I know most of us have enough financial problems as it is without thinking about donating towards Japan earthquake relief, but someone sent me a link to this yesterday. You can buy something that might give you a few laughs, and still help Japan!
You can buy the PDF version of the book for $7 and they’ll donate the profits AND another $5 to the Red Cross for disaster relief. (According to the post, it’s basically $12 minus transaction fees.) Sounds like a good deal. I only wish there was more I could do to help Japan, but the way things are going I’ll be in need of donations soon enough!
I’m looking through the book I just bought, and I’ll tell you, it’s put a big ol’ grin on my face already. Makes me want to buy an additional print copy, but I don’t have the $$$ right now.
I also make a point of supporting people like this every chance I get, this is from the first page of the PDF book:
A Word On PDF Piracy
If you downloaded a pirated version of this product from the internet…
Well, give the game a try! Don’t just let this shit rot on your hard drive, it only takes like 5 minutes to put a scenario together: So go print out the needed parts, bring some friends together and throw down a session or two. We only hope that if you liked it, and got some fun play out of it, that you guys throw us some money for a genuine print or PDF version of the game (www.maidrpg.com). It helps Ewen for all the murderously hard work he did on the translation (while simultaneously going for a grad degree and holding down a job, no less!), and encourages us to bring more nifty Japanese RPGs over into English.
I like that kind of honesty. Also, the PDF is completely without security, so I can do anything I need to with its contents. That’s always refreshing, too. I once needed to copy, enlarge, and print the pin-out diagram for a microcontroller, only to find out that the PDF datasheet was secured, and I had to find a PDF cracker, only it didn’t work for some reason, so I ended up re-doing the whole diagram in Illustrator and losing an afternoon on what I was doing.
Even if I never play this game, and I think I know some people who’d probably play it with me, it was more than worth it to contribute to Japan’s earthquake relief AND put a smile on my face. Mission accomplished, guys. :]