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Eric: I wonder if everyone feels this crappy doing this.

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(Stolen cheerfully from RPG World!. And check out the ultracool animation nockFORCE, by Ian Jones-Quartey and Jim Gisriel!)

I don't much care for this, but it's clear I have to do it. For a couple of months now, a series of bad breaks have kept me pretty low, financially. And people have bought of things and some folks have donated, and that's helped tons. Just absolute tons. But I can't seem to get ahead of it. It's not like I'm, y'know, spending money. And it's not like I don't have a job that pays me in money. But I just can't get in front of things, and trouble keeps pressing, harder than I'd like. And I need to get ahead of it once and for all.

So. I'm doing the auction thing, yet again. And I'll admit I'm going to miss these. First off, there is a five book collection of Nephilim -- the long out of print Chaosium occult RPG of the children of Angels and Man. This role playing game -- with lots of supplemental material by the staggeringly talented Kenneth Hite, I would add -- is one of those that RPG developers continue to cite as an influence today. Myself included. And this one auction -- this one auction -- includes the core rulebook, Secret Societies, Serpent Moon, Chronicle of the Awakening, and Major Arcana. This is a big deal listing.

Also in terms of "historic," "influential" and "well written" I have a second listing of multiple books: in this case, a listing of both The Primal Order and TPO: Pawns: The Opening Move. These were absolutely brilliant supplements, written by Peter Adkison, which took the rather lackluster support most RPGs had for gods and deities and the like in those days (Deities and Demigods listed tons of Gods, but made them into relatively standard monsters to be beaten, at least as far as their stats were concerned, as an example), and made them into something that could be quantified and used in a campaign effectively while still making them freaking GODS. There was also a brouhaha over what was a pretty clear case of copyright and trademark infringement in the games (Adkison had somewhat naively put in conversion rules for pretty much all the major and a frightening number of minor role playing games in the supplement, intending it to be a capstone to be used for other systems rather than a system in its own. Palladium, most notably, took exception to this). And what might be most interesting is these were the flagship products of a very small RPG company in the pacific Northwest which, while they sorted all this out, licensed a card game designed to be collectible from a guy named Richard Garfield.

That company's name? Wizards of the Coast. And on the backs of Magic and later Pokemon they absolutely conquered the planet. Sadly, leaving supplements like The Primal Order behind in the process. These books really are good. And this auction gives you both of them.

Thirdly, and most prosaically, there's d20 Modern. It's, you know. d20 Modern.

Finally... and I'll admit that while I hardly need the book for the rules (I have several other copies, including a legal PDF), I'm going to actively miss this one... I have the ultra-rare, first (limited) edition Black Hardcover edition of the In Nomine core rules. This was the last copy of the core rules I found -- the last version I didn't have. And it's by far the hardest to find and buy.

But, I don't need it. Not even for In Nomine. And it's got to go. They all have to go.

And I'll admit it. If you haven't donated but you've considered? Today's the day. Honestly.

(If you have donated, then I thank you.)

This isn't a threat. This isn't a "do this or Websnark goes away" or anything like that.

It's just... it's been a month. Of one thing after another after another.

Times are tough. So this is what I need to do.

If you can't spare change? Don't sweat it. I'll still be here. We'll still be friends.

Dude.

Posted by Eric Burns-White at June 28, 2007 2:52 PM

Comments

Comment from: miyaa [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 28, 2007 7:03 PM

If it wasn't for my dire straits, I'd be donating. Hopefully, next week's job interview will change all that.

Hopefully.

Comment from: J Ryan Beattie [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 29, 2007 1:56 AM

I wish I could help. Unfortunately, like Miyaa, I'm currently in job search mode.

Have you tried financial counseling? They might be able to help you figure out how to get ahead and stay there.

Comment from: Paul Gadzikowski [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 29, 2007 9:37 AM

The one time I solicited my readership for donations it was wholly demoralizing to have to do so. But I did have to do so; things were tight enough that, as I announced, "uninterrupted service may depend on reader generosity", which is the only thing I'd even think of dunning my readership for. Fortunately the generosity of the percentage of my readership willing and able to contribute was more than sufficient.

Comment from: Dorkboy [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 29, 2007 2:20 PM

Wow. I was going to donate a few dollars (today is payday, and I recently started working two jobs) but I made sure to pay my other bills first, to make sure I'd be okay (what with my car being in the shop, and having to pay the deductible next week)

Yeah, no can do buddy. My credit card company apparently wouldn't wait for my payment to go through, and as such dinged me a LARGE AMOUNT of an overage fee. No Bueno.

Sorry man, I tried.

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Comment from: Eric Astor [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 29, 2007 3:04 PM

You know, I was debating for a moment - but if I can afford to play a bit of low-stakes poker with friends, I can afford to lend a hand.

We all live in interesting times - here's hoping this moves the meaning to something a bit more positive.

Comment from: Dorkboy [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 29, 2007 8:01 PM

oh man, they're something else I haven't done in far too long: Poker!

Oh how I miss the poker...soon soon...

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Comment from: fuz [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 30, 2007 10:03 AM

Hope you dig yourself out Eric.

Comment from: Thomas Blight [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at July 1, 2007 2:36 PM

Unfortunately, being a minor, I have no way of donating other than through my parents, and I'm sure they wouldn't look favourably on giving a "random stranger" any amount of my savings for university, no matter how small. Le sigh.

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