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Odyssey: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Campaign Management

Odyssey: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Campaign Management

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If you’re planning on running a campaign, you’ll want this book.” — Critical Hits review

2014 ENnie Award nominee for Best Aid/Accessory - 2013 Golden Geek Award nominee for Best Supplement

Do you ever wish you had a guide to help make running ongoing campaigns easier and more fun? Then you need Odyssey: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Campaign Management—to our knowledge, the first system-neutral book solely dedicated to the art of managing campaigns.

Written by award-winning authors—and veteran game masters—Phil Vecchione and Walt Ciechanowski, Odyssey is jam-packed with in-depth advice on starting, managing, and ending campaigns. Whether you're an old hand or are new to game mastering, you'll find a wealth of tips and techniques you can put to immediate use in Odyssey.

Odyssey's authors bring unique perspectives to the topic of campaign management. Phil is a project manager and wrote Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Session Prep. Walt is an improvisational game master with years of experience in the tabletop RPG industry. Both write for the award-winning game mastering blog Gnome Stew, and they collaborated on Masks: 1,000 Memorable NPCs for Any Roleplaying Game and Eureka: 501 Adventure Plots to Inspire Game Masters.

Odyssey is full of practical guidance on campaign management for almost any RPG:

  • A guide to starting a new campaign, from coming up with the initial concept to running a smooth first session
  • Tips on structuring stories, handling problem players, and making your campaign thrive
  • Advice on actively managing every element of your campaign—stories, characters, players, risk, and change—while avoiding common pitfalls
  • Examples of how every aspect of campaign management looks when handled well and badly
  • How to end campaigns on a high note, including what to avoid

Like all Engine Publishing titles, Odyssey 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 19-page PDF preview of Odyssey and read more reviews on the Engine Publishing website.

Like our other system-neutral books for GMs, you don’t need any other supplements to get the most out of Odyssey, but it’s designed to complement Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Session Prep—with both, you have over 300 pages of system-neutral advice on prep and campaign management. Buy them together for just $17.95.

In my opinion Odyssey is a must-have for all newbie and veteran GMs out there who are interested in managing their campaigns better.” — Stargazer’s World review

 
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Hamilton R September 07, 2014 8:03 am UTC
If there is no sample PDF, I won't buy it.
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Martin R September 07, 2014 1:25 pm UTC
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It's a zip file, so unfortunately there's no way to offer a sample PDF here. The link to download the sample PDF directly from the Engine Publishing website is in the third-to-last paragraph.

(The same goes for all of our books: We offer a substantial sample PDF but have to provide it via an external link, because our books all include PDF, epub, mobi, and text versions and therefore have to be sold as a zip file.)
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Platinum seller
Pages
212
ISBN
978-0-9836133-3-6
Publisher Stock #
EGP42004
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14.16 MB
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Original electronic
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This title was added to our catalog on July 07, 2013.
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