Often, we simply think back on the innocence and wanderlust of childhood. Most of us enjoyed those common experiences of playing with toys and friends from our neighborhoods. Yet, there are many children that would consider this reality a dream; wishing for the simplicity of a childhood uninterrupted. The most basic of their childhood experiences have been halted by the onset of health issues, hospitalization, and a cycle of endless treatment that most adults would have issues coping with.
At The RPG Brigade, we praise the bravery and resolve these amazing children show on a daily basis. We find their ability to battle through these challenges to be commensurate with the legends and paragons of the roleplaying games we love to play. As a result, when BrigadeCon was founded, we made it our mission to seek out a charity that would assist hospitalized children.
The RPG Brigade began on YouTube in 2010. We were a small collection of like-minded role-playing enthusiasts with a passion for reviewing, discussing, and dissecting tabletop role-playing games. In its infancy, "The Brigade" numbered less than ten channels with just dozens of followers. Quickly this community of content producers and followers grew by encouraging others to participate in making videos about the hobby they loved. Over the past six years, the community's content and footprint has exploded in size, and contributions have only increased in breadth and production quality. As the community expanded, the Brigade adopted the use of Facebook to allow for a centralized meeting place for members to post video links or just discuss RPG’s in general. The Brigade is now noticed by role-playing hobbyists worldwide, and the RPG industry has taken notice of the participants and productions that are created within its ranks. Members of The RPG Brigade have created art for published games, have written for award-winning role-playing games companies, and have successfully published their won games. The Brigade continues to grow with every new member, be they viewer, commentator, or video creator. This astounding affiliation of hobbyists is where role players, both veteran and novice, can go to share their passion and joy for this wonderful hobby.
After the review of several charities, the Child's Play Charity was selected by the BrigadeCon staff as the "charity of choice." This amazing organization provides hospitalized children with age-appropriate video games, board games, books, toys, and gaming devices while in recovery. The RPG Brigade, through BrigadeCon, will continually work with the Child's Play Charity by holding our annual online roleplaying convention with 100% of the proceeds from our T-Shirt campaigns and widget donations funding this wonderful organization.