Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The James Ward Medical Bills Go Fund Me Account & Further Efforts By Friends

Steve Sullivan & I go way,way, back over the years. We've crossed paths via comics, table top rpgs,fantasy literature, various authors who are mutual friends,etc. But one person whose a mutual friend of ours is James Ward the designer,author, editor and father of the Metamorphosis Alpha & Gamma World. Well James has some incredibly dismaying health issues over the last couple of weeks.

John Popson has set up a
Go Fund me account
for James Ward's Medical Expenses  right over HERE

John Popson set up a Go Fund me account for James Ward and is making sure that everything is taken care of for Mr. Ward. In his words, to those who were asking, James M. Ward (at the right, as you know) has medical bills piling up because our stupid health insurance system is stupid. Anything y'all can donate would be greatly appreciated. (This is Jim's official GoFundMe, as he just told me on the phone.) Jim is a modest man, and would never ask for himself -- so it's up to us, his friends, to help him out.

Besides the raffle of the Metamorphosis Alpha Hardback from Goodman Games by the author of the Dungeonlord blog. Which is really a wonderful effort to reach out to help one of the fathers of our industry on so many levels. James Spahn of  White Star fame has pledged to help in a rather extrodinary way with his efforts on G+. Called the #WhiteStarforWard  James has pledged : Jim Ward has been an icon of gaming for almost 40 years. From Metamorphosis Alpha, to Dieties and Demigods, Greyhawk Adventures and countless other supplements - he's been there practically from the beginning.

Well, Jim's in trouble. He posted this on his Facebook today (Tuesday, August 11th, 2015)

"Got terrible news today. I need lots more hospital time with several more foot operations. How am I ever going to get work done in a situation like this. Bills are mounting and I have to be home to get much work done. I don't remember when I have been this miserable."

I want to help. I'm not a rich man - but I do have something to give. I have two print copies of White Star: White Box Science Fiction Roleplaying. They are proofs, with errors. Author's notes are in the softcover. There are literally only two copies of these books in the world and they will never exist again.

I'm auctioning them off, with 100% of the money raised going to help Jim. If you'd like to bid, simply send me an e-mail at JSpahn1978 (AT) gmail (DOT) com. Put "Jim Ward Auction" in your subject line and simply tell me your bid. Each book must be bid on individually.

The bidding will be open until Friday, August 21st, midnight Eastern Standard Time. Payment from the winner will be made via paypal. This auction IS open to international bidders, though all bids must be given in US dollars.

Let's do something great for Jim, guys.

(P.S. Don't comment on this inquiring about when official White Star print on demand copies will be available. They are coming, I swear. Hold out just a bit longer)

I've talked with James Ward via email.Facebook,etc. numerous times as well as Steve Sullivan and their folks I consider real life friends and please give to to the fund. My prayers and thoughts are with the Ward family tonight.
 Thank you for your attention

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