games and books


About us

We’re a small one-stop-shop making fun games with the highest quality and longest-lasting components—for you—our supporters and our community. We’re also sustainable in what we use and we purchase monthly carbon offsets—check out our Earth-friendly info.

Our games are Made in the US, right here in Portsmouth, by the two of us.

Tabletop gaming encourages respect, equality, tolerance, and patience. It can bridge the labels of hate and bring forth our best. Playing connects rather than excludes.

What’s our story?

Hi! We’re Kate and David. =)

Kate's 5,000 lunch meeplesWe stumbled into game publishing after watching an episode of Mythbusters―about zombies. It created more angst for us than any movie and we wondered how we could instill that in others. A board game came to mind—one thing led to another—and here we are.

Kate’s been called inimitable and I agree—she’s amazing. She once spent a lunch hour inspecting 5,000 meeples in her car’s backseat and she’s a whiz at keeping thousands of orders straight. Her efficient checklists are the reason we’ve shipped 10,000 Kickstarter rewards—all ahead of schedule.

I’m David and I enjoy finding unique materials for our games and streamlining their production. Like tiny carved stone skulls and creating 3D-printed stainless steel embossing plates for Mint Tin Mini Apocalypse and Mint Tin Mini Skulduggery.

Kate and I have full-time jobs but we enjoy doing the nitty-gritty work to make and deliver our very best to you.

Our approach

We’re small and hands-on and source as locally as possible.

The paper for one of our games is manufactured 30 minutes away, and our coins are minted by the oldest private US mint (they minted Elect Lincoln tokens).

We inspect each dice, meeple, token, coin, and tin—and pull it all together on our kitchen table (and, sometimes, all over the house!) in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

subQuark pressWe’re a “small press publishing company” and we do have a small arbor press to hand-emboss some of our game tins.

What’s the latest?

After three fun Kickstarters, and with our online shop, we’ve shipped over twenty thousand games all over the world (check out our map).

That’s kind of nuts, especially for a home-grown, two-person operation. No distributors—just you and us.

We love creating games and are huge supporters of other’s creativity too—we’ve backed nearly 1,000 Kickstarter projects.

We have more games in the works—one’s about mining on the moon (Mint Tin LunaSyr), another’s about falling into an abandoned mine (Mint Tin Mineshaft), and another’s a solo adventure inspired by The Legend of Zelda (1986). And a distraction has now become another possible new game contender—Mint Tin Mini Exorcist!

Thanks for checking us out. =)

Don’t have our games yet? Get them here.

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Have fun, enjoy friends, and smile often. =)


Fulfillment Centre
Kate’s assembly-line shipping centre.

David Miller with labels
Labels from thermal printers rock!

About 340 packages
About 10% of the Mint Tin Mini Apocalypse Kickstarter rewards.

Mint Tin Pirates and int Tin Aliens ready to go!
Mint Tin Pirates & Mint Tin Aliens awaiting USPS pick-up.

Lobster-bacoan sourdough sandwich
It’s not all work—lobster-bacon sourdough sandwich recipe from a Kickstarter update!

subQuark logo
Our hand-lettered logo pays homage to Mint Tin Pirates—our first game.