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Make your DMing life easier with a screen that you can really use! This screen is packed with content to make your 5e games easier to run. It's based on the  improvisational or "lazy" principles of GMing espoused by Sly Flourish and uses material made available in his recent creative commons material, but it adds a little bit of layout flair, and includes an party tracking panel for parties of 4, 5, and 6 players. Now includes landscape and portrait versions, with printer-friendly variations.

The four sheets can be affixed to an existing DM screen (I use blue tack) or put into plastic sheet protectors.

DM screen split

Portrait preview

Tables include

Improvising NPCs:  Behaviour, ancestry, fixation, motivation, names.

Improvising Locations, Monuments, and Items:  Condition, description, origin, location, monument, item, and suggested spells to use as effects if they are magic.

Improvising Monsters:  New material extracted from Sly Flourish's new Forge of Foes book and made public in his Monster Builder document. Quick monster stats and quick monster traits - Great new material that gives you one-line monster stats for every level of CR, plus useful powers to add to them. Create new monsters on the fly with confidence! Deadly encounter benchmark to assess whether your planned encounter will TPK the party; Improvised monster stats for unexpected monsters; and quick estimation of Area of Effect spell damage on hordes of monsters

Plus bread and butter for any DM screen:

Skills, Associated Abilities and DC check difficulty

Conversation topics and scene setters:  Events in town and weather

Stress Effects:  To replace temporary madness effects

Condifition Descriptions

Finally, Party Panels,  for parties of four, five, and six. Paste character tokens over the included silhouettes and write in your specific information and you are ready to go! Includes space for those handy passive ability checks as well.

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Jennifer J April 13, 2024 9:08 pm UTC
These are fabulous, well done! Would be great to have a variant with no images in the party sheets if you were doing updates in the future.
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Elizabeth V April 14, 2024 1:31 pm UTC
Yeah, I think I can do that, thanks for the suggestion!
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Duke E December 26, 2023 2:08 am UTC
Are the sheets A4? And does this include a printer-friendly version?
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Elizabeth V December 26, 2023 8:12 am UTC
Hi! The sheets are A4, there's just the colour version included.
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Elizabeth V January 01, 2024 8:22 pm UTC
I've added a printer-friendly version now!
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