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    We’re kicking off the “Design our T for a trip to E3” contest for the 5th year in-a-row! The contest is simple - submit a design for the Official Extra Life 2017 Platinum T-shirt and if your design wins, you and your best bud get airfare, two nights at a nearby hotel and passes to E3 2017 as Extra Life's special guests! Here's a complete list of the perks: Your design will become the official T-shirt design of Extra Life 2017 and end up in the closets of thousands of Extra Lifers A free* trip to E3 2017 in Los Angeles, CA on June 13-15 for you and a friend (includes airfare and a two night stay in a nearby hotel), two passes to E3 2017 and some new threads featuring your design. When people ask where you got such awesome apparel you can point to your brain and wink at them Your design will be inducted into the Extra Life T-shirt Hall of Fame HOW IT WORKS Register to participate in Extra Life 2017 here. Only designs of registered participants will be considered. Download and review these documents in full for submission details. Design Guidelines_2017.pdf Terms and Conditions_2017 Final.pdf 2017 T-shirt Contest_Required Files_Download.zip Submit your design here by Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017, at 11:59 pm PST. The top designs will be selected by the Extra Life team and subject to voting by Likes on Facebook starting Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 12:00pm PST. Voting closes on Friday, May 12, 2017, at 12:00 pm PST and the design that garners the most Likes wins! The winner will be contacted and announced the same week. QUESTIONS? If your question is not answered within the Design Guidelines or Terms & Conditions/Official Rules documents, please leave a comment below or click here to email us.
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    There was a discussion about a knee cap breaking policy, if all 25 hours were not played. But I hear it did not test well in the beta markets. . . . This is completely a joke. The game time works on an honor system. If you do want to log hours, so people can donate related to time played, you can update the overview/story section of your page. Also all money you raised is donated to your hospital, regardless if you meet your fundraising goal or your amount played.
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    Thanks for all of the hard work and HOURS of dedication this past year! You have a lot of celebrating to do and we have a lot of work to do to make 2017 the best Extra Life year yet. Please share your feedback with us as we look to level-up the Guild program! Guild Feedback Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N57ZCL5
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    Hail to my new Foxxy friends!! I'm Minzy/Kit (either is fine) aka StarlitFoxx on all my streaming and social media. I met some of you at ECCC this year and have always heard great things!! All I can say is I am super excited to be joining and playing with like-minded awesome individuals in this quest to game for the kiddos!~ I moved to the Seattle area from the little town on Mulino, OR (that's about 30 mins or more south of Portland) in 2015, and have been doing my best to learn my surroundings and network best I can! I am moved by community events like LAN parties and other fun things, where networking is something of interest. I am studying for my CAPM (it's the associate degree of Project Managment Certs) I want to be a PM sooooo bad. I am sad I missed the Kickoff Meeting!! My streaming schedule conflicted Next time I'll be there, though!! So excited to meet more of you! ~Minzy OUT!
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    It's too early to say if this results in increased support of Extra Life, but... Today I was doing some EL housekeeping for this year's event page and noticed that, at the end of 2016, my hospital had the pleasure of announcing an upgrade to their operating theater as a direct result of donations. So I wrote up a "here's a concrete way that you make a difference" email, including a link to the video about the new operating theater as well as a link to the hospital's most recent annual report. I also included information about the monthly donations option and an upcoming stream I'll be doing to get the fun started early this year. I know that when I donate to a charity, it's always nice to see where my money goes. So I encourage you to check out your hospital's website, or get in touch with their Extra Life rep, to see what's new and let people know that when they support Extra Life, they really do make a difference!
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    Hi! I'm Kalyn Davis, or better known as brochachofy online, and I am really excited to be a part of this guild! It was a pleasure meeting you all yesterday and I can tell that we can make a big impact in the Alabama area. I primarily play PC games (Rocket League, Overwatch, and various others) as well as a whole lot of Halo 5 on the Xbox One and weekly Pathfinder shenanigans. By day I develop websites for a marketing firm and by night I'm a caped crus..... Nah, I just play games when I have the free-time. Again, I'm really excited to embark on this alongside you all! Here is the link for the group picture: https://goo.gl/photos/GHMe9exTxBs5GzXA6
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    I'm Tim Fisher, aka Paladin045 (usually shortened to Paladin). I do mostly PC gaming (Overwatch, Mass Effect: Andromeda, etc.), but I've recently started branching into Destiny on XBox, and I'm looking for groups on both platforms if anyone needs another warm body on their team. This will be my fifth year doing Extra Life, and my second as a member of Gentleman's Gank, a 5-man Twitch channel that I'm bringing along for the ride (24 hours is a lot easier with multiple people). I/we are definitely open to collaborations and guest appearances if anyone wants to do a joint stream, either on game day or some other time. Steam: Paladin045 Origin: Paladin045 Twitch: GentlemansGank
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    Welcome aboard. I posted this on another post you created, but just in case... http://community.extra-life.org/files/
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    Hello everyone, the moment you have all been waiting for,the PCKC Volunteer Schedule. I apologize for the delay, but we had a few technical difficulties, and I wanted to give you all time to ensure you had a chance to see what Panels you wanted to see. DO NOT FORGET: Mandatory volunteer training will be held on Thursday the 27th at 7PM to 9PM(ish) for Extra Life Staff at the Convention Center, please contact Sean or Lora if you cannot make this. This training will show you where to check in and where our booth is. This is a PCKC requirement, not Extra Life. Also, if you are not signed up to work for a day, you will not be getting a wristband for PCKC that day. We have also been asked to help out with head counts in the game room every other hour. Every Odd hour(11AM, 1PM, 3PM, etc) someone will just need to swing by the game room to do a count of how many people are playing games. This is to collect information for future Planet Entertainment Zone events, and to know peak hours. I will have a sheet at the booth to help track this. We will show you where the game room is during orientation. THINGS TO REMEMBER: *PCKC is busy, parking is going to be difficult and unless you are showing up at 9:00AM you may be parking a few blocks away. Please factor parking, check in and walking time into your commute. *If you need to change your schedule, please contact Sean Albillar via Email, Facebook or respond to this post as soon as possible. *Badges/Wristbands are only issued for days you volunteer and will need to be picked up from the Volunteer check in every day. *We require that all staff at the booth have Extra Life shirts on, or a well done cosplay to bring attention to the booth. However, I ask that you bring your Extra Life shirt regardless. *Food vouchers will be available and distributed by Sean Albillar *No small prizes for the BINGO Cards turned in, only the Raffle Prizes, which are a month to loot Crate, a $25 gift card to SoPro and a few other things. HERE IS THE SCHEDULE: FRIDAY SAT SUN Caleb Adegoke 3PM TO 7PM NOON TO 3:30PM 9AM TO 1PM Sean Albillar 11AM TO 3PM 9AM TO 1PM 9AM TO 1PM Laura Andrews 3:30PM TO 7PM 1PM TO 5PM Mike Andrews 3:30PM TO 7M 1PM TO 5PM Billy Bledsoe 3PM TO 6PM Jessie Bledsoe 3PM TO 6PM Brie Clemens 11AM TO 3PM 9AM TO 1PM 9AM TO 1PM Brigid Derby 3PM TO 7PM 9AM TO 1PM 9AM TO 1PM Ashley Finch 3:30PM TO 7PM 1PM TO 5PM David Finch 3:30PM TO 7PM 1PM TO 5PM Lori Glaspie 3PM TO 7PM NOON TO 3:30PM 9AM TO 1PM Rashida Merritt-Davis canceled Joseph Quijano 11AM TO 3PM 9AM TO 1PM JT Galloway 3PM TO 7PM NOON TO 3:30PM 11AM TO 3PM Spades Lunn NOON TO 4PM NOON TO 3:30PM canceled Thank you in advance for all your help!
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    Hello. My name is Brent Ceminski. I am a student director in MCTCs Cinema Directing Program. As part of my course I have to make a short documentary about a fundraising organization and I have decided to do a piece on Extra Life. I am posting this because I would like to do a short interview with members who have taken part in events in the past to have them share their thoughts. If there are any members in the Minneapolis twin cities area I would love to arrange a meeting with you! Please let me know on this forum. Thanks!
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    Hello everyone! Get ready because our kickoff meeting is next Sunday at 7PM at Battle & Brew! We will be using this meeting as an Extra Life 101 so that new members (or returning members with questions) can come and learn about Extra Life and what our tips and tricks are for raising money #ForTheKids! Please RSVP us here: I hope to see you there!
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    Hey @Ultshld340! Welcome aboard! The great thing about Extra Life is that you don't have to stream or "show your work"; you just need to agree to put your passion for gaming to use #ForTheKids The first step is to set up your fundraising page at www.extra-life.org Once you've done that, you can customize your page and even your fundraising URL in your Dashboard. For example, I have mine set to www.extra-life.org/participant/NovusOlm You then share that page link on social media, emails to friends/family, etc, to get donations. Everything is automatic and goes to the hospital so you don't have to handle the funds. It's as easy as that!
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    As March ends and April begins, now is the perfect time to look back on all that we accomplished over the past month. We finalized the donation total from 2016, had a blast at PAX East and pulled off the biggest Extra Life United event ever! Our monthly updates are sent out to let you all know the important news from around the community. Buckle in, because you’re the best gaming has to offer! Community Update PAX East was easily one of our most successful events yet. The Boston Guild did a fantastic job recruiting at the event; over a dozen volunteers pitched in from March 10 – 12 to make it a success for Extra Life. Because of their efforts, we would like to welcome 459 new members to the Extra Life family! Throughout PAX East, the Forza Challenge was in full swing. Those who stopped by and managed to snag top lap times won a sweet board game for their victory. Over 300 people attended Extra Life United in Orlando, FL on March 23 – 25, the biggest turn out yet for our signature eSports event. Outside of the gaming tournament and $150,000 prize pool, attendees were able to meet miracle families from every state and province in North America, as well as meet other Extra Lifers to discuss fundraising ideas, Guild tactics, and just have a good time. A big thank you to Twitch and other community supporters for helping make the event possible. Be sure to head over to our Twitch Extra Life channel to see some of the video highlights! Guess what? We are about to launch Extra Life Guilds in several new cities! We’re welcoming Birmingham, Charlottesville, Dayton, Fresno, and Saskatchewan into the fold. These new additions to the Extra Life family will be launching soon, joining the ranks of our 73 other Extra Life Guilds across North America. International Tabletop Day looms ever closer. Mark April 29 on your calendars and get ready to play some board games. A substantial number of Extra Lifers have been planning mini-Extra Life tabletop marathons that weekend. If you’re planning one, to add your event to the calendar on the Extra Life community site. ~2016 Fundraising Total~ Let’s get to the big number reveal for our 2016 fundraising total. When all the dust settled from our accounting team collecting the offline donations, matching gifts, and various odds and ends we were stunned. In 2016, the Extra Life community came together and raised a whopping $9,694,148! That’s up from our 2015 total of $8.3 million!! Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to set such a high bar for 2017!!! It’s only the beginning of April and we are already setting the bar even higher than last year, so let’s all keep pushing forward for fun, fellowship, and – as always…. For The Kids!
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    In order to better organize our efforts as a Guild, below is a roster of active members. To maintain active membership within the guild, you simply need to contribute to at least one guild activity within a 60 day window. Examples of "guild activity" are: Visiting the forums and partaking in discussion Attending a guild meeting (includes virtual attendance) Attending a recruitment event Posting a recruitment report from your own event (Friday Night Magic, Etc) By no means is this meant to single people out or isolate them, but rather to keep track of where we are as a Guild. We understand that everyone has a different level of time available to commit to the Guild's efforts, but we do need to hold members accountable as outlined in the Guild Handbook and Expectations. (Please note this list is incomplete while I gather names and handles since I don't know everyone yet!) MKE/MAD Extra Life Guild Roster Updated 04/03/2017 10:00pm CDT Guild Leadership: Ryan Nelson @nelsrm21 - Guild President Joshua Easton @Novus'Olm - Regional Support (Fox Valley) Ana Olsen @AOlsen - Special Events Coordinator, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin MKE Guild Members: Jeremy Lecus @BrewCityGamer Jason o'Brien @obrien Greg Reynolds @Sgoast (Tori's Angels Guild Mod - Midwest) Your name here
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    Hey guys! I'm working on a document to help new Guildies learn the pitch. I've got some bullet points but I'd love to build more - let me know if you can think of any other points to cover when pitching at events. :-) I should hopefully have the doc ready and posted in a week or so, so don't be shy about contributing! What helps you get people to sign up at events? What hasn't worked so well? ------------------------------------ Points to hit while pitching: • Charity gaming marathon – play your favorite games for 24 hours • get friends and family to sponsor you • 100% of funds raised goes to childrens miracle network hospitals • Live signups at events don’t commit you; it gives the org your email so they can send you more info at a later date (in case you forget, need to think about it, etc) • Marathon doesn’t have to be on game day, or even 24 hours all at once – play any games, on any platform, whenever it works for you • We put “rules” to participation – but they’re really more like guidelines, anyway. • You get a portal page through the Extra Life website that people can submit their donations to – you never have to deal in cash if you don’t want to
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    You came. You gamed. You conquered….all #ForTheKids! Congratulations Extra Life Atlanta 2016 participants for raising $80,000 for the Family Support Services area at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. That’s a 13% increase from 2015 fundraising totals….AND a new Atlanta market record for the Extra Life program. Many thanks to your companies, friends, and of course family members who supported your efforts…even at that 25th “extra” gaming hour Our families, who were able to receive the specialized treatment they needed thanks to your support, have also shared a word of thanks—enjoy this clip! But we’re not done yet. 2017 is already here and that means we need you to activate your 2017 Extra Life registration. Yes, you have to register each year…BUT follow this link to easily reactivate. And on a final note….please send a word of thanks to our 2017 guild leadership team listed below. They are excited to serve together and take the ATL to the next level. We’ll post 2017 guild meeting dates and new Extra Life opportunities on the Extra Life forum in the next few weeks—so stay tuned! President: Christopher Carter (@MrD1sturbed) Vice President: Todd Michaels (@zyaldar) Secretary: Kent Huffman (@vadath) Thank you for your continued support of our kids!
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    If you're strapped for ideas, you could always ask your viewers what they'd like to see you do. After all, they're the ones you're trying to entertain. Now I myself am more of a watcher than a streamer, but here are a few milestone rewards I've seen and enjoyed: Worse for Wear: dress up in a silly costume or onesie. Dance Your Cares Away: Play a dancing game for a set period of time Eat It Up: Try other foodie challenges like drinking syrup, eating 6 saltines without water, drink Coke with Mentos in your mouth, etc. Bad Hair Day: Shave your head or your eyebrows or dye your hair a crazy color. Clown Face: Have someone apply makeup to you - preferably someone who has no experience with makeup like a child. Pie in the Sky: Get hit in the face with a whipped cream pie. No Pain No Gain: Put a ridiculous amount of rubber bands or clothespins on your face (Be really careful though, you could injure yourself.) Training Montage: Do a crazy amount of pushups, or burpees, or other difficult exercises. (Also use caution with this - no one wants to see you seriously hurt.)
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    Welcome to the Fresno Guild! We're excited to launch your guild in April and cannot wait to meet you all and work with you as we grow the Extra Life program and help the kids we serve! Introduce yourself and let's all get to know each other!My name is Liz Aponte and I work on the Extra Life team. Myself, and along with our Tori's Angels Guild moderators, are available to help with any Guild related questions you have. I hope to see you in April for the Guild Launch!
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    You are 100% right, haha. Thank you for pointing out that mix-up! Also, Liam's mission was so great! The only issue I had with it was that when I played through it there were audio glitches, so I missed about half the dialogue. Even so, I still thought it did a fantastic job at shaking up the gameplay and delivering that almost slapstick humor. XD (I'm totally a sucker for space games, too - I am one of the odd ducks who actually *gasp* liked No Man's Sky!)
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    Hi Extra Life Team, I work with a lot of clients (both gaming and non-gaming). This year I've seen a lot of non-gaming brands join the scene through either direct sponsorship (Gillette, DirecTV), or direct involvement (GEICO Gaming). I have non-gaming contacts who would like to join the scene through a philanthropic approach. Sample idea 1: Brand X promotes their product on a streamer's page. For every lead generated, the brand would donate a portion to the streamer and a portion to the charity. Sample idea 2: Brand X does a straight donation and "buys" screen time on a stream/team. Sample idea 3: ??? Is this allowed? Is there a list of "top stream teams" that can be asked? Who would I need to talk to regarding business development? Peter
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    Yeah something like that would work! I'll ask a few friends. Look at a few of the other guild logos to get an idea but I think Vulcan is good.
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    Hi everyone! We're so excited to have our own Guild for Valley Children's! Thank you to all of you who made it possible! My name is Tamar and i work at Valley Children's. Shannon and I will be your contacts at the hospital and are happy to help. We can't wait to meet everyone on Thursday and at future events.
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    Hello @Cire730! You can display your Gamertag or other handle by going to your "Dashboard" > "Edit Your Page" > select the box under your name that says "Show another name on my fundraising page and in search results" > add the name you wish to appear > save your page. Let us know if that helps!
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    Hi new Guildie, Welcome to the Extra Life LA Guild. We’re all glad you’re here and ready to help but sometimes it can be tough to know how to get started. So we made this checklist kit to help you get the ball rolling. Join Discord: Discord is the Guild’s chat app of choice. I know, the last thing you need is another chat app cluttering up your desktop/home screen. Trust us though, Discord is great, and it’s the best way to stay in touch with the guild by far. Join here. Check The Guild Calendar: You can’t help out with events if you don’t know when they’re happening, right? Check the calendar here. Lurk on the Forum: Discord is great for chatting and posting sick memes but for more long form discussions we use the Extra Life Forums. Join The Team: This one isn’t required, but if you want, you can join the LA Guild’s fundraising team. That’s pretty much all you need to know to get started. Any questions you have you can post here or even better on Discord. Veteran Guildies are standing by to help you in any way that you need.
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    Also contact your hospital rep and local guild! They often have resources and materials to help with events. Let us know if you need further assistance with this or contacting your guild/hospital.
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    RavenCon 12 is April 28-30th at the DoubleTree in Williamsburg, VA. This year we have 3 badges available to those willing to offer some time to work the Extra-Life table. This is a great recruitment opportunity. There's lots of gamers in the community that attend this convention and need to hear about Extra-Life. The badges will go to the first 3 people who offer to work the table for at least 4 hours during the convention. They can be split into two chunks of two hours if preferred. More would be greatly appreciated but make sure to enjoy yourself at the convention as well. The hours that need coverage are listed below, so claim whatever time you can. First come, first serve. Friday: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. We're looking to maximize coverage so please try to minimize overlap when scheduling time. Already headed to RavenCon and can't do 4 hours? You're still welcome to spend some time at the table and help out. Reply to this thread (or to the e-mail coming soon) if you're looking to cover any table time so we can give you the details you need about materials and badges. Lastly, thanks to Jillian for helping us get this table.
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    Extra Life Kansas City Guild Meeting Notes April 12th 2017 at Dialectic, Inc. Game Day is November 4th TOP INFO: *Planet Comic Con is coming up soon. Schedule will be released shortly. *New shirts will not be ready before Planet ComicCon Kansas City EVENTS: PAWN AND PINT Charity Night (Unofficial Event) Extra Life Organizer: N/A Location and times: Pawn and Pint, April 18th 7PM to 10PM Events: Unlimited Gaming Schedule: Notes: -$5 Dollars for unlimited Play that night, half will go to Extra Life -We will also be recruiting that night, but no set schedule is needed, just show up in your Extra Life shirt if you want to help with the recruitment efforts. PLANET COMICCON Extra Life Organizer: Sean Albillar Kansas City Convention Center April 28th, 29th, 30th Events: Bingo Cards, Penny wars, Schedule: Schedule for PCKC Notes: *If you need to change your schedule, please contact Sean Albillar via Email or Facebook as soon as possible. *Badges are only issued for days you volunteer and will need to be picked up from the Volunteer check in every day. *Mandatory volunteer training will be held on Thursday the 27th at 7PM to 9PM(ish) for Extra Life Staff, please contact Sean or Lora if you cannot make this. This training will show you where to check in and where our booth is. This is a PCC requirement, not Extra Life. *We will be located in the NEW Planet Entertainment Zone(PEZ) *Food vouchers will be available and distributed by Sean Albillar *No prizes for the first BINGO Cards turned in, only the Raffle Prizes of: A month to loot Crate and a $25 gift card to SoPro. FREE COMIC BOOK DAY Extra Life Organizer: David Finch Location and times: Elite Comics, May 6th 10AM to 5PM Events: Recruiting Penny War etc. Schedule: NEEDS VOLUNTEERS Notes: *Slow fun event at a comic book shop out in Overland Park. Come on out and help out. *COMMENT BELOW IF YOU CAN HELP OUT! . MAKER FAIRE Extra Life Organizer: David Finch/Brigid Derby Location and times: June 24th(10AM to 6PM) and 25th(10AM to 5PM) Events: Makers needed, anything you are willing to donate to the booth to be sold for 100% proceeds going to Extra Life Schedule: To be determined Notes: *Only five wristbands available for the weekend, expect long shifts. Additional Information: TRAINING NOTES /BASIC RULES FOR CONVENTIONS: 1) Show up for your shift, if you cannot make it, make contact with the Organizer at least the day before your shift. Contact Info will be provided at the booth, or contact via Facebook. 2) Only Extra Life shirts or appropriate Cosplay at the booths. Cosplay is good in that it attracts people, but do remember we are representing a children's charity. 3) Read over forms submitted to ensure that they are legible and filled out completely. Illegible forms cannot be submitted, all info is needed to put them into the system 4) Dice and Sopro free time are given out only to people who sign up. 5) Come up with an elevator speech to use at the booth. Key things to remember are: -Extra Life is a Gaming Charity -100%of funds raised to go Children's Miracle Network, local hospital KU Med. -We game for 24 hours in November, and looking to sign people up. If you need help, please look over this link to get an idea of what to say: http://community.extra-life.org/forums/topic/4159-elevator-speeches/ PENNY WARS: A simple game, donate money to support your favorite game system. Traditionally coins are considered positive points, while dollars are negative points. (For PCKC, all money is positive points to simplify the game due to crowd size). BINGO: an Honor system game used to draw people to the booth. Small prizes are usually handed out but may depend on crowd size. Idea is that they turn in the cards at our booth and we then talk about Extra Life. Next meeting: May 10th at TBD, event will be posted on Facebook in a reasonably timely manner HAVE ANY IDEAS FOR AN EVENT EXTRA LIFE CAN ATTEND? FEEL FREE TO COMMENT BELOW!
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    Extra Credits is an excellent YouTube channel run by people who work in the video game industry and like to share their knowledge and opinions with the wider world in concise, well-made videos. One of their series, Extra Frame, delves into the various facets of video game animation. In a recent episode, animator Daniel Floyd explains in great detail what might have gone wrong with Mass Effect: Andromeda's animation that led to such large public outcry against the facial animations, lip sync, and the recently patched eye issues. The veteran animator made it clear that the issue isn't just "bad animation is bad, make it better." Rather, it is a multifacted issue with a number of possible contributing factors - the failure of any one aspect could bring the rest crumbling down and lead to a visual mess. Floyd stresses that players must understand that animation can be done very differently in the video game business. Games like the Uncharted series often custom animate everything from the ground up, but they can do those bespoke animations because they only have to animate about 8 hours of total scenes or interactions. A project like Mass Effect can have upwards of 40 hours of animation to be done, and when you are on a schedule tackling that much work on a custom level becomes impossible. The demands of large-scale RPGs that requires animation that accounts for different player choices results in devs turning toward the use of algorithms. Some people in the gaming community have pointed their fingers as the algorithm approach as the culprit behind Andromeda's visual shortcomings, but that's not quite right, either. Many games use this approach to create baseline interactions that they can then further customize later on in the development cycle. Even The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt made use of an algorithm to generate many of its more mundane interactions. So if it isn't the system, what exactly caused all the problems in Andromeda? Daniel Floyd speculates that any number of issues might have occurred. It could be bugs affecting the algorithm tags that are supposed to be telling the character models how to act. It could be that compressing the files to fit on a disc or online for release resulted in a garbling the animation data. It also might not have anything to do with the algorithm at all. Mass Effect: Andromeda makes use of EA's Frostbite engine while the previous Mass Effect series was done completely in modified versions of Unreal Engine 3. Switching engines is always a pretty tricky task for any developer. All the assets and systems used in the old engine no longer apply. To create a new Mass Effect in a new engine required BioWare to start from scratch when it came to their assets and animation. Floyd points out that BioWare already had some experience with Frostbite from Dragon Age: Inquisition, but the new engine might still have presented a significant stumbling block for the development team for a Mass Effect game. Floyd takes time to mention Johnathan Cooper, an ex-BioWare animator, who gave a brief analysis of Andromeda's animation kerfuffle. Cooper explains that, essentially, the gaming audience has become more discerning. Gamers have access to easy sharing tools and game capture and are able to share goofs and slip-ups more easily than ever before. That combines with what Cooper believes to be an overly ambitious and overly confident development team that thought they could go back and tune all the animations by hand (which definitely proved not to be the case in the finished product). These problems could have been eliminated or alleviated with more development time, more money, or a more reigned-in scope for Andromeda. The tools are likely all there to have shipped Andromeda with some fantastic animation, but the visition and expectations of the development team would have needed to be different. Floyd closes out the video with a quote we should all keep in mind going forward as a way to reign in our expectations and our anger when something we love doesn't quite turn out to be as great as we'd hoped: "Game development is just like this sometimes. You set out to do a new thing that you've never tried before or you try to do an old thing in a more ambitious, new way. You plan it as best you can. Sometimes it works out great, but other times things go wrong - you run into problems you could have never predicted. Before you know it your plan has gone awry and you have no way to fix it before the deadline and it just sucks." I'd be willing to bet there will be some interesting postmortem interviews on Mass Effect: Andromeda's development released in the coming years. For now, let's enjoy what we have and perhaps coming patches and DLC can bring Andromeda more in line with BioWare's grand vision.
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    We’re kicking off the “Design our T for a trip to E3” contest for the 5th year in-a-row! The contest is simple - submit a design for the Official Extra Life 2017 Platinum T-shirt and if your design wins, you and your best bud get airfare, two nights at a nearby hotel and passes to E3 2017 as Extra Life's special guests! Here's a complete list of the perks: Your design will become the official T-shirt design of Extra Life 2017 and end up in the closets of thousands of Extra Lifers A free* trip to E3 2017 in Los Angeles, CA on June 13-15 for you and a friend (includes airfare and a two night stay in a nearby hotel), two passes to E3 2017 and some new threads featuring your design. When people ask where you got such awesome apparel you can point to your brain and wink at them Your design will be inducted into the Extra Life T-shirt Hall of Fame HOW IT WORKS Register to participate in Extra Life 2017 here. Only designs of registered participants will be considered. Download and review these documents in full for submission details. Design Guidelines_2017.pdf Terms and Conditions_2017 Final.pdf 2017 T-shirt Contest_Required Files_Download.zip Submit your design here by Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017, at 11:59 pm PST. The top designs will be selected by the Extra Life team and subject to voting by Likes on Facebook starting Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 12:00pm PST. Voting closes on Friday, May 12, 2017, at 12:00 pm PST and the design that garners the most Likes wins! The winner will be contacted and announced the same week. QUESTIONS? If your question is not answered within the Design Guidelines or Terms & Conditions/Official Rules documents, please leave a comment below or click here to email us. View full article
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    You all are awesome! Just want to throw this out there - if you have ideas that you think would help persuade your friends/coworkers/etc. to join and help you out, we're all ears! i.e. Game features/BTS app features/marketing/etc. We're still working out bugs, designing new games - but overall trying to make it a better experience for you and we love to see campaigns funded! It's free money going to great causes, just like Zyaldar mentioned! Happy gaming! (If you want you can PM me as well: hans@beetheswarm.com)
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    Currently going through the FFX HD remake on my Vita. Man, I love Final Fantasy Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Pretzcon is being held April 28th - 30th. Event schedule is : Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 AM Saturday 8:00 AM - 1:00 AM Sunday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM We encourage all of our guild members to attend, even if you aren't recruiting at the booth! With such a large event taking place, it's a great time to get out and have some fun. Even if you are just attending the event, when you talk to people, it's an excellent opportunity to simply mention that you're a part of Extra-Life Omaha Guild and if they would like more information, that there will be a booth for people to sign up. Since @siddichan is running an Extra-Life stream the same dates as Pretzcon, she has generously offered to invite new signups from Pretzcon to be featured on her Twitch stream if they would like. Sign-up for the Extra-Life booth here:https://drive.google.com/open?id=19yHXzj-1sBwhluxabEx92b8AZK9UfcXYUjOqqWrgOro
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    Anyone can do it! It's so much fun and it's an amazing way to help fund raise your campaign!
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    So, I've been hitting up the Joe Nerds stores during the big sale weekends and buying a boat load of shirts. I was going to make Video Game pillow cases! (STILL need to find someone that can sew) But literally just thought of the idea a few months ago and apparently it's popular. I was just going to make ppl do donations for each one in supporting ExtraLife/SickKids.
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    Hi everyone! My name is Sanjana and I am part of Student Game Developers at UVA. We are a group of students with a passion for video games, both playing them and developing them. We are hoping to organize an event at the university to involve students in this awesome cause. Congrats on the new guild and I am looking forward to working with you guys to plan an awesome game day this year!
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    From the March recap email: $9,694,148 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Last year at ECCC, I talked to a middle school teacher who was trying to get one of his afterschool clubs involved. I think he said community service hours were required for graduation, and that Extra Life would be a fun way to fulfill that! Sounds like a great idea, with the discretion of the school. At my university, there's actually a whole group of students (from the gaming club) who stream for Extra Life.
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    It was awesome to meet everyone at GamerCon this weekend. Thanks to all who signed up for Extra-Life to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. If you didn't get a chance to see us at the Con or were on the fence about signing up, don't worry, you can still get involved. Please reach out to me here on the community forum and/or head over to www.extra-life.org to sign up today!
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    Here's another idea that might be beneficial. At ECCC in Seattle this year, we had several Boy Scout troop leaders show interest in getting their troop involved. So if you know any troop leaders, it might be worth reaching out to them and letting them know what EL is all about.
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    Hey Extra Life Philadelphia! We would love for you all to join us for our next Guild meeting this Saturday, 4/1 at 12:30PM. It will be held at the Buerger Center (building adjacent to CHOP Main Hospital) - 3500 Civic Center Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19104. You can park in the Buerger Center underground garage, take escalators to the 2nd floor Welcome Desk to check-in. The meeting will take place in Conference Room #2106A on the 2nd floor. Complimentary parking passes will be available to those who park in the Buerger garage. Get to know your Guild - new and current members are all welcome! We will discuss what happened at Extra Life United (we have awesome news!!) this past week and upcoming events and tournaments. We also will discuss new leadership roles and upcoming social events. Don't forget to bring your bagged lunch, and look forward to seeing you all! Please RSVP to mcintoshg@email.chop.edu if you're able to attend. Grace McIntosh and Shelby Andrews - CHOP David Whelan - Guild President
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    Agreed BTS has been good for our Extra Life efforts. Already created our campaign!
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    At a past meeting there was a request for additional challenges and activities to do at recruiting events. I just saw a game that could be good for challenges. The Disney Afternoon Collection [trailer] is clearly kid-friendly and they've included time attack and boss rush challenges. The downside is it's only going to be available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One when it's release on April 18.
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    Getting some feedback from the Atlanta Guild members for the monthly meetings in 2017. Please take a moment to give your response to the poll. Feel free to provide any feedback.
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    http://skillet.lifehacker.com/sneaky-philanthropy-dinner-parties-turn-a-night-with-1793167164 I saw this article today and thought it might be a good way to recruit as well as fund raise. The basic gist is you have a dinner party and ask that people contribute towards Extra Life what they would have spent going out to dinner. Throw in some before or after dinner board games and it might work well for recruitment as well. Has anyone here ever tried anything like this?
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    I love the beam community. Just started the Beam Stream Team on here. Going to try and spread the charity streams. A lot of good friends are now partnered. The community is growing rapidly. I wouldn't mind being apart of this either I would also like an invite to the team as well. Thanks!!
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    Join the Official Extra Life Stream Team Mondays-Sundays on the Official Extra Life Twitch Channel!
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    Name: Niki Sumpter Years Doing Extra-Life: 3 years Why I Extra-Life: I'm a mom and a Game store owner. A friend introduced me to Extra-Life. Her son has diabeties and she always talks about what an amazing hospital we have here. I am blessed in never having to need it but to support all those that do we use our store to bring together our little community to do what we can to support the Children's Hospital so they can support the families in need. Team(if any): GameSpace Other "Stuff": We focus on community games in our store rather than online streaming, we will be doing a lot of tabletop games (D&D, MTG, Pandemic) mixed in with Retro gaming.