A powerful earthquake struck New Zealand’s already-bruised city of Christchurch on Tuesday, collapsing buildings, burying vehicles under debris and sending rescuers scrambling to help trapped people amid reports of multiple deaths. DriveThruRPG and several publishers have teamed up to raise funds to aid those affected by this earthquake. We have a new bundle of great products available now.
You can find more information about the New Zealand Red Cross here. Please note that due to the emergency and high traffic volume it may be difficult to connect to their site.
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March 18-20, 2011 for COSCON XXIII 2011 is approaching fast!
Pre-registration discount ends March 4th!
Days Inn, 139 Pittsburgh Road, Butler, PA, 16001
Be sure to make your reservations soon to get the convention rate!
Registration is still open, and you can register online, by mail, and on-site for a discount. Pre-registration discounts are available until March 4th, so if you know you’re coming, register now!
The following links might be helpful:
COS Main Site (Online Reg to register online)
Events @ warhorn.net/coscon23 (once you’ve registered)
RPGA & COS Living Campaigns
RPGA Living Forgotten Realms D&D 4e (COS Staff)
RPGA Living Divine Special Event (Jay Babcock and Annie Erbacher)
COSWORLD D&D 3.5
Pathfinder D&D 3.5 (Cody Knotts)
Fire & Fury American Civil War (Chuck Schnur)
Mr. Lincoln’s War ACW (Brad Pflugh)
Disposable Heroes WWII (Brad Pflugh)
The Sword & The Flame NorthEast Africa (Gwyn Reeves)
French & Indian This Very Ground (Brad Pflugh)
Modern Combat Disposable Heroes (Bill Hallam)
Star Wars Starship Battles/Miniatures (Lucas Kelly)
Warhammer Historical: Old West (Lucas Kelly)
Marvel Heroclix (Lucas Kelly)
Warhammer Open Gaming
MAGIC: The Gathering (Sunday)
Sponsored by New Dimension Comics (http://www.ndcomics.com/)
Super Standard Sanctioned Tournament (Dan Regewitz of NDC)
8-Man Drafts (Dan Regewitz of NDC)
COSVAMP Vampire: The Masquerade (COS Staff)
Serenity (Paul Kaczmarek)
GURPS Supers (Paul Kaczmarek)
GURPS Traveller (Paul Kaczmarek)
QAGS 2nd Edition (Ian Engle)
New To COSCON This Year
Gamers’ Flea Market (Saturday)
Bring your gaming merchandise you no longer want and find it a new home!
Set your price, shop around, and pick up your money and unsold items later that day!
Local Artist Charles Urbach
- Fantsy/Sci-Fi illustrator who has worked on a variety of card and tabletop games
ARTEMIS: Spaceship Bridge Simulator (by Thom Robertson)
- Video of play in the (small) open gaming area at Con-on-the-cob:
Please also help us support these local charity organizations this year at COSCON 2011!
This Year’s Highlight Organizations:
The Wilbert Family
Long-time members of the Circle of Swords Gaming Guild
Donate to the charity through:
COS Charity Flea Market (profits go to the charity)
COS Quest Raffle ($1 per entry)
Shiloh Food Bank
Bring non-perishable food items to the registration area!
Each item gains an entry in a raffle to win $25 in COSBucks or 5 COSQuest LARP Points!
Military Support Collection Drive
Bring approved items to be shipped to our soldiers overseas!
For a list of suggested items, please check out the lists on these sites (for ideas of what’s typically shipped)
If you would like additional information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website!
The Circle Of Swords Gaming Guild
Neomorte posted this recently, and I wanted to pass it on too.
Please join me on September 4th to play in a tournament to benefit Walk Now for Autism Speaks. The event will focus on a 35 point Warmachine and Hordes mixed Steamroller tournament, but there will be other activities happening. There will be door prizes for the participants as well as a silent auction with a variety of items up for bid.
When: September 4th
Where: Miniature Market
Time: Registration at 12:30pm start at 1:00pm
Tournament Entry Fee: $10 (All Proceeds to go to Walk Now for Autism Speaks)
Tournament Organizer: Neomorte
Format: 35 Point Steamroller 2010 Mixed Format (Warmachine and Hordes)
Turn Time: 10 Min turns with one 5 min extension allowed per game
Round Time: 80 + 1D6 x 2 minutes
Prizes: To Be Announced
Number of Players: 24 (maybe more)
Who is coming out?
Can’t come out but want to make a difference? No problem. You can go to the Riverdogs Team Page RIGHT HERE and make a donation. To make the donation, just click on General Team Donations or one of the team members’ names and you can make your donation there.
Anyone interested in joining the team, please feel free to do so. You can join us on Saturday, October 9th for the St. Louis Walk Now for Autism Speaks event. After the walk there is lots of fun to be had. The walk is being held in Forest Park.
If you read my Blog at all, you’ll understand that I dig the Charity Events related with Privateer Press. It all started with FOODMACHINE, and branched out from there. My involvement with running and supporting these charity events began in 2007 with my first ever WARMACHINE tournament, DuBois FOODMACHINE. It was my first event as a Press Ganger, and although I was a wreck, it was very rewarding to be able to collect all that food for the Red Cross and the Food Pantry. Later, we did the Breast Cancer Brawl, in cooperation with the Breast Cancer Coalition of Pennsylvania. Lastly, we collected donations for the Clearfield County SPCA during out Go Wild! event.
My involvement with charity events as broadened to the point that I wish I was able to win the lottery and create an organization that helps to provide the means for charity drives like that to organize and deploy. The hardest part of getting a charity event going is FINDING A PHYSICAL PLACE TO DO IT that doesn’t break the bank. The worst part of facilitating Go Wild! was that we had to rent a space to hold the event which meant that probably 25% of the money we raised actually went to pay for the location.
But I don’t have the means to start such an organization until I win the lottery or something. So for now, I’m simply using this blog to tell a small group of people who visit my Blog about worthy local causes.
I say all of that to get down to the point of this post: The Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance. (CPAA)
My friend Brian Miller is collecting donations for the CPAA and his heart is definitely in the right place. I want to challenge you to make a donation, even a small one, to help out in this effort.
The Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance (CPAA) is committed to ending the killing of dogs and cats as a means of animal population control and is working to create a no-kill community in central Pennsylvania. CPAA is composed of individuals and more than 50 rescues, shelters, and other animal welfare organizations, all working toward the goal of ending the killing through aggressive spay/neuter programs and resources, increasing adoption rates for homeless animals, and educating the community on the importance of spaying and neutering. CPAA believes that by working together, pooling resources, and networking we can more effectively create a better community for the animals. We are an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) organization that receives no government funding.
You can visit the website to help Brian in his quest right HERE. If you can help, please do so.
July 31 · 5:00pm – 10:00pm
|Location||Mt. Hope Estate|
|More Info||Performers include: The Mark DeRose Duo; Steven Courtney; Josh Albright; Eye Wish Eye; The Chuck Gibson Band and The Blind Willies!!
Raffles and Silent Auctions! Food and Beer from Swashbuckler Pub!! All ticket sales go to ASAT! GREAT CAUSE…GOOD TIMES!!
Breast Cancer Brawl, July 31 Vault Comics, Greensburg, PA
Its time to donate again.
Entry: $10 (gets 20 tokens) and you can buy any number of extra tokens (2 for a $1)
Start Time: 1 pm
2 – 35 pt lists
I am amending two things 1) The rerolls cost double each time used in a turn (1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, etc..) 2) No canceling the big cheats.
Winner get $50 in warmachine/hordes product.
Two door prizes of $50 in warmachine/hordes product. There is a painting requirement for the first door prize (25% of the army must be painted).
Prizes will take time to arrive after you have made your selections.
All money collected goes to charity.
Vault Comics and Games
Phone: (724) 834-4045
5274 Route 30, Westmoreland Crossing
Suite 16 (Behind Westmoreland Mall by Buffalo Wild Wings)
Greensburg, PA 15601
I found this at www.rosefund.org and wanted to share it:
| 1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.
2. Give me time to understand what you want of me
3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.
| 4. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.
5. Talk to me.. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.
6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.
7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.
|8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.|
| 9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.
10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can’t bear to watch. Don’t make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.
Take a moment today to thank God for your pets.. Enjoy and take good care of them.
Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without God’s critters.
We do not have to wait for Heaven, to be surrounded by hope, love, and joyfulness. It is here on earth and has four legs!
Friday, June 25th-Saturday, June 26th.
Cancer has touched the lives of countless people…our friends, families, co-workers, maybe even yourself….
Show your support in finding a cure for this horrible disease by attending, volunteering or participating in this fundraising event.
There will be ceremonies through-out the two day event, honoring those who have passed from this terrible disease or who continue their courageous and determined battle to beat it.
Food, events, and activities will be planned celebrating countless lives.
Support your local Cancer Society find a cure! Celebrate….Remember…Fight Back……log onto www.relayforlife.org to find out more.
The Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition is advertising the “Keep A Breast” music festival taking place at Laserdome in Manheim, PA. More information about the Manheim location can be found here. Laserdome is located at 2050 Auction Road and the Facebook event information is listed here. It’s going to be going on AUGUST 27, 2010 to AUGUST 28, 2010 and it costs $20 … yes, $20 as a donation to a good cause.
Music Fest 2010 offers a variety of bands, some local and others national. There will be 9 .. yes 9 … hours of Laser Tag, Halo 3, and live music! All this for $20 … and 100% of the proceeds go to the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition!
Come out to Laserdome from 4pm to 1 am for all you can play laser tag, halo3 and live music happening throughout the day. While the bands play, enjoy a state of the art custom laser light show.
Confirmed bands include The Auburn Light (4:05 – 4:25), Dan Asroff (4:30 – 4:50), Ends Illuminate (4:55 – 5:25), Between The Trees (7:15 – 8:15), Free the Fallen (9:00 – 9:30), Ace Augustine (10:30 – 11:00), Ahimsa Sunrise (11:15 – 11:45) and Inhale Exhale (midnight – 1:00am). Watch for more!
Click here to check out what else the PA Breast Cancer Coalition has going on near you!