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The Tale of Gamelyn Games

We are Gamelyn Games - creators of the Tiny Epic series and Heroes of Land, Air & Sea. We are a passionate board game company based out of Arizona. We believe each board game should be a collective masterpiece of artwork with a highly tested design, stunning visuals, and innovative components made exclusively with the highest quality materials. But... how did it all start? Let's hear it from our founder - Michael!

Lords, Ladies & Lizards

I was working as a bartender when I was inspired by some motivational speakers to pursue my passions. I knew that I did not want to work in restaurants and bars my entire life so I began designing a board game called Lords, Ladies & Lizards.

March 30, 2011
Sell or publish?

I formed Gamelyn Games, LLC with my wife Brittany Coe and I began researching how to sell or publish Lords, Ladies & Lizards. I learned about Kickstarter, and GenCon.

August of 2011
Risking it all

Brittany and I drained our combined savings of only $900, risking it all, to attend GenCon and attempt to land a publishing deal for Lords, Ladies & Lizards. We were unsuccessful. I went back to the drawing board and began working on new design ideas and decided that I would use Kickstarter to self-publish.

First and second launch

We launched our first Kickstarter as Gamelyn Games for a game I designed called Dungeon Heroes. This project funded successfully and became the first published title for Gamelyn Games.

We also launched and funded successfully my second self-published design Fantasy Frontier in 2013.

The start of tiny epic kingdoms

In January of 2014 we launched Tiny Epic Kingdoms, which quickly became our highest funded project and was the start of the Tiny Epic series.

In June of 2014, we launched the 2nd game in the Tiny Epic series: Tiny Epic Defenders.

going forward with tiny epic

In January of 2015, we launched Tiny Epic Galaxies, one of our most popular games in the series.

In June of 2015, we launched Tiny Epic Kingdoms Heroes’ Call, an expansion to Tiny Epic Kingdoms.

getting bigger

In January of 2016, we launched Tiny Epic Western, featuring custom shaped Bullet Dice!

In March of 2016, we shrunk Tiny Epic Kingdoms to a small card box and launched it on Kickstarter as Ultra-Tiny Epic Kingdoms, becoming the first in our Ultra-Tiny Epic line of games.

In September of 2016, we launched Tiny Epic Galaxies Beyond the Black, an expansion to Tiny Epic Galaxies.

In October of 2016, we launched Tiny Epic Quest, featuring ITEMeeples, an innovation on the standard Meeple, allowing the cute little figures to be accessorized with weapons and equipment.

big box

In February of 2017, Tiny Epic Galaxies is featured on TableTop with Wil Wheaton and the episode has garnered over 1.3 million views!

In May of 2017, we launched our first BIG BOX game called Heroes of Land, Air & Sea featuring sculpted miniatures, cardboard constructs and a full-scale game board.

In October of 2017, we launched Tiny Epic Defenders The Dark War, an expansion to Tiny Epic Defenders, which also got a well needed facelift via a 2nd edition of the game. This new version of Tiny Epic Defenders, as well as the expansion, featured ITEMeeples with back items, like a cape, a backpack and even a dragon pet.

evolution of itemeeples

In January of 2018, we launched Tiny Epic Zombies. TEZ currently remains our highest backed project with over 23,000 backers. Tiny Epic Zombies continued our use of ITEMeeples and introduced vehicles for them.

In May of 2018, we launched Heroes of Land, Air & Sea Pestilence, an expansion to Heroes of Land, Air & Sea.

In September of 2018, we launched Tiny Epic Mechs, featuring our ITEMeeples and Mech suites that the ITEMeeples actually go inside of!


In February of 2019, we launched Tiny Epic Tactics, featuring a 3D game board utilizing the game’s box as part of it.

In August of 2019, we launched the second game in the Ultra-Tiny Epic line: Ultra-Tiny Epic Galaxies. Shrinking the game down to a box of playing cards.

In October of 2019, we launched Tiny Epic Dinosaurs, featuring adorably tiny Dinosaur meeples.

straight to retail!

In May of 2020, we launched Tiny Epic Pirates, which became our highest funded game at over $1.1 million.

In August of 2020, we released our first straight-to-retail game: Tiny Epic Galaxies BLAST OFF! A streamlined version of Tiny Epic Galaxies tailored for mass market.

In September of 2020, we released our second straight-to-retail game: Dragonland, a family strategy game designed by the renowned Reiner Knizia.

Our Mission

Dedicated to creating profound and unprecedented gaming experiences.

Our Vision

To develop Tiny Epic into the most well-known and respected series in all of board gaming. For it to become a household name and for every gamer to have a spot on their shelf just for Tiny Epic games.

meet our team

Contact us

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