Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan lives in Ithaca, New York, at the southern end of Cayuga Lake, the longest of the Finger Lakes, where it is green, hot, and humid in the summer and gray, cold, and barren in the winter. Despite several absences, he's lived there most of his life.

Matt started playing Ars Magica in 1991, in a barn with his younger brother. The two of them wove an imaginative tapestry of medieval France, necromancers, wild beavers, and estranged Vikings that influenced him (perhaps) more than it should. Interest in the game led to the discovery of medieval literature, which in turn bolstered his fondness for Ars Magica. Saracens and "paynims" replaced the Vikings, and the necromancers became educated priests.

Matt had never written a thing professionally (still a weird word to use for his contributions) until Living Lore, which included three or four submissions. He playtested the fifth edition, and then was lucky enough to be included in several projects:

Besides playing Ars Magica, Matt likes to read medieval Irish history and historical fiction. He and his son August like to ride bicycles, play video games, and draw pictures of monsters.

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