www.theforce.net is reporting that Hasbro is slashing the budget of its subsidiary, Wizards of the Coast by 90%!!! This means they will only have 10% of the budget they had last year! Why is this of interest to SW fans? Two reasons. First, Wizards is the company/division behind the SW:Role Playing Game that just came out. Second, Wizards within the past month bought the SW Official FanClub/SW Insider Magazine from Fantastic Media. Both of these SW properties could now be in jeopardy! If nothing else I hope they can save the SW Insider Magazine. I have thoroughly enjoyed my subscription and it has kept me quite up to date with new prequel pics and information as well as great interviews with SW cast members, and a great store (the one in the magazine & the one that was at the official SW site. What's the thin silver lining about all this? Well, Wizards of the Coast also produces several Collectible Card Games (CCGs) including Magic, X-Men, and I believe Pokemon. They have long been aggressively trying to stop the other CCG makers. Hopefully, this will make it easier for their biggest competitor Decipher, Inc. which produces the Star Wars:CCG, Young Jedi:CCG and the forthcoming Jedi Knights:CCG (as well as Star Trek and for the upcoming "Lord of the Rings" movies). Plus, I hate Pokemon and have never played Magic. I tried the X-Men CCG, but found it dissapointing. But I do not want either of Wizard's SW lines to be cut!!! Who know what will happen with their limited budget though?