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I just saw a banner ad on for a digital version of Samurai and just below the title I read: "By Dr. Reiner Knizia."

On his designer page, "Dr. Reiner Knizia" is listed as an alternate name. In almost every interview I've seen with him, in articles that mention his name, even in video reviews of his games, his illustrious title of "Doctor" is given in this way. This is the case even when Knizia himself begs his interlocutor to just call him "Reiner!"

Why does everyone do this? There are lots of game designers in the industry who have PhDs, and we never address them as "Dr." Is it a status thing? A convention? Just an old habit?

Whatever the reason, I'm making this list (and I encourage you to contribute) in order to celebrate the many other famous people in our hobby who have designed, published, reviewed, or promoted board games and who can call themselves "Doctor," but who rarely do.

Allow me to introduce:
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1. Board Game Designer: Richard Garfield
Board Game Designer: Richard Garfield
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Dr. Richard Garfield. Designer of some small titles like Android: Netrunner, King of Tokyo, RoboRally, and a couple of card games you may have heard of.

Got his PhD in mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania.
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2. Board Game Designer: Alf Seegert
Board Game: Trollhalla
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Dr. Alf Seegert. Designer of Fantastiqa: The Rucksack Edition, Cubist, The Road to Canterbury, and others.

Received his PhD in English from the University of Utah.
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3. Board Game Designer: Scott Nicholson
Board Game: Tulipmania 1637
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Dr. Scott Nicholson. Designer of Going, Going, GONE! and host of Board Games with Scott.

PhD in Information Science from the University of North Texas.
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4. Board Game Designer: Galen Ciscell
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Dr. Galen Ciscell. Designer of Atlantis Rising.

Received a PhD in Sociology from Colorado State University.
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Dr. Ryan Metzler. Prolific board game video reviewer.

PhD in Physiology & Biophysics from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.
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6. Board Game Designer: Reiner Knizia
Board Game Designer: Reiner Knizia
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I can't make this list without giving a nod to the Doctor, the Original Doctor of Boardgaming, Dr. Reiner Knizia, designer of one or two games. Did I mention he's a doctor?

PhD in Mathematics, University of Ulm.
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7. Board Game Designer: Bruno Faidutti
Board Game Designer: Bruno Faidutti
Bruno Faidutti is the (co)designer of Citadels, Incan Gold, Mission Red Planet, Mascarade and countless other games. He wrote his PhD disseration on... the unicorn. Now that's something!

Received his PhD in History from the University of Paris-XII.
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8. Board Game Designer: Steve Finn
Board Game Designer: Steve Finn
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He has designed Biblios, Cosmic Run and several others.

Ha was born in Boston, MA, in 1967 and has a PhD in philosophy
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9. Board Game Designer: Michael Bennighof
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He has designed a lot of Panzer Grenadier games, f.ex. Winter Soldiers: A Panzer Grenadier Scenario Book
and Great War at Sea games, f.ex. Great War at Sea: Dreadnoughts

He has a PhD in military history from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
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10. Board Game Designer: Steven Poelzing
Board Game Designer: Steven Poelzing
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Dr. Steven Poelzing. PhD from Case Western Reserve University in Biomedical Engineering. His CV is here.

Designer of Cubist, SiXes, and many other games.

He presents a really cool TEDx talk on "New Solutions" here.
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11. Board Game Designer: Emanuel Lasker
Board Game Designer: Emanuel Lasker
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Emanuel Lasker designed the checkers variant Laska. He Held a PhD in mathematics from the University of Erlangen; known in mathematical circles for the Lasker-Noether Theorem.

But he is best known for being World Chess Champion from 1894-1921. Max Euwe, champion from 1935-37, said of his play: "It is not possible to learn much from him. One can only stand and wonder."
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12. Board Game Designer: Hassan Lopez
Board Game Designer: Hassan Lopez
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Designer of Clockwork Wars. PhD in Neuroscience from UC-Santa Barbara.
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