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Author: Martin Ralya

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A father, husband, writer, small-press publisher, former RPG industry freelancer, and lifelong geek, Martin has been gaming since 1987 and GMing since 1989. His blog, Yore, is primarily about gaming.

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Farewell, and thank you for eight awesome years

After lengthy, careful consideration, I’m stepping down from running Gnome Stew. This will also likely be my last article here, at least for the time being. I don’t have the fire in my belly that’s required to run the Stew well anymore, and sticking around without that element isn’t...

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100% of Focal Point Preorders Have Shipped

As of this evening, all Focal Point preorders and contributor copies have been shipped out. We sold 114 preorder copies, plus a fair number of back catalog titles, in all. Thank you to everyone who preordered! Time to pack and label books: 6 hours, 30 minutes Time at post...

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Focal Point Preorders End July 30

If you’d like to preorder our latest book, Focal Point: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Running Extraordinary Sessions, time is running out: Preorders end July 30! When you preorder, I’ll send you the digital edition within 24 hours. Physical books should ship within the next two weeks. Want...

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Worldwide Preorders Now Open for Focal Point: The Complete GM’s Guide to Running Extraordinary Sessions!

You can now preorder our latest system-neutral GMing advice book, Focal Point, from the Engine Publishing online store! When you preorder, you’ll get access to the full DRM-free, hyperlinked, bookmarked PDF within 24 hours, weeks before the book is available anywhere else and months before it’s in retail stores....

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Focal Point Preview: The Table of Contents

It’s time for our third preview of Focal Point: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Running Extraordinary Sessions (the third book in the trilogy that begin with Never Unprepared and Odyssey) — specifically, the table of contents. I know that might not sound like the most exciting thing to...

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Focal Point Preview: Interior Artwork

Our sixth system-neutral book for GMs, Focal Point: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Running Extraordinary Sessions, will be available for preorder in early July — but in the meantime, how about another preview? If you missed the initial announcement, which includes the gorgeous cover illustrated by Juan Ochoa...

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Coming Soon from Gnome Stew – Focal Point: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Running Extraordinary Sessions!

I’m thrilled to announce that the sixth system-neutral GMing advice book from Gnome Stew and Engine Publishing will be available to preorder soon: Focal Point: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Running Extraordinary Sessions, by our own John Arcadian, Walt Ciechanowski, and Phil Vecchione! Here’s the cover, illustrated by...

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