Monday, November 03, 2008

Failing Their WIS Check...

The Christian Children's Fund is a charity devoted, according to it's website, to "improving the lives of children." It also happened to be the favorite charity of the late creator of Dungeons & Dragons, Gary Gygax. Well, a charity auction was recently held in Gygax's honor at the gaming convention GenCon and $17,000 was raised in his name with the intention of donating it to the CCF.

Awesome, right? Lots of money was donated to needy children in the name of a beloved figure on tabletop gaming. But wait...the CCF refused to accept the money because it was raised through the sale of evil D&D products. Apparently D&D players are so evil and shady that their money isn't even good enough to spend on starving children. How wonderful of the CCF to wear its values on its sleeve and refuse a huge donation on behalf helpess children in order to give a symbolic middle finger to the "occult-inspired" players of RPGs.

The money eventually went to the Fisher House Foundation, a group that provides support services to veterans and their families, but the situation is doubly ludicrous because Gygax himself donated to the CCF repeatedly throughout his life. Feel free to write the CCF at to explain to them that they're morons.

EDIT: Or have I failed my WIS check? A reader has contacted the CCF and they told him that the issue was not that the money came from D&D product sales, but that there was some arcane rule in the CCF about endorsements. Apparently Gen Con wanted to promote the donation in a way that the CCF wasn't comfortable with and thus the charity was bound by its internal rules to decline the donation. Now I don't know which side of the story is true, but I have no real reason to doubt a CCF spokesman.


Three Ninjas said...

I'm actually not so sure that's the whole story. It sounded off to me, so I emailed the CCF and asked for their side of the story, and this is the reply I got:

Dear Concerned Gamer:

Thank you for writing to Anne Goddard and sharing your concerns. Anne was traveling when she received your email. We discussed your concern and she asked that I respond on her behalf Please know that we take your email very seriously.

There appears to be a misunderstanding which I would like to correct. When Gen Con contacted CCF about its auction, we were pleased to accept donations. However, we couldn’t lend our name for publication because our policies have specific criteria for endorsements. We were unaware that this had caused any problem or concern for Gen Con until we began receiving emails. This decision was in no way intended to be a reflection on Mr. Gygax, gaming enthusiasts or the game Dungeon and Dragons. We have the utmost respect for the gaming community and were touched by the generosity expressed through your auction. We were disappointed that we were not the recipients of the donation but we were pleased that another worthy organization benefited.

We realize this has become a topic of discussion in the gaming community and we hope you will help us by sharing this response.

The needs of children are great and we welcome your support. Should you wish to learn more we invite you to visit our website at

Again, I thank you for taking the time to voice your concern. Your passion for gaming and your support for children are admirable.


Cheri Dahl

Vice President,

International Communications and


So apparently GenCon wanted to publicize their generosity, which is what is actually against the CCF's policy, so GenCon took their money someplace that would make them look good.

If the Bill Ayers / Louis Farakhan situations are any indicator, it seems to be a wise policy, although it's pathetic that it's necessary.

Skippy the Skeptic said...

That's pretty interesting, but that's a fairly daft reason for turning down $17,000 for starving children. I'll edit my post after while to reflect this new info but BARACK OBAMA WAS JUST ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!!!