In the winter of 2004, Michael decided to start publishing board games; he felt this would be a good way to channel his creative energies, work within his passion, and make a living. His is wife was 100% in support of him and he even had an extraordinarily good game to publish in Gheos, which was later published by Z-Man Games. Yet, as often happens with grand plans and schemes, life came along and changed his course in a fantastic way – his wife was pregnant with their first child. This was even more exciting than publishing board games. However, it threw a financial security monkey wrench into the publishing plan. Both he and his wife wanted her to be able to stay home with their children – that meant he needed a stable job with good income potential.
Michael knew he could have the option to work with his father providing financial advice. He know he would be good at it, enjoy it, and gain fulfillment through planning for and protecting lifestyles in retirement. His wife would be able to stay at home, and they could live a comfortable life with relative financial stability. On the other hand, he REALLY wanted to publish board games!
Although he chose this route as his family grew – and it proved to be the right financial decision at the time – Michael’s heart was still set upon the business world surrounding games. Finally, in March of 2009, he decided to give publishing a chance – in his extra time outside of being married, having two kids, full-time employment, and building a house…Tasty Minstrel Games was born. As of October 17th, 2016, TMG has receiving $2,546,682 in funds from Backers on Kickstarter from 26 individual hobby board gaming projects. Michael has grown his side passion into a multi-award-winning publisher company of hobby board game and a multi-million dollar business.
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