Portrait: Ryan Spangler


Musician, board game designer, software engineer, and adventurer on several planes of existence, Ryan is an outward expression of the possibility of all things. Ryan’s ability to accept all ideas as equally viable until proven otherwise affords him a boundless well of creativity upon which to draw for his creations. His insatiable curiosity propels him along an endless series of fascinations (most recently computational biology and board games) from which new idea pods burst forth with alarming alacrity. As the founder of Elephant Laboratories, Ryan is excited to bring as many of his (and his team’s) pods to life as possible.

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Portrait: Sean Spangler


Sean is a wonder of nature. Part dreamer, part goat, part bee harmony, his incisive insight into the reality of design impels Elephant Laboratories along into unexplored realms. He is also Ryan’s lifelong mentor and collaborator, and (not so commonly known) is the unabashed optimist of the group. Sean keeps our spirits buoyed with his lighthearted philosophy of life and sunny outlook. Sean's third sight provides the balancing force to drive the engine of creativity at Elephant Laboratories. He is Ryan’s first, best, and always partner in invention. Also a moderate hermit, he will not answer your emails.

Portrait: Jodi Sweetman


Jodi Sweetman is a master of interpersonal subtleties and extrapersonal festivities. Jodi is the great anchor upon which the various endeavors of Elephant Laboratories make contact with reality. Trained in the wild frontier of Michigan, she learned to handle masses of unruly humans while bartending and then managing digital projects (which apparently are much the same). Her drive, intensity, vision and anticipation of all things (even things that don’t happen) lend a solid basis for the great flights of imagination the Elephant Laboratories team embark on every day.

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Product Shot: Sol

Our newest game

SOL Last Days of a Star

Sol: Last Days of a Star is a strategic game of solar destruction and salvation for 1-5 players. Play as one of the five worlds orbiting the Sun, diving into the searing plasma to harvest critical energy — energy needed to fuel your escape before the Sun goes supernova. Sol has simple, easy to learn rules, a deep decision space and emergent strategy that unfolds over multiple plays.

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