Steve Finn started
Dr. Finn's Card Company in the early 2000s while he was
living in Seattle. At that time, he was looking
for a way to make small runs of custom playing cards as
a way to self-publish his own card games. After
working out an arrangement with a local print shop and
by buying an old, war-era Kluge letter press machine
(used for die-cutting the cards), Steve started a
company to make custom cards, which actually kept him
from his original intention of making card games, and he
made small batches of custom playing cards for people.
However, he eventually started to design some small card
games, which he manufactured himself and sold online in
runs of a couple hundred at a time. One of those
games was called Scriptorium, which was later changed to
Scripts and Scribes. After sending out free review
copies, the game was a hit on BGG. The publisher,
Iello, then contacted Dr. Finn to license the game under
the name of Biblios. After many years, the game
has sold over 20,000 copies and has been published in
many languages, including French, Chinese, Japanese, and
Greek (Steve's holding a Greek copy in the picture
above.) Due to the success of Biblios, Steve
started to self-publish games. The first was
Scripts and Scribes: The Dice Game, which was
self-funded. However, the rise of Kickstarter
opened up a whole new world and Dr. Finn began his
streak of using crowdfunding as a way to continue to
The "doctor" in Dr.
Finn's Games comes from his Ph.D. in philosophy.
The "card" company eventually was renamed Dr. Finn's
Games, when Steve moved back to the east coast with his
family. The company has always been a side project from
Steve's real passion for teaching philosophy at the
university level. As an administrator at an
institution of higher educati0n, Steve now spends most
of his time reading about issues in higher education and
pedagogical research, as well as running teaching
workshops and mentoring new teachers.
Contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org.