Happy Tuesday, active players! We’re hoping you’re getting hype for Gen Con, and for our Child’s Play charity drive, #Roll4ChildsPlay. Remember, while you can of course donate at the convention at booth 2535, online donations are happening now. Mind Clash Games is going to be matching the first $500 raised and Metallic Dice Games will be adding an additional $200 once we make it to $1,000.
But what IS Child’s Play, you may ask? (No, not the movie with the doll)
What is Child’s Play?
Child’s Play is a charity designed to bring games (both video and tabletop) to children’s hospitals and domestic abuse shelters across the United States. They currently work with over 180 hospitals, and they continue to grow as gamers like you continue to help.
As gamers, we are all aware of the ways in which playing games help us unwind, or destress, or distract ourselves from the anxiety in our lives. We kick back with a video game on the couch, we meet with friends to play a board game, we play online with our friends. Now imagine you’re a child in a hospital. Suddenly those games become even more important than they already were; that need to destress or distract yourself is even more understandable. Having a game at that moment can be momentous. Hospitals are scary, even for adults. And you really don’t think about how crucial having that distraction, or that feeling of normalcy in this chaotic environment, can be until you’ve experienced it yourself.
Child’s Play works directly with hospitals to provide them exactly the games they’re looking for, which kids can then check out like a library book to use in their rooms, or they can play together in playrooms. One testimonial stated, “last year two teenage boys were able to game together from their rooms even though they were often in isolation and rarely saw each other in person.” For those children on bedrest, the games become exponentially more necessary. Another added that the video game systems, “allow our older patients to enjoy their time at the hospital, forget the often (physically and emotionally) painful conditions/treatment, and spend time with their brothers, sisters, and visiting friends like they did at home.” You can read more testimonials from hospital employees and parents here.
This charity is for gamers and it supported by gamers. We who play are the backbone for this organization and our donations keep it running and help these kids. We at APN are so excited to be able to give back and support this wonderful charity.
At booth 2535 at Gen Con, we will be giving out limited edition APN D6’s as a thank you for your donations. For $5 you get 1 die, for $10 you get 2 dice, and for a donation of $15 or more you’ll get 4 d6’s, which is the perfect amount to roll up a new RPG character (we suggest they have a love of pineapples). We will also have some Child’s Play swag to give out, and we will be around to answer any questions you may have. This is all while supplies last, so swing by and donate as soon as you can.
To go with this dice giveaway we are using the hashtag #Roll4ChildsPlay. If you donate in person with us and receive your dice, we ask that you take a photo or video with them and use that hashtag. We will be selecting one random person using that hashtag to receive an extra prize as a thank-you for your generosity.
If you can’t attend Gen Con this year, you can always donate online. The more we raise, the more our partners will match, so every little bit helps.
Thank you so much to everyone who has already donated. For those of you planning to donate at Gen Con and get those dice, let us know in the comments! Happy Rolling!