During the summer, I started the Lazy Days of Summer RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund Drive and awarded the first set of Giveaway items in October. However, I have been to busy with my wife’s many doctor visits (and there are two more this week and one next week for another another outpatient surgery/pain treatment) and finishing Microlite81 Complete and Advanced to post much to this blog. And if I don’t post, people (including me, I’m sorry to say) forget about the donation drive. As I’m going to make this blog and starting work on the Microlite75 2.0 games a priority in December and January, I decide to rename the donation drive from the “Lazy Days of Summer” drive to the “Winter Holidays” drive — because it’s hard to think of summer when it is 50 degrees outside (or it is when your summer temperatures are in the upper 90s). It’s the same drive with a new name and — and thanks to discovering my old collection of TSR UK’s Imagine magazine in a box marked “Xmas” that I probably have not opened since I lived in San Antonio — with some additional giveaway items.
Background: We have recently had a lot of medical bills (5 MRIs, and ultrasound, and a spinal tap for my wife) with 20% co-pays — which took all the money we had saved to pay the $3800 property tax due by the end of January — it looks like it is a good time to have a fund drive. Fortunately, the tax bill will be lower in future years as our homeowner exemption will kick in, but that’s no help here. Why so many MRIs? The first MRI was my wife’s annual cancer screening MRI, done months later than it should have been because of trying to find new doctors. No signs of her cancer returning, but her doctor saw something unusual in her spine and set her to a neurologist. He looked at the MRI and said it was most likely either be radiation damage or multiple sclerosis — and given some of her other symptoms which had been previously blamed one her bad lower back, he was leans toward MS. Sigh. So he order 4 additional MRIs (one head, one neck/upper back each with and without some type of dye) which would be able to rule out damage from hee head and neck radiation treatments. The whatever he was seeing in the spine would show up differently if it was radiation damage. Unfortunately, it wasn’t radiation damage, so he wanted a spinal tap to be sure it was MS. Unfortunately, the spinal tap showed that it was MS so now my wife has to deal with MS as well as the after effects of head and neck cancer. The ultrasound? Her legs were swelling badly and her doctors wanted to check for blood clots. There were none, the swelling was caused by nerve dame in her spinal column and was treated by her pain doctor.
Okay, now that the background is out of the way, it’s on the the goodies I have to give away to lucky donors. The following items will be given away randomly selected donors. Every $10 donated gets one chance in this giveaway:
The first two groups are items I found at a garage sale earlier this year
Group 1: These items Awarded in October.
Group 2: S1 – Tomb of Horrors, S2 – White Plume Mountain, S3 – Expedition to the Barrier Peaks, S4 – The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth.
And then some other groups of items from the 1970s and very early 1980’s from the collection I got from Jay:
Group 3: All TSR Tekumel games: Empire of the Petal Throne, Legions of the Petal Throne, War of Wizards.
Group 4: Gamescience Tekumel Boxed Sets: Swords & Glory Volume 1, Swords & Glory Volume 2.
Group 5: Imperium Publishing Tekumel games: The Tekumel Journal #1 and #2, Book of Ebon Bindings, MISSUM!
Group 6: Adventure Games Teklumel material: Deeds of the Ever-Glorious, Tsolyani Language, Parts 1 and 2, Armies of Tekumel, Vol 1: Tsolyanu, Armies of Tekumel, Vol 2: Yan Kor and Allies.
Group 7: Awarded in October.
Group 8: TSR early SF/F wargames: Star Probe, Star Empires, Warriors of Mars, Lankhmar, Divine Right.
In addition to the eight giveaways available to all donors, the top 5 donors will have a separate drawing for the following very special item: The Artists of TSR portfolio. This is a fairly rare portfolio the RPGA (TSR) published in 1980 — only about 200 copies were printed. Jay had this one — each of the 12 prints is enclosed in its own mylar sleeve. (Unfortunately, the portfolio cover was not and has yellowed.) The portfolio has two black and white illos by each of the six artists: Jeff Easley, Larry Elmore, Jim Holloway, Harry Quinn, Jim Roslof, and Tim Truman. I’ll also be awarding Shrink wrapped copies of FEZ I and a set of the 30 issues of TSR UK’s Imagine magazine from the early to mid 1980s. (Note: The Imagine collection does not include the unnumbered “Special Issue” as I have never even seen it.)
Two of the eight groups (randomly selected — groups 1 and 7 were selected) were given away when the drive reached $750 in donations, two more will be at $1500, two more will be at $2250, and the last two (and the special “top five giveaways) when we hit $3000. Additional items not mentioned here may be given away at various points during this fund drive as well.
In addition to these giveaway items, I will be releasing “tablet-digest” versions of Microlite74 and Microlite81 games and supplements throughout this drive, current plans are for one release for every $250 in donations.
Occasional additional donated items (gift cards, Steam game keys, Judges Guild modules, etc.) may also be raffled off either during the drive or at the end of the drive. Book rate postage will be free to winning donors in the US and Canada. Others will need to pay for postage over the first pound.
As usual, anyone donates anything at all (even a dollar) to the RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund gets access to a few special downloads (like pdfs of two 1970s D&D fanzines I edited, a special edition of Microlite74, and more) as described on the Retro-Roleplaying Cancer Fund web page as well as in progress draft downloads of my current projects).
Due to several requests I’ve added Gryphons & Gramarye and Microlite75 2.0 sponsorships to the benefits for RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund donors. Donors (including those who have donated since the start of the Lazy Days of Summer RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund Drive) will be listed as sponsors in Gryphons & Gramarie and Microlite75 2.0 games — unless they opt to remain anonymous (as about 50% of donors have in past sponsorships) in the following categories:
- Donate $25.00-$49.99 and you will be listed as a Bronze Donor
- Donate $50.00-$74.99 and you will be listed as a Copper Donor
- Donate $75.00-$99.99 and you will be listed as a Silver Donor
- Donate $100.00-199.99 and you will be listed as a Gold Donor
- Donate $200.00-299.99 and you will be listed as a Platinum Donor
- Donate $300.00-499.99 and you will be listed as a Electrum Donor
- Donate $500.00 or more and you will be listed as an Adamantine Donor
If you would like to help but cannot make a donation, please help spread the word around the blogsphere (and other places). In fact, if you make a post to your blog talking about this fundraising drive and post a link to your post in a comment to this post, we’ll give you one entry in the raffle. Note: Your blog will have to have some way for us to email you if you get lucky or will will not be able to get your prize to you as I am still failing Mind Reading 101.
To get help us pay the medical 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. Every $10 donated gets one chance in the above giveaways. My heartfelt thanks to everyone who donates. If you cannot donate but wish to help, please spread the word about my request and offer. Thanks in advance for any and all help.
The Winter Holidays (formerly the Lazy Days of Summer RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund Drive is on. Every $10 donated gives you one chance to win a one of the many early D&D, Empire of the Petal Throne, and early TSR games items items described in the above-linked post. Multiple drawings will be held as described in the above. The highest donors will have a separate chance to receive an Artists of TSR portfolio. Donate $25 or more to be listed as a sponsoring donor in upcoming Microlite75 2.0 games. These are in addition to the usual PDF downloads and other benefits of a donation to the RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund. To get help us pay our medical bills (and to get access to some special downloads and possibly the above mentioned lazy days of summer items), send a donation in any amount — small or large — to me via Paypal. Thank you!
As of the time of this post $1055 dollars have been donated. That’s about 30% of our goal and about 40% of the way to the second $750 drawing trigger point.