G: G is for “GoblinAid”


I’m participating in the A-Z April Blogging Challenge and my theme of choice is Dungeons & Dragons.


Miniatures are very useful during games of Dungeons & Dragons. And Goblins are iconic monsters within the game. So when I started thinking about “G” it was obvious that I should mention GoblinAid.


a-to-z-letters-gOn Wednesday, 20th March Kev ‘the Goblinmaster’ Adams was brutally assaulted during a burglary at his home in Nottingham. So many people have offered help and support that we set up this page has been set up to coordinate efforts and information.

Donations can be made directly to goblinaidATfenrisgamesDOTcom.

For the time being, please note that they can only accept donations and not payments made on deposit against the charity mini set – it’s just too much admin at this stage.




July 31 · 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Location Mt. Hope Estate

Created By

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!!


Pet 10 Commandments

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!


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!


As you all know, I have a bunch of RSS feeds on this blog. That’s because I use this blog as a platform to keep track of all the blogs that I enjoy reading. So anyway, I was reading at Brass Goggles about how these simply epic people are building a big steampunk pirate ship and are selling tripods to finance their project.

Read more about it here, and buy a couple of tripods to help out … BUILD PIRATE SHIPS DON’T BUILD THEMSELVES!


Comic Store West
2111 Industrial Highway
York, PA 17402
Warmachine and Hordes Events
March 20th – GO WILD! Charity Tournament to Benefit the York SPCA

Bring a single list 35pt list, Warmachine or Hordes. Here’s the catch, you and your opponent will have the opportunity to donate toward the shelter and get awesome in game effects like: Re-roll one die, get and additional focus or fury, force a warbeast to automatically succeed on a Threshold check. Help out unfortunate animals and have fun at the same time!
All rounds will use the Killbox scenario from the Steamroller 2010 rules.
The entry fee is $10 or 10 points worth of donations.
Registration starts at 11, dice will roll at noon.
No coins or gift certificates will be awarded at this event since all proceeds are going to go to the shelter.
Questions? E-mail me or post to the thread on the Keystone Gamers forum thread:


Swamp Gobbing in Cook Forest with Bob D. Beagle
Swamp Gobbing in Cook Forest with Bob D. Beagle

On August 22 2009, Press Ganger Undead Dan will be running a GO WILD! tourament in York, PA at Comic Store West. Details are listed here. This is awsome. It’s keeping the idea behind GO WILD! alive.

Back in 2008, the tv and radio news started to chatter about funding and donations running low in the local area around DuBois, PA. I watched as two local no kill shelters shut down due to expenses and lack of funding. Then I heard on the radio that the Clearfield County SPCA was in trouble too. They were asking for donations because they had volunteered to take on the animals from the other two no kill shelters in order to stop the animals from being sent to facilities that terminate animals. I had just got done buying my Swamp Gobber shirt to help out with the charity collection going on after the big storms that affected so many people. And FOODMACHINE and Thrall Harvest is an event that everyone in the Privateer Press circles knows about. What if I could design some kind of PETFOODMACHINE event that would help collect donations for the Clearfield County SPCA? That might do a little to help. Besides, doing nothing was unacceptable. I started plotting. I contacted the guys that made FOODMACHINE and they gave me a green light to use their basic rules and idea to design an event that would be fun and hopefully aid the SPCA.

Watch this slideshow.

Our dog, Bob D. Beagle, is awesome. He’s about 9 years old, and the best dog I have ever met. He’s got a big personality. I first met Bob at Indiana SPCA. He was seized from his owner due to abuse. His hip had been broken. The previous owner was a hunter who raised hunting dogs. Bob is a lover, not a fighter. He rarely barks, and isn’t a good hunter. He was beaten and mistreated because he wouldn’t hunt. A final beating left the skinny Beagle with a broken hip. When the owner got the balls to take Bob to the vet, the real story came out. And that’s when Bob and I met. He’s been with us ever since, and our lives are forever changed. He’s an awesome dog. And hopefully you’ll get to meet him at TempleCon 2010 since Crowne Plaza allows pets with a security deposit.

Bob the Beagle

I talked to the local crew, and to Privateer Press. Then I called the CCSPCA and set up a visit to talk to them about trying to help them but running PETFOODMACHINE. When I got there, I was saddened. There were abused, unwanted, and abandoned pets crammed into every safe space available. I spent about a hour and a half just walking around with the SPCA staff meeting the different animals and hearing their stories. I started to explain how I wasn’t sure if my charity event would make any impact at all, but I was willing to try. I suggested collecting pet food to donate, but they didn’t ned that at all. As it turns out, Wal-Mart donates pet food to the SPCA by contract. So I was at a loss. I asked what I could to to help.

They explained that they needed supplies. They needed basic stuff like newspapers (to line cages), towels for the animals, paper towels, cleaning supplies, garden hoses and nozzles, and other items. They said that if they could get people to donate supplies, they could use more of the organization’s money to provide services for pets and their soon-to-be owners. And so I had them write out a list of the top supplies they needed as donations, and GO WILD! was born.

The original post for the event is here. Information and pictures from the event can be located here on the old blog and here on photobucket.

I started posting about the idea seeking help within the Press Gang. Although the Gang was supportive, it didn’t generate much help. Many Press Gangers said it was a good idea, but I didn’t get many suggestions or help in making things work. Until Hugh Browne got involved. Thank goodness for Hugh. He not only helped to hammer out some of the ideas for the rules but he drove all the way from New England to help me run the event. Best of all, he gathered donations from his local crew out there and brought all of the stuff down to the event. That was awesome!

We came up with the name GO WILD! simply because it was a HORDES only event at that time. Players were encouraged to bring listed donation items in order to earn points towards winning a copy of the Limited Edition Apotheosis book kindly donated as prize support by Privateer Press. Each item on the list had been assigned a point value determined buy its general value to buy at a store. The higher something cost, the more points it was worth. Also, a lot of other businesses and online stores offered free prizes and gift certificates to give out as prizes for the event. Even the DuBois JoAnn Fabrics got involved giving us a cut rate on the 4×4 mats that we needed to properly facilitate the event. During the event, cheating was encouraged just like in FOODMACHINE and THRALL HARVEST. Players could purchase tokens that were $1 each. Each token could be used to cheat in some approved manner, like re-rolling a dice, for example. The signature cheat was to use an assigned amount of tokens to make your opponent’s Warbeasts GO WILD for one turn. (Do this at your own risk!) We also sold T-Shirts (If you want one, we still have some for $10 each and I will donate the money to the CCSPCA) and pirate cupcakes to help gather more money for the event. (We went out and bought more supplies from the list with the money that we gathered from these items.) In the end, I had my Chevy Blazer so full of donations that I could hardly fit into it. Plus, we had about $135 extra dollars to donate.

The staff at the CCSPCA went crazy. They were so happy. I had a lot of fun that day unloading supplies and handing over the check. They were so happy that they pulled up the Privateer Press website, and asked how they could call to thank the company for the help. I gave the praise to Privateer Press for helping their volunteers organize great events like this one.

If you want to help out and organize your own GO WILD! in your area … do it. Get in contact with me on the Privateer Press forums. I will email you the rules, and everything that you need to get it going. It’s worth it, man. Make a difference.

Quixotic: Thumbs up!
Quixotic: Thumbs up!

Keep rollin’ sixes.