Howdy, I’m Martin Ralya (he/him)!

I've been running RPG-related websites since 1999, including Treasure Tables (2005-2007), Gnome Stew (which I co-founded and ran from 2008-2016), and my personal blog, Yore (, 2012 onwards).

I also worked in the RPG industry as a freelancer (2004-2018) and publisher (Engine Publishing, 2010-2019).

I miss (really, really miss) Google+, which was a huge part of my gaming life. I'm hoping Mastodon can grow into something just as vital and useful.

These days I have two gaming projects.

One is the fantasy campaign setting I've been working on since 2021, Godsbarrow. I've been using Worlds Without Number and Wonderdraft to create it, and blogging as I go.

Here's the omnibus page:

The other is painting miniatures for Warhammer 40k and Kill Team.

I didn't enjoy painting minis until 2020, when I decided to approach it as a hobby in its own right and not a necessary evil. I've come to love it, and being a blogger of course I won't shut up about it.

There's no easy hub for my minis posts, but I eventually take lightbox photos of everything I paint.


I've never really grokked hashtags, but apparently they help folks discover each other -- so let's add a few to my intro thread (camel-capped because I gather that's better for text-to-speech readers).

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@martinralya Yeah, and without the almighty algorithm here nor keyword search, hashtags really grow in importance to be able to find anything.

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