Vermont Flood Relief Game Auction

Despite the downgrade to tropical storm, Irene hit Vermont hard. Whole roads and bridges disappeared in the flooding. Three days later, there are still towns not only without power, but even reliable access to the outside world — reportedly supplies are being flown in via helicopter, so I don’t think anyone’s starving. Check out this report from Rochester, Vermont on the situation there; it’s typical of the conditions with which flood victims deal all over the southern end of the state.

Matt Golec of the Upper Valley hit on the idea of holding a game auction to supplement the usual fundraising efforts. This way we can engage people who want to support the recovery effort in Vermont from outside the surrounding area.

Matt has a geeklist set up on Boardgamegeek. He’s asking only people invited to list items do so. Bidders can be from anywhere in the world. Members listing items will collect the fees and donate them to the Vermont/New Hampshire Valley Red Cross agency to aid immediate short term relief efforts. I plan to go through my game library for auction candidates when I get home tonight.

If you’d like to read more about flood recovery efforts in Vermont, I recommend the following sources:

Further, if you have a moment, please help spread the word about initiatives to aid flood recovery like Matt Golec’s. Every little bit helps and that it’s a locally-born endeavor makes it even more powerful.

DriveThruRPG Bundle to Benefit Pakistan Flood Relief

Click through to purchase the Pakistan flood relief PDF bundle.

In the wake of the devastating monsoons that left 2,000 dead in Pakistan, DriveThruRPG.com is offering another PDF bundle to benefit Doctors Without Borders. They say:

Record monsoon rains caused flooding that left almost 2,000 people dead and 20 million homeless. Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani estimates crop losses at $3.3 billion, total damage of about $7 billion. People displaced by the flooding that began at the end of July are still living in temporary shelters, such as schools, or in tents. Doctors Without Borders continues to provide medical care, clean water, and relief materials.

Following the success of our previous fundraisers for DWB during the Haiti Earthquake Reponse we have decided to put together a new charity effort to raise funds for relief efforts in Pakistan. Several publishers have donated some very cool items to help us raise funds for Doctors Without Borders. The bundle will be available until 10:00 AM EST, Monday, October 25th.

According to another page on the DriveThruRPG site, the previous charity bundle raised a staggering $175,000 for Haitian earthquake relief. As of the writing of this post, DriveThruRPG had already passed the $2,600 mark.

The Pakistan Flood Relief bundle is on sale until the morning of October 25th, Eastern standard. Get it while you can!

Gamers Help Haiti

As part of efforts to raise money for disaster relief in Haiti, One Book Shelf, the company behind the digital download storefronts DriveThruRPG and RPGNow, among others, has put together a bundle of PDFs from a number of participating publishers. By donating $20 to Doctors Without Borders, the donor receives access to the PDF bundle, which, at last count, was valued at over $900 in content. One Book Shelf will match each $20 donation, too, so that’s $40 going to Doctors Without Borders per donor.

By the time this post appears, just after midnight, the bundle link should be live, which you can click here.

This opportunity only lasts until the end of today, January 20th, so be sure to act now.