Jason, a co-worker and friend of mine, suffered a stroke at the end of last week and continues to recover. He and I often talk about games we enjoy, both digital and tabletop. As I pray for his recovery and his family, I think of the impact sudden health issues and other tragedies have on families and careers. In the game industry, many publishers and freelancers are self employed and rely on the income from their creative endeavors. When something catastrophic occurs such as a stroke or house fire, it can cause serious hardship on the individual and their family.
I know of two relief funds in the gaming industry devoted to financial aid to those in the game industry suffering personal hardships.
Jack Vasel Memorial Fund
“The Jack Vasel Memorial Fund was started in April, 2011, in memory of Jack Vasel, son of Tom Vasel. Tom is an influential voice in the board gaming hobby, and the community rallied around him in his time of need. The purpose for which the Fund is formed is to collect and provide financial assistance to members of the public who are part of the gaming community and who have suffered personal hardship.”
Roleplaying Game Creators Relief Fund (RCRF)
“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. “
As a member of the gaming community, please consider contributing to one of these relief funds or other similar charities. Thank you.