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 »


Subtlety in Punctuation Usage

The thing to understand about grammar and spelling is that they’re more or less styles, and not as concrete of rules as grammarians and pedants would like. This is why when you ask about whether the serial comma is correct, the answer is in a style guide, not some solid answer from a single source[1].

Turning Impulses into Conscious Choices

There’s something I’ve recently rediscovered as I’m on month nine of dieting that’s also a part of how I handle depression and how I deal with being a creator in general: the first step in learning to change behavior is to turn impulses into conscious choices. (Maybe not the first step, but it’s pretty early in.)

Subtle Impact of Using Gerunds in Headers

I’m a language hacker. Minor changes in wording can shift things around considerably, and I’m always on the lookout for how such shifts can alter the mood, cognitive elasticity, etc. One I’ve rediscovered while working on documents at my new day job is the impact of using a gerund versus using a base verb form

Perils of Questionnaire-Based Character Creation

Those of us who have made questionnaire-based creation methods (like Dread, Don’t Rest Your Head, etc.) know that creative blocks can be a peril to making them work. But there’s more that can go wrong, as I recently (re)discovered. This past weekend, I ran a Mythender game at GottaCon. (Side note: if you can get

GottaCon 2015 This Weekend!

This coming weekend, I’m a guest at GottaCon in Victoria, BC—a simple ferry ride away from Seattle. I’m super looking forward to it! This’ll be my first time in Canada. :D Here’s what I’ve got on deck: Game: Mythender Day: Friday Time: 7:00pm to 11:00pm On the other side of this bloodied snowy plain stands Thor, God

Finding Beauty in Imperfection

This is a picture of my favorite cup. I bought it back in 2011 from a farmers’ market in Oakland, from a woman who made many by hand. I