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Wizards of the Coast, Inc. to Release Dungeons & Dragons E-Tools: Character and Monster Generator

May 21, 2002 (Renton, Wash) -- Wizards of the Coast Inc., a developer and publisher of game-based entertainment products, and a subsidiary of Hasbro Inc. (NYSE:HAS), today announced plans to release the Dungeons & Dragons E-Tools: Character and Monster Generator (D&D E-Tools) in July of 2002. D&D E-Tools will give Dungeon Masters and game enthusiasts more control over their own campaigns with the ability to track multiple players and create characters, monsters and treasures in accordance with D&D rules.

The D&D E-Tools CD-ROM, originally announced as D&D Master Tools, is an essential tool for Dungeon Masters to generate characters, monsters, treasures, and encounters which can be cataloged for easy and quick reference. This software accessory will offer Dungeon Masters and gamers an extensive database and the chance to prepare multiple stats for characters and nonplayer characters (NPC). D&D E-Tools will have an advanced and comprehensive character and monster generator and valuable other options, such as a treasure generator but will not incorporate the mapper function that was to be included in the Master Tools software suite.

“The mapper function originally slated for this product was removed because we felt it was not as useful for a paper-based roleplaying game as originally thought,” said Peter Kim, associate business manager for roleplaying games at Wizards of the Coast. “We were able to create a very practical software tool for Dungeon Masters and gamers alike that will enhance their roleplaying experiences.”

The D&D E-Tools software will be available at store.wizards.com and participating core hobby and game stores. For more information on D&D E-Tools visit www.wizards.com/dnd.

Originally released in 1974, the Dungeons & Dragons game has gone through continual evolution and growth. It received the first facelift to its rules and game mechanics (second edition) in 1989. Now in its third edition, the Dungeons & Dragons game is ready for the new millennium -- it has been redesigned to reflect more than a decade of evolution in game design advances and provides a definitive adventure roleplaying experience for a new generation of game players.

Wizards of the Coast, Inc. a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS), is the worldwide market share leader in the trading card game and tabletop roleplaying game categories. Wizards of the Coast, Inc. is a leading developer and publisher of game-based entertainment products, as well as the owner and operator of one of the nation’s largest specialty game retail chains. The company holds an exclusive patent on the play mechanics of trading card games (TCGs) and produces the world’s best-selling Pokémon and Magic: The Gathering TCGs. Wizards of the Coast is also one of the world’s leading fantasy and science fiction book publishers and is a publisher of adventure games such as the classic Dungeons & Dragons games, family card and board games and electronic media products. Headquartered near Seattle, Washington, Wizards of the Coast, Inc. has international offices in Antwerp, Paris, Milan, London and Beijing. For more information on Wizards of the Coast, Inc. visit the company’s website and electronic retail store at www.wizards.com.





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