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  2. Want to connect with local Extra Lifers? On the fence about volunteering or committing to anything? Join us at our local social to meet other local (and not so local) gamers who play for SickKids in Toronto! https://www.facebook.com/events/411162353024007/ Where: Track & Field Bar - 860 College St, Toronto When: Wednesday July 24th at 7:30pm EDT Who: YOU! Anyone and everyone is invited! Guild members, non guild members, friends and family.. social is a great way to chat about your own Extra Life experience!
  3. The Fantasy Iron Chef tournament nears its conclusion. Arakiel decides to interfere in the name of his new god. Sean waits in line for a waffle. Pribi implements the distraction necessary to begin the prison break-heist of South Gate's fortress. We Wanted Adventurers is a liveplay Dungeons & Dragons podcast that follows a motley trio of unlikely heroes as they bumble into adventures both big and small across the fantastical continent of Nevarrone. For the uninitiated, a liveplay podcast features an unscripted recording of a traditional tabletop roleplaying game, with all of the goofs and drama that comes with the territory. If you've never listened to the show before, here's a handy playlist to get you caught up. You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. You can follow the show on Twitter for updates. Let us know what you think of the show! New episodes of We Wanted Adventurers will be released every Wednesday One of the common misconceptions about Extra Life is that someone can only participate if they play video games. Not true! Extra Life supports and encourages all kinds of play. To that end, we have been supporting Tabletop Appreciation Weekend for the past few years. This year, the event takes place August 24-25th and will be a time for players to gather together and play board games for the kids. If that sounds intriguing, learn more about Extra Life Tabletop Appreciation Weekend and be sure to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  4. The Fantasy Iron Chef tournament nears its conclusion. Arakiel decides to interfere in the name of his new god. Sean waits in line for a waffle. Pribi implements the distraction necessary to begin the prison break-heist of South Gate's fortress. We Wanted Adventurers is a liveplay Dungeons & Dragons podcast that follows a motley trio of unlikely heroes as they bumble into adventures both big and small across the fantastical continent of Nevarrone. For the uninitiated, a liveplay podcast features an unscripted recording of a traditional tabletop roleplaying game, with all of the goofs and drama that comes with the territory. If you've never listened to the show before, here's a handy playlist to get you caught up. You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. You can follow the show on Twitter for updates. Let us know what you think of the show! New episodes of We Wanted Adventurers will be released every Wednesday One of the common misconceptions about Extra Life is that someone can only participate if they play video games. Not true! Extra Life supports and encourages all kinds of play. To that end, we have been supporting Tabletop Appreciation Weekend for the past few years. This year, the event takes place August 24-25th and will be a time for players to gather together and play board games for the kids. If that sounds intriguing, learn more about Extra Life Tabletop Appreciation Weekend and be sure to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  5. Yesterday
  6. Last week, thousands flocked to Anaheim, California to attend the tenth annual VidCon event. From July 10 – 13, showgoers were able to rub shoulders with the major players on YouTube, Instagram, TikTok, and other platforms that foster video content. On top of a chance to meet some of the best creators in the industry, VidCon attendees could participate in a wide variety of fun activities like obstacle courses, themed experiences, panels, and games. Of course, Extra Life had to be a part of the show, too. We were able to hold a presence there with the help of the Orange Country Extra Life Guild, who turned out to staff the booth and talk with people at the con. Sadly, we didn't have a human claw machine this time. However with the help of our incredible volunteers, we were able to engage with an incredible number of people despite all of the incredible attractions surrounding Extra Life booth. Logan, one of Extra Life’s national champions from Children’s Hospital of Orange County, was able to make it out to VidCon along with us. Logan has a rare heart condition that he has lived with since birth and have necessitated multiple open heart surgeries throughout his life. You might remember Logan from his time helping to serve as the face of Extra Life at E3 both last year and again this year. For a long time, Logan has been a fan of Jack Douglass, a YouTuber better known as jacksfilms. We were able to help Logan meet Jack at VidCon this year. Seeing the two connect stood out as a really heart-warming moment from a weekend full of amazing things. When the dust settled on VidCon, we had signed up over 700 new participants people for Extra Life. That’s freaking amazing! We want to extend a HUGE thank you to the people who volunteered their time to help us make that happen from the Orange County Guild. Your help really meant the world to us and helped to put together a hugely successful presence at VidCon. We couldn’t have done it without you, so thank you. We also want to thank VidCon and the awesome creators we were able to meet who met with us. Here’s hoping that 2019 was just the beginning with bigger and better things waiting for Extra Life in 2020. Let’s go forward together and keep fighting… For the Kids!
  7. Last week, thousands flocked to Anaheim, California to attend the tenth annual VidCon event. From July 10 – 13, showgoers were able to rub shoulders with the major players on YouTube, Instagram, TikTok, and other platforms that foster video content. On top of a chance to meet some of the best creators in the industry, VidCon attendees could participate in a wide variety of fun activities like obstacle courses, themed experiences, panels, and games. Of course, Extra Life had to be a part of the show, too. We were able to hold a presence there with the help of the Orange Country Extra Life Guild, who turned out to staff the booth and talk with people at the con. Sadly, we didn't have a human claw machine this time. However with the help of our incredible volunteers, we were able to engage with an incredible number of people despite all of the incredible attractions surrounding Extra Life booth. Logan, one of Extra Life’s national champions from Children’s Hospital of Orange County, was able to make it out to VidCon along with us. Logan has a rare heart condition that he has lived with since birth and have necessitated multiple open heart surgeries throughout his life. You might remember Logan from his time helping to serve as the face of Extra Life at E3 both last year and again this year. For a long time, Logan has been a fan of Jack Douglass, a YouTuber better known as jacksfilms. We were able to help Logan meet Jack at VidCon this year. Seeing the two connect stood out as a really heart-warming moment from a weekend full of amazing things. When the dust settled on VidCon, we had signed up over 700 new participants people for Extra Life. That’s freaking amazing! We want to extend a HUGE thank you to the people who volunteered their time to help us make that happen from the Orange County Guild. Your help really meant the world to us and helped to put together a hugely successful presence at VidCon. We couldn’t have done it without you, so thank you. We also want to thank VidCon and the awesome creators we were able to meet who met with us. Here’s hoping that 2019 was just the beginning with bigger and better things waiting for Extra Life in 2020. Let’s go forward together and keep fighting… For the Kids! View full article
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    Four Horsemen Comics & Gaming of Clarksburg, WV is proud to be combining forces with Out of the Darkness Community Walks (supporting American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) & Extra Life (supporting WVU Medicine Children's Hospital) to bring the gaming community board games, RPG's and panels all weekend long!Hours for the event:Saturday, August 24: 10am-9pmSunday, August 25: 11am-6pm *For out of town guests, please contact Best Western Plus Bridgeport Inn and ask for the "Charity Event Weekend" block rate of $79 plus tax per night (304) 842-5411*
  10. Description from Bridgeport LibraryCon: is our finale to the 2019 Summer Reading Program. Vendors will be setup throughout the library, offering an assortment of different activities, information, and projects.
  11. Amanda Lynn

    Guild Meeting

    Guild meeting taking place at 7pm over on discord: https://discord.gg/tugE9Qx Discussing: -Current enrollment and donations -Previous conventions -Upcoming conventions -Fundraising ideas -And any other business that pops up
  12. Bandai released Tamagotchi to the world in 1997 where it became one of the biggest crazes of the 90s. The small digital pet raising game was unlike anything anyone had experienced before in the time before mobile gaming had really taken off on anything aside from Nintendo's Game Boy. Since its initial release, Bandai has reworked and improved upon the concept of Tamagotchi for numerous different handheld iterations as well as full video game and feature film adaptations. While many fondly remember the tiny aliens as a 90s nostalgia fever dream, new versions are coming out all the time - in just a few weeks, a color version of Tamagotchi will release in an attempt to bring a new generation into the weird world of digital pet-rearing. Is it possible that Tamagotchi stands as one of the best games of all-time? Each week on The Best Games Period, 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: Puyo Puyo 'I Just Skipped Time Yesterday' by Rexy (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03941) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is available, as well! 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 One of the common misconceptions about Extra Life is that someone can only participate if they play video games. Not true! Extra Life supports and encourages all kinds of play. To that end, we have been supporting Tabletop Appreciation Weekend for the past few years. This year, the event takes place August 24-25th and will be a time for players to gather together and play board games for the kids. Learn more about Extra Life Tabletop Appreciation Weekend and be sure to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  13. Bandai released Tamagotchi to the world in 1997 where it became one of the biggest crazes of the 90s. The small digital pet raising game was unlike anything anyone had experienced before in the time before mobile gaming had really taken off on anything aside from Nintendo's Game Boy. Since its initial release, Bandai has reworked and improved upon the concept of Tamagotchi for numerous different handheld iterations as well as full video game and feature film adaptations. While many fondly remember the tiny aliens as a 90s nostalgia fever dream, new versions are coming out all the time - in just a few weeks, a color version of Tamagotchi will release in an attempt to bring a new generation into the weird world of digital pet-rearing. Is it possible that Tamagotchi stands as one of the best games of all-time? Each week on The Best Games Period, 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: Puyo Puyo 'I Just Skipped Time Yesterday' by Rexy (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03941) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is available, as well! 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 One of the common misconceptions about Extra Life is that someone can only participate if they play video games. Not true! Extra Life supports and encourages all kinds of play. To that end, we have been supporting Tabletop Appreciation Weekend for the past few years. This year, the event takes place August 24-25th and will be a time for players to gather together and play board games for the kids. Learn more about Extra Life Tabletop Appreciation Weekend and be sure to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  14. This week, Mixer will be joining forces with Extra Life at San Diego Comic-Con 2019! We’ve heard from our friends at Mixer that they’re huge fans of the Extra Life and our journey to help heal kids through the power of gaming. Last year, the Mixer community raised over $100,000 on their 24-hour stream! Gamers around the world have consistently given their support to Extra Life and to their local medical institutions through the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. That’s why Mixer is so excited to partner with Extra Life for an awesome charity stream that also happens to be during one of the coolest events of the year, San Diego Comic-Con 2019! Starting Thursday July 18th – Sunday July 21st (10 AM PT – 5 PM PT each day), Mixer will be hosting the Mixer x Extra Life: San Diego Comic-Con Charity Stream live from the eSports Zone in the Marriott Marquis on Mixer.com/ComicCon. Over the course of four days, the stream will play host to streamers and influencers from across the industry playing a variety of your favorite games. By watching the stream, Mixer viewers can donate to Extra Life by spending Embers on exclusive stickers and skills to use throughout the official Comic-Con stream! For those of you who will be at San Diego Comic-Con, please feel free to stop by the eSports Zone in the Marriott Marquis to cheer streamers on in person or to compete in games yourselves. This event is also the perfect time to learn more and even make a donation to Extra Life at the booth! The Mixer community is proud to amplify the life-saving work of Extra Life! See you on Mixer.com/ComicCon. 90% of donations will support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and 10% of donations will support the San Diego Comic-Con Museum. View full article
  15. This week, Mixer will be joining forces with Extra Life at San Diego Comic-Con 2019! We’ve heard from our friends at Mixer that they’re huge fans of the Extra Life and our journey to help heal kids through the power of gaming. Last year, the Mixer community raised over $100,000 on their 24-hour stream! Gamers around the world have consistently given their support to Extra Life and to their local medical institutions through the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. That’s why Mixer is so excited to partner with Extra Life for an awesome charity stream that also happens to be during one of the coolest events of the year, San Diego Comic-Con 2019! Starting Thursday July 18th – Sunday July 21st (10 AM PT – 5 PM PT each day), Mixer will be hosting the Mixer x Extra Life: San Diego Comic-Con Charity Stream live from the eSports Zone in the Marriott Marquis on Mixer.com/ComicCon. Over the course of four days, the stream will play host to streamers and influencers from across the industry playing a variety of your favorite games. By watching the stream, Mixer viewers can donate to Extra Life by spending Embers on exclusive stickers and skills to use throughout the official Comic-Con stream! For those of you who will be at San Diego Comic-Con, please feel free to stop by the eSports Zone in the Marriott Marquis to cheer streamers on in person or to compete in games yourselves. This event is also the perfect time to learn more and even make a donation to Extra Life at the booth! The Mixer community is proud to amplify the life-saving work of Extra Life! See you on Mixer.com/ComicCon. 90% of donations will support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and 10% of donations will support the San Diego Comic-Con Museum.
  16. Each year, thousands of people descend upon Austin, Texas to experience RTX, a convention dedicated to the incredible Rooster Teeth community. It provides show-goers with an experience full of anime, games, and laughter. The event puts faces to the internet communities to combat the often isolating environment that the internet can foster. Of course, Extra Life had to be a part of the festivities, so last weekend we set up a booth and got to work for the kids. Rooster Teeth and Extra Life have a long-running partnership. Last year alone, the incredible Rooster Teeth community came together to raise over $1.4 million USD for kids across the country. That money makes a genuine difference in local communities. The Rooster Teeth team personally attended the opening of the Rooster Teeth Healing Garden, an outdoor recovery space for kids at Dell Children’s Medical Center made possible by the Rooster Teeth team’s fundraising efforts. The passion of the people who make RTX possible to help was tangible during our time there. The fine folks behind RTX were kind enough to provide us space to set up a booth and talk with their amazing community. Things got a bit goofy when Rooster Teeth’s Wheel of Vengeance (who could forget the time Elyse broke it?) was brought over to give RTX attendees the unique experience of feeling the silly spirit of vengeance for themselves. Rooster Teeth's own Barbara Dunkleman came by to support the booth! The people attending RTX readily embraced Extra Life. We were, and still are, blown away by how welcoming and receptive everyone was to our presence at the show. We were able to talk with so many friendly attendees and make meaningful connections. However, we still weren’t expecting to sign up over 350 people for Extra Life 2019 while living our best lives at RTX. That’s a frankly astounding number! Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by and showed their support for us and for the kids. A special thank you to Rooster Teeth for giving us the space to meet their community. You are all making such a big difference in the lives of kids in the hospitals near you. Let’s go forward together and keep fighting… For the Kids! View full article
  17. Each year, thousands of people descend upon Austin, Texas to experience RTX, a convention dedicated to the incredible Rooster Teeth community. It provides show-goers with an experience full of anime, games, and laughter. The event puts faces to the internet communities to combat the often isolating environment that the internet can foster. Of course, Extra Life had to be a part of the festivities, so last weekend we set up a booth and got to work for the kids. Rooster Teeth and Extra Life have a long-running partnership. Last year alone, the incredible Rooster Teeth community came together to raise over $1.4 million USD for kids across the country. That money makes a genuine difference in local communities. The Rooster Teeth team personally attended the opening of the Rooster Teeth Healing Garden, an outdoor recovery space for kids at Dell Children’s Medical Center made possible by the Rooster Teeth team’s fundraising efforts. The passion of the people who make RTX possible to help was tangible during our time there. The fine folks behind RTX were kind enough to provide us space to set up a booth and talk with their amazing community. Things got a bit goofy when Rooster Teeth’s Wheel of Vengeance (who could forget the time Elyse broke it?) was brought over to give RTX attendees the unique experience of feeling the silly spirit of vengeance for themselves. Rooster Teeth's own Barbara Dunkleman came by to support the booth! The people attending RTX readily embraced Extra Life. We were, and still are, blown away by how welcoming and receptive everyone was to our presence at the show. We were able to talk with so many friendly attendees and make meaningful connections. However, we still weren’t expecting to sign up over 350 people for Extra Life 2019 while living our best lives at RTX. That’s a frankly astounding number! Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by and showed their support for us and for the kids. A special thank you to Rooster Teeth for giving us the space to meet their community. You are all making such a big difference in the lives of kids in the hospitals near you. Let’s go forward together and keep fighting… For the Kids!
  18. With some downtime before they begin the plan to rescue their companions from South Gate Prison, the party visits the local library to investigate additional possibilities for their upcoming raid and learn more about the history of Nevarrone. They also travel back to the potion shop before visiting the sketchiest establishment in town. We Wanted Adventurers is a liveplay Dungeons & Dragons podcast that follows a motley trio of unlikely heroes as they bumble into adventures both big and small across the fantastical continent of Nevarrone. For the uninitiated, a liveplay podcast features an unscripted recording of a traditional tabletop roleplaying game, with all of the goofs and drama that comes with the territory. If you've never listened to the show before, here's a handy playlist to get you caught up. You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. You can follow the show on Twitter for updates. Let us know what you think of the show! New episodes of We Wanted Adventurers will be released every Wednesday One of the common misconceptions about Extra Life is that someone can only participate if they play video games. Not true! Extra Life supports and encourages all kinds of play. To that end, we have been supporting Tabletop Appreciation Weekend for the past few years. This year, the event takes place August 24-25th and will be a time for players to gather together and play board games for the kids. If that sounds intriguing, learn more about Extra Life Tabletop Appreciation Weekend and be sure to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  19. With some downtime before they begin the plan to rescue their companions from South Gate Prison, the party visits the local library to investigate additional possibilities for their upcoming raid and learn more about the history of Nevarrone. They also travel back to the potion shop before visiting the sketchiest establishment in town. We Wanted Adventurers is a liveplay Dungeons & Dragons podcast that follows a motley trio of unlikely heroes as they bumble into adventures both big and small across the fantastical continent of Nevarrone. For the uninitiated, a liveplay podcast features an unscripted recording of a traditional tabletop roleplaying game, with all of the goofs and drama that comes with the territory. If you've never listened to the show before, here's a handy playlist to get you caught up. You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. You can follow the show on Twitter for updates. Let us know what you think of the show! New episodes of We Wanted Adventurers will be released every Wednesday One of the common misconceptions about Extra Life is that someone can only participate if they play video games. Not true! Extra Life supports and encourages all kinds of play. To that end, we have been supporting Tabletop Appreciation Weekend for the past few years. This year, the event takes place August 24-25th and will be a time for players to gather together and play board games for the kids. If that sounds intriguing, learn more about Extra Life Tabletop Appreciation Weekend and be sure to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  20. Extra Life Kansas City Guild Meeting Notes July 10 Game Day is November 2nd Join our team here: https://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.team&teamID=44644 Guild Information: 1) We increase funds and awareness for KU Medical Center Pediatrics 2) Together we Save kids' lives through rallying and connecting local organizations together! 3) Purpose of the Guild is to Register, Fundraise, and Get Social! MONEY RAISED as of July 10: $23,005 (I believe it is higher now) NUMBER OF GAMERS as of July 10: 179 Child story: Joe Tillery MEETING NOTES: 1) You can now sync your Extra Life donation page to the Facebook donate button! Follow the instructions HERE. 2) We raised $500 at Maker Faire thanks to great art and Brie's face painting skills! We also got several donations and tons of sign ups at Northland Pride so we want to do more small events! 3) Then, we went through a list of organizations and stores and signed up for places we want to reach out to. We will ask them to hang signs or if they have events at which we could recruit. Here is the list if you'd like to sign up or see what you signed up for! 4) It was decided several of us want to get together to send out emails to colleges and high school organizations so Lora will be group texting those interested 5) Lora discussed professional pitches vs convention pitches. Here is a recap: The Call to Action is different! Instead of getting the person to sign up, you ask about hanging fliers, attending their events, or putting together a donation jar or donation event. INTRODUCE YOURSELF and say you're part of the Extra Life Kansas City Guild. It sounds more legit. Don't forget your 10 second Extra Life recap: what it is, mention we support KU Med (keep it local), and that we are wanting to share info KEEP IT SHORT: these people are busy and they are on the clock. If they don't seem to be able to give you a lot of time, don't keep them talking. Please note that we are NOT looking to host our own events (unless it is a game event for donations or something) but piggy back off events they already have. Also, please note we will NOT promote any event or organization on anything other than our personal Facebook pages (at your discretion) UPCOMING VOLUNTEER EVENTS: KANTCON Extra Life Organizers: Todd and Christiy Location and times: July 20 & 21 @ OP Convention Center What will be doing?: We will have a booth to recruit and collect funds! If you are interested in helping on that Saturday please let Todd, Christiy, or Lora know! DOTTE-CON Extra Life Organizers: Brie or Rashida Location and times: August 10 @ 1737 N 82nd St, Kansas City, KS 66112 What will be doing?: We will have a table to discuss Extra Life and recruit. WE CANNOT COLLECT DONATIONS. If you are interested, let Lora or Brie know! MID-WEST ABILITIES SUMMIT Extra Life Organizers: Lora Location and times: August 24 @ OP Convention Center What will be doing?: We will have a table to discuss Extra Life, recruit, and collect donations. It is a great way to reach out to the disability community in KC! Next meeting Date:Next meeting is Wednesday, August 14th at 7pm somewhere in KS (stay tuned) Workshop: Streaming (Have questions? Leave them here!)
  21. The Sniper Ghost Warrior series has always played second fiddle to Rebellion's Sniper Elite series, but developer and publisher CI Games is keen on making each entry better than the last. After Ghost Warrior 3 stumbled with a large open world devoid of content, the latest sequel aims to go in a different direction. Contracts has the ambition to be the best title in the series, but is that enough to stand alongside the best in the genre? In a behind-closed-doors preview at E3 2019, I witnessed a developer demo before getting the chance to go hands-on with the title myself. From the outset, it's clear Contracts is taking to heart the lessons learned from Sniper Ghost Warrior 3. That game featured a single expansive setting, but didn't benefit from its square mileage the way a game like Far Cry 5 does, and players generally spent way too much time driving to and from objectives rather than actually sniping targets. For Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts, the open world setting has been jettisoned in favor of dense, linear levels with sandbox elements. In the level we witnessed, the developer had to go from the starting point to the base, and there were a number of options for infiltration, from sniping guards along the road to platforming across treacherous gaps. The level, set in a Siberian research base, had strong Cold War vibes, with a windy blizzard limiting visibility and camouflaged guards patrolling while bickering with one another. After using a debug menu to warp to the main objective (no time for dilly-dallying at E3!), the main hook of Sniper emerged. Pulling out binoculars to mark targets works much the same as any number of stealth games from this decade, but Contracts has a few tricks up its sleeve to mix things up, in the form of different bullet types. In addition to standard sniping ammo and armor piercing bullets which can take down multiple targets with a single shot, Contracts also features "tagging" bullets, which can find enemies outside of line-of-sight and mark them for the player. Meanwhile, surveillance cameras can be taken out one by one, or the linked electrical box can be taken out with an EMP bullet, shutting down a whole network with a single pull of the trigger. Based on the presentation and our hands-on time with the game, the main theme of Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts hinges on the difference a single bullet can make. As the developer demo neared its apex, a large majority of guards had been marked, the cameras had been disabled, and the main target had been spotted. The developer lined up his shot and pushed a button to hold his breath. In this focused mode, a red dot appears onscreen, indicating where the bullet will actually land when taking into account wind and distance (though it is possible for hardcore players to disable this helping hand). The developer fires his shot at the precise moment the target leans to go through an idle animation, and the bullet misses its target by mere inches – an unforeseen circumstance. Rather than reloading the checkpoint, however, the developer attempts to hold off the nearby guards alerted to his presence. One, he takes down with barrage of silenced pistol fire, while the other is dispatched with a slow-motion melee takedown. Unfortunately, another guard sees him and mows him down with several bursts from his assault rifle, an unceremonious, but still exhilarating, end to the demo. Upon finally going hands-on with Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts, we were impressed and perturbed by the game's unforgiving difficulty curve. For better or for worse, Contracts remains equally challenging and rewarding, and a single misstep can swiftly lead a Game Over screen. First, we attempted to platform across the outer perimeter of the base, entirely bypassing enemy patrols. We were almost successful, but misjudged one of the leaps and promptly fell to our doom. Our second attempt involved sneaking behind enemy lines, stealthily taking down stray guards. We found a small encampment on the outskirts of the base, some type of vehicle fueling station loaded with guards. A single shot to a fuel container caused the whole area to go up in flames, killing most of the guards in the area, at the expense of putting the main base on alert, though our position remained hidden... Until we came across a patrol who gunned us down while we fumbled for our throwing knives. Based on this early look at the game, Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts looks like a sizeable improvement over its predecessors, though it doesn't seem particularly interested in bringing new players into the fold. CI Games knows its audience, and they are more interested in satisfying their cravings than making Sniper Ghost Warrior a series that anyone can just pick up and play. At the very least, one has no choice but to admire this approach. Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts does not currently have a release window, but is scheduled to come out on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games View full article
  22. The Sniper Ghost Warrior series has always played second fiddle to Rebellion's Sniper Elite series, but developer and publisher CI Games is keen on making each entry better than the last. After Ghost Warrior 3 stumbled with a large open world devoid of content, the latest sequel aims to go in a different direction. Contracts has the ambition to be the best title in the series, but is that enough to stand alongside the best in the genre? In a behind-closed-doors preview at E3 2019, I witnessed a developer demo before getting the chance to go hands-on with the title myself. From the outset, it's clear Contracts is taking to heart the lessons learned from Sniper Ghost Warrior 3. That game featured a single expansive setting, but didn't benefit from its square mileage the way a game like Far Cry 5 does, and players generally spent way too much time driving to and from objectives rather than actually sniping targets. For Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts, the open world setting has been jettisoned in favor of dense, linear levels with sandbox elements. In the level we witnessed, the developer had to go from the starting point to the base, and there were a number of options for infiltration, from sniping guards along the road to platforming across treacherous gaps. The level, set in a Siberian research base, had strong Cold War vibes, with a windy blizzard limiting visibility and camouflaged guards patrolling while bickering with one another. After using a debug menu to warp to the main objective (no time for dilly-dallying at E3!), the main hook of Sniper emerged. Pulling out binoculars to mark targets works much the same as any number of stealth games from this decade, but Contracts has a few tricks up its sleeve to mix things up, in the form of different bullet types. In addition to standard sniping ammo and armor piercing bullets which can take down multiple targets with a single shot, Contracts also features "tagging" bullets, which can find enemies outside of line-of-sight and mark them for the player. Meanwhile, surveillance cameras can be taken out one by one, or the linked electrical box can be taken out with an EMP bullet, shutting down a whole network with a single pull of the trigger. Based on the presentation and our hands-on time with the game, the main theme of Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts hinges on the difference a single bullet can make. As the developer demo neared its apex, a large majority of guards had been marked, the cameras had been disabled, and the main target had been spotted. The developer lined up his shot and pushed a button to hold his breath. In this focused mode, a red dot appears onscreen, indicating where the bullet will actually land when taking into account wind and distance (though it is possible for hardcore players to disable this helping hand). The developer fires his shot at the precise moment the target leans to go through an idle animation, and the bullet misses its target by mere inches – an unforeseen circumstance. Rather than reloading the checkpoint, however, the developer attempts to hold off the nearby guards alerted to his presence. One, he takes down with barrage of silenced pistol fire, while the other is dispatched with a slow-motion melee takedown. Unfortunately, another guard sees him and mows him down with several bursts from his assault rifle, an unceremonious, but still exhilarating, end to the demo. Upon finally going hands-on with Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts, we were impressed and perturbed by the game's unforgiving difficulty curve. For better or for worse, Contracts remains equally challenging and rewarding, and a single misstep can swiftly lead a Game Over screen. First, we attempted to platform across the outer perimeter of the base, entirely bypassing enemy patrols. We were almost successful, but misjudged one of the leaps and promptly fell to our doom. Our second attempt involved sneaking behind enemy lines, stealthily taking down stray guards. We found a small encampment on the outskirts of the base, some type of vehicle fueling station loaded with guards. A single shot to a fuel container caused the whole area to go up in flames, killing most of the guards in the area, at the expense of putting the main base on alert, though our position remained hidden... Until we came across a patrol who gunned us down while we fumbled for our throwing knives. Based on this early look at the game, Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts looks like a sizeable improvement over its predecessors, though it doesn't seem particularly interested in bringing new players into the fold. CI Games knows its audience, and they are more interested in satisfying their cravings than making Sniper Ghost Warrior a series that anyone can just pick up and play. At the very least, one has no choice but to admire this approach. Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts does not currently have a release window, but is scheduled to come out on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games
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  24. Extra Life has always been about helping kids through gaming. Many people support their local children's hospitals by playing and streaming video games, but a not insignificant portion of the Extra Life community does the same with tabletop gaming. Tabletop Appreciation Weekend exists to celebrate the people who take up pen and paper, miniatures and dice, cards and tokens to raise money for the kids. We here at Extra Life endorse and encourage all gaming, whatever form that might take. To that end, Tabletop Appreciation Weekend approaches! This marks the third year Extra Life has set aside a weekend in August for our tabletop gamers to gather and play their favorite games to support the Children's Miracle Network Hospital of their choice. This year, Tabletop Appreciation Weekend will take place August 24-25. Tabletop Appreciation Weekend serves as a reminder that Extra Life is driven by you. However you play, you can use that to fundraise and make a difference in the lives of children in your community. Magic the Gathering? Dungeons & Dragons? Risk? Whatever you enjoy playing with your friends and family can be both fun and help those in need. The event also serves as a springboard to get people thinking about Game Day, which is coming up on November 2. Consider Tabletop Appreciation Weekend your chance to experiment with things before our main event. See what works and what doesn’t before jumping in for the long haul gaming marathon. Last year, we put out a flurry of content on the community site like an interview with an indie board game developer, a primer on how to get into tabletop role-playing, and even a humorous take on how to set up a game night with Monopoly. Heck, we even put out a liveplay podcast series, Dragonguard, which will conclude during this year’s weekend. We’ll be doing something similar this year as we ramp up to Tabletop Appreciation Weekend. We plan to be rolling out features spotlighting members of our amazing tabletop community as we near the upcoming weekend. On top of that, we have a number of fantastic partners in the tabletop gaming space that we will be working with to put some intriguing things together. We’re really excited, and we hope you will be, too. Expect to hear more about Tabletop Appreciation Weekend as we go through July and in the lead up to August 24. You can learn more about it on our dedicated landing page, which includes some tabletop-specific streaming overlays if you happen to be interested in broadcasting your role-playing, board gaming, or rules-wrangling. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  25. Extra Life has always been about helping kids through gaming. Many people support their local children's hospitals by playing and streaming video games, but a not insignificant portion of the Extra Life community does the same with tabletop gaming. Tabletop Appreciation Weekend exists to celebrate the people who take up pen and paper, miniatures and dice, cards and tokens to raise money for the kids. We here at Extra Life endorse and encourage all gaming, whatever form that might take. To that end, Tabletop Appreciation Weekend approaches! This marks the third year Extra Life has set aside a weekend in August for our tabletop gamers to gather and play their favorite games to support the Children's Miracle Network Hospital of their choice. This year, Tabletop Appreciation Weekend will take place August 24-25. Tabletop Appreciation Weekend serves as a reminder that Extra Life is driven by you. However you play, you can use that to fundraise and make a difference in the lives of children in your community. Magic the Gathering? Dungeons & Dragons? Risk? Whatever you enjoy playing with your friends and family can be both fun and help those in need. The event also serves as a springboard to get people thinking about Game Day, which is coming up on November 2. Consider Tabletop Appreciation Weekend your chance to experiment with things before our main event. See what works and what doesn’t before jumping in for the long haul gaming marathon. Last year, we put out a flurry of content on the community site like an interview with an indie board game developer, a primer on how to get into tabletop role-playing, and even a humorous take on how to set up a game night with Monopoly. Heck, we even put out a liveplay podcast series, Dragonguard, which will conclude during this year’s weekend. We’ll be doing something similar this year as we ramp up to Tabletop Appreciation Weekend. We plan to be rolling out features spotlighting members of our amazing tabletop community as we near the upcoming weekend. On top of that, we have a number of fantastic partners in the tabletop gaming space that we will be working with to put some intriguing things together. We’re really excited, and we hope you will be, too. Expect to hear more about Tabletop Appreciation Weekend as we go through July and in the lead up to August 24. You can learn more about it on our dedicated landing page, which includes some tabletop-specific streaming overlays if you happen to be interested in broadcasting your role-playing, board gaming, or rules-wrangling. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  26. Supergiant Games' Pyre released in 2017. It presented a bold and exciting new world created by the people behind the brilliant Transistor and indie darling Bastion. The title offered conflict filtered through the lens of sport mixed with religious undertones, the theme of loss, and a fantastical imagining of purgatory, where the unworthy vie for the chance to return to the "real" world, the Commonwealth, as reformed champions. While a fantastic title, we might never get the chance to talk about it on the main show, so here's a shorter (not by much) monologue about how great it is and what might have kept it from achieving the same popularity of the studios' first two titles. 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: Escape from Monkey Island 'Rum Barrel' by Yffisch (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03921) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is available, as well! 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 One of the common misconceptions about Extra Life is that someone can only participate if they play video games. Not true! Extra Life supports and encourages all kinds of play. To that end, we have been supporting Tabletop Appreciation Weekend for the past few years. This year, the event takes place August 24-25th and will be a time for players to gather together and play board games for the kids. Learn more about Extra Life Tabletop Appreciation Weekend and be sure to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  27. Supergiant Games' Pyre released in 2017. It presented a bold and exciting new world created by the people behind the brilliant Transistor and indie darling Bastion. The title offered conflict filtered through the lens of sport mixed with religious undertones, the theme of loss, and a fantastical imagining of purgatory, where the unworthy vie for the chance to return to the "real" world, the Commonwealth, as reformed champions. While a fantastic title, we might never get the chance to talk about it on the main show, so here's a shorter (not by much) monologue about how great it is and what might have kept it from achieving the same popularity of the studios' first two titles. 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: Escape from Monkey Island 'Rum Barrel' by Yffisch (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03921) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is available, as well! 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 One of the common misconceptions about Extra Life is that someone can only participate if they play video games. Not true! Extra Life supports and encourages all kinds of play. To that end, we have been supporting Tabletop Appreciation Weekend for the past few years. This year, the event takes place August 24-25th and will be a time for players to gather together and play board games for the kids. Learn more about Extra Life Tabletop Appreciation Weekend and be sure to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  28. Hello and welcome again. We will continue to build our custom bot. We saw how to start building the bot with Discord API on first part of this tutorial, we’re going to install node.js before coding your bot. The first part of this tutorial is here: PART 2 First, what’s node.js?. Simple and quick explanation: The node.js run-time environment includes all you need to execute java programs written in Java Script. Our bot will be written in JS, Discord and web applications are built with JS too. Node.js is open source, you can work with it on Linux, Mac or Windows OS. It’s a standard. Node.js’ package ecosystem, npm, is the largest ecosystem of open source libraries in the world. We will use npm to download the Extra Life (to get Extra Life info) and Discord.js (to work with Discord) packages. If you get experience you can get more packages for other cool stuff. Let’s start. First step Install Node.js in your computer. I won't explain how to install because depends of each operating system but the process is simple like installing any other software: https://nodejs.org/en/download/ I’m demonstrating this example on Window System. It’s similar on Linux and Mac. Create a folder for your Discord bot, mine is “Discordbot” Long version explanation (shorter will added later): Open a command prompt on Windows. Run-> type cmd or start-> Windows System->Command prompt Go to your bot folder and run the command “npm init -y” to initialize your Project. This will create a package.json file. No worries, this is like a configuration file to read dependencies, scripts, descriptions, etc. Let’s continue by installing the Discord.js library. This library will allow you to interact with Discord API. Remember you built your bot with the Discord API on part 1. Run the command “npm install --save discord.js”. You will see the following output. No worries for the warnings. Now you have the discord.js library on your computer. Let’s move by installing the Extra Life library to interact with the Extra Life API. Run the command “npm i extra-life-api”. The output is the following. You have the Discord API on your computer too. Let’s do a brief check list. Bot application created on Discord portal (Done) Project initiated (Done) Node.js installed (Done) Discord.js library installed (Done) Extra Life library installed (Done) Alright You got your application bot created and the environment to start coding your bot is ready. Next chapter I will explain how to start to login and run your bot. It will read your Extra Life commands. If you enjoy this, please share!
  29. Extra Life has grown up last years. Today we got overlays, Extra Life helpers and donations alerts on Streamlabs and Streamelements but what about Discord? nothing that I know. I didn’t find a good way to check my participant or team information directly from my Discord server, I needed to visit the official web site every time I needed to check the info. I started to think a way to get common Extra Life info directly from Discord using simple commands, faster and easy, why? because Extra Life is on Twitch, Twitch is integrated with Discord and some Discord communities are strong and supporting Extra Life, it’s good way to post information about your Extra Life campaign, your donors, your goals, your Extra Life marathon, the Extra Life stream team schedule and more for you members. Possibilities are many. What did I need to do that? A custom bot and a way to get the information. I’m going to share this short tutorial to build your custom bot and use the new Extra Life API to build your own commands. This API was released some weeks ago. Requirements: - A Discord account - Basic development knowledge about Node.js and Javascript. https://nodejs.org/en/download/ - The Extra Life API: https://www.npmjs.com/package/extra-life-api Note: I always suggest to use a test environment. There is not risk about security issues because you’re using a Discord API, Extra Life API and you’re setting your bot permissions. You can add and remove your bot anytime. This is not an Extra Life official bot, I'm explaining how you can build one yourself. The Extra Life bot name and logo are friendly examples for this tutorial. Please if you want to use them ask for approval to staff team or team leaders. The first part of this tutorial is show you how you can build your Discord Application (your bot), you will find different ways to do this on internet, use whatever best suits for you. You will add your bot to your Discord Server, later you will be able to build your Extra Life commands as your preference. Here we go: PART 1 I'm assuming you already have a Discord account, if not create it please. Go to Discord Developer Portal and select applications: https://discordapp.com/developers/applications/ Click on new Application Write a name and create General info tab: Upload a picture, complete the description (optional) and save the changes. Go to bot tab and click on add bot. After confirmation your bot will have visibility with Discord. After bot creation. You will see a confirmation a new options available. Now your bot has a token, this works like a password so take care of it. You can regenerate it any time in case your security is compromised. This token will allow you to connect your bot with Discord when you start to build your commands. Go to oauth tab. We’re using a bot application so our scope is “bot” and set your permissions. on the permissions you set like any other bot (Dyno, Mee6, couchbot, etc). I’m using few here permissions because I don’t want the bot manage channels, roles, kick members or these kind of administration actions. The bot just use commands to get Extra Life information. If you want to give your bot more permissions for administrations purposes is up to you. The red number are your permissions, it will change each time you add or remove permissions, you can calculate this number on bot tab too. https://discordapp.com/api/oauth2/authorize?client_id=597566571417960488&permissions=75776&scope=bot Copy the link and paste it on your browser. See what happens. If you did all correctly, you will authorize your new bot to join your Discord server with the permissions you set before. It’s clear, isn't it? Now choose your Discord server and set authorize. You receive the following confirmation. Go to your Discord Server and check if the bot is joined. It should be there offline. Alright your bot is joined and offline. Why offline? because you used the Discord API to build your bot but it still wasn’t developed to listen messages, read commands and reply. What did you learn here? Use the Discord API to build your bot. Understand how permissions work and are set. Understand how bot invitations work. Understand how your bot joins on your Discord server. Next chapter I’m going to explain how you should install Node.js to start coding your bot. You will use your bot token to login on Discord, it will be online and ready to listen for messages. If you enjoyed this content, please share it!!!
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