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Press Release: Plans for The LOTR Roleplaying Game License!
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Decipher Unveils Product Plans for The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game License!

(NORFOLK, Va., October 16, 2001) The Lord of the Rings Adventure Game, the first of Decipheršs roleplaying games (RPGs) for New Line Cinemašs epic adventure, The Lord of the Rings, will hit stores December 2001, offering both RPG and movie fans the excitement and exhilaration that Tolkienšs Hobbits, Dwarves, and Men face as they journey through the mythic expanses of Middle-earth.

The new The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Games from Decipher transport readers and game players alike to J.R.R. Tolkienšs wondrous world of Middle-earth for the ultimate fantasy gaming experience. Featuring in-depth information about the people, places, history, creatures, and magic of Middle-earth, combined with cutting-edge graphics and game design, these games have something to offer both gamers and Tolkien fans alike.

"The Lord of the Rings Adventure Game is intended to help gaming novices and Tolkien fans who are not gamers become familiar with the world of RPGs. It will also introduce experienced gamers to the Tolkien legacy," shares Christian Moore, head of the Decipher RPG Studio.

The Adventure Game will be followed up with a 300-page, full-color RPG core game in February 2002.

The Adventure Game includes a complete adventure narrative, Through the Mines of Moria, drawn from The Fellowship of the Ring, the first film of the trilogy. Players who choose to travel Through the Mines of Moria assume the roles of the members of the Fellowship of the Ring, and relive their dangerous and legendary adventures. Through the Mines of Moria begins at the western doors leading into Moria, takes players through several encounters with servants of the Shadow, and culminates with a climactic battle against the dreaded Balrog.

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When the players finally emerge through Moriašs eastern gates, they will have fought four distinct battles, survived using their skill, wits, and teamwork in the dark caverns of Moria, and played through the most exciting action sequence ever seen in a fantasy film. Through the Mines of Moria uses rules that are easy to understand, flexible, and fun. The instructions are designed to prepare novice gamers and Tolkien fans ages 12 and up to delve into play in less than half an hour.

The Lord of the Rings Adventure Game box contains:

The 32-page Through the Mines of Moria adventure that takes players through the most stunning action sequence of the film.

Welcome to Middle-earth, a 24-page guide to the lands and peoples of Middle-earth. EUR What is Roleplaying, an explanation of the basic principles of roleplaying games.

Full-color Character Sheets that include pictures and game data describing each character. EUR Four full color Tactical Maps for use in the major action sequences of the adventure.

Cut-outs of the characters and monsters in the adventure.

A Poster Map of Middle-earth.

In addition to the roleplaying games license through New Line Cinema and Tolkien Enterprises, Decipher proudly holds international licenses for The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game and The Lord of the Rings Official Fan Club.

The Fellowship of the Ring is set for release by New Line Cinema on December 19, 2001. The other two films in the trilogy, The Two Towers and The Return of the King will premiere December 2002 and 2003, respectively.

About Decipher, Inc.

Founded in 1983 by Warren Holland, Decipher Inc. is a worldwide leader in the collectible card game industry and fan club industry. The company's Trading Card Game Studio produces Star Trek, Star Wars, Austin Powers, and The Lord of the Rings(scheduled to release on November 6, 2001) trading card games. Decipher's Fan Club Studio operates the official fan clubs for Star Trek and The Lord of the Rings which includes publishing official fan magazines and managing online stores. Decipher's RPG (roleplaying games) & Miniatures Studio is responsible for the creation of the all-new Star Trek roleplaying games and The Lord of the Rings roleplaying games. Decipher's Online Games Studio offers digital versions of its Star Trek and, soon, its The Lord of the Rings Trading Card More Æ

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Games. Decipher's Games Studio produces leading party, card, and board games such as How To Host A MurderŽ, How To Host A Teen MysteryŽ, PenteŽ, Scratchees,and more. Decipher's Boy Crazy! Studio markets the popular Boy Crazy! brand for girls which includes a magazine, web site at boycrazy.com,trading cards, and various publishing and licensing ventures (represented by the William Morris Agency).Visit decipher.com for additional information.

Founded in 1967, New Line Cinema is the entertainment industryšs leading independent producer and distributor of theatrical motion pictures. New Line licenses its films to ancillary markets including cable and broadcast television as well as to international venues. The company, which is a subsidiary of AOL Time Warner Inc., operates several divisions including in-house theatrical distribution, marketing, home video, television, acquisitions, production, licensing and merchandising units. More information about New Line Cinema can be obtained at www.newline.com.