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Re: IMPORTANT: Show some real community support
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WTF is getting it to number one doing to help him with the cancer?
Its going to show a massive influx of emotional support when it is vitally needed. In a time when your life is being torn asunder, a moment to smile is worth a fortune.

I lost my mom to Cancer.

You don't think I've donated thousands?

I will tell you that to give her the slightest reason to smile would make just one more hour a little more bearable. I know I wanted my mom to smile. Why not Todd?

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I don't want people to mess up the usefulness of BGG.
BGG is about a shared laugh and a smile.

THIS IS the usefulness of BGG.
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Re: IMPORTANT: Show some real community support
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I don't see how undermining the BGG ranking system helps anyone. Perhaps the OP should explore starting a charity fund/auction.

Saying that, I wish him and his family the best.
See above.
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Re: IMPORTANT: Show some real community support
This thread was linked at Reddit and fairly torn apart and there are several here who just don't get it.

How people not realize the value of a supportive smile? A single voice cheering at a sports game? A hug at a family loss?

No, we will not cure Todd.

But if for a moment, just a fleeting moment, if he can feel a force of peers as strong as BGG behind him, he may smile in the face of a terrible adversity.

Todd is known to this community. You can't do this for everyone, of course not. But he's one of ours.

I truly cannot understand the people who are valuing the 'integrity of the ratings' over the chance to ease someone's pain for just a minute.

When my mom was overcome with cancer, I wish we had the internet just to show her a few voices wishing her well. Just to make her know she mattered to them.

Ignore the naysayers.

Let's raise a zombie for Todd.
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Done!
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I steer clear of anything zombie related but People are important.
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Re: IMPORTANT: Show some real community support
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Zombies!!!

Love it or hate it, its everywhere.

Designer Todd Breitenstein is fighting cancer which just hit stage IV in his lungs. More detail here: http://www.twilightcreationsinc.com/en/index.html


Guys, if we could do it for a dumb pony game, we can do it here.

They say spirit and attitude are a major factor in battling cancer.

Go to the Zombies!!! page, rate it a 10.

Don't care about the ratings. Care about supporting someone who needs it.

Let's get it to Number one for a few days.

UPDATE: After about 18 hours, we've managed to push the rating from the high 5000s Wednesday afternoon to the high 2000s on Tuesday morning. This is excellent.

Please feel free to repost this anywhere.
This is tremendously touching (more than words can say). I will make sure Todd visits the thread. Thank you so much for your support through such a hard time! This will indeed help his mood!!!

Kerry
It's almost a feeble gesture, Kerry, but it is what we can do for you guys. If you lived next door, I would offer a nice lasagna dinner to give you a moment's rest. Instead, please accept the offer of the collective well wishes of this community.
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Rated a 10. I am reading "Zombie Island" right now so it seems apropos.
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...I truly cannot understand the people who are valuing the 'integrity of the ratings' over the chance to ease someone's pain for just a minute...

It's really sad to see this happening. How in the world is voting Zombies!!! to the top hurting anyone on this site? But instead this gesture could be a big encouragement for Todd.

Are the ratings more important than encouraging another person?


Sometimes there's a difference between what's just and what's right.
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My dad passed from cancer last June. He never really understood why I played RPGs and thought they were a waste of time.

The day before he came home for hospice, I received a copy of Mermaid Adventures which I had kickstarted. It featured my niece as a mermaid. I took it to the hospital to show him. The next day, he didn't remember that my brother had come from Florida, but he was very happy that his granddaughter came. Every single person who came to our house had to look at that book with his granddaughter in it.

In a time when there was a lot of pain a game meant a lot to him; showing it off was something he looked forward to and he never really played games.

Imagine what it must mean to Todd, a dedicated player and designer, to have the community here rally behind him.
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Done. I'm sending healing vibes Todd's way. Good luck!
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Re: IMPORTANT: Show some real community support
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Before there was this zombie overload in all media we had ZOMBIES!!!

10!

Go Todd you can beat this thing!
Tis true...I remember playing this game damn near 7 or 8 years ago in a small little boardgaming store that is now closed...cheers to Dragon's Breath in Houston!
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Lost my Mother to Cancer.
Todd, have a vote and a smile
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One more "ten" in thanks for everything over the years. As another person whose had family members that have been sick, it's worthy to sacrifice anything including this rating system to show a person that they are important and valued.
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Consider it a cosmic thumbs up.

The rating will revert back in a fortnight but the good will remains.
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Kick cancer's ass, Todd.

Anything else we can do?
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That's a 10 from me.
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That awkward moment, when you see Zombies is ranked 2843, then go and rate it a 10, then refresh page and see it's still 2843, and even though you understand how ratings work, you're still very disappointed.
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Happy to do this!
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Happy to join in. All the best from Germany.

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Re: IMPORTANT: Show some real community support
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That awkward moment, when you see Zombies is ranked 2843, then go and rate it a 10, then refresh page and see it's still 2843, and even though you understand how ratings work, you're still very disappointed.
We won't know til tomorrow what its at.
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