Alan R. Moon

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Alan R. Moon
Alan R. Moon playing his game, Ticket to Ride at Origins, 5 July 2007
Alan R. Moon

November 18, 1951
OccupationBoard Game Designer
Known forTicket to Ride
Moon's Santa Fe Rails in play.

Alan R. Moon (born 18 November 1951) is an author of board games, born in Southampton, England, and currently living in the United States. He is generally considered to be one of the foremost designers of German-style board games. Many of his games can be seen as board game variations on the travelling salesman problem.


Alan R. Moon has worked as a game designer for Avalon Hill, Parker Brothers, and Ravensburger F.X. Schmid USA.[1] His first published game was Black Spy (Avalon Hill, 1981), inspired by the classic card game, Hearts.[1] But his first game that got him attention was Airlines, published by the German company Abacus in 1990.[1] He started his own publishing company, White Wind in 1990 and ran it until 1997.[1] He now publishes his games through other companies, such as Ravensburger and Days of Wonder.

Since 2000, Alan has been a full-time freelance game designer, with dozens of games to his credit.[1] Moon has won the Spiel des Jahres award twice, for Elfenland in 1998 and for Ticket to Ride in 2004; Ticket to Ride has won almost two dozen other awards worldwide.[1]

Selected list of games[edit]

a full list is available from Moon's website in the external links section.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Moon, Alan R. (2007). "Descent". In Lowder, James. Hobby Games: The 100 Best. Green Ronin Publishing. pp. 77–80. ISBN 978-1-932442-96-0.

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