EverQuest II's community banded together to create playgrounds for a terminal child.
UPDATE May 21, 2012: We are sad to inform everyone that Ribbitribbit passed away at 10:30pm EDT on Sunday, May 20. His mother stated that he "went peacefully in his sleep" at the age of 6. The original article continues below.
The community we have on EverQuest II never ceases to amaze me.
We have our differences in many ways and we have our good times and bad. Shortly after the initial forum post by Ribbitribbitt's mother, just a mere four days ago, many in the community put all of that aside and banded together for a greater cause. Raiders, decorators, soloers and crafters worked side-by-side to create beautifully decorated homes for a special child to play in. Earlier today their work was completed and Ribbitribbitt's party went off wonderfully.
It took just 65 hours for the hard-working members of Lillipad Jungle on the Guk server to level the guild from 1 to 70 so that they could obtain a Tier 3 hall for Ribbitribbitt. They continued to work throughout the following day to bring it to 77 so that they could add a pirate ship to the hall and reached that goal as well. Thousands of platinum and status was donated by hundreds of players.
Language, server, and even game, had no barriers. Players who didn't speak any English were contributing to the effort. Players from other EQ2 servers and SOE games came by for the event. GMs and Volunteer Guides were there to show their support and entertain all involved.
I was touring while some of the final touches in decorating were still going on throughout the four houses and guild hall and was simply amazed at how much had been done in such a short time. The decorating community dove in and created epic playgrounds, ponds, menageries and much more for Ribbitribbitt.
While on the Guk server today I admit I did something I haven't done in years--I cried. I'm crying again as I write this. Sometimes it's nice to be reminded that we're all human.
I thank the EQ2 community for showing what wonderful people you all are. Most of all, to Ribbitribbitt and family: thank you for giving us this opportunity to be a part of your lives.
- Our gallery of Ribbitribbit's guild hall, homes, the people who contributed and the event
- Ribbitribbitt's YouTube channel (videos posted by his father)
- Collection of Ribbitribbitt links