I've just found out that Jean Wells, TSR artist and the original voice of the "Sage Advice" column in The Dragon, passed away on January 25th. You can find more information here. While I never met Jean, I spoke to her on the phone at least once and exchanged a number of letters with her in the early 1980s -- which all started when I sent her a copy of a short, tongue-in-cheek article in our gaming club newsletter where I took her side in the Female Dwarf Beard "Wars". From my long distance encounters with her, she was a wonderful person. My condolences to her family and her many friends.
The Leap Month Cancer Fund Drive is on (through the end of February 2012). Every $10 donated gives you one chance to win a one of five items described in the above-linked post: Daystar West Media edition of Pharaoh (1980), FEZ 1 (the 1982 Valley of Trees version), the Quest for the Fazzlewood from Metro Detroit Gamers, Empire of the Petal Throne boxed set, and a set of all of the issues of The Strategic Review and the first ten issues of Dragon Magazine. Multiple drawings will be held as described in the above linked post. This is in addition to the usual PDF downloads and other benefits of a donation to the RetrpoRoleplaying Cancer Fund. To get help us pay our cancer treatment related bills (and to get access to some special downloads and possibly the above mentioned Firecracker items), send a donation in any amount -- small or large -- to me via Paypal. Thank you!
As of the time of this post $410 dollars have been donated. That's 13% of our goal and over 54% of the way to the first drawing trigger point of $750 dollars.