Ryan Schapals is a writer with a passion for player driven storytelling. Ryan Schapals is a writer based in Seattle. Currently, he’s the Creative Director for Guildhall Studios.
Previously, he was a Narrative Designer for BATTLETECH by Harebrained Schemes. He also built new worlds to play in with Monocle Society’s Weave. As the General Manager and Lead Writer he oversaw a team of talented storytellers.
He served as the Narrative Director at Seventh Sphere, where he created and managed all fiction, settings, and modules tied to the Open Legend RPG.
His fiction is also featured in Golem Arcana by Harebrained Schemes, Menu Masters by Calliope Games, and the Cast of Wonders speculative fiction podcast.
As the Production Manager for Hyper RPG’s Twitch studio, he designed gamified interaction models and created custom rulesets that transformed the way viewers participate in a live show. With story driven modifiers, abilities, and buffs for player characters, the audience shaped the narratives on screen.
Ryan studied Creative Writing and Psychology at DePaul University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Guildhall Studios | Current
Harebrained Schemes, BATTLETECH | 2018 - 2019
General Manager & Lead Writer
Monocle Society, Weave | 2018
Lead Writer & Narrative Director
Seventh Sphere, Open Legend RPG | 2016 - 2018
Hyper RPG | 2016 - 2017
Calliope Games, Menu Masters | 2016
Harebrained Schemes, Golem Arcana | 2014 - 2016