Author: Martin Ralya

About The Author

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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Success is Assumed

When you run an adventure, do you assume the PCs will succeed? All experience is anecdotal, but my experience is that this is a common — possibly approaching default, for some groups — mode of play. It’s certainly one I find myself employing often as a GM, and I’m...

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Preorder Unframed: The Art of Improvisation for Game Masters Today!

Our latest system-neutral GMing book, Unframed: The Art of Improvisation for Game Masters, is now available for preorder in the Engine Publishing online store! When you preorder Unframed, you’ll immediately receive the digital edition, weeks before it’s available anywhere else. Preorder Unframed now! Preorders for Unframed will run through...

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Unframed Preview 4: Introduction and Robin Laws

Preorders for the Stew’s fifth system-neutral GMing book, Unframed: The Art of Improvisation for Game Masters, will open Monday, June 2! In the meantime, here’s the fourth preview of the book, a PDF featuring the introduction and a portion of Robin Laws’ essay (as well as the cover and...

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Unframed Preview Three: The Table of Contents

For this week’s preview of Engine Publishing‘s next book, Unframed: The Art of Improvisation for Game Masters, I’m going to share the table of contents. It may not be as sexy as a full-page illustration, but I always check out the table of contents when I’m interested in a...

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Preview: The Author List and Full Cover for Unframed

In the first teaser for Engine Publishing‘s next system-neutral GMing book, Unframed: The Art of Improvisation for Game Masters, I shared Unframed’s cover artwork. For this second teaser, I’d like to share the author list for the book. Unframed is an anthology of essays by some of the sharpest...

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Review: The Dungeon Dozen, by Jason Sholtis

Holy shit, this book! If you like random fantasy tables, fantastic old-school fantasy artwork, or Jason Sholtis, that may be all the review you need. I’ll add a sentence for good measure: The Dungeon Dozen is one of the best gaming books I’ve bought in recent memory, and a...

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The New Focus of Gnome Stew

Well, it’s time to announce the new change to Gnome Stew. As we push forward into the year, eagerly awaiting the release of D&D Next, we have embraced the latest changes to the D&D next playtest, previously announced in this press release for a version which never went forward....

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2,000,000 Visitors

Just a couple months shy of our sixth birthday, Gnome Stew has crossed the 2,000,000 visitor mark. Two million. Twooooooo meeeeeelyuuuuuun. Million! Pardon me while my mind boggles for a moment here. “Two million” isn’t a number I ever expected I’d be saying back in 2008. On the one...

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