The crew from I Hit It with My Axe, Eberron's Keith Baker, and one of the guys from Robot Chicken played Dungeons & Dragons to raise money for charity.
At Meltdown Comics in downtown Los Angeles, a bunch of people got to roll some dice together for a good cause. Amongst the list of attendees were Satine Phoenix, Connie and Zak Smith from I Hit It with My Axe, Keith Baker, designer of the Eberron setting for D&D, Dan Milano from Cartoon Network's Robot Chicken, and John Zuur Platten, the writer of The Chronicles of Riddick games. As if that wasn't cool enough, there were a whole bunch of great artists and photographers who not only played but also documented the event and created representations of the events of the story in each game. For the event, Wizards of the Coast was happy to supply a whole bunch of 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons materials and food was provided by Mars Hot Dogs, Jersey Mikes in West Hollywood, and Shipyard Beer.
But it wasn't all eating, drinking and having fun killing monsters. The attendees were encouraged to donate to the JVS Literacy Network, a charity established to help those down on their luck. Founded in 1931 to help combat the Great Depression, JVS is dedicated exclusively to employment services, helping the long-term unemployed, people with disabilities, refugees and at-risk youth to get the skills that they need to find a job. All of the proceeds from the event, including the sale of any photographs or artwork created from the event, will go towards JVS.
Check out all of the pictures that Satine posted on her blog, Sex Food and Comic Books. It certainly looks like everyone had a great time, and I wish that it wasn't on the other side of the country or I would have loved to attend.
See Mom, D&D doesn't turn us all into Satan-worshiping degenerates like you told me growing up. These people played Dungeons & Dragons for good.