Press Release: The Siege of Gondor - Decipher Trading Card Game Studio

NEWS RELEASE
DECIPHER® TRADING CARD GAME STUDIO

For Immediate Release


SO IT BEGINS...THE SIEGE OF GONDOR!

THE LATEST EXPANSION FOR THE LORD OF THE RINGS™ TCG
WILL HIT STORES WORLDWIDE ON MARCH 10, 2004


(Norfolk, VA--February 3, 2004)--New Line Cinema's film trilogy has been critically acclaimed as a cinematic masterpiece of the twenty-first century; now the trading card game has become a master work of hobby games. On March 10, 2004, Decipher will release Siege of Gondor, the latest expansion for The Lord of the Rings™ Trading Card Game. Soon to be available in stores worldwide, this 122-card set is sure to eclipse last year's successful release of The Return of the King™ base set.

"Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's literary work, Peter Jackson's film trilogy, and Decipher's trading card game are still clamoring for more after seeing The Return of the King in theaters around the world," said Decipher Senior Game Designer Tom Lischke. "Siege of Gondor is sure to deliver for both gamers and collectors alike as new characters and new game mechanics are introduced in conjunction with breathtaking imagery of Middle-earth."


Siege of Gondor will feature: the debut of Shelob, the great she-spider who haunts Cirith Ungol, high in the mountains of Mordor; the appearance of the Army of the Dead as they are called upon by Aragorn to defend Minas Tirith and represent the Free Peoples of Middle-earth; and stronger characters for Hobbits Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck and Peregrin "Pippin" Took. The minions of Sauron, as well as the Army of the Dead, can also become more powerful than ever

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before using an exciting new game mechanic, Enduring. This keyword allows a strength bonus of +2 for each wound on a character -- the more they are wounded, the stronger they become!

Players will be able to participate in release day events on March 10th. Retail locations worldwide will participate in these tournaments where prizes will be awarded to the top finishers. In addition, a special Release Day card will be presented to all competitors.

This 122-card base set contains: 40 rare cards; 40 uncommon cards; 40 common cards; and two starter-only premium cards.

Siege of Gondor will be available in the following product configurations:

* 63-card Starter Decks: Starter decks will be available in two versions, Merry and Pippin. Each deck has three random rare cards, 2 premium cards, and a rulebook. MSRP: US $10.99

* Booster Packs: 11-card packs will include 1 rare plus a mixture of common and uncommon cards. Foil cards will be found in approximately one out of six booster packs. MSRP: US $3.29

As with previous The Lord of the Rings™ TCG cards, all cards in Siege of Gondor will receive a foil treatment in a parallel set.

The Lord of the Rings™ TCG: Siege of Gondor set continues the mission introduced with The Fellowship of the Ring, which introduced the top award-winning trading card game of 2001 and 2002. Players try to win the game by advancing their Ring-bearer to the end of the adventure path; killing the opponent's Ring-bearer; or corrupting the opponent's Ring-bearer.

Look for the next expansion for The Lord of the Rings TCG in July when Mount Doom releases in stores worldwide!

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