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    No official announcements per say, but we did mention on the Game Day broadcast that ELU would March 7th-10th. More to come!
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    Guild Leaders, Let's Chat! We have a lot to be thankful for this year! Namely, the amazing participation and support from Guilds across the US and Canada. Swing by the Discord and let's chat about 2017, what worked, what didn't and what we can do to finish strong for Extra Life until the end of the year. I really enjoyed our chat in September, so please let's gather once more before the end of the year!
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    Hey All, I'm starting this thread with the intend of spreading the word of Extra Life partner linked Humble Bundles for the humans on this forum. But also and mainly in the sense of letting the interweb crawlers and what nots pick them up to and do what they do to spread ye olde word. o/
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    Fueled with a love of retro PC RPGs and the dream of reviving them for the current generation, four Finnish developers put everything on the line to craft Legend of Grimrock. Their creation climbed to the top of the Steam sales charts and spawned both a sequel and a successful Kickstarter for a live-action series (which has yet to materialize). While it certainly has flawed AI and a repetitive environment, Legend of Grimrock deserves another look for the way it brought a dormant genre back to life. With schedules being what they are, sometimes coordinating a full episode of The Best Games Period can be difficult. When we can't have a proper discussion, we will be breaking off to do these shorter mini-casts, Honorable Mentions, to talk about fringe games that we might not otherwise be able to talk about on a full episode. Outro music: Secret of Mana 'Variations of Fear' by Kylok, Bree, and Trev Wignall (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03647) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is (sometimes) available as well, so you can watch what we are talking about while we talk about it! If you want to have your opinion heard on air, share your opinion in the comments, follow the show on Twitter, and participate in the weekly polls: @BestGamesPeriod New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday View full article
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    Article written by Ryan Juel, a third-year participant who raises funds for Gillette Children's Speciality Healthcare. My brother David was in a nasty car crash in April of 2008. After swerving to avoid a deer, he hit a tree, whacked his head on the steering wheel and suffered traumatic brain injury. After 4 weeks in a medically induced coma, he had to re-learn everything. He had to learn to walk, talk, eat, get dressed, everything. Things we take for granted, like opening a jug of milk or holding a hand of cards were difficult if not impossible for him after his injury. He also spent two or three months at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare at he recovered. It was tough, but he persevered. David managed to graduate high school with a 4.0 GPA. I owe a significant debt to Hennepin County Medical Center and Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. They literally saved his life. And this is why I do what I do. This year I raised $1100 from my Extra Life stream. 7 3/4 hours of Dance Dance Revolution. It's a great workout, can you tell?
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    Atlus announced yesterday that Vanillaware's unique action-RPG Dragon's Crown would be making its way to the PlayStation 4 early next year with a grip of improvements over the original. Dragon's Crown takes place in the same fantasy world as Vanillaware's previous titles, GrimGrimoire and Odin Sphere. It stars a cast of six characters in a side-scrolling melee reminiscent of the Golden Axe arcade titles mixed with more modern RPG mechanics. Players had to face down a myriad of dungeons to uncover the secrets of the titular Dragon's Crown. It can be played solo or co-op with up to four players, Gauntlet style. It made a significant splash in the lead up to its PlayStation 3 and Vita release for its exaggerated, extreme art style. Dragon's Crown Pro will give the original a face-lift with 4K resolution and updated artwork compatible with that increased fidelity. The soundtrack has been remastered with a live orchestra to imbue the action with a more robust soundscape. It's really a boon to any gamers out there looking for a new co-op experience to enjoy with friends. Dragon's Crown Pro will be available for the PlayStation 4 sometime Spring 2018. View full article
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    Edit: It's out! https://mahn.bandcamp.com/releases Hey everyone! This is my 3rd year supporting Extra Life, and my main source of fundraising has been streaming and donations through Twitch. I teamed up with a back in April for a "Pretty Princess" stream with a friend of mine where we raised ~$1,400 for Extra Life! Shortly after though, due to personal reasons, I had to stop streaming on a regular basis. But I had a project on the backburner that I wanted to put whatever free time and energy I had into, and try to raise some money for EL before the end of the year. I've been playing music for 20 years, but never did an actual music project or album. I decided to change that, and I'll be releasing a six-track EP tomorrow (Wednesday, 12/5) called "World Warriors", a homage to the Street Fighter series. The concept is mixing and mashing metal songs, old and new, with video game music. The Chrono Trigger battle theme sounds like "The Trooper" from Iron Maiden? Let's do a song called Chrono Trooper! You get the idea I'll be doing a stream on Twitch on 12/5 at 6:30 PM ET as a "release party", and I'll play a few songs live. But once I release the album on Bandcamp, the "Pay More" option will be enabled. If you buy the album and pay more above the minimum price ($3 for a digital copy, $5 for a physical copy), I'll collect the additional money and donate it to Extra Life before the year end. I'll edit this post with the Bandcamp link once I release the album, but if you'd like to support on stream tomorrow, my Twitch channel is below! twitch.tv/mahn Promo video:
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    You've got me and David all day Saturday ;-)
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    Hey everyone this is reposted from cindy in the facebook group! "Hey gang! Wanted everyone to know our next meeting will be on Saturday, December 16th at the hospital. We will be celebrating with pizza! Also, the numbers look great! We are currently at $101,342 and still have a month left to fundraise (last year finished at $102,274). Wooooooot! Keep up the great work!" We Will be meeting at 12pm Here is the Hospital address/directions for those who need them Johns Hopkins Children's Center 1800 Orleans St, Baltimore, MD 21287 Parking is directly across the hospital in the Orleans Street Garage. When you arrive you will take the elevator to the 4th floor and cross the sky bridge on the right side of the garage to get to the Children's Center Lobby.
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    I will totes buy you a burrito if you come. Note: I owe @allthewayj cookies I now owe @K8Morosky a burrito
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    I thought, during the game day stream, they said March 7-10 would be Momentum/ELU.
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    Still hoping to reach your personal or team fundraising goal? Check out our twist on the 12 Days of Christmas....Extra Life style!#12daysofgaming #extralifeATL 12 Days of Gaming 2017_Extra Life Atlanta.pdf
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    Humble Book Bundle: Stellar Sci-Fi & Fantasy https://www.humblebundle.com/books/scifi-fantasy-tachyon-books?partner=144206
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    Humble Book Bundle: Java by O'Reilly https://www.humblebundle.com/books/java-books?partner=144206
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    Humble Bundle Fall Sale https://www.humblebundle.com/store?partner=144206https://www.humblebundle.com/store?partner=144206
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    Brütal Legend https://www.humblebundle.com/store/brutal-legend?partner=144206
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    Maybe Sparta Games or the Game Shoppe would be a place we could play or even possibly have a meeting at every once in a while? I like Dave & Busters or one of those type of places also.
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    Killer is Dead - Nightmare Edition https://www.humblebundle.com/store/agecheck/killer-is-dead-nightmare-edition?partner=144206
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    Humble Monthy Sub: Starting with H1Z1 https://www.humblebundle.com/monthly?partner=144206
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    We would LOVE to feature board games! Let's do it! I'll message you on facebook and we'll get you set up!
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    I would definitely help! I'm sorry I didn't see this sooner! There are multiple ways to do all of the things that you want to do, and I would be glad to help you out! Let's set up a time to get together and get you set up.
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    Humble Comics Bundle: James Bond https://www.humblebundle.com/books/james-bond-comics?partner=144206
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    Have you looked at these Best Practices? They should help!
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    Since some of us don't use XSplit there was a topic on divying out keys to those who do. I thought I'd start a thread as a place for anyone to offer their donation reward keys if they choose not to use them. So far the keys I immediately know of are the XSplit 3 month license and Carved custom phone case. I've given my XSplit key away and still have the Carved key if anyone wants it (they don't have my phone as an option). @herobyclicking mentioned that you could use them as donation incentives in your own circles if you wish, but if you just want to drop it here you certainly can. I would advise not posting the actual keys in this thread, just DM them to who you want to give it to.
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    Article written by Canadian Zangeif, a fourth-year participant who raises money for the Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. 2013 was the best and worst year of my life. My wife and I were expecting our first child and every day waiting for him was electric. Our son was born September 2, 2013 after an emergency c-section. The labour was tough on both my boy, Magnus and my wife, Jennifer, but they made it through and the feeling of joy was indescribable. My wife and I had to stay in the hospital due to complications with the c-section, and Magnus was transferred to the NICU because he had to be fed intravenously, due to trouble eating because of an obstruction in his bowels. The doctors started planning for surgery. Those days were tough, we were pretty much living out of the hospital and I spent more than my fair share sleepoing on the floor, going to and from work in the hospital. The surgery went well, and then as recovery was observed it turned out Magnus developed a blood clot which was showering pieces into his lungs so Magnus was then put on a ventilator. His health slowly started to fade because he was unable to fight the infection and he was too young to handle the clot busters. I vividly remember a moment when he opened his eyes for only a moment and it gave us hope. Late on the night of December 7, we got the call that everyone from our family should come right away because Magnus wasn’t doing well. We rushed out of bed and out the door without thinking, refusing to believe the worst. Magnus left us that night. My wife and I went through many phases in our grief as time passed. Eventually we settled on being thankful to everything the children’s hospital did because we did get three months and five days longer with our angel Magnus, thanks to their support. Losing a child is something that isn’t supposed to happen, it changes you. Through our grief I noticed an advertisement for Extra Life and I knew I had to participate to help other families from knowing this pain. We have been participating ever since then and have raised a lot of money through friends and family over the years and it feels good to do this in our sons honour. Thank you for listening to our story and why we do extra life.
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    Recent years have seen the rise of visual novels in the gaming landscape, interactive stories with light "choose your own adventure" elements. If you've ever dreamed of making your own visual novel, Degica Games is gearing up to release Visual Novel Maker in November. Essentially, Visual Novel Maker follows the RPG Maker conceit of allowing someone to create what they want with little to no programming expertise. The set of tools in Visual Novel Maker includes support for click, drag and drop, or type interfaces for the stories users are itching to tell. Completed games can be played on PC, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. Of course what is a visual novel without the visuals? Visual Novel Maker comes with 11 different characters, each with a variety of outfits and expressions. Those characters don't exist within a black void, either, as the software tool comes with over 150 pre-made backgrounds. Those who prefer to create their own art can import it into the game or even use Live2D to include some animations. Same goes for music; a selection of pre-made tracks, but the option to add more personal music if the user desires. Experienced developers can create and add extensions to edit the game or even the toolset itself. Visual Novel Maker releases on November 16 for PC.
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    Video games are wonderfully weird. We all know it, but sometimes it just needs to be said. That weirdness tends to surface in the indie world more than anywhere else. One of the games coming to IndieCade later this week really delves into that strangeness. The Black Window comes courtesy of Flux, an interactive story-telling studio that has worked on various narrative projects since 1999, often far outside the mainstream and with unique approaches to creating their experiences. In the late 1800s, Louisa Collins received a conviction for the murders of her two husbands in 1887 and 1888. She was hanged for her crimes... but was she truly guilty? Players are tasked with uncovering the truth by physically interacting with a custom made wooden spirit board controller to communicate with Collins' in the afterlife. She responds to a wide variety of questions as players delve deeper in their lines of questioning. It's certainly a unique take on mystery solving, but it's unclear if the game will see a wider release. People interested in fringe indie experiments can play The Black Widow for themselves during IndieCade this coming weekend, October 6-8 at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, California. You can learn more about The Black Widow on Flux's website.
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    UNTS UNTS UNTS. The beat of the music gets under your skin. UNTS UNTS UNTS. And rhythmic action seems to fit. Indie studio MythicOwl has revealed their upcoming arcade-music title Trancelation. With trance music blazing in the background, neon colors, and psychedelic shapes draped over unique-looking arcade mechanics, they are hoping to catch the attention of the criminally under-served music and rhythm gaming community. Oh, and it does all of that while attempting to teach the player new languages. “I love arcade games a lot – you dive into the flow, the rhythm, a kind of a trance really, which is maximized by the music and the lightning effects. And if you lose, you immediately hit 'retry' – involuntarily even,” said Piotr Korgul, Trancelation’s lead designer. “I wanted to make a game that would be enjoyable for those reasons. I’ve merged that idea with language learning, and I think no one has done something like this before – and turns out that those both elements fit together perfectly. Neon, trance, electronic music, languages… I know it sounds like a crazy idea, but who doesn’t like crazy ideas?” The core gameplay involves moving a lightning ball by putting together words from various languages. Other game modes task players with picking up glowing dots scattered across the maps. Players will need to navigate around enemies and obstacles or face the loss of a life. To help players have a good time, MythicOwl has included bombs, shields, extra lives, and points for every correct word pairing. Trancelation might not teach you the ins and outs of an entire language, but it might just be able to teach players enough to communicate with others, which would be very cool to see! No official release date has been announced, but Trancelation will be releasing on PC in the near future.
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    Today, January 21, 2017, might be the day after a presidential inauguration for some, and for others it is Saturday after a long week of work but for our family, it is the day we said our goodbyes to the little girl from Orange, Texas. Nine years ago our hearts were broken, our journey had come to an end and with tears streaming down our faces, we told our youngest child, and sister goodbye. When you have a sick child there are no instructions with your journey on what to do, what to say or even how to feel. But when it comes to grieving the loss of a child – it is even worse! There are no amount of words or comfort that can get you through this terrible time. Again, there were no instructions on how to get through such a terrible loss as a family. But yesterday I came across these words and I think they fit perfectly in what I wanted to say today to each of you. “We need to remind ourselves that no matter what happens, we have the ability to handle it. We need to remind ourselves that the best thing we can do is to keep on living in the best ways we know how…spreading love and joy and telling the truth…and standing up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. We need to just keep going while we see how things pan out. We need to remind ourselves that everyone is doing the best they can…and the very best thing we can do to help the world and help our lives is to continue to do the best we can do, too…no matter what comes along in life.” Many of you know that Extra Life was started by one person’s friendship with a young girl whose only dream was to live a normal life. Jeromy Adams is an example of what just ONE person can achieve. Jeromy was determined to do something to help others. Both Jeromy and Tori showed us that ONE person can make a difference. Victoria “Tori” was an inspiration to others. She did not let her life get her down and in fact once wrote something on her blog that stated: “I didn’t choose to get cancer once, I didn’t choose to get it twice, and I certainly didn’t choose to get it three times. Yes, some days I feel like saying my life sucks, but you know what – I don’t! I think to myself why am I sulking about my life when some people don’t even get to live an amazing life like me.” Victoria watched so many little children sick with cancer and other illnesses pass away and never have the chance to really live a life. These children were in hospital beds stuck in a hospital and not out living the life that every child should live – one free of illness. It became her mission in the hospital to inspire and motivate others to be happy, each and every day! Our family has had the privilege of watching Extra Life grow with the seeds of love and devotion that Jeromy has poured into it and the love he had and continues to have for Victoria and Extra Life. Each year we experience the love of the “Gamers” for the children that they are fighting for, as we watch the fundraising numbers grow! Each year we are so amazed by what is accomplished and it all begins with YOU. We are so very humbled each and every single time we meet someone new who gives of their time and energy for all children. Each year, we have been so blessed when stories are shared with us about the impact that Extra Life has had on their own life and others. I hope that this year, I can begin my own blog to share with you some of the many stories that have been told to our family. The stories are both amazing and inspiring. This is why we all embrace Extra Life, for the kids, and the fight inside of all of us to “pay it forward" to others! I want to leave you with these words. YOU are loved. YOU are important. YOU are making a difference! No matter how things turn out, this will never cease to be true. Keep doing the best YOU can. YOU will never know how your life may touch that ONE person and YOU will be forever changed. YOU really are so very loved. A great big thank you to Mike, Liz and the Extra Life Team for a wonderful 2016 year. Your dedication, commitment, and love For The Kids and everyone involved in Extra Life is deeply appreciated. Jo Ellen Enmon Mother to Victoria “Tori” Enmon