Asians in the Industry

Because of the rise in hate crimes against Asian-Americans, we have created this page to raise the visibility of Asians working in and around gaming.

Our goal is to bring people together through gaming and we hope that visibility helps this.

We would like to thank everyone involved in making this list. If you are interested in being included on future versions of this list, please contact Ben Moy or Seppy Yoon

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Koyomi

(She/Her)

Designer, Illustrator

Zooanctuary

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Monique & Naveen

(She/Her), (He/Him)

YouTube Content Creators/Reviewers

Before You Play

Fun Fact: We have a Dachshund named Dexter who truly runs our channel.

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Misha Lau & Rebecca Jiang

(She/Her/Hers)

Board Game Creators

• Unspoken Words

Fun Fact: We just graduated from college and are working on our first card game!

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Hira

(She/They)

Reviewer, Social Media

• Origame

BigBossBattle (B3)

Fun Fact: I'm left-handed.

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Brother Ming

(He/Him)

Designer, Publisher

Anna's Roundtable
• P5 Phan Game
• Genshin Tarot
• Re;ACT

Fun Fact: Used to breakdance in high school.

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Maria Ella

Ampongan

(She/Her)

Content Creator, Marketing and Community Coordinator

Ella Loves Boardgames
Dice Tower
VR Distribution

Fun Fact: I laminate a lot of the components in my boardgames.

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Jackie

Chao

(She/Her)

Content Creator

Show Me How to Win

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Leslie

Cheung

(He)

Graphic Designer, Freelancer

• The Expanse: Doors & Corners
• Palm Trees
• Ultra Deluxe 2D Arcade Mega Fighter

Fun Fact: I’m a Hall of Fame “Kluntje King” on BGG for embellishing Board Games and creating rethemes.

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Hoby

Chou

(He/Him/His)

Game Designer

• My Little Scythe
• Pie in the Sky

Fun Fact: When submitting my prototype to Stonemaier Games, I included a bottle of maple syrup as a bribe. ;)

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Sajid

Chougle

(He/Him)

Co-founder, Creative Designer

• Galaxy Raiders
• Alpha Steel
• Trail Blazers
• Xing
• Terra Loop
• Guess The Fence
• Mystic Arts
• Fracto under the brand Luma World.

Fun Fact: Apart from Creative Designer and StoryTeller, he is also a professional skydiver and
base jumper.

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Chris

Chung

(He/Him)

Designer

• Lanterns: The Harvest Festival
• Spell Smashers

Fun Fact: Lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan (I know, but this year feels different!)

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James

Correia

(He/Him)

Content Creator, Photographer

Little Meeples

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Rick

Hou

(He/Him)

Game & Visual Designer

• Masters of Charms
• Dim Sum Hero
• Hexiom

Fun Fact: Outside of board games, I also passionated in cooking. Every 2 weeks, I donate 40 homemade meals to Portland FreeFridge community.

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Yash

Hurkat

(He/Him)

Game Designer, Publisher

• Bruhaha
• Chatpate

Fun Fact: I once acted as a news reporter and chatted with the local vendors for fun.

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Suyog

Kamat

(He/Him)

Designer

• Trash Squad
• Card Suit Game
• Sea Monster Ludo (all WIP)

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Humza

Kazmi

(He/Him)

Partner with the Hydra Cooperative, Editor, Designer

• Lorn Song of the Bachelor
• Fever-Dreaming Marlinko
• Misty Isles of the Eld
• What Ho Frog Demons
• Operation Unfathomable
• Prison of the Hated Pretender

• Haunted West ("Home is the Hangman")
• Paranoia XP line (contributer)

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Kiran & Sindhu

Kulkarni

(He/They), (She/They)

Designer, Publisher

• Hampi & the Sun Jewel (with 2 new games in the pipeline for
2021)

Fun Fact: With a background in Product design and Architecture from IDC-IITB, We love to create good products with focus on design and content, we have just started with our games and we know it is a long way to go. :-)

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Lawrence (Angela)

Lair

(They/Them, He/Him)

Artist, Graphic Designer, Reviewer, Social Media Manager

• Out the Hatch (WIP client game)
• Enter the Lair (WIP client game)

Fun Fact: I used to be a lion dancer (head) at Lunar New Year festivals.

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Sen-Foong

Lim

(He/Him)

Designer, Developer, Writer

• Jiangshi: Blood in the Banquet Hall
• Avatar: The Last Air Bender the RPG (Forthcoming)
• The Legend of Korra: Pro Bending Arena
• More at site

Fun Fact: I once had my own radio show in Toronto.

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Jonathan H.

Liu

(He/Him)

Reviewer, Designer

• Emperor's New Clothes
• The Boy Who Cried Wolf

GeekDad

Fun Fact: I also do Etch-a-Sketch art!

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Deepak

M

(They)

Graphic Designer, Designer

• The City of Muziris
• ACTION 6
• Art of Rangoli

Fun Fact: I never came in first in any boardgame, even in ones I designed.

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Nikita

Mehra

(She / Her)

Publisher, Designer

Currently in the process of publishing a number of licensed games in India, including Villagers and Calico.

Co-founder of Cryptic Cardboard.

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Zain

Memon

(He/Him)

Designer, Publisher

• SHASN

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James

Mendez Hodes

(He/Him)

Cultural Consultant, Writer, Game Designer, Editor

Full lists at:
jamesmendezhodes.com/rpg
jamesmendezhodes.com/sensitivity

Fun Fact: I am translating Homer's Iliad from ancient Greek into rap.

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Ben

Moy

(He/Him/Them)

Designer, Content Creator, Podcast Host

Breakdancing Meeples/Board Game Blueprint
Unboxed Podcast

Fun Fact: I was gifted a "Best Demo of Spiel" wafer by a group of attendees at Essen 2019."
Facebook: Your Friend Ben Moy Designs Board Games

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Jireh F.

Orobia

(He/Him)

Designer, Teacher, Audio-Video Editor

• Dreamt I Was
• PACK AGE
• MAGNETIC BOTS
• Boom Boom Hero
• Gluttony 18 (Chubby Riders)
• UNIFIED TANK CITY

Fun Fact: I'm only able to make boardgames for TGC Contests, I'm also a Band Leader (Lead Guitarist), and an aspiring novel writer (www.inkitt.com/stories/adventure/72608).

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Pete

Petrusha

(He/Him)

Designer/Developer, Indie Publisher, Promoter, Convention Coordinator (Booth, Game Room, Events), Writer, Online/Convention RPG Retailer

• Chew Comics RPG
• Rest in Pieces
• Dreamchaser: A Game of Destiny
• Earthdawn: Fourth Edition
• Memories of Tomorrow

Fun Fact: Host of the 2019 & 2020 Indie Groundbreaker Awards

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Danny

Quach

(He/Him)

Content Creator (@DannyPlaysGamez), Social Media Coordinator (@RoseGauntlet)

DannyPlaysGamez

Fun Fact: I have a Corgi named Bowser Butternubs and I set some junior records in powerlifting in Georgia.

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Deepti

Shah

(She/Her)

Designer

• Travelling the World

Fun Fact: Started designing my first game for my twin boys who couldn't travel during the pandemic.

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Madhu

Sundar

(He/Him)

Publisher

• Ettana - The Looms of Kanchi

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Tony

Tran

(He/Him)

Designer

• To Be Announced Title

Fun Fact: Proud member of Game Makers Guild (GMG).

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Ambie

Valdés

(She/Her)

Content Creator (Podcast, Stream, & Video)

Board Game Blitz
ambierona

Fun Fact: I met my husband through competitive Rubik's cube solving.

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Nikita

Wibisono

(He/Him)

Designer, Artist

• Super Punch Universe

Fun Fact: Took care of a blind stray cat once that was so confident, he would charge full-speed whenever I called. I thought "whoa he must have Daredevil-esque senses", but no he kept running headfirst into the iron gate. Ended up feeding him outside from then on.

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Jonathan

Ying

(He/Him)

Game Designer

• Bargain Quest
• Star Wars: Imperial Assault
• DOOM the Board Game (2016)
• Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid
• Nicktoons Splat Attack

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Nicholas (Nick)

Yu

(He/Him)

Designer, Publisher

• Hero Brigade
• Eternal Dynasty
• Adventure Tactics: Domianne's Tower

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Kathy

Zhao

(She/Her)

Customer Success Manager, Game Manufacturer

• Everdell
• Throw Throw Burrito
• Teotihuacan
• Just One
• Robinson Crusoe

Fun Fact: During the pandemic, I started yoga to improve my health. Now I can do a headstand and am learning more things every day!

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Thyyen

(She/Her)

Designer, Graphic Designer, Artist, Self-Publisher, Photographer

• Stray Cats
• Warriors
• The Lost Island
• Flower Garden

Fun Fact: Her game Warriors originated as a final project at university

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Marie & Pauline

(She/Her), (She/Her)

Designer/Publisher

• Steam Up: A Feast of Dim Sum

Fun Fact: Produced Vegas-style magic and illusion shows (retired)

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Saloni & Manini

(She/They)

Designer, Publisher

• Story Time
• Think-a-link
• Grab
• Wiggle n Giggle
• Memory Race
• Turbo Toss
• Alphabet Flip

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Christina & Franz

(They/Them)

Rulebook/Story Writers, Designers

• Seas the Day - Design, Story, Rules. Published by Dice Toy Labs
• Generals - Rulebook. Upcoming Kickstarter.
• My Kingdom - Rulebook. Published by The Table Top Game
• Honey Scouts - Rulebook. Published by Dice Toy Labs
• My Bot Bytes - Rulebook. Published by Dice Toy Labs
• Sankli - Game design and rules. Self-published
• Oranges and Lemons - Game Design, Art and Rules. WIP.
• Covid Containment - Game design, Graphic design, Rules. Self-published

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Yukti

Agarwal

(She/Her)

Publisher, Designer

• Name Place Animal Thing - a card game by Patang Games
• What's in a Name

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Banana

Chan

(She/Her/They/Them)

Designer, Writer, Publisher

• Jiangshi: Blood in the Banquet Hall
• Scooby-Doo: Betrayal at Mystery Mansion
• Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft (D&D 5E)
• Questlings RPG
• Warp's Edge
• Terror Below

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Joseph Z

Chen

(He/Him)

Designer, Developer, Artist, Publisher

• Fantastic Factories

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Goh

Choon Ean

(She/Her)

Designer, Content Producer

• Kaki Lima (2019)
• Bansan

#BogglerOnBoard

Fun Fact: Her mild OCD tendencies may have been developed from playing a lot of Boggle and Blockout growing up.

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Joe

Chou Chambers

(He/Him)

Playtester/Designer

Fun Fact: I play competitive Table Tennis

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Jess

Chu

(She/Her)

Designer, Writer, Agent

• Windup War (Designer)
• Heifer Heist (Designer)
• Blindfold (Agent)

Fun Fact: Has five cats.

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Tim

Chuon

(He/Him)

Photographer, Videographer

• Bloodstone
• Red Rising
• Silver & Gold
• Plunder

Tim Chuon (YouTube)

Fun Fact: I took a photo on my iphone 6+ of a wave splashing onto a turtle laying on a beach in Hawaii; once I saw how many details I never paid attention to become unveiled in that photo, that's when I really pursued photography.

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Andy

Desa

(He/Him)

Designer

• 12 Parsecs
• Konkan Trail (WIP)

AD’s Board Games (Youtube)

Fun Fact: Started playing modern board games from May 2020. Thank you COVID-19.

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Christina

Ha

(She/Her)

Host, Quizmaster

Going Analog, The Going Analog Podcast, The Board Game Quiz Show

Fun Fact: Christina's longest streak of consecutive daily NYTimes Crossword Puzzles is 1005.

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Dan "Shoe"

Hsu

(He/Him)

Host, Editor, Producer

Going Analog, The Going Analog Podcast, The Board Game Quiz Show

Fun Fact: Shoe has spent over 17 years in video game media (EGM, 1UP, GamesBeat, G4, CNN, NPR, and more).

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Stella

Jahja

(She/Her)

Video Content Creator (YouTube)
How To Play, Live Playthrough, Quick How To Play, Stella's Short and Sweet Overview)
Instagram

Meeple University

Contributor on The Dice Tower (How To Play, Pocket Playthrough, Live Playthrough)

Fun Fact: I met my other half of Meeple University, Tarrant (now my husband) through a random board game meetup in our city. We were friends, then lovers, and business partners.

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Smita

Kaushik

(She)

Artist/illustrator

Hampi & the Sun Jewel

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Katie

Khau

(She/Her)

Designer, Artist, Agent

Windup War, Heifer Heist, Pitch Fight (Designer) My Little Scythe, Studies in Sorcery, Windup War, Heifer Heist (Illustrator) Fire in the Library, Dreams of Tomorrow, Gift of Tulips, Dead Man's Cabal, Mental Blocks, Tricky Tides, Mars Open, Bag of Spiders (Graphic Designer) BlindFold (Agent) / cow&duck studios

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Stephanie

Kwok

(She/Her)

Publisher, Designer

• Ducks in Tow

Fun Fact: I really like...ducks. :P

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Hwa Siang

Law

(He/Him)

Designer, Illustrator, Graphic Artist, Production Design

• Vagrant Dash

Hardknocks Creatives Studio

Fun Fact: I am more knowledgeable than people often mistaken by my scruffy looks and childish behaviour. I like to discuss high level philosophy, such as "what is the meaning of life?", so let's talk about it if you like that kinda stuff.

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Teri

Litorco

(She/Her)

Managing Editor (Monte Cook Games), Author (The Civilized Guide to Tabletop Gaming).

Previously Contributor and Managing Editor (Geek & Sundry), Senior Marketing Manager (Renegade Game Studios), Reviewer

Editing credits
• The Darkest House
• Ptolus
• Where the Machines Wait

Author credits:
• The Civilized Guide to Tabletop Gaming
• The Board Game Book Vol. 1 (co-author)

Fun Fact: I'm often told I look taller in my videos, but that's because IRL I'm actually 4'8".

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Floyd

Lu

(He/Him)

Designer

• The Refuge: A Race for Survival
• Noises at Night
• The Refuge: Terror from the Deep
• Koi Garden
• Token Terrors Solo: Rotten Rampage

Fun Fact: Has a goal to create 100 game designs.

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Emerson

Matsuuchi

(He/Him/It)

Designer

• Century Series
• Specter OPS
• Reef
• Foundations
• Metal Gear Solid: TBG
• Ironman

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Gnanesh & Kinnari

Mehta

(They)

Artist, Designer, Publisher

• Filmie - Hilarious Bollywood Game
• I Want to Be! - Family Game of Wonder and Amusement
• Ups and Downs - Find Interests, Get Abilities and Make Careers.

Fun Fact: We are a team of Chartered Accountant, Lawyer and Phds, designing unique games for India.

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Alexei

Menardo

(He/Him)

Designer, Content Creator, Tabletop Simulator Monkey

• Jak and Poi (2012)
• BTW (WIP)
• Piñata Fiesta (WIP)

Digital Board Game Labs

Fun Fact: Stay-at-home dad for 4 years and counting.
As a result, my daughter sometimes called me "Moms".

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Neha

Mittal

(She)

Designer, Publisher

• Mission Emission
• True Wizard (to be published this year)

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Lauren

Nepomuceno

(She/Her)

Director of Communications

• Robotlab
• Tina's Robot Tea Party
• Inoka
• ArchRavels

Fun Fact: I picked up knitting as a result of publishing ArchRavels

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Monica

Paprocki

(She/Her)

Game Reviewer, Hired Cosplayer, Marketer, Panelist

• CartographR_AR
• Cephalofair Games
• Geeks A Gogo

Fun Fact: I am an accountant by day and I am an award winning cosplayer that has been featured in the Chicago Tribune and the New Yorker. I also play ice hockey and grew up in the Philippines.

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Hafiz

Printer

(He/Him)

Designer

• Baghdad 1055 CE

Fun Fact: I am both allergic and addicted to chocolate.

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Takashi

Sawada

(He/Him)

Designer, Publisher

• Floating Floors

Gumboot Games

Fun Fact: The idea for Gumboot Games came to mind when kicking my feet up for a break from cleaning the chicken coop (in my gumboots) and reading through Gabe Barrett's, 'Kickstarter advice from the best in the world

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Behrooz 'Bez'

Shahriari

(She/They)

Designer, Developer, Artist, Self Publisher, Interviewer, Reviewer

• Yogi
• Yogi Guru
• Wibbell++
• Kitty Cataclysm
• Welcome to Dino World
• Chocolate Factory
• Coral
• Islands
• Flower in Towers (part of a RnW anthology)
• Challenging Structures (a LARP for Kings College London)

Stuff by Bez"

Fun Fact: Bez collected over 1200 pictures of cats at various boardgame conventions.

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Caryl

Tan

(She/They)

Director of Marketing, Sales, and Customer Success

Leder Games

Fun Fact: Can deadlift 20 Gloomhavens

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Gary

Tsai

(He/Him)

Retailer/Promoter

Meeple Times
GameBooster

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Fred

Wan

(He/Him)

CCG/RPG Designer, Editor, Writer

• Story Lead for Legend of the Five Rings (AEG), including RPG writing, CCG design & Story Continuity, Creative Direction, Creative Editing

• Various books for Mutants and Masterminds
• Varous short stories for Doomtown CCG

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Peter & Patrick

Yang

(He/Him)

Developers, Design Consultants

Mouse Cat Cheese Cucumber

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Seppy

Yoon

(He/Him)

Publisher, Designer

Fight in a Box:
• Mouse Cheese Cat Cucumber
• Processing: A Game of Serving Humanity
• End of the Line
• Squirrel or Die

Fun Fact: US Navy certified Nuclear Plumber

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Lauren

Yu

(She/Her)

Illustrator, Graphic Designer

• Tome: The Light Edition with Reversal Games

Fun Fact: I'm a proud reptile mom to a snake, leopard gecko, and turtle!