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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Prep Time: Find Your Sweet Spot

As a general rule, I’m not a big fan of game prep — for me it’s more like work than fun, and the real fun comes when I’m running the game. The catch, of course, is that in order to have the crazy fun of actually GMing for your...

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The Buzz About the Stew: Day One

We’ve been floored by the level of response Gnome Stew has gotten since we went live in the wee small hours of the morning on Monday, May 12th, and we have a host of folks to thank. Dungeon Mastering, Musings of the Chatty DM and Tactical Studies Rules got...

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So You Want to GM a Roleplaying-Intensive Game, Part 1

There are probably as many ways to define “roleplaying-intensive” as there are gamers, but for talking purposes here’s the definition I use: A game in which mechanics take a backseat to character interaction, where all (or nearly all) in-game decisions are purely character-driven and where most (or all) in-game...

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