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Stormy July 19, 2006
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And so it begins. . .

Well, the stormy weather a couple nights ago tried to keep today's column from you by killing my internet connection for about twelve hours, but the conspiracy was foiled, as here I am to deliver the Saving Throw! It's a bit of monster today, too, with fourteen release dates and six news stories, including reports on a fundraising effort by Green Ronin, the opening of voting on the ENnies, and the upcoming swimsuit edition of the Rifter.

The contest is still light on reader participation, but thus far, reader scores remain low due to unlucky guesses. Leaper joins the fray, but only earns two consolation points. Fortunately for him, Karlinn also only gets two consolation points. He remains the leader among readers with only five points, so this is still a great week to enter the contest. Among staff, Macstorm and Carabbit surge ahead with 20 and 12 points, respectively. Since these two are the authors of this week's entries, they stand to surge even further ahead. Fortunately, they can't win; they are only competing for bragging rights. For more on the contest, please check the contest page.

Anyway, it's a long column, so it's time to get to it. On to today's Saving Throw...

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Product Releases

 Released This Week
Coyote Trail
Politically Incorrect Games
July 12, 2006, $2.25
d20 System
Ronin Arts
July 13, 2006, $1.50
Castles and Crusades
Troll Lord Games
July 14, 2006, $8.95
d20 System
The Le Games
July 14, 2006, $1.25
Shadowrun, Fourth Edition
Fantasy Productions
July 14, 2006, Free Download
Faery's Tale
Firefly Games
July 16, 2006, $9.95
Supers, Inc.
HinterWelt Enterprises
July 16, 2006, $19.99 (print), $7.50 (PDF)
Shadowrun, Fourth Edition
Fantasy Productions
July 17, 2006, $24.99 (print), $18.00 (PDF)
d20 System
0one Games
July 18, 2006, $1.85
Palladium Books
July 18, 2006, $14.95
 Expected This Week
Magic: The Gathering
Wizards of the Coast
July 21, 2006, $2.99 (booster pack)
d20 Systems
Silven Publishing
July 24, 2006, $8.00
Exalted, Second Edition
White Wolf Games
July 26, 2006, $29.99
Mage: The Awakening
White Wolf Publishing
July 26, 2006, $26.99

Tabletop Gaming News

 Green Ronin Publishing Starts Freelancer Fundraiser
Source: Green Ronin Publishing

As a result of embezzlement by one of its partners last year, Green Ronin Publishing has decided to hold a fundraiser to help speed the payment of debts to freelancers. The embezzlement is reported to be from Osseum Entertainment, Green Ronin's former sales and fulfillment house; Green Ronin received no money from sales of many expensive-to-produce products, delivering a significant financial blow to the company. This has, in turn, delayed payments to freelancers who write, edit, and illustrate many Green Ronin products. The company reports that these freelancers have been understanding and patient thus far, which is why the company wishes to speed payment of these debts and perhaps do something more to show its appreciation.

Funds for this program are being raised in several ways:

  • Through preorders for the limited edition Bleeding Edge, an adventure for the d20 System. This item will be published in 2007.

  • Similarly, through preorders for the limited edition Mutants and Masterminds Sourcebook. This item will also be published in 2007.

  • Through a sale in Green Ronin's online store over the next month. Several products will be featured in both print and PDF form.

  • Through direct donations made in the company's online store.

This fundraiser started on July 12, 2006 and runs until Gen Con Indy, which is scheduled for August 10 to 13.

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 Voting Has Begun on the Gen Con ENnie Awards
Source: The ENnie Awards

Voting for this year's Annual Gen Con EN World RPG Awards was opened on July 17. There are a large number of categories available to vote on, including, but not limited to, Best Fan Site, Best Writing, Best Adventure, Best Supplement, and Best Game. The nominees for each of the many characters can be found here. Those interested have until July 30 to vote. The votes are performed under an Alternative Vote/Instant Runoff Vote system designed to reduce the effects of "strategic voting." In short, voters rank their favorites starting with one for the product they'd most like to see when, but they provide no vote at all for any products they would like to see lose. The awards will be presented on August 11 from 8 to 10 PM.

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 Exile Game Studios to Launch Hollow Earth Expedition at Gen Con Indy
Source: Exile Game Studio

Exile Game Studio has announced plans to launch a new "pulp adventure" roleplaying game called Hollow Earth Expedition at Gen Con Indy. The game is inspired by the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Jules Verne, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The game will utilize the company's Ubiquity Roleplaying System. The rulebook will retail for $39.99; at Gen Con Indy, the book will sell for $40 without tax and comes with a free set of Ubiquity dice. Those who reserved a copy before August 9 to purchase at Gen Con Indy will pay only $35 assuming the book is picked up there.

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 Palladium Books to Release Summer Swimsuit Issue of the Rifter
Source: Palladium Books

Issue 35 of the Rifter, a quarterly sourcebook series for the entire Palladium Books Megaverse, is going to be a summer swimsuit special. This issue will include 30 or more full-page illustrations of female characters from Palladium RPGs or world settings. It will sell for $9.95 and is scheduled for release on July 20.

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 H. P. Lovecraft Birthday Bash Coming in August
Source: Chaosium, Inc.

The Vancouver Gaming Guild is again holding the H. P. Lovecraft Birthday Bash, a horror-themed convention concentrating mostly on horror games, including Call of Cthulhu and Vampire: The Requiem. Non-horror games will be present as well, including Magic: The Gathering. The convention is scheduled for August 25 to 27. Pre-registration for the weekend is $20.

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 Official World of Warcraft TCG Website is Launched
Source: Upper Deck Entertainment

On July 17, Upper Deck Entertainment launched the official website for the upcoming World of Warcraft TCG. While the site does not currently have a great deal of content, there is an introduction to the game from one of the designers, profiles for two of the artists, an art gallery, and an interview with the lead designer. The content of the site seems to be expanding quickly, though, so fans will want to pay attention in the days to come. The World of Warcraft TCG is scheduled for an October release.

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And so it ends. . .

On an entirely unrelated note, Steve Jackson Games posted this wonderfully odd little gem about the "nation" of Sealand. While certainly recent events there have been tragic, this little micronation has quite an... interesting history, so to say. This little country is basically an old World War II marine antiaircraft base which rarely has more than five permanent residents. Despite this, it has its own currency, which it claims is on par with the US dollar. It also printed its own passports for a long time. Even more bizarrely, this tiny little constitutional monarchy has had an attempted coup; the failed rebels operate a government-in-exile, claiming there are the rightful rulers of Sealand.

At any rate, I figured I'd leave you with that. Perhaps you'll find it as amusing, or at least as strange, as I did. And with that, I'm outta here...

Shawn "Should create his own micronation" Bruckner

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