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Press Release Source: Wizards of the Coast, Inc.

DUEL MASTERS Trading Card Game Rewards Cryptozoologists-in-Training for Photos That Extend Mystique Surrounding Bigfoot
Contest Kicks Off First-Ever ''Creature Appreciation Week''

RENTON, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 26, 2005--For centuries, man has reported mysterious encounters with creatures of various species such as lake serpents, hairy-hominids, and hybrid-beasts. Yet, despite amazing tales and tantalizing evidence, cryptozoologists (who dedicate their lives to the pursuit of such creatures) have yet to nab Bigfoot (alias: "Sasquatch"), the Yeti (alias: "Abominable Snowman") or the Loch Ness Monster (alias: "Nessie").

Wizards of the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro. Inc. and publisher of the DUEL MASTERS trading card game, hopes that the DUEL MASTERS photo contest will encourage the public to come forward with photographic evidence that will help trained cryptozoologists in their efforts to track down these mysterious and sometimes menacing creatures.

As part of the DUEL MASTERS photo contest, Wizards of the Coast will award cash prizes ($5,000 first prize, $2,500 second prize, and three $500 runners-up) for the photos that help to best perpetuate the mystique surrounding these creatures and provide evidence of their existence.

"This contest allows cryptozoologists-in-training to join me in the thrilling pursuit of these legendary creatures," said Loren Coleman, one of the world's leading authorities in cryptozoology. "The collecting of these photo entries will demonstrate to a skeptical public that unknown species and creatures live all around us."

Wizards of the Coast is sponsoring the photo contest as part of the first-ever Creature Appreciation Week celebration, which runs Oct. 24 to 30, 2005. The full set of contest rules is currently available at Creature Appreciation Week's official website, which is www.caw2005.com. The website also provides a Q&A with Loren Coleman and posts the results of an exclusive survey among boys 8 to 12 years old that identifies the most awesome features (fangs, attack abilities, etc.) associated with outrageous creatures.

Additionally, the site includes tips for celebrating Creature Appreciation Week, such as volunteering at the Creature Anti-Defamation League or petitioning legislators to pass laws that don't discriminate against creatures despite their skin texture, mutation, or universe of origin.

"While Hollywood regularly spotlights a few famous creatures like King Kong in movies, most real but still unknown creature species live an anonymous and, most often, unappreciated existence," said Coleman, who has been a cryptozoologist for 45 years and has authored more than 20 books about the field. "Creature Appreciation Week will allow us to honor those unheralded creatures while encouraging the public to learn more about zoology, anthropology and natural history."

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