Magic: The Gathering is one of the most popular collectible card games on the market with almost 30 years of history. Fans enjoyed the fun and intense gameplay offered by the game and the creation of decks with unique mechanics and strategies.
Veteran fans may be familiar with the beginnings and history of MTG, but new fans probably don’t know the creator of the iconic game.
Magic: The Gathering was created by mathematician and game designer Richard Garfield in 1993. Garfield first met Wizards of the Coast, the publisher behind Magic: The Gathering and other popular titles, on a board game he created called RoboRally.
At the time, Wizards of the Coast was a young company and was unable to produce the board game due to budget constraints. But the company has told Garfield they are interested in a game that requires minimal equipment and can be played at conventions. A card game was the perfect option in this scenario, and Garfield quickly got to work developing an idea.
Garfield had created several games throughout the 1980s and relied on older ideas that eventually turned into Magic: The Gathering. The collectible card game was launched in 1993, and Garfield eventually joined Wizards of the Coast as a full-time game designer in 1994.
Garfield is no longer a game designer for MTG, but he still contributes to the game from time to time. Regardless of its contribution today, its original creation has grown into one of the most popular collectible card games around, and it shows little sign of slowing down.