Category: Happiness Peace Dreams

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

Along with Picking Rite Publishing today, here’s the Memorial Fund to help the family of our departed friend, Steve Russell, in the wake of his tragic death.

Steven Russell, my brother, was killed in an auto accident on July 5, 2016 . There are no words that can express the grief our family is experiencing. My heart breaks for our father, his wife, my children, his extended family, and his many friends that knew what an amazing man he was. Maybe the most heartbreaking, he was looking forward to welcoming  his first child and being a father himself this winter.  He was a man who loved life and lived it to its fullest. He had the most creative mind, had a passion for gaming and all that it entailed. He loved his family and friends with the same passion.

Your generous gifts and donations will help with the expenses his family is now faced with.

Thank you. 

~ Nikole Russell Gardner

One of the fantastic people invited as an Industry Insider for Gen Con this year is Crystal Frazier – Pathfinder, Palladium Books, Freeport. Unfortunately, that status doesn’t confer any monetary assistance for attending the show, which is more expensive and difficult than ever to attend.

Crystal represents an important move towards exemplifying the diversity of our incredible hobby, so support for her GoFundMe to attend the show is a chance to support this worthy goal. As well, there’s some really cool stuff to reward your kindness – art, game products, etc.!

Hi, I’m Crystal Frasier, one of Gen Con’s 2016 Industry Insiders. You probably know me from my work on the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, various Palladium Books products, or Green Ronin’s Freeport, Mutants and Masterminds, and Blue Rose lines. I’ve been writing, laying out, and creating art for games for over a decade . That’s way, way too long to have never gone to Gen Con.

That ends this year!

As you know, Gen Con is an expensive show to attend. As an Industry Insider, I’m excited to have been invited to come share my experiences, but I need some help if I’m going to get from drizzly Seattle to Indianapolis for the mother of all gaming conventions.

That’s where you come in! I can’t make it to Gen Con alone, transportation and travel expenses being the costly hurdles they are. But, with a little help from a few generous people, I could be gaming with you this summer!

Who is Crystal Frasier?
That would be me! I’m an author, game developer, illustrator, cartoonist, cartographer, and escaped titan who makes cool game products . You may have seen me on HyperRPG, Know Direction, or Game Designers Play…. If you still haven’t heard of me, I would direct you to my mother, who insists I am quite tolerable.

How will Donations be Used?
Green Ronin has generously paid for my hotel room for Gen Con, but I still need a modest sum for travel, food, and the like. If we exceed the initial goal, additional funds will go toward other con-related expenses. (Like I said, it’s my first Gen Con, who knows what might come up?!).

What’s In It for You?
At first, I was just going to throw in some of my own art and other gaming creations, but then friends from a slew of awesome game companies volunteered to help by throwing in their own fantastic PDF gaming products. [Hit the link to discover all the stuff that’s available].

 

I cannot fathom the shock, pain, and utter gut-punch of learning your child is facing cancer. This year, I’ve had two dear friends face this challenge – first, Jamie Chambers and his daughter, Liz, and now the incredibly talented Jacob Burgess and his Mighty Taylor. The Burgess family is one of the most inspiring I’ve ever met, so there’s zero question that I will do all I can to help them. Please join me.

And good on Jacob’s cousin, Sean Case, for setting this up for them!

I am the youngest of 20 cousins.  I have a twin cousin that is 7 days older (he reminds me all the time) and is the closest thing I have to a brother.  His 7 year old daughter Taylor has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.  I cannot even fathom what this little girl and her whole family must be going through during this time. 

As they live in Colorado, there isn’t much I can do for him and his family aside from being a sounding board.  However, knowing they will be spending every waking minute at the hospital by Taylor’s side, getting everything else life needs covered will be a challenge.  Your donations will help cover any medical expenses and provide them the ability to take extended time away from work. 

Jacob and his family would never ask for a donation, so I am.  By raising money for their family, it will give them the most valuable thing they need; more time with their baby girl.  Your donations will allow that and help relieve any financial pressure that comes from it.

As a parent, nothing gets me fired up more than a spunky young child having to endure such a thing.  My goal is to relieve just a little bit of that stress.  Any donations given will provide a little piece of mind that my twin cousin and his family needs right now.

From my friend, Mari Brighe, who is a shining voice for queer and trans folks and issues – “I have a ‘pick of the day’ suggestion. Me!

Or rather, my GoFundMe to pay for some expensive travel to do professional advocate thing at two really important conferences, the Philly Trans Health Conference and World Professional Association for Trans Health Symposium. I’m doing a lot of chronically un- or underfunded work, and I’ve hit a personal rough patch.”

Hi Everyone. 

My name is Mari Brighe, and I’m a professional writer, speaker, and advocate. 

For the last few years, I’ve been working really hard to cover queer and transgender issues in the media, and to advocate for trans community through speaking and panelist appearances. So far, all of my travel has been completely self-funded. 

This summer, I’ve been invited to be a panelist at two very prestigious conferences. In early June, I will be giving at a panel at the Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference, and later that month, I will be giving at a panel at the World Professional Association for Transgender Health Scientific Symposium in Amsterdam. In Philadelphia, I will be discussing writing as both therapy and advocacy for trans people, and in Amsterdam, I will be presenting on the ways that trans research is misappropriated by many factions to attack trans people.

Unfortunately, being a freelance writer is not a terribly well-paying gig, and I’m currently in the middle of a stressful divorce that’s left me extraordinarily strapped for cash. I’m also physically disabled with a difficult chronic health condition that limits the kind of work I can do. As well, that kind of travel tends to wipe me out for a bit, so it limits how much work I can get done around these conferences. 

I’m primarily seeking funding for my hotel and travel expenses to Philadelphia next month, and anything I raise above that (about $800) will be used to help pay my incidental expenses while in Amsterdam, and to help me stay above water on my personal finances until I start school in August. 

It will mean the world to me if you can contribute or share this fundraiser. It’s been an extremely hard year for me, and these conferences are very big opportunities for me that would really hurt to have to cancel on.

From Steve Kenson

“This is not exactly how I wanted to announce this. I was psyched when Allen Varney and I were finally able to set up a Bundle of Holding for Icons Superpowered Roleplaying, and I thought that Pride Month was the perfect time for it, as I knew the charity I wanted it to benefit: The Trevor Project for LGBTQIA youth, a very important cause to me, personally.

Little did I know of the terrible events that would occur this past weekend at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando during Pride. I considered cancelling the bundle entirely, but instead decided to go ahead because the need for awareness, support, and donations is greater than ever.

So, while I certainly hope you take a look at the Icons bundle and take the opportunity to get yourself a huge collection of superhero PDFs at a bargain price, more importantly, I hope you consider a donation—either through your purchase or directly—to LGBTQIA causes like the Trevor Project and to efforts to end gun violence. The bundle will be available for the next fifteen days and buying in early ensures you get any additional products added to it over the course of the sale at no additional cost! I greatly appreciate the opportunity to raise money to donate to this cause.

You’re all heroes in my book!

Most sincerely,

Steve Kenson

Ad Infinitum Adventures”

Hero! Our Fair City’s leading supergroup, The Phalanx, brings you the ICONS Bundle, featuring the fast-playing superpowered tabletop roleplaying game ICONS by Steve Kenson, designer of Mutants & Masterminds. With its quick character creation, simple mechanics, and classic Silver Age action, ICONS is a spiritual successor to Marvel Super Heroes by way of Fudge. This huge new collection presents everything you need for anything from a pick-up game to a complete four-color campaign.For just US$14.95 you get all eight titles in our Player’s Collection (retail value $67) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:

  • ICONS: The Assembled Edtion (retail price $15): The complete, comprehensive 232-page full-color rulebook. Includes the Game Master’s Screen (retail $1) with helpful reference charts.
  • Great Power (retail $10): The super-powers sourcebook with new power options, dazzling devices, and ways to reskin existing powers.
  • Five Hero Packs (total retail $41): A total of 260 fully statted, ready-to-play characters.

And if you pay more than the threshold price of $26.80, you’ll raise your Determination and also get our entire Game Master’s Collection of ten more titles (retail value $66):

  • ICONS A to Z (retail $10): Steve Kenson’s 26 essays on all things superheroic — from Aliens, Battles, and Cosmic through X-Factors, Youth, and Zombies — published biweekly in 2015 and newly collected.
  • The Villainomicon (retail $10): A rogues’ gallery of antagonists from Auntie Social and Beastman to Yama King and Zergo.
  • Rise of the Phalanx (total retail $26): These four linked adventures by Dan Houser (Flight of the Nova-1, Cold War Conundrum, The Nemesis Crisis, and The Metaskulk Invasion) kick off a new campaign or make great “special crossover events.”
  • Three four-color adventures (total retail $15): Scenarios in the Silver Age style by Steve Kenson: the introductory adventure The Sidereal Schemes of Dr. Zodiac, military battlesuit mayhem in The Skeletron Key, and the time-bending The RetConQuest.
  • NEW! Urban Jungle (retail $5): Garden-greenery supervillain mayhem in Silver Age style.

Learn more about our offers at our official blog, Beyond the Bundle.

Keep ’em flying, heroes!Ten percent of your payment (after payment gateway fees) goes to the charity selected by ICONS designer Steve Kenson, The Trevor Project.