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Robert Gutschera was a designer (1996-2008) and director of development (2005-2008) at Wizards of the Coast, mostly working outside of Magic.


He was a math major and went onto grad school at the University of Chicago. After he got his Ph.D., he taught at Wellesley College outside of Boston, where he was a junior faculty member. Through William Jockusch, a friend who'd once been in the math world himself, Robert learned of a job opening at Wizards of the Coast on the Research and Development team. His technical background ended up serving him well when it came to landing the position.[1]

In 2019-20 Gutschera worked on the action role-playing game Magic: Legends, a collaboration between Wizards of the Coast, Cryptic Studios and Perfect World.[2]



Non-Magic projects for Wizards of the Coast[]

  • Netrunner
  • Battle Tech
  • Filthy Rich
  • What Were You Thinking?
  • Star Wars TCG
  • Pokémon
  • Harry Potter


  1. Developers: R&D, Trading Card Games. But What Do They Do?
  2. Robert Gutschera (April 30, 2020). "Diving into Realms".