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 0142 Theomachy

This week Sam Aho joins Nathan and Ryan, while Brent is AWOL. He brings his Kickstarter version of Themachy, a game that combines poker, ancient gods, and resource management. What do we think about this game? Listen and find out. And make sure you catch Sam on his Video Channel, Sam Says Continue Reading

MN 0141 Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Classic Games Ticket to Ride Pandemic Catan Splendor Family Games Fabled Fruit Dixit Potion Explotion Mysterium Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle Party Games Codenames Bang! The Dice Game Wits and Wagers Gamers Games Star Wars: Destiny Clank! Quadrapolis Stocking Stuffers Fuji Flush Deep Sea Adventure Rage! Love Letter Bohnanza Star Realms Sushi Go! or Sushi Go!… Continue Reading

MN 0139 BGGCON 2016 Outside the Box

Brent has just returned from BGGcon 2016 and sits down with Ryan and Nathan to talk about some of his experiences. What follows is a larger discussion about friendships and different ways to enjoy conventions. Brent speaks of Haggle with Rikki Tahta, Werewolf with longtime friends, BGGfit, Poker, Puzzle Hunt, and creative use of an… Continue Reading

MN 0138 Hero Realms

Nathan, Brent and Ryan sit down and discuss Hero Realms after their first play. This game is based on the highly successful deckbuilder, Star Realms but already has additional play options such as cooperative play, solo play, and character packs that provide unique starting hands. How will these Star Realm loving hosts like this game?… Continue Reading

MN 0137 Organized Play

This week Nathan and Brent sit down and talk with Bubba Washington about Organized Play options and how they benefit both the game companies and the game stores. We talk CCGs, including Magic the Gathering, and about the Asmoplay program from Asmodee. We also discuss Stronghold Games’ release of Terraforming Mars! Continue Reading

MN 0136 Terraforming Mars

In Terraforming Mars each player takes the role of a corporation that works across generations in order to turn Mars into a habitable planet. Work to raise the temperature, create oceans, and create flora that will release oxygen into the atmosphere, all while doing this more efficiently than you competition. Will there be puppies on… Continue Reading

MN 0135 October Post-Con News

On the heels of Essen, Nathan, Ryan, and Brent sit down with Matt and Barbara to discuss the latest news in the board game industry. We discuss Terraforming Mars and Cottage Garden, Kickstarters for C.O.G., Cobras, and Steal This Game, and more digital content for Star Realms and Descent: Road to Legend. Matt and Barbara… Continue Reading

MN 0134 Mini Reviews of Vast and Captain Sonar, then House Rules

We first fire off a few mini reviews. The first game discussed is Vast: The Crystal Caverns, then we discuss Nathan’s sadness over missing out on Captain Sonar. Then we discuss the dirty little secrets of playing with house rules. Is your favorite space on the Monopoly board Free Parking? Do you enforce certain variable rules… Continue Reading