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Day 06/27/2009

Chess Variants and Other Phantom Design Space

Mike Elliott is a game designer I met working at Wizards of the Coast. He was among the best designers for Magic and has designed many games himself; trading card games which include Duel Masters and Battle Spirits, board and card games, and even a game on Club Penguin that my kids love – Card Jitsu. His designs are consistently elegant and original, and I hope to see a lot more of them in the future.  I also hope he can find time to contribute more articles like this.

Richard Garfield

Chess was one of the first games I learned when I was young, back in the dark ages before role playing games and MMO’s. I thought the differing movement of the pieces was interesting and simple, although the chess pieces were not as tasty as checkers. I was 4 at the time.