Hey Developer!

Here's how you can turn your game and/or some of your time into food for hungry people who need it.

Stop The Hunger Clock is a roguelike flavored charity drive that invites players to go out into their communities and donate about ten dollars toward the goal of feeding the hungry during the holiday season.

This will be Stop the Hunger Clock's third exciting year of battling hunger. The concept came about in 2015 when I was trying to budget out some seasonal donations and felt that I could do much more if I was able to turn this effectively infinite pile of Dungeonmans keys into food. In 2016, I gave it a shot, and here we are.

Here are three ways you can help

Your Keys

Players go out and make their donation, take a picture of the receipt, and mail it in by clicking one of the request buttons on the front page.

--> No keys are sold online <--
--> Players donate physically, IRL <--
--> Every donation is processed by hand <--

Stop the Hunger Clock is NOT a game-devaluing "push button, receive key" process. Donated keys are kept secure, and the extras can be returned at the end or stay in the safe for use in next year's run.

Your game art is featured prominently on the main page, and your company logo is proudly added to the Pillar of Sponsorship. Most games offered are in the 15 dollar range when not on sale. Some developers have teamed up to offer 5 dollar games in groups, giving players even more incentive to donate to their local communities.

Even a small amount of keys helps as a wide variety of games draws more eyes, interest, and ultimately more support in the campaign against hunger.

Your Reach

Stop the Hunger Clock is community driven. Twitch streams, Discord chatter, Twitter, and other forms of outreach are far and away the number one method of getting the word out. Promoting the campaign is valuable to everyone as we all know how much indie gamers love sharing news and hype about the games they like.

There is no marketing budget for the campaign. Growth comes from communities who get excited about the event and tell the people they know. Even if donating keys isn't for you, you can do good by letting your fans know about this opportunity to battle hunger.

Your Voice

Each player who sends in their receipt receives a d20 roll with the possibility of bonus keys, AND a hand crafted piece of adventure fiction. A paragraph or two that describe exploration, adventure, or just plain whismy. Last year, Freehold Games was kind enough to offer some fiction from the world of Caves of Qud. This year, I'm asking for help from all of you.

Here are some examples from last year.

You don't need to contribute any game keys to be a part of this. Write up some fiction, mail it over, and I'll make sure to include you, your company, and your game in the information delivered to players. You'll make Stop The Hunger Clock more exciting and score some publicity too.

Players Go The Extra Mile

People who don't have access to quick donations at a local grocery store can still contribute, and often go through great lengths to do so. Here are two of my favorite stories from folks who really earned their keys by putting in the work in their own communities.

An unexpected adventure...

This donation was an adventure. It began simple at the start of the day, well, it was more of 10 O'clock but it still counts. I drove to my local Weiss and searched for a thanksgiving donation bag. Unfortunately they didn't seem to have it. I turned my sights to the next closest grocery store and yet again no luck, so I continued. No grocery store near me had this promotion nor any promotion going on for the Thanks Giving season. So, eventually, I decided I'd do it my dang old self.

I called up the local Food Bank and asked what they were in need of this holiday season and set about buying what I could per their instructions. After buying about forty dollars worth of food (it was actually a lot of sugar, tea, and ketchup cause that's what they asked for) I made my way to the local food bank to deliver my deposit. The final weight came to about 28lbs after which he gave me a certificate that said "Yeah, you did it! Good Job You!" I was about to leave when two guys walked in struggling with a big bag of stuff. I asked if they needed any help.

I ended up helping at the shelter for about an hour out of no where.

Hunger is a serious thing. I've been fortunate enough to never have to really worry about it but I've helped at enough shelters to know how truly awful it can be. Getting people to help out even a little bit can be hard but you're doing your best to give that little push.

Greetings from Austria!

Thanksgiving isn't celebrated here, and there aren't any of those brown bags for donating, so I had to get creative. Luckily, I happened to know of a place to donate to that's perfect for this event.

Vienna has a place called the Gruft (German for "crypt" or "tomb"), a shelter for the homeless situated in the former literal crypt of this fine church

It started operation as a temporary shelter and soup kitchen years before I was born, and eventually became a full-time shelter financed in part by the city government and in part by donations. This afternoon, I went out and bought some foodstuffs to donate along with my groceries: two big 800g cans of ravioli, a 1kg package of spaghetti, a double size box of tea, and some sweets and good quality honey, because when you're badly off is the best time to treat yourself.

After it got dark, I set out to present my offerings to the Crypt. This shot shows the entrance to the Gruft.