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Over the years miskatonic.co.uk has been proud and happy to support a variety of support and aid bundles for a number of good causes. On Tuesday night we received an email from Fat Goblin Games, a great publisher with some superb titles to their name, the email was seeking support for a bundle that will go live today 1st August.
The NEW HOPE BUNDLE aims to raise funds to help Fat Goblin Games co-owner Rick Hershey through a difficult period in his life. Rick’s wife has Crohns Disease. He works full time in the games industry as a designer, writer, and publisher in order to provide for his family.
Fat Goblin Games has teamed up with a dozen great publishers to bring you an amazing bundle of products. A NEW HOPE Bundle includes 107 pdf books and game aids for only $25! Click here to go to the NEW HOPE BUNDLE on DriveThruRPG.
The aim is that this bundle will help raise funds to get Rick and his family out of debt, maintain some unexpected expenses, hopefully allow them to get the start as a family they would of had before her illness, and ultimately allow Rick to continue doing the job he loves with a bit less stress.
In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the bundle will be going to start a non-profit called the GameAid Foundation. This non-profit will consist of various Industry Professionals and will be geared towards creating financial aid for game designers, freelancers, and other industry members who fall on hard times and need the help and support of the community.
I feel passionately about this for lots of reasons, firstly Rick Hershey produces some top rate materials in the games industry and I have the utmost admiration for anyone who is able to make a living from the games that we all love. Secondly, I love roleplay games, the hobby that I am passionate about is fantastic not only for the games we all play but for the sense of community and friendship that it promotes. I think the fact that someone who has contributed so significantly to that hobby now needs our help at a difficult time, and that by helping them we all benefit from a bundle of good quality games material is just brilliant. Finally, in my teens I too was diagnosed with Chrons disease and I know just how debilitating a disease it can be. Now I was lucky, and with the help of some fairly major surgery I have been fortunate enough to go on and lead a full and comfortable life, but I still know many people who struggle with this poorly understood and difficult disease.
Please take a look and see if you can support Rick by purchasing the NEW HOPE BUNDLE. It includes over $450 value in gaming material! And all the money goes to helping out Fat Goblin co-owner and veteran industry professional, Rick Hershey and his family!
A New HopeMy name is Rick Hershey. I’ve worked in the game industry for over 12 years now, doing illustration, graphic design, cartography, writing, game design, publishing, and much more. I love this industry, I love making games, and I love the people I’ve worked with over the years. I have an amazing wife, Tristan Hershey, and four wonderful children (Mya, Marilyn, Madilyn, and Ricky). Shortly after my wife and I were married, she was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and all our hopes, dreams, and plans were altered. For the last six years we’ve struggled to fight her disease (which also has given her constant kidney stones, rhumatoid arthritus, anemia, and a mini-stroke) while raising our children and trying to better our lives. I support our family on freelancing and publishing as I need to be home daily in case she is sick. The NEW HOPE BUNDLE is a means for my family to get the start to prosper we would of had without her disease. It’s a means to overcome the debt from her illness and to start a new life with a chance to succeed.
What We Need & What You GetWhen you purchase the NEW HOPE BUNDLE you get tons of pdf books from your favorite publishers, including the bulk of Fat Goblin Games products. That is hundreds of dollars of gaming goodness for a small price. The money we earn goes directly to the Hershey family and will allow us to pay off bills, move to a better residence, and help alleviate the burden this disease has caused.In addition, a portion of the money raised will go to establishing a non-profit group to help aid other game designers, writers, artists, and members of the game industry in their times of need.
Working in the gaming industry doesn’t make most of us rich. I work hard to provide for my family as well as producing fun content for my own products and those of my clients. By purchasing the NEW HOPE BUNDLE you will remove an immense amount of stress from my family and allow us to worry about important things such as my wife’s ongoing health and our children’s happiness.
Other Ways You Can Help
There are many ways you can help, if you get the bundle or not. Please take a moment and share the link to this bundle on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. There are buttons at the top to make this even easier. Post in groups, on forums, and tell your friends. Make a big deal about this bundle and the value of these products and how everyone can help a family of the gaming industry. If you are publisher and want to contribute to the bundle, that is great as well, and will be very much appreciated. Contact me and I’ll give you the info to add your own products to the NEW HOPE BUNDLE.