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First Turn

Before trading seasonings and sneaking about, the Century: Spice Road and Specter Ops designer was snatching sweeties in 2012’s Tricks & Treats

EMERSON MATSUUCHI

BACKGROUND

“I was a software developer at Merrill Lynch in downtown New York, before I became a freelance consultant. But there was always a niggling feeling in the back of my head that I wanted to do something other than this, so when I got home, I’d work on a 3D game engine based on Microsoft’s Managed DirectX. In 2009 I was introduced to The Dice Tower, and because of that I bought Settlers of Catan, which I loved. So then I bought Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne; all the staples for today’s collection. And because I’d always had the desire to develop games, I thought, ‘What if I work on an analogue game?’”

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