About Us

Married with two young children, Ryan and Kim McDaniel would sit on their patio late at night, sip cocktails and dream of starting their own business. Thanks to an after-dinner party at Ryan’s mom’s house, the vision started to take shape as Across The Board, handcrafted wooden board games.

Combining Ryan’s construction background and interest in woodworking with Kim’s experience in marketing and business they began designing unique, wooden board games for family and friends. Fast forward several years and another child later, and what started as a hobby in their garage moved into their current office/warehouse space and their family’s livelihood.

Sadly, in May 2015, after a courageous battle with colon cancer, Ryan peacefully passed into God’s arms. He taught us all how to live. He taught us about hope, strength and true love.

Ryan, your fight is over and you won in every sense of the word. Enjoy the finish line.

Ryan remains the inspiration and driving force behind Across the Board. We are committed to Stay Strong and fulfill his dream.

About Across the Board

Across the Board is a St. Louis family owned and operated workshop specializing in high quality, handcrafted, unique wooden board games. All our board games are made with premium materials and assembled with the utmost care and precision. Our top priorities are attention to detail and providing unmatched customer service. We believe when you purchase one of our board games, it should last—and our products are built for generations to enjoy!

Our board games are reinventions of old classics. They do not require batteries, computer screens, televisions or an electric outlet. Instead, they encourage personal interaction that cannot be replicated. Families and friends can once again gather around the kitchen table for an exciting night of game play they won’t want to end.

If you are looking for something handcrafted, unique and entertaining—our wooden board games are perfect for family gatherings, game nights, lake houses, BBQs and tailgating. They also make the perfect gift for house warming, birthdays, graduations, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas and retirement parties.