Genius Games - Why We Exist

We believe that science is awe-inspiring, mesmerizing and beautiful. We also believe that science can make our world a better place. Through the tools provided by science we can address the types of resource scarcity that lead to violent conflicts, alleviate diseases at the root of much human suffering, and innovate to simply make our stay on earth a more pleasant experience.  

This our mission and why we exist...

Oh, and we also make board games themed around science... Want to play them?

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John Coveyou – Founder and CEO

John began creating board games as a kid, but waited until 2013 to quit his engineering job and start Genius Games. Between those life events, John spent time in the US Army, earned a Master’s Degree in Engineering from Washington University, and taught chemistry and physics to students many ages.

John's favorite things to do are to talk around a campfire, laugh at dad jokes with his wife and three kids, and hear stories about real people who did really amazing things. He also loves eating breakfast no matter what time of day it is.

Steve Schlepphorst - Lead Project Manager

After growing up on CCGs and Chess, Steve took the plunge into hobby board games in 2015. As his interest in gaming grew, he began working on his own solo mode designs and eventually started hanging around Genius Games.

Steve has degrees in Nuclear Engineering and Theology, and worked as a math and science teacher before transitioning to Genius full time. He lives in Saint Louis with his lovely wife and 3 daughters.  

Lately his favorite games have been Guards of Atlantis 2, Too Many Bones, the Arkham Horror Card Game, and the zany world of 18xx.

Tomasz Bogusz - Art Director

Tomasz asked John to edit his bio and John said he wouldn't edit it. Instead he would paste it exactly as it is. Tomas wrote,

"Write that Tomasz joined John on the first project ever and since then Tomasz is growing up together with Genius Games. In his work he values attention to detail and teamwork that makes him surprass his own best ideas. Beside his work with graphics and board games his main hobby are board games and graphics, whitch leads him to living a dream life.
He loves to start his day with 1l mug of lemon & honey tea above the Bible."

Daniel Davalos - Project Manager

Daniel was born in the lush jungles of Colombia and raised in the endless suburbs of Atlanta. He studied Mass Media at the University of Georgia, where he learned how to write real good. In college, Daniel’s life changed overnight when his friend introduced him to The Settlers of Catan. Since then, he’s become addicted to cardboard and has managed to fill his small apartment with way too many board games. Somehow his wife still loves him. Following several jobs that took him to such exotic locations as Jacksonville, FL and Las Cruces, NM, Daniel and his wife Brittany are now in grad school in St. Louis.

Daniel’s favorite board game of all time is Concordia, and his favorite co-worker at Genius Games is Tomasz.

Michelle Bulgerin - Customer Support

Michelle grew up playing games with friends and her large family, and loves a good round of Boggle or Nertz - or, from this century, she enjoys Crew and Werewords. Ever a lover of stories and adventure, Michelle studied History at Baylor University and on the ground while studying abroad in Europe. After college Michelle worked in the business world, taught high school, and ran her own cleaning company before coming to work at Genius Games. When not knee-deep in the operations world, Michelle likes playing matchbox cars or dinosaurs with her two young children, crafting yummy delicacies in the kitchen for her family, or savoring the outdoors.

Sarah Lafser - Graphic Designer

Born and raised in St. Louis, Sarah’s been a nerd since ever she was a youngin’. From video games to comic books, it’s no surprise that she’d gravitate towards board games. Her first big girl board game was A Game of Thrones, and then she soon ended up with a mountain of board games thanks to Wil Wheaton’s TableTop series. After Sarah graduated with a BA in Animation from Webster University, she interned for Genius Games and she was so dang cool that they decided to keep her around.  

Sarah’s hobbies include gaming (duh), drawing, making memes, playing tennis, cosplaying, and sleeping.