Contact:
Michael Fiegel
aethereal FORGE
aeon@aeforge.com

Christopher O'Neill
9th Level Games
chris@biznextonline.com


AETHEREAL FORGE & 9TH LEVEL GAMES JOIN FORCES 
TO PRODUCE NINJA BURGER: THE ROLE PLAYING GAME


SAN MATEO, Calif., December 23, 2000 -- aethereal FORGE, a creative services
and content development company, has agreed to license their Ninja Burger
concept to 9th Level Games for the purposes of creating "Ninja Burger: The
Beer and Pretzels Role-Playing Game." The two companies will share resources
in developing and marketing the game, based on the popular Ninja Burger
concept and website (www.ninjaburger.com).

Ninja Burger, a satiric look at a fictional fast food delivery service run
entirely by ninjas, was launched this past July, and since then has gained a
large cult following and widespread acclaim. Thousands of visitors have
checked out the site's ninja menu, placed orders for their friends, and
filled out job applications; although it purports to be, none of it is
actually real, and that, of course, is the true appeal.

"When we get email from one of the writers of 'The Onion' (www.theonion.com)
telling us that we're the funniest thing he's ever seen, we know we've
struck a chord with the right group of people," said aethereal FORGE
co-founder and Ninja Burger creator, Michael Fiegel. "To then have a gaming
company like 9th Level call us up to discuss a role-playing game was just
icing on the cake. How could we say no?"

The Ninja Burger game will be based upon 9th Level Games' newly revamped
game engine, the second such release to use the newly dubbed "Beer Engine."
The first such release is featured in the guise of a free game, available
inside issues of the Dork Tower #12 comic book (more information online at
www.kovalic.com/dork/d_comic.html). An earlier version of the engine was
used with great success in the first 9th Level Games publication, the
acclaimed "Kobolds Ate My Baby!", which cracked the top 25 in US sales of
role-playing games in September of 1999. 

"This may not be the first role-playing game about ninjas, and it may not
even be the first role-playing game about fast food, but it's certainly the
first RPG to include both ninjas and fast food at the same time," said
O'Neill. "And if that's not a great concept for a role-playing game, I don't
know what is."

The "Ninja Burger RPG" is scheduled for release in Q2 2001. 



About 9th Level Games
9th Level Games is a game design company based in Pennsylvania, renowned
within the industry for satiric RPGs including the critically-acclaimed
"Kobolds Ate My Baby!" and "Evil Rules!". Aside from their work on the Ninja
Burger concept, they are planning for a Q3 2001 release of "Kobolds 3rd
Edition." For more information, visit www.9thlevel.com.

About aethereal FORGE
aethereal FORGE is a creative services company specializing in online
(ie. web-based) content creation and conceptual design. In support of the
Ninja Burger RPG, aethereal FORGE will be adding an online game to the Ninja
Burger site soon, and is currently soliciting offers from filmographers
interested in working on a Ninja Burger commercial. The company is also
finishing development of the Iconoclast RPG (www.iconoclast.org), scheduled
for release on January 1, 2001. For more information, visit www.aeforge.com.

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"Ninja Burger" and "Iconoclast" are trademarks of aethereal FORGE.  

"Kobolds Ate My Baby", "Evil Rules!", and "Beer Engine" are trademarks of
9th Level Games.

"Dork Tower" is copyright 1998 John Kovalic.