In an effort to both help pay off my wife's continuing cancer-related bills (her latest semi-annual checkup was in late May, she's still cancer-free but this checkup added another almost $800 to the cancer bills by the time lab tests were included) and to keep mu promise to my wife give away a large part of the boxes of old RPG gaming material I inherited in January, I'm going to be running a series of "Sponsor Lords & Wizards with a Retro-Roleplaying Cancer Fund Donation" drives. Unlike previous drives, each will have a low goal amount before we draw for giveaway items and after we give away a set of items, I'll offer another set of items and start the process over again.
Each $10 donated during a drive with give you one chance to win one of the items (or sets of items) in the giveaway. A drive will end on the Saturday after the goal is reached (but each drive will last at least a week), with the drawing at my Sunday game the next day. Items will be mailed at no cost to the winner within the US. Foreign winners will generally need to pay postage, unfortunately -- with the low $250 goal for each mini-drive I can't cover foreign postage and have any money to pay off cancer bills on any but the lightest items.
If you donate at least $25, you will be listed as a "1st level" Sponsor in the Lords & Wizards PDF. If you donate at least $50, you will be listed as a 2nd level Lords & Wizards PDF. If you donate $100 or more, you will be listed as a 3rd level Sponsor. Higher level sponsors will be announced later (with special benes). All Sponsors will also have access to a special "Lords & Wizards" sponsor area (which should be available by the end of June -- the donor area on our current message board can be used until then) on our web site where they can have input into the design process. Note that once you become a 1st level sponsor with a donation of at least $25, all future donations during this series of mini-drives will be cumulative for determining your "sponsor level." Anyone donating at least $100 will receive one free chance at giveaway items in future Sponsor Lords & Wizards minidrives, even if you make no donations to that particular mini-drive.
All donors receive the usual array of free Retro-Roleplaying Cancer Fund donor downloads which includes work-in-progress copies of projects (like Lords & Wizards) I'm working on.
The first "Sponsor Lords & Wizards with a RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund Donation" has a $250 (after PayPal fees) goal and the following items will be given away in the drawing (as described above):
* D&D Holmes Basic Set (Boxed) with the rule book, Dungeon Geomorphs set 1 (uncut), Monsters and Treasures set 1, dice missing.
* The Manual of Auriana (2nd Edition) -- a rare fan-produced "generic" supplement obviously aimed at D&D.
* Chivalry & Sorcery, First Edition (1977, probable first printing)-- complete with no loose pages.
* FEZ 1: Valley of Trees was the first of the FEZ modules published by Mayfair Games in their Role-Aids line of adventure modules -- which were labeled as suitable for use with AD&D. This copy is in excellent condition. This version of FEZ I was published in 1982 and is fairly rare. It is often confused with the later version (FEZ I: Wizard's Vale, published in 1987) which fairly common.
Special Bonus: Once $1000 total in donations is reached from these mini-drives, we will be giving away of the one extremely rare TSR D&D items. The exact item (hint: one of the R-series of TSR modules) will be announced once we reach our first $250 goal.
If you would like to help but cannot make a donation this time, please help spread the word around the blogsphere (and other places) -- and remember that we will be having more mini-drives after this one. 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. I still have not been able to pass Mind Reading 101.
To get help us pay our cancer treatment related 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. My apologies for having to ask for donations and 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.