Once again we are starting a very special Fellowship that will undertake one of the most epic journeys of virtual Middle-Earth.
The Fellowship Walk is an online fundraising event for Child’s Play Charity, an organization providing toys and games to sick kids in hospitals.
On the traces of Frodo and his friends, we will walk from Bag End up to Rivendell, and maybe beyond. For every donation made to Child’s Play, our Fellowship will take one step further towards the healing house of Elrond.
We were able to surpass our $5,000 goal last year and and so we’ve upped our goal to reach $7,000 this year!
Join us in our journey, donate now and help us make it to Rivendell!
To donate: Simply use the ChipIn widget located in the upper right section of the blog! Click on the “ChipIn” button to get started!
CSTM will be conducting a virtual walk inside the online game The Lord of the Rings Online. The goal is to walk from the in-game location of Bag-End all the way to Rivendell following the path of Frodo and his fellowship from the stories written by J.R.R. Tolkien.
The event will take place from September 23rd, 2012 (the departure date of the original fellowship) until October 24th, 2012 (when Frodo woke up in Imladris).
Every donation we receive will help move the fellowship forward on the same path as Frodo. We have developed a goal chart that will determine how the donations relate to the distance in game.
|Departure at Bag End||$0||September 23, 2012|
|Hobbiton||$250||September 23, 2012|
|Frodo’s House in Crickhollow||$1,000||September 24, 2012|
|Tom Bombadil’s House||$1,500||September 28, 2012|
|The Great Spire in Barrow Downs||$2,000||October 3, 2012|
|Bree, The Prancing Pony||$2,500||October 6, 2012|
|Forsaken Inn, Lonelands||$3,000||October 6, 2012|
|Weathertop||$3,500||October 6, 2012|
|Last Bridge, Lonelands||$4,000||October 12, 2012|
|Bilbo’s Trolls, Trollshaws||$5,000||October 18, 2012|
|Bruinen River, Trollshaws||$6,000||October 19, 2012|
|Rivendell, Last Homely House||$7,000||October 19, 2012|
100% of the donations will be given directly to Child’s Play; CSTM is not retaining any of the donations collected.
Walk With Us!
This walk will be hosted on the Landroval server and the community will be encouraged to log in and join us on our walk across Middle-earth.
The first walk will take place on:
September 23, 2012 at 2pm /servertime
Meet at Bag End in the Shire
Guests to Landroval are welcome to create a character and join us! No level requirement is needed to join in our adventures and we have wonderful folks who make sure our lower level friends arrive at our destination safely. There is even a kinship you can join called “Visitor from Another Server” where you can ask for help prepping or getting to event locations.
Future walks are held when a new goal is reached using the chart above. The walk will continue from it’s last goal location and will set out to walk to the next goal reached. Notification of the next online walk will be done primarily through CSTM’s twitter and facebook but we will post updates of the journey to the blog as well in the events widget located on the right.
There will be a weekly progress post created to show the Fellowship’s current location in game.
New Charity Auctions!
Brand new this year are our charity auctions for the Fellowship Walk fundraiser! Players like yourself have donated their time and talents to offer a special item or skill for you to bid on.
All auctions are hosted right here on CSTM’s web site. There’s no separate site to visit and no new account to register for. Serious bids only!
What types of things are up for auction?
- Cosmetic make-over from top cosmetic bloggers!
- Crafting skills from high level crafters
- Special kinship crest created for your kin
- UI assistance
- Personalized video created for you starring you!
- Play with Goldenstar’s Dum Group!
- Learn to play music or have someone transcribe your favorite song
- Special in-game music concert for you or your event
- Be a guest podcast host!
- Skirmish with Pineleaf
- … and more!
All proceeds from the auctions go directly to Child’s Play! It’s a great way to donate to a terrific cause and get something really fun in return. Payment not due until the auction ends so bid early and bid high to be sure to win!
Giveaways & Events
Apart from the amazing charity auctions, we will have a huge pile of goodies to giveaway on the blog during the Fellowship Walk! These events will be spaced out during the Fellowship Walk and the listing below will be updated with links to more details as they become available.
Twitter Perlino Steed Giveaways!
We had so many people sharing the Perlino (PAX) Steed codes with us that we will be giving them out in batches during the Fellowship Walk Event as flash giveaways!
Keep an eye out so you don’t miss one of these quick style giveaways we are using to help spread the word about scheduled walks!
- Walk to Crickhollow Flash Giveaway (ends Sept. 24)
- Walk to Tom Bombadil Flash Giveaway (ends Sept. 29)
- Walk to Last Bridge (ends Oct. 12)
PAX Swag Bag Giveaways
Our friends over at MMO Reporter donated some Swag Bags they picked up from PAX Prime last month. There will be a LOTRO themed swag bag and one that will be more general gaming focused.
Thraorin of Imladris donated a Mithril Edition Code to giveaway for the Fellowship Walk! One lucky winner will get their own copy of the digital edition of the LOTRO starter pack.
The Mithril Edition includes:
- Exclusive Steed of the Horse-lord mount (62% speed)
- 2000 Turbine Points
- Path of the Fellowship Quest Pack (Trollshaws, Eregion, Moria & Lothlorien)
Details on this giveaway is available here! (ends Oct. 12)
As is tradition, we will holding a mid-event concert to raise awareness to players about the Fellowship Walk and to have some fun times!
Join us Saturday, October 6th at 4pm Eastern (/servertime) for a big in-game party hosted by the Lonely Mountain Band kinship on the Landroval server!
Attendees of the in-game party on Landroval are also eligible to win music from the amazing Karen Altman, aka Ghingeriel from the Hobbiton Philharmonic! See Karen’s assortment of goodies for some lucky party goers!
Turbine Points Giveaway
Marjarine of The Alliance on the Landroval server has donated Turbine Point codes for us to giveaway! Everyone probably wouldn’t mind a little extra Turbine Points lining their pockets.
We have two (2) codes worth 2,500 TP each graciously donated by Marjarine to help promote the Fellowship Walk.
Vraeden is in a giving mood and has offered up a 2,000 TP code for the person with the best screenshot using the /fishslap emote. In return, he will donate the same amount (in dollars, not TP) to Child’s Play. It’s fun, it’s for sick baby hobbits and it annoys one of Vraeden’s kinmates. Win – win – win! (unless you are Vraeden’s kinmate, then it’s probably just win – win).
Details on this contest are available here. Entries must be submitted by October 17th!
Thraorin of Imladris didn’t want to stop with his Mithril Edition Giveaway and has given us a Riders of Rohan Legendary Edition Pre-order code to give away!
All you need to do is donate on October 12, 2012 to be entered to win. No minimum donation required.
Details on this contest are available here. Contest ends midnight October 12th.
Prighild Tussletoe of Firefoot has taken up the challenge the Fellowship Walk has set to reach $7,000 and has offered to do donation match to help the kids of Child’s Play! Prighild will be matching donations dollar for dollar up to $150 out of his own funds. Started October 17th.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please visit the FAQs for more information on the Fellowship’s Walk.
We have a separate set of FAQs for questions related to the charity auctions.
For any other questions, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Child’s Play
Child’s Play is a charity nurtured by the gaming community since 2003. Its mission is to donate games, movies and toys to sick kids in children’s hospitals.
Since 2003, Child’s Play, a game industry charity, has been dedicated to improving the lives of children with toys and games in a network of over 70 hospitals worldwide. Over the years, you as a community have answered the call and come together to raise millions of dollars.
We appreciate your support for this worthy charity helping sick Baby Hobbits all over the world smile and play and, for at least a little while, forget they are sick.