Barry Reich

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Barry "Bit" Reich is a former Magic playtester, designer and developer. His nickname Bit came from the fact that he was both small and a computer science major (and now a computer scientist).

Biography[edit | edit source]

In the late 1980s, Barry was one of the playtesters from the University of Pennsylvania that Richard Garfield tagged to help get the Alpha card set (and game rules) ready for public consumption. The day that Richard put together the very first Magic deck, Barry was lucky enough to be the person Richard wanted to try out the game on. [1] After playtesting Alpha, Barry started work on a multi-color set named Spectral Chaos. Parts of this set were used in the design for Invasion. The domain mechanic, for example, was called the “barry” mechanic because it was created by Reich. [2] When Legends was released, it introduced multicolor cards. This took the wind out of the sails of Spectral Chaos, and the set was shelved.

To boost Domain, there even was a "Barry's Land". It was a land that tapped for 1 colorless mana and was a basic land. For ruling reasons, it was never printed. [3]

Playtesting[edit | edit source]

Designing[edit | edit source]

Developing[edit | edit source]

  • Spectral Chaos

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater. (December 08, 2003.) “Red Letter Day”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater. ( July 22, 2002.) “Squirrel of My Dreams”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Mark Rosewater. (February 09, 2009.) “Whatever Happened to Barry's Land?”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
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