Randolph's game creations include TwixT (1957), Pankai (1961), Oh-Wah-Ree (1962), Inkognito (together with Leo Colovino, 1988), Raj (1988), Ricochet Robot (1999), and Enchanted Forest (with Michael Matschoss, 1981).
Alex Randolph (4 May 1922 - 10 May 2004) was a designer of more than 90 board games.
Personal and Early Life
Randolph was born in a ranch at the Colorado River in Arizona. He attended school as a Swiss boarder, studying Philosophy and Semantics.
Randolph spent many of his early years in various occupations, including military intelligence and as an advertising copy editor in Boston.
His first game was TwixT, which he designed as a paper-and-pencil game in the Café Hawelka in Vienna in 1957. His first published game, however, was a polymino game called Pankai in 1961.
In 1961, Randolph moved to Japan and became a professional game developer. During this time, he became a Shogi master.
Randolph moved to Venice, Italy, in 1968, continuing his career as a game developer.
Randolph died in Venice on 10 May 2004.
Spiel des Jahres
- Game of the Year
- 1982 for Enchanted Forest
- Children's Game of the Year
- 1989 for Gute Freunde
- 1997 for Leinen Los!
- Special Awards
- 1996 Most Beautiful Game for Venice Connection
- 1988 Most Beautiful game for Inkognito
- His homepage at Franjos (in German)
- A talk with Alex Randolph (1988 interview)
- Another interview with Alex Randolph (in German)
- Alex Randolph on Board Game Geek
- An extremely brief biography and a comprehensive list of created games