Eric Simon and I have donated Strider: A Steamscapes Adventure to the RCRF holiday charity bundle on DriveThruRPG.
The Roleplaying Game Creators Relief Fund (RCRF) is a charitable organization founded to provide financial assistance to tabletop roleplaying game creators suffering hardship due to medical emergencies, natural disasters, and other catastrophic situations
We all love tabletop RPGs, and we respect the people who create them. But most people who create tabletop RPGs are freelancers and other folks who often work for much lower income than they could earn in other industries — they create games because they love them, not because they expect to get rich. That means if tragedy strikes, a tabletop RPG creator may not have insurance or enough savings to cope properly.
That’s where the Roleplaying Game Creators Relief Fund comes in. We love tabletop RPGs and would like the hobby to remain vibrant. We believe that helping talented creators continue to work in the RPG field does just that. So we’d like to offer some assistance to tabletop RPG creators who experience medical emergencies, injuries, and other catastrophic circumstances they’re not able to handle financially.
We need your help with this! Donations from tabletop RPG fans like you are what provide the RCRF with the funds to help tabletop RPG creators in need. Even if you can’t donate money, telling other people about the RCRF through word of mouth and social media is a big help. The higher our profile is, the more creators we can help.
Not everyone is high enough level to cast a Cure spell, but maybe we can all chip in to buy a Healing Potion or two.
So, it's pretty much like comics' Hero Initiative, except for RPG creators. I hope to All-Powerful Atheismo that I never need this kind of assistance, but I know from all of the "help Jim Ward" fund-raisers on Google+ that this is all too necessary in the underpaid RPG field.
The bundle is a pretty good deal. For $25 you get the usual assortment of third-party D&D and Pathfinder supplements and adventures, the Accursed Player's Guide, the BareBones Fantasy core rules, Camp Myth: The RPG, Cartoon Action Hour Season 3, Covert Ops RPG, D20PRO for Windows, the DC Adventures Hero's Handbook (as in DC Comics), Red Tide (!), Slasher Flick: Director's Cut, the Savage World of Solomon Kane core book (one of Pinnacle's best products), and The Thin Blue Line Player's Guide. I'm buying the bundle myself just for Cartoon Action Hour and Red Tide.
(And anyone who enjoys my work and hasn't bought Accursed should really, really pick it up. FOR REASONS.)
Out of the $2.99 that Strider usually costs, I make an entire dollar. That doesn't sound like much, but it adds up quick. Giving it away to help those in need represents an appreciable loss in income for me and I'm sure it's the same for the rest of the sponsors. Working in RPGs is as unpredictable and risky as any other entertainment field -- one moment you're the hot new thing, the next you're old hat -- so we need to do what we can to help each other out.