Ever since I've had a for-real grown-up job I've made a point of donating to Heifer International
each year. Not only is it a local charity in my case, it's model is one which I whole-heartedly approve of; providing people with knowledge and assistance that is useful long-term and ultimately asking them to pay forward in the future when they are able. I also like the idea of giving someone the gift of baby ducks. I haven't always been able to give a lot, but I always at least give someone ducks.
Patrick Rothfuss agrees with me enough to have started a yearly geek-centered charity drive called Worldbuilders
. Every year around the holidays, Worldbuilders solicits donations to Heifer with various nerdy things occurring once certain totals have been raised. This year, as an example, Neil Gaiman recorded a video of himself reading Jabberwocky
once $600,000 had been raised. In addition, every $10 donated is an entry in a massive lottery of all sorts of geeky goodness. Books, board games, and so forth. Since Worldbuilders began, I've made my yearly donation to Heifer through it; I figure a chance at something neat is a nice little added benefit, so why not? If anything it encourages me to give a little more to up my chances.
I've never actually won anything in the lottery. Until this year, that is. Saturday I found a package from Worldbuilders at the door, and inside was a copy of the board game Amazonas
It's a pretty interesting looking game, with a short enough playtime and straightforward enough rules that I might be able to get my wife to play it (She hates complicated fiddly games with lots of different actions to choose from and hours-long play times. Sadly this includes most of the board games I own). Perhaps this weekend I'll shanghai a friend or two and play a couple games. If so, I'll try and write a review once I've seen how it plays.