About Us

Meeple Nation was started by three friends who have been playing games together since 1998. Brent and Nathan formed a gaming group in 1996, along with Ryan’s older brother, Cory. Initially, they played The Star Wars and Star Trek CCGs. That started to change in 1998 when Ryan brought a German Edition of Settlers of Catan to play one fateful week.

Ryan and his son, Batman, with a ninja turtle at Salt Lake City Comic Con 2012.
Ryan and his son, Batman, with a ninja turtle at Salt Lake City Comic Con 2013.

Ryan
Ryan grew up playing boardgames and role playing games with his brothers, and the friends that later joined them. He decided that having a career he enjoyed might be a good idea to support the hobby, so he obtained a B.A. degree in English with a Technical Writing emphasis. Although technical writing is his main task, Ryan enjoys projects that range from illustrations to video producing and editing. In addition to games, Ryan loves to play basketball and write short fiction and maybe even a novel. Ryan lives in Utah with his wife and three children.

Brent

Games have always been a part of Brent’s life. He remembers beating his brothers at and with his Rockem Sockem Robots Game back in the early 70s. Christmas brought a new game every year. Currently he works in Computer Networking and tries to play games when he isn’t out camping with the Boy Scouts. He might become a board game designer if he ever got to the prototyping stage.

Nathan

Nathan grew up playing games with his older brother, Kit.  Kit allowed Nathan, then age 10, to play D&D with his group of friends.  When Nathan’s character was killed within the first moments of the adventure, Nathan cried and was then banned from all future campaigns.  Nathan turned to video games and stopped playing board games all together. It wasn’t until the age of the CCG that he came back to the gaming light.

Starting with the Star Wars CCG by Decipher, Nathan and brother Kit once again found common ground, and once again met in the gaminNathanandgirls (Large)g world arena.  Quickly their love for gaming grew, first through card games, and then into board games, and once again back in role-playing.

Gaming and the board game world became a focal point of the brothers.  Today, Kit and Nathan may not always see eye to eye on many things, and geographical distance keeps them apart, but their love for gaming keeps them close.  Now they both try to share that love for gaming with their girls.

MN 0187 Cornucopia of Games

Join us this week while we discuss three games we have recently played. Ryan explains Pirate 21, a quick game from Indie Boards and Cards. Nathan follows with his explanation of Delve from the same company, and finally, Brent leads off discussion about Codenames Duet, a cooperative version of Codenames. Continue Reading

MN 0185 October 2017 News

Ryan, Nathan, and Brent meet with Matt Allen to discuss October news, including some Kickstarters we are looking forward to and recently fulfilled Kickstarters we have played, including Massive Darkness, 7th Continent, Table Toppers, and more. We finally put to bed Seafall, and yet again talk Terraforming Mars. We also talk about the most recent… Continue Reading

MN 0183 Raxxon

Despite us continually asking that we not receive a Raxxon invite, we did and Nathan now owns a copy. This much hyped game was talked about quite a bit on the web because of the scarcity created through the invite system. Is the game fun? What is it really? Continue Reading

MN 0182 Clank! In! Space!

This week we sit down to discuss a few games we have been playing recently, including Thief’s Market, Abandon Planet and First Martians. Then we move into the main portion of the ‘cast and we talk about Clank! In! Space, the sequel to our much loved, Clank! How is it different? Is it an improvement?… Continue Reading

MN 0181 Escape Room Games

This week we cover five different Escape Room Games. Listen for our commentary, but the summary is: EXIT the Game – Three current titles, three more announced. Fantastic games with the best puzzles, contents destroyed during play. In game Hints give solutions if you desire. Unlock! – Three current titles, three more announced. These are… Continue Reading