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STAR WARS changes game card companies

Wizards of the Coast takes over from Decipher for popular game

By Christopher Allan Smith     January 25, 2002
Source: Comic Shop News


Natalie Portman as Padmé Amidala and Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker are joined by R2-D2 and C-3PO on the desert planet Tatooine in STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES
© 2001 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM

Wizards of the Coast, the producer of the MAGIC: THE GATHERING and DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS game systems are now taking over STAR WARS game cards, after Decipher games lost the fight to renew its contract.



The move brings both the STAR WARS role playing game and the game cards under the same roof, and will mean a change in the way the STAR WARS card game is set-up.



"I began with a requirement that first time players see characters they recognize in the game, so major characters will be common," Richard Garfield, who now manages the STAR WARS card game, told the COMIC SHOP NEWS. Garfield will be familiar to customizable trading-card games as the creator of the groundbreaking MAGIC: THE GATHERING series. He said the card game will concentrate more on major characters, unlike the Desipher game which relied mostly on background characters of the WARS universe.



Garfield announced Wizard is producing cards for both the original trilogy and the prequel series, starting with EPISODE 2: ATTACK OF THE CLONES this May.

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