The Saving Throw
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This is the thirteenth edition of the saving throw... spooky.

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And so it begins. . .

Yes, it's time again for your weekly Saving Throw fix, unless, of course, you're new to the Saving Throw, in which case you can develop your Saving Throw fix. Today's column brings up something we haven't seen in a while--that's right, all reader submissions today! This should allow my ego to deflate a little while giving you, the fans, some well-deserved time in the spotlight.

Our featured hall of fame story comes from Darkniciad, where he describes how a little off-hand quip by one of his players led to a unique magical item. Bakado gives us a short but interesting tale of a strange hippogriff, and Toran earns a golden caret with his tale of death at the hands of a frost giant. So, Toran, to keep my promise, here is your golden caret for regaling us with the tale of your disastrous decision:


Golden carets are still available to anyone wishing to share personal tabletop gaming disasters or embarrassments; remember, they have to be disasters or embarrassments you were responsible for, or at least share responsibility for, to qualify. I know there must still be some true gems out there; don't hold back.

Anyway, that's enough of my blabbering--let there be Saving Throw!

Gaming Tip of the Week
"After being tossed a significant distance by a giant, it really isn't necessary to return and see if he can do it again."
- Nwash

Featured Hall of Fame Story

Creativity: Sometimes a Curse by Darkniciad New this week
Being able to come up with creative quips and one-liners on a moment's notice can be a true blessing, but it can also be a curse. In this case, it led to a rather... unique cursed item.

This Week's New Entries

 Hall of Fame
Funniest Moments
Most Ridiculous Moments
Most Disastrous Moments
Thud! Squish! by Toran
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 Fan Reviews
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Upcoming Releases

Mage: The Awakening
Guardians of the Veil
Feb. 27, 2006, $31.99

Shadowrun, Fourth Edition
Street Magic
Feb. 28, 2006, $29.99

Dungeons and Dragons, 3.5 Edition
Power of Faerun
Mar. 14, 2006, $29.95

Dungeons and Dragons, 3.5 Edition
Tome of Magic: Pact, Shadow, and Truename Magic
Mar. 14, 2006, $39.95

Exalted, Second Editon
Mar. 20, 2006, $39.99

Exalted, Second Edition
Storytellers Companion
Mar. 20, 2006, $24.99

Recent Releases

Call of Cthulhu
Tatters of the King
Feb. 17, 2006, $27.95

Vampire: The Requiem
Requiem Chronicler's Guide
Feb. 13, 2006, $29.99

Dungeons and Dragons, 3.5 Edition
Red Hand of Doom
Feb. 14, 2006, $29.95

Magic: The Gathering
Feb. 3, 2006

And so it ends. . .

And yes, that's it. It seems to be an extremely slow news week in the tabletop gaming world; hopefully, I'll have something of interest for you next week.

Technically, I made an error in the last column which some of you have pointed out. The 3.5 Edition of Dungeons and Dragons is indeed not called "Advanced Dungeons and Dragons," though it was based upon Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, Second Edition. Some of you have said that Advanced Dungeons and Dragons was the Second Edition, but that's not entirely correct either. Advanced Dungeons and Dragons did have a first edition, which was, in fact, even separate from the first edition of Dungeons and Dragons, which is a simpler version of the game.

It actually gets somewhat confusing, as the two different versions of the game continued to develop separately. Ironically, this means there actually are two Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition games: one released between 1983 and 1985 as boxed sets which descend from the Dungeons and Dragons line, and the current Third Edition originally released in 2000 and which actually descends from the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons line. This was the reason for my confusion; however, the error has been corrected. If you want more information on the editions of Dungeons and Dragons, this Wikipedia article is a good source.

With that explanation out of the way, I am outta here. See you again next week.

Shawn "I'm not a D&D historian, really" Bruckner

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