So... DarkView reminded me that I hadn't posted about this here yet. Oops. My bad!
Here's the deal. Unless you've been living under a rock (and hey, that's kind of fun sometimes, so if you have been then that's totally cool with me) you've probably heard of the bushfires that have been ravaging the Australian state of Victoria. The official death toll is 181, but that's expected to rise to between 200 and 300 once authorities manage to locate and identify more of the bodies. (Apparently people don't get added to the toll until they've been positively identified.) 1,800 homes have been destroyed making around 7,000 people homeless. Hundreds of people were injured; and remember "injuries" includes victims of severe burns.
It isn't over yet, either; today marks a week since the fires started, and some are still burning.
That's why I'm pledging 50% of the proceeds from the sale of my indie game, Mayhem Intergalactic, towards the Australian Red Cross's bushfire appeal fund. Details on my Inventive Dingo news blog.
DarkView rightly points out that this is incongruous given the subject matter of the game (ruling the galaxy with an iron fist); but hey, even bloodthirsty galactic overlords need a change of pace sometimes.