As many of you know, my wife is recovering from oral cancer and that I worked on the original Microlite74 as way to cope during her recovery from 6 weeks of radiation treatment last year. We are some of the 40 to 50 million people in the US who do not have health insurance and do not qualify for government aid as we live in Texas and have no children. The cancer treatments and related expenses have cost over $110,000 so far. While over half of this has been absorbed by hospital foundations and the like, we still owe a lot of it.
We have established a RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund for donations. Everyone who donates anything at all (even a dollar) gets access to a few special downloads (like pdfs of two 1970s D&D fanzines, a special edition of Microlite74, and more) as described on that page.
Special Donor Goodies for July 2009 (Original D&D Items)
Anyone who donates from now through the end of the month (July 2009) will be eligible for some extra Original D&D goodies in addition to the special downloads everyone who donates gets.
First, whoever donates the most during this time period will receive the OD&D special: the three LBB (Men & Magic, Monsters & Treasure, and The Underworld & Wilderness Adventures — sixth printing purchased without a box in 1979 or 1980, probably never used), Supplement I: Greyhawk (3rd printing but well-used) and Supplement III: Eldritch Wizardy (2nd printing, excellent — but not mint — condition). Note: These are NOT the third printing woodgain boxed set I use, these are extra copies I picked up for player use in the 197Os and rediscovered in a box (full of model spacecraft and WWII planes) a few days ago.
Second, the person who donates the second largest amount will receive a copy of the blue Holmes Basic Edition booklet (2nd printing — I think — and in nice, but obviously used, condition).
Finally, three other donors will get either a copy of B1: In Search of the Unknown (Used, but only a few pencil markups), a set of Dungeon geomorphs (complete but cut apart), or a well-used and marked copy of Men & Magic.
To get help us pay our cancer treatment related bills (and to get access to some special downloads and possibly the above mentioned items), send a donation in any amount — small or large — to me via Paypal. My apologies for having to ask for donations and my heartfelt thanks to everyone who donates. If you cannot donate but wish to help, please spread the word about my request and offer. Thank you very much in advance.
Special Note: I learned my lesson in May. I will email those who receive an item and ASK if you want your name mentioned in a retroRoleplaying blog post, I will not just assume that you do not mind. Fortunately, the offending post was only up for 15 or 20 minutes, but I will not repeat my mistake. Assuming really can make turn one into a donkey’s rear end.