About M.M.G.

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!


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 are nothing new. Just a new name, a new focus, and a new style.

Welcome to Magic Meeple Games!