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Richard Garfield
Richard Garfield

Richard Garfield (born 1966) is the billionaire game designer who created the card games Magic: The Gathering, Netrunner, BattleTech, Vampire: The Eternal Struggle (originally known as Jyhad), The Great Dalmuti, Star Wars Trading Card Game, and the board game RoboRally. Magic: The Gathering is his most successful game and its development is credited with creating the collectible card game genre. Richard Garfield, game designer and mathematician Source: http://www. ... Richard Garfield, game designer and mathematician Source: http://www. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... A billionaire is one who has a net worth of over 1,000,000,000 US Dollars, Euro or a comparably valued currency. ... A game designer is a person who designs games. ... The Klondike Solitaire game that comes with Gnome. ... Magic: The Gathering (colloq. ... Netrunner is a collectible card game designed by Richard Garfield, the creator of Magic: The Gathering. ... 20 Year Anniversary of BattleTech logo. ... Vampire: the Eternal Struggle, published as Jyhad in the first edition and often abbreviated as VtES, is a multiplayer collectible card game set in the World of Darkness, published by White Wolf, Inc. ... The Great Dalmuti is a card game designed by Richard Garfield and published in 1995 by Wizards of the Coast. ... Star Wars: The Trading Card Game (TCG) is the most recent collectible card game to use the Star Wars license. ... A board game is any game played on a board (that is, a premarked surface) with counters or pieces that are moved across the board. ... Robo Rally® is a board game published by Wizards of the Coast. ... Collectible card games (CCGs), also called customizable card games or trading card games, are played using specially designed sets of cards. ...


Garfield designed his first game as a teenager. He had a wide range of interests, including math and language. In 1985, he received a bachelor of science degree in computer mathematics. He joined Bell Laboratories and worked there for a couple of years, but then decided to continue his education by attending the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. A Bachelor of Science (B.S., B.Sc. ... One of the common misunderstandings among computer users is a certain faith in the infallibility of numerical computations. ... Bell Telephone Laboratories or Bell Labs was originally the research and development arm of the United States Bell System, and was the premier corporate facility of its type, developing a range of revolutionary technologies from telephone switches to specialized coverings for telephone cables, to the transistor. ... The University of Pennsylvania (Penn is the moniker used by the university itself ) is a private, nonsectarian research university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Official website: http://www. ...

He began designing a game called Magic: The Gathering as a student in the late 1980s. An "East Coast" group of playtesters, comprising mostly fellow Penn students, formed around the developing game. While searching for a publisher for RoboRally, he found Peter Adkison of newly founded Wizards of the Coast. Adkison agreed to publish his board game and expressed an interest in a game like Magic that would have little setup and short games. Magic: The Gathering (colloq. ... MacGyver is one of the symbols of 1980s The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive. ... Peter Adkison has been an avid gamer all his life. ... Wizards of the Coast (often referred to as WotC or simply Wizards) is a publisher of games, primarily based on fantasy and science fiction themes. ...

Garfield studied under Herbert Wilf and earned a Ph.D. in combinatorial mathematics from Penn in 1993. Richard believed that game design would not offer a steady living and became a professor of mathematics at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. He had previously been in contact with Magic playtesters from the west coast and his move brought him closer to them and Wizards of the Coast. Herbert Wilf (born 1931) is a mathematician, specializing in combinatorics. ... Doctor of Philosophy, or Ph. ... Combinatorics is a branch of mathematics that studies collections (usually finite) of objects that satisfy specified criteria. ... This article is about the college in Washington state. ... Walla Walla is the both the county seat of Walla Walla County, Washington, USA, and the countys largest city. ...

Magic: The Gathering became incredibly popular after its commercial launch in 1993. Garfield left academia to join Wizards of the Coast as a full-time game designer in June 1994. After the game took off, Richard Garfield moved to Kennewick, Washington. There he was known to play Magic: The Gathering with some friends and others from around there.

"Richard Garfield, Ph.D." is also the name of a card from the joke Magic: The Gathering set Unhinged. This theme had been previously explored with the card "Phelddagrif", the name being an anagram of "Garfield, Ph.D.". Unhinged is the name of one of the few English-only expansions to the game Magic: The Gathering. ... An anagram (Greek ana- = back or again, and graphein = to write) is a type of word play, the result of rearranging the letters of a word or phrase to produce other words, using all the original letters exactly once. ...

Garfield was also a primary play tester for the Dungeons & Dragons 3rd edition bookset. For other uses, see Dungeons & Dragons (disambiguation). ...

He still sporadically contributes to Magic: The Gathering, most recently (as of 2006) as part of the design team for the 2005 expansion, Ravnica. [1] Magic: The Gathering (colloq. ... In Magic: The Gathering, Ravnica is a plane whose primary planet is covered by cities. ...

Richard has personally created three Magic cards celebrating events in his life: One for his marriage proposal (this was done by pasting a color photocopy onto another card) and one for the birth of each of his two children (both professionally printed). Several of each card were given out to friends and associates and they are considered extreme rarities by collectors. [2]

There is a commonly-accepted rule among the fanbase of Magic: The Gathering that if Richard Garfield personally alters a Magic card by hand, the change is permanent for that particular card. This has spawned many urban legends. The subject of Richard Garfield possessing godlike powers within the Magic universe is immortalized in his eponymous card, Richard Garfield, Ph.D.. Magic: The Gathering (colloq. ... Urban legends are a kind of folklore consisting of stories often thought to be factual by those circulating them (see rumor). ... Reality warping is a form of superpower normally associated with comics, Marvel comics in particular, even though it was likely DC comics who started it all with Mr. ...


  • "Just like magic". December 27, 1998. PolkOnline.
  • "Legendary Difficulties". March 8, 2002. MagicTheGathering.com.
  • "Immer für eine Überraschung gut: Richard Garfield: Der Mann hinter Magic" (PDF). January 30, 2004. Amigo Spiele

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Richard Garfield - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (676 words)
Richard Garfield (born 1966) is a mathematics professor and a former game designer who created the card games Magic: The Gathering, Netrunner, BattleTech, Vampire: The Eternal Struggle (originally known as Jyhad), The Great Dalmuti, Star Wars Trading Card Game, and the board game RoboRally.
Garfield studied under Herbert Wilf and earned a Ph.D. in combinatorial mathematics from Penn in 1993.
Garfield was also a primary play tester for the Dungeons and Dragons 3rd edition bookset.
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