Appropriately, a well-known children's hospital is in a position to benefit from gamers' slavish devotion to the World of Warcraft, the online role-playing game in which people adopt a fantasy persona of their choosing.
Blizzard Entertainment, which created the game, has donated roughly 2,000 pieces of original World of Warcraft computer hardware known as server blades to an online auction benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., according to a Blizzard news release. Encased in Plexiglas, the blades also come with a commemorative plaque signed by the World of Warcraft team.
That means wizards, maidens and elves who have lived in that world battling foes such as the dragon of Blackrock Spire or the Lich King can bid on eBay to own a chunk of the hardware that held about 500 fantasy realms.
For those who think they've got the courage, the constitution and the cash to triumph, the auctions began Oct. 17 and are being conducted in batches over about four weeks at ebay.com/blizzard.