We’ve been meeting the coolest people lately! We want to introduce you to them as well!
MeepleGamers has several writers on staff in addition to founder Josh Hale. I caught up with a few of them and here’s what they said!
What are you playing?
Raids from Iello - Josh
Eight Minute Empire: Legends from Red Raven and Stuffed Fables of Plaid Hat - Ben
Betrayal Legacy, Gloomhaven & Innovation - Steve
Firefly Adventures: Brigands and Browncoats - Matthew
Imperial Assault, Star Wars Destiny and Scythe - Scott
Potion Explosion and Dice Forge - Ally
Istanbul Dice Game, the Splendor Expansions, Castles of Burgundy (it’s new to us and we love it!) and DC deck-building. - Mary
Too Many Bones: Undertow - Kevin
Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle - Erin
What are you backing?
A laptop stand - Josh
Land of Yeld (RPG) and Super Dungeon Explore (sadly) - Steve
Nocturion - Matthew
The Power Rangers board game - Scott
Just a few things from last year….lol - Starcadia Quest, the Alhambra expansion, Black Rose Wars, Batman: Gotham City Chronicles and Cthulhu: Death May Die. Because of last year’s backings, this year may not have any, but I am very tempted to back Tsuro: Phoenix Rising. Also, I despise the game Munchkin, but Munchkin Dungeon has caught my eye. - Mary
Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon, Awkward Guests: Who Murdered Mr. Walton - Kevin
I’ve never backed a game before. I’d spend too much money! - Erin
What are you excited about?
Tsuro: Phoenix Rising - Josh
The Dice Forge & Bunny Kingdom expansions - Ben
Gen 7, Street Fighter and Comanauts - Steve
Expansions for Firefly Adventures and what’s next with 7th Sea - Matthew
Fantasy Flight Worlds Event and the new releases for Destiny - Scott
Deadwood - Ally
My Kickstarter backings and finally getting to play my Christmas present, Between Two Castles - Mary
Nemesis, D-Day Dice and starting a Kingdom Death: Monster campaign - Kevin
Learning to play the Game of Thrones LCG that I got for Christmas - Erin
What do you need help with?
Social media, duh… - Josh
My two boys. They’re so full of energy. - Ben
Getting the word out - Steve
Keeping up with my hobbies and getting away from work - Matthew
Believing in myself - Ally
Getting back on a routine and organizing my life. Sometimes I push myself too much and I need to learn to say “no.” - Mary
We had our third child, so we will need to switch from man to zone this year. - Kevin
What tip do you wish you knew when you started?
How positive so many people in the hobby are, and an understanding of those that are not. - Josh
Don’t buy all the games! Your shelf of shame fills up fast when you do that. Take your time and enjoy each game. - Ben
Fast food is not really that great of an idea. Moderation, and it’s okay to not own every game you think you’ll like - Steve
Don’t wait, jump in, you *can* do it. - Matthew
For painting - pay attention to 2-dimensional artists and how they interpret light - Scott
Take your time with the games you have and enjoy them. Play the ones you love more. - Ally
You don’t HAVE to have all the games. I think my group has reached a slight stagnant stage because we have so many games. It takes us like half a day to decide on one! - Mary
There are great games you can never play and you are none the worse for wear. - Kevin
Board gaming can devour your soul - Erin
What cons will I find you at?
Yes. - Josh
Probably none this year, I have lots of business travel scheduled for 2019 - Ben
Money and health make attending a con unlikely - Steve
GenCon - Matthew
Adepticon in Chicago to compete in Imperial Assault Worlds - Scott
None this year. Traveling and 3 kids don’t go well together. - Ally
Dice Tower Con - Mary
Origins and GenCon for sure, maybe PAX Unplugged and some other local cons in Ohio - Kevin
I’ve only been to one so far (GenCon 2018). Crowds aren’t my thing. - Erin
What game is a hidden gem?
Críss Cross by Grail Games - Josh
Shifting Realms from Soaring Rhino - Ben
Parade from Z-Man Games - Steve
Anything by Genius Games - Matthew
Aljubarrota. I don’t know if you can get it in the states, but its a great Portuguese game. - Scott
Snow White and the 7 Dwarves Gem Mining Game (and not because you said gem in your question…lol) - Ally
Far by Z-Man Games - Mary
Harvest Dice, Joraku, Palm Island - Kevin
Dark Legacy: The Rising - Erin
What is your next project?
Checking out the 8bitbox - Josh
I created a new process for building acoustic guitars. My first prototypes should be ready soon. I’m excited to see if it worked. - Ben
I’m working on a collection of short Christmas stories I’m hoping to publish for the end of the year - Steve
Besides taxes? I need to put up a collage of pictures from trips I’ve taken with my wife. - Matthew
Finding a new game to incorporate into the painting series - Scott
Probably something in the house, painting a bathroom, reorganizing a room, or trying a new craft - Ally
Trying to start the casual painting videos Josh suggested months ago, along with finishing my Essen articles! I’m so behind! - Mary
I would like to get my miniatures work back on track - Kevin
Um… cleaning my living room - Erin
What are your hobbies outside of board gaming?
Live music and festivals! My favorite was the Oregon Country Fair. It is a ball. - Josh
Running, reading and music - Ben
Miniature painting (I make cake toppers for friends’ weddings), cooking - Steve
Reading, movies, traveling, fishing and writing - Matthew
Roleplaying, video games, riding horses and skiing - Scott
I like to be creative and attempt vinyl and farmhouse signage. I enjoy playing basketball, volleyball and going to Zumba. I also enjoy organizing. - Ally
Miniature painting, music/singing, a little roleplaying - Mary
Miniatures, Streaming on Twitch, Music - Kevin
Writing poetry, reading, video games, and playing with my kids - Erin
What is one of your goals for 2019?
1,000,000 annual pageviews for MeepleGamers - Josh
Grow my local gaming guild and get people into heavier games. - Ben
Mostly just do a little bit better than 2018 - Steve
Finalize design for a game - Matthew
Finish painting my entire board game collection - Scott
I’m a sugar-aholic. I love candy. This year I am trying to cut back on my sugar intake. - Ally
Finish painting Arcadia Quest! I’m so slow! - Mary
Shift the slider from chaos back toward order - Kevin
Get some nice shelves and reorganize my board game collection. Right now, they’re EVERYWHERE - Erin
Where can I find you online?
MeepleGamers - on just about everything - Josh
@flatearthgames on Instagram - Ben
I have a lot of short stories up over at Multiverse of Fiction on Facebook, or you can find years of stuff at stevemayne.blogspot.com - Steve
MeepleGamers and a PbP (Play By Post - Tabletop RPG thru online posting) site that has been going for 15 years - Matthew
MeepleGamers or Patreon - Scott
@the_gamer_babe on Instagram and on Pinterest looking for new craft ideas - Ally
Instagram: @marysgameroom Twitter: @marysgameroom Facebook: Mary’s Game Room - Mary
@alegacyofgaming on Twitter, Instagram and Twitch - Kevin
Twitter & Instagram @erinnrichardson - Erin