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November 28, 2023: Introducing Michelle Richardson

A photo of Marketing Assistant Michelle Richardson.

A photo of Marketing Assistant Michelle Richardson.

Hey, y'all! I'm Michelle Richardson, and I've just joined the amazing team at Steve Jackson Games as a Marketing Assistant. I come from a background in non-profit fundraising, marketing, and event management.

My passion for board games started at an early age when I would play Scrabble, 7-Hand Rummy, Rummikub, and chess with my parents and grandmother. In college, a friend introduced me to Munchkin, and we would play epic 6-8 hour marathon games, shuffling in Munchkin Bites, Star Munchkin, Munchkin Cthulhu, and, of course, the original. The obsession developed quickly, and I would gather a group to play every Saturday and Sunday until I graduated. Yes, I have printed and worn the official Munchkin Mask during games.

I moved to Texas in 2011 for graduate school, not knowing a single person, and soon came across the former South Arlington Gamers board game group and the current Dallas Games Marathon. Over the years, they introduced me to a huge range of games including favorites Dominion, Tobago, Imperial Settlers, and Seven Wonders. I owe my entire social circle to the gaming hobby, and they're some of the best and friendliest people I've ever known.

I reside in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex with my dear husband, Tyler. I'm a Disney Princess through and through and will never pass up an opportunity to visit Walt Disney World. Fun fact: I hold two degrees in Classical Flute Performance – one from Duquesne University and the other from The University of Texas Arlington. My love for music goes beyond just classical, as I deeply adore The Beatles, The Struts, and Queen, and I consider the Eurovision Song Contest a way of life. My husband, my mom, and I attend at least a dozen concerts every year. I'm a huge TV and movie buff and watch episodes of Letterkenny and What We Do in the Shadows almost daily. Another hobby is crafting – I paper quill, make Minnie Mouse ears, costumes, and many other random things.

I am honored to be part of this wonderful company and look forward to all the exciting years – and new game releases! – to come. 

-- Michelle Richardson

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