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News Release For Immediate Release

Shady O' Grady's Rising Star Talent Search Voting Is Now Open!

Hampstead, NC, 18 September 2006

Bigger than a thirty foot tall piece of cheese and louder than a flock of seagulls, Shrapnel
Games and Gilligames would like to announce that voting is now open on the "Are you a
Rising Star?" contest. The contest, which ran from the end of July to August 25th, was an
open call for unsigned musical acts to submit their favorite blues, country, folk, jazz, pop,
punk, rap, and ska songs for possible inclusion in the upcoming musical role-playing
game, Shady O' Grady's Rising Star. Thanks goes out to everyone who entered.

Due to an overwhelmingly awesome pool of talent the final voting will actually only
encompass the blues and pop genres. Every genre was represented impressively, with
such great showings that we couldn't say no to the songs! And so for all those who
entered in the other genres, welcome to the game! In the upcoming weeks Shrapnel
Games will be featuring a rotating list of these songs for your listening pleasure, so be
sure to keep checking the site to hear these great acts.

The blues and pop genres, also with a great showcase of talent, were a tough call, as we
can only fit so much greatness into the game at once. And so we give to you, the public,
the ability to make the call for us. Go to http://shrapnelgames.com/Features.htm, expose
yourself to some excellent music that you won't find anywhere else, and then make your vote
count! Those songs with the most votes, along with the submissions from the other genres,
will then be featured in Shady O' Grady's Rising Star from Shrapnel Games.

Slated for a November release, Shady O' Grady's Rising Star is a single-player RPG for
Windows, developed by Gilligames (Space HoRSE, also for Windows and available
through Shrapnel Games). In Shady O' Grady's Rising Star players take on the role of a
struggling band in one of ten musical genres, climbing their way to the top of the charts
one underpaid gig at a time. From creating songs to buying equipment to checking out
the competition, the virtual musician's life includes everything you'd expect in real life,
minus the smell of cheap beer and stale cigarette smoke.

The game doesn't have to end when the lights come up, either. Since Shady O' Grady's
Rising Star is all about choices, the game is infinitely replayable depending on your
decisions. Further replayability is boosted by the extensive modding options available,
such as creating new maps and modifying the equipment list. You may not be able to
create a Norwegian landscape and burn churches, but if you want to do a black metal
band touring your neck of the woods, you can do it.

Priced at $39.95, more information on Shady O' Grady's Rising Star can be found at

Shrapnel Games isn't just about musical games. At Shrapnel we offer the best and
brightest of independent strategy titles for the discriminating gamer. Our award-winning
titles range from the tiny to the epic, from the sci-fi to the real world. Visit us at
www.shrapnelgames.com for the complete catalog of captivating titles.

For press related information please contact Scott R. Krol at: skrol@shrapnelgames.com

To visit our company blog go to www.shrapnelcommunity.com/blog/
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