Donation Drive 2010 Begins

Every year at GWJ we take a month out of the calendar and open up the trusty old account to whatever monetary kindness you all care to impart, and every year we are genuinely awed by the outpouring of generosity from this community. As we again put hat in hand we do so with the hope that you have found another year of podcasts, articles, commentary, slap and tickles, and forums worth not only your time but a little financial support.

Supporting the site is as simple as clicking the make a donation link on the sidebar.

And, of course, we wouldn't dream of kicking off the donation drive without also announcing another year of prizes and give-aways, not to mention another yet to be revealed forum icon. As has become the custom, the Grand Prize is your choice of an Xbox 360, PS3, Nintendo Wii or fancy new video card -- an EVGA GeForce GTX 460.

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We also have a very cool prize donated from our good friends at Irrational Games, a cool Murder of Crows statue from Bioshock Infinite signed by the Irrational art team and Ken Levine.

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We will only be accepting donations (and entries into our prize giveaway) until 11:59pm October 15, 2010. Every donation of $10 or more is eligible for an entry into our giveaway -- additional entries are added for larger donations. To ensure that you get all the benefits of your donation it is VERY IMPORTANT you read after the bump for more details.

IMPORTANT - READ THIS: Being involved in the donation drive giveaway and getting your forum 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 and the amount donated. Icons and donation information will be updated periodically, and there may be a delay between submitting your donation and receiving confirmation and a new icon.

How To Donate:

We offer two ways to donate.

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 October 10th to be eligible for the grand prize drawing. Send early! To receive the snail mail address, please send a Private Message through the site to Elysium.

The donation drive will run through 11:59pm October 15, 2010, at that time the link to the 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. First time donors get a golden key. If this is your second year donating you get a gold watch. Three years earns the iconic weiner bomb, four years gets you a company car, five years a company jet, six years a fancy yacht. Seven years is your very own Corporate Companion Cube, and for the elite few who have been with us since day one and donated to the site for all eight drives ... well, let's just say our next icon is ready to really bind you to the site.

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

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Runner-Up Prize

Your choice of a Nintendo DS, Sony PSP Go or a 32GB iPod Touch

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Additional Prizes (We will periodically be adding prizes here)

Again, friend of the site and international bon vivant Ken Levine and the kind folks over at Irrational games have ponied up some signed swag for the refined Bioshock Infinite lovers. Our prize package this year includes an awesome Murder of Crows statue signed by the Irrational art team.

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We are also offering one of two $60 gift cards for a

Game of Your Choice

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Prize drawings will be announced at a later date.

Thanks again for your continued support now and year round.

Comments

And even if they wanted to, well, that's what the cuffs are for!

Donation and email sent. Here's to another year with the most awesomest community on the intertubes.

It took me a minute to realize what it was. "Golden owl? Is this Clash of the Titans?" =)

MeatMan wrote:
Elysium wrote:

I see our new icon is live on at least one person.

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Props for calling it back on page 2?

Teneman wrote:
Sean "Elysium" Sands wrote:

...well, let's just say our next icon is ready to really bind you to the site.

I'm guessing Golden Handcuffs.

Seriously, cool icon though!

Edit: Woot, and there's my new watch!

I've got a boat!

LobsterMobster wrote:

I'm on a boat! IMAGE(http://imgur.com/4aUHA.gif)

Elysium wrote:

Golden handcuffs

Ah, thank you.

And sent. Thanks for another great year everyone.

Hey, is it weiner bomb time?

Elysium wrote:

Golden handcuffs

Ah, that's cool. I wondered whether it was a corporate reference or something else.

:shock:...

Ha! It was golden handcuffs. Awesome!

Nei wrote:

:shock:...

It fits with your avatar so well!

Payday cometh; moneys goeth.

Nei wrote:

:shock:...

An "Anime Junky" not into bondage? Riiiiiiiiiight.

EDIT: Farewell weiner bomb. You've been -- well -- there.

Donation done and done...and I mean done!

I have donated. I wish I could have donated more.

Bring on the new forum icon, and the crushing inevitability of my loss in the upcoming prize drawing! (Every year I tell myself I won't get my hopes up...)

Elysium wrote:

Golden handcuffs

Hah! I had some of those at my last job. By the time they vested, they were so far underwater than I could have gotten a tax deduction for cashing them in.

doubtingthomas396 wrote:

I have donated. I wish I could have donated more.

Bring on the new forum icon, and the crushing inevitability of my loss in the upcoming prize drawing! (Every year I tell myself I won't get my hopes up...)

You doubt yourself too much, thomas.

I love the prize drawings - please please please please do it on a live u-stream again, you guys!

I love filtering through the chat-room scroll as people loose their freaking minds à la The Price Is Right. That in itself is better than hoping to win.

Amoebic wrote:

I love the prize drawings - please please please please do it on a live u-stream again, you guys!

I love filtering through the chat-room scroll as people loose their freaking minds à la The Price Is Right. That in itself is better than hoping to win.

First time for this for me... but this sounds like mighty fine entertainment, even if I don't win!

Donation and Info Email sent.

Now I feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Done and done.

I always look forward to September. The first year I donated, I won the big prize, an Xbox 360. I had taken my wife and daughter to a preseason Blues game, and came home to see who had won. That night is etched into my memory, so that whenever hockey season begins to crank up, I'm already looking forward to donating once again.

We're getting closer to breaking even, so it is time to send me a PS3.

Thanks for another great year!

Hopefully I'll have the key soon.

Rounding on 100 donors tagged and still more to do! I'm overwhelmed by all the amazing support.

Certis wrote:

Rounding on 100 donors tagged and still more to do! I'm overwhelmed by all the amazing support.

Amazing support for an amazing site, that caters to an amazing community.

Seems fair really

I remember the first Donation Drive I was around for. It seemed like an odd thing, I'd only been a community member for a short time, mostly lurking, and the idea of paying money to a forum seemed strange, so I didn't donate.

By the time the next one rolled around I gave straight away because I'd totally bought into the community and I always find myself wishing I could contribute more.

I don't know how Certis and Elysium got this community so right, most forums tend to be under or over moderated, but I'm proud to have this be my online home.

It's not the monetary support we provide GWJ that's overwhelming, it's the fact that GWJ exists as it is.

MrDeVil909 wrote:

I remember the first Donation Drive I was around for. It seemed like an odd thing, I'd only been a community member for a short time, mostly lurking, and the idea of paying money to a forum seemed strange, so I didn't donate.

By the time the next one rolled around I gave straight away because I'd totally bought into the community and I always find myself wishing I could contribute more.

I don't know how Certis and Elysium got this community so right, most forums tend to be under or over moderated, but I'm proud to have this be my online home.

It's not the monetary support we provide GWJ that's overwhelming, it's the fact that GWJ exists as it is.

This. A thousand times this.

MrDeVil909 wrote:

I remember the first Donation Drive I was around for. It seemed like an odd thing, I'd only been a community member for a short time, mostly lurking, and the idea of paying money to a forum seemed strange, so I didn't donate.

By the time the next one rolled around I gave straight away because I'd totally bought into the community and I always find myself wishing I could contribute more.

I don't know how Certis and Elysium got this community so right, most forums tend to be under or over moderated, but I'm proud to have this be my online home.

It's not the monetary support we provide GWJ that's overwhelming, it's the fact that GWJ exists as it is.

Give this man the Oscar.

Done.

MrDeVil909 wrote:

I remember the first Donation Drive I was around for. It seemed like an odd thing, I'd only been a community member for a short time, mostly lurking, and the idea of paying money to a forum seemed strange, so I didn't donate.

By the time the next one rolled around I gave straight away because I'd totally bought into the community and I always find myself wishing I could contribute more.

I don't know how Certis and Elysium got this community so right, most forums tend to be under or over moderated, but I'm proud to have this be my online home.

It's not the monetary support we provide GWJ that's overwhelming, it's the fact that GWJ exists as it is.

Happened somewhat the same to me. I'm so glad I'm part of this.

m0nk3yboy wrote:
Certis wrote:

Rounding on 100 donors tagged and still more to do! I'm overwhelmed by all the amazing support.

Amazing support for an amazing site, that caters to an amazing community.

Seems fair really :)

We are Amazing Combine.

Amazing Combinettes, combine!

EDIT: Oh snap, here it is! Can I wear it on my wrist?