- HarperCollins Children's Books announced today the exclusive rights to publish Dungeons & Dragons middle grade content in partnership with Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast. The Dungeons & Dragons publishing program will launch in Fall 2021 with the publication of the first ever middle grade novel, DUNGEON ACADEMY: NO HUMANS ALLOWED written by New York Times bestselling author Madeleine Roux and acclaimed artist Tim Probert ( Lightfall ). The second & third installments in the Dungeon Academy series are set for Fall 2022 and Fall 2023. The second series in the D&D publishing program will be Dungeons & Dragons : HarperChapters, with book #1 scheduled for Winter 2022, and the second and third installments to launch in Winter 2023 and Winter 2024. To round out this diverse middle grade publishing program, HarperAlley will be creating an original Dungeons & Dragons graphic novel series written by Ignatz and Prism Award winning graphic novelist Molly Knox Ostertag with illustrations by acclaimed artist Xanthe Bouma . The first installment will hit shelves Fall 2022, with books 2 & 3 set for Fall 2023 and Fall 2024.

Dungeons & Dragons: Dungeon Academy: No Humans Allowed! is written by Madeline Roux with art from Tim Probert.

Welcome to Dungeon Academy, where hundreds of monsters & creatures study vigorously, prepping for the dark world that awaits beyond the dungeon walls. At the Academy, you excel by being the scariest . But young Zelli (who was adopted by Minotaurs as an infant) is the one thing monsters & creatures of the Forgotten Realms fear the most: she's a human !  Disguised as an adolescent Minotaur, Zelli keeps to herself, does her work, and becomes "invisible" to everyone at Dungeon Academy. While in History of Horrible Humans class, Zelli learns of the great human adventurer, Allidora Steelstrike, who oddly resembles her. Could Zelli also be – a Steelstrike? Seeking answers to her true lineage, Zelli embarks on a dangerous adventure through a world that holds no place for her. But she won't be alone. A group of monstrous misfits including a vegan Owlbear; a cowardly Kobold; and a shapeshifting Mimic will join young Zelli on her quest for truth. But what they find will change the course of their lives, and who they are, forever.

Get ready for humor, heart, magic and adventure as middle graders and beyond learn to embrace who they are, accept others' differences and discover that making mistakes is OK – as long as you learn from them.

Author Madeleine Roux says of DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: DUNGEON ACADEMY , "It's such an honor and a privilege to work with the team at Dungeons & Dragons on this new middle grade series. The best part of this project is getting to tell a story that's unique to the world of Dungeons & Dragons but also universal in its themes—what it means to be an individual, to not fit in, and to find strength and fellowship in those differences."

Executive Editor Tomas Palacios says, "At the heart of the DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: DUNGEON ACADEMY series exists a group of dungeon dwellers who must trust one another, regardless of their differences, and become a team that stands in the face of danger, doubt, and oppression, in hopes of accomplishing the impossible. The Dungeon Academy Series is for the underdog in all of us, discovering who we are, and fighting to be seen for what we are: ourselves ."

Madeleine Roux is the New York Times bestselling author of the Asylum series, as well as many titles for children, teenagers and adults, including contributions to Star Wars and World of Warcraft . Both a veteran Dungeons & Dragons player and DM, Madeleine was raised in Minnesota , attended Beloit College in Wisconsin , and now lives with her two beloved Blink Dogs in Seattle, Washington .

Tim Probert is the illustrator of several middle grade books, including Pickle and the Rip and Red series, as well as his own graphic novel, Lightfall for HarperAlley. The sequel, Lightfall: The Awoken Spirit will publish at the beginning of 2022 alongside the first Dungeons & Dragons HarperChapters book, also illustrated by Tim. He is an art director at the animation studio Nathan Love and lives in New York with his wife and two cats.

Wizards of the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc., is an award-winning developer and publisher of tabletop and digital games that ignite a sense of adventure in passionate players around the globe. Best known for publishing groundbreaking fantasy franchises, MAGIC: THE GATHERING® and DUNGEONS & DRAGONS®, Wizards is dedicated to bringing together world-class talent to create unforgettable play experiences at its headquarters in Washington and studios in Austin and Montreal . Learn more at .

HarperCollins Children's Books is one of the leading publishers of children's and teen books. Respected worldwide for its tradition of publishing quality, award-winning books for young readers, HarperCollins is home to many timeless treasures and bestsellers such as Charlotte's Web, Goodnight Moon , Where the Sidewalk Ends, Where the Wild Things Are, and The Hate U Give; series including The Chronicles of Narnia, Ramona, Warriors, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Pete the Cat, Fancy Nancy, Divergent, and Red Queen ; and graphic and illustrated novels such as Nimona , Invisible Emmie , and New Kid . Consistently at the forefront of digital innovation, HarperCollins Children's Books delights readers through engaging storytelling across a variety of formats and platforms, including the largest young adult (YA) book community, Epic Reads.  HarperCollins Children's Books is a division of HarperCollins Publishers, which is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, has operations in 17 countries, and is a subsidiary of News Corp. You can visit HarperCollins Children's Books at and and HarperCollins Publishers at .

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The Company's board of directors believes that the market price of the Company's common shares (the " Shares "), from time to time, may not reflect the inherent value of the Company, and purchases of Shares pursuant to the NCIB may represent an appropriate and desirable use of the Company's funds.  Any purchases made under the NCIB will be made by the Company subject to favourable market conditions at the prevailing market price at the time of acquisition through the facilities of the TSX and other alternative Canadian trading systems.

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In conjunction with the NCIB, the Company has entered into an automatic share purchase plan (the " ASPP ") with a designated broker to allow for the purchase of its Shares under the NCIB at times when the Company normally would not be active in the market due to applicable regulatory restrictions or internal trading blackout periods.  The ASPP has been pre-cleared by the TSX and is effective August 16, 2022 , the commencement date of the NCIB.  The ASPP constitutes an "automatic securities purchase plan" under applicable Canadian securities laws.  Shares purchased under the ASPP will be included in computing the number of Shares purchased under the NCIB.  Outside of these internal trading blackout periods, purchases under the NCIB will be made based on management's discretion.

Although the Company intends to purchase Shares under its NCIB, there can be no assurances that any such purchases will be completed.


East Side Games Group (formerly operating under the name "LEAF Mobile Inc.") is a leading free-to-play mobile game group, creating engaging games that produce enduring player loyalty. Our studio groups entrepreneurial culture is anchored in creativity, execution, and growth through licensing of our proprietary Game Kit software platform that enables professional game developers to greatly increase the efficiency and effectiveness of game creation in addition to organic growth through a diverse portfolio of original and licensed IP mobile games that include: Archer: Danger Phone, Bud Farm Idle Tycoon, Cheech & Chong Bud Farm , The Goldbergs: Back to the 80s, It's Always Sunny: The Gang Goes Mobile and Trailer Park Boys Grea$y Money , RuPaul's Drag Race Superstar and The Office: Somehow We Manage .

We are headquartered in Vancouver, Canada and our games are available worldwide on the App Store and Google Play. For further information, please visit: and join our online communities at LinkedIn , Twitter , Facebook , and Instagram .

Additional information about the Company can be found under its profile at .

Forward-looking Information

Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements, which reflect the expectations of management regarding the NCIB and purchases thereunder and the effects of repurchases. Forward-looking statements consist of statements that are not purely historical, including any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results, performance or developments to differ materially from those contained in the statements. No assurance can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will occur or, if they do occur, what benefits the Company will obtain from them.  In particular, purchases made under the NCIB are not guaranteed and may be suspended at the discretion of the Company.  These forward-looking statements reflect management's current views and are based on certain expectations, estimates and assumptions which may prove to be incorrect. A number of risks and uncertainties could cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including factors beyond the Company's control. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release.

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