A Wizard's Quill in an Inkwell

The Official Site of Matthew D. Ryan


Welcome to the Wizard’s Inkwell

My name is Matthew D. Ryan. I’m an author, fantasy RPG game designer, fantasy worldbuilding expert, and all around fantasy fiction enthusiast.

But that’s not all.

I’m also a freelance writer. Although my specialty is the fantasy genre, I am also proficient in philosophical writing, non-fiction work, and even laymen’s scientific articles. If you are interested in hiring me just check out my “Accomplishments” page and send me an email.

In the meantime, welcome to my site. Take a look around and let me know what you think.

Selfie of Matthew D. Ryan
Behold! The fearsome dragon stare! I had another pic with me wearing a stupid grin on my face, but I went with this one because I find it somewhat more amusing.


Click here to see a list of my published works of fantasy fiction and other accomplishments. It’s all in the fantasy genre, but it includes both novels and RPG games. Both entail fantasy worldbuilding. I’ve done a lot of that in my time.

A Toast to Dragons Revisited: The Art of Fantasy Worldbuilding for RPG’s and Novels

Check out the latest incarnation of my legendary fantasy blog: “A Toast to Dragons” … now:  “A Toast to Dragons Revisited.” In its first incarnation it was originally dedicated to fantasy fiction, but I’ve narrowed its scope. Now, its primary focus is fantasy worldbuilding. The latest post and main link are located below. Enjoy.

A Toast to Dragons Revisited
The Art of Fantasy Worldbuilding for RPG’s and Novels

GM Tips: Dealing with the Unexpected from Your Players

Anyone who has been GMing for any length of time understands how difficult it can be to predict the actions of your players. This is a problem in campaigns that take place in vast complicated worlds where the options before the PCs is nearly limitless. Of course, “problem” might not be the right word. It…


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The Wizard's Research Table.

Dragon Silhouette Wreathed in Flames

Like the graphics I used? The list of credits is here.