The Saving Throw
More Contest July 12, 2006
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And so it begins. . .

The Saving Throw rolls around yet again. This week, we have two contest entries for you: one from Macstorm, and a much shorter one from myself. So far, there are only three people entered in the contest, and the highest score is three points, so this is a great time to start participating and capture an early lead. The way the contest is designed, higher point awards are much more likely when many people participate. For more details, check out the contest page. Macstorm's contest entry is also the featured hall of fame story for today.

Other than that, I have a fair amount of news and about the usual number of release dates for you. And as such, let's move onto the column!

Gaming Tip of the Week
"Never just walk in and take the treasure in the middle of the room. Always looks for traps first."
- Nwash

Featured Hall of Fame Story

Stop Death by Macstorm New this week
What happens when you just pick up the book of magic sitting on a pedastal in the middle of a room? Obviously, a trap is triggered, though this trap was a bit unusual.

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Product Releases

 Released This Week
d20 System
Bards and Sages
July 10, 2006, $5.00
Mutants and Masterminds
Golden Age (PDF)
Green Ronin Publishing
July 10, 2006, $13.50
Traveller: The New Era
Avenger Enterprises
July 10, 2006, $5.50
Traveller: The New Era 1248
Avenger Enterprises
July 10, 2006, $12.99
Dungeons and Dragons, 3.5 Edition
Wizards of the Coast
July 11, 2006, $14.95
Dungeons and Dragons, 3.5 Edition
Wizards of the Coast
July 11, 2006, $34.95
Dungeons and Dragons, 3.5 Edition: Eberron
Wizards of the Coast
July 11, 2006, $29.95
World of Darkness
White Wolf Publishing
July 12, 2006, $24.99
World of Darkness
White Wolf Publishing
July 12, 2006, $26.99
 Expected This Week
Shadowrun, Fourth Edition
Fantasy Productions
July 17, 2006, $24.99 (print), $18.00 (PDF)

Tabletop Gaming News

 Dragon Ball Z TCG Refocused on Community and Fan Events
Source: Score Entertainment

On July 10, Score Entertainment announced that it will focus efforts related to the Dragon Ball Z TCG on the game's fan community and events. This change in focus has resulting in the discontinuing of the starter and booster sets scheduled for July and November. This move was made due to fear of oversaturating the market with product and in order to best serve the fan community.

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 Omniscient Eye Returns to Pyramid
Source: Steve Jackson Games

Omniscient Eye, a feature where gamers can ask real-world questions to be answered by real-world professionals, is returning to Pyramid, the online gaming magazine published by Steve Jackson Games. It is not concerned with any specific game or gaming system. The company is also seeking anyone with in-depth experience in real-world disciplines who are willing to answer occasional questions for the Omniscient Eye, such as doctors, lawyers, government officials, and engineers, to name a few. Some peeks at previous answers and instructions for submitting questions or indicating interest in answering questions can be found here.

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 Firefly Games Publishes First Design Journal for Faery's Tale

Firefly Games has recently published the first design journal for their upcoming interactive storytelling game Faery's Tale. The game is scheduled for release in August, and is considered suitable for ages 6 and up. Players will take on the role of a pixie, brownie, sprite, or pooka in a fairy-tale forest in this rules-light game. It will be available in both print and PDF formats with the print version retailing at $14.95 and the PDF version retailing at $9.95.

See all articles for Faery's Tale | News Archive

And so it ends. . .

That's it for this week. Remember to get into the contest soon, or at least before the scores get too high. The deadline for guesses is Monday night, but entries will be accepted anytime; they just might not make it into that week's column if submitted after Monday night. I'll see you next week for another Saving Throw.

Shawn "Clever, Crazy, or Lucky?" Bruckner

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