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02.25.11 - Help New Zealand with DriveThruRPG 

DriveThruRPG has once again organized a humanitarian effort for people in great need, this time for the victims of the New Zealand earthquake. For a donation of $20, which will go directly to the Red Cross relief efforts in New Zealand, DTRPG is offering over $330 worth of great RPG PDFs, including Al Shir-Ma, Book of Knights, Ingenium, and Cthulhu Tech. If you would like to donate, visit DriveThruRPG's New Zealand Red Cross Earthquake Relief page - or to donate directly to the Red Cross, visit their New Zealand Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Appeal page. 

This isn't the first time DTRPG has used this method to raise funds for a worthy cause. In early 2010, the site organized a similar package to benefit the victims of the Haiti earthquake, and also implemented a donation matching program. Together, these programs raised over $175,000 for Doctors Without Borders! 

I mentioned this back then, and I seem to bring it up every time that any group of roleplayers are involved in such activity, but it really bears repeating - To William Schnoebelen and anyone else who asks things like "where are the rescue missions ... started by D&D gamers?", here is yet another example for you. Feel free to ignore it, as you must if you want to uphold your illusion of gamers as twisted, violent, and dangerous, but the fact remains that gamers are just as kind, thoughtful, and generous as any other group of people - not because they are gamers, but because they are human beings. 

(Thanks to Michael Tresca for the info!)

03.25.10 - Gamers For Humanity returns from New Orleans

The Gamers For Humanity volunteers have returned from their latest work trip to New Orleans, where they helped with the rebuilding effort - hanging drywall, fixing pipes, rewiring electricity, and patching a leaky roof. They even let some rescued German Shepherd puppies hitch a ride to their new foster homes on the way back. Details of this year's New Orleans trip are in the Gamers At Work blog, and you can see pictures at For those of you who haven't heard me mention this group before, here's a little more about them, in their own words:

Gamers For Humanity is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit, incorporated in the State of Iowa. We are dedicated to helping improve the world around us through: * increasing the participation of gamers in charitable activities across the nation by providing opportunities for enjoyable and meaningful volunteer work. * providing human services to people and communities in need. * encouraging the enjoyment of life for people of all ages through the playing of games. We work to accomplish these goals by doing the work of organizing volunteer opportunities and opportunities for giving, and by collecting donated funds and items to be distributed to people in need.
For more information about Gamers for Humanity and how you can get involved, visit

02.02.10 - DriveThruRPG raises over $175,000 for Haiti relief

The title says it all, and it also answers ol' Bill Schnoebelen's comment from "Should a Christian Play Dungeons & Dragons?":
I would just ask them where are the rescue missions ... started by D&D gamers?
I think you're looking at one, Bill.

01.28.10 - $147,000 and counting...

As of this writing, DriveThruRPG has raised over $147,000 for Haiti relief - and there are still a couple days left to do your part! If you would like to help a good cause, and get a ton of gaming PDFs as a thank you, follow that link!

01.19.10 - MORE Gamers Help Haiti at DriveThruRPG!

DriveThruRPG has another great way to help the relief effort in Haiti - they're offering a huge bundle of RPG PDFs (over a $1400 value) for a $20 donation! As with their last collection effort, the proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders.

There are a LOT of great products in this bundle, including a few full RPGs, as well as a bunch of supplemental material. And the money goes to an excellent charity, so be sure to check it out!

01.14.10 - Gamers Help Haiti at DriveThruRPG

DriveThruRPG is accepting donations to help with Haiti earthquake relief.

Best of all, for every $5 donation made, DriveThruRPG will match it!

Visit the Gamers Help Haiti page to make a donation!

10.07.09 - Wil Wheaton's Dwarven Dungeon Delve of Doom! benefits Child's Play

Wil Wheaton just announced that he will be hosting a D&D Dungeon Delve at RinCon this weekend. 

He will be running two games, one on Friday and another on Sunday, with five seats in each. The entrance fee is $50, and the proceeds go directly to Child's Play

Fifty bucks is a mere pittance for what you get out of this - a spot in a Dungeons & Dragons game run by Wil Wheaton, a special bag of goodies from Wizards of the Coast, a set of engraved dice, and the pleasure of knowing that you will be helping out a great charity! 

(Speaking of Wil, this is day 261 of Operation Get Wil Wheaton to Blog About The Escapist. If you somehow find yourself in a seat at one of his games, be sure to let him know that he should blog about The Escapist!)

10.05.09 - An Interview with GameHearts

A couple weeks ago, I made a post about GameHearts, a volunteer group in Montana that provides a game club as alcohol-free alternative entertainment for people coping with addiction.

I had the chance to speak with Ron and Tom from GameHearts to find out more about the inspiration for the group, how they operate, and how someone could start a similar program in their community.  You can read the interview here.

09.14.09 - GameHearts - Promoting adult sobriety through gaming

MJ Hamish at Gaming Brouhaha mentioned a project based in Montana called GameHearts, which works to help adults maintain their sobriety by offering alternative, engaging entertainment:

The program achieves its directive by providing free and low cost gaming activities in a supervised non-alcoholic, sober environment, along with access to gaming accessories that are provided without cost to the participants. In fact, beginning players can learn and obtain free gaming materials solely for playing.
Currently, the focus seems to be on colletible card and miniature games, but according to founder Ron Glick, that may expand to cover tabletop RPGs as well:
The primary games that the program uses are tabletop customizable games, such as card and miniature games (CCGs and CMGs), though there is also a strong interest in promoting role playing games (RPGs), as well.
I love hearing about projects like these, because they're the sort of thing that the BeQuest project is all about. GameHearts covers all of the bases - it provides assistance to those in need, it gives gamers the opportunity to help others, and it clearly demonstrates not only thatr gamers are productive members of society, but also how RPGs can be beneficial, as well as fun.

If you're in the Kalispell, Montana area, consider getting involved in GameHearts. If not, you can help out in other ways, including making donations of game materials to the project. Visit the GameHearts website to find out more.

And if you think your community could use a project like GameHearts? in your area - steal this idea! Start one of your own! And if you do, be sure to let me know about it!

04.27.09 -LPJ offers free RPG for donating blood

Louis Porter Jr. Design is offering a free PDF copy of their upcoming RPG setting book, Obsidian Twilight, to anyone who donates a pint of blood between now and October 30th, 2009:

LPJ Design will give away a free copy of their upcoming patron project RPG setting, Obsidian Twilight, releasing October 31, 2009 to those people who make donation of blood to any local or national blood collection agency like the Red Cross (See for more information) by October 30, 2009. All you need to do to get a free copy of the Obsidian Twilight RPG is to send us a copy of your donation via email to LMPjr007 (at) AOL (dot) com with your name, date you donated and where you donated (you can block out all the other private stuff that I don’t need to see). Then on October 31st when the Obsidian Twilight RPG is released, you get a free copy. It is that simple.

What a great way to help those in need while getting the word out about your RPG product. Game publishers, take note!

You can find out more at the LPJ blog.

03.06.09 - Child's Play recognized by WA state legislature

 Here's another great example of what good gamers do for the world, and something that can serve as inspiration for all of us:

On Thursday, Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins (Gabe & Tycho), authors of Penny Arcade, were recognized by the Washington state legislature for their work on Child's Play, an organization the two developed to deliver toys and games to children's hospitals worldwide.

Since 2003, Child's Play has helped to raise more than $3.5 million in donations and partner with more than 60 children's hospitals worldwide to raise the spirits of sick and injured kids.

Via Wired GeekDad.

02.18.09 - Gamers for Humanity

Not unlike the Hokey Pokey, Gamers for Humanity really is what it's all about.

GfH is a volunteer group that, in their own words, "is dedicated to helping improve the world around us through increasing the participation of gamers in charitable activities across the nation by providing opportunities for enjoyable and meaningful volunteer work, providing human services to people and communities in need, (and) encouraging the enjoyment of life for people of all ages through the playing of games."

It's the perfect mix of gaming and philanthropy, and a perfect example to point to when someone like William Schnoebelen asks what good gamers do in the world. Find out more about the group, see what sort of projects they're getting involved with, and contact them to let them know how you'd like to help!

01.24.09 - Fear the Boot fan inspires charity drive

This story at the Milton Canadian Champion is the sort of thing we really need to see more of - a positive piece on gamers doing good for their fellow humans:

A longtime World Vision supporter, 35-year-old Chris Engler was recently listening to a St. Louis, Missouri-based podcast — Fear the Boot — when an idea to further aid the third-world relief agency took root.

Seems the show’s host, Chris Hussey, had stumbled upon some old love letters to his wife and was coaxed into sharing them with listeners if enough donations — or ‘ransoms’ — were forthcoming.

A regular caller to the show, Engler quickly got on board and helped facilitate the holiday fundraiser in support of World Vision — specifically to make purchases from its gift catalogue.

Chris's ransomed love letters drummed up $300 in donations to World Vision.

Links: World Vision - Fear the Boot

(Hat tip to Ed Healy)

12.10.08 - Midnight Charity Project supports autism research

RPG publisher 12 to Midnight is at it again, sponsoring the Midnight Charity Project which benefits the Autism Research Institute.  This year, 12tM is raising funds in numerous ways - auctions, donating profits from the sale of PDFs, and taking direct donations. They're even promoting  the fundraising efforts of another RPG publisher, Bards & Sages. Find out more on their website!

11.04.08 - Update on Christian Children's Fund

More information has begun to come in on the situation between Gen Con and the Christian Children's Fund - which is looking more and more like a misunderstanding that anything else.

I contacted CCF directly, and after a short exchange, I was able to get this response from them:

Christian Children’s Fund made the decision to decline the gift from Gen Con, LLC after the review of numerous factors that in combination precluded our acceptance of the gift. These reasons include the possible misinterpretation of CCF’s role in regard to the event. CCF is selective in its endorsements or support because it must maintain the highest degree of integrity with respect to the use of its name and logo. The information presented to us gave the appearance that CCF (the organization) was an endorser or supporter of the event instead of a beneficiary.

Karrin, an online friend of mine, got a more specific response that included a very positive message to roleplayers - probably because the Fund had so much inquiry into the matter that it would be wise to prepare a statement:

Dear Concerned Gamer:

Thank you for writing to Anne Goddard and sharing your concerns. Anne was traveling when she received your email. We discussed your concern and she asked that I respond on her behalf Please know that we take your email very seriously.

There appears to be a misunderstanding which I would like to correct. When Gen Con contacted CCF about its auction, we were pleased to accept donations. However, we couldn’t lend our name for publication because our policies have specific criteria for endorsements. We were unaware that this had caused any problem or concern for Gen Con until we began receiving emails. This decision was in no way intended to be a reflection on Mr. Gygax, gaming enthusiasts or the game Dungeon and Dragons. We have the utmost respect for the gaming community and were touched by the generosity expressed through your auction. We were disappointed that we were not the recipients of the donation but we were pleased that another worthy organization benefited.

We realize this has become a topic of discussion in the gaming community and we hope you will help us by sharing this response.

The needs of children are great and we welcome your support. Should you wish to learn more we invite you to visit our website at

Again, I thank you for taking the time to voice your concern. Your passion for gaming and your support for children are admirable.

Cheri Dahl
Vice President,
International Communications and Fundraising


"We have the utmost respect for the gaming community" is a very bold and positive statement for a representative of the Christian Children's Fund to make, and they should be commended for it. To quote myself from the earlier news item - please remember THIS story the next time you are considering giving a donation to or holding a fundraiser for the Christian Children's Fund.

There is also something else to consider that many gamers, including myself, have been overlooking - the actual content of the materials offered for auction. In a discussion in a Livejournal group for roleplayers, one of the members pointed out the list of items from the auction, which contained a copy of The Book of Erotic Fantasy and some other books that could possibly be objectionable to a Christian-based organization. While it's not clear if this was another factor in their decision, it is certainly something to consider in the future.

In the end, we have a very gaming-positive answer to a situation that appeared at first to be very gaming-negative, and we've been given an opportunity to learn from it. Let's make sure that we do.


10.24.08 - Christian Children's Fund Rejects GenCon Donation

It has recently come to my attention that a $17,398 donation from an auction held at Gen Con 2008 in Gary Gygax's honor was rejected by the Christian Children's Fund, Gygax's charity of choice.


On Saturday, August 15th, 2008 at 6:00 PM, the Gen Con Live Game Auction hosted their traditional charity auction. This year, the event was in honor of Gary Gygax. Originally the charity chosen for GenCon was Gary's favorite charity, the Christian Children's Fund. Unfortunately, when they found out that the money they would get came partially from sales of Dungeons and Dragons they decided not to be the sponsored charity.

Thankfully another charity, Fisher House, was willing to accept the "tainted" funds and will be using them to help people in need.

This is, unfortunately, a bit of leftover fear and paranoia from the 1980s, when anything having to do with the name Dungeons & Dragons was considered evil and dangerous. It is particularly troubling that an act of charity that shows the true giving nature of gamers is turned away at the door due to fear generated by old myths and misconceptions. Fortunately, stories like these are very uncommon.

It is possible that the people at the Christian Children's Fund did not object directly to the source of the donation, but were instead concerned about how other donors would react if they accepted it. I've attempted to contact the group to get a little more information on their decision. But either way, the point is the same - children in need did not get the assistance they needed because someone, somewhere was afraid of a game with monsters and magic in it.

Please remember this story the next time you are considering giving a donation to or holding a fundraiser for the Christian Children's Fund.

NOTE: This story has been updated. Please see the news item above for more information.


03.17.08 - Sword's Edge Honors Gygax, Donates Profits

Sword's Edge Publishing has an excellent idea for honoring the memory of E. Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, who passed away on March 4th, 2008:

As a way of thanking the late Mr. Gygax for his contribution to the creation of the hobby we all love, Sword's Edge Publishing will be donating its revenues from March and April to the Christian Children's Fund, a charity to which his family has indicated Mr. Gygax was much endeared.

Sword's Edge Publishing:
The Christian Children's Fund:

Let's hope some other gaming companies join on the bandwagon!

12.29.07 - West End Games Donates to Food Drive


West End Games
has donated more than 200 pieces of original artwork to the Six Feet Under Games Canned Food Auction to benefit Water Street Rescue Mission. Artwork includes original interior art from several West End Star Wars books along with interior art from Terra and three different original full-color paintings used for Paranoia covers, two of which were for books that were never released.

Their goal is 8000 pounds - 4 tons - of food for the Water Street Rescue Mission.  They currently have donations from many gaming companies, including Aberrant Games, GenCon, Midnight Syndicate, Playroom Entertainment, Rio Grande, Studio Foglio, Wizards of the Coast, and many more.

Find out more about Six Feet Under's efforts at their Holiday Food Drive page.

12.21.07 - Teen shelters need RPG supplies

Recently I had the following LiveJournal post brought to my attention.  I've posted a summary below, or you can read the entire message and replies here:

I work at a homeless shelter with street-dependent and homeless teenagers. I have a handful of kids there who are gamers. Unfortunately, when they had to move out of their respective homes, they lost all their gaming stuff.

I know that there are some people on my friendstlist who used to be D&D gamers (or still are) and I'm wondering - if you have your old gear that you're not using, would you mind sending it to me for these kids?

They're trying, you know? They're trying to stay out of gangs and away from the drugs and in general to maintain relatively normal lives. I'd buy the stuff for them, but that's not appropriate for me to do.

Belladonnalin (her LJ username) has had a great amount of response so far, and it looks like she may be getting much more than she had hoped for.  This is a fantastic idea in general - role-playing games are involving, challenging, rewarding, and encourage teamwork and problem solving - all things that young people in their situation really need.  If you have some gaming materials you're not using - books, dice, figures, etc. - or you've been thinking about a good way to support teens in need, consider donating gaming supplies to your local teen shelter.  

You could even donate some of your time, and run an adventure for them!

12.05.07 - Midnight Charity Project supports autism research

RPG publisher 12 to Midnight is sponsoring the Midnight Charity Project which benefits the Autism Research Institute.  They and other gaming companies will be donating portions of their sales to the ARI during the entire month of December, plus there will be several auctions, and 12 to Midnight will be raising awareness of the cause by posting articles on autism on their main page.

Find out more on their website!

04.10.07 - Ziggurat Con needs donations

Ziggurat Con, which may be the first gaming convention held in a war zone (and possibly the first held in Iraq) needs your help.

"This convention is currently in drastic need of prizes and giveaways for the troops," says convention organizer SPC David Amberson. "Everything donated will go directly to the troops, or to MWR to use as loaner books for the soldiers."

You can find out more about Ziggurat Con in the GameGrene article (or read it in the Escapist archive if it's no longer available). Donations of gaming books and dice may be sent to:

SPC David Amberson
A Co 86th Sig Bn
APO, AE 09331

08.11.06 - 2006 Diana Jones Award goes to Irish Game Convention Charity Auctions

The Diana Jones Award for excellence in gaming is awarded every summer during the Gen Con Game Fair in Indianapolis, Indiana. This year, the award recognized Irish Game Convention Charity Auctions.

From the Diana Jones site:

Ireland has a vigorous hobby-gaming community and a strong tradition of local conventions. These often climax with a charity auction that raises astonishing amounts of money for good causes, particularly given the size of the conventions. In 2005 Gaelcon’s auction made €31,000 (US$40,000)—that's US$80 per attendee—and the smaller Warpcon raised €12,000 (US$15,000), making its parent society the biggest charity fundraiser at University College Cork. This extraordinary spirit of generosity not only helps the needy but also publicises gaming to the wider community in a very positive way, making it less obscure and more approachable, which may explain why the Irish games scene is so full of life.

For more information about the Diana Jones Award, visit their site at

The Prince's Kingdom proceeds go to charity

Clinton R. Nixon's excellent indie RPG The Prince's Kingdom is a great game to introduce young people to roleplaying games - and when you purchase a print or PDF copy, all of the proceeds go directly to The American Friends Service Committee, which, since World War I, has provided assistance to the victims of war, especially children.

Find out more about The Prince's Kingdom at - and check out the listing for it in The Young Person's Adventure League Adventurer's Atlas. (A full review is coming soon, too. Keep checking the main YPAL page for it.)


The Lady Gamer is Walking to Help Cure Breast Cancer

Marinda Darnell of The Lady Gamer has made the following press release:

The Lady Gamer is Walking to Help Cure Breast Cancer Chicago, IL

The Lady Gamer is walking to help cure breast cancer in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Chicago 2006.

Every three minutes someone is diagnosed with breast cancer. Just think of the odds that this is going to be someone that you personally know.While I do not want to compute those odds, any odds are a bit too much for me. Walking a marathon seems like it is just a little bit to do in order to help the millions of people who have been diagnosed with this disease, and those that will be in the future. As women, we need to be concerned about an issue that many people consider to be a woman's issue. What people do not realize is that breast cancer affects men as well.

If you care to support The Lady Gamers in this endeavor, please click here; for a direct link to our page on the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer website. Thank you to all for your thoughts and help with this. Maybe we can help make a difference in something that can devastate a community.

Marinda Darnell

The Lady Gamer is a Not For Profit Organization dedicated to bringing women into gaming, and sharing our thoughts with the gaming industry.


Katrina Victims & Rescuers Need Your Help - updated

Hurricane Katrina has devastated New Orleans and the surrounding area, leaving thousands without homes, clothing, food, or drinking water. There are many ways to help, and I've listed as many as I have found below. Please do what you can.

Catholic Charities - click or call 800-919-9338 - (more info about this group)
Habitat For Humanity - click or call 800-HABITAT - (more info about this group)
Mercy Corps - (more info on this group)
Red Cross
- click or call 800-HELP-NOW - (more info about this group) The Red Cross is also looking for volunteers to go to the New Orleans area and help - call 562-945-3944 and ask for Disaster Services Volunteers.
Salvation Army - click or call 800-SAL-ARMY - (more info about this group)
Samaritan's Purse - click or call 800-665-2843 - (more info about this group)
United Methodist Church - click or call 800-554-8583 - (more info about ths group)
United Way - (more about this group)

...and don't forget to give blood!

Help for animals

Humane Society - click or call 888-259-5431 - (more info about this group)
Lone Star Equine Rescue - (more info about this group) - Many residents were told to set their horses loose if they could not transport them out of the area before the hurricane struck.. LSER is working to reunite horses with their owners.
North Shore Animal League America - click or call 877-4SAVEPET - (more info about this group)
PetSmart Charities - (more info about this group)

Game Companies

The following are game companies that are contributing all or part of their profits to charities benefitting the Katrina victims.

Adamant Entertainment will donate their entire sales for September to the Red Cross - website

Alternate Realities Publications has donated 50% of their projected sales for August through December of 2005 to relief efforts, and will continue to donate 50% of all sales that beat that projection. Owner Dana Jorgensen will also match the donations out of his own pocket - product list at RPGnow

Amalara will donate all proceeds from their September sales to the Red Cross - website

Rich Burlew, author of the hilarious gaming comic strip Order of the Stick, has announced a special offer for anyone donating to the Red Cross - more info

Decipher is hosting an online LOTR CCG tournament on Saturday, September 3rd, with all proceeds going to the Red Cross: more info

Flames Rising has announced they will donate all of September's proceeds from their CafePress shop to the Red Cross - more info

The Inner Circle will donate all of the proceeds from September sales of their new gaming supplement Fantasy Personae: Sages, Spies, and Informants to the Red Cross - more info - store

Open World Press has pledged to donate their entire September profits from all purchases at Indie Press Revolution to relief efforts - website - Open World's catalog at IPR

Sancrosanct Games has announced all profits for September will go to the Red Cross: here's their catalog

Seraphim Guard is donating 50% of the sales of the HeartQuest Anime/Shouju Bundle to the Red Cross.

Sword's Edge Publishing has pledged all revenue for the month of September to the Red Cross - website

White Wolf has announced that they will be donating 50% of all online sales of its Vampire: The Requiem products (print and digital), through September 5th -more info

Wicked Dead Brewing Company has announced they will donate all profits for September to the Red Cross: here's their catalog

Other Fundraisers

CDBaby has a list of over 5000 indpendent musicians who have offered to donate 100% of their sales to the Red Cross. You can discover some new music while making your donation - more info

eBay & MissionFish have compiled a page of eBay auctions that benefit Katrina victims, organized by charities - more info

(All links go directly to donation pages when available. Groups are arranged in alphabetical order - no preference is implied.)

If you know of other groups or charities that are directly benefitting the Katrina victims, including (but not limited to) fundraisers through game companies, please contact me at

Hungry Little Monsters Released!

Hungry Little Monsters, the D20 PDF monster supplement that benefits FoodForAll, is finally out! Here's more on the project, straight from the site:

Hungry Little Monsters is a compilation project initiated by Sean K Reynolds to be a charity fundraiser for, a program to help feed the hungry. Hungry Little Monsters features 43 new monsters (each approximately one page long) for the d20 system. The theme for this book is "monsters for which you can use existing miniatures or tokens." Rather than a collection of bizarre-anatomy creatures that you can't represent with anything on your miniatures shelf or in a store, this book is full of creatures which you can represent in play with commonly-available miniatures or tokens. This is set up by a serious of monster archetypes -- corpses (skeletal or zombielike undead), fiends (your typical bat-winged demonic or devilish creature), humanoids, oozes, spirits (bodiless undead), and so on. This book is authored by volunteer members of the RPG industry, including Sean K Reynolds, Dave Mattingly, Matt Forbeck, Scott Bennie, and Ed Greenwood, as well as a dozen other established game designers. Likewise, the editing, art, and typesetting is donated as well. Hungry Little Monsters is created entirely on volunteer time. The game material in the book is entirely open game content as defined by the Open Gaming License. All proceeds from this book are donated to Food For

For seven dollars at Drive Thru RPG or RPGNow, you get a 63-page PDF, a 22 page illustration book, and a 4 page token book - and your donation goes to an excellent cause. Pick it up today - and consider getting a t-shirt too!

G.I.V.E.R. Aims to Help Tsunami Victims

Gamers for International Victims Emergency Relief (G.I.V.E.R.) is a site devoted to networking gamers for the purposes of getting support for the South Asian tsunami victims. G.I.V.E.R. does not collect funds directly, but hosts an event locater to help gamers find events that raise money for the cause, suggestions for how you can help, and links to reputable charities who are accepting donations.

For more information, visit G.I.V.E.R.'s site at

Decipher Donates to Baghdad Hobby Club

Direct from their press release:

253 granby street • norfolk, virginia 23510 - 1813
phone • 757.623.3600 • fax 757.623.3630

For Immediate Release

For further information, contact:
Mark Tuttle, 757.664.1151,
Scott Gaeta, 757.664.1114,

Decipher Donates To Baghdad Hobby Club Promotion
Program Designed To Supply Games To Armed Forces in Foreign Theaters

(Norfolk, VA — January 4, 2005) — Decipher Inc. has donated over $5,000 worth of gaming product to the Baghdad Hobby Club program. The program, started by a U.S. Serviceman and supported by Hobbytown USA, puts hobby games and products in the hands of servicemen and women serving in the U.S. military overseas.

“We’re pleased to be able to make this gesture to the men and women that are serving overseas,” said Warren Holland, Chairman and CEO of Decipher Inc. “Being located in Norfolk, Virginia, we’re surrounded by reminders of how hard our military works. We hope our games can help them pass the time and cope with their situation.”

According to Karey Koehn, editor of Hobby Outlook Magazine, the Baghdad Hobby Club has been very popular with the soldiers. The club operates out of one camp and acts as a hobby supply stop for units moving around Iraq. As soldiers come and go, games are picked up and dropped off. Starting with 100 members, the club is now supporting many more troops in outlying camps. This means that the product needs are always increasing. Requests have been made for military simulation and fantasy games, which ties directly into Decipher’s product lines.

“We were thrilled to be able to meet their requests so exactly,” said Tim Ellington, VP of Decipher’s Games Studio. “We’re shipping them starter decks of our WARS Trading Card Game which is probably the best military simulation on the market due to its strategic gameplay. We’ve also included starter decks from The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game for the fantasy fans, and starter decks from STAR TREK Second Edition CCG which is a property that everyone knows and can relate to.”

For information on the Baghdad Hobby Club, contact Kary Koehn at Shipments take roughly four weeks to reach their destination and there are specific shipping requirements.

For more information on Decipher products, visit


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