Contributor: The Chubby Meeple
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Mark began playing games at a fairly early age. He and his two younger brothers would play HeroQuest, Battle Masters, and more “standard” games (mainly with grandma) like Clue, Sorry, and Rack-O. But it wasn’t until high school that Mark fell deep into a game that would start it all for him. That game was Magic: The Gathering - playing large, every-man-for-himself matches every Saturday between rounds of high school speech team competitions with kids from other schools all over the state of Indiana. Mark was made very aware of the fact that gaming can bring people together very quickly, and lead to some great friendships. After graduating high school in 1998, Mark stopped playing Magic, sold all of his cards, and began adulting” (college, jobs, family, etc.). He would not return to the gaming world for quite some time.
2015. The year that sucked Mark back in. He was invited to a co-worker’s game night, which really opened the door to modern tabletop gaming. That night, Formula D, Specter Ops, and SpyFall all hit the table. It’s been downhill (some would say uphill) for Mark ever since.
Mark attended his first Gen Con - for one day - in 2015, and attended all four days in 2016. He began The Chubby Meeple blog the week after Gen Con 2016, followed in October of 2016 by The Chubby Meeple YouTube channel . He brings a unique view on game reviews, being fairly new to modern tabletop games, as well as living just north of Indianapolis with a non-gaming significant other and two children (who are new to gaming themselves) - which leads to a lot of lighter, family games and solo gaming. His two basset hounds don’t play games due to the lack of thumbs. Outside of games, Mark is a rabid ice hockey fan, and has been a New Jersey Devils fan since he was a kid.
In addition to the Dice Tower and his YouTube channel, you can also find Mark in the following places ...