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. You can find out a bit more about him on his personal website.


Before I moved to Seattle, my group in Utah wrapped up a Dresden Files campaign that ranks as one of my all-time favorites — specifically, a round robin sandbox with our city’s history built collaboratively using Microscope. Round robin GMing was on my gaming bucket list, and it’s something that often comes up when GMs are sitting around chatting, so I wanted to share my impressions here in case it’s something you’ve been curious about as well. A dash of context Prior to this campaign, […]


The folks at Evil Hat Productions asked me if I’d like to review their newest Dresden Files RPG book, The Paranet Papers (TPP), and being a big Dresden fan I jumped at the chance. Evil Hat sent me a print copy of the book to review, and 2,000 words later, here we are! Let’s get started. Pre-review notes I like folks to have an idea of where I’m coming from before reading my reviews. In this case: Like I said up top, I’m a Dresden […]


Focal Point is now in our online store in print+digital and standalone digital editions, and on DriveThruRPG in digital format. Books are in stock and ready to ship, and if you pick up Focal Point in one of our two bundles — either the complete trilogy (with Never Unprepared and Odyssey) or the “all our titles” option — you’ll save 20% or more on your order.


As of this evening, all Focal Point preorders and contributor copies have been shipped out. We sold 114 preorder copies, plus a fair number of back catalog titles, in all. Thank you to everyone who preordered! Time to pack and label books: 6 hours, 30 minutes Time at post office: 2 hours, 15 minutes Total shipping cost: $729.33 Length of USPS receipt: See below What happens next? First, a bit of context. Over the past few weeks I’ve worked full time, put in an additional […]


If you’d like to preorder our latest book, Focal Point: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Running Extraordinary Sessions, time is running out: Preorders end July 30! When you preorder, I’ll send you the digital edition within 24 hours. Physical books should ship within the next two weeks. Want to try before you buy? Check out the free 19-page sample PDF, which should give you a good idea of what the book is like. Many thanks to everyone who has already preordered!


Preorders for our newest book, Focal Point: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Running Extraordinary Sessions, are chugging right along! We’ve taken 63 preorders so far — thank you to everyone who has preordered so far! Ebook versions Our graphic designer and tech guru, Darren Hardy, has finished the ebook and plain text versions of Focal Point! The delay was my fault, not his; this has been a rough, busy year. When you preorder, the digital edition you’ll receive within 24 hours now includes: DRM-free, […]


You can now preorder our latest system-neutral GMing advice book, Focal Point, from the Engine Publishing online store! When you preorder, you’ll get access to the full DRM-free, hyperlinked, bookmarked PDF within 24 hours, weeks before the book is available anywhere else and months before it’s in retail stores. Preorder Now! Preorders will run through July 31, 2015. I’m running preorders slightly differently this year, and a bit later in the summer than usual, so please read on for details. What’s Focal Point about? Written […]