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    MicroProse Ships Magic: The Gathering Duels of the Planeswalkers’ CD-ROM

    ALAMEDA, CA, February 5, 1998 -- MicroProse, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS:MPRS), a worldwide interactive entertainment company, announced today the global availability of ManaLink’, the free Magic: The Gathering multiplayer update. For the past two weeks, thousands of avid online Magic: The Gathering fans have been playing Magic® on the World Wide Web in a limited release. ManaLink is now available in five languages, including English, French, Italian, Spanish and German at For the first time, Magic fans can reach out to challenge players next door or on the other side of the world to play the number one strategy card game on the PC any time of the day or night.

    Magic: The Gathering has become the intellectual sport of the '90s, and has even been featured in such high-profile, mainstream outlets as ESPN2 and Sports Illustrated. It is a turn-based strategy card game that appeals to all ages. With more than two billion of the Wizards of the Coast® trading cards sold to date and the shipment of more than 270,000 copies of MicroProse's original interactive computer game on CD-ROM, the game has successfully transitioned from paper format to computer game and now the Internet. Free Magic: The Gathering Internet gameplay is hosted exclusively by Total Entertainment Network’ at the GatheringNet’ Web site on

    "As MicroProse's most anticipated endeavor in the online gaming business, the debut of Magic: The Gathering on the Internet marks the realization of a long-time vision for millions of fans," said Derek McLeish, Senior Vice President of Marketing at MicroProse.

    The ManaLink multiplayer update enables two players to duel over the Internet, chat, send messages and taunt opponents inside and outside of the Duel. For easy opponent matching over the Net, ManaLink creates a "live" player environment, allowing players to view a list of other Magic players who are currently online and playing over the Internet. Players can sort potential opponents by attributes such as skill level and concede rate. Impromptu tournaments over the Internet are already beginning to appear online, and together MicroProse and Wizards of the Coast plan to build formal tournaments into online Magic play in the near future.

    In addition to premiering the ManaLink multiplayer update, MicroProse has shipped the PC CD-ROM Magic: The Gathering Duels of the Planewalkers, a compilation of everything a player needs to compete in Magic play on the Internet. The Duels of the Planeswalkers CD-ROM includes MicroProse's original Magic: The Gathering for the PC, the ManaLink multiplayer update and cards from The Dark® and Legends® card sets that are new to the PC game. Among the over 80 new cards exclusively available in Duels of the Planewalkers are Angelic Voices, Acid Rain, Divine Offering, Fallen Angel and Storm Seeker. With proof of purchase for the original Magic: The Gathering for the PC, purchasers of Duels of the Planeswalkers can receive $15 back in a special rebate offer.

    GatheringNet ( is the official Magic: The Gathering for the PC Web site. It is a rapidly growing online community where Magic enthusiasts meet to play Magic, discuss Magic topics of interest, learn the latest Magic news and hear about Magic events taking place both online and in the real world.

    MicroProse, Inc. is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for use on CD-ROM-based personal computers. The company is also developing software for use on next generation 32/64-bit console machines, the Internet and online gaming services. The company has five development studios located in Alameda, California; Hunt Valley, Maryland; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Austin, Texas and Chipping Sodbury, England. Products are available nationally and internationally and are sold through major distributors, retailers and mass merchants. Product and company information are available for download from the MicroProse Web site at

    The Magic: The Gathering trading card game is an imaginative game that promotes strategy, mathematics and critical thinking. Developed by a math professor, the Magic card game contains elements similar to bridge or chess and is often played in a tournament setting with amateur and professional Magic players competing throughout the year to earn rankings and win prizes.

    Wizards of the Coast is a leading developer and publisher of entertainment products, including the world's best-selling Magic: The Gathering trading card game. Wizards of the Coast subsidiaries include TSR, Inc., creators of the popular Dungeons and Dragons® adventure game, and Five Rings Publishing Group Inc., best known for the Legend of the Five Rings® trading card game. Headquartered just outside of Seattle, WA, Wizards of the Coast has international offices in Antwerp, Paris and London. For more information on Wizards of the Coast, visit the company's site at

    WIZARDS OF THE COAST, Magic: The Gathering, Legends, The Dark, ManaLink, GatheringNet and Duels of the Planeswalkers are trademarks or registered trademarks of Wizards of the Coast Inc. Dungeons and Dragons is a registered trademark of TSR, Inc. Legends of the Five Rings is a registered trademark of Five Rings Publishing Group Inc. TSR Inc. and Five Rings Publishing Group Inc. are subsidiaries of Wizards of the Coast.

    Contributed by skl (1132) on Mar 14, 2004.

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    Magic: The Gathering Duels of the Planeswalkers includes the original Magic: The Gathering game, ManaLink’, the multiplayer module that allows you to play Magic FREE over the Internet and a NEW expansion for the PC containing over 80 new cards from the paper card expansions Legends® and The Dark®. Also included are feature enhancements, such as new interface screens for greater ease of use, an upgraded deck builder to handle the new cards, and updated help files.


    Includes the Magic: The Gathering for the PC game

    Over 400 cards from the Fourth Edition’ set

    The strategy card game environment of Shandalar

    The Multimedia Tutorial

    Play Magic over the Internet with ManaLink, the multiplayer module that allows people to play Magic with each other over the Internet, as well as over a LAN, serial cable, and modem head-to-head

    Over 80 New Cards

    Get a whole new card expansion set for the PC!

    Contributed by Tony Van (2855) on Dec 05, 1999.