Ted Alspach

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Ted Alspach 2017 in Essen, Germany.

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 as the designer of the boardgames Castles of Mad King Ludwig, Suburbia, One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Ultimate Werewolf, and Werewords. As a writer, 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 the group product manager for Adobe Illustrator and the Creative Suite from 1999-2006, overseeing the release of Illustrator 9, 10, CS, CS2, and Creative Suite CS and CS2.

He is the author of a patent for vector-based flares, written while he was at Adobe.

He, along with his wife Toni Alspach, run Bezier Games, Inc., which publishes titles from Ted Alspach as well as other designers, including Tom Lehmann, Freidemann Friese, Scott Caputo, and Rob Daviau.

Board games[edit]

Ted Alspach is the designer of several board games, most notably Castles of Mad King Ludwig, Suburbia, Ultimate Werewolf, One Night Ultimate Werewolf, and Werewords. He has also designed expansions for the popular Age of Steam and Steam board games.

Alspach 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).

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
  • One Night Ultimate Compendium 2017

Game list[edit]

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

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