Clark Daniel Rodeffer → German.
Clark Daniel Rodeffer (*April 30, 1970) is an American game inventor. He designed numerous sowing games: Inchworm (2000), Tea Party (2001), Cow Poke (2005), Spectral Reapers (2006) and Zig Zag (together with Amanda J. L. Rodeffer, 2006), although he is best known for Pulling Strings, an entry in the 2003 Simultaneous Movement Game Design Competition. Two of his sowing games can be played online: Zig Zag on Richard's PBeM-server and Inchworm on Super Duper Games. Since 2001 Clark organizes an annual tournament of two-player abstract strategy games as part of "U-Con Gaming Convention" in Ann Arbor, a major gaming event in the USA.
Clark grew up as the son of a school teacher and farmer. He learned to drive a riding lawn mower at age five and a pickup truck at age six. His grandmother fostered his appreciation for games at an early age and so deeply influenced his later life. In the late 1990s, he studied for four years Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Clemson University, South Carolina (a time he considers as "slave labor in the deep south"). He is married to Amanda Joy Lemons Rodeffer (*May 28, 1979) since September 22, 2000. They have three young children.
Clark is an avid caver and a member of the National Speleological Society, an organization dedicated to the safe exploration and ecological protection of America's cave systems. He also loves music, stargazing and talking about religion, theology and philosophy. Together with his wife he belongs to an Americana style bar band called Gingerine that has just begun recording their first album.
Clark accepted Christ when he was 12 and was baptized shortly thereafter at a Christian youth camp in western Illinois. He was raised in a Christian home and was blessed with godly parents. Clark and his family are members of the local Vineyard church in Ann Arbor MI, USA. His favorite book is the Bible.
"Gaming is somewhat of a mission field."
Clark D. Rodeffer (2006)
|Name||Type of Game||Year|
|Inchworm||Two-dimensional sowing game||2000|
|Amphibious Assault||Manual dexterity game||2001|
|Tea Party||Mancala game||2001|
|Pulling Strings||Reach-a-position game||2002|
|Black Thursday||Thematic buying and selling game||2003|
|Sailboat Regatta||Thematic race game||2003|
|Slides of Action||Connection game||2003|
|Blood Diamonds||Thematic game||2004|
|Mathrix, The||Mathematical Solitaire||2004|
|Piece Packing Pirates||Solitaire||2004|
|Cow Poke||Mancala game||2005|
|Pillars of Faith||Thematic game||2005|
|Rubikon||Solitaire connection game||2005|
|Petty Fiefs||Thematic game||2006|
|Spectral Reapers||Mancala game||2006|
|Sudominoku||Domino puzzle (+ Solitaire variant)||2006|
|Take Off, Eh!||Thematic game||2006|
|Zig Zag (together with Amanda J. L. Rodeffer)||Mancala game||2006|
- Clark's homepage
- Clark on BoardGameGeek
- His photo
- Geek of the Week with autobiographical briefs (March 2006)
- Clark's page at Looney Labs
- Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor