Ted Alspach

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Ted Alspach is a board-game designer and the author of more than 30 books on graphics, publishing and the web. He is best known for his Adobe Illustrator-related books, including Illustrator for Dummies and the best-selling Illustrator Bible series. Other books he has written include Photoshop Complete, Microsoft Bob, Internet E-mail Quick Tour, Acrobat Visual Quickstart Guide, and PageMaker Visual Quickstart Guide. Ted was employed by Adobe Systems as Group Product Manager for Adobe Illustrator and the Creative Suite from 1999-2006.

He is the creator of the online and print comic strip Board 2 Pieces, which is a humorous slant on boardgaming told by the game pieces themselves. The comic appeared twice a week at www.opinionatedgamers.com from 2010 to 2012. From 2006-through 2010, it appeared on Boardgamenews.com[1] and previously appeared in a larger format each issue of Knucklebones magazine (before it closed).

Ted Alspach is the designer of the strategy game Seismic,[2] published by Atlas Games, 2006, in which players lay tiles and claim highways in an attempt to create as many completed highway segments before the end of the game, avoiding periodic earthquake activity; the game Rapscallion which allows players to form the best possible poker hand by bidding for playing cards with bidding cards;[3] Start Player published by Bezier Games, Z-Man Games, BeWitched Spiele and daVinci games, which is a set of cards for selecting who goes first in the next game, and Ted Alspach's Ultimate Werewolf: Ultimate Edition (from Bezier Games) which is a comprehensive werewolf-themed party game for up to 65 players. Beer & Pretzels from Bezier Games was released in October 2009, a beer & pretzels-style game where players toss coasters onto a table for money. Ultimate Werewolf: Compact Edition was published in early 2010, which is a single-deck version of Ultimate Werewolf that supports up to 34 players. Ultimate Werewolf: Classic Movie Monsters was also published in early 2010 as an expansion for Ultimate Werewolf. Announced for October 2010: Perpetual-Motion Machine, a card game where players construct an efficiency engine.[4] He has also designed expansions for the popular Age of Steam and Steam board games, including 1830's Pennsylvania and Northern California, Mississippi Steamboats & Golden Spike, Soul Train & Disco Inferno, America & Europe, Barbados & St. Lucia, Jamaica & Puerto Rico, Vermont, New Hampshire & Central New England, Secret Blueprints of Steam plans 1&2, Essen Spiel 2008 Limited Edition & Secret Blueprints of Steam plan #3, Alabama Railways, Antebellum Louisiana & Four Corners, 1867 Georgia Reconstruction, South Carolina & Oklahoma Land Rush, and Beer & Pretzels: The Train Game Expansion.

Book List[edit]

The following are the books written by Ted Alspach, including original publication date (English versions only):

  • Macworld Illustrator 5.0/5.5 Bible 1994
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to QuarkXPress 1994
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Photoshop 1994
  • Microsoft Bob 1995
  • Internet E-Mail Quick Tour 1995
  • The Mac Internet Tour Guide 1995
  • Macworld Illustrator 6 Bible 1996
  • Official Kai's Power Tools Studio Secrets 1996
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Word on the Macintosh 1996
  • Photoshop 4 Complete 1997
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to PageMaker 1997
  • Acrobat 3 Visual QuickStart Guide 1997
  • Illustrator Filter Finesse 1997
  • Illustrator 7 Bible 1997
  • PageMaker 6.5 for Windows Visual QuickStart Guide 1997
  • PageMaker 6.5 for Macintosh Visual QuickStart Guide 1997
  • ImageReady Visual QuickStart Guide 1998
  • Illustrator Effects Magic 1998
  • PhotoDeluxe 2 Visual QuickStart Guide 1998
  • Illustrator 7 Studio Secrets 1998
  • Illustrator 8 Bible 1998
  • PageMaker 6.5 Plus for Windows Visual QuickStart Guide 1999
  • PDF with Acrobat 4 Visual QuickStart Guide 1999
  • PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 4 for Windows Visual QuickStart Guide 2000
  • Illustrator 9 for Dummies 2000
  • Illustrator 9 Bible 2000
  • PageMaker 7 for Windows and Macintosh Visual QuickStart Guide 2001
  • Illustrator 10 Bible 2002
  • Illustrator CS for Dummies 2003
  • Illustrator CS Bible 2003
  • Illustrator CS2 Bible 2005
  • Illustrator CS3 Bible 2007
  • Illustrator CS4 for Dummies 2008
  • Illustrator CS4 Bible 2008
  • Illustrator CS5 Bible 2010
  • Board 2 Pieces: Of Dice and Meeples 2011
  • Board 2 Pieces: Something Smells Gamey 2011

Game List[edit]

The following are the games and game expansions designed by Ted Alspach, including original publication date:

  • Age of Steam Expansion: Bay Area (self-published)2005
  • Seismic (Atlas Games) 2006
  • Age of Steam Expansion: 1830's Pennsylvania / Northern California (self-published) 2006
  • Age of Steam Expansion: Disco Inferno / Soul Train (Bezier Games) 2006
  • Start Player: A Kinda Collectible Card Game (Bezier Games) 2006
  • Age of Steam Expansion: Mississippi Steamboats / Golden Spike (Bezier Games) 2007
  • Age of Steam Expansion: America/Europe (Bezier Games) 2007
  • Age of Steam Expansion: Barbados / St. Lucia (Bezier Games) 2007
  • Age of Steam Expansion: Jamaica / Puerto Rico (Bezier Games) 2007
  • Ultimate Werewolf: Whitebox Edition (Bezier Games) 2007
  • Rapscallion (Bezier Games) 2008
  • Smarty Party - Gamers' Expansion (Bezier Games) 2008
  • Age of Steam Expansion: Secret Blueprints of Steam (Bezier Games) 2008
  • Ubongo Extrem Crazy Expansion (Bezier Games) 2008
  • Age of Steam Expansion: Vermont, New Hampshire & Central New England (Bezier Games) 2008
  • Age of Steam Expansion: Special 2008 Spiel Limited Edition: Essen Spiel & Secret Blueprints of Steam Plan #3 2008
  • Ultimate Werewolf: Ultimate Edition (Bezier Games) 2008
  • Start Player (Z-Man Games, daVinci Games) 2008
  • FITS Expansion #1: MOTS: More of the Same (Bezier Games) 2009
  • FITS Expansion #2: LOTS: Letters on the Spaces (Bezier Games) 2009
  • FITS Expansion #3: BOTS: Big Obnoxious Terrible Spaces (Bezier Games) 2009
  • Start Spieler (BeWitched Spiele) 2009
  • Age of Steam Expansion: 1867 Georgia Reconstruction, South Carolina & Oklahoma Land Rush (Bezier Games) 2009
  • Age of Steam Expansion: Alabama Railways, Antebellum Louisiana & Four Corners (Bezier Games) 2009
  • Age of Steam Expansion: Beer & Pretzels (Bezier Games) 2009
  • Beer & Pretzels (Bezier Games) 2009
  • Beer & Pretzels: Purple Coaster Expansion (Bezier Games) 2009
  • Ultimate Werewolf: Classic Movie Monsters (Bezier Games) 2010
  • Ultimate Werewolf: Compact Edition (Bezier Games) 2010
  • Perpetual Motion Machine (Bezier Games) 2010
  • Age of Steam Expansion: California Gold Rush & Underground Railroad (Bezier Games) 2010
  • Age of Steam Expansion: Amazon Rainforest & Sahara Desert (Bezier Games) 2010
  • Age of Steam Expansion: Atlantis & Triland (Bezier Games) 2010
  • Age of Steam Expansion: Sharing & Really Friendly Sharing (Bezier Games) 2010
  • Ticked Off (R&R Games) 2011
  • TieBreaker (Bezier Games) 2011
  • Ultimate Werewolf: Night Terrors (Bezier Games) 2011
  • Ultimate Werewolf Artifacts (Bezier Games) 2011
  • Age of Steam Expansion: Australia & Tasmania (Bezier Games) 2011
  • Age of Steam Expansion: African Diamond Mines & Taiwan Cube Factories (Bezier Games) 2011
  • Age of Steam Expansion: Outer Space & Reversteam (Bezier Games) 2011
  • Age of Steam Expansion: Orient Express & Disoriented Express (Bezier Games) 2011
  • Mutant Meeples (Bezier Games, Pegasus Spiele) 2012
  • Enter the Passage (Bezier Games) 2012
  • Suburbia (Bezier Games, Lookout Games) 2012
  • Kniffel das KartenSpiel (Schmidt Spiele) 2013
  • Ultimate Werewolf: Urban Legends (Bezier Games) 2013
  • You Suck (Bezier Games) 2013
  • Suburbia Inc (Bezier Games) 2013
  • One Night Ultimate Werewolf (with Akihisa Okui) (Bezier Games) 2014
  • Ultimate Werewolf (Bezier Games) 2014
  • Ultimate Werewolf: Deluxe Edition (Bezier Games) 2014
  • Ultimate Werewolf: Wolfpack (Bezier Games) 2014
  • Castles of Mad King Ludwig (Bezier Games) 2014

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "How to Read Board 2 Pieces". Feb 2006. 
  2. ^ Seismic. 2006. ISBN 1-58978-089-2. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  3. ^ Martin, W. E. (2008-03-04). "Game Preview: Rapscallion". 
  4. ^ "Perpetual-Motion Machine". Retrieved 2010-06-14.