The Saving Throw
Dark Knight May 31, 2006
One annoying problem with fantasy worlds: you can't count on enemies to stay dead.

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And so it begins. . .

Welcome to the last Saving Throw of May... somehow, the months just seem to fly by anymore. I mean, wasn't it just April?

Unfortunately, we weren't able to arrange the prizes for the contest so quickly, and thus I can't start the contest this week. I am hopeful for next week, but I can't make any promises yet. Meanwhile, this week is another all-me week, and this time, I just dug through my old roleplaying files. I found the Dark Knight class I once used for a Dungeons and Dragons campaign back in the day. (Note that it is for the second edition.) It is essentially the antithesis to the paladin, as you might expect with that name. I've also provided my second edition character sheet, because even though the provided character sheet for second edition isn't actually that bad, I believe I was able to improve upon it.

Today's featured story, by Eggman, was actually published in March, but since it didn't get its time in the limelight, the short but interesting story gets center stage today, as there were no hall of fame submissions published today. My inbox is still empty, so feel free to send your stories, guides, material, and reviews for next week.

And thus, with the introduction complete, the meat of the column begins.

Gaming Tip of the Week
"Whenever you can, use something you stole from the enemy to defeat them. It's more satisfying that way."
- Nwash

Featured Hall of Fame Story

Lich to Stone by Eggman Mar. 15, 2006
It's really irritating when you kill an annoying enemy and he or she just doesn't stay dead. Then again, sometimes this just gives you the opportunity to defeat him or her in a even more humiliating way.

This Week's New Entries

 Hall of Fame
no entries this week. . .
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 Fan Materials
Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, Second Edition
Dark Knight (Class) by Nwash
Character Sheet (.doc format) by Nwash
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 Fan Reviews
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Product Releases

 Released This Week
Traveller: A New Era
QLI/RPGRealms Publishing
May 24, 2006, $5.00
d20 System
May 26, 2006, $4.95

Tabletop Gaming News

 Corporation Coming Later This Year
Sources:, Core Games Publishing

Core Games Publishing is planning to release a new tabletop RPG called Corporation in September 2006. The game will be set in 2500 AD. The nations of the world no longer exist; the world is now controlled by five large corporations. These corporations use Agents as their tools of politics and war, and these Agents are augmented by high technology well beyond the capabilities of standard humans. More information is available at the Corporation web site.

 Score Entertainment Announces Sonic X Trading Game Card

Score Entertainment has announced plans to release the Sonic X Trading Card Game, based on the popular Sonic: The Hedgehog video game series, on September 14, 2006. It is expected to sell for around $9.99 per game box. Score Entertainment uses a "game-in-a-box" business model, meaning that the Sonic X will include everything needed to engage in a two to four player games is included in a single package.

Players will be able to play as Sonic himself, Chris Thorndyke, Miles "Tails" Prowler, Amy Rose, Knuckles the Echinda, Shadow the Hedgehog, and Dr. Eggman. The game involves competition for rings and chaos emeralds; the first to earn three chaos emeralds wins the game.

 Hecatomb Coming to an End
Source: Wizards of the Coast

The Blanket of Lies expansion for the Hecatomb trading card game will be the last to be released, according to a notice placed on the official website for the game. While the reasons for ending further development on the game were not mentioned in the article, it noted that many options had been explored for several months in efforts to keep the game alive. The Blanket of Lies expansion was released on February 24, 2006.

 Green Ronin Publishing Looking for Gamemasters for Origins 2006
Source: Green Ronin Publishing

Green Ronin Publishing needs volunteer gamemasters for events at Origins 2006, which is scheduled for June 29 to July 2 in Columbus, Ohio. The company is holding events for Mutants and Masterminds, Thieves' World, and True20 Freeport. The event for each game is four hours long. More information is available here.

 Steve Jackson Games Ends Game Aids Program
Source: Steve Jackson Games

Steve Jackson Games had been operating a Game Aids program which reviewed fan-created game aids, whether stand-alone software or web pages, ensure they were usable, comprehensive, and in line with copyright and trademark considerations, and then certify and promote them. The program has been ended for two reasons. The first is that the editors found they didn't have the time to review these products; work on actual new products had to take priority. The second is that a decision was made that it wasn't appropriate to put fan-created work through a professional review process. They have changed their online policy to reflect this, though this article gives a summary of the new policy regarding fan-created material.

 Ars Magica Fifth Edition Sold Out
Source: Atlas Games

The last copies of the fifth edition of Ars Magica have been sold to a distributor. While many distributors and retailers still have the book in stock, Atlas Games will not be able to restock them until the second printing, expected in July, is complete.

And so it ends. . .

Well, with a long intro, there should be a short outro, so have a great week and may you never take more than half damage. See you again next week.

Shawn "Wouldn't look good as a statue" Bruckner

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