Richard Garfield

Richard Channing Garfield (born June 26, 1963) is an American mathematician, inventor and game designer. Garfield created Magic: The Gathering, which is considered to be the first collectible card game (CCG). Magic debuted in 1993 and its success spawned many imitations.[1] Garfield oversaw the successful growth of Magic and followed it with other game designs.[2] Included in these are Keyforge, Netrunner, BattleTech(CCG), Vampire: The Eternal Struggle, Star Wars Trading Card Game, The Great Dalmuti, Artifact and the board game RoboRally. He also created a variation of the card game Hearts called Complex Hearts.[3] Garfield first became passionate about games when he played the roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons,[4] so he designed Magic decks to be customizable like roleplaying characters.[5] Garfield and Magic are both in the Adventure Gaming Hall of Fame.[6]

Richard Garfield
Richard Garfield at Spiel 2014
Richard Channing Garfield

(1963-06-26) June 26, 1963 (age 59)
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania
Occupation(s)Mathematician, inventor, game designer
Known forMagic: The Gathering, Netrunner
RelativesJames A. Garfield (Great-Great-Grandfather)
Scientific career
ThesisOn the residue classes of combinatorial families of numbers (1993)
Doctoral advisorHerbert Wilf

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