Richard Garfield is the mathematical and designer legend in the world of card games who designed Magic, the Gathering which he developed in1993. In Magic, he is credited with creating the first collectable game card which has spawned many imitations. At the time he was a graduate doing a PhD in maths, more notably in combinatorics which is the study of counting.
Many games have a binary outcome, where someone wins or gains the most points and there is frequently a leader board – think basketball or poker. Garfield terms these games Orthogames. In contrast both traditional games such as chess or emerging games such as Dungeons and Dragons deliver a play environment where many different outcomes could unfold. This space is creative rather than just competitive and this is where Garfield excels.
In Magic Garfield created a game where not everyone had to have the same cards and where each game would be different; in effect every player was creating their own game. This is the game potential in which he is interested.
In interviews Garfield is portrayed as a man who just loves to pay games from chess, bridge and cards and everything in between. His first playtester and fellow graduate Barry Reich said that Garfield could turn three salt packets and a straw into a game while waiting for food in restaurant, and frequently did.
Unique is adjective frequently applied to him as well as humorous anecdotes such as Garfield never wearing matching socks only added to his quaint eccentricity. He was well known for organising games nights with his students and was not interested in whether he won or lost, but rather what he could create.
The original card pack included 60 cards but only 40 were used in each game, allowing the other 20 cards to be traded. The trading side to the game really fascinated him as he observed how people valued and traded their cards.
This legend, mathematician and creative genius is now partnering with WAX Studios to Deliver PvP Gaming Mode for Blockchain Brawlers.
The partnership will deliver a new PvP layer within WAX Studios' Blockchain Brawlers game, which was released to major fanfare earlier this month. In the first two weeks of launch alone, the game's native token, BRWL, garnered over $431 Million in volume.
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Blockchain Brawlers is the first game from WAX Studios, with its gaming initiatives led by Chief Gaming Officer Michael Rubinelli. Rubinelli, a 25-year veteran of the gaming industry, who is cited as being instrumental in the rise of the free-to-play business model that revolutionized gaming.
Into the mix now comes Richard Garfield, a mathematics professor and a game designer whose most successful game, Magic: The Gathering, is credited with ushering in the trading card game genre. WAX Studios' unique take on Web3 gaming is to combine P2E monetization with the PvP gameplay, alongside the creativity and desirability of Garfield's game design genius.
Richard Garfield, inventor and game designer, said: "It's a pleasure to bring a PvP element to Blockchain Brawlers. I am aiming for a game that is entertaining and immersive with real strategic choices and opportunity for risk taking — yet easy enough to learn that it opens up Blockchain Brawlers to a broad player audience."
Michael Rubinelli, CGO of WAX Studios, said: "We set up WAX Studios because we feel Web3 gaming is in urgent need of redefinition. Right now, it's more about farming than having fun. Bringing in Richard Garfield and his beautiful, mathematical, and strategy-driven mind to the creative team behind our new PvP layer will boost Blockchain Brawlers to entirely new levels and raise the bar on Web3 gaming."
Within Blockchain Brawlers, players compete in pro-wrestling style matches, earn BRWL tokens, and craft their way to success. Players can use their earnings to construct better equipment, including wrestling rings and weapons, to earn more BRWL.
WAX Studios has stellar ambitions for Brawlers and is aiming to maximize participation by attracting mainstream gamers to its web3 games. The team says it wants as many people to go head-to-head as possible to create excitement and a variety of opponents. There are also plans to develop secondary market opportunities to ensure users have a solid outlet for crafted items, generally lacking in other P2E games.
Through its carbon-neutral blockchain, WAX is fast becoming a powerhouse in the Play-to-Earn and non-fungible token (NFT) gaming sector. The WAX blockchain currently has over 12,000,000 active user accounts and boasts five blockchain games in the top 25 by users, including the actual top 3. WAX also cites the most activity, with nearly 20 million daily operations according to Blocktivity.
WAX has also had tremendous success onboarding major IPs into early Web3. At the start of 2022, WAX performed the largest NFT drop in history — one to each of the first 10 million accounts registered.