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Public Beta For "Bang! Howdy" Now Open, Announced Independent Developer Three Rings



San Francisco, CA - May 24, 2006 - Three Rings Design, Inc., a premier developer of multiplayer online casual games, announced the opening today of the public beta for "Bang! Howdy," a multiplayer online tactical strategy game for the PC. Players face off in the steam-powered Wild West, using casual strategy game mechanics in a variety of gameplay modes.

"Bang! Howdy" is a hybrid between turn-based and real-time strategy gameplay, and is played in short fast-paced rounds. As the player progresses through unique Wild West settings, new units, gameplay scenarios, arenas, customizations and game features are introduced. Players can customize their in-game avatars with a wide array of Western clothing and accessories.

"We been diggin' away in the mines for a good long while and we can finally report that there's gold in them thar hills," said Michael Bayne, director of "Bang! Howdy" and Three Rings' CTO. "Hitch up yer wagons and get ready to ride, because yer not gonna want to miss out on all the fun."

This follows upon the company's success with "Puzzle Pirates," an internationally acclaimed massively multiplayer online game that TIME Magazine called "addictive." Like "Puzzle Pirates," "Bang! Howdy" will be distributed online and will be free to play, with optional purchase of micro-currency to obtain upgrades and additional content.

Sidle up to for more information and we look forward to testing your mettle in our public beta.

About Three Rings
Three Rings is a premier developer of multi-player online casual games.
Since launching "Puzzle Pirates" to international acclaim in 2004, the company has quickly become one of the most popular and well-respected makers of online games. The games are free to play and have virtual economies with unique micro-currencies. The Company's games are currently played in more than 50 countries. To date, more than 1.8 million individuals have downloaded "Puzzle Pirates." More information on Three Rings can be found at and "Bang! Howdy" can be found at

Rannie Yoo
Kohnke Communications
(415) 777-4000

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