Wednesday, August 12, 2015

My Patreon Pledge to Jim Ward's GoFundMe...I Hope Others Join In

Hey guys, I know you've seen this FundMe going around the past couple days to help Jim Ward with medical costs.  I received an email from a long time supporter +Tony T that brought my attention to Jim Ward's situation.

So here's what I plan to do:
I will use 50% of the money I make from Patreon this month and donate it to Jim Ward's Fundme.  With a minimum of $100.  I'm hoping for $200.

I encourage the other folks who have a Patreon or have enjoyed Jim's work to pledge.  I'm not asking anyone to do what I plan to do, but maybe toss a few bucks in, whatever anyone can afford without causing a hardship for yourself.

Why I am doing this:
For me, this is another reason why I do my Patreon, it allows me to donate money, to give back with resources I wouldn't have had otherwise.  To help another gamer out.  I'm a huge believer in giving back to the community and that comes in many forms.  I've given away more gaming stuff than I can count and I have receive more gaming books than I can remember.  Some of my supporters who have gone through a tough patch and unable to pay for one of my zines or adventures will still find it in their mail.  Donating so someone can buy a book, more pens, go to a con, ect...  And then there are the serious situations like what Jim and his family are going through.

Why I can do this:
The OSR is made up of generous folks who go out of their way to help with gaming and real life situations.  It's one of the reason I've stuck around as long as I have.  I've met a ton of great folks because of gaming (even when they squabble).

This is my clumsy attempt at giving back a little.  If it wasn't for my supporters of my zines and Patreon I wouldn't be able to do this.  I thank you ladies and guys for the privilege of allowing me to help out someone whose work I've enjoyed over the years.

Thank you.