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Events[edit | edit source]
|Early 1993||Wizards of the Coast settles a lawsuit about the unauthorized use of the Role Playing Game The Primal Order by paying an undisclosed sum to Palladium Books  |
Meanwhile, founder Peter Adkison is working to publish an affordable collectible card game designed by Richard Garfield that will have little set-up and short games.
|April 18||WotC hosts an art show and open house at their offices. This is the first public introduction to Magic.|
|July 1–4||At the Origins Game Fair convention in Ft. Worth, Texas, WotC gives demonstrations of Magic at their booth and the open gaming area.|
Although no product is available for sale, pre-orders for Magic in the first hour outsell the rest of WotC's product line.
|August 2–16 (approx.)||Peter Adkison and his wife Cathleen give demonstrations of Magic during a promo tour to various game stores in Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado.|
|August 19–22||At the GenCon convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Magic (Alpha) is released to the public. The response at the convention is overwhelming.|
|September||10 millionth card made.|
|October 4||Shortly after Alpha has sold out, the slightly edited and edited Beta edition is released. It also sells out quickly.|
|Late November||Richard Garfield proposes to his girlfriend Lily Wu, using a specially made Magic card.|
|December 1||Release of the first white bordered set, the Unlimited edition.|
|December 10||Release of the Collectors' Edition.|
|December 17||Release of Arabian Nights. This is the first expansion set, consisting of new cards rather than reprints. It sells out instantaneously.|
First involved[edit | edit source]
Wizards of the Coast[edit | edit source]
Design and Development[edit | edit source]
- Richard Garfield, original designer
- University of Pennsylvania
- The "East Coast Playtesters".
- The "Penn group", members of a local bridge club.
The Duelist[edit | edit source]
- Kathryn Haines, managing editor
- Paul Hughes, associate Editor
- Amy Weber, Art Director
Artists[edit | edit source]
- Amy Weber
- Andi Rusu
- Anson Maddocks
- Brian Snõddy
- Christopher Rush
- Cornelius Brudi
- Dameon Willich
- Dan Frazier
- Daniel Gelon
- Douglas Shuler
- Drew Tucker
- Fay Jones
- Jeff A. Menges
- Jesper Myrfors
- Julie Baroh
- Kev Brockschmidt
- Mark Poole
- Mark Tedin
- Melissa Benson
- Quinton Hoover
- Richard Thomas
- Rob Alexander
- Ron Spencer
- Sandra Everingham
- Tom Wänerstrand
- Arabian Nights
References[edit | edit source]
- Mark Rosewater (October 18, 2013) "Episode 63: 1993" ,Drive to Work (transcript)
- John Tynes (March 23, 2001) "Death to the Minotaur", Salon Media Group, Inc.
- Monty Ashley (January 23, 2013). "Twenty Years Ago". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Newsgroups: rec.games.frp.announce
- Newsgroups: rec.games.frp.misc
- Newsgroups: rec.games.frp.misc
- Magic Arcana (August 6, 2009). "The First DCI Tournament". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater (July 6, 2003). "Of Ice and Men". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater (March 22, 2010). "Working Draft". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.