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Gen Con So Cal Successfully Debuted with Nearly 5000 Gamers, More Than 130 Exhibitors and over a Thousand of Gaming Events.

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Gen Con So Cal

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 18, 2003

The Best Four Days In Gaming(TM) Drew Nearly Five Thousand Fans to

Anaheim, CA Last Weekend for Four Days of Gaming Events and Fun!

Gen Con So Cal debuted last weekend in Anaheim, CA to 4725 (un-audited) fans of gaming, fantasy and science fiction, proving that even on the west coast, The Best Four Days of Gaming(TM) is the place to be for gamers!

"We knew we were taking a risk launching a new show in an untested market for us," says CEO & Owner of Gen Con LLC Peter Adkison. "But we worked hard, and the gaming community really rallied to support our endeavor helping to make Gen Con So Cal a success. Come January we'll dive back in putting together Gen Con So Cal 2004 to make it even bigger and better!"

Gen Con So Cal 2003 Highlights:

-- Gen Con So Cal's first collectible auction saw the biggest

sale in Gen Con auction history -- a factory-sealed case (10

display boxes) of Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game cards

from the Arabian Nights expansion set, was sold to an

anonymous bidder calling in via cell phone, for the staggering

sum of $95,000.

-- Gamers have heart! Hearing of the severely depleted supply of

donations made to the Marines' Toys for Tots program, Gen Con

So Cal exhibitors, including Wizards of the Coast, Alderac

Entertainment Group, Lucas Arts, Privateer Press, Green Ronin

Publishing, Osseum, Decipher, Rook Steel Storage, White Wolf,

Sabertooth Games, and many generous others, ponied up and

donated upwards of $100,000 worth of games, toys, action

figures and clothing to the cause.

-- Gen Con So Cal hosted the Magic: The Gathering Grand

Prix-Anaheim tournament. Ben Rubin, a California native,

walked away the Grand Prix-Anaheim champion title and the

$2,400 first place cash prize.

-- Gen Con So Cal was packed with celebrities from science

fiction and fantasy TV & film favorites. Among those who came

out to kick off Gen Con So Cal were William Shatner (Star

Trek), Daniel Logan (Star Wars: Episode II), Sarah Douglas,

Battlestar Galactica's Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict and

Herbert Jefferson Jr., Virginia Hey of Farscape, and Babylon

5's Jason Carter, Richard Biggs and Robin Atkin-Downes.

Gen Con LLC's flagship show, Gen Con Indy, is North America's largest hobby gaming convention, last year drawing nearly 30,000 attendees. 2004 will mark Gen Con Indy's 37th year as the must-do destination for gaming fans from around the world.

The Best Four Days In Gaming will return to Anaheim, CA in 2004 (dates to be announced), and Gen Con Indy August 19 - 22, 2004. For more information, including discounted pre-registration, please visit www.gencon.com.

About Gen Con

Gen Con, LLC and The Best Four Days in Gaming(TM) are wholly owned by Peter Adkison, former CEO and founder of Wizards of the Coast. Now in its 37th year, Gen Con Indy has become the largest annual consumer fantasy, sci-fi and adventure game convention in North America. Each year, game enthusiasts converge to share a common enthusiasm and a long weekend of interactive play, to participate in hobby-related events and meet celebrity guests. With more than 25,000 attendees each year and more new product introductions than any other consumer game convention in the U.S, Gen Con is an annual destination for fans of adventure games, fantasy and science fiction. This year marks Gen Con's debut in Anaheim, CA with Gen Con So Cal.
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