Sunday, 25 November 2012

Indiefort giving 5% to a game designer's brain cancer fund. Countdown Bundle is live now!

I received this email from Tyrus Peace of Stttutter Games - under the circumstances I don't think he'll mind me reproducing it here.


Arizonan fantasy artist and hopeful game designer Daniel Somerville is struggling to pay for recent brain cancer surgery and ongoing treatment that will result in an estimated $450,000 in bills. A fundraising campaign has been started at http://help-daniel.com to help pay for these costs.

Many have come together to try and help Daniel. Art and maps have been sold ( http://indiegogo.com/help-daniel ), games have been made ( http://tyrus.tumblr.com/tagged/bearrorists ), and live benefit shows have occurred ( http://www.facebook.com/events/367994386616188/ ). Now Alexander Poysky of Gamersgate has been kind enough to offer 5% of the sales of their next Indiefort Countdown Bundle sale (live for the next five weeks at http://indiefort.com ), and I'm hoping to get both this bundle and Daniel some much deserved attention.

Daniel's art:
http://dasomerville.deviantart.com (more fantasy/game-related art)

Many brain scans and a surgery later, Daniel's tumor has been removed and he's undergoing chemo/radiation treatments. This stuff is all very expensive and he was uninsured until November, well after his most expensive operations and treatments. The $450,000 estimate comes from the Brain Tumor Foundation ( http://health.costhelper.com/brain-tumor.html ). Currently he's concentrating on being able to pay for his radiation and chemotherapy treatments, which this campaign has made possible for him.

Daniel is my friend and the dungeon master for my D&D campaign, making spectacular art, maps, and stories for us to play with. Before his diagnosis, he came back from Gen Con after showing his work to professionals, excited to start a career with his art, creating maps for tabletop games. I hope our efforts here can help him continue to pursue his goals as an artist and game designer and live a life less burdened with debt. Check http://help-daniel.com for further information on his situation.





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