The Lazy DM's Companion

Created by Mike Shea

A book of 5e RPG guidelines and inspirational generators to help D&D DMs prepare and run awesome tabletop fantasy roleplaying games.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Lazy DM's Companion: Let's Make an Adventure Part 2, Tonight at 7pm ET on Twitch!
7 months ago – Sat, Oct 23, 2021 at 07:51:48 AM

Hello friend!

Tonight at 7pm ET on the Sly Flourish Twitch channel I'll host our fourth Lazy DM Companion in-depth livestream! Don't worry, Critical Role Season 3 doesn't start until 7pm PT; three hours later!

Last week we used the Lazy DM's Companion to build an actual adventure! Today we'll use the Companion in-depth to build out individual rooms and chambers of the dungeon for that adventure. We'll also use this time for any more Lazy DM Companion questions and answers. These livestreams are a great way to see what this book is all about and ask anything you want to ask about its content or the Kickstarter.

You can watch all of the previous videos here:

The Q&A videos have extensive bookmarks and chapter stops so take a look at the video description to see what questions I've answered.

Thank you so much and I hope you'll join me tonight for our next livestream!

Lazy DM's Companion: Latest Q&A video, "build an adventure" on Twitch tomorrow, map and artwork drafts
7 months ago – Thu, Oct 14, 2021 at 04:49:59 AM

Hello! Support for the Lazy DM's Companion continues to blow me away! Thank you so much!

Last Thursday I hosted a live Lazy DM's Companion Q&A on Twitch and got some fantastic questions. You can watch both the first Q&A video and second Q&A video on YouTube now. The video descriptions include video contents lists with chapter stops so you can jump right to the question that interests you.

Tomorrow, 14 October 2021, at 7pm EST I'll be live on Twitch again this time using the materials from the Lazy DM's Companion to build an adventure! It should be an awesome time. Once again, I'll post the results to YouTube for those who can't be there live.

During the Kickstarter I've continued to work with Daniel Walthall on the maps that we're going to include. Daniel hand-draws his maps and here's a picture of the village map he's working on:

We're discussing colors for the map now!

I've also been working with Matt Morrow on the internal art. Here's a first draft of Matt's undead dragonborn knight!

Thank you all so much for your support. I can't wait to get this book into your hands!

Next Lazy DM's Companion Livestream Q&A on Twitch coming Thursday, 7 October, 7pm EST
8 months ago – Wed, Oct 06, 2021 at 10:46:44 PM

The Kickstarter for the Lazy DM's Companion continues to smash through all expectations! I cannot thank you enough.

Thursday night, 7 October, at 7pm EST I'll host my second Q&A livestream on the Sly Flourish Twitch channel and post it the following day on the Sly Flourish YouTube Channel. I'll have draft copies of the whole book available so we can dive into whichever ones you're interested to see.

If you won't be able to make it to the livestream but have questions about the book, the Kickstarter, or any of the specific topics in the book, please put your comments in this post and I'll either answer them directly or answer them on the show.

Thank you all again so much for your outstanding support!

An Incredible Start! Thank You! Q&A Videos and Responses
8 months ago – Sat, Oct 02, 2021 at 02:45:46 AM

We've had so much outstanding support for this project, I cannot thank you enough! 

Over the remainder of the campaign I'll post new updates once or twice a week with updates, video links, and other behind-the-scene materials. I plan to run a series of Q&A livestreams on the Sly Flourish Twitch Channel. I'll post an update with the next Q&A schedule once it's scheduled. In the meantime, feel free to post your questions to the comments and I'll add them to the list (and likely answer them here or add them to the FAQ). Please check the FAQ to see if your question has already been answered.

You can watch the first Q&A video here in which I answer a bunch of questions below.

Check the show notes in the YouTube version for a clickable table of contents for each question.

Here are some common questions I can answer. These have been added to the FAQ.

How long will it take to get our digital rewards of existing books? Do I really have to wait until next year??

You'll get digital versions of all existing books through BackerKit as soon as we receive funds and lock down BackerKit. Expect them by the middle to end of November. You'll also get the PDF of the Lazy DM's Companion as soon as the PDF is ready to give out in early 2022. The physical books are the long pole in the delivery tent hopefully mid 2022.

Will the digital versions of Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master, Fantastic Adventures, Ruins of the Grendleroot, and Fantastic Locations include the ePub versions along with the PDF?

YES! All versions that have an ePub version will include the ePub version with the digital purchase. The Lazy DM's Workbook and the Lazy DM's Companion don't lend themself well to ePub because of their heavily formatted nature so those won't have ePubs.

Will there be a retailer pledge level?

No, but as soon as we have the books in the Nord warehouse they'll be available to retailers through Nord! Finally I can support friendly local game shops with my books!

Really? No stretch goals?

Yeah, sorry. The Kickstarter is doing really well but because it's based heavily on off-set printing, it's very hard to gauge what the actual expenses will be once the book is ready to print so we have to be careful. We also want to focus all of our attention on getting this book and the offset printed versions of the Lazy DM series into your hands and not distract ourselves with stretch goals. It's going to be an awesome book full of the things we would normally hold off for stretch goals like maps and artwork.

Please feel free to ask any questions you have about the books or the content within! I'm always keeping an eye out on comments and will answer them directly and in future Q&A videos!

Thank you once again for your outstanding support!

Holy cow! We did it!
8 months ago – Tue, Sep 28, 2021 at 11:42:35 PM

I had high hopes for this Kickstarter but nothing like this! I can't thank you all enough for your outpouring of support for this book and I can't wait to put this book into your hands!

Tonight, at 7pm ET, 4pm  PT, I will be live on Twitch to do my first of likely a few Q&A livestreams to talk about the book! I hope you'll join me!

I have lots of updates to come; lots of videos to talk about the book and how it can help us all run awesome games; but I wanted to jump right in and thank you so much for making this happen so fast!

I just posted a YouTube video announcing the Kickstarter and going into the preview pages, which I hope you've grabbed! You can enjoy the video here:

Right after lauch, I was on a wonderful DMing panel hosted by Nord Games, with whom I am partnering on this project for marketing, Kickstarter management, distribution, warehousing, and fulfillment. We talked all about the book and I spent a good deal of the show babbling in shock as the numbers kept shooting up. I hope you'll enjoy the conversation!

Thank you all once again for such an outstanding showing of support for this book and the work I do to help us all run awesome D&D games together.