What is The Inquisitive Meeple?

The Inquisitive Meeple has performed (and published) 300+ interviews since its 2014 inception. It originally started with the mission to get the story behind specific tabletop games via in-depth interviews. It has since expanded its mission over the years to include design advice, publisher, and artist interviews and articles. Along with the occasional preview/review thrown in.


Who is The Inquisitive Meeple?

Born with cardboard in his veins and raised by wild meeples…. no… that’s not right…let’s start again. The Inquisitive Meeple is Ryan Sanders, a stay-at-home dad, father of 5 (what!?) and blessed to have a wife that loves playing board games as much as he does (and no she isn’t writing this). Those that have been interviewed by Ryan know that the “inquisitive” part, of his nom de plume, is very appropo. Though contrary to just about everyone’s belief (due to his logo, Meeps), he doesn’t wear hats. Rumor has it, that he originally wanted to call the blog, The Great North American Meeple. Ryan got into hobby gaming back in December 2004 when he received Lost Cities and Bohnanza for Christmas presents and he’s never been the same since.

You can find Ryan on Twitter @inquiry_meeple


About the Site

This is the new site, as of May 2018, for The Inquisitive Meeple. It picks up where the old site left off, collecting a handful of the same interviews/articles and much of what I worked on (though not all) at The Indie Game Report.  Why a new site? The long and short of it is we moved to a different server.

The Inquisitive Meeple can be found on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/inquisitivemeeple


What is Go Forth and Game?

Go Forth and Game is a podcast whose long-standing tag-line is  “The People Who Make The Games Talking To The People Who Play The Games.”  Hosted by the very southern sounding TomGurg, the main focus is on interviewing those in the tabletop gaming industry. In June of 2018, Go Forth and Game became the official podcast of The Inquisitive Meeple.

You can find episodes of Go Forth and Game on our site by clicking here.


Who is TomGurg?

TomGurg is none other than Tom Gurganus, of course! Wait, you’ve never heard of him? Well…that’s okay, we won’t fault you for that. Tom was born at a very young age in the beautiful East Tennessee mountains. Flash forward some odd 50 years and we find him in Durham, NC. He has a great wife (I mean she has to be, to put up with Tom), 3 nearly grown kids that are also gamers, and he grows cells for a living. Getting into board games by way of indie RPGs, Tom thinks Fiasco is the most fun you can have with 36 dice. He doesn’t play games nearly as much as he would like to and has a penchant for old science fiction and horror movies (especially The Creature From the Black Lagoon). Tom would like you to know he is funnier than Ryan. Really. To which Ryan reminds him, that he has been on the Earth a lot longer than him, so he has had more time to practice. Oh, there ‘s also some rumor on Twitter about Tom being a time-traveling ghost. Tom can be found on Twitter @TomGurg.


Who is Benny Sperling?

Benny is the game designer behind Yakitori and Bones of the Caribbean. Lover of roll and write games, husband, and father of three. When Benny isn’t playing or designing roll and writes, he can be found gardening in his fruit and vegetable garden. Benny Sperling can be found on Twitter at @benny275.

Benny’s article, Rolling with Benny, reviews roll-and-write games both published and print-and-play. It can be found exclusively here at The Inquisitive Meeple. 


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