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Professor Meeple’s Game Lab

Professor Meeple’s Game Lab


One of our favorite things here at The Malted Meeple is sharing great games with our guests. There’s nothing quite like that feeling when you introduce someone to a new game and can see that they are really enjoying themselves.

Our Game of the Month and Publisher’s Spotlight features here on Meeple Moments are both ways for us to share games with you. By their very nature though, those features tend to focus on more established publishers and more readily available games. That leaves largely unexplored an entire other world – the world of indie games and designers. And let me tell you, it is a world worth exploring!

Enter Professor Meeple’s Game Lab.

In Professor Meeple’s Game Lab, we will endeavor to uncover the world of indie games and designers, and share it with you. We will bring in games that are still in design for playtesting. We will bring in recently released games, and games that are soon to be released. We will bring in games that are working their way through the crowdfunding process, whether on Kickstarter or the various other platforms.

What’s even better is that Professor Meeple’s Game Lab is not just a blog feature. As with any good laboratory, Professor Meeple’s Game Lab will be hands on. These games will be on site and available to playtest or demo – depending on where the game is in the design process. In some cases the designer him or herself will be on site to showcase the game. In other cases one of our Game Masters will be running the session. Either way, you’ll be able to get your hands on games that you may not otherwise be able to see and enjoy.

Professor Meeple also has a bit of a wandering spirit. He’s been known to take his lab on the road, and will be doing so again this summer, as he – and some of the designers he showcases – joins us in our booth at Origins.

So keep your eyes here and on our event calendar for dates and times of upcoming Lab sessions. The next session is Sunday February 21st, and features local designer Charlie Price with his amazing game Kung Fu Zoo!

And if you happen to be a game designer, have a friend who is working on a game, or have your eye on a cool indie game on Kickstarter that you would like to see in the Lab, send us an email at and let us know!

Jim Reed is a lifelong gamer who started with the original red box Dungeons & Dragons. After spending 20 years in the corporate world, he decided it was high time that work be fun and struck out on his own. Jim now owns and operates Ravenwood Castle and The Malted Meeple, and spends his days ensuring his guests have as much fun as he does.