John Riordan

John Riordan


Gamer nerd ๐Ÿค“ with a (potentially?) unhealthly obsession with educating and solving problems for other gamers. Most call me Rio.


A few of the personal/passion projects (among many) that Iโ€™ve desgined and built over the last few years. ๐Ÿš€


    My latest joint for the League of Legends community ๐ŸŽฎ. Focused around providing the best possible UX experience for the NA Champions Queue competitive ladder. The official site just wasn't cutting it so I wanted to see how far I could push the limits of UX using the exact same data the offial site uses.

  • LoL Shop

    Like my other project RuneForge, Lol Shop was designed as an educational tool to introduce and guide players into the comprehensieve LoL item overhaul. Starting to see a bit of a pattern? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • RuneForge

    An educational web-app with the goal of helping to ease players into the massive League of Legends Season 8 pre-season" Runes Reforged" update.

  • World Forge

    Turns out I'm a massive MMO nerd ๐Ÿ”ฎ. My MMO roots go way back. When New World was announced, I couldn't help myself but to dip my toe into exploring opportunities to apply my UX problem solving skills to the unique game design problems of the game.


In my free time I like to explore my passion with miscellaneous side projects. These projects are important to me in a lot of ways but mainly because they're an opportunity for me to learn. Often times these side projects lead to much bigger things and I owe a *lot* of my career growth to this kind of exploration.

Music 2023

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One of my favorite feelings is driving home from work, turning on my Discover Weekly, and stumbling on to an instant hit that defines my mood at that moment. I have this theory that you can instnatly tell how good a week is going to be based on the number of those in that week's playlist.

This year I've decided to take a stab at documenting some of these gems that strike me week by week. Who knows maybe I'll give up on it at some point but having them in preverbial stone will be a nice way to look back and find them again. Who knows maybe I'll do one for movies this year as well (much more attainable).

Movies 2023

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Similar to the above music diary, I plan to catalogue the movies I watch throughout 2023. Unlike the music I won't have dedicated week-by-week posts, but rather a long running list of things I see as I see them (some may be movies that came out in late 2022, sorry).


I'm "incredibly online" so there are a number of ways to reach me. Pick your poison. ๐Ÿงช