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Merscom Announces Unique Deal with Book Publishers McFarland & Company for "WWII Tank Commander"

Chapter from book "Patton's Vanguard" to be included in upcoming military action game

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CHAPEL HILL, NC - December 9, 2004 - Merscom LLC today announced an agreement with book publishers McFarland & Company for inclusion of a chapter from their book "Patton's Vanguard: The United States Army Fourth Armored Division" in Merscom's upcoming military arcade-style action game for PC, "WWII Tank Commander". An electronic version of the vividly detailed chapter will be included as a bonus in the game where players take command of a Sherman tank in General Patton's elite Fourth Armored Division. The game is being developed by Sylum Entertainment and is slated for a February 2005 release.

With its stirring accounts of the legendary campaigns of the United States Fourth Armored Division, universally recognized as "Patton's Best", and including first-hand recollections from members of the Fourth Armored Division gathered by author Don M. Fox, "Patton's Vanguard" perfectly compliments the scope of the game.

"As both the game and the book follow the brave exploits of the Fourth Armored Division, we thought it would be a great fit for 'WWII Tank Commander' and a unique bonus for players," said Merscom Director, Lloyd Melnick. "As history buffs and gamers, we found 'Patton's Vanguard' one of the most interesting reads and an excellent reflection of the excitement of the game."

With detailed WWII-era environments, arcade-style gameplay, and eye-catching special effects, "WWII Tank Commander" is aimed to engage and entertain gamers, tank enthusiasts, history buffs, and everyone in between. Featuring multiple mission styles with objectives such as Assault, Escort, Defense, and Rescue, and with backdrops from France to Germany, "WWII Tank Commander" players are set to experience non-stop military arcade action.

The official site for "WWII Tank Commander" is will launch shortly. In the meantime, for more information visit www.merscom.biz/wwiitankcommander.htm.

About Merscom

Merscom LLC is a publisher of PC and console games. Founded in 1999 by video game veterans with over a decade of experience working with the industry's leading developers and publishers, Merscom has set its focus on producing fun, easy to pick up and play entertainment products for gamers of all ages. For more information visit www.merscom.com.

About McFarland & Company

McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, founded in 1979, is located in Jefferson, North Carolina, a small town nestled in the northwestern corner of the state. The company is now one of the leading publishers of scholarly and reference books in the United States, with over 2,600 titles published to date, including over 1,700 in print. McFarland publishes 275 new titles each year for a worldwide market; many of them have received awards as outstanding reference or academic titles. McFarland is recognized for its serious works in a variety of fields, including performing arts, sport & leisure, military history, popular culture, and automotive history, among other topics. For more information, visit www.mcfarlandpub.com.

PRESS CONTACT:

Beverly Cambron

for Merscom

Rocco Media LLC

bcambron@roccomedia.com

214 284 4100

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