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!