Meeple Mountain Contributors

The Meeple Mountain writing includes four published authors (Andy, Dietrich, Tom, KM), five game designers (Gary, Thomas, Logan, Kurt, Robert), as well as experience in video, music, data science, and software engineering. This incredibly diverse skill set means that we can produce interesting and compelling content across a wide spectrum of the tabletop gaming industry.

Meeple Mountain prides itself on unique content not found anywhere else in board game media. Asking questions about tiebreakers, helping your kids become better gamers, improving your RPG experience with “fantasy foods”, and even a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Carcassonne. We’ve also had interviews with well known designers like Alexander Pfister, Phil Walker-Harding, editorial content which ponders if legacy games are the future board gaming, narrative articles like our story review of Daxu or Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft, scientific articles using Kickstarter data to make predictive analysis about future campaigns, and even tongue in cheek pieces which ask “If Board Games Were Rock Bands“.


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Andy Matthews – Editor in Chief, Founder

Founder of Meeple Mountain, editor of MeepleMountain.com, software engineer, and published author. Father of 4, husband to 1, lover of games, books, and movies, and all around nice guy. I run Nashville Game Night, and Nashville Tabletop Day. You can reach me on twitter @commadelimited, or by email andy@meeplemountain.com

Associate Editors

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Andrew Holmes

Andrew Holmes is a husband, father, scientist, poet and, of course, gamer who lives in Wales, works in England and owns a Scottish rugby shirt. He has never passed up a challenge to play Carcassonne.

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David McMillan

IT support specialist by day, Minecrafter by night; I always find time for board gaming. When it comes to games, I prefer the heavier euro-game fare. Uwe Rosenburg is my personal hero with Stefan Feld coming in as a close second. You can reach me on twitter, @FeldFreak or by email ahorseisahorse@yahoo.com

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Ian Howard

I am a stay-at-home dad with a background in academic libraries. Gaming and writing are two of my major passions, but I also enjoy watching hockey, hiking and traveling. I currently live in the Nashville area.

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Tom Franklin

By day, I’m a mild-mannered IT Manager with a slight attitude. By night I play guitar, board games, watch British TV, and actively avoid writing my next novel. My wife and I live near Raleigh, NC and are staff to five fine cats.


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Ashley Gariepy

Ashley Gariepy is a French elementary school teacher who loves board games. She considers herself a euro-gamer at heart, but has been known to enjoy the occasional Ameri-style game. Follow @redmeeplesmash on Instagram and Twitter to stay current with the games she’s playing.

Gary Chavez

Gary Chavez

Retired Air Force Major, Aerospace Engineer, Salsa Dancer and Instructor, Married 11 years with 2 kids, Owner of GCRS Games – I love playing and designing board games and talking to other people who play and/or design board games.

Joe Fonseca

Joe Fonseca

Joe is a PhD Candidate in History with a love of historical board games and wargames of all stripes.

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Jonathan Elder

Jonathan has spent over 15 years in the ministry serving families with youth and children. During this time he found and developed a love for gaming. He enjoys all sorts of board games and RPG games. The social aspect is his favorite part of gaming. Jonathan really enjoys teaching games and introducing people to new games and the hobby in general. He’s trying his best to raise his two young daughters in the love of gaming, too.

Justin Bell

Justin Bell

Gamer / husband / dad / DEI champion / foodie / hoop head / cinephile / travel enthusiast. If you’re in Chicago, let’s meet up and roll some dice!

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Kathleen Hartin

Kathleen is an environmental engineer by day, and a board game playing fiend by night (well, also by day). In her spare time she enjoys swing dancing and creating new vegan treats.

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Kurt Refling

Kurt Refling is the former curator of Ottawa board game café Monopolatte. When not playing an egregious amount of board games, Kurt spends his time swing dancing, cooking, and pretending there are more hours in the day than there really are.

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Logan Giannini

Logan Giannini plays games as often as he can and, since that isn’t very often, spends the intervening weeks writing about games instead. He’s also an experienced puzzle designer, having spent years in the escape room industry and as co-founder of The Enigma Emporium.

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Marcus Cathey

4 Kid Stay at Home Dad club member, licensed attorney, unlicensed rules lawyer, board gamer, video gamer, card gamer, computer techie, amateur carpenter, and all around modern Tennessean. Plays Risk to satisfy urges of world domination, plays everything else for fun and fellowship.

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Mark Iradian

Writer, board gamer, video gamer, and terrible cyclist. Tends to give too many details about what he likes and dislikes. Armed with bad opinions about everything.

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Rachel LeCompte – Graphic Design

Librarian, beekeeper, and dog mom. My “free” time is filled with board games (mostly deck builders), reading, and the
great outdoors, all of which are fueled by lots of coffee. Follow @tabletoplibrarian on instagram to see what I’ve been

Sacha Lywood

Sacha Lywood

Sacha Lywood is a teacher, baker, and gamer. She loves games with narrative and abstract puzzle solving.

Than Gibson

Than Gibson

Than Gibson is a writer, artist, and lifelong Dungeon Master. He loves all things RPG-related and is the creator of Chronicle, a fantasy RPG setting and webcomic.

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Thomas Wells

I am a writer, budding board game designer, and grumpy old man. Also the Chief blowhard at Top 3 Things. I’m enthusiastic about Star Trek, Doctor Who, rap, and my blind dog. Portland, OR. Tweet me at @thomastalketh..

Tyler Williams

Tyler Williams

A masters student, crazy cat dad and avid board gamer. If it’s on Kickstarter or has minis you can bet Tyler has seen it, played it or wants to give it a try!

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