The Saving Throw
Arctic Aug. 23, 2006
Yes, yes, fighting is dangerous, but sometimes snooping is just as dangerous.

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And so it begins. . .

Well, it's the last week of the contest, and the outcome is anything but certain. It was fun to run, and I'll probably roll another one up before too much longer. There will be at least a couple of normal weeks for the Saving Throw, though, so please be sure to send in some normal submissions in the meantime.

We have two contest entries this week. I submitted one about my character uncovering an unusual and dangerous secret, and Macstorm gives us one about a message board RPG that just didn't get going. At any rate, let's get on to the column...

Gaming Tip of the Week
"The problem with looking for secrets is... well, sometimes you find them, and some secrets really weren't meant to be found."
- Nwash

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Three-edged Sword by Macstorm New this week
Sometimes an ongoing game just can't get any steam going. This week's challenge is for you to determine how this message-board game died.

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Product Releases

 Released This Week
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Fullmetal Alchemist TCG
Joyride Entertainment
Aug. 16, 2006, $29.95 (booster box), $2.79 (booster pack)
Cold City
Contested Ground Studios
August 19, 2006, £15
Agents of Oblivion
Reality Blurs
Aug. 19, 2006, $7.99
Pendragon, Fifth Edition
White Wolf Publishing
Aug. 23, 2006, $49.99
Vampire: The Requiem
White Wolf Publishing
Aug. 23, 2006, $31.99
 Expected This Week
Powers Unlimited
Palladium Books
Aug. 28, 2006, $14.95
Shadowrun, Fourth Edition
Fantasy Productions
Aug. 28, 2006, $34.99

Tabletop Gaming News

 New Publisher Enters the Fray

Arbor Productions, the recently launched publishing division of Beauman Enterprises, Inc., is reported to be focusing on comic book, novel, and roleplaying game products. They have debuted with the Hunter and Prey series, and will also be releasing the Autumn Arbor Campaign Setting sometime in the near future. Both lines rely on the Mutants and Masterminds RPG published by Green Ronin Publishing for use.

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 Steve Jackson Games Looking for Stick Figures
Source: Steve Jackson Games

Steve Jackson Games reports that it has a game submission for which stick-figure art would be appropriate. As such, the company is currently looking for an artist skilled in created very expressive stick figures and stick figure possessions. Interested artists should send samples or URLs linking to samples of their work to Art Director Will Schoonover.

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 FanPro Looking for Shadowrun Gamemasters
Source: Fantasy Productions

Fantasy Productions is looking for Shadowrun gamemasters for two upcoming conventions: DragonCon and SoCal. Gamemasters interested in running events at DragonCon, which is scheduled for September 1 to 4 in Atlanta, Georgia, would be running prepackaged adventures or Shadowrun Missions as event submissions are closed for this convention. Those interested in running events at SoCal, which is scheduled for November 16 to 19 in Anaheim, California, can run prepackaged events, Shadowrun Missions, or submit their own events. Either way, interested gamemasters should email for more information.

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 Politically Incorrect Games Resurrects Story Engine and Maelstrom Storytelling

Politically Incorrect Games has announced this week that it has gained the rights to the Story Engine and Maelstrom Storytelling roleplaying products originally created by Hubris Games, which closed down in 2001. Story Engine was a roleplaying product focused on running story-centered games while avoiding the overhead of "wargaming" rules present in many other RPGs, and this product has already been released in PDF format. Maelstrom Storytelling is based in a setting of shifting realities, home to alien cultures, gunpowder, magic, and pseudoscience. This product and its supplement are to be rereleased in PDF format soon.

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And so it ends. . .

Yep. That's all for this week. See you again next week.

Shawn "Not in the mood for long goodbyes" Bruckner

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