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  1. CON SEASON 2017 HAS BEGUN! (ノ^ヮ^)ノ*:・゚✧ A few important changes in the way I'll be organizing events this year: I'm trying to set up DC Metro Area events this year, and we'll be bringing along any Children's fundraisers who would like to volunteer but can't due to the lack of a functional Extra Life DC Guild. I'm going to try to contain general discussion and questions about events to their event pages, which will make things easier for everyone to follow. RSVPing on events will be more important than last year because we have an influx of new volunteers and badges will be limited. I will be updating this thread throughout the 2017 fundraising season. For general information about upcoming events, this is your one-stop-shop. You can also follow the Calendar for our guild. Most event-specific details will be on the individual pages, which I'll be linking here. I will update the status of various conventions and events on this thread, and will be notifying you when additional events have been added. You should click on the Follow button at the top of this post to make sure you get updates. THIS THREAD WILL BE LOCKED TO REPLIES UNTIL AFTER GAME DAY, NOV. 4TH. Please address any questions, concerns, or suggestions regarding specific events on their page. If you'd like to suggest an event that we're not already working with, please send a PM to the following: @Sarah @NodnarbDude @Ceraph1216 CONFIRMED EVENTS UNCONFIRMED (BUT LIKELY) EVENTS WISH LIST EVENTS NEW EVENTS FOR 2018 IN THE WORKS Katsucon (February) Magfest (Various) Super Smash Con - looking into this for 2017 as well, but it conflicts with Otakon so will depend on volunteers and other resources Smithsonian SAAM Arcade at American Art Museum Awesome Con
  2. 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!
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    Once again, ReplayFX is generously welcoming the Extra Life Pittsburgh Guild to further our mission of outreach and recruitment. Now in it's 3rd year, the ReplayFX Arcade & Video Game Festival brings a classic arcade experience to the DLLCC. The largest public collection of working pinball, arcade, tabletop, and console games anywhere in the solar system will be free to play with the price of admission! In addition, you can attend gaming and tech culture seminars all weekend, browse their well stocked marketplace, or enjoy a series of fun and wacky daily challenges. Plus, this is the only place to watch the world’s greatest pinball wizards compete in the Pinburgh Match-Play Championship. Live musical performances, a high-energy cosplay contest, inflatable obstacle courses, and more in a show floor packed with over 200,000 square feet of entertainment! Whether you're a competitive champ, or a casual player, this family friendly event promises to have something for everyone. If you are interested in volunteering to help us at this event, please PM me.
  4. Kennywood Comicon

    Kennywood Comicon is exactly what it sounds like: A Comicon at Kennywood! This Father's day, we'll be representing at Kennywood Park. Amidst the rollercoasters and potato patch fries, we'll be talking to people about how to get involved with Extra Life. Those wearing super hero themed shirts get a discount on park tickets, and those who wish to volunteer with us get in for free. We are currently seeking two more volunteers for this one day event at Kennywood. Please contact @K8Morosky if interested!
  5. Big Crowd!

    From the album Otakon 2016

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

    From the album Otakon 2016

  7. Recruiting!

    From the album Otakon 2016

  8. Hi everyone! MegaCon 2017 is right around the corner and we finally have a table confirmation. That means we need to coordinate who all is interested and available to run said table for the event. For those that don't know, it is held at the Orange County Convention Center and the convention days and times are as follows: Thursday, May 25 2pm–9pm Friday, May 26 10am–7pm Saturday, May 27 10am–7pm Sunday, May 28 10am–5pm Please let us know if you are interested and available to help out at the table for any length of time on these days. We only have a set number of badges so we need to know who all is interested and we will make up a schedule from there. The last day for volunteers will be this Sunday, May 21, so that we have time to coordinate with everyone and figure out what the badge situation will be. Thanks everyone!
  9. I finally got around to plugging our summer plans into the calendar! Please take a look at the newly added events. We'd love to see you as an attendee at any of these to support the conventions and events that help us spread the word. We'd also love to hear from anyone willing to volunteer. If you would like to help recruit at any of these events, please PM me. Please click to view the calendar entry for more detail about any of these scheduled events: 3 Rivers Comicon (May 20-21) View Calendar Entry 2nd Annual Walk for Children's (June 3) View Calendar Entry Anthrocon (Jun 29 - Jul 2) View Calendar Entry Replay FX: The Greatest Arcade in the Universe (July 27-30) View Calendar Entry As a side note, the URL for the Replay FX calendar entry is: "community,extra-life,org/calendar/event/1337-replay-fx-the-greatest-arcade-in-the-universe/" ...Appropriate event number is appropriate.
  10. Anthrocon

    Anthrocon's game room just got a whole lot more 'Extra Lifey'! We'll be there talking to attendees and answering their questions. If you're interested in volunteering, please send me a PM.
  11. 3 Rivers Comicon

    Join the Extra Life Pittsburgh Guild at 3 Rivers Comicon where we'll be talking to people about joining Extra Life! After a successful convention last year, they're back for their 2nd year. Run by the awesome folks from New Dimension Comics (our region's staple store for comic book lovers), it has everything a Comicon should have, including a ton of guests, vendors, and cosplay. Tickets are only $18 for both days, or $13 for a single day pass. Whether you want to help out by volunteering, or just stop by to say hello, we hope to see you there!
  12. Upcoming Guild Events

    Greetings Omaha Guild members! We have a lot of opportunities for everyone to volunteer for the Guild coming up! As additional events come up, we will get them added to the calendar. May 6th -- The Game Shoppe (Omaha) Smash and Bash RTT #4 aka Bugeater Prep May 13th -- The Game Shoppe (Omaha) Star Wars Armada event May 31st -- Game Night at Children's Hospital & Medical Center 5:30-7:30 PM in the main lobby June 23rd -- The Game Shoppe (Bellevue) Regional event July 7-9 -- O-Comic Con July 17th -- The Game Shoppe (Bellevue) Regional Event TBD Dungeons & Dragons event for Extra-Life by Dave & Adam As these events will be on the community calendar, please RSVP your attendance/participation there. For O-Comic Con, we will be posting signup sheet on the forums with time slots for volunteers. We look forward to these exciting opportunities for community engagement and recruiting, and can't wait to see you there!
  13. Were going to Lanfest Netwar 32! This event will run March 31st 2017 at 7:00pm to April 1st, 2017 at 10pm. While this is a 27 hour LAN event, we'll only be going during certain times. If you are interested in the event you can find more info here: Lanfest Netwar 32 or Offical Lanfest Netwar 32 Website If you can volunteer, please sign up here:
  14. Tekko 2017

    The Pittsburgh Guild will be recruiting at our city's premiere anime and Japanese culture convention. Come say hello!
  15. Genericon is this Weekend!

    Hey Albany, The Extra Life guild will be at Genericon this weekend! Genericon is at RPI in Troy, NY. Stop by the booth to say hello to Dave, Tina and the rest of the gang working the booth. Or even help us get peopled signed up.
  16. Naka Con Volunteer Schedule

    Hello Gang! It's time for our first recruitment event! I don't believe the event will be terribly busy, however I want to make sure the new kids get some table time. So Veteran Members give them some tips and tricks and let's kick this year off with a bang! Please let me know if there is a conflict with your schedule and we can adjust accordingly. The current schedule is as follows: Saturday: (3/11) 10am-12:30pm: Jessie, Billy, JT 12:30-3pm: Lora, Darren, Spades 3pm-5:30pm: Sean, Joseph 05:30pm-8pm: Brigid, Sean Sunday: (3/12) 10am-12pm: Lora, Rashida 12pm-2pm: Brigid, Lori 2pm-4pm: Jessie, Billy
  17. Cleveland ConCoction

    We've been offered a table at Cleveland ConCoction. We should be receiving up to four weekend passes and we'll be looking for people to man the table each day. The passes are non-transferrable, so we will need to figure out who wants to be at the table each day. It's also been mentioned that there is a game room and we can stream and raise money for Extra Life. If you might be available to stream for a bit, let us know. We should have more information around the game room in the coming days. Pictures will be taken of the table and promoted through the Cleveland ConCoction social media accounts. This is a fantastic way for us to get some traction right at the beginning of the year.
  18. The Lakeland Gaming Expo

    Our first recruiting event of 2017! If you've never been to one of the Gaming Expos before, here's the description from their event: Once again, the Lakeland Gamers' Guild will be hosting the Lakeland Gaming Expo! Come on out for a day full of, you guessed it, GAMING. Gaming of all types will be showcased - video games, board games, card games, and RPGs (maybe even some LARPing?)! Entry into the Expo is FREE and open to the public, so bring your friends and family! All ages are welcome!
  19. Hey All! Were looking for a few people to help out this Sunday (January 15th, 2017) for the Nerd & Geek Craft Fair Social! Event: The event will run from 3pm - 9pm Message me or respond to this thread if you can come for a little bit!
  20. Extra Life at Cecil Con 2017

    Hi all! I spoke to the people at Cecil Con and they'd like to have us back again this year. They have two spots they can put us, there's a section for information booths off to the side as people come in. They also have a video game demo room where they can set up a table for us. I'm inclined to go with the game room location. Last year the information booth section was a little secluded and didn't get a whole lot of traffic. Also the people going to the game room would be more in line with our target demographic. Let me know what you all think and I'll get back to the Cecil Con people!
  21. Our Booth

    From the album Chase Con Fall 2016

    Our Lovely Booth with our Tetris Challenge! Yes, that is running on a Original NES console.
  22. We got a table a Nuke Con! We'll have a table with power and internet, so if you have suggestions on some awesome things to grab people's attention, let us know! We'll need people to staff the table, and you can sign up here:
  23. Las Cruces Comic Con

    Come check out Las Cruces Comic Con with Extra Life Albuquerque! We have been graciously donated a booth from Las Cruces Comic Con as an opportunity for recruitment. Let's come up with some great ideas and start filling some time for Extra Life Albuquerque guild members and players to come out and represent and recruit new players for our cause! For more info comment on the post or message @omni_prime, @GeneraLedger, or @islander from Albuquerque Extra Life! Time slots will be in 3 hour shifts We have two passes that must be maintained and given to the next person covering the event Be courteous of the Cosplayers and respect the artists Have fun growing a great cause
  24. Nuke-Con

    We will be at Nuke-Con in Omaha recruiting gamers to help us on our mission of raising money for Children's Hospital and Medical Center here in Omaha! Come join us! It takes place from Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 at Ramada Plaza Omaha 3321 South 72nd St. Any questions message @TonyPil @ChrisHayes or @LIquid-
  25. Baltimore Comic Con

    Baltimore Comic Con is held at the Baltimore Convention Center, and is the largest local comic convention. Baltimore Comic Con hosts an Artist Alley small-volume dealer area (similar to many other conventions) and this is where our table/booth will be located. It appears that we will only have one small table and space for chairs behind it. This will be a much smaller area than what we had at Otakon. We will be directly across from concessions, and it appears that we are facing a wall with one of the main entrances to this space in the BCC, so we should get a fair amount of foot traffic. AS THIS IS A LARGE EVENT THAT DRAWS IN ATTENDEES FROM MANY STATES, WE ENCOURAGE VOLUNTEERS FROM OTHER AREA GUILDS TO JOIN US! COVERAGE We will be staffing this booth at Otakon in hopes of recruiting new Extra Lifers to participate in this year's Game Day. Unfortunately, two of our core volunteering team are attending/presenting at the convention and will not be able to provide significant coverage. Since we were unable to confirm our space until the last minute, we are going to be scrambling for coverage. Any individuals interested in volunteering are encouraged to message @Sarah with any questions, or in the comments below. Please RSVP on this page if you intend to help, and comment with which times you are available. Further instructions will be provided throughout the week. We have secured two badges for volunteers, which will need to be switched off throughout the weekend. If it appears that we could schedule a lot more than two people per block of time, then I am able to purchase an additional two badges for a very low price ($25/each). Since we do not have anyone staying in a hotel for this convention, passing badges off may have to happen off-site. PLEASE DO NOT PLAN ON TAKING YOUR CONVENTION BADGE HOME; AS COVERAGE IS CONFIRMED ARRANGEMENTS FOR HAND-OFFS WILL BE MADE. We are in need of volunteer coverage for the following windows: Thursday 7 pm - 9 pm includes badge pickup and booth setup/drop off (no participant-facing time) @Sarah Friday 12 pm - 7 pm @Aaron @Ceraph1216 Saturday 9:30 am - 4 pm @Sarah 11 am - 6 pm @NodnarbDude 12 pm - 7 pm @KJCoin Sunday 9:30 am - 4 pm @KJCoin 11 am - 6 pm - includes booth breakdown @Sarah 1 pm - 6 pm @NodnarbDude PARKING Please plan on parking 1 hour prior to your volunteering shift. Traffic in the city gets heavy in the late morning, particularly on Friday and Saturday. It may become harder to find a garage that is not full on Saturday or Sunday. If you are not staying at the convention late into the evening, it may be better to use public transit into the city. Please reference Google Maps to assist you in locating a parking garage close to the convention center. The Sheraton parking garage is most convenient and obvious as you turn in on Conway (not marked on this Maps search), however it fills up very quickly and it is unlikely you will get a spot there during the convention. Google Map of Parking Garages close to the Baltimore Convention Center Parking passes are pre-purchasable through this link on the Baltimore Comic Con website: Parking garages will fill up quickly and it is recommended to pre-purchase parking once you know which days you can volunteer. 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 The Baltimore Convention Center has it's own light rail stop with service from the Red, Yellow, and Blue lines. MARC Trains run into Baltimore from more distant county departure points, and stop nearest to the Baltimore Convention Center at Camden Yards, which is a comfortable walking distance of several blocks. For further information about using public transit, please visit the Maryland Transit Authority website at If choosing the Light Rail, it is suggested that you purchase a day pass. You can also message @NodnarbDude with public transit questions. IF YOU INTEND TO USE PUBLIC TRANSIT, PLEASE BE AWARE OF HOURS OF SERVICE BEFORE COMMITTING TO A SHIFT. Volunteers who will be driving 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. ATTENDING PANELS, EVENTS, OR EXPLORING THE CONVENTION At this time, we are not entirely sure if the industry badges provided by Baltimore Comic Con will allow normal access to non-dealer areas of the convention. This section will be updated with further information as it becomes available. During your volunteer shift (especially since coverage is going to be minimal), you are not permitted to use your badge to attend events or panels. 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 convention. All badges MUST be turned in before leaving the Baltimore Convention Center/Hilton unless otherwise instructed. You may not attend off-site events, and you may not attend 18+ panels. Badge hand-offs will be coordinated via group text message. If you attend an event, please be sure to remove/conceal your Extra Life name badge. Before, during, and after your shift — especially every minute that you wear that convention badge — you are representing Extra Life, Johns Hopkins Children's Center, and the Extra Life Baltimore Guild. Baltimore Comic Con has generously waived their fees for us in order to make it possible for us to attend and volunteer at this event, It is very important that we maintain a great relationship with the staff at Baltimore Comic Con 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 panel or event you'd like to attend is appropriate. To consider and plan out panels and events you'd like to attend, download the Guidebook 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 booth, 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 conveniently located in the Artist Alley space. 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. Lines at the food vendors nearest the gaming hall are horrendous, and it is not practical to leave the convention to purchase food (trust me, the lines will be even worse at normal restaurants). Any food you may be able to purchase will be overpriced convention food. 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 convention. Thanks so very much for donating your time and energy for the kids! TABLE SETUP & STRATEGY Our table number is A344 and can be located on the map attached below under "Resources." As we will only have one 6 foot table available, our table space will be limited. Electricity is not available without incurring additional fees, so we will probably be operating without electricity for this convention. The Baltimore Convention Center does not provide reliable wi-fi, and we will need to use our own cellular devices to create a hotspot for sign-ups. At this time, I expect that the following will be featured at our table: Prize Wheel with small prizes and raffle for giveaways donated by @KJCoin and @Sarah Participant Brochures Volunteer Brochures Tablets for Sign-up (will be fully charged and have battery backup available for recharge) Our specific strategies for this convention will be finalized in our planning meeting on Saturday, August 27 at Noon. This is a virtual meeting and will be conducted as a conference call. For further up-to-date information about the planning meeting, please see the official post at: RESOURCES Maryland Transit Authority Regional Transit Map Downtown Baltimore Parking Map Downtown Baltimore Visitors Map (Includes Light Rail and Bus Information) Map of Artist Alley Official Artist Alley Instructions