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First, I apologize for there not being any reviews this week. I decided to take a couple weeks off from writing reviews and just relax for a while. Now that I got that out of my system we should be good to go for next time. Just a reminder, the contest is winding down, and if you have not submitted your monster yet, there is still time. The number of entries is lower than we expected, so that will increase your chances of winning, if you do enter.

Aside from a couple news items this week, being that it is the first week of October I've updated the release list to reflect October releases. I am thinking of dropping the release list entirely. Instead the column would focus on a few items each month with previews of select upcoming products. Tell me what you think by sending me an email.

In completely unrelated news, I've spent the last week driving around a Mercedes-Benz G500. For a $86K (starting price) vehicle, it sucks, and is very impratical. It is generally a bad thing when the only good things you can say about a car are the heated seats and the moon roof. I feel sorry for anyone who actually buys one.

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Create-A-Monster Contest Continues

   Ever fancied yourself a master monster creator? Ever built a monster solely for the thrill of the TPK? Now is your chance to use that skill to score yourself some loot. Simply submit your monster, template, or new race to Be sure to include stats, a sample monster, a detailed description and any other information such as tactics, ecology and lore regarding the monster. Sketches are not necessary, but feel free to include them. The Saving Throw staff will narrow the submissions down to seven and then our guest celebrity judges, Erik Mona and James Jacobs, will choose a grand prize winner and a runner up. We have a copy of Expedition to the Ruins of Greyhawk, autographed by the three authors; Erik Mona, James Jacobs and Jason Bulmahn, and the other prize we have is a copy of Shadowdale: The Scouring of the Land. The grand prize winner has his or her choice of which title they want.

1. All submitted materials must be submitted by October 7th at 11:59:59 PM PDT.
2. All submitted materials must conform to OGL/3.5 rules.
3. By submitting an entry in this contest, you give RPGamer the right to post said materials on
4. Winners will be notified via email on or before October 15th, 2007.
5. Winners must respond by within three business days, or another winner will be selected.
6. Judges decisions are final.
7. This contest is open to anyone with a valid email address and valid mailing address, except for the employees of RPGamer and their immediate families, and the celebrity judges and their immediate families.

 Gen Con Indy wraps up 2007 with record attendance
 Source: Gen Con

   Gen Con Indy wraps up its 40th year with a record attendance and milestones in incredible gameplay! Gen Con was attended by 27,000 unique and 91,000 turnstile attendees who converged on Indianapolis to make this year's Gen Con the most successful to date. Both figures represent a significant increase over 2006 attendance, a spike largely attributed to new initatives including the incorporation of a business and education focused Trade Day, increased participation from computer and video game companies and, a dedicated area for family-friendly gaming, the Family Fun Pavilion.

"What can I say but thank you to all of our incredible attendees and exhibitors who support Gen Con year in and year out and make it what it is today. We knew that this year would be a great show and without a doubt it did not disappoint us," said Peter D. Adkinson, gaming mogul and CEO of Gen Con. "We look forward to Indy 2008 as we take Gen Con into its next 40 years!"

In addition to the gaming activity, attendees participated in a variety of events that raised money for this year's charity Cristel House. Through their donations and participation in the Art Auction, Klingon Jail-n-Bail, Aces to Aces, and Cardhalla, $11,531.00 was raised over the four day event.

Future Shows
Gen Con Indy August 14-17, 2008
Gen Con France April 25-27, 2008
Gen Con Australia July 3-6, 2008
Gen Con UK August 28-31, 2008.

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 Bella Sara Trading Cards and Online World for Girls Blend Mythology and Self-Esteem
 Source: Bella Sara

   Just in time for the holidays comes a fun stocking stuffer that also boosts self-esteem. Bella Sara unveils the new Ancient Lights card set, the latest addition to its internationally acclaimed, horse-themed trading cards and online world for girls.

The new Ancient Lights card set features self-esteem-boosting messages paired with fantastic illustrations of horses inspired by Greek and Roman mythology. As with all Bella Sara cards, each horse in the Ancient Lights card set can be activated online at, a child- friendly website that features horse dress-up, jumping and riding games, plus puzzles, coloring books, interactive storybooks and much more.

Stuff a little empowerment in your daughter's stocking this holiday season.

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 WizKids Announces DC HeroClix: Crisis
 Source: WizKids Inc.

   WizKids has announced that DC HeroClix: Crisis will be the next DC HeroClix release. Crisis, a loaded title for DC Comics fans, is a story that spans three decades and many earths and that has completely changed the DC universe.

DC Comics' Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline chronicles the multiverse-spanning battle between some of DC's most remarkable heroes - including Superman, Batman, The Flash, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman - and the evil Anti-Monitor, whose goal is the end of all existence. Crisis on Infinite Earths was only the beginning of the story that has continued through popular titles such as Infinite Crisis, Identity Crisis, and the current Final Crisis storyline. DC HeroClix: Crisis brings the fight to players with figures from all of these DC titles.

"We had been looking for ways to make HeroClix relevant to current storylines when DC pitched the idea of a Crisis set to us," said Mark Tuttle, HeroClix brand manager. "The Crisis story is pivotal to every DC storyline. And it's just cool."

DC HeroClix: Crisis will release in February 2008 and will be supported with a robust Organized Play program. A companion product releasing April 2008, the DC HeroClix Anti-Monitor Action Pack, will bring one of DC's most fearsome villains to the HeroClix game table.

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 WizKids Announces Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean Sweepstakes
 Source: WizKids Inc.

   WizKids Inc. announced yesterday the prizes for the Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean PocketModel game sweepstakes. The sweepstakes grand prize is a trip for four to a Disney Theme Park, including round-trip airfare to a Disney resort, hotel room, tickets to a Disney resort, and $1,000 spending money. There will be other Pirates prizes for thousands of instant winners.

Coupons with sweepstakes codes will be found at any local hobby or game store carrying the Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean PocketModel game, as well as in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean PocketModel Game Packs. For more information, visit

To find a local hobby or game store hosting the Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean PocketModel game sweepstakes, use the Venue Search tool at

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Product Releases

 Releases for October 2007
Dungeons and Dragons, 3.5
Wizards of the Coast
October 2007, $26.95
Dungeons and Dragons, 3.5
Wizards of the Coast
October, 2007, $29.95
Dungeons and Dragons, 3.5
Wizards of the Coast
October 2007, $19.95
Dungeons and Dragons, 3.5
Wizards of the Coast
October 2007, $14.99
Pathfinder Chronicles (OGL)
Paizo Publishing
October 2007, $19.99


A funny thing happened on my way to finish this column, my daughter suffered her first major injury and resulted in this being a little shorter than I had intended. She is okay, but she has quite a bit of a headache, and kept us up all night. Makes me a little sleepy. So, with that, I bid you all good night, and remind you, you only have 2 days left to get your monsters turned in.

Again, if you have any suggestions, ideas, or other things you think might improve the column, just click on the email link below and send me an email.

Martin "ZZZ" Drury

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