Erik Arneson, a lifelong boardgame enthusiast, is the author of HOW TO HOST A GAME NIGHT: What to Serve, Who to Invite, How to Play – Strategies for the Perfect Game Night (Tiller Press, coming October 2020).
He’s also written 17 GAMES YOU CAN PLAY RIGHT NOW! All You Need is a Pencil and Paper and THE THROES OF CRIME, a collection of 26 crime fiction short stories and true-crime essays.
Erik wrote about board games for About.com (now The Spruce) for about 15 years, currently writes for The Opinionated Gamers, and is often quoted as an expert on board games. (He loves talking about games! To request an interview, just send an email or use the form below.)
His fiction has appeared in the anthologies Kwik Krimes, Shotgun Honey Reloaded: Both Barrels Vol. 2 and Off the Record 2: At the Movies, the magazines NEEDLE, GRIFT and Mary Higgins Clark Mystery Magazine, and on the websites Shotgun Honey, Out of the Gutter Online, BEAT to a PULP, and Near to the Knuckle. He wrote six true-crime essays for The Black Hood comic book. His comic book FORTUNE (featuring art by the incredible Dillon Samuelson) is available as a free PDF from NoiseTrade and in print from IndyPlanet. He produces the (currently on hiatus) Title 18: Word Crimes podcast.
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By day, Erik is Executive Director of the Office of Open Records in Pennsylvania. Prior to that, he worked in the Pennsylvania Senate for 18 years. Other previous jobs include: reporter for the Lebanon (PA) Daily News, disc jockey for WJTL in Lancaster, PA, dishwasher and short order cook at both the The Corn Crib in Christiana, PA, and The Gap Diner in Gap, PA, editor for the crime fiction website Shotgun Honey, and writer about board games and card games for About.com.
His wife Elizabeth (aka the world’s best editor) and he are both part-owners of the greatest franchise in all of professional sports: The Green Bay Packers.
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