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 make games. 

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 doctorfinns@gmail.com.