We need to raise $50,000 by April 30 to keep the AFK Room Program running.
Update April 9, 2018: Thanks to your generous support both here and at our recent appearance at PAX East in Boston, we are now at over $15,000, or 1/3 of the way to our goal!
March 2018 is a big milestone for Take This. It’s the 5th anniversary of our life-saving AFK Program.
In 2017, our community helped us get to PAX East - and PAX West. And GDC. And E3. And MAGFest. And… well, you kept the AFK Room Program sailing for a whole year!
Now, it’s time for us to ask you for your support again, for 2018 and beyond. We have sponsorship from the conventions we attend and from the ESA, but we need you, too, so we can serve as many convention attendees as possible each year.
Offering a hand is what we do, and we can do it best with you at our backs.
Loyal supporters + tireless work + good program design = healthy, happy convention attendees
This year, instead of a big, fancy Kickstarter campaign we’re coming directly to you, because we know that you care about Take This, and about our mission of supporting the mental health of people who play, make, and love games. We still have a lofty goal - $50,000 - and a deadline - April 30, 2018, but we’re growing up and doing it ourselves.
In the meantime, THANK YOU for your support - for being our warriors, champions, and friends. We’ve got your back, too.
What is an AFK Room?
It stands for "Away From Keyboard" in reference to taking a break. Crowds, schedules, the immediacy of once-a-year events and other stressors common at conventions and expos can be triggers for many emotional issues, especially anxiety and depression. The AFK Room is palace where you can take a break, without having to go home.
More than a quiet room, the Take This AFK Room is a safe space for people who need it, staffed with volunteers and clinicians who can answer questions and offer support for people who are stressed out. Some visitors simply need a break from the excitement and stimulation of a large event. Others seek conversation about mental health related issues. Still others check in to support us and our mission. We are happy to meet you all.
Since Spring 2014, Take This has hosted AFK Rooms at every North American PAX event, with over 500 visitors per day. Starting in 2015, the AFK Room has been available at every PAX worldwide, as well as MomoCon, MAGFest, E3, and more.