RPG publisher

Founded in 2009

Engine Publishing is dedicated to creating insanely good gaming products.

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Over 10,000 copies sold

Odyssey, Never Unprepared, Masks, and Eureka are available in print and PDF. All print books come with DRM-free PDF, EPUB, MOBI, and text.

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You can reach Engine Publishing via email at martin (at) enginepublishing (dot) com. We're also on Google+ and Twitter (@enginepub).


Coming full circle

I grew up shopping at The Compleat Strategist in NYC, first at the one on 57th and then at the one on 33rd. Much of my early formative gaming originated from one of those stores.

My friend Stephan Edel just sent me this picture: Engine Publishing’s two most recent books, Odyssey (front and center) and Never Unprepared (a few books to the right, spine-out), on the shelf at the 33rd street Compleat.

That right there is a crazy feeling.


30% off our PDFs for GM’s Day 2014

We’re running a 30% off sale on all of our digital editions over at DriveThruRPG — buy one book or more, they’ll all be 30% off. Happy GM’s Day!

DTRPG runs a massive site-wide GM’s Day sale for publishers who opt in, and the way this one’s set up our PDF bundles remain at their usual 20% off but the individual products, purchased separately, are 30% off. If you want to buy all four books, just add them to your cart individually for a deeper discount.


Please vote for Odyssey in the Golden Geek Awards

Our fourth GMing book, Odyssey: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Campaign Management, has been nominated for a Golden Geek Award for Best Supplement! Many thanks to everyone who nominated Odyssey.

If you’re an RPGGeek member eligible to vote in the awards, it only takes a few moments and I would greatly appreciate your vote for Odyssey. Here’s the voting booth.

Voting is open until 11:59 PM CST on February 17, 2014. If you vote for us, thank you! And whether you vote for us or not, please vote — the list of nominees this year, in all categories, is fantastic.


Please nominate Odyssey for the Golden Geek Awards

The Golden Geek Awards are now accepting nominees, and if you’re an RPGGeek member and a fan of our most recent book, Odyssey: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Campaign Management, I’d like to ask for your nomination.

Voting only takes a few moments (search for Odyssey, click nominate, repeat for the second category), and Odyssey is eleigible for two categories: Best Supplement and Best Artwork.

if you nominate Odyssey, thank you!


Small formatting fixes to Never Unprepared EPUB and MOBI

An eagle-eyed Never Unprepared reader spotted a small formatting error in the EPUB and MOBI versions of the book and emailed me about it (thanks, J.C.!), so I’ve updated the digital edition everywhere that it’s sold. The text didn’t change, and nothing at all changed in the PDF or plain text versions.

If you bought it from a store that supports automatic notification of updates, you should have received a notification. If not and you’d like the updated versions, I’d be happy to send them to you — just drop me a line: martin enginepublishing com.


Over 10,000 copies sold

August brought our lifetime sales up to 10,285 — or as I put it in an email to the authors I’ve worked with, 10-crazy-ass-000.

Back in 2009 we approached a publisher about partnering to produce and sell Eureka and were told that it would be “a very difficult sell.” I ignored that advice, went on to publish that book and three others, and I’m looking forward to publishing many more.

Many thanks to everyone who has ever bought one of our books, shared them with friends, talked about them online, or otherwise supported Engine Publishing and the fantastic folks who write, design, illustrate, lay out, edit, proofread, and otherwise produce our books.


The Engine Publishing warehouse

After four years, I upgraded our warehouse for direct sales — my office closet — to include a shelf. Prior to this I was working out of stacks of boxes, moving “cheese wheels” of bubble wrap every time I wanted to ship a book. Now everything is much easier to access:

In retrospect, I have no idea why I waited this long. I’ve shipped about 1,400 books from this closet, and I plan to ship many, many more.


Never Unprepared is part of the Bundle of Holding +5

Interested in Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Session Prep? It’s part of the Bundle of Holding +5, available when you pay more than the current average price (about $15 right now).

Never Unprepared has sold almost 3,000 copies and was nominated for an Origins Award, an ENnie Award, and a Golden Geek Award. And it’s not the only book in the bundle, of course! ~$15 gets you a total of six books. (For a minimum of $5, you get three books, but not Never Unprepared or the other two bonus titles.)


We’re sponsoring RPGGeek’s Virtuacon 2013

RPGGeek is running Virtuacon13 in a couple of months, and we’ve signed on as a sponsor to provide over $800 in free PDFs.

The convention takes place via Google+ Hangouts, is free, and is packed with good stuff. If that sounds interesting to you, there’s lots more info available on RPGGeek.


Shipping delay August 13-21

I’m on vacation August 13-21, which will delay the shipping of print orders placed during that time. Our webstore will continue to accept orders, but print products for orders placed during the 8/13-21 window won’t ship until August 22 or later.

PDFs, both as standalone products and accompanying print products, will continue to be fulfilled automatically by our store, just like normal.