The Unlucky Isles is now available on DriveThruRPG

The first Halfbeard Press book is now available! You can buy The Unlucky Isles [affiliate link] on DriveThruRPG in PDF or print. Be sure to snag the PWYW Region Map [affiliate link] as well, as it’s much larger than the version I could fit in the book.

The cover of The Unlucky Isles, Godsbarrow Guidebook 1

Print version now available

Everyone who bought the PDF before the POD option was available has been sent a discount for the full cost of the PDF off the POD version.

If you have turned off the ability for Halfbeard Press (or all publishers) to contact you through DriveThruRPG, you won’t have gotten that email. Send me an email and I’ll send you a manual discount code: martin halfbeardpress com.

Featured by DM Tales

YouTuber DM Tales did a lovely highlight feature on my first Godsbarrow book, The Unlucky Isles [affiliate link], on his channel in Skipping Lunch Episode 8. The segment starts at 8:00. (I sent DM Tales a review copy.)

This episode aired on August 4, 2023

This is the first time anyone has covered The Unlucky Isles in a video, and it was fascinating to hear DM Tales’ take on the book. The whole stream is excellent, with a gentle energy and a relaxed vibe that makes it a really fun watch.

A big thank you to DM Tales for featuring The Unlucky Isles!

Welcome to Halfbeard Press

Howdy, I’m Martin Ralya — and welcome to the website for Halfbeard Press! I founded this company on July 7, 2022, to publish material for the fantasy campaign setting I’ve been working on daily since March 2021: Godsbarrow.

I’ve been creating and sharing maps, regional write-ups, design notes, cultural sketches, and all sorts of other material related to the world of Dormiir (more commonly known as Godsbarrow) on my personal blog, Yore. Starting up a Godsbarrow campaign was what galvanized me to set up Halfbeard Press and take a run at publishing my work.

A portion of the Unlucky Isles, including parts of Brundir and Meskmur

The next book

Writing is underway on The Gilded Lands, Godsbarrow Guidebook 2. Like The Unlucky Isles [affiliate link], this will be a gazetteer covering the six countries that make up the Gilded Lands region (just east of the Isles).


Want to know more about Godsbarrow? I’ve been working on this fantasy campaign setting daily since March 2021, and sharing my material on Yore.


You can reach Halfbeard Press via email: martin at halfbeardpress dot com.