Alpha, Beta, Gamma Playtest cards

Index | Gamma White | Gamma Blue | Gamma Black | Gamma Red | Gamma Green | Gamma Gold | Gamma Artifact | Gamma Basic Lands | Others | MISSING SOURCES PART 1 | MISSING SOURCES PART 2


ALPHA, BETA, GAMMA AND OTHERS PLAYTEST CARDS

Playtest cards added in the different tabs were cleaned, cropped, etc...for better esthetical purpose

*ALPHA PLAYTEST CARDS*

Alpha playtest cards were Richard Garfield's two-person hand-drawn set (120 cards) on yellow cardstock. 120 cards is mentioned in the: The Duelist #0 (a free printed flyer from when Magic: The Gathering was introduced at Gen Con in 1993.)
* Cards have a hand-drawn illustration or nothing at all and in a few cases, the entire card is hand written.

Here's a super-difficult trivia question. What two people played the very first ever game of Magic? Okay, one of them was Richard Garfield. That was the easy half of the answer. Who did he play against?
The answer: His name is Barry "Bit" Reich.

Barry is a gamer. Barry is also a friend of Richard's. Important to this story is that Barry was friends with Richard while Richard was designing Magic. We talk a lot about the original playtesters (here's a few whose names you might recognize: Bill Rose, Charlie Catino, Skaff Elias, Joel Mick, Jim Lin). These were people who were gamers and friends (or friends of friends) of Richard's during the time Richard was creating Magic. When Richard needed a group to playtest the new game he was making, this is who Richard turned to. The day that Richard put together the very first Magic deck, Barry was lucky enough to be the person Richard wanted to try out the game on.

As a quick aside for those that want to know more about the very first Magic game ever played, Richard made a single 120-card deck with all five colors and artifacts and then split it in two for them to play. The games were played for ante, as all original Magic games were, and the two played until one of them had an unplayable deck. When Barry and I talked about this many moons ago, Barry claims that he had the honor of winning the very first game.

A few other facts about Barry. His nickname Bit came from the fact that he was both small and a computer science major (and now a computer scientist). Barry was the first one to build an all-artifact deck. He worked hard to trade for most of the Moxes in the environment (there weren't many, as Richard kept the card count low to reflect what he felt would be the real-world play experience—yes, Richard guessed wrong on that one). Richard's favorite Magic-playing memory of Barry was that Barry loved playing Sea Serpent, and whenever he got one into play he would growl and get a plastic snake out of his bag that he would throw on the table.



Alpha playtest cards from Richard Garfield

*BETA PLAYTEST CARDS*

Beta playtest cards were the ones after Alpha. Multiple variants exist that were done at least in two different phases:
* Cards have a hand-drawn illustration, an illustration or nothing at all and in a few cases, the entire card is hand written.
* Cards are white, beige, blue, green or yellow.
* The circles in the upper right and sometimes down middle were printed blank to be filled with an appropriate color by marker. Sometimes, there was no blank circle, just the color done with a marker.

Both Phase 1 and Phase 2 are similar in some aspects. Those playtest cards have a circle that is colored in it. They are a bit more primitive. In some cases, it is hard to tell whether they are Phase 1 or Phase 2. Creatures in phase 1 have ONE NUMBER, Creatures in phase 2 and 3 have both power and toughness. All playtest cards in Gamma have an actual letter instead of a colored circle.


Back in the early 1990's, before Magic cards were ever found in booster packs, Charlie Catino was one of the myriad playtesters from the University of Pennsylvania that Richard Garfield tagged to help get the Alpha card set (and game rules) ready for public consumption. I sat down with Charlie and asked him about the ins and out of testing that historic first few hundred cards…

“I was just a playtester,” he warned me. “I wasn't involved in many decisions; I just played the cards and reported my findings.” Actually, that's not so different from how I and other neophytes around R&D begin our training as developers nowadays: play a lot, talk about what's happening, and let the more experienced people fix the problems.

“Richard just wanted us to show him what could be done with Magic,” he continued, “but the cardpool was very limited.” Testing then, it turns out, was not at all like the constructed testing we do now, where we assume competitive players will obtain the maximum allowable copies of any given card. No, instead Charlie and the gang were playing something akin to an unrefined sealed deck league, with small numbers of cards available. “We basically printed about 20 common sheets [a sheet is approximately one of each card], seven uncommon sheets, and two rare sheets and divided them up among our group evenly. So even if you count the cards the guys had that were testing before us, there were only about five Black Lotuses available total.

And if you wanted access to any of those cards, you had to go out of your way to trade for them. “One of the main decks I made at the beginning was black-white with Pestilence and protection from black creatures. From there I wanted to try something that used a lot of black mana for big Pestilences and Drain Lifes, so I tried getting a lot of Dark Rituals. Rituals #2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 weren't hard to get, but then people started getting nervous—'Charlie is trying to get all the Dark Rituals! Don't trade them!'—so numbers 9, 10, 11, and 12 were a lot harder to acquire. And I couldn't get any more after that.”

What Richard was looking for was an understanding of how enjoyable the game would be to play—the social experience was as important as the deckbuilding and the playing. “He didn't think people would spend hundreds of dollars on Magic,” explained Charlie, “but if they did spend more, hey, that's great—we'll fix whatever's broken.”

That comment led me to ask Charlie if they realized the “power” cards of the set were so far above the average card from their play experience. “We caught the power cards in time to give plenty of feedback to Richard,” he said, specifically calling out the Moxes, Time Walk and Ancestral Recall. “Again, no one could make a deck with all Moxes—or even all dual lands—because there just weren't that many of them. So we never ran into really degenerate situations.”

Was Charlie in a position to suggest costs or abilities for cards? “No, the first playtest group [Skaff Elias, Jim Lin, Chris Page, and Dave Pettey] did most of that—the costs were settled on. Richard was a great designer, sure, but he was also a great developer. He just wanted to make sure there were plenty of combos, and that we could understand the rules interactions. There weren't rulings for a lot of the stuff that could happen.

“I remember when [fellow playtester] Barry [Reich] played Unsummon on one of his creatures that was about to die, and we said, 'You can't do that! Richard didn't want it to work that way.' So Barry explained what he did to Richard and why he thought it was cool and that it should work that way, and Richard said sure. So there was a little bit of 'system development' going on.

“We played for ante a lot; my favorite deck for that was a bunch of common weenies like Merfolk of the Pearl Trident and Scryb Sprites, some Counterspells, and a couple Ancestrals. If you beat me all you'd win was usually some little 1/1. Bill [Rose] and I and the rest of the guys in Philly didn't really like ante, so we stopped playing that way, and didn't really ever try stuff like Demonic Attorney and Contract from Below.” Too bad they couldn't convince Richard to abandon that portion of the game—I still remember getting Demonic Attorney as one of the rares in the first starter deck I ever opened!

I asked Charlie if there were any cards he remembered being changed as a result of their testing. Library of Leng leapt to mind. “It originally let you set aside ten cards from your collection in a pile and draw from them. So one of the testers had a deck that used a bunch of Time Walks and counters and Swords to Plowshares to control the game, then would play the Library and go get a bunch of Serra Angels and Mahamoti Djinns to win the game with.”

One card that didn't change, though, was Chaos Orb, “even though we all hated it,” laughed Charlie. “And the players in the real world pretty much hated that thing too.”

Eventually the playtesters discovered the art of “proxying” their own fake cards, and the decks quickly became mathematical exercises. What wins faster, all Black Lotuses and Channels and Fireballs, or Time Walks and Ancestral Recalls? “Richard was aware all this stuff could be done ahead of time, but again, he figured if people were spending enough to be able to do that stuff, that was a good problem to have.”



Angel Beta playtest card (with circles in the upper right and down middle, different casting cost, text and 4 down on the right) compared to Angel (Serra Angel) Gamma playtest card. Serra Angel Alpha Limited Edition Set.


Righteousness Beta playtest card (on yellow paper) compared to Righteousness Gamma playtest card. Righteousness Alpha Limited Edition Set.


Counterspell Beta playtest card (blue dot in circle and different text) compared to Counterspell Gamma playtest card. Counterspell Alpha Limited Edition Set.


Illusionary Terrain Beta playtest card (beige, blue dot in circle, different type and different text) compared to Illusionary Terrain (Phantasmal Terrain) Gamma playtest card. Phantasmal Terrain Alpha Limited Edition Set.


Mind Twist Alpha/Beta playtest card (different hand-drawn illustration, same text) compared to Mind Twist Gamma playtest card. Mind Twist Alpha Limited Edition Set.


Zombies Beta playtest card (green version, black dot in circle, different casting cost and 2 down on the right) compared to Zombies (Scathe Zombies) Gamma playtest card. Scathe Zombies Alpha Limited Edition Set.


Destroy Artifact Beta playtest card ( no hand-drawn illustration or illustration, red dot in circle, type: Sorcery instead of Instant, same text) compared to Destroy Artifact (Shatter) Gamma playtest card. Shatter Alpha Limited Edition Set.


Fireball Beta playtest card ( no hand-drawn illustration or illustration, red dot in circle, different text on green paper) compared to Fireball Gamma playtest card. Fireball Alpha Limited Edition Set.


Bears Beta playtest card (with different casting cost and 2 down on the right) compared to Bears (Grizzly Bears) Gamma playtest card. Grizzly Bears Alpha Limited Edition Set.


Wurm Beta playtest card (with different casting cost) compared to Wurm (Craw Wurm) Gamma playtest card. Wurm Alpha Limited Edition Set.


Juggernaut Beta playtest card (different casting cost and text and 0 down on the righ) compared to Juggernaut Gamma playtest card. Juggernaut Alpha Limited Edition Set.


Ant Hill Alpha/Beta playtest card ( entire card is handwritten, no illustration it will become The Hive in Gamma, different casting cost and, has a 01 in the lower right-hand corner, it was in Barry Reich (Bit)'s deck.) compared to The Hive Gamma playtest card. The Hive Alpha Limited Edition Set.


Forest Beta playtest cards (hand-drawn no circle, hand-drawn colorized, hand-drawn blue version, green dot on top right) compared to Forest Version 1 Gamma playtest card. Forest Alpha Version 1 Limited Edition Set.


Islands Alpha/Beta playtest cards (hand-drawn and handwritten no circle, hand-drawn colorized, hand-drawn yellow version, blue dot on top right) compared to Island Version 2 Gamma playtest card. Island Version 2 Alpha Limited Edition Set.

*GAMMA PLAYTEST CARDS*

Gamma playtest cards were the third, all cards have illustrations.
It is, with very few exceptions (False Orders, Mosquitos (Will-O'-The-Wisp), Magic Ruthy, Magic Skaff) complete with illustrations, casting costs, and text. There are many clarifications in this version as well. Naturally, it is the closest version to the actual printed set.
From the creation of Magic: The Gathering by Richard Garfield (page 6 to 8 of the Pocket Players Guide, Revised Edition published in 1994)

Chapter from Alpha to Gamma
:

For the Gamma version, new cards were added and many of the creature costs were increased. We also doubled the pool of playtesters adding in a group with Strat-o-matic Baseball experience. We were particularly anxious to dind out if Magic could be adapted for league play. Gamma was also the first version, which was fully illustrated. Skaff Elias was my art director: he and others spent days poring over old graphic magazines, comic books, and game books searching for art for the cards. These playtest decks were pretty attractive for crummy for black-and-white cardstock photocopies. For the most part the cards were illustrated with serious pictures, but there was a lot of humourous ones as well. Heal was illustrated by Skaff's foot. Power Sink showed Calvin (of "Calvin and Hobbes") in a toilet; after all what is a toilet but a power sink? Berserk was John Travolta dancing in Saturday Night Fever, Righteousness pictured Captain Kirk, and Blessing showed Spock doing his "live long and prosper" gesture. An old comic book provided a Charles Atlas picture for Holy Strength, and a 98-pound weakling getting sand kicked in his face for Weakness. Instill Energy was Richard Simmons, the infamous Glasses of Urza were some X-ray glasses we found in a catalog. Ruthy Kantorovitz constructed a darling flame-belching baby for Firebreathing. I myself had the honor of being the Gremlins. The pictures and additional players greatly added for the game atmosphere. It became clear that while the duels were for two players, the more player playing, the better the game was. In some sense, the individual duels were a part of a single, larger game.

Chapter Striking the Balance:

Each playtest set saw the expulsion of certain cards. One type of card was common in Alpha and Beta, rare in Gamma, and is now nonexistent: the type that made one of our rival's cards yours. Yes, Control Magic used to permanently steal a creature from your opponent. Similarly, Steal Artifact really took an artifact. Copper Tablet no longer even remotely resembles its original purpose, which was to swap two creatures in play. ("Yes, I'll swap my Merfolk for your Dragon. On second thought, make that my Goblins-they're uglier."). There was a spell, Planeshift, which stole a land, and another, Ecoshift, which collected all the lands, shuffled them, and redealt them-really nice for the user of four or five colors of magic. Pixies used to be a real pain-if they hit you, you swapped a random card from your hand with your opponent. These cards added something to the game, often in the form of players trying to destroy their own creatures before theit opponents took them for good or even trying to take their own lives to preserve the last shreds of theit decks. In the end, however, it was pretty clear that the nastiness this added to the game environment wasn't worth the trouble, and no card should ever be at risk unless players choose to play for ante.

It was around this time that I began tp realize that almost any decision made about the game would be opposed, often vehemently, by some players. The huge amount of dissent about what should and what should not be part of the card mix led players to make their own versions for playtesting-a significant task that involved designing, constructing, shuffling, and distributing about 4'000 cards. Each of these games had its merits, and the playtesters enjoyed discovering the quirks and secrets of each new environment. The results of these efforts will form the basis for future Deckmaster games that use the structure of Magic: The Gathering while containing mostly new cards.


PLAYTEST CARDS MISSING IN GAMMA

Limited Edition Alpha has 295 cards was released on August 5, 1993.
The following cards are not in the Alpha Series:
Circle of Protection: Black, Forest (ver. 3), Island (ver. 3),
Mountain (ver. 3), Plains (ver. 3), Swamp (ver. 3), Volcanic Island

WHITE: 6 out of 45

* Castle Uncommon (Red card on the sheet)
Holy Armor Common
Island Sanctuary Rare
Lance Uncommon
Personal Incarnation Rare
Samite Healer Common
Veteran Bodyguard Rare EXIST IN ALPHA/BETA (To be verified)

BLUE: 7 out of 46

Creature Bond Common
*Drain Power Rare (Black Card on the sheet)
Invisibility Common
Pirate Ship Rare
Power Leak Common
Psychic Venom Common
Spell Blast Common
Stasis Rare

BLACK: 5 out of 46

Nettling Imp Uncommon
Paralyze Common
Plague Rats Common
Royal Assassin Rare
*Will-O'-The-Wisp Rare (Green card on the sheet)
Word of Command Rare

RED: 10 out of 46

Dragon Whelp Uncommon
Dwarven Demolition Team Uncommon
Dwarven Warriors Common
Goblin Balloon Brigade Uncommon
Keldon Warlord Uncommon
Orcish Artillery Uncommon
Orcish Oriflamme Uncommon
Raging River Rare
Sedge Troll Rare
Stone Giant Uncommon

GREEN: 6 out of 46

Birds of Paradise Rare
Elvish Archers Rare
Gaea's Liege Rare
Ley Druid Uncommon
Verduran Enchantress Rare
*Wall of Ice Uncommon (Blue card on the sheet)
Web Rare

ARTIFACT: 2 out of 47

Clockwork Beast Rare
Conservator Uncommon
*Illusionary Mask Rare (Blue card on the sheet)

LAND: 9 out of 19

Badlands Rare
Bayou Rare
Plateau Rare
Savannah Rare
Scrubland Rare
Taiga Rare
Tropical Island Rare
Tundra Rare
Underground Sea Rare

TOTAL= 46 Gamma playtest cards missing out of 295

*DELTA*

Delta was the computer file that would eventually become the first printed set.

GAMMA UNCUT SHEETS

17 different uncut sheets of Gamma playtest cards exist for the 5 colors as well as the Artifact and Basic Lands. They follow this precised pattern for the 5 colors ones:
* Common sheet of 16 cards with no Artifacts
* Uncommon sheet of 16 cards including 3 Artifacts
* Rare sheet of 16 cards including 4 Artifacts

The Artifact sheet consists of 12 cards (including 2 gold cards) and 4 blank spots.
The Basic Land sheet consists of 15 cards plus an extra card (Mosquitos, a green card that will end up being the Black Rare card Will-O'-The-Wisp).

In total, 268 cards: 41 White, 41 Blue, 41 Black, 41 Red, 42 Green, 2 Gold, 45 Artifact and 15 Basic Lands. 88 original illustration sources are still missing out of 268 (see list below and tabs).



Common, Uncommon, Rare White uncut sheets.


Common, Uncommon, Rare Blue uncut sheets.


Common, Uncommon, Rare Black uncut sheets.


Common, Rare Red uncut sheets (unfortunately the Uncommon sheet is missing).


Common, Uncommon, Rare Green uncut sheets.


Uncommon/Rare Artifact and Gold uncut sheet.


Common Basic Land uncut sheet.

Pics of the uncut sheets courtesy of Keith Adams AKA Fvzappa


The Unicorn stamp was to mark the backs of a fixed pool of cards used in a draft league test late in the playtest phase.

*DELETED PICS FROM ARCHIVES LINKS OF WIZARDS.COM





"LD" playtest cards, Magic Arcana





Alpha Artifacts, Magic Arcana

*SOURCES FOR SOME OF THE DIFFERENT ILLUSTRATIONS*


* Dungeon Masters Guide. Cover by Jeff Easley. 1983
* Players Handbook First Edition. Cover by Jeff Easley. 1983
* Players Handbook Second Edition. Cover by Jeff Easley. 1989


* Fiend Folio. Cover by Emmanuel. 1981
* Monster Manual First Edition. Cover by Jeff Easley. 1983
* Monster Manual Second Edition. Cover by Jeff Easley. 1983


*Toon The Cartoon Roleplaying Game. Cover by Kyle Miller. 1984
*Toon The Cartoon Roleplaying Game Deluxe Edition. Cover by Kyle Miller. 1991


* The Adventures of Tintin: The Seven Crystal Balls. Cover by Hergé. 1948
* The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun. Cover by Hergé. 1949
* The Adventures of Tintin: Flight 714. Cover by Hergé. 1968


* Asterix at the Olympic Games. Cover by Uderzo. 1968


* The X-Men #25: "The Power and the Pendant!". Cover by Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers and Sam Rosen. 25 October 1966.
* Incredible Hulk #150: "Cry Hulk, Cry Havok!". Cover by Herb Trimpe, John Severin and Sam Rosen. April 1972
* Raw One-Shot #5: "Big Baby: Curse of the Molemen. Cover by Charles Burns. December 1985
* Batman” #405: “War Is Declared” Year One Part 2. Cover by David Mazzucchelli. March 1987


* Epic Illustrated #26. Cover by Bill Sienkiewicz. October 1984
* Epic Illustrated #27. Cover by Clyde Caldwell. December 1984
* Epic Illustrated #29. Cover by Steve Hickman. April 1985
* Epic Illustrated #31. Cover by John Bolton. August 1985


* Epic Illustrated #32. Cover by Jerry Bingham. October 1985
* Epic Illustrated #33. Cover by Phil Hale. December 1985
* Epic Illustrated #34 (Last issue). Cover by Arthur Suydam. February 1986


* ElfQuest: Siege At Blue Mountain #4. Cover by Wendy Pini. September 1987
* ElfQuest: Siege At Blue Mountain #5. Cover by Wendy Pini. November 1987


* The Sandman Master of Dreams, Number 2: "Imperfect Hosts". Cover by Dave McKean. February 1989
* The Sandman Master of Dreams, Number 4: "A hope in hell". Cover by Dave McKean. April 1989
* The Sandman Master of Dreams, Number 7: "Sound and Fury". Cover by Dave McKean. July 1989


* Animal Man Issue 25. Cover by Brian Bolland. July 1990

LIST OF MISSING PLAYTEST CARDS ILLUSTRATIONS SOURCES

88 original illustration sources are still missing out of 268:

WHITE: 10

005 Black Ward
008 Blue Ward
019 Green Ward
020 Guardian Angel
027 Paladin (Northern Paladin)
028 Pegasus (Mesa Pegasus). Where the extra wing is from ?
029 Purelace. To be reverified
030 Red Ward
035 Superhero
036 Swords to Plowshares
038 Wall of Swords
039 White Knight

BLUE: 13

007 Copy Artifact
011 Elemental Blast (Blue Elemental Blast)
012 Feedback
013 Flight
015 Illusionary Mask
018 Lifetap
021 Mana Short
025 Plane Shift
030 Sleight of Mind
031 Steal Artifact
033 Thoughtlaced (Thoughtlace)
035 Timetwister
038 Wall of Air

BLACK: 10

002 Bad Moon
004 Black Knight
006 Cursed Land
020 Howl from Beyond
026 Sacrifice
028 Shadow (Nether Shadow)
034 Unholy Strength
035 Vampire (Sengir Vampire)
036 Wall of Bone
041 Zombies (Scathe Zombies)

RED: 12

003 Castle
004 Chaos
005 Chaoslace
009 Dwarves
013 Elemental Blast (Red Elemental Blast)
015 Fireball
021 Giant (Hill Giant)
026 Mana Flare
030 Orcs (Ironclaw Orcs)
032 Roc (Roc of Kher Ridges)
035 Stone Rain
040 Wheel of Fortune

GREEN: 18

003 Bears (Grizzly Bears)
005 Camouflage
008 Dryad (Shanodin Dryads)
009 Ecoshift
014 Fog
015 Force of Nature
017 Giant Growth
021 Instill Energy
022 Kudzu
023 Lifeforce
024 Lifelaced (Lifelace)
031 Pixies
032 Regeneration
034 Stream of Life
035 Tranquility
037 Wall of Brambles
038 Wall of Wood
041 Wolves (Timber Wolves)

ARTIFACT: 16

001 Ankh of Mishra
004 Black Vise
008 Dingus Egg
010 Forcefield
011 Gauntlet of Might
015 Howling Mine
019 Jade Monolith
022 Juggernaut
023 Kormus Bell
024 Library of Leng
025 Living Wall
028 Magical Prism (Celestial Prism)
030 Meekstone
031 Mox Emerald
033 Mox Pearl. To be reverified
034 Mox Ruby
039 Sphere of Annihilation (Chaos Orb)

BASIC LAND: 9

001 Forest Version 1
002 Forest Version 2
003 Forest Version 3
001 Island Version 1
002 Island Version 2
003 Island Version 3
013 Swamp Version 1
014 Swamp Version 2
015 Swamp Version 3

EXTERNAL LINKS ABOUT ALPHA PLAYTEST CARDS
"LD" playtest cards
"LD" playtest cards, Magic Arcana
Early lifegain
Early lifegain, Magic Arcana
Alpha Artifacts
Alpha Artifacts, Magic Arcana
Alpha playtest cards, Magic Arcana
More Alpha Playtest Cards, Magic Arcana
Playtesting the Very First Cards, Latest Developments
Guess the Playtest Card!, Magic Arcana
Alpha playtest Art Part 1, Magic Arcana
Alpha playtest Art Part 2, Magic Arcana
Alpha Cards That Didn't Make It, Feature Article
Whatever Happened to Barry's Land?, Making Magic
Alpha playtest cards: More!, Magic Arcana
Raiders of the Lost Cabinet, Feature Article
They Didn't Make It, Magic Arcana
Alpha: Setting the Record Straight, Magic Arcana
Return of the Alpha Playtest Cards, Magic Arcana
The Return of Alpha Playtest Art, Magic Arcana
Alpha playtest cards: Flavorless Edition, Magic Arcana
Alpha playtest cards Iconics, Magic Arcana
The Creation of Magic: The Gathering, Feature Article
Boardgamegeek Forum Really old cards Topic
Spell Casters, a ‘Magic: The Gathering’ Origin Story, Seattle Met Article

EXTERNAL LINKS ABOUT COMICS WITH ILLUSTRATIONS OF PLAYTEST CARDS
Animal Man Issue 25. Cover. July 1990: Natural Selection
Asterix at the Olympic Games. 1968
Batman #405: “War Is Declared” Year One Part 2. Page 14. March 1987: Fear
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for February 26, 1986: Mana Vault
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for May 12, 1986: Fork
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for June 11, 1986: Braingeyser
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for June 18, 1986: False Orders
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for June 28, 1986: Power Sink
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for July 15, 1986: Lure
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for September 26, 1986: Burrowing
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for October 07, 1986: Tsunami
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for November 02, 1986: Tap (Twiddle)
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for November 30, 1986: Sunglasses of Urza
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for May 02, 1987: Balance
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for September 17, 1987: Wanderlust
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for December 06, 1987: Gloom
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for December 19, 1987: Karma
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for December 30, 1987: Wall of Ice
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for May 27, 1988: Earthquake
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for July 09, 1988: Deenchant (Disenchant)
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for July 14, 1988: Earthbind
ElfQuest: Siege At Blue Mountain No.4. Page 21. September 1987: Aspect of Wolf and Elves (Llanowar Elves)
ElfQuest: Siege At Blue Mountain No.5. Page 12. November 1987: Fairies (Scryb Sprites)
Epic Illustrated Comic Issue 26. October 1984
Epic Illustrated Comic Issue 27. December 1984
Epic Illustrated Comic Issue 29. April 1985
Epic Illustrated Comic Issue 32. October 1985
Epic Illustrated Comic Issue 31. August 1985
Epic Illustrated Comic Issue 33. December 1985
Epic Illustrated Comic Issue 34. February 1986
Incredible Hulk #150 "Cry Hulk, Cry Havok!". Page 9, 18, 19. April 1972: Jump, Reverse Damage and Psionic Blast
The Sandman Master of Dreams, Number 2: "Imperfect Hosts". Page 15. February 1989: Fastbond
The Sandman Master of Dreams, Number 4: "A hope in hell". Page 20. April 1989: Manabarbs
The Sandman Master of Dreams, Number 4: "A hope in hell". Page 21. April 1989: Helm of Chatzuk
The Sandman Master of Dreams, Number 7: "Sound and Fury". Page 14. April 1989: Ancestral Memory (Ancestral Recall)
The Sandman Master of Dreams, Number 7: "Sound and Fury". Page 20. April 1989: Unsummon
The X-Men 25. Page 17. 25 October, 1966: Angel (Serra Angel)
Toon The Cartoon Roleplaying Game Deluxe Edition. PDF. Page 18. 1991: Iron Star

EXTERNAL LINKS ABOUT OTHERS PLAYTEST CARDS
The Making of Arabian Nights, Articles
The History of Legends Original Link
A Three-Year Mirage, Feature Article
FFL Playtest Cards
FFL Playtest Cards, Magic Arcana
A-Proxy-Mation, Latest Developments
Guess the Playtest Card-With A Twist, Magic Arcana
Nuts & Bolts: Card Codes, Making Magic
Return of Playtest Cards
Return of Playtest Cards, Magic Arcana
Playtest Cards
On the Origin of Scavenge and Overload, Feature Article
Nuts & Bolts: Initial Playtesting, Making Magic
Nuts & Bolts: The Three Stages Of Design, Making Magic
Tempest Playtest Card, Magic Arcana
Playtest Cards, Latest Development
A New Challenger Approaches, Card Preview

INTERNAL LINKS
Alpha/ Beta playtest cards, etc...topic the Forum
Alpha playtest uncut sheets topic on the Forum


Gamma White - Alpha, Beta, Gamma Playtest cards
SETNUMCARDNAMEARTISTSOURCEDATEINFO
001 Angel (Serra Angel)Werner Roth & Dick AyersCropped image of Warren Worthington III (Angel) from page 17 of X-Men comic 25. 25 October, 1966.Date unknown
002 Animate WallBill WillinghamStunjelly from page 84 of D&D Fiend Folio first edition. 1981Date unknown
003 ArmageddonGonzalo MayoCropped image from Nagrul Rising from page 52 of Epic Illustrated Issue 32. October 1985Date unknown
004 BalanceBill WattersonFrom Comic Strip Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson May 02, 1987Date unknown
005NEED SOURCE Black WardSource unknownDate unknown
006 Blaze of GloryDan DayCropped image from The Champion from page 79 of Epic Illustrated Issue 33. December 1985Date unknownYES 
007 BlessingPicture of Spock doing his vulcan salute: Live long and prosper.Date unknown
008NEED SOURCE Blue WardSource unknownDate unknown
009NEED ARTIST *Circle of Protection from black magick (Circle of Protection: Black)*Aerial Servant, Cleric Spells, illustration from page 42 of D&D Dungeon Masters Guide. 1979Date unknownYES 
010NEED ARTIST Circle of Protection from blue magic (Circle of Protection: Blue)Aerial Servant, Cleric Spells, illustration from page 42 of D&D Dungeon Masters Guide. 1979Date unknown
011NEED ARTIST Circle of Protection from green magic (Circle of Protection: Green)Aerial Servant, Cleric Spells, illustration from page 42 of D&D Dungeon Masters Guide. 1979Date unknown
012NEED ARTIST Circle of Protection from red magic (Circle of Protection: Red)Aerial Servant, Cleric Spells, illustration from page 42 of D&D Dungeon Masters Guide. 1979Date unknown
013NEED ARTIST Circle of Protection from white magic (Circle of Protection: White)Aerial Servant, Cleric Spells, illustration from page 42 of D&D Dungeon Masters Guide. 1979Date unknown
014 Consecrate LandDan DayCropped image from The Champion from page 82 of Epic Illustrated Issue 33. December 1985Date unknownYES 
015 ConversionZoran VanjakaCropped image from The Apes of a Cold God page 64 of Epic Illustrated Issue 29. April 1985Date unknown
016 CrusadeZoran VanjakaCropped image from The Apes of a Cold God page 61 of Epic Illustrated Issue 29. April 1985Date unknown
017 Deenchant (Disenchant)Bill WattersonFrom Comic Strip Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson July 09, 1988Date unknown
018NEED ARTIST FarmsteadFrom cropped illustration page 9 of D&D Monster Manual first edition. 1977Date unknown
019NEED SOURCE Green WardSource unknownDate unknown
020NEED SOURCE Guardian AngelSource unknownDate unknown
021 Heal (Death Ward)Skaff Elias 's (Playtester) foot pictureDate unknown
022 Healing SalveDan DayCropped image from The Champion from page 78 of Epic Illustrated Issue 33. December 1985Date unknown
023 Hero (Benalish Hero)John BoltonCropped image from Black Dragon advertisement from page 8 of Epic Illustrated Issue 31. August 1985Date unknown
024 Holy StrengthMorrie Mitchell's ad for Super Bodybuilding courses that were offered by Universal Bodybuilding of Dearborn, Michigan. 1972Date unknown
025 KarmaBill WattersonFrom Comic Strip Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson. December 19, 1987Date unknown
026 Lions (Savannah Lions)Rich BucklerCropped image from A Matter of Vengeance page 78 of Epic Illustrated Issue 29. April 1985Date unknownYES 
027NEED SOURCE Paladin (Northern Paladin)Source unknownDate unknown
028NEED SOURCE Pegasus (Mesa Pegasus)Cropped altered (wings added from ?) image from The Champion from page 76 of Epic Illustrated Issue 33. December 1985Date unknownYES 
029TO BE REVERIFIED PurelaceTim ConradCropped image from Toadswart D'Amplestone (Chapter III Chapter III: And All The King's Men...) from page 89 of Epic Illustrated Issue 27. December 1984Date unknown
030NEED SOURCE Red WardSource unknownDate unknown
031 ResurrectionDan DayCropped image from The Champion from page 77 of Epic Illustrated Issue 33. December 1985Date unknown
032 Reverse DamageJohn Severin & Herb TrimpeFrom cropped image of Havok page 18 of Incredible Hulk #150. April 10, 1972Date unknown
033 RighteousnessCaptain Kirk's Picture (Star Trek)Date unknownYES 
034 *Sharebond*Dan DayCropped image from Weeping Oak from page 88 of Epic Illustrated Issue 32 October 1985Date unknownYES 
035NEED SOURCE *Superhero*Superman from page ? of ? comic.Date unknownYES 
036NEED SOURCE Swords to PlowsharesSource unknownDate unknown
037 Unicorn (Pearled Unicorn)David C. Sutherland IIIUnicorn, cropped image from illustration page 98 of D&D Monster Manual first edition. 1977Date unknown
038NEED SOURCE Wall of SwordsSource unknownDate unknown
039NEED SOURCE White KnightSource unknownDate unknown
040 White WardDan DayCropped image from The Champion from page 77 of Epic Illustrated Issue 33. December 1985Date unknown
041 Wrath of GodCheryl ManausFrom Sarvúl, page 27 of Epic Illustrated Issue 34. February 1986Date unknown
 


Gamma Blue - Alpha, Beta, Gamma Playtest cards
SETNUMCARDNAMEARTISTSOURCEDATEINFO
001 Air ElementalDavid C. Sutherland IIIAir Elemental from page 37 of D&D Monster Manual first edition. 1977Date unknown
002 Ancestral Memory (Ancestral Recall)Mike Dringenbeg & Malcom Jones IIICropped image from page 14 of The Sandman Master of Dreams, Number 7: Sound and Fury. July 1989Date unknownYES 
003 Animate ArtifactKeiichi KoikeCropped image from Landed from page 89 of Epic Illustrated Issue 26. October 1984Date unknown
004 BraingeyserBill WattersonFrom Comic Strip Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson June 11, 1986Date unknownYES 
005 CloneHergéLeft & Right part: From cropped images page 21 and 43 of the Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun. 1949Date unknown
006 Control MagicUderzoCropped image from page 32 of Asterix at the Olympic Games. 1968Date unknown
007NEED SOURCE Copy ArtifactSource unknownDate unknown
008 CounterspellTim ConradCropped image from Toadswart D'Amplestone (Chapter II Heart of Fire) from page 81 of Epic Illustrated Issue 26. October 1984Date unknownYES 
009 Djinn (Mahamoti Djinn)D.A. TrampierDjinni from page 28 of D&D Monster Manual first edition. 1977Date unknown
010 Doppelganger (Vesuvan Doppelganger)Roger MussonSandman cropped image from page 77 of D&D Fiend Folio first edition. 1981Date unknown
011NEED SOURCE Elemental Blast (Blue Elemental Blast)Source unknownDate unknown
012NEED SOURCE FeedbackSource unknownDate unknown
013NEED SOURCE FlightSource unknownDate unknown
014 Illusionary Forces (Phantasmal Forces)Sandy PlunkettCropped image from Death of a Legend, page 86 of Epic Illustrated Issue 34. February 1986Date unknownYES 
015NEED SOURCE Illusionary MaskSource unknownDate unknownYES 
016 Illusionary Terrain (Phantasmal Terrain)HergéFrom cropped image page 46 of the Adventures of Tintin: The Seven Crystal Balls. 1948Date unknown
017 JumpJohn Severin & Herb TrimpeCropped image of Hulk from page 9 of Incredible Hulk #150Date unknown
018NEED SOURCE LifetapSource unknownDate unknownYES 
019 Lord of Mu (Lord of Atlantis)David C. Sutherland IIITriton cropped image from page 96 of of the D&D Monster Manual first edition. 1977Date unknown
020 Magical HackAlbert Einstein's pictureDate unknown
021NEED SOURCE Mana ShortSource unknownDate unknown
022 Merfolk (Merfolk of the Pearl Trident)Michael WhiteCropped image from Fortresses, page 26 of Epic Illustrated Issue 34. February 1986Date unknown
023 Minor Wizard (Prodigal Sorcerer)Dan DayCropped image from The Champion from page 75 of Epic Illustrated Issue 33. December 1985Date unknown
024NEED ARTIST Phantom MonsterDeath, Crimson from page 38 of D&D Monster Manual second edition. 1983Date unknown
025NEED SOURCE * Plane Shift *Source unknownDate unknownYES 
026 Power SinkBill WattersonFrom Comic Strip Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson June 28, 1986Date unknown
027 Psionic BlastJohn Severin & Herb TrimpeFrom cropped image of Hulk page 19 of Incredible Hulk #150. April 1972Date unknownYES 
028NEED ARTIST Serpent (Sea Serpent)Snake, Giant, illustration from page 89 of D&D Monster Manual first edition. 1977Date unknown
029NEED ARTIST Siren's CallNereid from page 95 of D&D Monster Manual second edition. 1983Date unknown
030NEED SOURCE Sleight of MindSource unknownDate unknown
031NEED SOURCE Steal ArtifactSource unknownDate unknown
032 Tap (Twiddle)Bill WattersonCropped image from Comic Strip Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson November 02, 1986Date unknown
033NEED SOURCE Thoughtlaced (Thoughtlace)Source unknownDate unknown
034 Time WalkTim ConradCropped image from Toadswart D'Amplestone (Chapter VI Waxwroth Furioso) from page 76 of Epic Illustrated Issue 32 October 1985Date unknownYES 
035NEED SOURCE TimetwisterSource unknownDate unknown
036 UnsummonMike Dringenbeg & Malcom Jones IIICropped image of Dream from page 20 of The Sandman Master of Dreams, Number 7: Sound and Fury. July 1989Date unknown
037 Volcanic EruptionHergéCropped image from page 58 of the Adventures of Tintin: Flight 714. 1968Date unknown
038NEED SOURCE Wall of AirSource unknownDate unknown
039 Wall of IceBill WattersonFrom Comic Strip Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson December 30, 1987Date unknownYES 
040 Wall of WaterAlan HunterOlhydra from page 32 of D&D Fiend Folio first edition. 1981Date unknown
041 Water ElementalDavid C. Sutherland IIIWater Elemental cropped image from page 38 of D&D Monster Manual first edition. 1977Date unknown
 


Gamma Black - Alpha, Beta, Gamma Playtest cards
SETNUMCARDNAMEARTISTSOURCEDATEINFO
001 Animate DeadDavid C. Sutherland IIIZombie, cropped image from page 103 of D&D Monster Manual first edition. 1977Date unknownYES 
002NEED SOURCE Bad MoonSource unknownDate unknownYES 
003 Balrog (Lord of the Pit)Neville WhiteShadow Demon from page 78 of D&D Fiend Folio first edition. 1981Date unknown
004NEED SOURCE Black KnightSource unknownDate unknown
005 Contract from BelowTim ConradCropped image from Toadswart D'Amplestone (Chapter II Heart of Fire) f from page 81 of Epic Illustrated Issue 26. October 1984Date unknown
006NEED SOURCE Cursed LandCropped image of an old map of Area Codes around New JerseyDate unknown
007 DarkpactT. SagaraCropped image from Horizon Lights, page 54 of Epic Illustrated Issue 34. February 1986Date unknown
008 Dark RitualTim ConradCropped image from Toadswart D'Amplestone (Chapter II Heart of Fire) f from page 79 of Epic Illustrated Issue 26. October 1984Date unknown
009 DeathgripDan DayCropped image from The Champion from page 82 of Epic Illustrated Issue 33. December 1985Date unknown
010 DeathlaceTony AcklandCropped image of the illustration page 60 of D&D Fiend Folio first Edition. 1981Date unknown
011 Demonic AttorneySandy PlunkettCropped image from Death of a Legend, page 87 of Epic Illustrated Issue 34. February 1986Date unknown
012 Demonic HordesJim HollowayFrom Dretch illustration page 38 of D&D Monster Manual second edition. 1983Date unknown
013 Demonic TutorJim HollowayOinodaemon (Anthraxus), cropped image from page 30 of D&D Monster Manual second edition. 1983Date unknown
014 Drain LifeIan LivingstoneThroat Leech, cropped image from page 88 of D&D Fiend Folio first edition. 1981Date unknown
015 Drain PowerDan DayCropped image from The Champion from page 77 of Epic Illustrated Issue 33. December 1985Date unknownYES 
016NEED ARTIST Evil PresenceXag-Ya and Xeg-Yi from page 128 of D&D Monster Manual second edition. 1983Date unknown
017 FearDavid MazzucchelliFrom page 14 of DC Comics War Is Declared (Batman #405) Year One Part 2 . March 1987Date unknown
018 Ghoul (Scavenging Ghoul)David C. Sutherland IIIGhoul from page 43 of D&D Monster Manual first edition. 1977Date unknown
019 GloomBill WattersonFrom Comic Strip Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson December 06, 1987Date unknown
020NEED SOURCE Howl from BeyondSource unknownDate unknown
021 LichHugh KernohanEye of fear and flame, cropped image from page 35 of D&D Fiend Folio first edition. 1981Date unknown
022 Mind TwistDan DayCropped image from The Champion from page 84 of Epic Illustrated Issue 33. December 1985Date unknownYES 
023NEED ARTIST NightmareNightmare, cropped image from page 74 of D&D Monster Manual first edition. 1977Date unknown
024 Plague (Pestilence)Tim ConradCropped image from Toadswart D'Amplestone (Final Passage Chapter VII) from page 62 of Epic Illustrated Issue 33. December 1985Date unknown
025 Raise DeadTim ConradCropped image from Toadswart D'Amplestone (Abyss Chapter VI) from page 78 of Epic Illustrated Issue 31. August 1985Date unknown
026NEED SOURCE SacrificeSource unknownDate unknown
027 Shade (Frozen Shade)D.A. TrampierGroaning Spirit (Banshee) from page 50 of D&D Monster Manual first edition. 1977Date unknown
028NEED SOURCE Shadow (Nether Shadow)Source unknownDate unknown
029 SimulacrumAlan HunterTween from page 91 of D&D Fiend Folio first edition. 1981Date unknown
030 SinkholeHergéCropped image from page 56 of the Adventures of Tintin: Flight 714. 1968Date unknown
031 Skeletons (Drudge Skeletons)Dan DayCropped image from The Champion from page 82 of Epic Illustrated Issue 33. December 1985Date unknown
032 Spectre (Hypnotic Specter)T. SagaraCropped image from Horizon Lights, page 56 of Epic Illustrated Issue 34. February 1986Date unknown
033 TerrorSandy PlunkettCropped image from Death of a Legend, page 87 of Epic Illustrated Issue 34. February 1986Date unknown
034NEED SOURCE Unholy StrengthSource unknownDate unknown
035NEED SOURCE Vampire (Sengir Vampire)Source unknownDate unknown
036NEED SOURCE Wall of BoneSource unknownDate unknownYES 
037 Warp ArtifactM.C.EscherFrom wood engraving of Three Spheres I, by M.C.Escher. 1945Date unknown
038NEED ARTIST WeaknessFamous, The Insult that Made a Man out of Mac Charles Atlas ad from a comic book.Date unknown
039 Wraith (Bog Wraith)Sandy PlunkettCropped image from Death of a Legend, page 80 of Epic Illustrated Issue 34. February 1986Date unknown
040 Zombie MasterJim HollowayZombie, Juju, cropped image from page 131 of the D&D Monster Manual second edition. 1983Date unknown
041NEED SOURCE Zombies (Scathe Zombies)Source unknownDate unknown
 


Gamma Red - Alpha, Beta, Gamma Playtest cards
SETNUMCARDNAMEARTISTSOURCEDATEINFO
001 *Armour*David C. Sutherland IIICropped image of the illustration page 7 of D&D Monster Manual first edition.1977Date unknownYES 
002 **Burrowing**Bill WattersonFrom Comic Strip Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson September 26, 1986Date unknown
003NEED SOURCE **Castle**Source unknownDate unknownYES 
004NEED SOURCE *Chaos*Source unknownDate unknownYES 
005NEED SOURCE ChaoslaceSource unknownDate unknown
006 Destroy Artifact (Shatter)Keiichi KoikeCropped image from Landed from page 88 of Epic Illustrated Issue 26. October 1984Date unknown
007 DisintegrateTim ConradCropped image from Toadswart D'Amplestone (Final Passage Chapter VII) from page 60 of Epic Illustrated Issue 33. December 1985Date unknown
008 **Dragon (Shivan Dragon)**Dan DayCropped image from The Champion from page 79 of Epic Illustrated Issue 33. December 1985Date unknownYES 
009NEED SOURCE **Dwarves**Source unknownDate unknownYES 
010 **Earth Elemental**David C. Sutherland IIIEarth Elemental from page 38 of D&D Monster Manual first edition. 1977Date unknown
011 EarthbindBill WattersonFrom Comic Strip Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson July 14, 1988Date unknown
012 EarthquakeBill WattersonFrom Comic Strip Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson May 27, 1988Date unknown
013NEED SOURCE Elemental Blast (Red Elemental Blast)Source unknownDate unknown
014 **False Orders**Bill WattersonFrom Comic Strip Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson June 18, 1986Date unknownYES 
015NEED SOURCE FireballSource unknownDate unknown
016 FirebreathingKeiichi Koike & Ruthy KantorovitzCropped image from Landed from pages 89/90 of Epic Illustrated Issue 26. October 1984Date unknownYES 
017 **Fire Elemental**John Byrne & Terry AustinCropped image of Nova (Frankie Raye) from The Last Galactus Story from page 17 of Epic Illustrated Issue 33. December 1985Date unknown
018 **Flashfires**P. Craig RussellCropped image from Ein Heldentraum from page 58 of Epic Illustrated Issue 33. December 1985Date unknown
019 ForkBill WattersonCropped image from Comic Strip Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson May 12, 1986Date unknown
020 **Gargoyle (Granite Gargoyle)**David C. Sutherland IIIGargoyle, cropped image from page 42 of D&D Monster Manual first edition. 1977Date unknownYES 
021NEED SOURCE Giant (Hill Giant)Source unknownDate unknown
022 Goblin KingDave SimsCropped image from Cerebus (His first fifth) from page 46 of Epic Illustrated Issue 26. October 1984Date unknown
023 Goblins (Mons's Goblin Raiders)Richard Garfield's pictureDate unknown
024NEED ARTIST Hydra (Rock Hydra)Hydra cropped image from page 53 of D&D Monster Manual first edition. 1977Date unknown
025 Lightning BoltDan DayCropped image from The Champion from page 78 of Epic Illustrated Issue 33. December 1985Date unknown
026NEED SOURCE Mana FlareSource unknownDate unknown
027 ManabarbsSam Kieth & Mike DringenbegCropped image from page 20 of The Sandman Master of Dreams, Number 4: A hope in hell. April 1989Date unknown
028 Minotaur (Hurloon Minotaur)D.A. TrampierMinotaur from page 71 of D&D Monster Manual first edition. 1977Date unknown
029 Ogre (Gray Ogre)Phil HaleCropped image from Knock Knock from page 42 of Epic Illustrated Issue 29. April 1985Date unknown
030NEED SOURCE Orcs (Ironclaw Orcs)Source unknownDate unknown
031 Power SurgeDan DayCropped image from The Champion from page 84 of Epic Illustrated Issue 33. December 1985Date unknown
032NEED SOURCE **Roc (Roc of Kher Ridges)**Source unknownDate unknownYES 
033NEED ARTIST SmokeSmoke, cropped image from page 98 of D&D Monster Manual second edition. 1983Date unknown
034NEED ARTIST *Starburst*Urchin, Land, altered image from page 122 of D&D Monster Manual second edition. 1983Date unknownYES 
035NEED SOURCE Stone RainSource unknownDate unknown
036 **Troll ( Uthden Troll)**Russ NicholsonGiant Troll from page 90 of D&D Fiend Folio first edition. 1981Date unknown
037 TunnelHergéFrom page 61 of the Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun. 1949Date unknownYES 
038 Two-Headed Giant (Two-Headed Giant of Foriys)Jeff DeeGiant Two-Headed Troll, cropped image from page 90 of D&D Fiend Folio first edition. 1981Date unknown
039 **Wall of Stone**HergéCropped reversed image from page 47 of the Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun. 1949Date unknown
040NEED SOURCE Wheel of FortuneSource unknownDate unknown
041 Wall of FireDavid C. Sutherland IIIFire Elemental, cropped image from page 38 of D&D Monster Manual first edition. 1977Date unknown
 


Gamma Green - Alpha, Beta, Gamma Playtest cards
SETNUMCARDNAMEARTISTSOURCEDATEINFO
001 Aspect of WolfWendy PiniCropped image from page 21 of Elfquest: Siege at Blue Mountain Part 4. 1987Date unknown
002 Basilisk (Thicket Basilisk)D.A. TrampierBasilisk from page 8 of D&D Monster Manual first edition. 1977Date unknown
003NEED SOURCE Bears (Grizzly Bears)Source unknownDate unknown
004 BerserkJohn Travolta dancing, picture from Saturday Night Fever movieDate unknown
005NEED SOURCE CamouflageSource unknownDate unknown
006 ChannelT. SagaraCropped image from Horizon Lights, page 54 of Epic Illustrated Issue 34. February 1986Date unknown
007 CockatriceDavid C. Sutherland IIICockatrice from page 15 of the D&D Monster Manual first edition. 1977Date unknown
008NEED SOURCE Dryad (Shanodin Dryads)Source unknownDate unknown
009NEED SOURCE *Ecoshift*Source unknownDate unknownYES 
010 Elves (Llanowar Elves)Wendy PiniCropped image from page 21 of Elfquest: Siege at Blue Mountain Part 4. 1987Date unknown
011 Ents (Ironroot Treefolk)Dan DayCropped image from Weeping Oak from page 90 of Epic Illustrated Issue 32 October 1985Date unknown
012 Fairies (Scryb Sprites)Wendy PiniCropped image from page 12 of Elfquest: Siege at Blue Mountain Part 5. 1987Date unknown
013 FastbondSam Kieth & Mike DringenbegCropped image of Dream from page 15 of The Sandman Master of Dreams, Number 2: Imperfect Hosts. February 1989Date unknown
014NEED SOURCE FogSource unknownDate unknown
015NEED SOURCE Force of NatureSwamp Thing from page ? of the DC Comic Swamp Thing ?.Date unknown
016 FungusaurJim HollowayMyconid (Fungus Man) from page 94 of D&D Monster Manual second edition. 1983Date unknown
017NEED SOURCE Giant GrowthSource unknownDate unknown
018 Giant SpiderD.A. TrampierSpider from Cropped image of illustration page 91 of D&D Monster Manual first edition. 1977Date unknown
019 HurricaneM. C. Escher.From woodcut The Second Day of the Creation by M. C. Escher.1925.Date unknown
020 Ice StormGary LarsonFrom Far Side Comic. Universal Press Syndicate, 1991Date unknownYES 
021NEED SOURCE Instill EnergyRichard Simmons's pictureDate unknown
022NEED SOURCE KudzuSource unknownDate unknown
023NEED SOURCE LifeforceSource unknownDate unknown
024NEED SOURCE Lifelaced (Lifelace)Source unknownDate unknown
025 Living ArtifactCharles BurnsFrom page 47 of Raw One-Shot #5 - Big Baby: Curse of the MolemenDate unknown
026NEED ARTIST Living LandsMud-Man from page 93 of D&D Monster Manual second edition. 1983Date unknown
027 LureBill WattersonCropped image from Comic Strip Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson. July 15,1986Date unknown
028 Mammoths (War Mammoth)Bo HamptonCropped image from Traveller from page 25 of Epic Illustrated Issue 32. October 1985Date unknown
029 Mosquitos (Will-O'-The-Wisp)Anthony KoskyHand-drawn mosquito by Playtester Anthony KoskyDate unknownYES 
030 Natural SelectionBrian BollandCover for DC Comics Animal Man Issue 25. July 1990Date unknown
031NEED SOURCE *Pixies*Source unknownDate unknownYES 
032NEED SOURCE RegenerationSource unknownDate unknown
033 RegrowthAlan HunterYellow musk creeper from page 97 of D&D Fiend Folio first edition. 1981Date unknown
034NEED SOURCE Stream of LifeSource unknownDate unknownYES 
035NEED SOURCE TranquilitySource unknownDate unknown
036 TsunamiBill WattersonCropped image of Comic Strip Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson October 07, 1986Date unknown
037NEED SOURCE Wall of BramblesSource unknownDate unknown
038NEED SOURCE Wall of WoodSource unknownDate unknown
039 WanderlustBill WattersonFrom Comic Strip Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson September 17, 1987Date unknown
040 Wild GrowthRick GearyCropped image from Indecision from page 35 of Epic Illustrated Issue 26. October 1984Date unknown
041NEED SOURCE Wolves (Timber Wolves)Source unknownDate unknown
042NEED ARTIST Wurm (Craw Wurm)Shadow Dragon cropped image from page 58 of D&D Monster Manual second edition. 1983Date unknown
 


Gamma Gold - Alpha, Beta, Gamma Playtest cards
SETNUMCARDNAMEARTISTSOURCEDATEINFO
001 *Magic Ruthy*Named from the playtester Ruthy KantorovitzDate unknownYES 
002 *Magic Skaff*Named from the playtester Skaff EliasDate unknownYES 
 


Gamma Artifact - Alpha, Beta, Gamma Playtest cards
SETNUMCARDNAMEARTISTSOURCEDATEINFO
001NEED SOURCE Ankh of MishraSource unknownDate unknown
002 Basalt MonolithCropped image from Dr. Watchstop (In Search of Ancient Myths) from page 45 of Epic Illustrated Issue 29. April 1985Date unknownYES 
003 Black LotusSkaff Elias 's (Playtester) pictureDate unknown
004NEED SOURCE Black ViseSource unknownDate unknown
005 Copper TabletIndia-British Madras Presidency 10 Cash copper coin. 1803-1808Date unknownYES 
006 Crystal RodDoug ChaffeeFrom Cropped image of illustration page 60 of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbook second edition. 1989Date unknown
007 Cyclopean TombJean WellsCaryatid column from page 18 of D&D Fiend Folio first edition. 1981Date unknown
008NEED SOURCE Dingus EggSource unknownDate unknown
009 Disrupting Sceptre (Disrupting Scepter)James GeldhoffCropped image from To Be a... Champion from page 35 of Epic Illustrated Issue 32. October 1985Date unknown
010NEED SOURCE ForcefieldSource unknownDate unknown
011NEED SOURCE Gauntlet of MightSource unknownDate unknown
012NEED ARTIST Glasses of UrzaX- Ray Specs (or Spex) Johnston Smith ad originally found in the back of comic books in the 50'sDate unknown
013 Golem (Obsianus Golem)Tim ConradCropped image from Toadswart D'Amplestone (Chapter II Heart of Fire) from page 82 of Epic Illustrated Issue 26. October 1984Date unknown
014 Helm of ChatzukSam Kieth & Mike DringenbegDream's Helm cropped image from page 21 of The Sandman Master of Dreams, Number 4: A hope in hell. April 1989Date unknown
015NEED SOURCE Howling MineSource unknownDate unknown
016 Icy ManipulatorM. C. EscherCropped pic (middle) from lithograph print of Three Spheres II by M. C. Escher.1946.Date unknownYES 
017 **Iron Star**Kyle MillerSupertstar Rules illustration (used on different pages) from Toon (The Cartoon Roleplaying Game) by Steve Jackson, 1984 and Deluxe Edition (Page 18), 1991Date unknown
018NEED UPGRADE Ivory CupJean Elizabeth MartinIllustration from page 247 of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbook second edition. 1989Date unknown
019NEED SOURCE Jade MonolithSource unknownDate unknown
020 Jade StatueHergéCropped image from page 43 of the Adventures of Tintin: Flight 714. 1968Date unknown
021 Jayemdae TomeHergéFrom introduction and conclusion pages of the Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun. 1949Date unknownYES 
022NEED SOURCE **Juggernaut**Source unknownDate unknown
023NEED SOURCE Kormus BellSource unknownDate unknown
024NEED SOURCE Library of LengSource unknownDate unknown
025NEED SOURCE Living WallSource unknownDate unknown
026NEED SOURCE Magical Prism (Celestial Prism)Source unknownDate unknownYES 
027 Magic Disk (Nevinyrral's Disk)M. C. EscherCropped image from woodcut Circle Limit 1, by M.C.Escher. 1958Date unknown
028UPGRADE AND NEED ARTIST *Magic Shield*Illustration from page 65 (Proficiencies) and page 170 (3rd level Wizard’s Spell) of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbook second edition. 1989Date unknownYES 
029 Mana VaultBill WattersonFrom Comic Strip Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson February 26, 1986Date unknown
030NEED SOURCE MeekstoneSource unknownDate unknown
031NEED SOURCE Mox EmeraldSource unknownDate unknown
032 Mox JetHergéFrom page 13 of the Adventures of Tintin: Flight 714. 1968Date unknown
033TO BE REVERIFIED Mox PearlM. C. EscherCropped pic (right) from lithograph print of Three Spheres II by M. C. Escher.1946.Date unknown
034NEED SOURCE Mox RubySource unknownDate unknown
035NEED ARTIST AND UPGRADE Mox SapphireMagical Stone (Priest Spell) from page 201 of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbook second edition. 1989Date unknown
036 **Rod of Ruin**David C. Sutherland IIIThe wand of Orcus illustration from page 18 of D&D Monster Manual first edition. 1977Date unknown
037NEED ARTIST AND UPGRADE Sol RingIllustration from page 57 (Proficiencies) of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbook second edition. 1989Date unknown
038 Soul NetM. C. EscherCropped image from lithograph print of Three Spheres I by M. C. Escher.1945.Date unknown
039NEED SOURCE Sphere of Annihilation (Chaos Orb)Source unknownDate unknown
040 Sunglasses of UrzaBill WattersonFrom Comic Strip Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson November 30, 1986Date unknown
041 The HiveD.A. TrampierWasp, Giant cropped image from page 99 of D&D Monster Manual first edition. 1977Date unknown
042NEED ARTIST AND UPGRADE Throne of BoneCropped illustration from page 139 (Wizard Spells 2nd Level) of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbook second edition. 1989Date unknown
043 Time VaultJeff EasleyCropped image from page 27 of the D&D module: TSR 9061 - S4 - The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth and page 164 (Wizards Spells 5th Level) of The Advanced Handbook second edition. 1989Date unknown
044 Winterorb (Winter Orb)M. C. EscherCropped pic (left) from lithograph print of Three Spheres II by M. C. Escher.1946.Date unknown
045 Wooden SphereM. C. EscherFrom page 37 of ESCHER on ESCHER Exploring the Infinite, carved Beechwood ball with Fish by M. C. Escher. 1940Date unknown
 


Gamma Basic Lands - Alpha, Beta, Gamma Playtest cards
SETNUMCARDNAMEARTISTSOURCEDATEINFO
001NEED SOURCE Forest Version 1Source unknownDate unknown
002NEED SOURCE Forest Version 2Source unknownDate unknown
003NEED SOURCE *Forest Version 3*Source unknownDate unknownYES 
004NEED SOURCE Islands Version 1Old map of United KingdomDate unknown
005NEED SOURCE Islands Version 2Old map of IcelandDate unknown
006NEED SOURCE *Islands Version 3*Old map of New zealandDate unknownYES 
007 Mountain Version 1HergéCropped image from introduction page of the Adventures of Tintin: Flight 714. 1968Date unknown
008 Mountain Version 2HergéCropped image from page 25 of the Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun. 1949Date unknown
009 *Mountain Version 3*HergéCropped image from page 30 of the Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun. 1949Date unknownYES 
010 Plains Version 1HergéCropped image from page 59 of the Adventures of Tintin: Flight 714. 1968Date unknown
011 Plains Version 2HergéCropped image from page 9 of the Adventures of Tintin: Flight 714. 1968Date unknown
012 *Plains Version 3*HergéCropped image from page 59 of the Adventures of Tintin: Flight 714. 1968Date unknownYES 
013NEED SOURCE Swamp Version 1Source unknownDate unknown
014NEED SOURCE Swamp Version 2Source unknownDate unknown
015NEED SOURCE *Swamp Version 3*Source unknownDate unknownYES 
 


Others - Alpha, Beta, Gamma Playtest cards
SETNUMCARDNAMEARTISTSOURCEDATEINFO
000 Earth ElementalBeta playtest cardDate unknownYES 
000 Wall of WaterBeta playtest cardDate unknownYES 
001NEED SOURCE Black ViseGamma playtest cardDate unknownYES 
002 Blaze of GloryDan DayGamma playtest cardDate unknownYES 
003 Dawn of the DeadBarry Reich (Bit)? playtest cardDate unknownYES 
004 Earth LoreBeta playtest cardDate unknownYES 
005 EarthquakeBeta playtest cardDate unknownYES 
006 Elemental Blast (Blue Elemental Blast)Beta playtest cardDate unknownYES 
007 Elemental Blast (Red Elemental Blast)Beta playtest cardDate unknownYES 
008 Elemental Blast (Red Elemental Blast)Beta playtest cardDate unknownYES 
009NEED SOURCE FogGamma playtest cardDate unknownYES 
010 ForestBeta playtest cardDate unknownYES 
011 ForestBeta playtest cardDate unknownYES 
012NEED SOURCE Gauntlet of Might? playtest cardDate unknownYES 
013 Hero (Benalish Hero)John BoltonBeta playtest cardDate unknownYES 
014 Ice StormGary LarsonGamma playtest cardDate unknownYES 
015 IslandsBeta playtest cardDate unknownYES 
016 IslandsBeta playtest cardDate unknownYES 
017 Lions (Savannah Lions)Rich BucklerBeta playtest cardDate unknownYES 
018 MountainBeta playtest cardDate unknownYES 
019 MountainsBeta playtest cardDate unknownYES 
020 Phantom MonsterBeta playtest cardDate unknownYES 
021 PlainsBeta playtest cardDate unknownYES 
022 PlainsBeta playtest cardDate unknownYES 
023 PlainsBeta playtest cardDate unknownYES 
024 Sol RingBeta playtest cardDate unknownYES 
025NEED ARTIST StarburstGamma playtest cardDate unknownYES 
026 Sunshine? playtest cardDate unknownYES 
027 SwampBeta playtest cardDate unknownYES 
028 SwampBeta playtest cardDate unknownYES 
029NEED SOURCE Wall of BoneBeta playtest cardDate unknownYES 
030 Wall of FireBeta playtest cardDate unknownYES 
 


MISSING SOURCES PART 1 - Alpha, Beta, Gamma Playtest cards
SETNUMCARDNAMEARTISTSOURCEDATEINFO
000 Ankh of MishraSource unknownDate unknown
000 Bad MoonSource unknownDate unknown
000 Bears (Grizzly Bears)Source unknownDate unknown
000 Black KnightSource unknownDate unknown
000 Black ViseSource unknownDate unknown
000 CamouflageSource unknownDate unknown
000 Copy ArtifactSource unknownDate unknown
000 Cursed LandCropped image of an old map of Area Codes around New JerseyDate unknown
000 Dingus EggSource unknownDate unknown
000 Dryad (Shanodin Dryads)Source unknownDate unknown
000 DwarvesSource unknownDate unknown
000 EcoshiftSource unknownDate unknown
000 Elemental Blast (Blue Elemental Blast)Source unknownDate unknown
000 FeedbackSource unknownDate unknown
000 FireballSource unknownDate unknown
000 FlightSource unknownDate unknown
000 FogSource unknownDate unknown
000 Force of NatureSource unknownDate unknown
000 ForcefieldSource unknownDate unknown
000 Gauntlet of MightSource unknownDate unknown
000 Giant (Hill Giant)Source unknownDate unknown
000 Giant GrowthSource unknownDate unknown
000 Guardian AngelSource unknownDate unknown
000 Howl from BeyondSource unknownDate unknown
000 Illusionary MaskSource unknownDate unknown
000 Instill EnergyRichard Simmons's pictureDate unknown
000 JuggernautSource unknownDate unknown
000 Kormus BellSource unknownDate unknown
000 KudzuSource unknownDate unknown
000 Library of LengSource unknownDate unknown
000 LifeforceSource unknownDate unknown
000 Lifelaced (Lifelace)Source unknownDate unknown
000 LifetapSource unknownDate unknown
000 Living WallSource unknownDate unknown
000 Magical Prism (Celestial Prism)Source unknownDate unknown
000 Mana ShortSource unknownDate unknown
000 MeekstoneSource unknownDate unknown
000 Mox EmeraldSource unknownDate unknown
000 Orcs (Ironclaw Orcs)Source unknownDate unknown
000 PixiesSource unknownDate unknown
000 Plane ShiftSource unknownDate unknown
000 RegenerationSource unknownDate unknown
000 Roc (Roc of Kher Ridges)Source unknownDate unknown
000 SacrificeSource unknownDate unknown
000 Shadow (Nether Shadow)Source unknownDate unknown
000 Sleight of MindSource unknownDate unknown
000 Sphere of Annihilation (Chaos Orb)Source unknownDate unknown
000 Steal ArtifactSource unknownDate unknown
000 Stream of LifeSource unknownDate unknown
000 Thoughtlaced (Thoughtlace)Source unknownDate unknown
000 TimetwisterSource unknownDate unknown
000 TranquilitySource unknownDate unknown
000 Unholy StrengthSource unknownDate unknown
000 Vampire (Sengir Vampire)Source unknownDate unknown
000 Wall of AirSource unknownDate unknown
000 Wall of BoneSource unknownDate unknown
000 Wall of BramblesSource unknownDate unknown
000 Wall of WoodSource unknownDate unknown
000 Wolves (Timber Wolves)Source unknownDate unknown
000 Zombies (Scathe Zombies)Source unknownDate unknown
 


MISSING SOURCES PART 2 - Alpha, Beta, Gamma Playtest cards
SETNUMCARDNAMEARTISTSOURCEDATEINFO
000 Black WardSource unknownDate unknown
000 Blue WardSource unknownDate unknown
000 CastleSource unknownDate unknown
000 ChaosSource unknownDate unknown
000 ChaoslaceSource unknownDate unknown
000 Elemental Blast (Red Elemental Blast)Source unknownDate unknown
000 Forest Version 1Source unknownDate unknown
000 Forest Version 2Source unknownDate unknown
000 Forest Version 3Source unknownDate unknown
000 Green WardSource unknownDate unknown
000 Howling MineSource unknownDate unknown
000 Island Version 1Old map of United KingdomDate unknown
000 Island Version 2Old map of IcelandDate unknown
000 Island Version 3Old map of New ZealandDate unknown
000 Jade MonolithSource unknownDate unknown
000 Mana FlareSource unknownDate unknown
000 Mox RubySource unknownDate unknown
000 Paladin (Northern Paladin)Source unknownDate unknown
000 Pegasus (Mesa Pegasus)Cropped altered (wings added from ?) image from The Champion from page 76 of Epic Illustrated Issue 33. December 1985Date unknown
000 Red WardSource unknownDate unknown
000 Stone RainSource unknownDate unknown
000 SuperheroSuperman from page ? of ? comic.Date unknown
000 Swamp Version 1Source unknownDate unknown
000 Swamp Version 2Source unknownDate unknown
000 Swamp Version 3Source unknownDate unknown
000 Swords to PlowsharesSource unknownDate unknown
000 Wall of SwordsSource unknownDate unknown
000 Wheel of FortuneSource unknownDate unknown
000 White KnightSource unknownDate unknown