You may well remember that last week we mentioned Brandon Boyer's ongoing fundraiser to pay continuing bills for his cancer treatment, after getting horrendously screwed over by his health insurance. The great news is, he's crossed the baseline to afford the $110,000 of bills he's already accrued in an effort to not be dead. But the situation is ongoing, and what would be incredible would be to see this champion of indie games, bossman of the Independent Games Festival, and all-round good egg, have enough in the bank that he doesn't have to worry about vital further treatment. And anything more he makes than he needs will be going to charities that will do the same for others.
Helping with that is a new mega-bundle from Humble, alongside the already-running Devolver bundle, which packs in an incredible 30 indie games (so far) for $25. And they're good games. In there are the likes of VVVVVV, Thomas Was Alone, Actual Sunlight, Blocks That Matter, McPixel, Waking Mars, Proteus, Sokobond, Stacking, and World Of Goo. Yeah.
Described as "A Very Special Humble Bundle Of Love For Brandon Boyer", this is a one-off creation by the Humble guys that sees a huge bunch of indie developers offering their games for free, and Humble passing on their cut too, so that all 25 of those dollars goes into the Brandon Boyer Cancer Relief Treatment Relief.
And what are you getting? Here's the full list, with more likely to get added:
- Actual Sunlight
- Bagfull of Wrong
- BitTrip Beat Soundtrack
- BitTrip Fate Soundtrack
- BitTrip Runner Soundtrack
- Blocks That Matter + Soundtrack
- Castles in the Sky + Soundtrack
- Dynamite Jack
- Ensnare Soundtrack
- Ethan: Meteor Hunter
- Fancy Skulls
- God of Blades + Soundtrack
- Goscurry + Soundtrack
- McPixel + Soundtrack
- POP: Methodology Experiment One + Soundtrack
- Quixotica Soundtrack
- Sepulchre Special Edition with eBook + Soundtrack
- Stacking + Soundtrack
- Thomas Was Alone + Soundtrack
- VVVVVV + Soundtrack
- Waking Mars + Soundtrack
- Warp Juggler
- Wizorb + Soundtrack
- World of Goo + Soundtrack
That's quite the thing.
We of course release that Boyer is one of many, many thousands of people in similar situations, unlucky enough to have gotten sick before the changes in US law prevented health insurers from being prejudiced against those with pre-existing conditions. However, Boyer is central to the indie gaming world, and that's why this particular case crosses RPS's radar. If you know of others who are raising funds for similar situations, please do link them in the comments below.