PAX 2011 had it’s Acquisitions Incorporated (starring: Wil Wheaton, Jerry Holkins, Mike Krahulik, Scott Kurtz, and Chris Perkins) Dungeon & Dragons theatrical stage show once again this year and the complete videos are now available for viewing online.
Why bother? Because this might be one of the best examples of the fun that can be had at a good gaming session. I know that your weekly gaming session won’t have all the bells and whistles that this stage production does. Who has that kind of time or money to invest in that besides these guys? You can however have that same sense of adventure, humor, and camaraderie that makes D&D or any gaming sessions great.
Grab your favorite beverage of choice, a bag of pork rinds (or healthy vegetable substitute), and check out the video below. The rest of the show can be seen at the Wizards of the Coast PAX 2011 website. The music that accompanies the gaming session can be picked up at Paul and Storm’s.
Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, the creators of the Penny Arcade comics are nerd saints. Penny Arcade if you didn’t know is a web comic that follows the life of Tycho and Gabe and their views and comments of video games. Besides their online web comic most know this duo for their annual expo, known as the Penny Arcade Expo, or PAX for short. A convention in which gamers, geeks and regular folks can play and view games, and be around like minded peoples. Most importantly, though these two created the charity Child’s Play, in which gamers and game websites donate money, games, and toys to sick children in hospitals all over the world, and as of last year, the event has gathered over 6.7 million dollars in the last 7 years. Pretty good for a once a year event. This year, however they have shattered all previous records.
Their annual charity dinner and auction, which took place on Tuesday night, raised more than $183,000 in just two hours, pushing the charity over $1 million in donations this year. The awesome Portal Gun made by Volpin Props sold for more than $15,000, as did PAX 2010’s Omega Claw. Meanwhile, the people behind Desert Bus for Hope delivered more than $200,000.
The proceeds from the gala and auction add to donations already contributed by gamers around the world, many organizing their own events and fundraising activities in their own cities. Desert Bus for Hope presented a check for $207,000 to Child’s Play at the event. In total, Child’s Play has raised more than $1.1 million this year.
“Every year we are blown away by the fantastic items and incredibly generous bids at the gala and auction,” said Kristin Lindsay, Foundation Coordinator for Child’s Play. “Even more heart warming is the thousands of gamers that can’t attend the gala but organize their own local fundraising. It’s this grassroots community activity the accounts for the majority of Child’s Play donations.”
As Penny Arcade’s Tycho [a.k.a. Jerry Holkins] notes, the successful charity dinner is “only a footnote to the larger drive; a drive which is ongoing, and has need of you.” If you’re interested in getting involved, check out Child’s Play’s page.