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The Saving Throw
Bonk Aug. 16, 2006
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And so it begins. . .

Welcome to yet another edition of the Saving Throw. Today, we have three contest entries; please note that this is the last week to make a contest entry. Your entry should be in by Monday night so it can be published for the next week, after which the final guessing will occur and the winner announced the following week.

Surprisingly, there's not a lot to cover this week, probably because publishers were busy with Gen Con this last weekend. There's still some interesting news, including the winners of the ENnie Awards, a new upcoming game for the World of Darkness, and an upcoming comedic game based on caveman life.

Not much else to say, so let's move on to the column.



Gaming Tip of the Week
"If you find yourself in a forest claimed by pixies, leave! Quickly!"
- Nwash


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This Week's New Entries

 Hall of Fame
Contest Entries
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 Guides
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 Fan Materials
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 Fan Reviews
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Product Releases

 Released This Week
Battleaxe RPG Reforged Edition
Sixteen Coal Black Horses
Aug. 9, 2006, Free Download
d20 System
Malhavoc Press
Aug. 10, 2006, $119.99
Promethean: The Created
White Wolf Publishing
Aug. 10, 2006, $34.99
The Lord of the Rings TCG
Decipher, Inc.
Aug. 11, 2006
d20 System
Ronin Arts
Aug. 14, 2006, $1.50
d20 System
The Le Games
Aug. 14, 2006, $1.50
RuneQuest
Mongoose Publishing
Aug. 15, 2006, $9.95
 Expected This Week
Pendragon, Fifth Edition
White Wolf Publishing
Aug. 23, 2006, $49.99
Vampire: The Requiem
White Wolf Publishing
Aug. 23, 2006, $31.99


Tabletop Gaming News

 2006 ENnie Awards are Presented
Source: GamingReport.com

The ENnie Awards were presented at Gen Con this last weekend. The winners are listed below:

Best Fan-Site
Gold: Yog-Sothoth.com
Silver: Farland
Best Art (Cover)
Gold: Monte Cook's Arcana Evolved: Spell Treasury from Malhavoc Press
Silver: Mastermind's Manual from Green Ronin Publishing
Best Art (Interior)
Gold: Legend of the Five Rings Third Edition from Alderac Entertainment Group
Silver: Mastermind's Manual from Green Ronin Publishing
Best Cartography
Gold: Dragonlance: Tasslehoff's Map Pouch: The War of the Lance from Sovereign Press
Silver: The Shackled City Adventure Path from Paizo Publishing
Best Production Values
Gold: Serenity RPG from Margaret Weis Productions
Silver: A Game of Thrones RPG from Guardians of Order
Best Writing
Gold: Mage: The Awakening from White Wolf Publishing
Silver: Pulp Hero from Hero Games
Best Rules
Gold: Shadowrun, Fourth Edition from Fantasy Productions
Silver: Mutants and Masterminds, Second Edition from Green Ronin Publishing
Best Adversary/Monster Product
Gold: Tome of Horrors 3 from Necromancer Games
Silver: Iron Heroes Bestiary from Malhavoc Press
Best Campaign Setting/Setting Supplement
Gold: The Shackled City Adventure Path from Paizo Publishing
Silver: Freedom City, Second Edition from Green Ronin Publishing
Best Supplement
Gold: Dragon Compendium Vol. 1 from Paizo Publishing
Silver: Monte Cook's Arcana Evolved: Spell Treasury from Malhavoc Press
Best Aid or Accessory
Gold: Flip-Mat from Steel Sqwire
Silver: The 13th Hour from Midnight Syndicate Soundtracks
Best Free Product or Web-Enhancement
Gold: Age of Worms Overload from Paizo Publishing
Silver: Mage the Awakening Demo from White Wolf Publishing
Best Electronic Book
Gold: Baba Yaga; The First Setting in Rassiya from Dog Soul Publishing
Silver: Truth & Justice from Atomic Sock Monkey Press
Best Game
Gold: Mutants and Masterminds, Second Edition from Green Ronin Publishing
Silver: A Game of Thrones RPG from Guardians of Order
Best d20/OGL Product
Gold: Mutants and Masterminds, Second Edition from Green Ronin Publishing
Silver: A Game of Thrones from Guardians of Order
Best Product
Gold: Shadowrun, Fourth Edition from Fantasy Productions
Silver: Mutants and Masterminds, Second Edition from Green Ronin Publishing
Fan's Choice Best Publisher
Gold: Green Ronin Publishing
Silver: Wizards of the Coast
Special Judges' Award: Grognard Award
For companies that represent older gaming traditions.
Gold: Necromancer Games
Silver: Goodman Games
Special Judges' Award: Innovation Award
Gold: Dread from The Impossible Dream
Silver: Truth & Justice from Atomic Sock Monkey Press

A previous Saving Throw article has more information on the ENnie Awards.

See all articles for ENnie Awards | News Archive

 White Wolf Publishing Announces Changeling for World of Darkness
Source: White Wolf Publishing

White Wolf Publishing has announced that it will be releasing the fifth game in its World of Darkness setting, Changeling, in the summer of 2007. The game is reported to present challenges and dangers not seen before in World of Darkness.

When asked to describe the product, developer Ethan Skemp replied, "Changeling is a game of beauty and cruelty, of passion and loss, of dreams and madness. You have struggled your way back through the thorns only to find your life had been stolen from you. Now you make your way the best you can, attempting to piece together the fragments of your lost life or to forge a new one, chasing your ambition through the intrigues of the changeling courts and freeholds, and always looking over your shoulder lest the Others, the true Fae, return for you."

See all articles for Changeling | News Archive

 Firefly Games Acquires License to Produce New Edition of Og
Source: Firefly Games

Firefly Games will be releasing a licensed new edition of Og, a comedy game featuring cavemen and cavewomen, dinosaurs, and the problems faced by limited vocabularies. The game's ruleset will be redeveloped from the ground up. Og was originally published by Wingnut Games in 1995, and a second edition, Land of Og was released in 2000. Firefly Games intends to release its new edition of the game in 2007.

See all articles for Og | News Archive


And so it ends. . .

That wraps up another Saving Throw. Remember, if you want to get a contest entry in, you have until Monday night. Other submissions are good too. So, until next week...


Shawn "Ooogh!" Bruckner



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