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OUR HISTORY

Tasty Minstrel Games (TMG) is the culmination of a life long dream of founder and CEO Michael Mindes. When he was young, he loved everything that had to do with gaming. As he got older, that passion only increased. After attending college, he had every intention of becoming a board game publisher, but, as he has said, life happens, and his publishing pursuits were put on hold while he worked as a financial advisor with his father. He enjoyed his work, and was quite successful at it, but the dreams of making and publishing boardgames were still part of his long term goals.

In 2009, Michael and good friend Seth Jaffee has two games they were ready to publish - Terra Prime (a design from Seth himself) and Homesteaders.Both of these games were well received by the community, and TMG was on its way.

In the following years, TMG published such hits as Befort, Dungeon Roll, and Seth Jaffee’s Eminent Domain. While at Spiel one year held in Essen, Michael played Orléans and knew that he had to publish it for the U.S. market. It was that game that was the first to be given the Deluxified treatment by TMG, something that has continued with other titles.

Some of the games that TMG has published are older games that were in need of reprints, and discovering games in smaller markets that may not otherwise have seen a wider release. They were also one of the very first companies to use crowdfunding as a way to successfully publish their releases, helping starting a trend that is now commonplace within the industry today.

Today, TMG has several full time employees, and while the home office is based in Utah, several of those employees work remotely from other locations. However, they all share the same goal - publishing awesome games that promote and facilitate enjoyment between family and friends.

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MEET DARGON

Existing beyond the realms of time and space as we know it, Dargon the dragon spends his time constantly searching for amazing games, and for people to play those games with him. He is the driving force behind every decision that is made by TMG - because he is the Gamer’s Champion.
What does it mean to be the Gamer’s Champion? It means making games that gamers want to play. It means to be always striving to do what is right for the gaming community. It means that the reward for a job well done is not fame or fortune, but to see the smiles created on people’s faces when they play the games that he has found.
We here at TMG are the Minstrels of Dargon, and we are honored to embody the spirit of the Gamer’s Champion.

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THE TEAM

Michael

Michael Mindes

Founder & CEO

Michael has loved games his whole life, like a crazy person would. Thankfully, in 2009 his wife told him to do something about it…

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Daniel Hadlock

President

Loving games almost as much as the people who play them, Daniel provides direction and assistance to the entire TMG team, while doing anything else needed on a daily basis.

Seth

Seth Jaffee

Head of Development

Seth has been a behind the scenes supporter of TMG from the beginning, discovering games, developing them to be the best that they can be, and helping to usher them through the production process.

Mischa

Michael "Mischa" Harris

Director, Global Licensing

Mischa loves nothing more than to see TMG games localized into Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish… with more languages to come!

Andy

Andy Van Zandt

Developer

Andy is a board and video game aficionado, sci-fi and fantasy enthusiast, and all-around super-nerdy guy. He is also the designer of Grave Business, Balloon Pop, and Bottlecap Vikings.

Adam

Adam P. McIver

Design Director

After a decade in the corporate package design industry, Adam came to the realization that his board game hobby was the nexus of everything he loved about creativity, community, and play. He’s been a full-time board game person ever since, and has never looked back.

Rick

Rick Schrand

Director, Sales & Marketing

Rick is a long-time boardgame industry veteran who has been an avid gamer all his life. He enjoys Eurogames and deckbuilders, RPGs and vintage games of almost all sorts.

Aaron

Aaron Walth

Director of Logistics and Manufacturing

Aaron makes sure that the games are being made to the highest standard. He coordinates shipments from China to the States and also to Kickstarter backers.

Lance

Lance Myxter

Official Viking Pillager

Nearly 10 years ago, Lance began creating reviews as the "UndeadViking" of the boardgame hobby. He now gets to combine his passion with his career as the media, marketing, and influence creator for TMG.

Barbara

Barbara Allen

Jill-of-All-Trades

Barb is super active with her board gaming community, especially in the local guild, NUGG.  When she's not gaming, you'll often find her working as a graphic designer, crocheting, creating geeky crafts, meeple shaped soap, or converting others to the board game hobby!

Steph

Steph Hodge

Instagram Extraordinaire

Steph maintains our Instagram account with exciting photography, reposting imagery from followers and supporters from all around the globe playing TMG titles!

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