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Author - Elijah Longwell

Recruiter by day, board game enthusiast by night. Despite controversy, I’m a firm believer that collecting can be just as fun as playing games.

My favorite aspect of the board gaming hobby is its ability to bring people together in a meaningful way. I’m passionate about fostering community and building authentic relationships, therefore I love planning and hosting game nights with both friends and strangers. Amongst all my travels I have found that board games have the ability to even bridge language barriers to bring people together and it’s that magic feeling that keeps bringing me back.

I’m also pretty geeky about these crazy games we love so much! Among my favorites are Terra Mystica, Carcassonne, and Suburbia. I tend to prefer medium to heavy weight Euro games, but I’m always down for something light and fun as well. When I’m not playing with hefty wooden components, you can find me acting a fool over a game of Monikers or severely questioning my memory during a frantic game of Anomia. I will never turn down a game of Crokinole(despite my lack of skill) and am a sucker for extremely silly games like Loupin’ Louie or Bling Bling Gemstone.

Outside of the board game world, I am an avid video gamer, disc golfer, videographer, and traveler. I’m a proud MTSU alumnus with a major in Communication Studies and minor in Organizational Communication. Currently, I’m based out of Nashville, TN but have lived everywhere from Santa Cruz, CA to Beijing, China.

You can contact me on Twitter at @elilong or via email at elijah@meeplemountain.com. You can also check out my videos at youtube.com/c/elijahlongwell.

Recent Articles & Reviews by Elijah Longwell

October 2016 Monthly Wrap Up

October 2016 Monthly Wrap Up

Reading Time: 6 minutes Elijah: Welcome! You’ve found your way to our new segment! Aren’t you excited! Andy: We haven’t told them what the segment is yet… Elijah: Well, I was getting there… Anyway, you’ve found...

Wordsy Review – Gil Hova

I tend to have a love/hate relationship with word games. I love them, yet I’m just not good at them. Read on to find out why I think Wordsy is so different compared to the “traditional” word games that we’ve grown up on!

Speechless Review – Mike Elliott

When you need a break from those long, deep games, there are so many simple and fun choices out there. So how does Speechless stack up in a sea of great party games? Read on to find out!

Go Cuckoo! Review

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a mother bird who has to build a safe and secure nest to keep all of her eggs safe? No? Me neither… Read on to find out why Go Cuckoo was one of our favorite games of Gen Con 2016!

Top 6 Dexterity Games

Most people grew up playing games like Jenga, Pick-Up Sticks, and Twister, but there are so many better options available now! Dexterity games have grown and evolved quite a bit over the years, so check out my Top Six dexterity...

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Gen Con Journal Pt. 2 – The Games

Reading Time: 10 minutes If you’re unfamiliar with what Gen Con is, check out out Part 1 of our Gen Con Journal. In Part 1 I talked about what the actual experience of Gen Con was like. In part two, I’ll be talking about...

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Gen Con Journal Part 1 – The Experience

Reading Time: 16 minutesIn this two part Gen Con special, we’ll be covering both my highlights of the convention and all of the games that I was able to play. This first part will focus mostly on what my actual experience was...

Five Tribes Review – Bruno Cathala

What do you get when you add a big bag of meeples to the genius of Bruno Cathala? You get a beautiful and smart game. Come see why Five Tribes is one of my favorites!