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 is an author, presenter, podcaster, and technical writer. His books, Devil in the Microscope and We Shall Be Monsters, follow the adventures of teen science nerds as they fight evil mad scientist. Ryan loves board games, writing, basketball, and all things science fiction. He lives in Utah with his wife and three children. Read more about Ryan at madsciencficiton.com.
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 gaming 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.
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.
Brent is on Sabbatical, focusing on puzzle making, puzzle hunts, and his family.