Since vtesinla.org is not online anymore for some time now, I took the liberty of reposting some of the articles posted there. The first one is an interview with the creator of Magic: The Gathering (1993) and Vampire:The Eternal Struggle (1994), that Robert Goudie conducted in 2001,
How better to celebrate the good health of V:TES than to take a look back with its creator, Richard Garfield. Richard was kind enough to take a few moments from his day to answer a few questions about our favorite game…
Robert Goudie: Have you kept up with the ups and downs of Jyhad’s (now V:TES’) near death and recent rebirth?
Richard Garfield: No, not really. Certainly not formally. It is something I hear about from players when I go to conventions, and it is news I enjoy hearing about. However this conduit has become very narrow because I have cut way back on my convention visits, while my children are young (now 1 and 3).
Goudie: Are you surprised by the resiliance of the game and the loyal following it has created?
Garfield: Certainly – though now I recognize that it had some advantages. It was a really early TCG in a world which had a lot of interest. It was the first TCG as heavily oriented toward multiplayer play. After that, if the game is worthwhile, the players will keep it alive. Though, of course, for a fan base keeping a TCG alive is a lot harder than keeping an RPG alive.