Top 10 fantasy freaks and gaming geeks
10. Richard Garfield
If you've spent all your allowance money (and some of your retirement) on collectible card games, then you have Garfield to thank (or blame) for your habit. Garfield, the creator of Magic: the Gathering (which debuted in 1993) is credited with bringing this low-tech gaming genre to the masses. Nowadays, some 6 million folks in more than 70 countries play the game, a sort of a WWF smack-down between super-charged wizards. The math professor has gone on to design oodles of other card and board games, from RoboRally to the Star Wars Trading Card Game, and shows no signs of slowing down.
Pictured: Kids trade Magic: The Gathering cards at a Hudson comic book store in 1994.