Author: Martin Ralya


About Martin Ralya

A father, husband, writer, small-press publisher, former RPG industry freelancer, and lifelong geek, Martin has been gaming since 1987 and GMing since 1989. He lives in Utah with his amazing wife Alysia and their awesome daughter Lark in a house full of books and games.

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Focal Point is at the printer! Which means . . . preorders will open July 7! And that means . . . it’s preview time! Specifically, time to share a free 19-page preview of Focal Point, including the front and back covers, table of contents, and a representative sample from each of the book’s three big sections. Preorder details will be in the launch announcement on the 7th. I can’t wait to share this book with you!

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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 preview, but it is! I always read the table of contents before buying a gaming book — it gives me a good idea of what the book covers (and doesn’t cover), and whether or not I’m […]

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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 (with graphic design by Darren Hardy and art direction by John Arcadian), fear not! Take a peek at it now. Let’s talk interior artwork! Focal Point was art directed by our own John Arcadian — who, […]

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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 Juan Ochoa and designed by Darren Hardy: Focal Point is a standalone guide to running great gaming sessions, but it’s also the third and final volume in Gnome Stew’s “accidental trilogy” — it follows Odyssey: The […]

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Bastión Rolero, an excellent Spanish gaming site, is our newest translation partner. Here’s their first translated article. Once a few more have gone up, you’ll be able to see them all here. Many thanks to Bastión Rolero for translating our articles into Spanish!

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Our latest GMing book, Unframed, is nominated for two Golden Geek Awards: Best Supplement and Best Artwork & Presentation. Thank you to everyone who nominated Unframed! If you’re an RPGGeek member, please consider voting for Unframed in these two categories. Voting is quick and easy. Thanks for your consideration!

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The second New Game Day has come and gone, and it wasn’t quite as successful as the first one: 26 gaming groups celebrated New Game Day this year (compared to 65 last year). Which is still pretty good for a holiday that hasn’t yet gained traction, I think. Many thanks to everyone who celebrated New Game Day and shared your experiences with us! Now let’s get on to the business of winners — specifically, the winners of our giveaway. Giveaway winners Sponsored by the Stew […]