Some of this could be yours if you enter our sweepstakes!

We’re once again coming up on the season of giving, and here at Ars, we’d like to give some stuff to you while you give to some deserving charities. That’s right—it’s the 2015 edition of our annual Charity Drive.

Since 2007, we’ve been actively encouraging readers to give to Penny Arcade’s Child’s Play charity, which provides toys and games to kids being treated in hospitals around the world. In recent years, we’ve added the Electronic Frontier Foundation to our annual charity push, aiding in their efforts to defend Internet freedom. This year as always, we’re giving some extra incentive for those donations by offering donors pieces of our big pile of vendor-provided swag. We can’t keep it (ethically), and we don’t want it clogging up our offices anyway, so it’s yours to win.

This year’s swag pile is yet another big one. We have more than 100 prizes amounting to more than $8,000 in value, including laptops, game consoles, headsets, collector’s edition games, rare limited-edition items, clothing, and other cool collectibles. In 2014, Ars readers raised over $25,000 for charity, contributing to a total haul of over $166,000 since 2007. This year, we’re hoping to break the 2012 record of more than $28,000 in donations, and we can do it if readers really dig deep.

How it works

Donating is easy. Simply donate to Child’s Play using PayPal or donate to the EFF using PayPal, credit card, or Bitcoin. You can also support Child’s Play directly by picking an item from the Amazon wish list of a specific hospital on their donation page. Donate as much or as little as you feel comfortable with—every little bit helps.

Once that’s done, it’s time to register your entry in our sweepstakes. Just grab a digital copy of your receipt (a forwarded e-mail, a screenshot, or simply a cut-and-paste of the text) and send it to with your name, postal address, daytime telephone number, and email address by 11:59 PM ET Monday, January 4, 2016. (One entry per person, and each person can only win up to one prize. US residents only. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. See official rules for more information, including how to enter without making a donation. Also refer to the Ars Technica privacy policy.)

We’ll then contact the winners and have them choose their prize by January 31 (choosing takes place in the order the winners are drawn).

The prizes

We have so many prizes this year that we’re only highlighting some of the biggest, most desirable ones below. See page two for a complete list of dozens more.

Broadwell HP Spectre x360 laptop

Andrew Cunningham

This two-in-one convertible ultrabook works as a traditional laptop or as a Windows 8 tablet, rotating around the keyboard on a 360 degree hinge. Ars reviewed this version back in March, and we’ve got two to give away.

Ubiquiti industrial Wi-Fi kit

Lee Hutchinson

Tired of putting up with terrible Wi-Fi connections in his house, our own Lee Hutchinson put some industrial-strength Wi-Fi hardware from Ubiquiti to work. In his review, he praised the setup as providing “a huge amount of configurability and functionality at a price that’s incredibly reasonable.” Now that the review is done, he’s letting you have access to this lightly used, high-end kit.

DJI Phantom 2 Vision + quadcopter drone

Lee Hutchinson

Remember when Ars crashed an expensive quadcopter drone into an oak tree last year? Here’s your chance to do the same thing! We have one new, unopened and uncrashed DJI Phantom 2 Vision + to give away in this year’s contest.

Xbox One bundles


Microsoft has been kind enough to provide two Xbox One bundles for this year’s giveaway. Both systems come with a 1TB hard drive and a free downloadable game; either Forza Motorsport 6 or Halo 5.

Astro A40 + Mixamp Pro headset (Xbox One)


Tired of listening to games through your TV’s built-in speakers or crappy earbuds? This high-end headset will surround your ears with rich, full sound without bothering people who might be sleeping in the next room.

Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition

Enlarge / The clear plastic overlay makes it look a bit like the PS4 and ESRB logos are floating.

We weren’t that impressed when we tried to use this wearable, smartphone-holding Pip-Boy as an actual gaming accessory. Still, we have to admit this limited edition collectible makes for an excellent conversation piece. Now that we’ve put it through its paces, you can have ours to display in your own living room.

Nothing grabbing your eye yet? The next page has over 100 more prizes you can win by entering. Have a look!

The prizes (continued)

Games and consoles

  • Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy + (3DS)
  • Amiibo Festival (w/ 2 Amiibos)
  • Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (3DS)
  • Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea (PS3)
  • Battlefield Hardline (PC)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III (PS4)
  • Dark Souls II Scholar of the First Sin (PS4)
  • Dark Souls II Scholar of the First Sin (Xbox One)
  • Destiny: The Taken King Legendary Edition
  • DiRT Rally download code (PC)
  • Dragon Quest Heroes (PS4)
  • F1 2015 (Xbox One)
  • Fallout 4 (Xbox One)
  • God of War III Remastered (PS4)
  • Guitar Hero Live (iOS) x 3
  • Just Dance 2016 (PS4)
  • Just Dance Disney Part 2 (Wii U)
  • Little Battlers eXperience (3DS)
  • Madden 16 (PS4)
  • Madden 16 (Xbox One)
  • MLB 15 The Show (PS3)
  • MLB 15 The Show (PS4)
  • MLB 15 The Show (Vita)
  • Monochroma game/OST/art book package (PC)
  • One Piece Pirate Warriors 3 (PS4)
  • Ride (Xbox One)
  • Rory McIlroy PGA Tour (PS4)
  • Rory McIlroy PGA Tour (Xbox One)
  • Skylanders Superchargers Starter Pack (Xbox One)
  • Super Win the Game Indiebox edition
  • Tearaway: Crafted Edition (PS4)
  • Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4)

Gaming Accessories

  • Animal Crossing Amiibo cards
  • Disney Infinity Yoda figurine x 2
  • Guitar Hero Live guitar controller (XB1 – used)
  • Logtitech G920 steering wheel w/ pedals (PC/Xbox One/PS3)
  • Rigflex LX headset (Xbox One)
  • Seagate 2TB external hard drive for Xbox
  • Steam Controller
  • Steam Link
  • Thrustmaster 458 Italia steering wheel controller (Xbox One – used)
  • Thrustmaster TH3PA pedals
  • Thrustmaster TH8A gear shifter
  • USB SNES controller (Indiebox edition)

Gaming Collectibles

  • Banner Saga art poster
  • Bethesda vinyl figure three-pack (E3 showcase 2015 exclusive)
  • Chibi-Robo keychain
  • E3 T-shirt package + Bethesda E3 pins + Call of the Starseed cassette tape
  • EA Play exercise bag
  • EA-branded Ogio backpack (w/ water bottle, USB phone charger, pen/pad, Minions squishy figure)
  • Evolve headband
  • Guild of Dungeoneering mousepad
  • Kyn plush grumpy goat mask
  • Mushroom 11 Organic Fungal Cleanser
  • Pillars of Eternity stress ball
  • Teta communications racing swag set (Qualcomm racing jackets x2, 1/2 scale helmet, umbrella, a gym bag and more)
  • The art of evolve hardcover book
  • The Gallery: Call of the Starseed audio tape
  • Twitch bottle opener
  • Firaxis “Firaxicon” swag pack (messenger bag, t-shirt, neckerchief)
  • Temple Run 2 poster
  • Temple Run 2 metal statue
  • Temple Run 2 plush monster


  • Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma shirt (red, Gildan L)
  • ARMA III shirt (grey, Gildan L)
  • Battleborn Orendi shirt (charcoal, M) x 4
  • Creativerse shirt (yellow, Gildan L)
  • Diamond Dogs shirt (black, American Apparel L)
  • Nintendo Indicade winter hat
  • Oculus logo shirt (charcoal, Next Level Apparel L)
  • Sherlock Holmes dog shirt (green, Gildan L)
  • Speedrunners shirt (grey, Gildan S)
  • Tiny build hat
  • Ubisoft tartan scarf (Wolfmark)
  • Valve “Steam on the moon” shirt (black American Apparel L and S) x 2
  • Witcher 3: Wild Hunt shirt (grey, Gildan L) x 2


  • “Desire and Disobedience in the Digital Age” by Bernard E. Harcourt
  • “Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the inside story of the misfits and millionaires trying to reinvent money” by Nathaniel Popper
  • “Power Wars: Inside Obama’s Post-9/11 Presidency” by Charlie Savage
  • “The Black Box Society: The secret Algorithms that control money and information” by Frank Pasquale
  • “The Red Web: The struggle between Russia’s digital dictators and the new online revolutionaries” by Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan
  • “The Wikileaks Files” Intro by Julian Assange
  • $50 iTunes Gift Card
  • Basis Peak smartwatch
  • Bike Citizen Finn smartphone bike mount x 2
  • Dead sheep plush toy
  • Google Cardboard set (used)
  • Independence Day DVD
  • Plastic costume hockey mask
  • Polaroid Cube camera (used)
  • Polk N1 Soundbar (used)
  • Retractable plastic stage knife

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