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Operation Supply Drop’s DRAGON PUNCH: One Big Damn Care Package

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What could be considered the Weird Al’s “Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota” equivalent of a video game care package, Operation Supply Drop’s care package code named DRAGON PUNCH has reached epic proportions.  Sure, it’s good marketing to say, “It’s gigantically enormous!” or “It’s the biggest care package we’ve sent out to date!”, but that’s exactly what it is.

To give you an idea of just how big this freakin’ monster was:

  • It took approximately four hours (three complete playthroughs of Trivium’s new “In Waves” album) to organize, inventory and then pack this beast.
  • The US Post Office will not send anything over 70 pounds; my wife and I went to the post office TWICE after removing a bunch of gear and it still weighed over 70 pounds.
  • We had to take the care package to a veterinarians’ office and use their giant scale because the post office’s scale zeroes out at 70 pounds.
  • Two consoles, two Guitar Hero controllers, eight controllers, seventy games.
  • The final, two box shipping weight was a staggering 93 pounds which cost a combined $187 of shipping alone.
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Aaaaahhh! Hernia!

The absolute lesson here is just because we get a whole mess of donations doesn’t mean it all needs to go out in one package.  DRAGON PUNCH could have been split several ways and made several platoons very happy, but we wanted to make sure we set new records with this care package because of our joint fundraising operation with the good folks over at GameCrush.  Update: Gamecrush co-founder Eric Strasser called to tell me they’d received 305 micro donation “gifts” towards this care package for a grand total $610 worth of donations for DRAGON PUNCH!  Big thanks go out to Eric and all the gals at GameCrush!

On top of that, thanks to a chance meeting of Joystiq’s Justin McElroy at the Penny Arcade Expo Press Room, the charity landed on Joystiq’s front page for the better part of a week, which definitely got us a serious bump in both cash and physical donations.

Sliding in literally the day I was packing the care package, I reached out to our friends at Robot Entertainment (Orcs Must Die) and The Behemoth (Castle Crashers) to see if I could grab codes for their downloadable titles, to which they obliged as I was updating the Xbox with the latest firmware update.

 

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One proud papa!

So, lesson learned: smaller packages + faster turn around times = more happy campers.  Now, if I could just quit my day job and focus on making campers happy…now, on to the massive inventory, broken down by donating organization:

Electronic Arts: (Thanks, Julie!)

NCAA Football 11 (360)
NCAA Football 12 (360)
NCAA Football 11 (PS3)
FIFA Soccer 11 (PS3)
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 (360)
Medal of Honor (360)
Battlefield Bad Company 2 (360)
EA MMA (360)
NHL 11 (360)
Madden 11 (360)
NCAA Footbal 11 (PS3)
FIFA Soccer 11 (PS3)

Activision: (Thanks, Dan!)

Guitar Hero World Tour with Controller (PS3)
Guitar Hero 5 with Controller (PS3)
Guitar Hero: Smash Hits (PS3)
Guitar Hero: Van Halen (PS3)
Blur (PS3)
Wolfenstein (360)
1 x Guitar Hero Baseball Cap
1 x Wolfenstein Baseball Cap
1 x Guitar Hero T-shirt
4 x Guitar Hero Controller Batteries

Reverb Communications: (Thanks, Bobby/Jerry!)

Naughty Bear Gold Edition (360)
Naughty Bear Gold Edition (PS3)
Darkest of Days (PC)
Peavey Jam Party Remix (PC)
Reel Deal Slots: Mysteries of Cleopatra (PC)
Reel Deal Slots: Gods of Olympus (PC)
Reel Deal Slots: Valley of the Kings (PC)
Reel Deal Slots: Adventure 3 (PC)
Greg Hastings Paintball 2 (PC)
Jackass: the Game (PS2)

Popcap Games: (Thanks, Eric!)

Insanaquarium (PC)
Mystery PI: Vegas (PC)
Peggle Nights (PC)
Plants vs Zombies (PC)
Mystery PI Lost in Los Angeles (PC)
Escape from Whisper Valley (PC)
Bejewelled 2 (PC)
Plants vs. Zombies (360)
Popcap Arcade 2 (360)

Kalypso: (Thanks, Ted!)

Dungeons (PC)
Disciples 3: Renaissance (PC)
Darkstar One: Broken Alliance (360)
Tropico 3 (360)

Warner Brothers: (Thanks, Dayne/Tina!)

F.E.A.R 3 (360)
Mortal Kombat (360)
1 x Mortal Kombat shirt
1 x Lords of the Rings: War in the North shirt

Robot Entertainment: (Thanks, Justin!)

Orcs Must Die (360)
1 x Robot Entertainment Baseball Cap
2 x Orcs Must Die shirts

Bethesda Softworks: (Thanks, Ang!)

Hunted: Demon’s Forge (360)
1 x 1GB Bethesda Thumbdrive

RDS Industries: (Thanks, Dave!)

System Backpack (PS3)
System Backpack (360)

Kontrolfreek: (Thanks, Chris!)

2 x Packs of “Prestige” FPSFreek by Kontrolfreek

Rockstar: (Thanks, Daniel!)

Grand Theft Auto 4: Episodes from Liberty City (PS3)
1 x LA Noire shirt

Valve: (Thanks, Doug!)

Portal 2 (PS3)

Plantronics: (Thanks Marie/Lars!)

Plantronics X40 Wired 360 Headset

Entertainment Consumers Association: (Thanks, ECA!)

4 x Entertainment Consumers Association Wet Weather Bags
1 x Entertainment Consumers Association Membership Voucher

Microsoft: (Thanks, Angella!)

Halo: Reach (360)

Behemoth: (Thanks, Christine!)

Castle Crashers (360)

Hyperkin: (Thanks, Dirk!)

1 x Remotext PS3 Controller

Runic Games: (Thanks, Wonder!)

2 x Torchlight 2 totebags

Random Donations: (Thanks, People!)

1 x Xbox 360
1 x Copy Game Informer
1 x Copy G@MER magazine
1 x Charisma +2 Gamer Model Calendar
Assorted letters from Elementary school children
1 x Victoria Secret magazine?
1 x Paracord Bracelet (Thanks, Off Duty Gamers)
1 x Case Logic CD holder
1 x Jack Daniels stainless steel hip flask (?)

Purchased: (Thanks, Money!)

Playstation 3 160GB
3 x Wireless PS3 controllers
1 x Wired PS3 controller
1 x Xbox 360 composite cables
1 x 16GB Thumbdrive (for 360 Storage)
1 x Wired 360 Controller
3 x Wireless 360 Controllers
Blazing Angels (PS3)
UFC 2009 (PS3)
Resistance 2 (PS3)
Blazing Angels 2 (PS3)
NCAA Football 10 (PS3)
NBA 2K10 (PS3)
Shaun White Snowboarding (PS3)
Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare (PS3)
MX vs ATV Alive (PS3)
Call of Duty World at War (PS3)
MLB 2K11 (PS3)
Battlestations Pacific (360)
Battlestations Midway (360)
Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 (360)
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 (360)
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (360)
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 (360)
America’s Army: True Soldiers (360)
Medal of Honor Airborne (360)
Deadliest Catch Alaskan Storm (360)
1 x OSD T-shirt (signed by Greg Miller from IGN)

Total Care Package Value (Based on Amazon Pricing, Before Shipping Costs): $2443.68

As usual, we’re not one to rest on our laurels, so we’re already gearing up for our next care package, code named SCORPION TAIL in honor of our new friends over at Warner Bros for their generous donation of copies of Mortal Kombat and FEAR 3.

I’m currently waiting on usable pictures back from the guys in Afghanistan to post the announcement.  Until the announcement goes live, help us keep building these care packages by clicking on the Chipin link on the right hand side of the front page of either Front Towards Gamer.com or Operation Supply Drop.org to make a tax deductible Paypal donation to help us build the next one!

Got some old games or gear you want to get out of your life?  Send them our way and we’ll make sure they get put in a future care package so troops can get some use out of them!  Send your used gear to:

Operation Supply Drop
9301 Alvyn Lake Circle
Bristow VA, 20136

Okay, back to punching my own face off in Dark Souls.