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 »


Revising the Emerging Threats Unit Setting

One of the great things about having game designer friends being able to call one up and talk out a problem. And typically, that becomes a conversation involving games you’re all working on, trying to unpack parallel problems and propose solutions to individual ones. So when Kit La Touche tells me that my Emerging Threats Unit issues

Get Showdown for Epimas!

Seth Ben-Ezra has made an amazing game that many of you would like: Showdown. It’s part of one of the Epimas bundles—and you have only a day to pick

Emerging Threats Unit Big Bad Con 2014 Report

I ran two Emerging Threats Unit builds back in October, one the Friday night of Big Bad Con and one that Saturday night. I built a character sheet prototype that had a good deal of the rules on it, mainly so that I had the rules written down somewhere for myself and for the playtesters. Warning: this

Gluten-Free Fried Chicken

Y’all asked for food posts, so taking a page from Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff and various Western Massachusetts-influenced indie RPGs, here’s a food post[1]. My wife has

Wildlings Hacks in my Head

I love John Harper’s Wildlings. A few years ago, he put out just the one 5-page Player’s Kit, and I ran with it. Wildlings is a great system for

On Our Imperfect Fun

I’ve had a lot of fun playing Dungeon World, even when the hit point system and action economy seems to jar against what the Apocalypse World engine does. I’ve had a lot of fun playing Unknown Armies, my favorite roleplaying game, even with the whiff factor endemic to percentile systems. My group enjoyed playing Burning Empires, even when the