Author: Martin-TT

About The Author

“Martin Ralya (TT)” is two people: Martin Ralya, the administrator of and a contributor to Gnome Stew, and a time traveler from the years 2005-2007, when he published the Treasure Tables GMing blog (TT). Treasure Tables got started in the early days of RPG blogging, and when Martin burned out trying to run it solo he shut it down, recruited a team of authors, and started Gnome Stew in its place. We moved all TT posts and comments to Gnome Stew in 2012.

Overloaded: Stuff and Info (Aug. 2006)

Treasure Tables is in reruns from November 1st through December 9th. I’m writing a novel as part of National Novel Writing Month, and there’s no way I can write posts here while retaining my (questionable) sanity. In the meantime, enjoy this post from our archives. – – – –...

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Scheduling Your Gaming Sessions (Apr. 2007)

Treasure Tables is in reruns from November 1st through December 9th. I’m writing a novel as part of National Novel Writing Month, and there’s no way I can write posts here while retaining my (questionable) sanity. In the meantime, enjoy this post from our archives. – – – –...

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Evoking Emotions at the Gaming Table (Aug. 2006)

Treasure Tables is in reruns from November 1st through December 9th. I’m writing a novel as part of National Novel Writing Month, and there’s no way I can write posts here while retaining my (questionable) sanity. In the meantime, enjoy this post from our archives. – – – –...

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Getting Inspired to GM a Game (July 2007)

Treasure Tables is in reruns from November 1st through December 9th. I’m writing a novel as part of National Novel Writing Month, and there’s no way I can write posts here while retaining my (questionable) sanity. In the meantime, enjoy this post from our archives. – – – –...

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The Tape Trick (Oct. 2005)

Treasure Tables is in reruns from November 1st through December 9th. I’m writing a novel as part of National Novel Writing Month, and there’s no way I can write posts here while retaining my (questionable) sanity. In the meantime, enjoy this post from our archives. – – – –...

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Initiative: Tips, Tricks and Fundamentals (Mar. 2007)

Treasure Tables is in reruns from November 1st through December 9th. I’m writing a novel as part of National Novel Writing Month, and there’s no way I can write posts here while retaining my (questionable) sanity. In the meantime, enjoy this post from our archives. – – – –...

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Use Your Mental Back Burners (Dec. 2005)

Treasure Tables is in reruns from November 1st through December 9th. I’m writing a novel as part of National Novel Writing Month, and there’s no way I can write posts here while retaining my (questionable) sanity. In the meantime, enjoy this post from our archives. – – – –...

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Two to Tango: GMing a Solo Campaign (Aug. 2006)

Treasure Tables is in reruns from November 1st through December 9th. I’m writing a novel as part of National Novel Writing Month, and there’s no way I can write posts here while retaining my (questionable) sanity. In the meantime, enjoy this post from our archives. – – – –...

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TT Goes Into Rerun Mode Tomorrow

From November 1st through December 9th, Treasure Tables will be in reruns. I’ve queued up 39 posts from the archives (some obvious choices, some less obvious ones), and they’ll be popping up one-a-day until early December. Rerun mode also means: • Comments are off, except on two posts: Taking...

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Adventure Plots: Simplest Formula Ever

If you have 60 seconds, you can come up with the plot for your next adventure. First, let’s define three terms: • A is the party — your group’s PCs. • Z is one of the party’s adversaries (new or old, it doesn’t matter). • W is something either...

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Three-Part Series on Writing RPG Session Notes

Over on Encoded Designs, Phil Vecchione (longtime GM and TT reader (DNAphil), GM-Fu panelist and author of the kickass guest post Great Campaigns: One Out of Three Ain’t Bad) recently wrapped up an epic three-part series detailing his method for writing session notes. This is one of those areas...

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