Magic the Gathering Alpha cards

Alpha, Beta, Gamma Playtest cards Index


Playtest cards added inside different tabs were cleansed, cropped, etc...for better esthetical purpose


Alpha playtest cards had been Richard Garfield's two-person hand-drawn set (80 cards).
* Cards have actually a hand-drawn example or nothing at all and in various situations, the entire card is hand written.

Here's a super-difficult trivia question. Just what a couple played the very first ever before game of Magic? Okay, one ended up being Richard Garfield. That has been the easy half of the solution. Just who did he play against?
The solution: His name's Barry "little" Reich.

Barry is a gamer. Barry can also be a buddy of Richard's. Important to this tale is that Barry ended up being buddies with Richard while Richard ended up being creating Magic. We talk a lot concerning the original playtesters (here's a few whose names you may recognize: Bill Rose, Charlie Catino, Skaff Elias, Joel Mick, Jim Lin). We were holding people who were gamers and pals (or friends of buddies) of Richard's at that time Richard had been generating Magic. Whenever Richard needed a group to playtest the latest game he had been making, this might be whom Richard considered. A single day that Richard come up with the very first secret deck, Barry had been fortunate become anyone Richard desired to test the video game on.

As a quick aside for those that need to know more info on the first secret game previously played, Richard made an individual 80-card deck with five colors and items and then separated it in 2 in order for them to play. Remember, at the beginning, secret's deck size had been 40 cards, perhaps not 60. The games had been played for ante, as all initial Magic games were, and also the two played until one of them had an unplayable deck. Whenever Barry and I talked about this many moons ago, Barry promises that he had the honor of winning the initial online game.

Added information about Barry. His nickname Bit came from the fact that he had been both small and some type of computer technology significant (and from now on a computer scientist). Barry was the initial one to develop an all-artifact deck. He worked difficult to trade for some associated with Moxes inside environment (there have beenn't numerous, as Richard held the card matter reduced to reflect just what he thought would be the real-world play experience—yes, Richard guessed incorrect thereon one). Richard's preferred Magic-playing memory of Barry ended up being that Barry adored playing sea-serpent, and when he got one into play he'd growl and acquire a plastic serpent off their bag that he would throw-on the dining table.


Beta playtest cards had been the ones after Alpha. Numerous variations exist that have been done at the least in 2 various stages:
* Cards have a hand-drawn example, an illustration or nothing at all plus in several instances, the whole card is hand written.
* Cards are white, beige, blue, green or yellow.
* The groups in upper right and sometimes down center were imprinted empty is filled up with the right color by marker. Sometimes, there clearly was no empty group, just the shade finished with a marker.

Both state 1 and stage 2 are comparable in a few aspects. Those playtest cards have a circle that's colored on it. They've been much more ancient. Sometimes, its challenging tell if they are stage 1 or stage 2. animals in phase 1 get one NUMBER, Creatures in phase 2 and 3 have both energy and toughness. All playtest cards in Gamma have a genuine letter instead of a colored circle.

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