Get Mythender!

Get the critically acclaimed tabletop game about killing gods and avoiding your own apotheosis! The electronic edition is free and released under a Creative Commons license. The print-on-demand edition is available now. More »

Cornucopia of Fate Thoughts

As one of the designers on Fare Core and the Dresden Files RPG, Ryan has been posting thoughts about the Fate system over the years. If you’re a Fate designer or fan, check them out! More »

Hire Ryan for Writing, Development, and Editing

Ryan offers a variety of services to authors and publishers, both in gaming and elsewhere. Come see what Ryan can do for your book, game, or project. More »

A Variety of Short Stories

Interested in fiction? Ryan’s been in a few anthologies focused around horror, urban fantasy, and science-fiction genres. His recent collection, Desperate Journeys, is an inexpensive introduction to this side of Ryan. More »


Fateful Concepts: Hacking Contests

Around six months ago, I released Fateful Concepts: Character Aspects, which has been a bit of a hit! I’m happy with the response—it’s currently an Electum seller on DriveThruRPG—and

Say No to Audition Work

Over the weekend, an acquaintance from various conventions referred his friend to me for editing. It was for a fiction manuscript, which is more my wife’s wheelhouse than mine, so I explained her introductory service of editing the first 5,000 words of a project for a nominal fee. (Not unlike my short development consultation service.) What I

Backstory Cards: Prompt Card Production Conundrums

If you were a Backstory Cards backer or get in on the pre-order (which closes January 31st!), you’ve got the PDF of the cards. I was talking about them and showing off my demo deck at an event last night at Verne & Wells—a club for professional geeks in the Seattle area, like a country

“On Acceptance” is Not a Magic Bullet

There’s been a push in the indie RPG publishing realm to eschew the idea of paying writers, artists, and other creators on publication for paying “on acceptance.” As someone who has done quite a bit of work for publishers, I’ve been screwed by a few to the tune of thousands of dollars. As someone who has hired

The Fantasy Fixer

Yesterday, I had a confounding moment—I needed a good word for the spy/cyberpunk idea of the fixer, but for a medieval fantasy setting. Anyone know a good medieval fantasy word that essentially means “fixer” a la cyberpunk? — Ryan Macklin (@RyanMacklin) January 13, 2015 I got a host of responses. Because of the very specific

Klingon Mythender

A friend sent me this image a few weeks ago, saying that it made him think of Mythender: From the Star Trek wiki: According to Klingon mythology, Kortar (also Kotar) was the first Klingon. He and his mate destroyed the gods who created them, and as punishment, Kortar was condemned to ferry the souls of the