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    Bowie, MD
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    World of Warcraft, League of Legends, Overwatch, Fallout 4, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Anime, Comic Books, Tabletop Gaming, Magic the Gathering, Hand Lettering, Graphic Design, Painting, Drawing, Rescue Dogs, Aquaria, Science, Medicine,Technology, Information Technology, Computer Repair

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  1. Otakon


    Hey, guys! Sorry I haven't been as proactive over the last week as I would like. @Yancy_Street can you PM me your cell phone number so I can communicate with you a little easier about tomorrow? @Taco_Girl I hope you will stop by just to say hi!
  2. Guys, we really need stock photography. BAD.
  3. MAJOR update to the Artscape event coming up this weekend. We still need volunteers! Please check out the event post and RSVP if you can help!
  4. Team, We have a skeleton schedule for this weekend but it's pretty bare bones! We need help! Please visit the event page and RSVP, then comment with which shifts you can work. If you don't see a full shift you can work, let us know what you are able to do instead. This is a high traffic event and one person coverage at the table is not going to be pleasant. We had 2-3 volunteers for the majority of the hours last year and we needed them for most of it! Recruitment isn't a high percentage of the total attendees, but the traffic is significant and you have to get through greeting people to get to the ones most likely to participate. Please help! Thanks, guys!
  5. Gamescape at Baltimore Artscape


    @Aaron @Ceraph1216 @NodnarbDude @Taco_Girl @LittleSith I just posted a MAJOR update to this event, as well as the schedule. Please review the schedule. We're desperate for more volunteer coverage! Sorry this is getting finalized so late.
  6. Maker Faire Schedule

    @FinchKC This looks nice in a table. Did you have to manually enter all of this as HTML, or has there been a table function staring me in the face all this time? Thanks for your input. #ohai #totalrandoinyourthread
  7. Awesome Con


    Anyone want to attend just for funsies with me? We just got confirmation that this event is full for this year, and we'll need to apply for it by November/December of this year in order to have space. I want to meet David Tennant though...
  8. We have just officially received word that there is no space available for us at Awesome Con this year, but they'd love to have us next year. We'll need to apply around November or December in order to get in.
  9. Open Play Weekend - Star City Games


    Thank you again to all of our volunteers. The recap for this event and the image gallery are linked below. This event has now been locked, and new comments cannot be added. If you would like to discuss this event, please refer to the recap thread linked above.
  10. Thank you so very much to our wonderful volunteers who helped to staff this event! Our team for the weekend was @Ceraph1216, @NodnarbDude, @Taco_Girl, @LittleSith and myself. Our final results for the two days were 13 unique new Extra-Life sign-ups! Several of these sign ups were for Baltimore, but there was a surprisingly wide travel area among competitors in the event (including someone from Brazil). We had approximately .6 sign-ups per hour for each hour our table/booth was open at the event. Since on average each sign up results in $100 raised, we can approximate that our efforts this weekend raised $1300 for Extra Life, approximately $200 of which was for our local hospital. The top five traffic hours were 9 AM - 12 PM, 1 PM - 3 PM, and 6 PM - 7 PM. There were too many no traffic hours to justify a worst 5 hours list, however it is safe to say that the second day's traffic of the event did not warrant our presence. The low sample size may mean that the traffic information is not externally valid for similar events. If we do other events with SCG, we may seek to only attend on the first day; however, it may be worth doing at least one other event, possibly in the DC market, with both days just to see if this result will be reproduced. Despite relatively unimpressive sign-ups below a goal of 24 sign ups or approximately 2% of the total attendees, this was enormously successful for the "brand" of Extra Life. We put our name out there, built some relationships, and gave out a TON of brochures to people who were afraid to commit. The few people we did sign up were highly engaged and wanted to take Extra Life back to their play groups and game shops to get others to join them. I personally did some networking that could be very beneficial locally and may even result in some good things happening on a regional level. It was absolutely worth attending, and I hope that Star City Games will allow us to attend some of their other upcoming events. Strategies used for this event: short display loop tablet app sign up loose giveaways (no win/participation needed) Positives: plenty of space targeted audience power location was good for visual exposure staff announcer mentioned us during presentation Opportunites: overall foot traffic candy was not effective at all and did not interest this crowd, and most of it went to BCC and security staffer who pocketed handfuls at a time Volunteer Feedback from Post-Event Survey: shift length ok, but perhaps a little long most volunteers found interactions between volunteers or with attendees enjoyable level of engagement from attendees was very good should not staff second day in the future strategies aside from human interaction and tablet use were not especially effective we need a new way to drive traffic to the table at this sort of event, but it can't be disruptive most volunteers felt we were effective as a team most volunteers felt that it is worthwhile to work with SCG or similar events again it was beneficial to speak with people that may not have otherwise heard of us You are all welcome to add any comments you have in response, and thank you again for helping to support this event! I believe it will be slow going with tabletop and trading card events for a while, but our sustained efforts could have a big impact on Extra Life as a whole, not just our local hospital!
  11. Star City Games Open Play Weekend

    This was our first time working with Star City Games, and we had a table in a prominent location that they graciously donated to us.
  12. Smithsonian SAAM Arcade has officially been turned down for this year, however we will collaborate with them next year. In order to participate in their event, we will need to contribute in some way - time, energy, or money. Since we can't provide Smithsonian with financial support, we may staff a game tournament within the event next year or do something similar. I will update everyone next year as this continues to develop.
  13. Gamescape at Baltimore Artscape

    Artscape is a huge festival in Baltimore City. The Baltimore Office of Promotion & Arts hosts a smaller event within the festival called Gamescape, in which indie developers promote their games as a form of artwork. This is a moderately high traffic event with good recruiting, however our audience will not be as targeted as it is at other events. This event can be very busy at times, and will require a minimum of two to three volunteers during high traffic times in order to gain maximum benefit from our presence. There is no limit to the number of volunteers that can attend this event, however we will need to spread coverage out over the weekend. Currently, the schedule is a skeleton crew and will result in the table being overrun with people. We could really use some extra volunteer coverage for this weekend! Having 2 people at the table during the 11 AM to 6 PM period on Saturday and Sunday is really important. Thursday Flexible partial table setup @Ceraph1216 Friday 10 AM to 2 PM includes partial table setup @Aaron 12 PM to 6 PM @Ceraph1216 not sure what times you are available for the afternoon, can you please update? 4 PM to 9 PM includes booth breakdown and lockup If someone else can take this closing shift, it would be very helpful! Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM breakfast provided by University of Baltimore, includes partial table setup @NodnarbDude 12 PM to 6 PM 2 PM to 9 PM includes booth breakdown and lockup @Sarah Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM breakfast provided by University of Baltimore, includes partial table setup @Sarah 12 PM to 6 PM 2 PM to 8 PM includes booth breakdown and lockup @NodnarbDude Please wear your issued badges to this event. PARKING Please plan on parking 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to your volunteering shift. Traffic in the city gets heavy in the late morning, particularly on Friday and Saturday and Artscape causes many road closures. It may become harder to find a garage that is not full on Saturday or Sunday. If at all possible, park at the Fitzgerald parking garage. The Fitzgerald Garage 1201 West Mt. Royal Avenue (Note: the garage is located on Oliver Street - between Maryland and Mt. Royal) Hours: 24/7; Contact: 410.837.6573; Height Restriction: 6’10” Penn Station Lot 21 East Lanvale Street Hours: 24/7; Contact: 410.685.2700 Penn Station Garage 1511 N. Charles Street (No Access from Charles Street during Festival) Hours: 24/7; Contact: 410.783.0213; Height Restriction: 7’ Reservations for Parking Volunteers who will be driving to the convention will incur parking expenses. These parking expenses will not be reimbursed, however they can be written off at your end-of-year tax return as volunteer expenses. Please be sure to request a receipt if you use cash-paid event parking. Retain a copy of your receipts for your tax records. PUBLIC TRANSIT Artscape has a guilde to using public transit here: Volunteers who take public transit to the convention will incur transit expenses. These transit expenses will not be reimbursed, however they can be written off at your end-of-year tax return as volunteer expenses. Retain a copy of your receipts for your tax records. EXPLORING THE EVENT During your volunteer shift (especially since coverage is going to be minimal), you are not permitted to attend performances, however short breaks to explore nearby vendors will be allowed if there is adequate coverage. You are expected to be present at the table and actively recruiting future Extra Life participants. Before or after your volunteer shift, if your badge does not need to be handed off to another volunteer, you are welcome to explore the event. Please feel free to roam the event before or after your volunteer shift. There will be live music, vendors, and artists. This is a fairly typical, though large, street festival. If you attend the event, please be sure to remove/conceal your Extra Life name badge. Before, during, and after your shift — especially every minute that you wear your badge — you are representing Extra Life, Johns Hopkins Children's Center, and the Extra Life Baltimore Guild. Artscape has generously waived their fees for us in order to make it possible for us to attend and volunteer at this event, and it is was a large percentage of our total recruitment in 2016. It is very important that we maintain a great relationship with the staff at Artscape, Gamescape, BOPA, and University of Baltimore so that we can continue to attend. Remember, you are representing a children's charity. Use common sense, and check with @Sarah if you aren't sure if the performance or event you'd like to attend is appropriate. To consider and plan out performances and events you'd like to attend, download the Artscape app from Google Play or iTunes. This is a great resource for additional information about the convention (hours, directions, and updates). LUNCHES AND POTTY BREAKS If you need to take a quick bathroom break and you do not have backup coverage at the table, please take any loose valuable items with you (i.e. laptops, tablets, cell phones). There will be a small lock box available in our booth as well. There are bathrooms located in the building very near to our table. If you have backup coverage at the booth and need to leave to get food or take a bathroom break, please be courteous and let the other volunteer know that you are leaving the table. There are food vendors outside the UB building but they are outrageously expensive. It is strongly suggested to pack a lunch if possible. SIGNING UP TO VOLUNTEER Please let us know when you can volunteer. I will update the event with confirmed volunteer names below the shifts they have agreed to work. We need one volunteer minimum per shift to start off with, however extra coverage during periods that there is a badge free would be appreciated! For additional details, please message @Sarah, @NodnarbDude or @Ceraph1216. Volunteers will receive ongoing updates and instructions throughout the week and during the festival. Thanks so very much for donating your time and energy for the kids!
  14. I have some bittersweet news. We are now confirmed for Artscape, however the BOPA festival manager has indicated that even charitable organizations are required to pay a $700 fee for space. They are willing to allow us to attend, and appear to be waiving the entry fee for this Artscape, but we will no longer be able to attend this event for free. We had about 80 sign ups at last Gamescape, which we can approximate raised $8000 for our local hospital. It will be absolutely vital that we keep accurate sign-up records this year to compare to last year so we can confirm that this would be worth the investment going forward. It was also indicated that in order to have space at Artscape, there should be a tie-in to the arts. We will need to get creative with this in our planning and strategies, and I'm not sure how it will impact our approval for next year.
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