So today I’m going to talk an organization built around the idea of playing games for charity; they seem in part to take their inspiration from the Extra Life charity, but they don’t specifically benefit a particular charity.
Lawful Good Gaming is, instead, attempting to raise many for a variety of organizations that seek to make the world a better place overall. Typically a game is organized and the players donate to a specific charity, with proof of donation forwarded to the organizer of a given event; while the games are unlikely to draw huge amounts, even a hundred dollars can make a difference.
In addition to familiar names like the American Civil Liberties Union, they’ve raised money for the Government Accountability Project, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the National Immigration Law Center. This isn’t the exclusive list of what the group supports; each GM picks the charity. In theory, one could donate to Doctors Without Borders, Heifer International, the Girl Scouts of America, Planned Parenthood, or Meals On Wheels with no problem.
The setup is simple; a GM schedules an event on the group’s Facebook page with the number of available seats and the chosen charity, players sign up to join, and by game time players are expected to have donation receipts to hand off to the GM to prove that they’ve donated. The game is played, fun is had, and a good cause gets a bit of money. It’s a good thing, overall, and likely could be adapted for a longer-running game by inviting people to become fans and donate to the campaign’s chosen charity in order to influence the game.
I’m nominally a member, but have yet to run or participate in a game – the former largely a matter of time and technology, the latter because I’m presently trying to make sure my wife and I can move soon. Still, I do intend to join in as soon as I’m able – possibly using the long-term format and live-streaming the game. (In contrast to other such games, I’d hope to be able to pick up a reasonably diverse crowd of players.)
So if you have some spare cash and want to help support good causes in need of support, you might want to consider dropping by the LGG Facebook page, linked above, or their Twitter account, @LawfulGG. It’s certainly a worthwhile endeavor, and also helps mitigate the sheer amount of bigotry our hobby often houses. As the line goes, “There’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.”
If and when I do run something, expect notice of it here as well as via the LGG official channels!