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Subject: Hoyle Majestic Chess goes gold!

Author: John Merlino

Date: 15:58:47 07/25/03


Hello all,

This is just to notify you all that a program that I have been working on called
"Hoyle Majestic Chess" has now been approved for production and should be
available in US stores around August 22nd. The company that developed it (the
one that I work for) is called Fluent Entertainment.

The official website is www.majesticchess.com. Right now this site forwards to
Vivendi's site for the program. Vivendi is our publisher and has been doing a
magnificent job getting the word out on this new program. The official site will
be up and running some time next week.

Some of you may not find the program interesting, as it is not intended for
serious players (although serious players can certainly get a good challenge
from Kittinger's fine new engine). It is mainly intended for people who simply
want to have fun playing a game of chess. It has a smaller feature set than
Chessmaster, certainly. But it does have full English advice, the ability to
watch the engine think, 24 different personalities to play against, and the
option to make your own personalities.

Additionally, it has full-featured multiplayer online capability. It's 100% free
and you do not need to sign up for any other service. Just create an account
with a password and you're off and running.

Finally, for the novice to lower-intermediate player (or for anybody looking for
a fun new twist on chess), we have the Chess Adventure. This is a story-driven
quest-based adventure with eight chapters of increasing difficulty that will
help the weaker player to become a solid intermediate player. For those of you
who know other computer games, think of it as chess meets "Heroes of Might and
Magic".

Overall, the program is stunningly gorgeous, if I do say so myself. Most of all,
I'm just pleased that I am still able to help make good chess programs. I take
nothing away from Chessmaster, but I'm glad that many people now have an
alternative choice to that fine program that I worked on for so many years.

If you have any questions about the program, you can ask them here, or send me a
private e-mail, or use Vivendi's message board. This message board DOES require
that you sign up for an account, but hopefully it will be a large community that
will be able to share information. You can sign up for this message board by
going to www.hoylegames.com and clicking on the "Forum" link.

Many thanks for your time,

jm



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