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Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures

Posted on 10/5/2003


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New Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures line lets D&D players battle right out of the box!

October 1, 2003 (Renton, Wash.) - Wizards of the Coast, Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS), has released its new line of Dungeons & Dragons® Miniatures, 80 pre-painted collectible plastic figures that make it easier and more exciting for D&DTM players to engage in a wide range of combat scenarios, from light skirmishes to full-scale battles. The new miniatures, which feature characters and monsters drawn directly from D&D's core rulebooks and popular accessory titles, are the first authentic D&D figures created for immediate, out-of-the-box use. All miniatures come with double-sided statistics cards, one side for use with the D&D roleplaying game, and the other for quick head-to-head combat, giving players the flexibility to explore new, faster-paced play modes.

The new D&D Miniatures are available in both Entry Packs and HarbingerTM Expansion Packs. For a suggested retail price of $19.99 USD, the D&D Miniatures Entry Pack includes a complete basic rulebook, a 20-sided die, 16 random miniatures with statistics cards, a battle grid mapsheet, and eight terrain tiles that help create unique situations for every encounter. At a suggested retail price of $9.99 USD, each Harbinger Expansion Pack contains eight random figures — four common, three uncommon, and one rare — along with statistics cards. The D&D Miniatures Entry Packs and Harbinger Expansion Packs are available at book and hobby stores.

Research commissioned by Wizards of the Coast shows that nearly three-quarters of D&D players currently use markers to enhance their games, and that more than half of those players would like miniatures that are immediately playable. Players often note that miniatures create a more vivid, dramatic game experience and invite a more resolution-based approach to roleplaying.

In all, the initial Harbinger D&D Miniatures set includes 80 pre-painted 30mm-scale plastic figures, among them some of the most iconic D&D monsters and character classes. Some of the available characters include: Dwarf Axefighter, Halfling Veteran, Wild Elf Barbarian, Human Wanderer, Elf Archer and the Cleric of Corellon Larethian. Examples of monsters are: Kobold Warrior, Mind Flayer, Owlbear, Wolf Skeleton, Orc Berserker and Umber Hulk.

Next month, Wizards will release the D&D Miniatures Handbook, a new sourcebook that details all aspects of miniatures and blends roleplaying features with miniatures game systems, making it a vital new accessory for all D&D players as well as users of the miniatures. The Miniatures Handbook, will retail for approximately $29.95. The recently released Dungeons & Dragons v.3.5 core rulebooks include rules for using the miniatures, as well.

In December, Wizards will release the DragoneyeTM D&D miniatures expansion, which introduces 60 additional creatures, including multiple dragon figures of varying sizes. Future expansions will continue to provide both roleplaying and miniatures players with an ever-widening range of D&D figures to enhance their collections.

More information regarding the development of Dungeons & Dragons miniatures and a special online gallery featuring many of the initial miniatures is available at wizards.com/dnd.

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 new Dungeons & Dragons v.3.5 core rulebooks, are designed to take players into next year's 30th anniversary and beyond. All new products are compatible with previously released 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 the method of playing trading card games (TCGs) and produces the premier trading card game, Magic: The Gathering®, 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®, and publisher of fantasy series fiction with numerous New York Times best-sellers. For more information, visit the Wizards of the Coast website at wizards.com.