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Tom Fontaine

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Tom Fontaine was a Magic playtester, designer and developer.

Biography[edit | edit source]

In the late 1980s, Tom 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. He also provided card texts for Alpha.[1] He devised the notion of naming each generic creature with an evocative adjective. "Tom sent me a message with about two dozen names," said Richard Garfield. "Samite Healer, Drudge Skeletons, Scathe Zombies, Scryb Sprites, Sengir Vampire -- I used most of them. That kicked the `adjective thing' into gear."[2]

Playtesting[edit | edit source]

Designing[edit | edit source]

Developing[edit | edit source]

  • Revised Edition
  • Fourth Edition

References[edit | edit source]

  1. John Carter (December 25, 2004). "The Original Magic Rulebook". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Words of Magic, by Allen Varney