About

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

I’m Martin Ralya, the founder of Engine Publishing. I’m a professional writer by day and a GMing blogger by night, and I run Engine Publishing from my home office in Utah. I started freelancing for the RPG industry back in 2004, and have 25 published credits to date. Between Gnome Stew, which I run and contribute to, and Treasure Tables, which I used to run and still maintain, I’ve written close to a thousand articles for game masters since 2005. I live in Utah with my amazing wife, Alysia, our awesome daughter, Lark, and our mellow dog, Wicket in a house full of books and games.

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 started Engine Publishing in 2009 in order to publish Gnome Stew’s first book, Eureka: 501 Adventure Plots to Inspire Game Masters, which debuted in 2010, and to give myself an avenue for publishing future RPG products. Even though I’m just one guy, Engine Publishing draws on the skills of numerous talented folks in the RPG industry: Eureka was produced by a 19-person team of creative professionals, and design team behind our second book, Masks: 1,000 Memorable NPCs for Any Roleplaying Game, was 22 strong, and 9 people contributed to our third book, Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Session Prep.

I treat the skilled and talented folks who work on Engine Publishing projects the way I want to be treated as a freelancer. The vast majority of the companies I’ve worked with have been excellent, but there have been a few who paid late, didn’t pay at all, or otherwise treated their freelancers poorly. As a publisher I pay on time, 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.

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.