Defend Neo Tokyo Kickstarter – On hold for now

We have decided that the way for us to create the best possible version of Defend Neo Tokyo is to cancel our current funding campaign. We’ve gained a considerable amount of insight from this experience and will be using this knowledge to restructure our campaign and relaunch early next year.

Thanks again to everyone and you’ll see us back up real soon!

Jamie Toon

How to Serve Man on sale now!

To celebrate the launch of our Kickstarter campaign for Defend Neo Tokyo, we’ve decided to offer our remaining stock of How To Serve Man at the original Kickstarter price! What a deal! Get ready to make mince meat of your friends and add some sizzle to your gaming table! Once the Defend Neo Tokyo Kickstarter ends, the price returns to normal, so act now!

Defend Neo Tokyo Kickstarter is now live!

Check out the campaign at

Special thanks to:

Our families, for putting up with all our shenanigans while we put this together

All of our playtesters

Eric Hibbeler – ( artist extraordinaire

John Coveyou ( for reviewing and giving feedback

Rob Oren ( for his playthrough video and review

Trenton Knew (@spontaneousmixx) for doing the awesome audio track to the Kickstarter video

Pieces Cafe ( for letting us film our Kickstarter video at their location

Kickstarter background music:
Darkling Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Defend Neo Tokyo review and play through by Rob Oren

Check out this full play-through of the upcoming Defend Neo Tokyo by none other than Rob Oren! We’re all super excited to have such a high quality play-through for you all to see. Rob Oren is a content creator on youtube where he has a board game and tabletop hobby focused channel. He’s also a contributor on Dice Tower. Check him out and be sure to subscribe for more awesome game related content.

How To Serve Man T-Shirts Now Available!

There comes a time in the life of every young game company when thoughts turn to promotional merch. To that end, Gateway Games is proud to announce fancy How To Serve Man t-shirts!

How To Serve Man Shirt

We don’t have a model but it does look pretty sweet haphazardly folded on a table.

Let’s face it: Polite society demands people wear clothing most of the time. So if you’re going to wear a shirt, why not wear one that declares your love for the galaxy’s favorite cooking competition? Make perfect sense to us, anyway. Besides, these 100% high-quality black cotton tees feature a road map to the tastiest bits of people, er, meeples. The only way this shirt could be any better is if it came in Women’s AND Men’s sizes, and guess what? WE’VE GOT BOTH.

Supplies are very limited, so if you want to make sure you’ve got one of these shirts for your next BBQ, you’ll need to jump on that quick. We’re not sure when we’ll get another run printed, but it won’t be for a long while.

Pop on over to our shop and grab a How To Serve Man shirt while supplies last. Who knows? If these do well, maybe we’ll branch out into Gateway Games aprons? Socks? UnderpOKAY okay, just the shirts for now, geez.

HUGE SUCCESS: 2016 Ryan Walsh Memorial ITTD Cancer Research Benefit

Many of us here at Gateway Games experienced an immeasurable loss when we lost our good friend Ryan Walsh to neuroendocrine cancer back in October of 2015. We immediately knew we wanted to host an event in his memory and raise funds to help others battling the disease. So we made a humble request of the St. Louis board game community: come play some board games with us on International Table Top Day and, if you can, buy a raffle ticket or make a donation to the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation.

And boy, the St. Louis board gaming community delivered.

Ten hours and nearly one hundred attendees later, we raised $1626 for the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Center, much more than we ever expected. The event was so successful, in fact, we’re already making plans to do it again next year!

Thank you so much to everyone who came out and enjoyed International Table Top Day with us. Special thanks to Arch Reactor, Stonemeier Games, The Geek Nest, Miniature Market, Eric Heibbler, TRX Tattoos, VIVIsect Studios, Jeffrey Bain, SUBCULTURE Comics, Matt Reedy, Jezzy, Geekway to the West, DieCon, Piaza Productions, STL PRO Inc., Little Fox Tarot, Doll Teeth, Amanda Pepper, Joe Ploch, and Jamie Toon for generously donating their time and prizes for our raffles and play-and-pay. You all made this event more successful than we could have imagined.

If you missed the event and would still like to make a donation to the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Center, you can do so by visiting our event page and donating via Paypal. Thanks again, and we look forward to seeing you all again next year!

The Time Of The Shippening Is Upon Us

The games are here! Shipping can finally begin!

Here is just a portion of the games in Jamie’s garage.


Here is an open box with other boxes inside it.


So yeah! How To Serve Man. In our garage. And, well, other places. It’s sort of like in Pandemic where the sickness starts in one place but slowly begins to spread across the globe until everyone is infected and dies! Only, you know, instead of painful bleeding extinction, it’s tabletop entertainment the whole family can enjoy.

Did we mention the games have arrived?

FINALLY. So what happens now?

First off, the games have been separated into four different groups: Local to St. Louis, United States, Canada, and International.

Games going to backers local to St. Louis will be shipped out by us directly or will be available for pickup at one of the following events:

  • Tuesday, March 15th from 6:30-9:30 at Stacked, 7637 Ivory, 63111
  • Wednesday, March 16th from 7-10 at Arch Reactor, 2215 Scott, 63103
  • Thursday, March 17th from 6-10 at Game Nite, 8330 Watson Rd, 63119

Games going to backers within the United States will be serviced by Amazon Fulfillment Services. We’re estimating that those backers should expect to receive tracking information by the beginning of April, but you know how good we are at estimating around here. We’ll be checking in with the ‘Zon to see if they can give us a more specific date.

Canadians, your games are headed to Snakes and Lattes, who will handle fulfillment once they arrive in your beautiful country. They’ll let us know when that begins.

Our friends at Miniature Market are helping us get the games meant for our international backers out a little faster. It’ll still be a bit before you guys get them, but we’re hoping that going this route will shave a few weeks off your already extended wait time.

Almost At The End

We are really excited to reach this final part of a long, somewhat fumbling, but always well-intentioned journey. We’ve learned a lot and we’ll probably put together a post breaking down everything that’s happened since launching this project over a year ago. Mostly though, we’re excited that you’ll finally get a chance to play How To Serve Man. We hope you like it. After all, we couldn’t have done it without you.

Want a copy of FURY OF DRACULA?

It’s the Season of Giving, you know. So why not give your friends and family the thing they really want this holiday season: a chance to sign up and win a copy of Fantasy Flight’s “Fury of Dracula”. That’s right, Gateway Games is giving away a game that isn’t even ours. ‘Cause, really, who gives away their own stuff? Tacky people who aren’t still waiting for their game to be manufactured, that’s who. Also, Fury of Dracula is an awesome game that we are super stoked about and have been playing the stuffing out of. We love this game, and we think you might maybe sorta like it a little.

So here’s what you need to do: Put your E-Mail address in that little box on the right to sign up for the mailing list, (unless you are on one of those fancy mobile devices that kids use to twitter themselves from these days, then you need to scroll all the way down) then share the URL with anyone else who’d like to win a copy of FoD and get them to sign up so they’ll do the same. It’s sort of like a Chain Letter only no one dies like in that old Christopher Pike novel. E-Mails from us will provide you with inside information about future releases, special promo offers, pictures of our cats, and definitely not ever any viruses ever, never ever. We will also never give your E-mail address to anyone else, because what kind of monster would do that? Even Dracula doesn’t suck that much.

The drawing will be held on January 1st, 2016, so make sure you sign up before Dec. 31st at midnight Central Time for your chance to win!

EDIT: You know who does suck though? Spam filters. That’s who.  Apparently our first email ever (your confirmation email) tends to get rounded up by spam filters.  Check there if you didn’t get a confirmation email.

If you don’t want to enter, that’s fine. We’re not mad at ‘ya. We do really suggest heading over to Fantasy Flight’s Website to check out Fury of Dracula, though. It’s the jam!

HOW TO SERVE MAN now available for Preorder!

Great news, everyone! you can now secure your copy of everyone’s favorite Cosmic Cooking Competition board game, HOW TO SERVE MAN! We are taking pre-orders for the game over on our shop page.
This is no skimpy starter edition, either. This is the KICKstarter Edition with all the stretch goal awards you’ve unlocked: the B.E.T.H. judges, the Galactic Garnishes, the Valentine’s Day Promos, all that stuff. Once these are gone, however, they’re gone. The next run will be for the basic version, and the extras will be rolled into expansions that will be sold separately.
Order before January 15th and your game will ship alongside the Kickstarter rewards, directly from our fulfillment centers.

HOW TO SERVE MAN – October 2015

The dust has settled and the Kickstarter campaign was a huge success. We raised over $30,000 from more than 900 backers to fund our very first project “How To Serve Man”.
Come October 2015, you’ll have the chance to compete in the Cosmic Cooking Competition and serve up some delectable Human morsels of your own.
Head over to the Product page in our store if you want to Preorder the game, and have it shipped to you as soon as it is released.