Decipher Offers New Promo Foils For The Lord of the Rings TCG - Press release

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DECIPHER-- GAME STUDIO
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For Immediate Release

Decipher Offers New Promo Foils For The Lord of the Rings TCG
Legends Foil Subset To Be Introduced In Black Rider Expansion

(Norfolk, VA - January 28, 2005) - Decipher will be adding a new subset of collectible foil promo cards to The Lord of the Rings TCG, beginning with the March 18, 2005 release of Black Rider. The expansion will include exciting new game play for players and a whole new series of promo cards for collectors and fans of The Lord of the Rings. These new promo foils fall into two categories: the Legends foil subset and the Legends Masterworks foil subset.

"We have two very different audiences for The Lord of the Rings TCG," said Dan Bojanowski, Decipher Brand Manager for The Lord of the Rings TCG. "Collectors have wanted more products that appeal to them. The players, on the other hand, are always excited to open a pack and find a cool card to put in their deck or trade to a collector for something else. The new Legends subsets now address both of these needs and does it in a way that adheres to the grand scale of The Lord of the Rings."

-- Legends Foil Subset - The new Legends series of foil inserts will be comprised of 18 of the best rare cards from the Black Rider expansion reproduced in diffraction foil and inserted in 11-card booster packs, replacing the rare card. The average chance of finding a Legends insert is one in every nine packs.
-- Legends Masterworks foil subset - The Legends Masterworks series of foil inserts will feature nine cards from the Legends Foil Subset but will feature alternate art templates similar to the card treatment that Decipher used for its 2003 Countdown to the King retail promotion. The average chance of finding a Legends Masterworks insert is one in every 35 packs.
--The 18 cards that we have chosen for the Legends foil subset are really some of the best cards in the set. This means that you have a possibility of getting the rare Faramir non-foil, then again in the Legends foil treatment, and then also in the Legends Masterworks foil treatment,-- Bojanowski explained.

The Black Rider expansion for The Lord of the Rings TCG releases on March 18, 2005 worldwide. The second set in the War of the Ring Block, Black Rider will continue the themes started in Shadows, which included the use of new keywords, new culture alignments, and a new site-path mechanic which allows for real-time game play decisions. One week after the release of Black Rider, Decipher will implement a rotation schedule for The Lord of the Rings TCG.

Black Rider is currently being solicited to hobby retailers worldwide and is available from any authorized Decipher distributor.

For more information, visit www.decipher.com.

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