A.J. Porfirio - @vanrydergames


A.J. started Van Ryder Games in 2011 and it has grown every year going from a tiny 1-man outfit to a bigger, but still small, 2-man company. With a love and a passion for thematic games that immerse players, A.J. continues to lead and manage VRG with a goal of bringing customers experiences they will never forget.  A.J. has an affinity for solitaire games which led him to design Hostage Negotiator, VRG's best selling title and a game line that continues to expand.


Hostage Negotiator, Solitaire Game of the year 2015



Evan Derrick - @evanderrick

Creative Director

Evan joined Van Ryder Games in 2016 and has stepped in as an integral part of the team. Evan is a game designer (Dark Moon), marketer, graphic designer, and art director.  Evan shares A.J.'s and the company's passion for making thematic games and will soon have his first published game with VRG in the upcoming Detective: City of Angels.



Visit the Van Ryder Games Team at Upcoming 2018 Board Game Conventions!


We'll be exhibiting at several conventions this year! Be sure to stop by and say "hello," check out our latest offerings, and maybe pick up a game or two from our growing lineup of games, expansions and other items!

We look forward to seeing you.

  • Dice Tower Con, Orlando, Florida, July 4-8
  • Gen Con, Indianapolis, Indiana, August 2-5
    (Find us at Booth 2731)
  • Essen Spiel, Essen, Germany, October 25-28
    While we aren't exhibiting, we will be at Spiel in Essen to scout for potentially exhibiting in 2019. We'd love to meet any of our great fans and customers while in Germany!