Active from 2005 to 2007 and dedicated entirely to system-neutral GMing advice, Treasure Tables was one of the earliest RPG blogs. It was also the precursor to Gnome Stew, so we decided the best way to keep all of its content -- over 750 articles and more than 7,500 comments -- accessible to as many GMs as possible was to move it here, which we did in 2012. Comments are turned off, just they as were when Treasure Tables closed in 2007. The GMing material and discussion archived below was originally featured on Enjoy! --Martin Ralya

We’ve just released the sixth free Treasure Tables PDF, Evil Overlords: Faction Players in Your Campaign.

This PDF collects World Powers and Big-Picture Plotlines, my post introducing the evil overlord concept, and The Care and Feeding of Evil Overlords, Tom Bisbee’s post detailing how he implemented that concept in his current campaign (with his permission — thanks, Tom!).

Heres the short version: If your campaign features power groups and events in the background, and those elements have an impact on the PCs (the foreground), why not recruit a few gamers to play the factions and world powers via email?

Combined with our Evil Overlord Recruitment Bureau forum, this PDF gives you everything you need to try out faction players in your own campaign — I hope you’ll give it a shot!

About  Martin Ralya (TT)

"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.


5 Responses to Evil Overlords: Free Treasure Tables PDF

  1. Hey Martin. We just finished Game 5 and I hope to update you on how the Evil Overlords system works shortly. In a nutshell: It works very well!

    As soon as I’ve started my new job, I anticipate things settling down enough to write it up.



  2. That’d be great, Tom. I wrote up my impressions over in the forums, and I’m very pleased with how it’s been working as well.

  3. Tom, I didn’t know that you were this famous…Infamous maybe…

    This is actually very exciting as I am a member of Tom’s game. So I promise not to look until after he squishes my character.


  4. The Overlords is a way cool idea.

    I’m taking back the DM seat sometime later this year, and I’m considering recruiting one or two overlords when that happens.

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