Alex Randolph

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Alex Randolph and Christoph Endres.

Alexander Randolph (4 May 1922 – 28 April 2004) was a designer of board games. Randolph's game creations include TwixT, Breakthru, Inkognito (with Leo Colovini),[1] Raj, Ricochet Robot, and Enchanted Forest (with Michael Matschoss).[2]

Personal and Early Life[edit]

Randolph was born on a ranch by the Colorado River in Arizona. He attended school as a Swiss boarder, studying Philosophy and Semantics.[3]

Career[edit]

Early Careers[edit]

Randolph spent many of his early years in various occupations, including military intelligence and as an advertising copy editor in Boston.

Game Developer[edit]

In 1961, Randolph moved to Japan and became a professional game developer, performing initial work on TwixT. During this time he became a dan player in shogi.

In 1962, Randolph (along with Sid Sackson) was commissioned to start a new game division for Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing (also known as 3M). Through 3M, Randolph created and published such games as Breakthru, Evade, Oh-Wah-Ree, and TwixT.[4]

Randolph moved to Venice, Italy in 1968, continuing his career as a game developer with the company Venice Connection established with Dario De Toffoli and Leo Colovini.[5]

Death[edit]

Randolph died in Venice on 28 April 2004.[4]

Awards[edit]

Spiel des Jahres

Game of the Year
1982 for Enchanted Forest
Children's Game of the Year
1989 for Gute Freunde
1997 for Leinen Los!
Special Awards
1996 Most Beautiful Game for Venice Connection
1988 Most Beautiful game for Inkognito

Origins Awards Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame
2011 induction as a designer
2011 induction of TwixT

References[edit]

  1. ^ part of interview from 1988 http://brettboard.dk/lib/talks/alex6.htm
  2. ^ Review of enchanted forest from about.com http://boardgames.about.com/od/childrensgamervws/fr/enchantedforest.htm
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ a b Whitehill, Bruce (5 February 2011). "Alex Randolph—A Life of Games". The Big Game Hunter. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Game designer page on Studiogiochi website http://www.studiogiochi.com/en/autori/alex-randolph.html

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