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  1. Year Over Year Reports

    Hey Guys We had these reports in the June Meeting, however wantred to post them up here for your viewing pleasure. What these reports show are our trend over the past few years. We'll try to update these monthly. ExtraLifeFundraisingTotalsByYear.xlsx ExtraLifeYearOverYear.xlsx
  2. Big Crowd!

    From the album Otakon 2016

    This is our biggest con of the year, with an average of nearly 30,000 attendees annually.
  3. Recruiting!

    From the album Otakon 2016

  4. Raffle Prizes

    From the album Otakon 2016

  5. Recruiting!

    From the album Otakon 2016

  6. 2016 Totals

    Do we have official totals for 2016 yet? Last I heard we hit $9mill. And also total players. I was wanting to update the 2015(with 2014 totals) trifold flyer for an up coming event.I figure we are: $30+ million total 7200% increase in funds raised since 2008 no idea on funds per player. $163 if we had 55k players like 2015
  7. Introducing Myself

    A bunch of friends and I just found out about this last year and we thought it was good idea. This is my second year doing extra life still trying to figure out how every thing works. My friends and I have decided we had a blast doing Extra Life last year that we want to help out this year. My moms friend introduced it to me and asked if I wanted to be on his team. We are a bit younger group about 10-16. We rose some money for a bunch of teens trying to help over $100. This year my friends and I are going to try and get more involved and try to meet our goal of $800. This year we hope we can be more organised. Last year we started at the end of October and lots of people couldn't come or help out all 24 hours or couldn't even come at all. This year starting really early to get a head start. I'm glad that Extra Life has found a way to raise money with interesting kids to help out as well and many others who like video gaming. I hope we have a great year!!
  8. 2016 was a mind-blowing year in the world of games. VR, massive Kickstarter successes and failures, games that pushed the boundaries of what games can be, 2016 had it all. Jeremy, Daniel, and Jack bring their number one game of the year along with one honorable mention apiece. What games from the past year will be remembered as one of the best games period? Each week we will be tackling a video game, old or new, that at least one of us believes deserves to stand as one of the greatest games of all time. We'll dive into its history, development, and gameplay, while trying to argue for or against the game of the week. Sometimes we will be in harmonious agreement, other times we might be fighting a bitter battle to the very end. However each episode shakes out, we hope that everyone who listens will find the show entertaining and informative. Outro music: Undertale 'Sunny Day Drive' by Just Coffee (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03474) 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! You can also follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday View full article
  9. 2016 was a mind-blowing year in the world of games. VR, massive Kickstarter successes and failures, games that pushed the boundaries of what games can be, 2016 had it all. Jeremy, Daniel, and Jack bring their number one game of the year along with one honorable mention apiece. What games from the past year will be remembered as one of the best games period? Each week we will be tackling a video game, old or new, that at least one of us believes deserves to stand as one of the greatest games of all time. We'll dive into its history, development, and gameplay, while trying to argue for or against the game of the week. Sometimes we will be in harmonious agreement, other times we might be fighting a bitter battle to the very end. However each episode shakes out, we hope that everyone who listens will find the show entertaining and informative. Outro music: Undertale 'Sunny Day Drive' by Just Coffee (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03474) 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! You can also follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday
  10. I wanted to take a moment to update everyone on how our year has gone, and what we have coming in store for the coming year - as I've been putting together my notes, however, I'm starting to see that there's just too much to put into one post. As a result, I'm going to be making a few posts every couple days for the next week or so. My thanks, in advance, for taking the time to read along. 2016 has been one of Stranger Things than usual. Most of the guild's volunteer leadership chose to step down this year for a variety of reasons (new jobs, other commitments, etc). At the same time, we were also moved to a new point of contact at Rainbow Babies. With leadership on both sides of the fence undergoing a change, our year started off in something of a bit of limbo, and cost us some early momentum. Fortunately, late summer-time saw things start to pick back up, with Samantha Davison kicking things off from the Hospital side of things, and getting us organized back into regular, monthly meetings - and arranging a couple of events for us to attend and recruit new members. Despite this slow start - we've had a really strong year this year. In 2015 we managed to raise an impressive $43,760. The year isn't quite over yet, and we're sitting at $49,711 - less than $300 from a huge $50,000 finish. (This is a great time to remind everyone that you can still take donations through the end of the year - if you're sitting on any offline donations, get them in NOW). This was all done by just 308 of us - a slight dip in overall membership from 2015, but that just makes the amount we've each raised all the more impressive. A huge THANK YOU goes to everyone in the guild for their efforts this year. If we all chip in just $1 more before the end of the year, we can cross that $50,000 barrier. Stay tuned later this week, as I'll be posting soon about leadership for 2017 - as well as opportunities for us to get together more often (and not just for meetings). You've all done a GREAT amount of work for Extra Life and for UH Rainbow Babies & Children's. Let's make some noise in the comments below!
  11. December 2016 Guild Meeting

    Hey All! We'll be doing our December Guild Meeting on December 1st, 7:00pm. This will be at Children's Hospital and Medical Center at 8200 Dodge St. in Glow A on the third floor. You can Park in the visitors parking ramp, entrance faces Methodist Hospital. Also, Childrens' will be providing food, as a celebration of all of our efforts on National Play Day! Hope to see you there!
  12. Game Day 2016

    Anyone who's still lacking a team can feel free to jump on #SpringfieldMAGuild Using the team tracker set up by Nerdery, you can also track team status: http://nerdery.life/dashboard/?team=32671 Already got a team? Here's how to track it: You then use that # instead of 32671 (#SpringfieldMAGuild) and track your own team progress! Hit me up on twitter @ SyntheticXGames I'll be streaming on twitch.tv/serinitism or youtube.com/SyntheticX throughout the day. Josh
  13. Anime St. Louis 2016

    From the album Events & Conventions

  14. October 2016 Update

    Hey, everyone! Here is the full text of the email that was sent out by the elspringfieldguild@gmail.com account today. If you did not receive it and are part of the Springfield MA Guild, please check it out here and then let us know how to reach you for future updates. ELSpfld101516.pdf
  15. Game Day 2016

    Yes it's almost here. 22 days to be exact. I was hoping to put a list together of public events going on around Portland and possible coordinating some game time between us (Overwatch. cough) Event name:Extra-life Maine Location: Double Tree by the mall 24 hours: Yes 7am Saturday to 7am Sunday I will update this list as we get more data. We talked to Hud about an overnight but haven't ironed out the details yet. If anyone is on pc and wants to hook up with my group at home let me know. We are mostly pc gamers but do have rocket league which is cross platform.
  16. Guild Meeting Notes 2016

    This is where I'll post the meeting notes for each of our meetings in 2016. I created one post so that it's easy to look back on what we talked about if there is any questions. New Post every year. Please do not post here! Create a a new post
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  18. Orlando, FL Guild Meeting: October 2016

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    Hello everyone! Join us for our monthly Guild meeting at Gods & Monsters where we will discuss our previous month's guild activities, and discuss what will be coming up! At this meeting: Discussion of upcoming events. Talk about how we can grow the Guild. Continue discussion of the Guilds game day plans for November 5th. Be sure to come with any questions you might have, and be ready to build the Guild to greater heights! Also, check out last month's meeting minutes at the link below if you were unable to attend. Last Meeting's Minutes
  19. Sony held a press event yesterday to officially reveal both the PlayStation 4 Slim and the PlayStation 4 Pro consoles alongside trailers and gameplay of upcoming titles. The slim was declared the new base PS4 model and will become available on September 15 for $299.99. The Slim packs all the power of the traditional PS4 into a smaller package that Sony claims is almost 30% more energy efficient than the original model. The PS4 Pro launches a bit later this year, November 10, and will sell for $399.99. That extra $100 supposedly buys gamers a better gaming experience, 4K resolution for some games, expanded HDR capabilities, and a higher frame rate. Obviously, Sony wants the PS4 Pro to seem like an attractive option for those looking to buy a PlayStation 4 or upgrade from an older model. Presenters like Andrew House and Mark Cerny could hardly refrain from touting the PlayStation 4 Pro's... pros. For example, the PS4 Pro includes custom variations on AMD's Polaris architecture and houses a GPU that Sony states "is considerably more powerful than the GPU included in the standard PS4." It also comes with a whole terabyte of storage space, a nice upgrade from the original PlayStation 4. The vast majority of the announcements pushed the 4K capabilities of the system when paired with a 4K television. Sony was quick to clarify that those with conventional televisions will still notice a marked performance in games that support PS4 Pro's expanded capabilities. Every gameplay clip and trailer was accompanied by someone heralding 4K as if it was the biggest thing in gaming since the leap from NES to SNES. 4K... 4K. 4K! After an hour or so, I couldn't shake the feeling that PS4 Pro was created to specifically to sell more 4K televisions, specifically Sony 4K televisions. I had never heard the term "conventional television" tossed around more in my life, as if 1080p was already an obsolete resolution. I'd be interested to know if the decision to make the PS4 Pro came from PlayStation or if it was a decree from the larger Sony company in an effort to push more Sony products. The cynic in me suspects that, as one of Sony's few profitable divisions, Sony has turned to PlayStation in a bid to leverage sales in less successful parts of the wider business. Sure, you could play PS4 Pro on a "conventional television," or you could enjoy it on a new Sony 4K TV. Oh, and while you're at it, why not pick up a Sony 4K Blu-ray player, since the PS4 Pro can't play 4K Blu-rays? Wait, what? That last point is one of the most mind-boggling things to me; especially when the Xbox One S, PS4 Pro's direct competitor this coming holiday season, already touts 4K gaming (albeit upscaled) with HDR capabilities and can also play 4K Blu-rays. Sony owns the rights to UHD Blu-ray technology, but their device lacks that capability while their competitor proudly lists it as a feature. In an interview with The Guardian, Andrew House clarified why PS4 Pro won't have a 4K Blu-ray player. "Our feeling is that while physical media continues to be a big part of the games business, we see a trend on video towards streaming," he said. "Certainly with our user base, it's the second biggest use case for people's time on the system so we place more emphasis on that area." To say that the PlayStation 4 Pro has been received poorly is a bit of an understatement. Many people derided the console on social media following its announcement. Even the official Xbox account tweeted out a sly jab that has been retweeted over 7,000 times and liked by over 15,000 people. The thing is, I can't figure out to whom the PlayStation 4 Pro is supposed to appeal. Perhaps a slim subset of people who own a 4K TV and money to spend on an upgrade? Maybe someone who hasn't bought a PS4 yet, owns a 4K TV and is willing to drop an extra $100 on a Pro over a Slim? Either way, it seems like a very small market for now. That market seems like it will only be shrinking as we approach the holidays especially when you consider that Sony also plans to release PS VR on October 13 for the same price as the PS4 Pro, $399.99. Oh, and to get PS VR to work, you will also need a PS4 Camera, which PlayStation quietly redesigned and will be launching September 15 for $59. If you wanted to get into all of the things Sony is offering in the coming months to the highest degree, PS4 Pro, 4K TV, 4K Blu-ray player, PS VR, and a PS4 Camera, it could easily rack up the bill to well over $1,500, which you will recognize as a rather large number. Any way you shake it, the main takeaway from the 2016 PlayStation Meeting speaks clearly: Please buy 4K TVs and maybe a few other things - preferably from Sony. If you missed the announcements and want to watch the full 3-hour stream, you can view it below.
  20. Sony held a press event yesterday to officially reveal both the PlayStation 4 Slim and the PlayStation 4 Pro consoles alongside trailers and gameplay of upcoming titles. The slim was declared the new base PS4 model and will become available on September 15 for $299.99. The Slim packs all the power of the traditional PS4 into a smaller package that Sony claims is almost 30% more energy efficient than the original model. The PS4 Pro launches a bit later this year, November 10, and will sell for $399.99. That extra $100 supposedly buys gamers a better gaming experience, 4K resolution for some games, expanded HDR capabilities, and a higher frame rate. Obviously, Sony wants the PS4 Pro to seem like an attractive option for those looking to buy a PlayStation 4 or upgrade from an older model. Presenters like Andrew House and Mark Cerny could hardly refrain from touting the PlayStation 4 Pro's... pros. For example, the PS4 Pro includes custom variations on AMD's Polaris architecture and houses a GPU that Sony states "is considerably more powerful than the GPU included in the standard PS4." It also comes with a whole terabyte of storage space, a nice upgrade from the original PlayStation 4. The vast majority of the announcements pushed the 4K capabilities of the system when paired with a 4K television. Sony was quick to clarify that those with conventional televisions will still notice a marked performance in games that support PS4 Pro's expanded capabilities. Every gameplay clip and trailer was accompanied by someone heralding 4K as if it was the biggest thing in gaming since the leap from NES to SNES. 4K... 4K. 4K! After an hour or so, I couldn't shake the feeling that PS4 Pro was created to specifically to sell more 4K televisions, specifically Sony 4K televisions. I had never heard the term "conventional television" tossed around more in my life, as if 1080p was already an obsolete resolution. I'd be interested to know if the decision to make the PS4 Pro came from PlayStation or if it was a decree from the larger Sony company in an effort to push more Sony products. The cynic in me suspects that, as one of Sony's few profitable divisions, Sony has turned to PlayStation in a bid to leverage sales in less successful parts of the wider business. Sure, you could play PS4 Pro on a "conventional television," or you could enjoy it on a new Sony 4K TV. Oh, and while you're at it, why not pick up a Sony 4K Blu-ray player, since the PS4 Pro can't play 4K Blu-rays? Wait, what? That last point is one of the most mind-boggling things to me; especially when the Xbox One S, PS4 Pro's direct competitor this coming holiday season, already touts 4K gaming (albeit upscaled) with HDR capabilities and can also play 4K Blu-rays. Sony owns the rights to UHD Blu-ray technology, but their device lacks that capability while their competitor proudly lists it as a feature. In an interview with The Guardian, Andrew House clarified why PS4 Pro won't have a 4K Blu-ray player. "Our feeling is that while physical media continues to be a big part of the games business, we see a trend on video towards streaming," he said. "Certainly with our user base, it's the second biggest use case for people's time on the system so we place more emphasis on that area." To say that the PlayStation 4 Pro has been received poorly is a bit of an understatement. Many people derided the console on social media following its announcement. Even the official Xbox account tweeted out a sly jab that has been retweeted over 7,000 times and liked by over 15,000 people. The thing is, I can't figure out to whom the PlayStation 4 Pro is supposed to appeal. Perhaps a slim subset of people who own a 4K TV and money to spend on an upgrade? Maybe someone who hasn't bought a PS4 yet, owns a 4K TV and is willing to drop an extra $100 on a Pro over a Slim? Either way, it seems like a very small market for now. That market seems like it will only be shrinking as we approach the holidays especially when you consider that Sony also plans to release PS VR on October 13 for the same price as the PS4 Pro, $399.99. Oh, and to get PS VR to work, you will also need a PS4 Camera, which PlayStation quietly redesigned and will be launching September 15 for $59. If you wanted to get into all of the things Sony is offering in the coming months to the highest degree, PS4 Pro, 4K TV, 4K Blu-ray player, PS VR, and a PS4 Camera, it could easily rack up the bill to well over $1,500, which you will recognize as a rather large number. Any way you shake it, the main takeaway from the 2016 PlayStation Meeting speaks clearly: Please buy 4K TVs and maybe a few other things - preferably from Sony. If you missed the announcements and want to watch the full 3-hour stream, you can view it below. View full article
  21. Cartamundi Family Fun Day

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    Cartamundi is an international card game company that bought the Hasbro factory in East Longmeadow. On September 10, they will be hosting a Family Fun Day at this factory, and we have been granted table space to invite people to join Extra Life! We need a few people who can come out and help. This basically consists of hanging out, talking to families who come by who probably already understand the importance of Baystate Children's Hospital, and telling them who we are and what we do and how their game time can be a part of helping Baystate provide the services area kids need. Since this is our first official public event as a guild, and I've already gone and done one with Boston, I understand there may be a lot of questions about how this works and I will gladly answer them (I also suspect Shawn is watching sometimes and may be able to answer some, as well). I will be there the whole time, but it'd be great if we could get at least two other people so we can each take some time to check out the festivities. They will also have hot dogs and hamburgers for $1, including chips and a drink, in case you don't bring a lunch. The schedule of events is below: SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 10:30 – 12:30 Factory tours (enter at Door 20) 11:00 a.m. Fun on the ball field begins 11:00 – 3:00 Dancing and singing to the sounds of DJ Eddie Nieves 11:00 – 2:30 Food served 1:00 – 2:00 Bingo for young players (2-13) 2:00 – 3:00 Bingo for experienced players 2:30 50/50 raffle
  22. Orlando, FL Guild Meeting: August 2016

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    Hello everyone! Join us for our monthly Guild meeting at Gods & Monsters where we will discuss our previous month's guild activities, and discuss what will be coming up! At this meeting: Discussion of upcoming events. Brainstorm features of a welcome packet for new Extra Lifers. Talk about how we can grow the Guild. Start discussion of the Guilds gameday plans for November 5th. Be sure to come with any questions you might have, and be ready to build the Guild to greater heights! Also, check out last month's meeting minutes at the link below if you were unable to attend. They can be found at the bottom of the thread.
  23. Orlando, FL Guild Meeting: September 2016

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    Hello everyone! Join us for our monthly Guild meeting at Gods & Monsters where we will discuss our previous month's guild activities, and discuss what will be coming up! At this meeting: Discussion of upcoming events. Unveil and discuss the new recruit welcome packet Talk about how we can grow the Guild. Continue discussion of the Guilds game day plans for November 5th. Be sure to come with any questions you might have, and be ready to build the Guild to greater heights! Also, check out last month's meeting minutes at the link below if you were unable to attend. Last Meeting's Minutes
  24. September Meeting

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    Waiting on confirmation for the exact location, will likely be at Baystate. We will be having a meeting to plan for the fall and, if still needed, discuss the open VP position. This and the August meetings will be very important as we're in the final stretch to get people involved before Game Day 2016, so please make an effort to attend and ket us know to expect you!