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 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.


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 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 0193 BGGcon Recap including Ravensburger Interview, Deckscape and More

Brent returns, barely, from BGG.Con and we discuss many of the events he enjoyed and games he played including Nusfjord, Majesty: For the Realm, Reworld, Otys, Roll Player, the Puzzle Hunt, and more. Brent also conducts and interview with a Ravensburger North America representative about their upcoming games! Continue Reading

MN 0192 Extra Life 2017 Recap

In November, Meeple Nation helped put on a 24 hour board game event, which collected donations for Extra Life and the Children’s Miracle Network. We review and recap the event, which turned out great. Some of the awesome games that we got to the table were Infected, The Quest for El Dorado, Terraforming Mars, Iron… Continue Reading

MN 0191 Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Our Gift Guide: Family Games Ticket to Ride The Quest for El Dorado Kingdomino Fast Forward: FLEE Transamerica Century: Spice Road Delve Splendor NMBR 9 Can’t Stop Express Clank! In! Space! Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle Children Games Ice Cool Rhino Hero Flick ‘Em Up Bang: The Dice Games Coconuts Happy Salmon Group Games Fuse Deception:… Continue Reading

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