Mancala World

William Daniel 'Dan' Troyka is an American game inventor whose most famous game is Breakthrough (2000). It won the 2001 8x8 Game Design Competition sponsored by Abstract Games Magazine, About Board Games and the Strategy Gaming Society. Troyka created more than 30 board games and invented the Cross-Mancala meta-game, which includes three mancala variants: Cross-Wari (2001), Cross-Kalah (2001) and Cross-Endodoi (2002).

Troyka is the best Camelot player of the world, winning the WCF Camelot World Championship Tournament in 2003 and 2009. In 2004, he won the 4th U-Con Abstract Games Tournament and, in 2008, the 8th U-Con Abstract Games Tournament, the latter with a record of 6 wins, 1 loss and 0 ties.

After Troyka had graduated from Princeton University in 1990 (Russian and Eurasian Studies), he earned his Juris Doctor with high honors from Boston University Law School in 1994. After that he worked for a law firm in Paris (France) and served as law clerk to justices on the New Hampshire Supreme Court and the Rhode Island Supreme Court. In 1997, he moved to Boston MA, where he practiced litigation and bankruptcy law and, in 2001, he served as an Assistant Prosecutor in the Boston Municipal Court. In 2002, he moved to Saline, MI. Since then he works as a lawyer for McKenney & Philbrick, P.C. in downtown Ann Arbor.

He lives with his wife and two young children in Wildwood subdivision. His hobbies are photography and travelling.

Troyka's Games

Name Type of Game Year
Hobbes Chess variant 1998
Abduction Chess Chess variant 2000
Breakthrough Breakthrough game 2000
Pompeii Tranfer game 2000
Duck Pond N-in-a-row game 2000
Hyperspace 5-d Pattern-forming games 2000
Skava 5-d Breakthrough game 2000
Thataway Chess variant 2000
Wormhole 4-d Connection game 2000
Benedict Chess (or: Benedict Arnold Chess) Chess variant 2001
Cleopatra Chess Chess variant 2001
Cross-Kalah Mancala game 2001
Cross-Wari Mancala game 2001
Duck Solo N-in-a-row game 2001
Heaven & Hell Chess Chess variant 2001
Hex-Tac-Toe N-in-a-row game 2001
Lambchop Territorial game 2001
Sabin Rains Territorial game 2001
Sidewinder Breakthrough game 2001
Slide Three Sliding puzzle 2001
Superstring 3-d to 6-d Territorial game 2001
Tessa 4-d Elimination game 2001
Tic-Tac-D'oh N-in-a-row game 2001
Ugly Duck Breakthrough game (+ return) 2001
Wild Goose Game Chess variant 2001
Wuss (or: Wuss Chess) Chess variant 2001
Zonesh Breakthrough game 2001
Alta Connection game 2002
Altairian Checkers Checkers variant 2002
Blue Nile Territorial game 2002
Cross-Endodoi Mancala game 2002
Double Agent Chess Chess variant 2002
Hitchhiker Chess Chess variant 2002
Pompeii Chess Chess variant 2002
Spiral Nim Elimination game 2002
Tunneler Chess variant 2002
Weave & Dungeon Chess variant 2002
Lynx (together with Cameron Browne) Connection game 2004
Random Links Connection game 2004

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