HELP PLEASE Origins Of Magic The Gathering?
Brian Mitchely
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I need a little history lesson here. I was told that the creator of Magic the Gathering, John Garfield, based the game on an older Navel Intelligence game. The "Gathering" was the gathering of information or "Intel", then the factions could battle based on the "Intel" card. Mr. Garfield, I am told, felt that the use of German, Japanesse, American, English, Russian, Etcetra cards may "Offend" some people so fantasy characters were substituded for them. My questsions are these:

1- Is this true?

2- If it is true what was the name of the original game.

3- Is this original game still available (Purchase, Webgame, Download, Construction paper, scissors and paste?)

4-Is it listed on BGG or another website?

Any information would be appreiciated.
Thank You All Again
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Is it an original or a modern PC spinnoff of an older, better game?
 
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Cosmic Encounter was one of the inspirations for the game... I've never heard the Naval Intelligence account before, but I stay away from CCG's.
 
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When MAGIC:TG 1st came out I jumped in with both feet. I had the Moxes, Black Lotus, Time Walk, etc. When the price for these rose to an unbeleivable level I copied them and sold them for an astronomical sum. It more than paid for the $1,000+ I put into the game. While winning a tournament I had a chance to talk to Richard Garfield (not John the ex-president) and he told me that it was "Wiz-War" that inspired MAGIC. There was quite a story surrounding this that I can't now recall but the end result was me hunting down and buying the game. It IS very similar to MAGIC but without Uncommon and Rare cards. Richard told me that during play-testing ALL the cards were common so everyone could make up any deck they wanted without regard to cost. I beleive it was Carl Rove that stepped in and masterminded the rarity of cards equating to untold profits.
 
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Titan influenced Magic, especially in how creatures are summoned. Garfield seems to have originally intended Magic to be a card game version of Titan. For more details, see my Titan Lineage geeklist:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listi...
 
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There is little doubt that this game has some kind of influence on the development of Magic: The Gathering.
Players control lands (including plains, mountains, forests, swamps...) and summon creatures to attack each other. Hmm.
 
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I immediately thought of this underappreciated filler game from 1982. We wore through several decks of this during breaks in high school, along with Nuclear War and Naval War.

Players took turns producing useful items to augment their party while summoning monsters to decimate the others. Accomodated up to 4 players at once, and eliminated them rather quickly - once you had less than two studly knights or paladins in your front line, things went downhill fast.
 
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During a Lucca Games edition back in 1994/1995 I had a chance to meet Garfield and I asked him if "Kings & Things", with its terrain/creatures connection, influenced "Magic". He smiled and said yes, of course, and more so the previous "King of the Tabletop" that you already listed.
 
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