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 TreasureTables.org. Enjoy! --Martin Ralya

As of today, July 11th 2006, Treasure Tables is officially one year old!

To celebrate, we’ve released a free one-page PDF containing all-new content, How to Take Simple (Yet Badass) GM Notes. (While you’re snagging that one, don’t miss our first three free PDFs!)

I’ve also compiled a quick timeline of changes and additions to TT. It’s not all navel-gazing, though — if you’re new to TT, this list actually makes a pretty good introduction to the site.

A Treasure Tables Timeline

July 2005: TT goes live, running Blogger. Here’s the very first TT post (which is actually from the 8th, before I had this domain).

September 2005: I ported TT over to WordPress, which powers it to this day.

Also in September: My friend Darren Hardy and I kicked off TT’s line of gaming T-shirts.

October 2005: The month-long Blogging for GMs Project. (This was what got me into posting daily.)

November 2005: I switched over to daily posts, which have continued in an unbroken chain ever since.

Also in November: TT joined the 9rules Network.

December 2005: I launched the Treasure Tables Forums, originally with just one board, Gming Q&A (still the lynchpin of the forums).

February 2006: TT’s first contest, the GMing Tools Contest drew 30+ excellent entries.

March 2006: The GMing Profiles thread kicked off. (As of July, it was still going strong.)

April 2006: The GMing Q&A Forum Membership Contest awarded over $150 of prizes to TT members.

May 2006: The GMing Wiki went live. It’s continued to grow ever since.

June 2006: Our first free PDF was posted for download.

Also in June: The RPG Glossary was added to the site, after many contributions from TT readers and forum members.

July 2006: TT’s first anniversary. (I was hoping to be able to announce that TT had been nominated for an ENnie, but sadly that wasn’t the case.)

And there we are, from a handful of daily readers to over 1,000 visitors a day (and from 0 to over 1,800,000 page views) in one year.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the ride so far, and TT is still going strong. That’s due in large part to the excellent community of smart, friendly and knowledgeable readers, commenters and members that has grown up around this site.

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again (and this won’t be the last time): You rock. Thanks for a great year.

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.



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6 Responses to Treasure Tables Turns One, and a Free PDF

  1. Happy Birthday! You can stop counting your age in months now…

    They grow so fast…

    :)

    It was a great year and I’m looking forward to seeing more and more to come with Martin and all of the Treasures (members) found here.

    (A Treasure Table can only be as good as the treasures it contains! :D)

  2. Congratulations! You’ve done a lot of great work in your first year! And your new PDF looks like a great, practical technique that also highlights what make TT really stand out in my mind: you’re a great source of hands-on advice for actual play.

  3. Thanks, guys! Cool members and readers are what makes TT so much fun to run. :D

    Scott: Yep, those notes look very familiar. You sure we didn’t have the same high school civics teacher? ;)

  4. I usually never took notes in class, I always did a diagramming method rather then outline because I never knew how much space would have been needed for the outline.

    For DM sessions, This method might work out good because as DM you could usually predict how long of an outline you need in advance.

  5. Thanks, Steven! :)

    Karnov: I think I see what you’re getting at: To use this method, you have to leave some room after each note, so you can expand them later with sub-notes.

    That’s a really good point, and it’s something I probably should have included in the PDF.

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