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Welcome to MartinRalya.com, home of Yore

Howdy, I’m Martin Ralya (he/him). Alongside my day job, I’m a tabletop gamer, a mountain hiker, and an award-winning RPG industry author and blogger.

I live in Seattle with my amazing wife, Alysia, our awesome daughter, Lark, and our nutty dog, Wicket, in an apartment full of books and games. I came out publicly as bisexual in 2018.

MartinRalya.com is my online hub — an easy way to check out my published work, read my blog, Yore, and see what I’m up to. If you’d like to get in touch, drop me a line.

Published Work

I have 34 published credits in the RPG industry, primarily as an author, editor, and indexer.

I love to write, and I’m experienced at writing both rules material and descriptive text, as well as editing, indexing, design, and development. I’ve worked in a variety of genres and freelanced for about a dozen companies, including Paizo Publishing, Goodman Games, Tabletop Adventures, and Expeditious Retreat Press.

I’m always interested in freelance opportunities, and I’ve never missed a deadline.

Tabletop RPG Blogging

I’ve been gaming since 1987 and running RPG-related websites since 1999. Except for a break from 2007-2008, I’ve been blogging about RPGs since 2005, and have written more than 1,400 GMing articles, all of which are available for free. I currently blog about gaming (and other topics) on Yore.

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

“I check Gnome Stew every day.” — Monte Cook

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

My first blog was Treasure Tables, one of the earliest GMing blogs (2005-2007). From 2008-2016 I ran Gnome Stew, collaborating with a team of authors to produce the most widely read GMing blog on the planet, with over 2,000,000 visitors as of 2016. (See my Gnome Stew articles.)

Yore has been covered in Knights of the Dinner Table (issue #253, 2018), which featured two of my blog’s most popular resources: Hexmancer and my DCC RPG hexcrawl binder.

Hiking and Peakbagging

I love camping with my family, backpacking, and hiking — especially up mountains. I track my lifetime summits and ascents on Peakbagger. (I also have a profile on Summitpost.)

My highest summit to date is Utah’s Mount Timpanogos (11,749 feet, pictured above). My peakbagging wishlist is usually current.

Engine Publishing

I founded Engine Publishing in 2009 and ran it until I sold the company in 2019. I published six system-neutral GMing books, all of which are bestsellers on DriveThruRPG, with over 40,000 copies sold in PDF and print and in retail game stores around the world.

I led teams of 10-25 people for our books, and working with talented and creative folks was a fabulous experience every time.

Awards

My work and the books I published have won and been nominated for several RPG industry awards over the years, and I’m grateful that things I love doing have earned this kind of recognition.

Awards:

  1. Gold ENnie Award for Best Website — Gnome Stew (2016)
  2. Silver ENnie Award for Best Blog — Gnome Stew (2015)
  3. Gold ENnie Award for Best Blog — Gnome Stew (2014)
  4. Gold ENnie Award for Best Website — Gnome Stew (2013)
  5. Gold ENnie Award for Best Blog — Gnome Stew (2013)
  6. RPG Site of the Year Award — Gnome Stew (2013)
  7. Gold ENnie Award for Best Aid/Accessory — Masks: 1,000 Memorable NPCs for Any Roleplaying Game (2012)
  8. Gold ENnie Award for Best Blog — Gnome Stew (2012)
  9. Silver ENnie Award for Best Blog — Gnome Stew (2011)
  10. Silver ENnie Award for Best Blog — Gnome Stew (2010)

Nominations:

  1. ENnie Award nominee for Best RPG Related Product — Focal Point: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Running Extraordinary Sessions (2016)
  2. ENnie Award nominee for Fan Favorite Publisher — Engine Publishing (2016)
  3. Golden Geek Award nominee for Best Supplement — Unframed: The Art of Improvisation for Game Masters (2015)
  4. Golden Geek Award nominee for Best Artwork & Presentation — Unframed: The Art of Improvisation for Game Masters (2015)
  5. ENnie Award nominee for Best Aid/Accessory — Odyssey: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Campaign Management (2014)
  6. ENnie Award nominee for Fans’ Favorite Publisher — Engine Publishing (2014)
  7. Golden Geek Award nominee for Best Supplement — Odyssey: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Campaign Management (2014)
  8. ENnie Award nominee for Best Writing — Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Session Prep (2013)
  9. ENnie Award nominee for Fans’ Favorite Publisher — Engine Publishing (2013)
  10. Origins Award nominee for Best Game-Related Publication — Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Session Prep (2013)
  11. ENnie Award nominee for Product of the Year — Masks: 1,000 Memorable NPCs for Any Roleplaying Game (2012)
  12. Golden Geek Award Nominee for Best Supplement — Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Session Prep (2012)
  13. Golden Geek Award Nominee for Best Supplement — Masks: 1,000 Memorable NPCs for Any Roleplaying Game (2012)
  14. RPG Site of the Year nominee — Gnome Stew (2012)
  15. Golden Geek Award nominee for Best Supplement — Eureka: 501 Adventure Plots to Inspire Game Masters (2010)
  16. ENnie Award nominee for Best Fan Site — Treasure Tables (2007)
  17. ENnie Award nominee for Best Electronic Book — Bits of the Wilderness: Into the Open (2006)