Hensley has written several novels and designed a variety of games including miniatureswargames, tabletop wargames, and role-playing games, as well as substantial freelance work writing modules for game systems. He has also scripted at least one computer game. Hensley has been a Guest of Honor at a number of major conventions and has garnered several game industry honors and awards.
He left Cryptic to make a Deadlands MMO in 2007, but the parent company went bankrupt. Shane briefly returned to Cryptic in 2010 as Executive Producer on Neverwinter, then on to Petroglyph Games to work on the ground-breaking End of Nations MMO RTS (published by Trion Worlds).