Luthier and game-creator-turned-author, Brian Calhoun, grew up in the countryside of Rockbridge County, VA. Calhoun relocated to Charlottesville, VA in his early twenties and launched Rockbridge Guitar, an artisan business crafting high-end acoustic guitars for musicians including Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz, Brandi Carlile, Warren Haynes, and more. After playing a board game he deemed boring, Calhoun came up with the idea for the Chickapig game in 2013. Calhoun had always thought of writing children’s books and the characters from the game seeded the idea for his first book, Little Joe Chickapig. In addition, Chickapiglets (a version of the game designed for younger children) was released in Target this year. Inspired by the momentum and creativity behind Chickapig, Calhoun and Matthews developed a new poker-based game, 25 OUTLAWS, which was released in June.