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

Donated, sent email and PM'ed Elysium.
Not as much as I would've liked but every bit counts (current spider pic excluded)!

Stele wrote:
Maybe I should change my bookmark back to the main page instead of the recent posts page. Almost miss important things like this.

Glad to have found this place... the rest of you can blame Crispy for that. :D

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.

Maybe this time we can use one that's not limited to a hundred people (unless they changed that)?

EDIT: Wiener bomb ho!

This community is amazing as it is. I am not sure how we don't have some of the same issues a lot of other forums have.

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

Yes, but you'll need to blow it up first. It prints out really, really small. And for some reason I can't seem to get the time set right on it.

Donation dropped, email sent. This place is so freakin' great, and I'm just glad I lucked into such a wonderful community.

obirano wrote:
This community is amazing as it is. I am not sure how we don't have some of the same issues a lot of other forums have.

Good moderation. I also strongly believe that a culture emphasizing proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation makes people think more about what they write; and keeps away people who are unwilling to consider their words, dragging the discussion down. Finally, just the site title sets a certain tone: "we act like responsible grown-ups here." It probably increases the average age of posters.

If the podcast is a gateway to the forums, it is probably also a very good gate, attracting thoughtful people.

Donation away!

Donation (and E-mail) sent.

Woo, watch goes great with my hat!

Best. Community. Ever.

Donation sent. Aw ya.

Done annnnnnnnnnnnnd done. Keep up the great work.

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and done.

Is there a list that we should keep our eye on to make sure we made it?

First list will go up on Monday

Done and erledigt.

Monies donated. Email sent. Sentiments echoed. Lavatory cleaned?

Rallick wrote:
Monies donated. Email sent. Sentiments echoed. Lavatory cleaned?

You are quite dedicated for that last part.

Done and done. Here's to another year of me not having nearly enough time to both play games and keep up with said games' threads.

Donated! I kept the e-mail brief because you'll be sorting through quite a few I'd be guessing, but I'd like to thank both Elysium and Certis for the awesome job you guys have done running the best community I've ever been a part of. I hope this site is around forever, I don't know what I'd do on the internet without it!

Redwing wrote:
I hope this site is around forever, I don't know what I'd do on the internet without it!

GWJ: substituting internet pornographic consumption since 2003.

Donation sent - thanks gang.

Done and done. I'm excited for my first bit of bling!

Thanks for the opportunity to contribute, I really like what you've got going on here.

staff of GWJ being defined as anyone who has ever had posting privileges to the front page

Does it count if no one remembers that I ever had posting privileges to the front page? Surely there's a loophole there somewhere.

I'm in. Thanks for another year gents

Donation and email sent. Good luck on the drive this year!

ColdForged wrote:
staff of GWJ being defined as anyone who has ever had posting privileges to the front page

Does it count if no one remembers that I ever had posting privileges to the front page? Surely there's a loophole there somewhere.

Just because I don't say anything doesn't mean I forgot.

I finally had the money to donate! It was a wimpy donation, but I am poor. Donation and email have been sent. Thank you everybody! I look forward to donating in the years to come.

Money sent! I consider it an investment, since I am planning on winning a prize.

Currencies and confirmations flitting their way over the intertubings as we speak.

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can someone remind me what number of years the icons represent?

I have a watch, is that 3 years?

Hmm, second donation. You can have the key for three years, but only get the watch once you donate a second time.