M74/OD&D Play-By-Post (for Cancer) Idea

As many of longtime visitors (especially if you visited the Retroroleplaying forum) may know, I have wanted to run a play-by-post Microlite74 or OD&D game for a long time. Unfortunately, my wife has vetoed this idea every time I suggest it as she does not want me devoting any more time to the computer than I do now. Until now, she has said that I could either run my Sunday face-to-face game or a play-by-post game, but not both.

We were discussing this a couple of days ago and she suggested that if I really wanted to run a play-by-post game I could if all the players made a donation to the cancer fund to play. I just laughed and said that no one in their right mind would pay — especially the $100 donation she wanted — to play in a play-by-post game no matter how good the cause. This was the wrong thing to say and I ended up in the doghouse.

To get out of the doghouse, I had to agree to mention this idea in my blog and forum to see if there was any interest at all. I did get her to compromise a bit on the donation size — it’s down to a slightly more reasonable $30. I still don’t expect much (actually any) interest, but I want out of the doghouse so this idea is getting posted. If you are actually interested (and willing to donate $30) please post to this idea’s thread on the RetroRoleplaying message board. (If you think this is a dumb idea, no need to say anything as you definitely aren’t alone.)

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2 Responses

  1. Spike Page says:

    Actually it is not a dumb idea at all. Three things will (or should) occur.

    1 – Your players will feel they need to get their money's worth, and will have a more binding commitment to the game than they might ordinarily have.

    2 – You as the GM will be at least equally committed to the game because you organized it and collected the players' money.

    3 – A worthwhile charity will get a good donation.

    Heck..if the idea sparks interest, perhaps you should take it to the next level (pun intended) and allow your players to purchase equipment above and beyond the regular starting package for Cancer-cash.

  2. Randall says:


    My wife will be glad to hear that not everyone thinks the idea is dumb. As for your extra cash for extra items idea, I'm SO glad my wife does not read this blog. She'd want to charge for 10 foot poles.