Born on 23 July 1980 and currently residing in Birmingham, England, Ryland graduated from Aston University in 2001 with a degree in computer science. After graduating, Ryland worked for Wrox Press Ltd. for 2 years as the Chief Editor and Project Manager of Wrox's .NET web sites, C#Today and VBToday, and also contributed as an editor to the ASPToday web site and several of Wrox's .NET Handbook titles.
Ryland's first projects were games in the Extreme Warfare series, a series of professional wrestling management games. They were developed as freeware from 1995 until 2003. The last game in the freeware series was Extreme Warfare Revenge. Ryland stopped producing the series because the game was getting too complex to work on in his free time and "by the end, it simply became impossible to spend that much time writing them as well as doing a regular 9-5 job."
Ryland's first professional project was Total Extreme Warfare 2004 (TEW 2004). Originally titled Total Extreme Warfare 2004, the name was changed to Total Extreme Wrestling to distance itself from its freeware predecessor. The first TEW game was released on March 31, 2004 by .400 Software Studio, to generally good reviews.
Ryland then switched publishers to Grey Dog Software for his next release, Wrestling Spirit: Rookie to Legend, Ryland's third, Total Extreme Wrestling 2005 (TEW 2005) was released on 6 October 2005, his fourth was Wrestling Spirit 2, released on 29 June 2006 and his fifth was Total Extreme Wrestling 2007, released on 29 December 2006. The next game in the series, Total Extreme Wrestling 2008 (TEW2008) was released in June 2008, and was followed up by further iterations in 2010 and 2013.
The TEW series has developed its own internal chronology for the in-game universe (The Cornellverse) and as well as real-world databases, users have created "historical" Cornellverse packages for various years, including 1975, 1997 and 2008.
Ryland also has released two games based on the sport of mixed martial arts. The games, World of Mixed Martial Arts, and World of Mixed Martial Arts 2, with the first game being released in December 2007, and the sequel was released in April 2009, both through Grey Dog Software.
A third game, World of Mixed Martial Arts 3, was released in December 2010, with a fourth set to be released in early December 2014.
On 16 April 2011 Grey Dog Software announced Adam's newest game, Comic Book Hero: The Greatest Cape. A Super Hero text-based simulation game. Aside from being his first commercial game not based on sports, Comic Book Hero is notable for being the first game of his to move to the .NET Framework and use SQL for data querying (previous games were created in Visual Basic 6.0).
In the first FAQ, Adam said that gamers can mod the game like his previous ones. It is also stated that the name is a pun, with The Greatest Cape being a play on the title of The Great Escape.
Like his previous games, much of the character art will be crowdsourced from members of the Grey Dog Software message forums.