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First Turn

The Ultimate Werewolf master and architect of Castles and Palace of Mad King Ludwig heads down memory lane to his debut game: 2006’s road-building, earthquake-battling Seismic

TED ALSPACH

BACKGROUND

“I was the group product manager for Adobe Illustrator and their creative suite for about eight years, but I was always doing game design. While growing up in Pennsylvania, me and a friend made a 3D version of Tactics 2, an old Avalon Hill wargame – we papier-mâché’d a giant map. And when I did D&D in high school, I loved being the DM. Designing maps and working on campaigns was always the thing that drove me to play more. I’m pretty sure my first couple of proper games were designed while I was still at Adobe daydreaming when I shoulda been doing something else. So, thanks Adobe for footing the bill for some of that!”

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