The first game-related writing I ever had published was in the old magazine Scrye, a publication dedicated to collectible card games that would go on to cover other genres of collectible games. (For those too young to remember, a magazine was kind of like a website, but you kept it in your bathroom and didn't need your phone to read it.)
Anyway, I got a foot in the door there with an article on the ultra-obscure card game Calorie Kids but ended up contributing material for a fairly wide variety of titles, including the ones that dominated my gaming time during that era (Magic: The Gathering and Pokémon). If memory serves, I also wrote articles for the following games:
Um...maybe Gundam M.S.War...? I know I contributed to a slightly different project for it (see below)...
That might be all...I'll add to this if I think of more. I was definitely willing to play and analyze whatever CCGs came my way!
Scrye's publisher, Krause Publications, also made at least two versions of the Scrye Collectible Card Game Checklist & Price Guide. While I missed out on contributing to the first edition, for the second, I got to write pieces for Survivor, Gundam M.S.War, Cardcaptors, and the long-running Christian CCG Redemption. I still pull out my copy of this from time to time just to browse through all the interesting games that were made during the first decade of the hobby. It really is a nice look at the history of the game genre!
While I can't put my hands on most of my Scrye work, I did manage to pick up a back issue (#54, October 2002) for a pretty good price off of eBay a little while back; thanks to the site Scrye Notes, which catalogs covers and tables of contents for the publication, I was pretty sure I had a couple of articles in it. Turns out there were three of 'em! For your
I do like that I have a couple of my favorite articles I wrote for the magazine, on the Slowpoke family and Magic's 15-card Highlander format.
Also...a tiny little thing that I find very interesting to look back on...if you do actually read the Slowpoke article, you may notice that I use the word "wrecker" to describe Slowking in Pokémon's Unlimited format. That is not a word I've always used. Wanna know where I picked it up?
Well, the 15-card Highlander article was based largely on what I learned about the format from former pro Magic player David Sutcliffe, with whom I interacted some at the Casual Players Alliance. Here is an archived version of an article he wrote on the format long ago, and more importantly, here is the CPA thread where we discuss it. In it, David (aka Gizmo) says, "Anything that mills is very strong - Vision Charm is a wrecker" (emphasis mine).
So...thank you, David Sutcliffe, for apparently adding a word to my CCG vocabulary!