Shadowrunners, Bull Needs Wheels!
If you know Shadowrun, you know Bull: Steven Ratkovich.
You might have read his name in the credits of some of your favorite sourcebooks. You might have raked in karma and nuyen running through several seasons of Missions that he oversaw. You might have played in a Crossfire demo at the CGL booth, these last few summers. You might just have read countless Jackpointer shadowtalk comments by his Sixth World alter-ego, "Bull," one of the most prolific writers in Shadowrun sourcebooks. Bull's helped us all, over the years, telling cool stories and enriching the Shadowrun experience.
Well, now Bull needs our help, chummers.
For a variety of medical reasons, Bull has to rent scooters for basic mobility at gaming conventions like GenCon and Origins Game Fair. Every year, those rentals add up. For the price of about a half dozen such rentals, he could buy his own scooter...but he's never got that kind of money ready to go, all at once, so he's stuck renting every year.
Let's fix that.
This would not only improve his mobility and quality-of-living while giving demos and playing games at major cons, but in his everyday life, also. His knees will thank you for it.
This goal will get Bull a heavy duty scooter that can handle his tusks, his dice, and the weight of his street rep, while ALSO being foldable for easier storage and transportation. If we can exceed this goal, there are even better models we've been shopping around for; but this basic level will cover the most reasonable model we can find, and that would be a fantastic start.
Convert some nuyen to karma. Help a dedicated geek out.
I promised folks two weeks, and that's tomorrow; so after tomorrow, I'll be figuring out how to close this puppy down, taking the chips off the table, and cashing out.
I just got done ordering Bull's scooter (and a whole bundle of extras, literally every accessory I could find that I KNEW was model-compatible) (maybe he can use the oxygen tank holder for holstering a Nerf gun, who knows?!). It's sitting on my credit card for right now, but I'll handle the money transfer shortly. I wanted to get the ball rolling to get the scooter in the mail to Bull, so he could have some time to familiarize himself with it before Origins, so the proverbial check is in the mail and his scooter should be on the way to him tomorrow. Any money that's left over after taxes, fees, and all the rest, I'll be PayPalling directly to Bull, so hopefully it can take the edge off any other expenses he's got for Origins, and maybe even help him pay for GenCon.
Bull's as grateful as everybody who knows him would expect. :D He's over the moon about all this, and wanted me to thank everyone AGAIN.
He wants me to let y'all know that any backer that wants to can reach out to him (odds are you know how to find him, shadow-geeks!) with a mailing address or you can track him down at a convention, and he'll make sure you get some Ork Smiley stickers as a sign of his thanks.
...and y'all can be damned sure that scooter's getting some stickers, too!
Thanks again, everybody. It's meant the world to be able to help Steven out, and the response to all this has just been outrageously generous.
You've been awesome, guys, gals, and nonbinary pals,
Any additional funds that get gathered are going towards a few quality-of-ride accessories (especially with conventions in mind!), stuff like a cell phone holder, armrest saddlebags (great for tablets, RPG books, dice), a USB charger (for the orkish decker on the go), and just other little stuff like that...
...while also making sure we can cover the additional fees, taxes, yadda yadda yadda.
At any rate, please know how much we appreciate your amazing generosity and willingness to spread the word. You've all been amazing, and this whole campaign has gone better than any of us hoped it would. Let's keep going for a strong finish!
I'm currently messaging back and forth with Bull over a few fiddly model details, and shopping around to make sure I'm gonna get our favorite ork decker the most bang for your buck -- but we might, just might, be ready to call this thing a wrap...
...in the first 24 hours.
Which is, let me remind you, nuts.
I was prepared to run this for two weeks, maybe three, to TRY and get close to our basic goal (and hopefully put buying a scooter within reach, for the price of renting one). Instead, that's all out the window and we're able to look for upgrades for increased safety and comfort. In one day!
Y'all are amazing and awesome, and your generosity and love for Bull is fantastic to see.
You guys and gals blew right past our initial goal (which will give Bull a solid, collapsible, three-wheeler) and made it halfway to our secondary goal (an upgrade to a four-wheeler with better battery life), AND YOU DID IT ON DAY ONE.
That's pants-on-the-head crazy, and that's damned impressive.
Thank you, every single one of you. Whether you pledged a thousand dollars, a dollar, or simply shared the link and spread the news, you've helped out more generously than any of us thought this campaign would possibly go...and you did it faster than any of us thought could happen.
I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.
Please keep sharing, please keep pledging, and please keep reminding Bull that he deserves all of this by being a hoopy frood. Ain't nobody holding any guns to any heads, it's just a great community chipping in for a great guy.