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This page has been made to keep you, the faithful Apprentice user, updated on the newest news and development of Apprentice. Below is the news listed in chronological order as well as any additions to this web site that are worth mentioning.


March 5th, 1999
Posted by
Ryan Davis
Hi guys! First I'd like to apologise for the delay a bit myself. Apprentice did have a few things that needed work but had I been well that just means I work harder, sadly I was not though. On the moment it counted I came down with a terrible case of the flu. I had as many (if not more) bugs then Apprentice. But now comes the good news -- I'm well. This means two things: 1. Your attempts to kill me have failed. 2. I'm working on Apprentice. I'm sure you guys have been waiting to finally grab this or any version of the software so I thought I could at least wet your pallet a bit so I've posted two screenshots of Apprentice 1.4. These shots demonstrate the theme feature quite well...you can change Apprentice's look from one to the other in about 3 seconds. Some people name things after famous people but I prefer ice cream flavors (yes, the programmer of Apprentice is insane) so without further adeu I present Chocolate and Vanilla. More will come soon and users will also soon be able to download a limited utility to create their own in lieu of the programming of a full blown theme editor program.
March 1st, 1999
Posted by
Chris Warden
Dragonstar would like to apologize but the scheduled re-release of Apprentice slated for today, March 1st, has been delayed. We found a fatal flaw in the new version (1.4) that was slated for release, and after discussions with the programmers as well as Wizards of the Coast, we mutually agreed that a delay was necessary. We chose not to make Version 1.3 of the software available due to multiple problems with the installer, as well as a few other items of functionality. We feel it is in the best interest of those new to Apprentice to wait for the most up-to-date and fully functional version of the software possible. We do not expect this delay to be severe, and are quite certain we will have version 1.4 out this week. Again, we apolgize to those that have been waiting eagerly to download our software, and again thank you all for your continued support.
February 26th, 1999
Posted by
Ryan Davis
WIZARDS OF THE COAST PARTNERS WITH
DRAGONSTAR SOFTWARE TO OFFER ONLINE PLAY FOR
MAGIC: THE GATHERING TRADING CARD GAME
February 26, 1999 (Seattle, Wash.)--Adventure games leader Wizards of the Coast Inc. and Dragonstar Software announced today that the two companies will partner to re-release Dragonstar's Apprentice and NetDraft software programs beginning March 1, 1999. The programs were developed to offer online game play for the world's bestselling Magic: The Gathering trading card game. Dragonstar Software had withdrawn the software programs from the Internet at the request of Wizards of the Coast due to the software's unauthorized use of intellectual property owned by Wizards of the Coast.

Christopher Warden of Dragonstar Software said, "We look forward to working closely with Wizards of the Coast and appreciate their support of Apprentice and Netdraft. We would also like to thank the Magic community for their support."

According to Joel Mick, vice president of the Magic: The Gathering product group, "Dragonstar Software's developers have created a compelling online play experience for the Magic community. As the new sponsor of Apprentice, we want to support this popular method of game play. Wizards of the Coast's long-term goal is to provide Magic players with the best online play experience possible, and players should expect several exciting new releases in the years ahead."

Jeff Christianson, Wizards of the Coast's senior vice president of business development and general counsel, said, "Dragonstar Software understood and acknowledged Wizards of the Coast's need to protect its intellectual property rights in Magic: The Gathering. We appreciate the company's cooperation and professionalism in resolving this matter and look forward to working with Dragonstar."

The Magic: The Gathering trading card game was developed by award-winning game designer and mathematician Richard Garfield. In this intense game of strategy, players battle to reduce each other's score from 20 to 0 through a series of attack and defense moves using cards with varying numerical values. These illustrated cards depict fantastic monsters and imaginative worlds. With an estimated fan base of more than six million players, the Magic game is played in social and competitive settings, including the prestigious $1 million Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour circuit. Played in more than 52 countries worldwide, the Magic game is supported by the DCI players' organization, the governing authority for all officially sanctioned Magic tournaments. Helping both amateur and professional Magic players track their rankings, the DCI staff currently sanctions more than 60,000 Magic tournaments around the world per year.

Dragonstar is an online software development group founded by Christopher Warden. The company started working on Apprentice in 1996 and continues its development through the efforts of lead programmer Ryan Davis and many others. In 1998, Eric Lewandowski joined the Dragonstar team to work on the popular Magic: The Gathering drafting utility, called NetDraft. For information about Dragonstar and its products, or to download Apprentice or Netdraft, visit the Dragonstar website at <www.dragonstudios.com>.

Wizards of the Coast is a leading developer and publisher of entertainment products, including the world's bestselling Magic: The Gathering trading card game. Wizards of the Coast subsidiaries include TSR Inc. and Five Rings Publishing Group Inc. Headquartered just outside Seattle, Wizards of the Coast has international offices in Antwerp, Paris, Milan, Beijing and London. For more information, visit the company's website at <www.wizards.com>.

October 1st, 1998
Posted by
Chris Warden
The Urza's Saga update for Apprentice Version 1.3 has been released, be sure to check it out on our Downloads page. Also, work is still being done on an update for MacApprentice, further MacApprentice Betas, and a update for Apprentice v1.3 is being worked on to eliminate a few bugs reported to us, as well as a fix for the CTRL+D change that everyone has reported to us. If you have any bugs we may not know about, please use our Bug report form to let us know. Thanks!
August 24th, 1998
Posted by
Ryan Davis
Apprentice Version 1.3 has finally been released, the website has been redesigned, and development has begun on Sysop (a Netrunner Port) and C (a Battletech Port).
May 29th, 1998
Posted by
Chris Warden
If you like Apprentice 32, show your support by helping spread the word. Make yourself into a walking advertisement with one of these stylish Apprentice 32 T-Shirts! They are only $17.50 before Shipping & Handling. You can purchase it online with credit card via a secure form. They are nifty shirts, and are fun to wear to tournaments and conventions.

In other news, Apprentice 32 version 1.3 is in BETA TESTING. It will include an improved shuffler, advanced filters for the deck editor, sound support, an easier install feature, help documentation, improved graphical layout, and more. We hope to have a final version out before the end of June.

Also, for those of you that keep emailing us, DragonStar Software has not abandoned its project to include additional CCG's into Apprentice. We are working on it as we can, but we are still currently a freeware software group. Donations are welcome from those that appreciate our work. Feel free to shower cards, money, or other nifty things at us at P.O. Box 639, Lahaska PA 18931. No requirement to give, but we sure as heck do appreciate it.

Febuary 24th, 1998
Posted by
Chris Warden
The Stronghold Database update for Apprentice 32 has been released and the Apprentice 32 Website has been redesigned. Comments and suggestions on the new design are welcome, and please note the new address for Apprentice 32 questions: apprentice@dragonstudios.com , as I no longer have the time to personally handle Appr32 emails. Apprentice 32 v1.3 is being worked on, and we have found the source of the problemwe have a new programmer with DragonStar, Ryan Kahn, as always, suggestions are welcome, email info@dragonstudios.com

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