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Howdy! I'm Martin Ralya, and I like to play tabletop RPGs and board games, read, hike up mountains, and publish RPG books.

My blog, Yore (martinralya.com/yore), is mainly about RPGs, with forays into comics, board games, and miscellanea.

I also run Engine Publishing (enginepublishing.com), although I'm not publishing anything at the moment, and I used to run Gnome Stew (gnomestew.com).

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I've continued to update my list of excellent free & PWYW RPGs and supplements on DriveThruRPG, with another 10-12 entries added yesterday.

This curated list (based on personal preference and my experience with the products listed) generally excludes previews, quickstarts, micro-supplements, character sheets, and the like, making it easy for folks to discover dozens of great RPGs, zines, and sourcebooks -- and hopefully some hidden gems.

martinralya.com/tabletop-rpgs/

My Mastodon intro needed a redo now that I understand linking and hashtags. 🎓

Howdy! I'm Martin Ralya, and I like to play tabletop RPGs and board games, read, hike up mountains, and publish RPG books.

My blog, Yore (martinralya.com/yore), is mainly about RPGs, with forays into comics, board games, and miscellanea.

I also run Engine Publishing (enginepublishing.com), although I'm not publishing anything at the moment, and I used to run Gnome Stew (gnomestew.com).

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This is most excellent!

Ben Lehman and Caitlynn Belle wrote a roleplaying game, The Tragedy of GJ237b, that has been nominated for a Nebula Award.

I'd call the game a roleplaying poem (a category of RPGs I love to explore), and it's beautiful. Its subtitle is "A role-playing game for no players."

You can check it out here: medium.com/@balehman/the-trage

Yesterday I took more suggestions for products to include on my list of excellent free/PWYW and supplements on DriveThruRPG, and did some more hunting myself. The list now represents about 3% of the 7,500-plus products available.

Thank you to everyone who shared their recommendations!

martinralya.com/tabletop-rpgs/

Wrapped up our second playtesting session for @Halfjack's Elysium Flare, and I can't wait to see what sort of trouble these characters get up to.

We made three wildly different nutjob characters, and somehow wedded them to one another, then to a ship, then to a purpose, then to an organization -- and nowhere along the way could we have predicted where they’d wind up. Elysium Flare is brilliant at facilitating those kinds of surprises.

martinralya.com/tabletop-rpgs/

Gary Gygax on prep, in an interview in 1979:

"Two to three hours per hour of play is generally what the dungeon master has to prepare with."

My mind, it is boggling. I can't even conceive of this level of prep.

playingattheworld.blogspot.com

My list of excellent free/PWYW products on DriveThruRPG is now up to over 90 entries (around 200 if you count entries that link to multiple products, like Fiasco playsets and Fate worlds).

It now represents about 3% of the 7,597 free/PWYW products available.

Thanks for all of the suggestions so far!

martinralya.com/tabletop-rpgs/

This past weekend I realized that I'd never seen a curated list of the best free and PWYW products on DriveThruRPG, so I created one.

There are 79 entries total, but some lead to multiple products; all told, there are about 120 RPGs and supplements listed, or 1.6% of the 7,597 available.

martinralya.com/tabletop-rpgs/

If you have suggestions for what else to include, I'd love to hear them.

I'm in the 5,000s now -- the howling wilderness of unrated products. Hold me.

Faster Monkey Games' other banner supplement (the first being Lesserton & Mor) is ALSO free: In the Shadow of Mount Rotten.

Remember Orcs of Thar, the old Gazetteer with the lovely Jim Holloway artwork? Mount Rotten is that, only more serious. It's great.

drivethrurpg.com/product/10010

Entry 2,462: the first product rated lower than five stars in the free/PWYW section.

My brain is pouring a stiff drink.

One might think that sorting DTRPG's free/PWYW category by Highest Rated would help identify standout products, but I'm in the 2,300s and haven't seen anything rated lower than *****.

No matter how amazing D100 Roofing Tile Materials for Pathfinder might be (not a real thing, but it could be), I don't want to scroll through a billion variations of that while looking for new and interesting stuff.

Another stellar free find on DTRPG: Planarch Codex: Dark Heart of the Dreamer.

Want to play Planescape-infused Dungeon World? This is the ticket, right here.

drivethrurpg.com/product/11028

I'm making a list of free/PWYW products on DriveThruRPG that I like, and I'm currently in the 1,300s . . . out of 7,597 products in that category.

My draft list is 28 products so far, or about 2% of what I've scrolled through. If that ratio holds, I'll wind up with roughly 150 products in the final version.

Holy crap in a hat, Lesserton & Mor is now free in PDF!

This is one of the best supplements ever written. It details the town of Lesserton, which is joyfully "dirty UK fantasy" in tone, and the neighboring build-as-you-go, open-air dungeon of Mor.

drivethrurpg.com/product/88764

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Atomic Highway is now available in print, and the PDF is also free: bit.ly/dtatomic

I've decided to come out publicly as bisexual.

I realized I was bi at at 19 or 20, and came out to a handful of folks over the years, but it's taken me until age 40 to get to this point. I didn't think hiding part of my identity was setting a good example for my daughter, and I'm finally in a place -- both mentally as a person and literally, in Seattle -- where I feel comfortable being myself.

It feels beyond good to finally do this. dice.camp/media/CHGcr6YvXW4XiL

Tales from the Loop continues to be a hoot.

Using the kids' hideout as a means of recovering conditions is a bit of simple mechanical genius. It organically produces a touching scene that offers insight into the PCs and their relationship with each other, and it's great tech.

This is my first time using Roll20 character sheets, and that's pretty slick too. Since there's a sheet for TftL, it'll accurately modify die rolls as you make them. Good stuff!

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Here is a short rpg I wrote about being psychic githzerai refugees seeking a new homeland for your people.

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One of my goals for 2018 is to write a short game each month about a weird or obscure D&D monster.