Category: Happiness Peace Dreams

Gayle Reick is one of my dearest friends, whom I’ve loved and cherished for many years. She’s also the powerhouse behind all that Savage Mojo does, including the herculean task of getting the Shaintar Kickstarter done-and-done. Truth be told, Gayle’s always wanted to work in the gaming industry, and she’s sacrificed much to do so – and to do an amazing job, once she got there.

Unfortunately, she’s sacrificed too much. Now she needs our help, and I am calling upon all of you – especially those who’ve enjoyed SuzerainShaintar, or anything else Savage Mojo’s done – to step up, show your appreciation, and help a good person in some need.

Savage Mojo’s set up a Tip Jar to give fans a perfect opportunity to show their love to the woman who’s almost single-handedly kept the company and the Shaintar project alive when all forces arrayed against that outcome.

This extremely kind, gracious, and wonderful woman and her family have helped me and mine at a serious time of need. Now it’s time for me to help her in the wake of the loss of her husband. Four children lost their father, so anything you can give is gratefully received.

We suffered a staggering loss on Sunday, January 29th 2017, as Nickolas Temple, loving husband, father and amazing friend passed away.  

Nickolas was diagnosed with degenerative multiple sclerosis in 2010.  After many years of trying, the government would not approve his application for disability putting him and his loving family in a very difficult position.  

Nickolas had a profound impact on everyone he met and got to know.  He was an amazing person with a unparallelled charisma and imagination.   He will be deeply missed  and will continue to be an inspiration to all that knew him.  He created worlds out of nothing but his mind and set them forth for us to experience. 

I put this GoFundMe Page together to assist his wife, Rhona, and his daughters, Samantha, Aspen, Morgen, Amelia, and granddaughter Alice through their hardship and to help them take care of Nickolas’s final arrangements.  

You have our deepest gratitude for any donation provided.

– Tim

I’ve been meaning to get back to my other Pick of the Day efforts, and this is the perfect one to return to Happiness, Peace & Dreams with. I know David Waters, have gamed and broken bread and shaved heads with the man. He and his family are wonderful… and they are suffering.

They are of our tribe, and his wife and child will need all the help we can give them ere he passes to the Great Adventure Beyond.

THE STORY:

Our friend David has been part of the gaming community for a long time, and he and his family are in imminent need. For the last four years he has been undergoing treatment for an inoperable form of cancer known as GIST. However the cancer has stopped responding to treatment. David has always taken pride in caring for his family.  In late 2015 he retired after a long career in the military and federal government. Unfortunately, there was a devastating clerical issue with his retirement that has taken until now to be resolved, meaning that David and his wife Kim and their young daughter have been without that income or benefits for over a year. And while the paperwork is finally in process, nothing is resolved until the family makes back payments on over a year of insurance premiums.

Since the cancer has progressed beyond where doctors can treat it, David started hospice care recently. While he and his family spend this time together, his wife is not able to work as she cares for both David and their daughter, leaving the family with limited income. We want to do all we can to ensure their time together is as easy as possible, which in this case means helping them get over the financial hurdle of living and making the lump sum payment for the insurance premiums.

When you have a loved one in home hospice, it is an incredibly draining and surreal experience. Doing normal things like running errands or making a meal feel like running through sand. The only thing that matters is being together and taking care of your loved one. No family should have the added stress of wondering how they are going to pay their bills in a time like this.

Please help David and his family by spreading the word for this fundraiser, by creating a fundraising page, or by kicking in a few bucks to make their lives a bit less hard. Watch for a game day fundraiser event as well–more details as they become available on www.facebook.com/gamersgiving !

Finally getting back to doing these, and this is an important and personal one for me. Nuala is a dear friend who’s had a great many unfortunate medical issues plaguing her path through life. She’s now facing a challenge many of you should understand – an emergency that took away from time at work, and no safety net to cover that loss of income. Now the spiral out of control is ahead of her; loss of time at work, loss of income, facing the loss of car and phone… which means more loss of work and income.

Please help if you can!

NUALA’S GOFUNDME

I had to have major kidney  surgery,  which severely impacted my income due to having to take so much time off work. I DID start working again last week, but it’s only a few hours at a time until my body gets used to being mobile again.

i am now in danger of losing my car and my phone  (both of which I need for work), and I need food too. 

Please help.  You have no idea how grateful I will be.

Sean Patrick Fannon
Writer & Game Designer: Shaintar, Star Wars, Savage Rifts, much more
Please check out my Patreon and get involved directly with my next projects!

In three days, heroes of many eras of Shaintar gaming gather at the Silver Unicorn Pub to execute their plans, engaging in “Enterprises and Undertakings” to prepare for a battle to save the world from a pantheon of power-mad gods.

In four days, gamers from all around Denver gather for 24 hours of gaming at Total Escape Games, all part of the Thanksgaming 2016 event to raise money for the Mighty T and her family as they battle the dark threat of cancer.

In five daysdozens of heroes from all over the world gather at the Nighthawk Brewery for the Final Crusade: The Battle of Camondel, joining forces against the Prelacy of Camon and those same mad gods to save Shaintar and the world of Starfall – and to raise even more money for the Mighty T!

You can be a part of this. Read all about it at this page. Be ready to watch on YouTube on October 9th, and be a part of one of the biggest Big Epic Games ever attempted.

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Carinn Seabolt and I have teamed up with the awesome Ed Doolittle to raise all we can for The Mighty T’s battle with leukemia. This is all part of the Gamer’s Giving Thanksgaming Fundraiser Event, October 8th-9th. All proceeds go to the Burgess family to deal with the immense expenses they’ve taken on in helping their wonderful 7-year old daughter fight this horrible disease.

Ed and Carinn have already offered up their locks to the razor, and the challenges are met. Now it seems that I may have to do the same. Only I will take it one step further and offer up my mighty beard, as well! Stay tuned for more on that!

This is the fundraising page of Ed Doolittle, Sean Patrick Fannon, and Carinn Seabolt; We have joined forces because we believe in the power and responsibility of each community to come together and support their own. Read on to learn about the cause we are supporting:

GAMERS GIVING INC wrote –

For years Gamers Giving has been a force for good in our Colorado community by fundraising for local charitable causes. As gamers we often take on the mantle of heroes saving those in need and bringing peace to the land. Now is our chance to play that role in real life by helping out one of our own.  You too can wear the cape and help bring peace to the Burgess family.

In June 2016, friend and fellow gamer, Jake, found out that his youngest daughter Taylor has type-ALL Leukemia. Taylor, now age 7, is in the fight of her young life and her whole family is right there with her, for every needle stick, spinal tap, chemo treatment, doctor appointment, and on and on and on. The good news is that there have been vast improvements in Leukemia treatment over the last few decades, the bad news is that cancer sucks and turns life for the whole family into barely controlled chaos.

With an ongoing disease like cancer you never know when a good day might turn into a trip to the doctor, or a regularly scheduled doctor’s appointment might turn into a multi-day stay at the hospital. That means that not only is there a huge cost for treatment, but also unexpected absences from work means that the family’s income is being impacted. Taylor’s Dad is firefighter, and her Mom is a teacher at a local school.  Everyday for years they’ve been giving to our community, now it is time to help them out in their time of need!

Gamers Giving is hosting a 24 hour gaming marathon on Oct 8-9, 2016 at Total Escape Games in Broomfield, CO. In addition to gaming with some of Colorado’s most well known and loved GMs, there will be a silent auction full of cool and unique items as well as special benefits for top fundraisers! If you are interested in playing you can pre-register for your seats at www.warhorn.net/events/thanksgaming-2016

Please join the team by creating your own fundraising page or making a donation, and spreading the word to your friends and family! C’mon, do it for the Mighty T!

One of our own has suffered a lot in a year when there’s been a rather inordinate amount of suffering and loss in our community. Jack Norris is a respected and accomplished writer and RPG creator, and he’s been through it and back. Family losses, loss of a dear friend, medical travails, and deep financial holes appearing all around as he tries to help his family in crisis. He’s in need of whatever aid this community can give him. Thank you from me on his behalf.

To read the story of what he’s suffered and how he got to this place, hit the link. I am just sharing one of the last pieces from the page here.

How Donating Helps

So how does asking for money help? Wouldn’t it be better to just help me figure out which of my ancestors offended the village sorcerer centuries ago so we can lift the curse of 2016? Well…

Let’s be frank. Money helps. It can’t buy happiness, but it can buy medications, insurance, transportation, shelter, and a whole mess of other things. And at this point? Barring selling my modest assortment of personal possessions for pennies on the dollar—I really don’t have much of real value to generate the additional funds to really improve our situation.

I had those things. I worked hard for them. But they’re gone now.  Furthermore, I’ve basically exhausted my considerable past ability to basically magic up more resources, financial and otherwise, through taking on additional work and putting in extra hours.

My various projects, of which there are several, can’t handle additions. My finances, which were once ample to the challenges ahead, have been eroded by crisis after crisis. My health and stress levels, though it pains me to admit it, prevents pushing too far into the all-nighters and rush jobs of past years. 

Add to this needing to travel more frequently and arrange my schedule to allow for handling of family affairs mixed with juggling past expenses from problems that have already erupted and its becoming a dire situation financially. I’ve already lost at least a full month of work to helping family, traveling, etc… and that’s not the end of it. Add to this the aforementioned expenses and the mix of lost revenue and increased expenses is a devastating one-two punch.

There’s also the raw self-assessment that with the death of dear friend, the death of a beloved pet, various catastrophes and calamities, my father’s condition and the work that’s already piled up while helping my family? I need to seek some form of help for depression, stress, etc… That’s just a thing that needs to happen.  But, of course, this sort of thing costs money as well.

So financial assistance buys me and my family time, resources, and relief. That’s why I’m asking. I don’t like doing it (too much middle-American middle/lower class generational pride, I guess), but I’m almost out of options and some good friends have convinced me this campaign could help.

Zack Bowman (AKA Joey A. “The Grenade” Kincaide) is a new friend and the guy who runs New Era Wrestling here in Colorado. Like me, he’s been on a Journey to improve his health, with enormous success. He’s also just a great human being, doing something powerful and important to help those suffering from epilepsy and SUDEP. Proud to know him and support him. Here’s what he has to say –

“Hey everyone I don’t ask for things hardly ever but please go check this out. If you can please donate even if it’s a dollar. I would love to hit my goal this is the first time I am trying a run.. I’m not much of a runner but decided to step up and really try to do this. If you guys help me reach my goal I will strap a go pro to myself and do a highlight video. I’m sure that would be worth it. So c’mon you know you want to!”

Zach Bowman

I’m a member of Lil C Racers, click here to view our team page

About the Foundation: The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation is a Colorado non-profit corporation formed by Julie and Doug Hutchison to provide help and support to individuals who have epilepsy across the United States. To date, we have provided assistance in 44 of the 51 States. The main focus is to raise funds to provide grants for fully-trained seizure-response dogs that may be able to detect an oncoming seizure and provide warnings and/or respond after the onset of a seizure. The Foundation also provides grants for Emfit, SmartWatch and SAMiAlert movement monitors for those in need. The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation is named for Julie and Doug’s beloved daughter Chelsea, who died in her sleep during a seizure in April of 2009. SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy) was the cause of her death. During the 6 years that Chelsea had seizures, no one ever told the Hutchisons that a seizure could take her life other than through an accidental fall or drowning. As a result of that omission, The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation informs those living with epilepsy of the risks and raises awareness of SUDEP so that no other families are blind-sided. For more information, please visit our website at www.ChelseaHutchisonFoundation.org or contact us directly at ChelseasLegacy2@gmail.com

A different sort of HPD post today. My buddy, Bill Maxwell, is looking for a small press publisher – specifically one interested in urban fantasy. So this is me, using my SPOD reach, to see who in the world who reads me can suggest one or more publishers taking submissions these days.

I rather suspect there’s a lot of fellow writers out there who would appreciate the answer. Post away in the comments of wherever you’re reading this!

This is from my buddy David Wilson. This is the first time that I’ve ever done an HPD Pick like this, but I am honored to use my reach to help people in any way I can. Emphasis on key points by me.

My wife’s 15 year old cousin is missing and possibly leaving the state with a 19 year old that I’ve been told has an arrest warrant out on him. I was wondering if I get you to broadcast a missing person flier. You have far more reach than I do and we just want her found. She has been missing since sometime between midnight Saturday and 3 am Sunday. She has several medical conditions and did not take her medicine with her. Police have been notified and are working the case but said that they cannot issue an amber alert until 48 hours have past.

The numbers on the flyer are –

Call Tonya: 502-551-2454

Shelbyville PD: 502-633-2326

Kaitlyn Michelle Ewing Missing