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Microprose to produce on-line 'Magic' card game

MicroProse Software, a Hunt Valley-based computer game developer, has teamed up with Simutronics Corp., based in Arlington, Va., to produce an on-line computer version of the card game "Magic: The Gathering."

MicroProse, a subsidiary of Spectrum HoloByte Inc. in Alameda, Calif., is developing the game, and Simutronics will work on software for the on-line connections, said David T. Etheredge, a game designer with MicroProse. Players will be able to compete internationally on an on-line service, such as America Online, CompuServe or Prodigy.

Mr. Etheredge said he expects the game to be on the market by next summer in CD-ROM for IBM-compatibles.

"Magic: The Gathering" is a role-playing card game that can be played by two to 12 players. Players collect decks of cards, adding "extension" or "booster" packets to give them more options for play. The game has sold more than 500 million cards nationwide, with the average collector amassing about 1,000 cards, Mr. Etheredge said. A packet of 60 cards sells for about $7.95.

MicroProse, which has 147 employees, said it has yet to pick an on-line service to carry "Magic." It declined to give sales projections or an estimated retail cost for the computer game.

3 newly-bought hotels now under Marriott name

Three full-service hotels recently purchased by Host Marriott Corp. have been converted to the Marriott name and will be managed by Marriott International.

The hotels are in Denver (625 rooms), Napa Valley, Calif. (291 rooms), and Williamsburg, Va. (291 rooms). Marriott International now runs 895 properties worldwide, including 257 full-service hotels.

Marriott International, based in Bethesda, employs more 170,000 people worldwide.

Vitro gets Navy contract worth $28.6 million

Vitro Corp., a subsidiary of Tracor Inc., received a one-year, $28.6 million contract with the U.S. Navy Strategic Systems Programs in Washington to continue work on the Fleet Ballistic Missile/TRIDENT Strategic Weapon System.

Under the new contract, Rockville-based Vitro will provide operations and maintenance services for the missile.

Work will be performed by employees in Vitro's Silver Spring location and other field sites, including those in Groton, Conn.; Sunnyvale, Calif.; and Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Tracor employs more than 2,800 people in Maryland.

Public relations firm is formed in Towson

Christopher C. Hartman and Nancy M. Haragan, have formed Haragan & Hartman, a public relations and public affairs counseling firm in Towson.

Mr. Hartman was former executive vice president for Baltimore-based Richardson, Myers and Donofrio. Ms. Haragan

was former vice president for governmental and industry affairs for USF&G; Insurance, a subsidiary of USF&G; Corp., and represented USF&G; Insurance in Washington for 10 years.

"We thought the time was right because we have a particular type of experience, straddling business and public affairs," she said.

The firm's clients include: Crown Central Petroleum Corp., the Maryland Port Administration, the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Waterford Crystal.

Mr. Hartman had served as press secretary to then-Baltimore Mayor William Donald Schaefer and the executive vice president of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Baltimore. He was founding chairman of the Baltimore City Fair.

Ms. Haragan, who will serve as chairman and chief executive of )) the new firm, is a graduate fellow of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and served as president of the Mutual Housing Association of Baltimore for several years.

Freed and Associates hired by Fair Lanes Inc.

Freed and Associates, a Baltimore-based marketing and communications company, has been hired to handle marketing for Fair Lanes Inc., one of the country's largest bowling center operators.

One of Freed and Associates first tasks is to commission research about league bowlers, who provide "substantial revenue" to the chain, said Wayne Strausburg, president of Fair Lanes.

Fair Lanes, based in Hunt Valley, operates 106 bowling centers in 18 states and Puerto Rico.

Small-business program expands services in Carroll

The Small Business Development Center, designed to help small businesses throughout the state, has expanded its services in Carroll County to five days a week.

The program, run by the University of Baltimore School of Business with state and federal grants, offers such services as help in securing financing, business plan development, financial projections and creation of marketing materials and brochures. The program's services are free.

Chamber accepting board nominations

The Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its board of directors for the 1995-1996 fiscal year.

Eight of the 28 openings are available, each for a three-year term beginning July 1.

Nominations are due by Jan. 3, 1995, at the chamber office.

Write to: Board of Directors Nominating Committee, Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce, 102 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 402, Towson, Md. 21204.

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