Harper’s Tale: Dungeons and Dragons Adventures to Benefit Friends of Kids with Cancer

On February 2nd, 2019, my youngest daughter, Harper, was diagnosed with leukemia. The next few days were hard. Then on the 4th, while sitting in bed, Kelly from Child Services came in with a gift card from Friends of Kids with Cancer. Harper immediately perked up, and within 15 minutes she’d sent me out of the hospital to spend that money!! Friends of Kids with Cancer gave us our first good day. And our story is not unique.

Three months later, that good day has turned to good weeks, good months, Harp is in remission, and will be on maintenance treatments soon! Friends of Kids with Cancer has been with us every step of the way, and we want to give back some of what they’ve given us.

What Is Harper’s Tale?

Harper’s Tale is a series of ten linked adventures telling an epic story of sacrifice, perseverance, and redemption. The heroes will investigate, battle, and learn the true origins of the threat to their home. The adventure is based on an outline Harper and I wrote after coming home from the hospital. It will take your party from 1st to 10th level as they explore and thwart the machinations of the evil druid E’thor.

We have assembled a team of talented writers, artists, and creatives including Bill Barnett, Gwendy Bee, MT Black, Donathin Frye, Craig Judd, Anna Landin, Dyson Logos, Ben McFarland, Anna Meyer, Hannah Rose, Jessica Ross, Kienna Shaw, Jeff Stevens, Brian Suskind, Clara Suskind, and Ashley Warren. The adventure will be available in PDF and print-on-demand via DriveThruRPG. There will be a no-art version for those on a budget, and backers can also order hard copies for Friends of Kids with Cancer to distribute.

To Benefit Friends of Kids with Cancer

The outcomes of the campaign grow as it funds and reaches stretch goals.

When the product funds, Friends of Kids with Cancer will receive a donation of over $3,000.  They will have the adventure in electronic form to distribute, and they will recieve books that backers have purchased for the kids.

At $15,000 raised, we will deliver 100 soft-cover, full-color, premium books to Friends of Kids with Cancer for them to distribute. Their donation also increases to nearly $4,500.

At $18,000 raised, all books delivered to Friends of Kids with Cancer will upgrade to hardcover, full-color, premium books. The donation to Friends of Kids with Cancer increases to almost $6,500.

Our final stretch goal is at $25,000 and adds a chapter showing the original drawings and writings that Harper put together for Harper’s Tale. Our donation to Friends of Kids with Cancer will be over $11,000!!

Important Dates

·                  September 3rd, 2019 – The campaign begins!

·                  October 1st, 2019 – The campaign completes!

·                  November 15th – Friends of Kids with Cancer will be sent the proceeds from the campaign

·                  March 1st, 2020 – Fulfillment of all electronic rewards

·                  March 30th, 2020 – Fulfillment of all physical rewards

·                  April 15th, 2020 – Friends of Kids with Cancer will be sent any additional proceeds raised via BackerKit

How You Can Help

·              Spread the word far and wide! A crowdfunding campaign lives by its ability to get in front of its audience. Shares on social media, email newsletters, forums, websites, and podcasts are incredibly helpful! I would love to talk about the project on podcasts, interviews, etc. Harper can be available too when schedules allow.

o   Email List Sign-up – https://mailchi.mp/3dbd5b99edf7/harpers-tale

·              For a more direct role you can pledge to show your support!

The project is an amazing opportunity for us to give back to an amazing organization. We have the chance to contribute to giving kids their first good day after diagnosis, and I can’t think of anything better than that.

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About Jonathan G. Nelson

Jonathan G. Nelson is the editor-in-chief and owner of NERD TREK. He is also owner/publisher at AAW Games / AdventureAWeek.com, a tabletop gaming company based in Snoqualmie, WA. Connect with Jonathan via Facebook.