Ryan Jensen originally hails from Minnesota but currently makes his home in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with his wife and two boys, 5 and 8. He first started playing Dungeons and Dragons when he was eight years old though he didn’t become a Dungeonmaster until 2010. He has since run hundreds of sessions for kids and adults in several game systems.
Ryan generally runs a “sandbox”-style game, taking cues from his players in terms of where the story leads, what sorts of challenges they will face and what the emphasis of the games will be. He rarely runs pre-written adventures and things can get pretty wacky if that’s what his players want. He encourages fresh and fun roleplaying choices, creative applications of rules and situations which surprise, excite and move his players. But everything really comes down to making a great story together with a group of other people. Ryan truly enjoys DMing for kids because of how invested they get in the game and how fresh the game settings, rules and characters feel to them.
In addition to being a Dungeon Master in Dungeons & Dragons, Ryan has owned and operated his own events and portrait photography business in NYC (Ryan Jensen Photography) for almost twenty years, having previously received Masters and Bachelors of Fine Arts degrees in Acting from University of California at Irvine and Ithaca College respectively. His proudest moments have been his time as a stay at home dad with both his sons, working as an actor at The Utah Shakespearean Festival and having his performance photography work published in the New York Times.