Welcome to Gnome Stew!

Gnome Stew is an award-winning multi-author blog about tabletop games and game mastering, written by gamers and GMs. Gnome Stew started on May 12th, 2008 with a bit more than 60 registered members and 250 RSS and email feed subscribers. With a focus on writing the best Game Mastering articles possible, Gnome Stew quickly became an award winning industry blog. We published our 1,000th article on September 13th, 2011 and have kept the stew fires burning bright.

In 2016, Martin Ralya, the head gnome, disappeared mysteriously  stepped down from leading Gnome Stew. When it was put to the other Gnomes what to do with the Stew, John Arcadian stepped up to become the “Head Gnome”. He has blackmail on every one of the other Gnomes in case they decide he should “step down” too. Thank you to everyone who has joined, subscribed, read, and spread the word about the Stew.

The Gnome Stew Mission Statement

Gnome Stew stands dedicated to the ideal of providing the best tabletop role-playing gaming articles available in the industry. With a long history and many awards for writing Game Mastering advice in its previous iteration, Gnome Stew’s current mission is to provide articles and insight into playing, running, and making games. The focus of Gnome Stew is the games we all come together to play and helping people get the most out of their gaming experiences.

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The Gnomes

The core of Gnome Stew are the Gnomes. Go over to the Meet The Gnomes page and see who make Gnome Stew Great.

Posting Schedule

There are four things everyone knows about gnomes: We’re short, we’re lazy, we’re all Chaotic Neutral, and we aim to post 3 times a week excluding holidays.

Gravatars

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Acknowledgements

The Gnome Stew website was created by John Arcadian. Darren Hardy created our logo, and Andrew McIntosh created the majority of the artwork you see on the site.

Check out a few of the kind things people have said about us

(see more on the testimonials page)

I check Gnome Stew every day.” — Monte Cook

fantastic blog for game masters, dungeon masters, and rpg fans” — Wil Wheaton

If you aren’t reading Gnome Stew, you’re missing out.” — Wolfgang Baur

The prime ingredients of the site, however, are the advice and tips for what is easily the most difficult job in a role-playing game. The authors work hard to keep their posts to the blog system neutral, meaning that the advice will work for a high fantasy game just as easily as for a game set in deep space.” — Games’ Most Wanted

One of the great things about being a game master in 2013 is the collective experience that the RPG community has gathered about running games, and the willingness of many to write about what works. Gnome Stew is one of the best in this regard; each week the blog adds new tips and tricks for game masters as well as thoughtful essays on storytelling techniques.” — Kenneth Newquist, Knights of the Dinner Table #205 (January 2014)

Awards and Nominations

Gnome Stew and the GMing books we’ve produced have won and been nominated for a number of RPG industry awards over the years — many thanks to everyone who has supported the site, the authors, and our work!

Awards We’ve Won:

  • Silver ENnie Award for Best Blog, 2015
  • Gold ENnie Award for Best Blog, 2014
  • Gold ENnie Award for Best Website, 2013
  • Gold ENnie Award for Best Blog, 2013
  • RPG Site of the Year Award, 2013
  • Gold ENnie Award for Best Blog, 2012
  • Gold ENnie Award for Best Aid/Accessory — Masks: 1,000 Memorable NPCs for Any Roleplaying Game, 2012
  • Silver ENnie Award for Best Blog, 2011
  • Silver ENnie Award for Best Blog, 2010

Nominations:

  • Golden Geek Award nominee for Best Supplement — Unframed: The Art of Improvisation for Game Masters (2015)
  • Golden Geek Award nominee for Best Artwork & Presentation — Unframed: The Art of Improvisation for Game Masters (2015)
  • ENnie Award nominee for Best Aid/Accesssory — Odyssey: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Campaign Management, 2014
  • Golden Geek Award nominee for Best Supplement — Odyssey: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Campaign Management, 2014
  • ENnie Award nominee for Best Writing — Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Session Prep, 2013
  • Origins Award nominee for Best Game-Related Publication — Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Session Prep, 2013
  • ENnie Award nominee for Product of the Year — Masks: 1,000 Memorable NPCs for Any Roleplaying Game, 2012
  • RPG Site of the Year nominee, 2012
  • Golden Geek Award nominee for Best Supplement — Masks: 1,000 Memorable NPCs for Any Roleplaying Game, 2012
  • Golden Geek Award nominee for Best Supplement — Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Session Prep, 2012
  • Golden Geek Award nominee for Best Supplement — Eureka: 501 Adventure Plots to Inspire Game Masters, 2010

The Treasure Tables Category

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Treasure Tables is my new favorite gaming hangout. First and foremost it’s a blog about game mastery. Gamemaster and freelance writer Martin Ralya uses the blog to post thoughtful essays on the art of running a good game and to offer reviews of GM tools.” — Kenneth Newquist, Knights of the Dinner Table #113 (March 2006)

TreasureTables.org was the precursor to Gnome Stew, a system-neutral GMing advice blog written by Martin Ralya that ran from 2005 to 2007. When Martin got burned out writing TT solo, he shuttered the site, took a break, and then recruited the gnomes to start a new GMing blog — Gnome Stew.

We wanted to preserve the content from Treasure Tables — over 750 posts and more than 7,500 comments — in a way that ensured it would be around for GMs to use for many years to come, so we moved it all here to Gnome Stew. The Treasure Tables category contains all of that content. We gave that part of the site its own look so readers would know something was different about those older articles.