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Wizards of the Coast is a game publishing company based in the northwestern United States.

Their foray into the world of games began with Magic: The Gathering, one of the first collectible card games (CCGs). They expanded into role-playing games (RPGs) when they purchased TSR, Inc. in 1997 and gained the Dungeons & Dragons RPG. This was since converted into the d20 System that numerous other games have been based upon, including a version of Prime Directive by Amarillo Design Bureau.

The game and toy giant Hasbro bought Wizards of the Coast in September 1999.

In 2000, the company purchased Last Unicorn Games, the holders of the license for the Star Trek RPG at that time. Shortly after the purchase was completed, Paramount Pictures pulled Last Unicorn's license to produce further Trek-related materials, and issued a new RPG license to Decipher to add to their CCG license.

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