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I have some great news to share this month, including a new Smitemasters Selection (SmS), results for the Seventh Annual People's Choice Awards, and many new DROD holds released since last October.

The Spring 2011 Smitemaster's Selection: The Truthlock Method

In this Smitemaster's Selection, Beethro finally returned to the City after his many adventures. With the mysterious Grand Event approaching fast, Beethro is still looking for the Truth. And, at last he uncovers an air-tight method by which to find it. He will encounter some familiar faces from his earlier adventures, and meet new ones. The hold is designed by Chaco, one of the best architects out there, while the story is designed by our Erik Hermansen (no introduction necessary).

Don't miss out on this Selection, as it marks the transition between The City Beneath and DROD: The Second Sky! There will be actual honest-to-goodness canonical plot, written by Erik, and you don't want to miss it.

We've updated the Caravel Games site with an entry for this SmS issue and pre-order information. If you'd like this SmS on limited-edition CD, please pre-order from the Caravel Games home page. This will help us measure the number of CDs needed for the one-time print run.

http://caravelgames.com/Articles/Games_2/SS.html

Here's the cover image for the expansion that you can see on the site, drawn by artist Brett Boyette:



Those who master this hold can find a secret screenshot from the upcoming Next Big Project!

But, before the hold is officially published, we are looking for some local talent on the Caravel Forum or receiving this newsletter in order to complete this wonderful creation...

Spring Smitemasters' Selection Sonorous Serenade!

Greetings, Caravel Forum members and Illumination subscribers! Chaco has an important announcement to make: Caravel Games is getting really close to finishing my latest hold, in the form of a new Smitemasters' Selection for DROD: TCB. The stage is set and the script is written, and now all we need are some actors to play our parts and make this a performance.

We've got a nice selection of characters for Beethro to run into, so we're hoping we can see an equally varied selection of volunteers. Being a Caravel voice actor is easy as far as acting jobs go, so there's no need to worry. If you want to try out, go for it! Anyone who contributes to this SmS will have their name placed in the credits and will receive a free copy of the SmS on CD when it is printed.

The official audition post is here:
http://forum.caravelgames.com/viewtopic.php?TopicID=31546

Come try out for the SmS audition and find satisfaction in exercising that other half of your brain!

Seventh Annual People's Choice Awards

Earlier this year we held nominations and voting for the 2010 People's Choice Awards for the best new DROD creations. You can view the winners of the People's Choice Awards here:

http://forum.caravelgames.com/viewtopic.php?TopicID=31529

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners. A shout-out to forumite Rheb for earning the illustrious Erik Hermansen Lifetime Achievement Award and an unlimited CaravelNet subscription!

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Many new DROD level sets have been released since last October. I neglected to include them in our last Illumination, and TFMurphy and Tim helpfully compiled the list for me.

DROD Holds:

Teamwork
http://forum.caravelgames.com/viewtopic.php?TopicID=31450
Lost in a City
http://forum.caravelgames.com/viewtopic.php?TopicID=31128
Copycat Contest Compilation
http://forum.caravelgames.com/viewtopic.php?TopicID=31340
Elusive Exhibitions
http://forum.caravelgames.com/viewtopic.php?TopicID=31252
war0
http://forum.caravelgames.com/viewtopic.php?TopicID=31241
war14
http://forum.caravelgames.com/viewtopic.php?TopicID=31149
war16
http://forum.caravelgames.com/viewtopic.php?TopicID=31099
war17
http://forum.caravelgames.com/viewtopic.php?TopicID=31460
war: the truth within
http://forum.caravelgames.com/viewtopic.php?TopicID=31343
Uncle Arable's Rooms
http://forum.caravelgames.com/viewtopic.php?TopicID=31092
In The Research Facility - A Tutorial
http://forum.caravelgames.com/viewtopic.php?TopicID=31011
Koenigsburg Swamps
http://forum.caravelgames.com/viewtopic.php?TopicID=30964
Halls of Miscellany
http://forum.caravelgames.com/viewtopic.php?TopicID=31543

DROD RPG Holds:

Washed Ashore
http://forum.caravelgames.com/viewtopic.php?TopicID=31287
Break Out of Jail!
http://forum.caravelgames.com/viewtopic.php?TopicID=31196

Till next month. Happy DRODing, everyone.

--Mike

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03-08-2011 at 06:09 PM
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Can you tell us when Truthlock Method gets released? I got excited like a little kid when I read that it's a transition to the new Drod!

In the case it already got released. I don't have it under Smitemaster's Selection Downloads.

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Note to myself. Read the whole text. :)

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03-08-2011 at 08:55 PM
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I've always enjoyed Chaco's work (Imperial Wandering was the first TCB hold I ever played), and Erik's writing has been great ever since KDD. It follows logically that I am rather excited about this. I guess I'll try using this here microphone for the first time since September or so and see how many different voices I can still pull off.

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03-08-2011 at 09:32 PM
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Great to hear Erik's still involved!
Definitely one of the best story imaginers around...
03-09-2011 at 02:22 PM
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quote:
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Great to hear Erik's still involved!
Indeed. I wondered how the canon would expand without him - it's good to think it won't have to.

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