GIDFA (Gaming Industry Disaster Fund Auction) Press Release
Posted March 27, 2002
It is now six months and more since the inception of the GIDFA project,and
despite the best efforts of those involved, the project has been only a partial
success. The GIDFA fund currently stands at $7,051.44 (roughly £5000) plus
£353.02 in UK sterling.
Sadly, many contributors and bidders failed to honour their promises, with the
result that the final fund is considerably smaller than had been anticipated. The
GIDFA administrators have made strenuous efforts to close as many bids as
possible. These efforts have taken up a tremendous amount of time, and have had
an adverse affect on the personal lives of some of those involved.
It is the conclusion of the GIDFA administration that, as of this time, nothing
is likely to be gained by our continued efforts.
Regretfully, therefore, we have decided that the time has come to close down
GIDFA. This decision has not been made lightly, and we are well aware that it
will displease many members of the gaming community. However, we are now
convinced that those who have chosen continue to disregard their promises will
continue to do so no matter what efforts are made by GIDFA staff.
It is time to face facts: many of those who made grand gestures have failed to
follow through. It is not our place to comment on those who promised prizes, or
who bid extravagant sums "in a good cause" then reneged on the deal.
Recriminations are pointless; suffice to say that after four months of chasing
bids and prizes, we simply cannot do any more. Our own projects have been on hold
during this time and we can no longer be hostage to those unwilling to honour
As far as is humanly possible, GIDFA has been resolved; prizes have been
dispatched and bids collected. However incomplete this task, it has not been
easy. Several months and countless hours of telephone and email communication
have been invested on a voluntary basis.
Yet despite our efforts, a large majority of participants failed to honour their
bids. The current total of unpaid winning bids stands at $4376. In addition, a
large number of prizes offered by Ed Healy (Dispatch of which was to be handled
by Wizards Attic) never materialised. [EDIT 11/23/2011: Ed Healy tells us (us at OgreCave, that is)
that he delivered his game collection to Wizards Attic just before being deployed to Iraq, and
only now discovered that it never got into the intended hands. Given Wizards Attic's history
we find this fully believable, so if you got here searching on Ed, take note.] It has not been possible to discover a
reason for this, but as a consequence bids totalling nearly $5000 have been
declared null and void.
Several contributors have failed to dispatch goods to winning bidders, and some
winners claim not to have received goods the contributors say were sent. The
GIDFA administration is willing to offer refunds to bidders whose goods did not
arrive, provided proof of dispatch does not exist with the contributor.
To reiterate: we are aware that many members of the gaming community will be
displeased by this announcement. We can only say that we believe that the GIDFA
project was a worthy effort, and it was entered into in good faith. Every effort
was made to resolve problems where they occurred. Where issues remain unresolved,
this is due to either a bidder or a contributor defaulting on their promises; not
lack of effort on the part of the GIDFA staff. Fully $9000 of potential bids
either were not paid for, or were invalidated because the contributor did not
Given the situation and the extremely small chance of any useful result from
continued efforts, we are declaring the GIDFA project closed. A 7-day grace
period will be allowed, beginning immediately, during which time queries, refund
requests etc will be dealt with. At the end of this period, all unresolved issues
will be dropped.
GIDFA was a worthy project that has now become a can of worms. I hope that you
will understand when we say that we have done all we can, and more than most, but
the time has come to admit that not everyone saw GIDFA as the honourable cause
that we did.
On a personal note, GIDFA was a worthy effort and those who participated
honourably succeeded in raising several thousand dollars for a needy cause. I am
proud of my efforts and those of the people who assisted me.
Of the others, I will say nothing.
CEO & President, The Fiction & Fantasy Network
Proud Member of the Game Publishers Association (GPA)