Magic Meeple…the Boardgame People!
Magic Meeple Games, LLC. is an independent tabletop games design, development, & publishing company based in Phoenix, Arizona. Officially formed in 2015, MMG was co-founded and currently co-owned by husband/wife team Ian Stedman and Trish Stedman who have over 15 years of combined involvement in various games industries.
We love games.
We believe that games should:
- Be Fun
- Be Entertaining
- Be Intellectually Stimulating
Our company is built on a few simple principles…
“Be silly, be honest, be kind.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Good customer service begins with this one simple thing. It does us no good to be dishonest, rude, or take ourselves too seriously. We’re all human beings that deserve respect, so it is our endeavor to extend that same respect to others as we would hope they would show to others (and still keep a sense of humor at the end of the day!) We will endeavor to always put our passion before profits and remain true to our core values as individuals and a business.
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou
Just as we are all humans that deserve respect, no one is perfect and mistakes happen. We must strive to do the best we can as Designers, Developers, and Publishers; be transparent with our stakeholders; and most of all own the mistakes we make and endeavor to do better, in all things.
“Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE” – Joss Whedon
But most of all, we must never forget why we started doing all this in the first place: to be creative, make games, try new ideas, have fun, and bring people together. To love what we do and do what we love is why we are here! Nobody knows how we will evolve or what kinds of things we’ll eventually decide to create, but if it is fun and engaging to us, we’re confident it will be for you as well!
Meet the Team
Ian Stedman – Co-Owner, Chief Creative Officer
A passionate and creative self-starter with a fascination for all things gaming. Designer of Magnum Opus from Clever Mojo Games and several other self-publishing projects. A lifelong game designer with project experience in the board game and video game fields. Often wearing any combination of the following hats: designer, developer, publisher, graphic designer, illustrator, rules writer, editor, voice actor, public speaker, website administrator, and customer relations.
Patricia “Trish” Stedman – Co-Owner, Chief Business Officer
A bold leader and respected female professional. Managerial involvement with gaming conventions including Phoenix Comicon for years as an experienced event planner. Often wearing the hats of: developer, consultant, business analyst, finance officer, editor, server administrator, long-term planning, outreach, and customer relations.
Jamaica Popejoy – Director of Operations, MMG Demo Squad Leader
Jamaica has 7 years of experience with the Phoenix Comicon gaming team and the UAG. Wearing the hats of: play tester, convention/demo team leader, event planner, and outreach to local Game Masters. Trish’s right hand, she makes the lights stay on and puts out fires.
Tiffany “TJ” Johnston – Director of Staffing
Tiffany brings 14 years of convention experience to Magic Meeple Games. She is responsible for all of Magic Meeple Game’s staffing and staff training. Her team can tackle any issue and the attendees will continue having an amazing experience. She inspires loyalty and excellence in her team and they would follow her through a war zone (typically known as a convention).
Dan Griffith – Director of Industry Relations
Bringing 2 years of convention experience and over 20 years of customer service and management experience, Dan is our charismatic Industry Relations Director. He is responsible for reaching out to our wonderful world of Gaming in all shapes and sizes to foster and build relationships to benefit our clients. He has contacts in the video, board, and card game industry and ensures that our offerings are robust and fresh!
Cole Brafford – Director of Special Events and Panels
Cole was gracious enough to join our team this year and we couldn’t be more thrilled. She has 5 years of extensive special event and panel planning experience for the largest Pop Culture convention in the Southwest, Phoenix Comicon. Her expertise and knowledge ensures our panel and special event offerings run smoothly and are constantly being vetted and evolved to ensure a fresh and engaging time for all attendees.
Kris Saddler – Director of Sales
Kris joins the Magic Meeple Games team bringing 10 years of event management and game industry experience to our clients. He is extremely knowledgeable in the growing trends and changes in the gaming industry, being a Video Game designer as well. Responsible for merchandising, vending, product support, and convention management Kris is an excellent addition to the Magic Meeple Games team!!
The (brief version of the) History of Magic Meeple Games
A long long time ago, Magic Meeple Games founders Ian Stedman and Trish Stedman wanted to start a business. Something outside of the everyday, something relevant to their interests as gamers and business-people. Landing on a target was not easy, and Magic Meeple Games went through several transformations before it became what you see today. Our humble beginnings in 2006 as a video game training and tournament organizer called Gamer’s University, which later became a news blog which still exists today, then to G.U. Games when co-founder Ian Stedman changed his focus to board game design and quickly became a published designer. To today where we now want to bring awesome games made by all kinds of designers into the world.
Magic Meeple Games began when our good friend, and Gamelyn Games founder, Michael Coe approached us to co-publish a project with him. It was an idea we had been entertaining joining the industry for over a year as more than just a designer and he encouraged us to break in…and break in we did! Magic Meeple Games debuted with their first project, Darkrock Ventures, designed by Michael Eskue of Council of Verona/TableTop fame.
Our publishing history may be just beginning but with over 10 years of involvement and experience in the board games industry, we aren’t new. Just a new name, a new focus, and a new style.
Welcome to Magic Meeple Games!