The drawing for the second $750 progress giveaway item (a set of AD&D books signed by Gary Gygax: Player's Handbook, Monster Manual, DMG, Monster Manual II, Oriental Adventures, and Unearth Arcana) was finally held on Sunday after my regular Sunday Game. I'm really happy with the results of this second giveaway. The AD&D books could not be going to a better home. Here's the story...
A US Marine Staff Sargent shipped out to the Middle East again a month or so ago. Unfortunately his AD&D stuff (along with the personal stuff of some other people in his company) went missing in transit. His father -- the original owner of his AD&D stuff -- saw the AD&D books listed in the current drawing and figured it was worth a $10 donation to see if he could get lucky and win them to send to his son. In one of those amazing stories that seems to good to be true but are really neat to see happen, his single chance came up the winner. He told me this story and ask me to ship the books to his son.
When I heard from his son SSGT William W., he told me that he has been running AD&D games for people in his unit for years and had been playing sessions from memory since they arrived in Kuwait a few weeks ago but will be very happy to have even some of the books again. What he will not know until he gets the package I sent off this morning (unless he sees this post) is that there was extra room in the box so I tossed in spare copies of the remaining AD&D 1e books, some 1e modules, and a few other goodies -- these extras aren't signed and some aren't in "collectible" shape, but I suspect they will be appreciated by William and those in his unit that game with him. The package went out this morning and I can't wait to hear that he's received it. While I always like to see people win the giveaway items, this is one of those cases that makes me feel really good about shipping them out.
We also have some other lucky winners:
Brett O.: Natural Selection 2 (Steam key)
Robert M.: Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG
Scott F: $50 DriveThruRPG gift certificate (Yes, I know I said it was a $25 gift certificate last week; I was wrong)
The next drawing (when we reach $2250) will be for photocopies of Domesday Book issues 4 - 12 and (new!) a copy of the TSR Lankhmar and Divine Right board games. (Domesday Book was the newsletter of the Castle and Crusade Society.) While these are photocopies, they are material that practically no one has seen.) To see the huge list of third party D&D items that will go to lucky donors at the end of this drive, see the original post (Holiday 2013 Cancer Fund Drive (with lots of Third Party D&D Giveaway Items)), but here is just one of the ten sets of items that a lucky donor will receive:
3rd Group, published by Dimension Six, Inc.: The Compleat Fantasist (1980), Mountain of Mystery (1980), The Temple to Athena (1980), The Town of Joundan (1981), The Nine Doctrines of Darkness (1980), The Second Adventure, The Nine Doctrines of Darkness (1981), and Furioso (1980).
Donations are much appreciated and I'd like to thank everyone who has donated or will donate!
The Holiday 2013 Cancer Fund Drive is on. Every $10 donated gives you one chance to win one or more of more than 40 non-TSR D&D items published in the late 1970s and early 1980s. You can see the complete list of giveaway items and read more about this fund drive in this post: Holiday 2013 Cancer Fund Drive (with lots of Third Party D&D Giveaway Items). This is in addition to the usual PDF downloads and other benefits of a donation to the RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund. All donations will be used to pay the property taxes on our house as we had to use the money saved for this to pay for more medical treatment for my wife's cancer and other medical problems treatment related bills (see the linked post above for more info), send a donation in any amount -- small or large -- to me via Paypal.Thank you!
We need to raise about $3400 by the end of January, as of this post this drive has raised $1813. Thanks to everyone who donates, spreads the word, or thinks positive thoughts for us!