It's true ... here is the press release. I wanted you all to hear
it from here as soon as possible.

See the web site for more info (there isn't much at this time).

This topic is probably off-topic for several of these lists,
so please take any discussion to private email if at all possible

Good gaming!
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Sean Reynolds, TSR Online Coordinator | AOL: keyword TSR |


April 10, 1997 (Renton, Wash.)--Wizards of the Coast Inc. and TSR
Inc., the two leaders of the adventure gaming industry, announced today
that a letter of intent has been signed by both parties for Wizards of
the Coast to acquire TSR Inc. The transaction is expected to be
completed in May, 1997.

Wizards of the Coast is the publisher of the world's best-selling
trading card game, Magic: The Gathering(R). Lake Geneva, Wis.-based TSR
Inc. is the publisher of the world-renowned adventure game Dungeons &

Founded 22 years ago in 1975, TSR Inc. rose to a market leadership
position that endures today with the introduction of Dungeons and
Dragons. The internationally famous game further generated a wide
variety of best-selling adventure and roleplaying games and merchandise,
including the New York Times' best-selling book series, Dragonlance. The
game Dungeons and Dragons was featured in an early scene of the 1982
Steven Spielberg hit movie, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.

"TSR Inc. is the pioneer of adventure games and carries an
important industry legacy," said Peter D. Adkison, president and CEO of
Wizards of the Coast. "We look forward to drawing on TSR's worldwide
reputation and established lines of popular games to complement our
current business."

Lorraine Williams, president and CEO of TSR Inc., added, "The
synergies that already exist between Wizards of the Coast and TSR ensure
a solid home and future for the vast library of intellectual property
which TSR has created, and for its creative community."

Wizards of the Coast is a leading developer and publisher of
entertainment products, including Magic: The Gathering. Since the game
was released in 1993, over two billion cards have been sold, and the
game is available in nine languages. Other products published by the
company include the trading card game BattleTech(R) and the
soon-to-be-released card game Corporate Shuffle(TM), based on the
popular comic character DILBERT(TM). The company is headquartered just
outside of Seattle, Washington in the city of Renton, and has
international offices in the United Kingdom, Belgium and France. For
more information on Wizards of the Coast, visit the company's website at

(C)1997 Wizards of the Coast Inc. All rights reserved. WIZARDS OF THE
COAST, Magic: The Gathering, and Corporate Shuffle are trademarks of
Wizards of the Coast Inc. Dungeons & Dragons is a registered trademark
of TSR Inc. BattleTech is a registered trademark of FASA. The BattleTech
universe is owned by FASA Corporation and used under license. DILBERT (C)
United Feature Syndicate Inc.