I'm by no means a wealthy person. I have my struggles and hardships, but I'm thankful that I don't have to worry about having food on my table or a roof over my head and it's mostly because of where I was born. Both my parents are immigrants from completely opposite ends of the world and by some miracle met in the U.S. where I have had more opportunities and luxuries than anyone can rightly ask for. I don't take this privilege lightly and make it a point to donate funds to help the world community.

Playing games is important. Everyone plays games. Maybe not board games, but some type of game. I truly believe play is important. But board games are silly. Board game culture is even sillier. Having a board game website is downright absurd. I love board games, but if you really think about it you have to admit it's all just a bit silly. It's just plastic and cardboard after all. In order to remind myself that board gaming is a privilege, I've began combining it with charity. Every month I host a game night at my home and run a charity tournament of Cloud 9. It's a simple, silly game about flying balloons and pushing your luck. To enter the tournament there is a recommended donation and and the winner wins a small prize. All the proceeds are then given to the Red Cross. It's not much, but every little bit helps.

I plan to hold a fundraising event on the site in the future, but until then I'd urge you to consider donating to a charity.