Wizards of the Coast
Wizards of the Coast ( WotC or short Wizards ) is an American company based in Renton, Washington. It is owned by the Hasbro group and produces trading cards and pen & paper role-playing games and sells them worldwide. Wizards is by publication of the first collectible card game Magic: The Gathering has become known.
Wizards of the Coast was founded in 1990 by Peter D. Adkison. Success, however, the company was only since the collaboration with Richard Garfield, the creator of the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. Published in 1993, this card game became an international success and made Wizards of the Coast to a large and lucrative business. Later Wizards received the license for the Pokémon Trading Card Game for successful product line. Due to this success, in 1998 they were able to take over the financially troubled role-playing game company TSR. Wizards in turn was taken over in 1999 by Hasbro, Inc..
The most successful product of Wizards of the Coast is invented by Richard Garfield and published in several languages Magic: The Gathering, bringing the genre of the collectible card game was invented. Also invented by Garfield and distributed by Wizards is the board game Robo Rally. Due to the enormous financial success of various companies and licenses could be purchased. So Wizards of the Coast markets now besides trading card games, among others of Duel Masters, Pokemon, Simpsons and BattleTech (until 1997 ) and various role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons and Star Wars. In addition, 's products include Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures, MLB Showdown and Neopets. 2006, the first collecting miniatures game Dreamblade was put on the market. In addition, WotC also sells books and merchandise to these games.
2000, the role -playing game Dungeons & Dragons was fundamentally revised and brought up under the name of D & D version 3.0 new on the market. The new rules under the Open Game License and is named d20. Meanwhile, many turn to games, among others, also to third -party, this control system, including
- The role-playing game Star Wars (the basis for the PC game series Knights of the Old Republic )
- The role play for famous fantasy novel series The Wheel of Time (German: The Wheel of Time )
- The role-play to the PC game Warcraft 3
- The role play to HP Lovecraft's Call of Cthulhu
- D20 modern ( role play in the present and future)
The distribution abroad is done by different partners, although the translations are made in the USA. The German sales partner is the company Universal Cards, Aachen. The role plays were sold until January 1, 2009 by White Wolf.