Donation Drive '08

Another year has unbelievably come and gone, and Gamerswithjobs.com still does everything in its power to sap the productivity right out of your work day. It's been a busy year on our end, from site redesigns and improvements to 100 broadcasts of the Gamerswithjobs Conference Call to regular articles from what I think are some of the best writers in the industry to a continuing effort to provide forums that are a safe haven in the storm. And, every year we take a few weeks out to put our hat in hand and come to you to help us keep it all going. At the risk of sounding like public radio, you are what keeps GWJ alive and rolling, from server and hosting costs to helping us pay for convention coverage and equipment; every year as the site gets a little bigger, it also gets a little more expensive. So, for the month of September we will be asking for your donation to help support Gamerswithjobs. Oh, and we give away prizes too.

Supporting the site is as simple as clicking the make a donation link on the sidebar or sending your donation through Paypal to [email protected]. Every donation of $10 or more is eligible for an entry into our giveaway. You can also send a check to:

GWJ Donation Drive
Attn: Sean
PO Box 177
Savage, MN 55378

IMPORTANT - READ THIS: Being involved in the donation drive giveaway and getting your icon is a two step process - you must send a separate e-mail to [email protected] with the subject Donation Info. You must include your forum name, the name under which you donated if it is different and the amount donated.

So, enough of why you should support GWJ, and on to what you will get by supporting GWJ. As always, we have tried to put together a nice prize package for you guys, and our Grand Prize is up to you! This year, you pick your grandprize from the following choice:

Grand Prize: An Xbox 360 - OR - A Playstation 3 - OR - A Nintendo Wii - OR - A GeForce 9800 GX2 1GB

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Read on for specific details, rules and regulations.

How To Donate

We offer two ways to donate, snail mail and PayPal.

Paypal Email: [email protected]

Also note the handy dandy donate button to the left.

*Read This!* If you would like to be entered into the prize contest and receive your latest icon you must send a separate email to [email protected] with the subject Donation Info. You must include your forum name, the name under which you donated if it is different and the amount donated. If you don't, you may not be eligible for the prizes or your donation icon!

Snail Mail : Please note, all snail mail donations must arrive before September 30th to be eligible for the grand prize drawing. Send early!

GWJ Donation Drive
Attn: Sean
PO Box 177
Savage, MN 55378

The donation drive will run through 11:59pm September 30, 2008, at that time the link to the paypal donation links will be taken down, and no more donations will be accepted until the next drive.

As always donors get a special forum icon added to their name. Readers who have donated once get a golden key, twice gets a gold watch, three donations gets the iconic weiner bomb, four years gets you a company car, five years a company jet and for this sixth year ... well, let's just say you'll round out the travel options.

How to Win :

As always we offer multiple entries for those of you who donate a little more.

The scale for this year is the same as previous years.

Donations/Entries into the drawing (U.S. funds)
$10 - $24 = 1 entry
$25 - $49 = 2 entries
$50 - $74 = 3 entries
$75 and up = 4 entries

Only one prize per person! Winners will be drawn on a date and time to be announced.

The Prizes:

If you're not from North America, you can still win the grand prize provided you have a local Amazon.com site we can order from!

Staff of GWJ and their families are not eligible to win (staff of GWJ being defined as anyone who has ever had posting privileges to the front page).

All prizes are new and in original packaging.

Grand Prize

An Xbox 360 - OR - A Playstation 3 - OR - A Nintendo Wii - OR - A GeForce 9800 GX2 1GB

IMAGE(http://www.gamerswithjobs.com/files/upload/choose.jpg)

Additional Prizes

Your choice of a Nintendo DS or a Sony PSP

IMAGE(http://www.gamerswithjobs.com/files/upload/choose2.jpg)

One of Two $60 Gift Card for a Game of Your Choice

IMAGE(http://www.gamerswithjobs.com/files/upload/freegame.jpg)

A widely coveted edition of Risk: Black Ops

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More prizes may be added at a later date.

Thanks again to you and your continued support

Comments

This year, I will win, and laugh in the face of all the losers.

Finally I can get a different icon!

LeapingGnome wrote:

I'm betting on a boat for the new symbol. A nice gold yacht.

Rezzy wrote:

Oh great! Now my avatar will make no sense at all! :(

Or it will become surreal ...

Donation sent. I thank you, while my employer does not.

Maybe split reason for merchandise?

Victory shall be mine! and it's good to support these people, they keep me from dribbling more than normal...

$$ and email sent. Always happy to support this site and its content.

(Although it would be very nice to win something one of these years.)

PayPal donation has been sent.

also done.

There needs to be new bigger and higher quality mugs as an aside..

So what's the deal with updated icons? Is this new?

This will be my second year donating and I don't recall anything about icons in the past (of course I can't remember what I had for breakfast, so that might have something to do with it).

Aaron D. wrote:

So what's the deal with updated icons? Is this new?

This will be my second year donating and I don't recall anything about icons in the past (of course I can't remember what I had for breakfast, so that might have something to do with it).

No. Every year you donate you get an icon under your tag.
First year = Key
Second year = Watch
Third Year = Weiner Bomb
Fourth Year = Car
Fifth Year = Plane
Sixth Year = ?

At least I think that's the order the icons come in. Also it sounds like the CEOs didn't get an email linking your donation to your avatar the previous year you donated since you don't have a key.

It's a pleasure to help keep such a great site working! Keep up the great work guys!

Eezy_Bordone wrote:
Aaron D. wrote:

So what's the deal with updated icons? Is this new?

This will be my second year donating and I don't recall anything about icons in the past (of course I can't remember what I had for breakfast, so that might have something to do with it).

No. Every year you donate you get an icon under your tag.
First year = Key
Second year = Watch
Third Year = Weiner Bomb
Fourth Year = Car
Fifth Year = Plane
Sixth Year = ?

At least I think that's the order the icons come in. Also it sounds like the CEOs didn't get an email linking your donation to your avatar the previous year you donated since you don't have a key.

Hmmm...I guess I got skipped last year.

Always did wonder what those icons were.

Thanks for the heads-up!

Send me a PM with the name/email/method you would have paid with last year, Aaron. We still have records of all the donors from 2007.

Done. Enjoy my money.

my monees is now your monees

Signed, sealed and delivered. Keep up the awesome work! (/kicks self for not having at least a wiener bomb by now)

Awesome to be able to donate this year.

If anyone's worried I THINK it's the case that if you win the grand prize, you can pick the copy of Black Ops, and hand down the Console to the next in line. I only mention this because they go for like 400 bucks on eBay, and I know there are SOME folks out there with a boardgame jones.

Donation sent.

Do keyholders get access to the GWJ executive washroom? Do we get a coffee-grinder personal assistants? does the 401K include matching?

Rabbit is correct. Grand prize winners can choose to select from a different prize tier if they wish.

The monies are in the proverbial tubes.

Come on, weiner bomb!

I'm only too happy to support such a wonderful community.

Certis wrote:

Send me a PM with the name/email/method you would have paid with last year, Aaron. We still have records of all the donors from 2007.

Thanks much, Shawn.

Done.

You have no idea what this means... I hate forums. They're broken email. But you guys are worth it, and I donated anyways.

This is literally the only forum I regularly read, except for one other during hockey season.

I just had PayPal do a little dance to send a donation as well.

Ranger Rick wrote:

You have no idea what this means... I hate forums. They're broken email. But you guys are worth it, and I donated anyways. ;)

Seconded, and I don't have the hockey forum thing.

It looks like Paypal may have some downtime late tonight through early morning, so if you're having trouble donating as the evening wears on, that may be the reason.

On a related note: you guys are awesome.

Done and done, and I mean done. It's great to be able to give you guys a cold hard thank-you for running the site!

I only wish I could tuck my paypal donation inside the waistband of your collective thongs.