Welcome To Assorted Meeples!

We are 4 friends who have been gaming for decades and wanted to bring our love, excitement, and expertise of multiple gaming spaces into one place. So we created the Assorted Meeples group. Welcome to our website!

Assorted Meeples (Phil, Braden, Callahan, Shane, Brownie)
Pictured from left to right: Phil “Lucky Roller” Breja, Braden “The Business” Gardner, “Old Man” Callahan, and Shane “Corrupt Overlord” Dayton. Oh, and in the center, Brownie the Bear.

We hope you enjoy our website, below are some of our best posts as well as the most recent posts on Board Games, Video Games, Tabletop RPGs, Magic The Gathering (MTG), and more!

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Featured Posts

Alignment Chart - Lawful Good

D&D Lawful Good Alignment Guide

Understanding the subtle nuances of D&D alignments can be tricky, especially if you want to make your perfect character! Whether you’re leaning toward a traditional lawful good paladin or looking to spice things up with …

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21 Best Games Like Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is one of those games that it’s extremely difficult not to fall in love with. From clearing a completely rundown and overgrown property to slowly creating great fields, learning to craft, building a …

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Red Dragon Inn Review: My Personal Tier List Revealed!

It’s fair to say at this point that Red Dragon Inn is truly one of the great games out there. A great game, whether played on a board, with a deck of cards you’ve collected …

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Latest Tabletop RPG Posts

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Abyssal Vs Infernal: Demon & Devil 5E DnD Language Guide

Abyssal vs Infernal. The difference between devils and demons can seem semantic, but in the world of Dungeons & Dragons these two hellish forces are actually constantly at war and hate one another. These are …

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Jadepunk Tales from Kausao City Review: Bruce Lee Meets Steampunk

Jadepunk Tales from Kausao City uses the Fate Core system to bring a fictional steampunk setting to life that combines dystopian steampunk genre with martial arts rebels fighting the oppression of a council of nine …

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DnD 5E Cult Ideas: Building Better Cults and Cultists

Many tabletop worlds are rife with cults and their troublesome members, causing strife throughout the realm as they move inexorably towards whatever their nefarious goal is. Cultists can get a bad rap as a boring, …

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Latest Video Game Posts

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Slime Rancher 2: How to Find Powderfall Bluffs

How can you know how to find Powderfall Bluffs if you don’t even know they’re hiding waiting for you to be found? Did you know Slime Rancher 2 has a secret winter biome? Yup, the …

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How To Farm Dust Sprites in Stardew Valley: Your Full Dust Sprite Guide

Farming Dust Sprites is a fantastic way to get coal in the early game of Stardew Valley, and coal is a very precious commodity to keep fueling your furnaces and keeping you crafting. But plenty …

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How to Catch Catfish in Stardew Valley: 7 Amazing Tips to Reel ‘Em In!

Fishing in Stardew Valley can be a challenge for new players, and there are certain fish in the game that even make even a long-time veteran of the game swear at their keyboard and monitor, …

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Latest Board Game Posts

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Online Splendor Strategy: How Does the AI Work in Digital Splendor

Splendor is not only one of my favorite board games, but it is a board game that has an excellent digital version. While the Splendor App can be found on Android, iPhones, or even online …

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What Is A Meeple? The History of the Best Game Board Piece!

The word “meeple” is now so common that even most very casual board game players know what you’re talking about. It’s such an iconic part of board games that it’s hard for many people to …

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Splendor board game

Who Are the Nobles in Splendor?

Splendor is an outstanding board game, one that we’re all huge fans of among the Assorted Meeples. There aren’t many board game that are permanently in the rotation as a “play anytime” game with our …

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Latest Magic: The Gathering Posts

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The Best MTG Booster Boxes to Make Money

With so many booster boxes on the market, it takes significant work and study to determine which MTG products contain the most value. Some booster boxes will have a higher density of more expensive cards …

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MTG’s Best Red Tutors for Commander

If you asked a Commander player what the worst color in MTG was during the last few years, most would say white. Its lack of card draw and efficient mana ramp made it challenging to …

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MTG’s Best Colorless Board Wipes for Commander

Colorless spells occupy a unique place in Magic: The Gathering‘s Commander format, as they can be included in any deck (barring mana symbols that influence their color identity). Better still, colorless cards can do a …

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YouTube Shows

Table for Two

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Join Phil and his better half Heather (Go Team Heather!) for dozens of incredible playthroughs of 2-player board games that any couple can enjoy.

Unqualified Experts

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Braden and Shane bring their knowledge, opinions, commentary, and sketch comedy stylings to tabletop RPGs, video games, and all things nerddom.

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Meet the Crew

Shane “Corrupt Overlord” Dayton


To say Shane has led an interesting life is an understatement, but a lifelong love for adventure, storytelling, and strategy fit very well into the world of gaming.

Axis & Allies was the first board game that proved to him that board games could be more than just dice luck and chance (not his strong points) and his love of RPGs stemmed from original NES games like Final Fantasy, The Legend of Zelda, and Crystalis while his strategic mind made him a nightmare in games like Medieval Total War II…or the Civilization series.

Braden introduced Shane to D&D nearly 10 years ago and he fell in love with TTRPGs instantly; no surprise for a fiction writer and avid storyteller. This table is where he also met Callahan with the two bonding instantly over twisted senses of humor and both having been professional poker players.

Shane is an avid player, DM, and loves creating TTRPG content and worlds. While he still loves great RPG video games, he spends most his time in the cozy farm-sim games like Stardew Valley, My Time at Portia, and dozens of others you may or may not have ever heard of.

Shane is author of the book My Brother’s Keeper and his gaming articles have also been featured on Level Skip and Hobby Lark, among others.

Braden “The Business” Gardner


When I find a hobby I enjoy, I tend to throw myself into it with abandon. As a kid, this involved video games, board games, trading card games, and reading (and I guess it still does). The Goosebumps series were my favorite books, and I’d be clamoring for a chance to go to the library each week to read the new ones and reread old favorites.

When I found out about a chance to meet the author, R.L. Stine, through the Brain Juice Terrifying Title Contest, I jumped at the opportunity, entering the title “Dead Dogs Still Fetch”. A few months later I was paid a surprise visit by the legendary author himself, an experience I was able to relive recently after successfully tracking down lost footage of the event. I’m even still writing to this day.

In the gaming space, no game has quite captured my attention like Magic: The Gathering. I spent several years with the Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card games before I found it, but the creativity of the Commander format has been a major part of what keeps me coming back for more.

While my interest in card games evolved as I got older, my favorite video games remained in the 8 and 16-bit eras. I’ve even gotten into speedrunning randomized versions of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past in addition to playing retro games on Twitch, so come say hi if you see me online!

Phil “Lucky Roller” Breja


Board games have always been a source of joy for Phil, and his love for the medium is contagious. Growing up, family games of Uno, Yahtzee, and Rummy were frequent and competitive, making the progression to more strategic fare like Axis and Allies and Risk in his teen years all but inevitable.

In 2010, Phil began delving into the world of board game design, bringing lots of different concepts to his board game nights. This eventually resulted in the creation and refinement of Castlecomb in 2015, a hex-based tile game where players strategically try to set up the biggest cities possible to score points. In trying to find how to market this light but surprisingly deep game, he stumbled into the modern hobby board game niche and has been happily playing all the games he can get his hands on since.

A dedicated follower of Kickstarter’s board game corner for several years now, Phil is always on the lookout for the next big thing from indie developers and established industry names alike, as well as anything that just looks fun or unique. In addition to playing these games with his fellow Meeples and family, Phil also enjoys reviewing the games he acquires with a critical eye to see how they work mechanically and aesthetically, applying what he learns at the drawing board and game table.

Michael “Old Man” Callahan


I first cut my chops playing Tripoley with my grandparents in the early 1980’s (and they would take your hard-earned pennies too, make no mistake). I mixed that with other classic games such as Monopoly and Risk, and would willingly spend hours a day every day on such endeavors.

Soon came Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition, and at that moment, I was truly lost to the void of gaming. Games increased in complexity and number over the years, but it was with chess I began to truly appreciate the ability to anticipate the moves of my opponents based on my actions. This eventually led to my playing poker full-time to pay the bills after college. The hours were terrible and my associates were questionable, but I never missed a house payment in 2 years, nor did I during the years I was a poker dealer afterward.

Woodworking and 3D printing have also been major interests over the years, expanding what I can do in the gaming space exponentially (in fact, most shots that you’ll see of us playing board games occur over a solid oak gaming table that I built for Braden). Current/future projects include designing and building wooden board game boxes, printing miniatures (I highly recommend the Elegoo Mars v1 resin printer), 3D modeling of inserts, and writing material for use in fantasy TTRPG’s.