Calling All D&D Players! Game Fans Mark 30th Anniversary of Cultural Icon with 'Worldwide DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Game Day'

RENTON, Wash.--()--Oct. 5, 2004--

  Players at more than 700 locations throughout the U.S. will attempt record for largest-ever DUNGEONS & DRAGONS game on October 16  



On October 16th, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS(R) fans everywhere will attempt to set a world record for the largest-ever game-play gathering in a global celebration of DUNGEONS & DRAGONS' 30th anniversary. Played by millions, D&D has become a cultural icon since its introduction in the 1970s. Known as the first "roleplaying" game, D&D has inspired a generation of game players and game designers and led to the development of many other board games, card games and video games.

Worldwide D&D Day will take place at over 700 locations across the U.S. (visit www.dndgameday.com for locations), plus many more locations across Europe, South America and Australia. The game's maker, Wizards of the Coast (NYSE:HAS), has developed special D&D adventures for fans to play at Game Day celebration.

Also marking D&D's anniversary is the fall release of THIRTY YEARS OF ADVENTURE: A Celebration of Dungeons & Dragons, a lavishly illustrated, oversized hardcover book that explores the game's past, present and future through more than 300 pages of essays and photographs.

Scheduled for release in November, this unique retrospective of D&D history includes lively commentary by a number of prominent actors, writers, film directors, rock musicians, game developers and many others who played D&D and were inspired by the experience. Among the contributors are writer and producer David X. Cohen (The Simpsons, Futurama), television personality Stephen Colbert (The Daily Show), indie rocker singer/songerwriter Ben Kweller (On My Way), director James Merendino (SLC Punk), musician Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies), Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack), musician Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge), actor and writer Wil Wheaton (Stand by Me, Just a Geek), and many others.

Since its debut in 1974, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS has grown into a worldwide phenomenon that includes roleplaying games, miniature figures, novels, computer and video games, movies, and music. THIRTY YEARS OF ADVENTURE: A Celebration of Dungeons & Dragons traces D&D's evolution in vivid detail, from the game's earliest incarnation to the latest edition under Wizards of the Coast.

Dungeons & Dragons products have been the benchmark for adventure roleplaying game excellence since the game's introduction in 1974. Over the years, the Dungeons & Dragons experience has steadily evolved. The miniatures, along with the Dungeons & Dragons v.3.5 core rulebooks, are designed to take players through this year's 30th anniversary and beyond. All new products are compatible with previously released v.3.5 Dungeons & Dragons adventure products.

Wizards of the Coast, Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS), is a worldwide leader in the trading card game and tabletop roleplaying game categories, and a leading developer and publisher of game-based entertainment products. The company holds an exclusive patent on trading card games (TCGs) and their method of play and produces the premier trading card game, Magic: The Gathering(R), among many other trading card games and family card and board games. Wizards is also a leading publisher of roleplaying games, such as Dungeons & Dragons(R), and publisher of fantasy series fiction with numerous New York Times bestsellers. For more information, visit the Wizards of the Coast website at wizards.com

Dungeons & Dragons, D&D, Harbinger, Dragoneye, Archfiends, Giants of Legend and Magic: The Gathering are trademarks of Wizards of the Coast in the U.S.A. and other countries. (C) 2004 Wizards

Contacts

For Wizards of the Coast, Inc.
Claire Vail, 617-367-6655 x3007
Claire@tomasettipr.com

Contacts

For Wizards of the Coast, Inc.
Claire Vail, 617-367-6655 x3007
Claire@tomasettipr.com