Richard Garfield

Nominee, 2014, Game Design - King of New York


Richard Garfield designed the first trading card game, Magic, published in 1993. At the time he was a math professor, but the success of Magic led to him leaving academics and going into game design full time. Since then he has published half a dozen other trading card game designs, as well as a number of board and card games. Since 2001 he has been consulting on game design with companies including Microsoft, Electronic Arts, and the Pokemon Company. His recent board games include King of Tokyo, Ghooost, and King of New York. He coauthored a book, Characteristics of Games which was published by MIT press in 2012. He is currently working on a variety of mobile games and paper based games – including a Trivia Game with Ken Jennings!