For the Seattle area the Toe-fu Dojo, it’s not spelled incorrectly, its an inside joke, hosted by Greg and Uriah has been our home for fighting game casuals and tournaments. In the last year this has become the only place where veterans and new fighting game players have been able to meet, that is open to the public, on a weekly basis . The Afro Dojo indefinitely closed and only the Salty Runback, Gameclucks and other tournaments being held about once a month. Our Northwest fighting game scene is dieing.
Recently the Dojo has come on hard times and due to equipment failure, 2 red ringed xboxs, an HD projector with a dead bulb and most recently a PS3 that keeps freezing, we may be suspending our weekly sessions. Me and a couple others bring our system’s and monitors when we come, but the dojo is without a complete current gen setup at the moment.
This last Saturday we all met at the dojo for a 2v2 team MVC3 tournament, but we only had one marvel disc and the only system with the DLC and updates was the one that kept freezing. Unfortunately we had to cancel and indefinable postpone this tournament till we have the equipment to play.
They had been taking donations from attendants and recently offering donation drives with prizes with the intention of buying new equipment, monitors, systems, games, DLC, a computer with video capture device and eventually streaming equipment, but we’ve been breaking stuff faster than they can save the money. I’m calling out to the public for help! I know they won’t tell you otherwise, but they need money to fix or replace what they had and to upgrade the dojo to what they have envisioned.
What I am asking for from the people who frequent the dojo is to open up your wallets to whatever you can afford, not just right now when it is most needed, but to give if just a little whenever you come. I try to give $5 every time I show up and I know others give a dollar or two occasionally. I know we all would like to have a place to play where we have adequate equipment, good minimal lag monitors and at least 4 complete setups.
For the people who are just fans of fighting games, casual players, tournament players, scene leaders, fans, internet trolls and others please donate to our cause. I promise you that your money goes towards solving our current issues and building a gaming environment that all are welcome to experience. For convenience of people who don’t come to the dojo you can donate to a PayPal account that will directly go to the dojo. For other payment options PM me.
Click Here to send money
-Under the Home tab select Send Money
-Type in the amount you would like to donate
-Select Friends and Family
-Click on Continue
-Type in email@example.com into the email box
-Type in your email associated with your PayPal account
-Click on Continue
-Log in to your PayPal Account
-Select how you would like to pay
-Checking account transfers occur no fees
-Leave a message if you like
-Click Send Money
This entire process takes less than 5 minutes and I promise you the money is going towards what I am saying it is going to. I want to reassure you that I will not be skimming any of this money and that it will all go towards fixing and buying new equipment for the Toe-Fu Dojo.
I would love to see some big donations promptly and if this becomes a big thing I would see if we could give some donation gifts like t-shirts or something in the future. I will be making some kind of memorial board to put up in the dojo with the names of the donators on it.
Update 6/27 I replaced the link with one that goes to paypal, not to the send money tab. You will just have to click on the send money tab then fallow the directions.
If the link doesn’t work you can just go to Paypal.com, click on send money and you will be at the same screen as my link, enter firstname.lastname@example.org and fallow the above directions.
Thanks for all the feedback I will be explorer alternative payment options tonight.
Update 7/14 I handed off the online donations totaling $50 to Greg last Saturday at the Windjammers tournament, which I won! Take that haters who thought Beeho Yoo was trash. All entries to the Windjammers tournament were given as donations to the dojo. However Greg and Ryan gave up some awesome prizes for the top three in the tournament and to anyone who challenged Ryan for a $1 donation and won. It took me 4 tries to beat him, but I got a Chun Li miniature, which I traded to Monica for some phad thai.
With the money raised in the tournament, previous donation money, challenges, online donations, and in person donations we have raised $175. This does not include some pledges that were promised. Me and Greg spoke about creating a realistic goal for the donation drive, but still haven’t figured out how much exactly everything will cost to fix or replace. I received a message from him yesterday to some notion that he had found a great deal on a PS3 and was going to get it. I have told him to spend the money how he sees it best spent as long as it goes towards the dojo. We will keep everyone updated as to what we have resolved.
However, after an initial wave of donations, thanks to everyone who did, they have ceased to come in. I partially blame myself for not staying on top of this thread and not getting the word out otherwise, but people, we still need a lot of help! Feel free to let me know if there are any ways that would make donations easier to make. I will be at the Salty Runback on the 23rd if you will be there and would like to make a donation.
Update 07/15 I am working on making a memorial board for all donations. I am thinking of having 3 areas where peoples names will be posted. One area each for the online donators, in person donators and pledges, plus an area for ryan for hosting the windjammers tournament.