Early morning on the 15th of September, before the sun had risen, I uploaded the Wayne Foundation Charity RPG Pack to DriveThruRPG. Within two hours, with no advertising, three people had ponied up their $15 to purchase it. By the time 24 hours had passed – our first day in a 15 day sale, we had sold over $810 worth of charity packs, raising over $520 dollars for the Wayne Foundation.
It says a lot, in my eyes, that people from all around the world will jump in to support causes like this. I’ve seen it time and time again on DriveThruRPG when natural disasters cause huge amounts of human suffering, or when gamers get together to support a charitable organization they believe in. It’s always been a great feeling.
When you’re the one spearheading an effort to get something done, that feeling is magnified. I’m very proud of our community and proud to be a part of it. The indie press publisher who contributed their products to this bundle, the folks at DriveThruRPG for helping me put this together, and everyone out there who’s purchased it, helped spread the word and sent words of encouragement my way. You are all amazing.
To get on with a bit of housekeeping – there’s some great news for charity pack purchasers. The Impossible Dream have stepped up and asked to be included, adding their Ennie award winning horror game Dread to the charity pack. If you’ve already purchased this, just return to the charity pack page on DriveThruRPG and download the dread-already-purchased.zip file. New buyers will find Dread already included in the Wayne Foundation Charity Pack.zip and need not download the second .zip file.
Any help you’d be able to give spreading the word about this over the next 14 days would also be greatly appreciated! Social networks, email, blogs… if you need anything by way of images, blurbs or lists of product, get in touch with me and I’ll happily provide them.
I expect the first day of sales to be the largest but would love to show up on the Wayne Foundation’s virtual doorstep with a nice big donation, so every sale from now to the 30th of September counts a great deal!
Finally, I’ve just confirmed that I’ll be at Total Confusion XXVI in Mansfield MA this coming February 23-26. This is a great gaming convention and I’d encourage anyone within travel distance to stop in and hang out! Attendance runs just under a thousand, which means there’s enough people to always find a game or hang out with, but not so many that you’ll be lost in a crowd. I hope to see you there!