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Meet the Team

Daniel Palmer

Daniel Palmer

(They/Them)

President/CEO, Discord Admin, In-Person Event Host

In 2015, Daniel began growing the BMG community and helping designers. His passion for helping others and desire to bolster diversity in the board game industry are driving factors for the company's direction.

Joseph Frederick

Joseph Frederick

(He/Him)

Vice-Chairman, Discord Admin, In-Person Event Host

Joseph is an aspiring designer who has a passion for playing and designing games that started at a young age and has only grown stronger since. Joseph assists the BMG team with web and graphic design, marketing, event organizing, and discord moderating. Besides playing board games, he also loves, biking, 3D printing, and home DIY projects.

Connor Shearwood

Connor Shearwood

(They/Them)

Board Member, Discord Moderator,
In-Person Event Host

Connor Shearwood is a software developer and game designer from the United Kingdom who joined the BMG mod team in 2020. They build scale models, makes games and has an unhealthy obsession with space.

Zach Sockol

Zach Sockol

(He/Him)

Board Member, Discord Moderator

Zach has been designing board ganes since 2013. His hobbies include making board games, playing board games, MTG, video games, and watching anime. He loves helping designers and chatting about games

Franklin Kenter

Franklin Kenter

(He/Him)

Board Member

Franklin is a game player and designer. he has published one game, with several pending. He hopes to guide aspiring designers toward their first steps of designing, developing, and publishing games. Outside of tabletop games, Franklin is a college mathematics instructor and researcher.

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Jamie Sabriel

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Discord Moderator

Jamie has been in love with games for their entire life, and has been designing games almost as long. They started their professional journey into the board game industry in 2016, to finally get their ideas out into the world and champion the causes they care about - making board games that create a sense of community around them, and making the gaming community as a whole feel welcoming to people of all kinds. They're thrilled to now be a part of the Break My Game team, and help others who feel like "others" find solace and community in the board game creator space!

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Eric Sayag

(He/Him)

In-Person Event Host

Eric is a graphic designer, web designer, and aspiring board game designer residing in Philadelphia, PA. He’s been playing board games his whole life, and started creating them as teenager. He and his wife have just bought a house because their board game collection has outgrown their apartment. Aside from board games, Eric enjoys playing pickleball and juggling.

Matthew Hocker

Matthew Hocker

(He/Him)

Chairman, Discord Admin, Virtual Event Host,
In-Person Event host

Matthew is a game designer and publisher that holds a love for silly stocking caps and hanging with his sleepy greyhound. Having experienced the journey of bringing a game from concept to reality, Matthew deeply respects what BMG does for the tabletop community and wants to continue and encourage its work toward fostering inclusive and empowering playtesting communities.

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Kate Frederick

(She/Her)

Treaserer

Kate has 10+ years of Finance and cost estimating experience. She was the volunteer lead for Junior League of Northern Virginia for 2 years where she managed financial planning, budgeting, and reimbursing members. Kate was the Fundraiser Coordinator for the Chocolate Affair for Annie's Hope in St. Louis, where she coordinated the event, managed donations, and developed reports for the board. She enjoys playing and playtesting board games.

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Lonnie Morgan

(He/Him)

Board Member

Lonnie is a long-time tabletop gamer, but new to the scene as a designer. He lives in Columbus, Ohio, USA and specializes in the data analytics field for his day job. Lonnie is excited to bring his skills & life experiences to the BMG team as a board member and help the org to grow further in its mission. When not crunching data or designing games, you can find Lonnie buried in a sci-fi novel or working in his vegetable garden.

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Brett Myers

(He/Him)

Board Member

Brett is a musician, writer, and game designer who derives way too much joy from making spreadsheets. His early fascination for strategy games - starting a Lines of Action strategy blog and designing maps for an online Risk knock-off - led him to board game design and this community of designers, artists, and publishers helping each other fulfill their visions. Brett hopes to apply his experience as a Director of Marketing to bolster Break My Game’s public profile and continue growing the community.

David Palmer

David Palmer

(He/Him)

Board Member

The younger, stronger, more handsome, and more talented brother of Daniel. He assists in running the organization from afar. David dabbles in many hobbies including coding, electronics, traveling, and board games of course. By day David is a project manager for a company that specializes in website design, development, and marketing.

Chris Schnetzler

Chris Schnetzler

(He/Him)

Discord Moderator

Chris is an indie game designer who started making games and attending BMG events in 2018. As a mod on the BMG Discord, he helps keep the BMG community welcoming and engaging. Outside of the hobby, Chris enjoys life as a dad and engineer.

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Xoe Allred

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Virtual Event Host

Xoe is an ADHD trans mom and game designer. It's been a software engineer for most of its life, so it's handy with tech. Paradoxically wants to be perceived despite preferring to hide. Joined Break My Game with hopes of guiding others towards more accessible playtesting platforms, and to support a community that's committed to inclusivity. Representation and acceptance is kind of a big deal to it.