OK, kids, it's time to roll for initiative. Wait, no; it's time to donate to Extra Life!
As I have for the last two years, I'm participating in the Dungeons & Dragons team's efforts for the Extra Life charity. Extra Life is a great charity supporting a great cause: Children's Miracle Network hospitals.
When I was very young, almost so young that I don't remember it, I had to spend some time at a Children's Miracle Network hospital to have surgery. Now, I'm taking the opportunity to give back to the people that helped me when I was so young by participating in this year's 48-hours of D&D!
Here's how this works: I'm going to be DMing a special adventure that I am hand-crafting for this event, featuring one of the demon lords now unleashed on the Underdark. For four hours, I'm going to put a brave band of adventurers through the demonic ringer, and you're going to get to watch it on the livestream. More than that, through your donations I'm going to give you a chance to participate in the creation, and running, of that adventure.
As with previous years, I'm going to be offering a few rewards to people that donate to my page. Some will be familiar; others, new, since I'll be on the Dungeon Master's side of the table. Keep in mind: these are first come, first served! Also, this is very important: When you make your donation, leave a note in the donation that tells me which of these rewards you want!
$150: Get My Monster Manual! (1/1 Available) During the game, I will use the inside covers of a copy of the 5th Edition Monster Manual to track initiative and take notes. When the game is over, I'll send you this one-of-a-kind book, and sign it, personalized to you!
$150: Get My DMG! (1/1 Available) Before the game, I will use the inside covers of a copy of the 5th Edition Dungeon Master's Guide to prepare for the adventure, sketching out the story beats and doing my normal pre-game prep. When the game is over, I'll send you this one-of-a-kind book, and sign it, personalized to you!
$50: Get My Dice! (3/3 Available) I will buy dice sets from the historic Golden Age Collectibles at Pike Place Market in Seattle, and use them during the game. When the game is over, I'll send you one of the dice sets I used during the session.
$30: Name an Ally! (2/2 Available) Choose the name of one of the NPCs that I will feature in my adventure. Nothing vulgar or otherwise inappropriate, of course.
$50: Name an Enemy! NO LONGER AVAILABLE Choose the name of the villain that I will feature in my adventure. Nothing vulgar or otherwise inappropriate, of course. Thanks to Rene Christiansen for the generous donation!
$30: Name a Henchman! (2/2 Available) Choose the name of one of the bad guys' lieutenant NPCs that I will feature in my adventure. Nothing vulgar or otherwise inappropriate, of course.
The following things will happen in my game if I hit certain donation thresholds.
$1000: I Was The Turkey All Along. One of the player characters will be a traitor, having fallen under the sway of the demon lord featured in my adventure.
$2000: Gjallarhorn. I will create a new artifact, the Gjallarhorn, based on the exotic weapon from Destiny, and give it to one of the players in my game.