Are you a gamer and would like to help the relief effort in Haiti? Well, the fine folks at OneBookShelf (owners of RPGNow! and DriveThruRPG) have put together a massive bundle of RPG products that anyone who donates $20 through them to Doctors without Borders will receive. The bundle includes over a hundred products that retails for more than $1400!
We only had one title available to contribute to the charity bundle, Portrait of a Villain: The Desire. We wish we had more to donate to the cause, because Haiti really needs as much help as can be mustered. Here is the press release from OneBookShelf:
Gamers Help Haiti! DriveThruRPG Offers a Mega-Bundle to Spur Donations
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
DriveThruRPG announced a major incentive to the roleplaying gamer community today to incite donations to aid in rescue and recovery in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Called the “Gamers Helping Haiti Bundle,” the product includes over a hundred products totaling over $1000.00 in retail value. For a simple donation of $20 – all of which goes to Doctors Without Borders to support their post-earthquake Haiti relief efforts – RPG fans can have this once-in-a-lifetime collection of gaming products.
DriveThruRPG already had opportunities to donate up and running within a day of the disaster. When publishers began asking how they could support the cause, the bundle was created to be an all-inclusive shared effort. Those who donated at the lesser levels won’t be left out, however; gamers who have already donated $5 or $10 will be receiving a special coupon code that lets them pay the difference from their initial donation to get the bundle.
“We are humbled by the generosity of both our customers and our publishers,” said Sean Patrick Fannon, Marketing and Communications Manager for DriveThruRPG, “all of whom have stepped up at this time of terrible tragedy to offer aid to a desperate people. We are also very proud to facilitate these collective efforts, providing the necessary tools and technology to bring it all together.”
More than tools and tech, though, DriveThruRPG is really putting their money where their mouth is, so to speak. “We have always believed in the power of giving and sharing to make the world a better place,” said Steve Wieck, President and co-owner of the site. “To that end, we are matching funds with everyone who’s making a straight donation at the $5 and $10 level.”
There is no set date for terminating the donation efforts, though the bundle will only be available until the end of January.
Anyone wishing more information about this effort, or about DriveThruRPG overall, should contact Sean Patrick Fannon at email@example.com.
The fantastic news is that of this writing, gamers have contributed $7,790.00 through OBS to help the Doctors Without Borders Haiti Earthquake Response. And that value increases by the second.