrong
  • A comprehensive index to make it easy to find what you need

Like all Engine Publishing titles, Never Unprepared includes four versions of the book: DRM-free, bookmarked, hyperlinked PDF plus EPUB, MOBI, and plain text.

Want to try before you buy? You can download a free 16-page PDF preview of Never Unprepared and read more reviews on the Engine Publishing website.

 
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Antony G April 05, 2019 10:53 am UTC
"Engine Publishing stands with accusers"
So the publisher believes someone is guilty unless proven innocent. Good to know. I was about to order this but now I won't. Disgusting.
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Jeffrey G January 22, 2019 4:54 pm UTC
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Won't buy from this publisher again. There's obviously too puch politics going on behind the scenes. There was *no need* to change the foreword on grounds of "allegations"
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January 22, 2019 5:06 pm UTC
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To provide context for other folks who might not know what this comment is in reference to, here is the news post on our website explaining the change: https://www.enginepublishing.com/news/new-foreword-author-for-never-unprepared-shanna-germain.

If you’ve read the EN World piece, and Fannon’s responses, you know that this is not a “casual” accusation, nor an isolated one.

I recognize that this choice won’t be popular with everyone. It has cost us time and money to make this change, and will likely cost us in terms of lost revenue from folks who feel the way you do about it. I’m fine with that because it’s the right thing to do.
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Kevin P April 01, 2019 8:39 pm UTC
I just wasted 10 minutes of my life reading about this and decided I don't want to have anything to do with left wing politics. When will businesses learn to stay out of political disputes? It appears the only way to teach the lesson is to not patronize.
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Electrum seller
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Pages
134
ISBN
978-0-9836133-2-9
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EGP42003
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11.59 MB
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This title was added to our catalog on July 05, 2012.