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Wizards of the Coast (often referred to as WotC or simply Wizards) is an American publisher of games, primarily based on fantasy and science fiction themes. Originally a basement-run role-playing game publisher, they popularized the collectible card game genre with Magic: The Gathering in the mid-1990s. Today they publish board games, collectible card games and role-playing games. Currently they are a subsidiary of Hasbro.

History[edit]

Wizards of the Coast was founded by Peter Adkison in 1990 just outside Seattle, Washington, and their headquarters is still in nearby Renton. Originally the company only published role-playing games such as the third edition of Talislanta.

At 1993 Gen Con the company presented Magic: The Gathering, the success of which was so big that its revenue helped to solve numerous other problems Wizards has been having at that time. In 1994, they expanded their role-playing game line by buying SLA Industries from Nightfall Games and Ars Magica from White Wolf, Inc. In 1995 they released Everway and then closed their roleplaying game product line with Peter Adkison explaining that they were doing a disservice to the games with lack of support and had lost money on all of their roleplaying game products. In 1997, Wizards of the Coast was granted US patent 5662332 on Collectible card games, followed by the purchase of TSR, Inc., the cash-strapped makers of Dungeons & Dragons.

Many of the creative and professional staff of TSR relocated from Wisconsin to the Renton area, and Wizards re-hired many game designers who had been laid off during the troubled last years of TSR. TSR was used as a brand name for a while, then retired. Wizards of the Coast allowed the TSR trademarks to expire. The game and toy giant Hasbro bought Wizards of the Coast in September 1999. Between 1997 and 1999, they spun off several well-loved but poorly-selling campaign settings (most notably Planescape, Dark Sun and Spelljammer) to fan groups, focusing their business primarily on the profitable Greyhawk and Forgotten Realms lines.

Right now Wizards of the Coast publish several rules supplements, campaign setting supplements and adventures every year, together with updating the old books with web enhancements, erratas, additional maps and customer support.

There is also a tendency to explore the best bits of the older D&D editions and to migrate them to 3.5.

Games and products[edit]

For the full list please consult Wikipedia.

Miniature Games[edit]

Role-playing games and supplements[edit]

Wizards of the Coast drafted the Open Game License used by Open Gaming Foundation and the d20 system.

Fantasy novel series[edit]

Wizards of the Coast also publishes many fantasy novel series based on its other game products. Some of these are now out-of-print.

Books[edit]

Publisher Publication List
Publication System Month Published
The Dawning of a New Age Novel September 1996
The Day of the Tempest Novel August 1997
The Eve of the Maelstrom Novel February 1998
The Puppet King Novel February 1999
Player's Handbook Dungeons and Dragons 3e 2000
Dalamar the Dark Novel January 2000
Wheels Within Wheels: Greyhawk's Circle of Eight Dungeons and Dragons 3e 2000
Dragons of a Fallen Sun Novel March 2000
Downfall Novel June 2000
Monster Manual Dungeons and Dragons 3e October 2000
Living Greyhawk Gazetteer Dungeons and Dragons 3e November 2000
Draconian Measures Novel November 2000
Sword and Fist Dungeons and Dragons 3e January 2001
Oriental Adventures Dungeons and Dragons 3e 2001
Dragons of a Vanished Moon Novel January 2001
Monsters of Faerûn Dungeons and Dragons 3e 2001
Dragons of a Lost Star Novel April 2001
The Inheritance Novel May 2001
Betrayal Novel June 2001
Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting Dungeons and Dragons 3e June 2001
Magic of Faerûn Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e August 2001
Manual of the Planes Dungeons and Dragons 3e September 2001
Stronghold Builder's Guidebook Dungeons and Dragons 3e 2002
Masters of the Wild Dungeons and Dragons 3e February 2002
Faiths and Pantheons Dungeons and Dragons 3e May 2002
Redemption Novel July 2002
Silver Marches Dungeons and Dragons 3e July 2002
Monster Manual II Dungeons and Dragons 3e September 2002
Book of Vile Darkness Dungeons and Dragons 3e October 2002
Draconomicon Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e 2003
Dragonlance Campaign Setting Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e 2003
Player's Handbook Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e 2003
Monster Manual Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e 2003
Ghostwalk Dungeons and Dragons 3e 2003
Dungeon Master's Guide Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e 2003
Savage Species Dungeons and Dragons 3e February 2003
Races of Faerûn Dungeons and Dragons 3e March 2003
Arms and Equipment Guide Dungeons and Dragons 3e March 2003
Fiend Folio Dungeons and Dragons 3e April 2003
Unapproachable East Dungeons and Dragons 3e May 2003
Night of Blood Novel June 2003
Book of Exalted Deeds Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e October 2003
Miniatures Handbook Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e October 2003
Underdark Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e October 2003
Complete Warrior Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e November 2003
Serpent Kingdoms Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e 2004
Amber and Ashes Novel 31 January 2004
Unearthed Arcana Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e February 2004
Player's Guide to Faerûn Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e March 2004
Expanded Psionics Handbook Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e April 2004
Complete Divine Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e May 2004
Eberron Campaign Setting Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e June 2004
Planar Handbook Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e July 2004
Races of Stone Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e August 2004
Monster Manual III Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e September 2004
Frostburn Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e September 2004
Libris Mortis Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e October 2004
Shining South Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e October 2004
The Lake of Death Novel October 2004
Aberrations Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e October 2004
Sharn: City of Towers Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e November 2004
Complete Arcane Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e November 2004
Races of Destiny Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e December 2004
Stormwrack Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e 2005
Lord of the Rose Novel 2005
Champions of Ruin Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e 2005
Fane of the Drow Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e 2005
Magic of Eberron Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e 2005
Complete Adventurer Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e January 2005
Races of the Wild Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e February 2005
Living Greyhawk Official Listing of Deities for Use in the Campaign Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e March 2005
Sandstorm Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e March 2005
Races of Eberron Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e April 2005
Lords of Madness Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e May 2005
Heroes of Battle Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e May 2005
Dungeon Master's Guide II Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e June 2005
City of Splendors: Waterdeep Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e July 2005
Magic of Incarnum Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e September 2005
Heroes of Horror Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e October 2005
Underdark Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e November 2005
Spell Compendium Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e December 2005
Secrets of Xen'drik Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e 2006
Races of the Dragon Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e January 2006
Monster Manual IV Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e 2006
The Frostfell Rift Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e 2006
Amber and Iron Novel 2006
The Shattered Gates of Slaughtergarde Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e 2006
Fiendish Codex II Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e 2006
Red Hand of Doom Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e 2006
Empire of Blood Novel 2006
Complete Mage Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e February 2006
Tome of Magic Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e March 2006
Complete Psionic Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e April 2006
Trail of the Black Wyrm Novel April 2006
Player's Handbook II Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e May 2006
Fiendish Codex I Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e June 2006
Tome of Battle Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e August 2006
Dragon Magic Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e 12 September 2006
Dragonmarked Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e November 2006
Cityscape Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e November 2006
Expedition to the Demonweb Pits Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e 2007
Eyes of the Lich Queen Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e 2007
Complete Scoundrel Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e January 2007
Wizards Presents: Classes and Races Dungeons and Dragons 4e 2007
Scourge of the Howling Horde Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e 2007
Dungeonscape Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e February 2007
Magic Item Compendium Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e March 2007
City of Peril Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e April 2007
Dragons of the Dwarven Depths Novel 8 May 2007
Complete Champion Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e June 2007
Monster Manual V Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e July 2007
Dragons of the Highlord Skies Novel 10 July 2007
A Practical Guide to Monsters None August 2007
The Grand History of the Realms Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e September 2007
Desert of Desolation Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e November 2007
Elder Evils Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e December 2007
Wizards Presents: Worlds and Monsters Dungeons and Dragons 4e 2008
Player's Handbook Dungeons and Dragons 4e 2008
Monster Manual Dungeons and Dragons 4e 2008
Amber and Blood Novel 2008
Adventurer's Vault Dungeons and Dragons 4e September 2008
Demonweb Dungeons and Dragons 4e November 2008
Manual of the Planes Dungeons and Dragons 4e December 2008
Dragons of the Hourglass Mage Novel 2009
Player's Handbook 2 Dungeons and Dragons 4e March 2009
Monster Manual 2 Dungeons and Dragons 4e May 2009
Dangerous Delves Dungeons and Dragons 4e May 2009
The Plane Below: Secrets of the Elemental Chaos Dungeons and Dragons 4e December 2009
Player's Handbook 3 Dungeons and Dragons 4e March 2010
The Plane Above Dungeons and Dragons 4e April 2010
Player's Strategy Guide Dungeons and Dragons 4e May 2010
Monster Manual 3 Dungeons and Dragons 4e June 2010
Psionic Power Dungeons and Dragons 4e August 2010
Hoard of the Dragon Queen Wizards of the Coast August 2014
Player's Handbook Dungeons and Dragons 5e 19 August 2014
Monster Manual Dungeons and Dragons 5e September 2014
The Rise of Tiamat Dungeons and Dragons 5e November 2014
UA Classics Revisited Dungeons and Dragons 5e 4 January 2015
Player's Companion Elemental Evil Dungeons and Dragons 5e April 2015
Princes of the Apocalypse Dungeons and Dragons 5e April 2015
SRD-OGL v5.1 Dungeons and Dragons 6 May 2015
UA Variant Rules Dungeons and Dragons 5e 8 June 2015
UA Eberron v1.1 Dungeons and Dragons 5e 10 June 2015
Dungeon Master's Basic Rules v3 Dungeons and Dragons 5e 10 June 2015
UA Psionics Dungeons and Dragons 5e 9 July 2015
Player's Basic Rules v.3.4 Dungeons and Dragons 5e 11 July 2015
UA Modern Magic Dungeons and Dragons 5e 5 August 2015
Out of the Abyss Dungeons and Dragons 5e September 2015
Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide Dungeons and Dragons 5e November 2015
UA Waterborne v3 Dungeons and Dragons 5e 8 November 2015
UA Rune Magic Prestige Class Dungeons and Dragons 5e 9 November 2015
UA Ranger Options Dungeons and Dragons 5e 9 November 2015
Dungeon Master's Guide Dungeons and Dragons 5e December 2015
UA Psionics and Mystic v2 Dungeons and Dragons 5e 4 February 2016
Curse of Strahd Dungeons and Dragons 5e March 2016
UA Feats v1 Dungeons and Dragons 5e 6 June 2016
UA Gothic Characters Dungeons and Dragons 5e 1 August 2016
UA Non-divine Faithful SFG Dungeons and Dragons 5e 1 August 2016
UA Quick PCs SFG Dungeons and Dragons 5e 1 August 2016
UA That Old Black Magic Dungeons and Dragons 5e 1 August 2016
UA Battlesystem Dungeons and Dragons 5e 1 August 2016
UA Underdark Characters Dungeons and Dragons 5e 1 August 2016
Storm King's Thunder Dungeons and Dragons 5e September 2016
UA Revised Ranger Dungeons and Dragons 5e 12 September 2016
UA Encounter Building Dungeons and Dragons 5e 10 October 2016
Volo's Guide to Monsters Dungeons and Dragons 5e November 2016
UA Barbarian Dungeons and Dragons 5e 14 November 2016
UA Bard Dungeons and Dragons 5e 14 November 2016
UA Cleric Dungeons and Dragons 5e 21 November 2016
UA Druid Dungeons and Dragons 5e 28 November 2016
UA Fighter Dungeons and Dragons 5e 5 December 2016
UA Monk Dungeons and Dragons 5e 12 December 2016
UA Paladin Dungeons and Dragons 5e 19 December 2016
UA Starter Spells Dungeons and Dragons 5e 3 April 2017
Tales from the Yawning Portal Dungeons and Dragons 5e 4 April 2017

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