About

About Engine Publishing

Engine Publishing is a small-press RPG publishing company in Seattle, Washington, dedicated to creating insanely good gaming products.


At the summit of Mount Olympus
(Utah, 9,026 feet), Dec. 2013

I’m Martin Ralya, the owner of Engine Publishing. I run the company out of my home office, alongside my day job. I was a freelancer for the RPG industry from 2004-2009, with 25 published credits. Between Gnome Stew and Treasure Tables, I’ve written over 1,300 articles for GMs from 2005-2016. You can find out a bit more about me on my personal website.

I started Engine Publishing in 2009 in order to publish Gnome Stew’s first book, Eureka: 501 Adventure Plots to Inspire Game Masters (which came out in 2010), and to give myself an avenue for publishing future RPG products. Since then, our books have gone on to sell thousands of copies — many more than I initially expected.

Engine Publishing exists to bring you products that will make your gaming more fun, at a fair price. I’ve been gaming since 1987, and I’m an incredibly picky consumer: As a gamer, I expect RPG publishers to respect my time and money, and as a publisher I respect yours. Every product released by Engine Publishing is a labor of love, and something I believe you’ll love as much I do.

I treat the skilled and talented folks who work on Engine Publishing projects the way I want to be treated as a freelancer. As a publisher I pay on time (typically on acceptance and within 24 hours), use clear contracts, and strive to make it a pleasure to freelance for Engine Publishing.

If you have any questions or feedback about Engine Publishing, I’d love to hear from you: martin (at) enginepublishing (dot) com.

Happy gaming!

Awards and Nominations

Engine Publishing products have won and been nominated for a number of RPG industry awards over the years — many thanks to everyone who has voted for, nominated, and supported our work!

Awards

  1. Gold ENnie Award for Best Aid/Accessory — Masks: 1,000 Memorable NPCs for Any Roleplaying Game (2013)

Nominations

  1. Golden Geek Award nominee for Best Supplement — Unframed: The Art of Improvisation for Game Masters (2015)
  2. Golden Geek Award nominee for Best Artwork & Presentation — Unframed: The Art of Improvisation for Game Masters (2015)
  3. ENnie Award nominee for Best Aid/Accessory — Odyssey: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Campaign Management (2014)
  4. ENnie Award nominee for Fans’ Favorite Publisher — Engine Publishing (2014)
  5. Golden Geek Award nominee for Best Supplement — Odyssey: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Campaign Management (2014)
  6. ENnie Award nominee for Best Writing — Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Session Prep (2013)
  7. ENnie Award nominee for Fans’ Favorite Publisher (2013)
  8. Origins Award nominee for Best Game-Related Publication — Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Session Prep (2013)
  9. Golden Geek Award Nominee for Best Supplement — Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Session Prep (2012)
  10. Golden Geek Award Nominee for Best Supplement — Masks: 1,000 Memorable NPCs for Any Roleplaying Game (2012)
  11. Golden Geek Award nominee for Best Supplement — Eureka: 501 Adventure Plots to Inspire Game Masters (2010)

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Engine Publishing was founded on September 9, 2009. Our website went live on April 14, 2010. The Engine Publishing logo was designed by Darren Hardy, who rocks on toast.