Oh, how the months fly by. Believe it or not, this is already the last Saving Throw of July. It is as they say: tempus fugit.
The contest continues this week with Macstorm barely holding onto his lead while Carabbit has a near-perfect week. As for readers, Karlinn holds onto his lead with ten points, but gets no farther ahead of Leaper. Bainick enters, but has some bad luck and only gets 2 consolation points for his trouble. Not much is likely to change this week with only one contest entry by yours truly. Also, as you can see on the contest page, I'm considering some tweaks to the contest for the final four weeks (starting next week). Be sure to let me know what you think.
Also, I'll be taking a bit of a break next week. There will no regular Saving Throw column; just a contest update. So, contest entries will be accepted for next week, but any other submissions won't be published until August 9. Thus, this week's column contains release dates for up to two weeks ahead, though there's only a couple upcoming items I found. More than likely, I'll find more after the fact for the August 9 column.
With these announcements out of the way, it's time for the column.
Gaming Tip of the Week
"It is never wise to tell a dwarf he can't do something, especially when he's drunk."
Hasbro, Inc., the corporate parent of Wizards of the Coast, recently posted second quarter earnings. This included both a note of good and a note of bad news. The bad news is that revenue for Star Wars-related products has fallen $84.8 million. This was an expected loss, however. The good news is that Magic: The Gathering products are performing strongly, helping to offset those losses. On an overall basis, the company is reporting a profit of $0.07 per diluted share, down from $0.11 the year before.
Hamsterprophet Productions is planning to release a new short-form tabletop RPG based on a group of US Marines fighting in Vietnam. The game is entitled Carry. A discussion of actual game play can be found here. Pre-orders for the game are still available from Indie Press Revolutionhere.