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  4. Hey guys! Here's the meeting minutes from the January meeting today! Also shout out to everyone for crushing it at laser tag, we showed those 4 year olds what's up. Hopkins numbers for 2019 $113,386 raised 617 gamers Children's $171,208 579 gamers This year: Hopkins $871 raised 46 signups Children 1436 32 MAGFEST 108 signups 257.37 Raised 42.5% Hopkins 32% children's 26% misc Guild elections coming up. If you are interested in a leadership or committees sign up on timecounts. ALL members of committees will be kicked to make sure members are actually interested. We would like to have a head start on leadership interest before the kickoff On timecounts: opportunities-> assignments If you are missing time for anything on Timecounts message me or Sarah. Katsucon still hasn't gotten back to us, so our table is not 100% will update channel Kickoff meeting: Top 30 event for top fundraisers to get our best fundraisers aware of the guild. Get them lunch or something like that, maybe reach out to tiny since it was his suggestion. We need to update handouts with new links Drew will spruce up landing page before kickoff Need to check if hosting expired on landing page Talk to Cindy about catering Get QR codes for each team members so card donations can be done from the donators phone instead of ours Talk to Cindy about card swipe donations box
  5. Hello all! I wanted to welcome you all to the 2020 fundraising year! If you haven't done so, please register at www.extra-life.org and select WVU Medicine Children's Hospital (this is the only recognized CMN Hospital in WV). I'm sure since you are on this page you are aware of what Extra Life is, if you are not then.... Extra Life Charity was established in 2008 in Orange, TX. This charity raises funds for local CMN Hospitals through gaming. Yes, you read that correctly, gaming! This can be video games (I know you love your Zelda and Mario), board games (yes Monopoly as frustrating as it is counts), card games (Pokemon, cause you know you gotta catch em' all), even sports (you want to play Quidditch then hop on your broom and catch the snitch!). Whatever you classify as gaming, go out and do it! Remember in school when you did those hoops for heart or jump for heart, well Extra Life is very similar. You register to participate and you ask your friends and family to sponsor or donate to your name and then you just play. Extra Life dedicates one day a year to play for 24 hours, but you don't have to. If you are up for that challenge then by all means, go for it! Anyways, last year our state out did themselves in fundraising. It was our best year yet! We raised nearly $40,000! That is amazing! We couldn't do it without our amazing Extra Lifers all over the state. You all rocked it! This year we are going to push harder and try and go farther, but we need your help! We will be holding a Guild Kickoff meeting on Feb 1st at the WVU Children's Hospital. We will be presenting a check to the hospital for the 2019 fundraising year and setting our new goals for the year. I'd love to see as many Extra Lifers as we can at this event. Please RSVP by Jan 29th so we can get a final headcount. Please let our leadership team (myself, Dave or Rebecca) know if you need any help or have any questions. Our amazing hospital reps Ashley and Sam are here to help in anyway, shape or form! They are truly amazing. Also, senior guild members are another great resource. Don't be afraid to reach out and ask! Also, our state has a Facebook Page that is updated pretty frequently. Be sure to check it out and join it: https://www.facebook.com/groups/675951999181654/ So go, play games and heal kids!
  6. I was trying to get this set up for my 2020 campaign and had a fun time figuring it out. As this was the first thing that popped up on Google, hopefully this will help someone else out. Mish's post is good for instructions on how to set up your particular email client, but below is the email code, which can you can put into any text editor: <a href="http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=[YOUR ID HERE]&referrer=BF_emailbadge" target=new><img style="border:0" src="https://bfapps1.boundlessfundraising.com/badge/extralife/display/[YOUR ID HERE]/543/status.jpg" /></a> Place your participant ID in the [YOUR ID HERE] spots. Save as HTML. Then follow the directions here: https://www.charitydynamics.com/boundless-fundraising/email-badge-setup/ as Mish posted to copy into your email client. Hope this helps!
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    Join WVGamers Extra Life team at Four Horsemen Comics & Gaming of Clarksburg on Saturday, January 25th to sign up for Extra Life and find out about Extra Life. If you sign up for Extra Life AND join team WVGamers during this event, you will be entered for a drawing for a prize. Drawing will be done at 8:30PM during the event (if you have already signed up and already joined the team, you will automatically be entered into the drawing).We will also have a ton of board games and card games available to be played throughout the day, maybe even an RPG or two! We will also have the amazing arcade cabinet that our team captain, Brian Moats, made for our team for Extra Life events!Extra Life charity raises funds for local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals through gaming. We are proud to be representing our state's ONLY CMN Hospital, WVU Medicine Children's Hospital, which is located in Morgantown, WV. They are in the process of building a new children's tower that will be 10 floors, and it will have over 140 beds which consists of: 20 beds in the PICU, 50 beds in the NICU, 40 beds in Pediatric Acute Care Unit and 30 beds in the obstetrical unit with potential for expansion. This new tower is projected to be open late fall/early winter 2020.
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    Philippi Public Library is partnering with Extra Life to host a family game night. When was the last time you played a good board game? Looking for something new? Want to meet some new gamers who you might hit it off with and decide to play more games with?Come on out to Family Game Night! All are welcome, be you someone who is by themselves looking for something fun to do or an entire group looking for a fun evening.Games will include: Coup, Dimension, Cheaty Mages, Keys to the Castle, Star Realms, Bite Your Tongue, Utter Nonsense, Ticket to Ride London, Super Kitty Bug Slap, Dino Hunt Dice, Munchkin Mighty Monsters, Dino World, No Thanks, Nut So Fast, One Night Ultimate Super Villains, Team 3, Down Force, and MORE!Snacks and Finger Foods/Drinks will be provided.ADMISSION: FREEALL AGES WELCOME!ALL SKILL LEVELS WELCOME!Donations to Extra Life to benefit WVU Childrens Medicine as well as donations to the Philippi Public Library will be accepted throughout the evening. Donations are not required to enjoy the games.COME OUT AND ENJOY AN EVENING OF FUN!
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    New year, new fundraising! Meet the guild at the WVU Medicine Children's Hospital to present a check to the hospital for our 2019 fundraising efforts! We will be discussing goals for the 2020 fundraising year and prepping for our first conventions of the year.Still working out the details, but trying to organize a late lunch/early dinner at Starport Arcade & Pub that everyone can enjoy some yummy food and then play some games.Please let us know by January 29th if you are able to attend or not. https://www.facebook.com/events/2535744396702978/
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  12. Current Release: v3.2 Release URL: https://github.com/djotaku/ELDonationTracker/releases/tag/v3.2 Release notes: Ever since the DDOS last year, there have been intermittent issues with the API availability. I've changed the code to handle this more gracefully. I've got a refactor scheduled that's also going to help make updates more elegant and hopefully hit the API less.
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  14. Approximately Six Weeks ago MMORPG developer Cryptic Studios hosted a Extra Life Charity Stream. Their players generously supported them mainly due to the donation incentives being offered. Here it is approximately six weeks later and the specified donation incentive has not been given to the donors, specifically for the Star Trek Online PC game. It seems once Cryptic/Extra Life had our money the urgency of rewarding the donors went into a deep freeze. This is not a "I Didn't Receive My Code Rage". Here is my question: What are Extra Life Charity's policies and procedures to ensure the donors are not defrauded? Cryptic Studios should never have been allowed to host an Extra Life Charity Stream without having the donation Incentives in-stock, onhand and 100% ready to go. Extra Life Charity is complicit in this and should have been more diligent vetting Cryptic Studios. It is too late to do anything now with regard to Cryptic Studios but let us make sure it doesn't happen in the future to incentive motivated donors.
  15. @tehjaybo Sorry for the late reply! One way to turn the timer off is to put the Helper in "year mode" which will remove the timer and just show your total while waiting to show donation alerts.
  16. Every hospital is different. Each of the wonderful places that is supported by Extra Lifers across the US and Canada has its own set of holiday traditions and happenings. Those events reflect the deeply personal stories that play out in the halls and rooms of those Children's Miracle Network Hospitals every day. In the spirit of the season, we wanted to share a handful of our favorite stories from hospitals located all over North America! SickKids’ Milk & Cookies Everyone loves to kick back during the holidays with some cookies and milk to wash them down! In recognition of this, SickKids launched a fundraising initiative to partner with bakers and cookie manufacturers to do some good with all of the sweet things being sold. Their partners include the likes of Walmart, Toppers, Girl Gang Goodies, General Mills, and more! One of their biggest sponsors is Oreo. The company pledged to donate at least $500,000 CAD to SickKids - all fueled by the sales of cookies sold during the holiday season. Check out their full list of sponsors to find some goodies that might also spread a little bit of cheer at SickKids! Ignite Hope at Phoenix Children’s Hospital In 2011, a young girl named Katie found herself diagnosed with an aggressive and rare form of cancer. The 15-year-old's illness was so rare that it only affects five in one million kids. During her fight at Phoenix Children's Hospital, Katie's friends and church group gathered at the hospital to hold a vigil by candlelight. The gathering and its shining lights burned in the darkness and giving all of the kids at Phoenix Children's along with Katie the gift of hope during the holidays. This has now become a growing and yearly tradition, called Ignite Hope, carrying on the legacy of hope that Katie left for those she loved after she passed away in 2013. The event has also taken on a fundraising aspect with the Hope Fund, which raises money to help fund over 60 programs at Phoenix Children's Hospital. This helps kids to feel more at home while at the hospital via animal-assisted therapy, pastoral care, music therapy, and child life programs. This year, over 3,000 people came together across two different events on December 14th and managed to raise $453,000 USD, a new record for Ignite Hope! This was helped by sponsors like Pizza Hut, 1Wish, 12 News, iHeart Media, and more. Christmas Tree Farm at Children’s of Alabama Mark Miller has been bringing Christmas to Children's of Alabama in Birmingham. This year, he brought over 340 trees donated by his colleagues across 30 different stores to the hospital, allowing kids to pick out their own trees to decorate and feel a bit of the holiday spirit while they are away from their homes and families during this difficult time of the year. The event came completely magical with fake snow and an appearance by Santa Claus himself! Miller was inspired to lead this Christmas tree farm to honor the memory of his daughter, Mary Beth, who passed away in 2013 due to complications with her heart. It hurt him to think of kids who might be alone in the hospital, away from their family's holiday traditions, so he started the Christmas tree farm. Kids who weren't well enough to make it down to the event had trees brought to them. It's a stellar tradition that helps kids feel a little bit less alone and isolated in the hospital during the holidays. The World's Largest Lego Menorah for El Paso Children’s Hospital There's something big happening in El Paso, Texas. Earlier this month, the Jewish Federation of Greater El Paso gathered to celebrate Hanukkah a bit early by bringing numerous families in the community together for an impressive project. Together, the community constructed a 10ft tall menorah out of 70,000 Lego pieces. The size of the menorah makes it unique as the world's largest menorah constructed out of Lego pieces. The menorah project was more than just for fun, however. The project is one of a number of interfaith Lego building projects that will be happening during the holidays. The event organizers used a building project to teach middle schoolers about wind power with windmill construction sessions. On top of that, the Jewish Federation went to Vino Nuevo Church where they worked with members of other faiths to build the old city of Jerusalem, including the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Wailing Wall, as well as many other historical landmarks. These events regularly draw hundreds of participants and viewers. The draw opens them up to some wonderful opportunities to do good in the El Paso community. For example, the proceeds raised from the construction of the menorah went toward supporting the El Paso Children's Hospital. We wish you all a merry Christmas, a happy Hanukkah, a stellar Solstice, and a bright Kwanzaa. In short, may you all have a festive holiday season! It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round!
  17. Every hospital is different. Each of the wonderful places that is supported by Extra Lifers across the US and Canada has its own set of holiday traditions and happenings. Those events reflect the deeply personal stories that play out in the halls and rooms of those Children's Miracle Network Hospitals every day. In the spirit of the season, we wanted to share a handful of our favorite stories from hospitals located all over North America! SickKids’ Milk & Cookies Everyone loves to kick back during the holidays with some cookies and milk to wash them down! In recognition of this, SickKids launched a fundraising initiative to partner with bakers and cookie manufacturers to do some good with all of the sweet things being sold. Their partners include the likes of Walmart, Toppers, Girl Gang Goodies, General Mills, and more! One of their biggest sponsors is Oreo. The company pledged to donate at least $500,000 CAD to SickKids - all fueled by the sales of cookies sold during the holiday season. Check out their full list of sponsors to find some goodies that might also spread a little bit of cheer at SickKids! Ignite Hope at Phoenix Children’s Hospital In 2011, a young girl named Katie found herself diagnosed with an aggressive and rare form of cancer. The 15-year-old's illness was so rare that it only affects five in one million kids. During her fight at Phoenix Children's Hospital, Katie's friends and church group gathered at the hospital to hold a vigil by candlelight. The gathering and its shining lights burned in the darkness and giving all of the kids at Phoenix Children's along with Katie the gift of hope during the holidays. This has now become a growing and yearly tradition, called Ignite Hope, carrying on the legacy of hope that Katie left for those she loved after she passed away in 2013. The event has also taken on a fundraising aspect with the Hope Fund, which raises money to help fund over 60 programs at Phoenix Children's Hospital. This helps kids to feel more at home while at the hospital via animal-assisted therapy, pastoral care, music therapy, and child life programs. This year, over 3,000 people came together across two different events on December 14th and managed to raise $453,000 USD, a new record for Ignite Hope! This was helped by sponsors like Pizza Hut, 1Wish, 12 News, iHeart Media, and more. Christmas Tree Farm at Children’s of Alabama Mark Miller has been bringing Christmas to Children's of Alabama in Birmingham. This year, he brought over 340 trees donated by his colleagues across 30 different stores to the hospital, allowing kids to pick out their own trees to decorate and feel a bit of the holiday spirit while they are away from their homes and families during this difficult time of the year. The event came completely magical with fake snow and an appearance by Santa Claus himself! Miller was inspired to lead this Christmas tree farm to honor the memory of his daughter, Mary Beth, who passed away in 2013 due to complications with her heart. It hurt him to think of kids who might be alone in the hospital, away from their family's holiday traditions, so he started the Christmas tree farm. Kids who weren't well enough to make it down to the event had trees brought to them. It's a stellar tradition that helps kids feel a little bit less alone and isolated in the hospital during the holidays. The World's Largest Lego Menorah for El Paso Children’s Hospital There's something big happening in El Paso, Texas. Earlier this month, the Jewish Federation of Greater El Paso gathered to celebrate Hanukkah a bit early by bringing numerous families in the community together for an impressive project. Together, the community constructed a 10ft tall menorah out of 70,000 Lego pieces. The size of the menorah makes it unique as the world's largest menorah constructed out of Lego pieces. The menorah project was more than just for fun, however. The project is one of a number of interfaith Lego building projects that will be happening during the holidays. The event organizers used a building project to teach middle schoolers about wind power with windmill construction sessions. On top of that, the Jewish Federation went to Vino Nuevo Church where they worked with members of other faiths to build the old city of Jerusalem, including the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Wailing Wall, as well as many other historical landmarks. These events regularly draw hundreds of participants and viewers. The draw opens them up to some wonderful opportunities to do good in the El Paso community. For example, the proceeds raised from the construction of the menorah went toward supporting the El Paso Children's Hospital. We wish you all a merry Christmas, a happy Hanukkah, a stellar Solstice, and a bright Kwanzaa. In short, may you all have a festive holiday season! It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round! View full article
  18. Nerd Stash came into the Extra Life fold beginning in 2018. The gaming website formed Team Nerd Stash, a community of 12 amazing streamers who work together to stream every day of the year. The strategy that they have adopted turns that dedication into a constant call to action from their community to participate in and donate to Extra Life. In total, the team has managed to raise almost $50,000 USD for Kentucky Children’s Hospital since 2018. they accomplished this by mobilizing their community with year-round support streams and events. Not all of these were explicitly big events for Extra Life, but they also held hyped super streams to rally interest and coordinate strategic giveaways that included games, physical swag, and more to create donation incentives. This kind of dedication to charitable giving, specifically to benefit Extra Life, has been baked into Nerd Stash from the beginning. Their About Us page reads: Our company is unique as we take the extra steps to connect with our local communities and give back to charity on a yearly basis with an organization called Extra Life. All money goes to charity for children who are fighting very serious diseases and we are on board to help support this cause. They describe their Twitch channel as being completely all-in on fundraising for Extra Life. Everything they are able to bring in financially through their streaming goes directly toward their Extra Life total. Team Nerd Stash relates their efforts in the following words: Our channel on Twitch is dedicated to doing all we can to give back to Extra Life and the Kentucky Children's Hospital, the sole purpose of why we do what we do on Twitch each day. We take it to the next level and our team has BIG hearts for the kids! We take all donations, tips, subscriptions, bits, all monetary support, and give it all back to the hospital because we believe in doing something bigger than ourselves by giving back and being united for the cause. This year, Team Nerd Stash decided that not only would all of their streaming activity benefit Extra Life, but they would host not one, not two, but four epic marathons to raise money for the kids. The marathons coordinated with each season, spring, summer, fall, and winter, with the most recent kicking off on December 13th. Each of these super streams went 60 hours straight, making their total marathon time 10 times more than the traditional 24 hour marathon the majority of Extra Lifers experience on Game Day. With prizes donated or procured from Bungie, Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, Xbox, and more, the team pushed hard throughout their streams to raise money, spread cheer, and hand out their prizes. We want to thank the Nerd Stash team for going above and beyond with their dedication. They demonstrated the energy that helps to mobilize the people who make Extra Life possible in the first place. This is the kind of effort that drives Extra Life and pushes everyone in the community to do as much as they can every year for the kids. Thank you, Team Nerd Stash and everyone who contributed to their success by donating, sharing on social media, or going the distance and joining the team in fundraising. You are all absolutely incredible for what you do for the children who need help in your communities. It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round!
  19. Nerd Stash came into the Extra Life fold beginning in 2018. The gaming website formed Team Nerd Stash, a community of 12 amazing streamers who work together to stream every day of the year. The strategy that they have adopted turns that dedication into a constant call to action from their community to participate in and donate to Extra Life. In total, the team has managed to raise almost $50,000 USD for Kentucky Children’s Hospital since 2018. they accomplished this by mobilizing their community with year-round support streams and events. Not all of these were explicitly big events for Extra Life, but they also held hyped super streams to rally interest and coordinate strategic giveaways that included games, physical swag, and more to create donation incentives. This kind of dedication to charitable giving, specifically to benefit Extra Life, has been baked into Nerd Stash from the beginning. Their About Us page reads: Our company is unique as we take the extra steps to connect with our local communities and give back to charity on a yearly basis with an organization called Extra Life. All money goes to charity for children who are fighting very serious diseases and we are on board to help support this cause. They describe their Twitch channel as being completely all-in on fundraising for Extra Life. Everything they are able to bring in financially through their streaming goes directly toward their Extra Life total. Team Nerd Stash relates their efforts in the following words: Our channel on Twitch is dedicated to doing all we can to give back to Extra Life and the Kentucky Children's Hospital, the sole purpose of why we do what we do on Twitch each day. We take it to the next level and our team has BIG hearts for the kids! We take all donations, tips, subscriptions, bits, all monetary support, and give it all back to the hospital because we believe in doing something bigger than ourselves by giving back and being united for the cause. This year, Team Nerd Stash decided that not only would all of their streaming activity benefit Extra Life, but they would host not one, not two, but four epic marathons to raise money for the kids. The marathons coordinated with each season, spring, summer, fall, and winter, with the most recent kicking off on December 13th. Each of these super streams went 60 hours straight, making their total marathon time 10 times more than the traditional 24 hour marathon the majority of Extra Lifers experience on Game Day. With prizes donated or procured from Bungie, Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, Xbox, and more, the team pushed hard throughout their streams to raise money, spread cheer, and hand out their prizes. We want to thank the Nerd Stash team for going above and beyond with their dedication. They demonstrated the energy that helps to mobilize the people who make Extra Life possible in the first place. This is the kind of effort that drives Extra Life and pushes everyone in the community to do as much as they can every year for the kids. Thank you, Team Nerd Stash and everyone who contributed to their success by donating, sharing on social media, or going the distance and joining the team in fundraising. You are all absolutely incredible for what you do for the children who need help in your communities. It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round! View full article
  20. Current Release: v3.1 Release URL: https://github.com/djotaku/ELDonationTracker/releases/tag/v3.1 Release notes: In the past I've handled Anonymous names and donations without messages. New wrinkle in things - donations where the amount is secret. This release fixes that.
  21. 2019 marks the fifth year Kinda Funny has participated in Extra Life and the first year the organization has broken the elusive $100,000 USD barrier! The fan-centered company began in 2015 after its four founders left IGN and began an incredibly popular podcasting and gaming network. Members of their community became known as "best friends," a collection of people who fostered their fandom and connected respectfully with one another. One of the best friends, Eric Thompson, created Team Kinda Funny to bring the community, and eventually the full organization, into the effort to help kids across the US and Canada. That first year, Team Kinda Funny was able to more than double their initial goal of $25,000 USD to raise over $50,000 USD for the kids! Since then, Team Kinda Funny has made a habit of breaking through expectations. The team has now raised well over $400,000 USD for kids across North America since they got their start! That's the kind of achievement that truly touches countless lives and helps more children than we can wrap our heads around. The way the team has come together over the years was compiled into an almost hour-long documentary about Kinda Funny and its wonderful community of best friends. Donations were raised via streaming on Game Day and extra efforts like holding shirt design contests and putting those designs up for sale. This year's design was created by Cameron Kennedy, host of Important Business. You can grab the shirt for a limited time, with all profits from the shirt going to Extra Life and helping Kinda Funny set their fundraising bar even higher for next year! Team Kinda Funny's fundraising page really says it all: Everyday, we hear your stories about how video games better your life; how they help you cope with stress and give you a place to escape the world around you. Some of you have shared how video games have helped you through tough times, including times of serious illness. We know how important gaming is to you, and we’re a part of Extra Life because it’s an opportunity for us, as a gaming community, and as a community of best friends, to make a real change in the lives of sick children. The bulk of 2019's donations that contributed toward Team Kinda Funny's smashing success went to three hospitals: UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals in Oakland, California, Sanford Children's in Fargo, North Dakota, and Maria Fareri Children's Hospital in Valhalla, New York. The opportunities Team Kinda Funny has made possible in those locations and numerous other places across the continent can't be overstated. We want to say thank you to the wonderful people who have come together over the past five years to make some good in the world, both the best friends in Kinda Funny's community, the personalities on screen or on mic during streams, and the people working hard behind the scenes to make it all happen. You're incredible and we can't wait to see all of the amazing things you're going to do for the community and the world. It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round! View full article
  22. 2019 marks the fifth year Kinda Funny has participated in Extra Life and the first year the organization has broken the elusive $100,000 USD barrier! The fan-centered company began in 2015 after its four founders left IGN and began an incredibly popular podcasting and gaming network. Members of their community became known as "best friends," a collection of people who fostered their fandom and connected respectfully with one another. One of the best friends, Eric Thompson, created Team Kinda Funny to bring the community, and eventually the full organization, into the effort to help kids across the US and Canada. That first year, Team Kinda Funny was able to more than double their initial goal of $25,000 USD to raise over $50,000 USD for the kids! Since then, Team Kinda Funny has made a habit of breaking through expectations. The team has now raised well over $400,000 USD for kids across North America since they got their start! That's the kind of achievement that truly touches countless lives and helps more children than we can wrap our heads around. The way the team has come together over the years was compiled into an almost hour-long documentary about Kinda Funny and its wonderful community of best friends. Donations were raised via streaming on Game Day and extra efforts like holding shirt design contests and putting those designs up for sale. This year's design was created by Cameron Kennedy, host of Important Business. You can grab the shirt for a limited time, with all profits from the shirt going to Extra Life and helping Kinda Funny set their fundraising bar even higher for next year! Team Kinda Funny's fundraising page really says it all: Everyday, we hear your stories about how video games better your life; how they help you cope with stress and give you a place to escape the world around you. Some of you have shared how video games have helped you through tough times, including times of serious illness. We know how important gaming is to you, and we’re a part of Extra Life because it’s an opportunity for us, as a gaming community, and as a community of best friends, to make a real change in the lives of sick children. The bulk of 2019's donations that contributed toward Team Kinda Funny's smashing success went to three hospitals: UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals in Oakland, California, Sanford Children's in Fargo, North Dakota, and Maria Fareri Children's Hospital in Valhalla, New York. The opportunities Team Kinda Funny has made possible in those locations and numerous other places across the continent can't be overstated. We want to say thank you to the wonderful people who have come together over the past five years to make some good in the world, both the best friends in Kinda Funny's community, the personalities on screen or on mic during streams, and the people working hard behind the scenes to make it all happen. You're incredible and we can't wait to see all of the amazing things you're going to do for the community and the world. It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round!
  23. Studio Wildcard made a name for themselves by creating the popular survival game called ARK: Survival Evolved and the still-under-construction pirate MMO ATLAS. Since 2015, Studio Wildcard has been one of Extra Life's fastest growing supporters. Their first year fundraising, they brought in over $20,000 USD. The team managed to pull in over $110,000 USD this year. In total, the folks at the studio and their fans have managed to raise over $300,000 USD. That's freaking incredible and we are absolutely blown away by what they are doing for the kids across the country and especially at UF Health Shands Children's Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. Over the past three years, Extra Life's head Mike Kinney has hopped onto Studio Wildcard's stream to do a Game Day interview. As a guest, Mike has been able to spread the message of Extra Life and explain what it is and the good the organization does for kids across the US and Canada. This year, Studio Wildcard's stream kicked off with Mike's now traditional appearance. We were honored to be able to participate and contribute in a small way to the team's Game Day activities! Studio Wildcard's Game Day plans were extravagant. The team streamed on their Twitch channel for 24 hours beginning at 9am PST on November 2nd. The stream featured a series of interviews starting with the aforementioned Mike Kinney interview. Later on in their schedule, the team interviewed sponsors like Alienware, Discord, and also brought on developers working on ARK and ATLAS. Between those high-profile chats, Studio Wildcard played games in real life on-stream. One of the biggest draws of the stream, however, was Studio Wildcard's reveal of the upcoming Genesis DLC for ARK. These information drops occurred every two hours, providing fans of the game ample incentive to stay tuned and donate. Exciting new items, locations, creatures, and features took center stage during those reveals, like the introduction of the Lunar Biome Environment which brings the survival game to the surface of the moon. On top of all of that, Studio Wildcard managed to attract several partners for the stream including AMD, Alienware, MSI, Elgato, Discord, Nitrado, and more. In total, these partners and the studio itself accrued over $10,000 USD in prizes to use as giveaways. These included shirts, plushies, goodie bags filled with cool stuff, collector's editions of amazing games, season passes for their Genesis DLC, and more! Additionally, during the stream, the team boosted the rates for how fast players could progress through the skills and levels of both ARK and ATLAS. Every $5,000 USD donated to their team gave all players a 0.5x multiplier for the experience they earned, stacking up to 8x. Each donor to the stream received a forum badge for ARK or ATLAS and those who donated over $500 USD would receive a golden badge. As a super special perk, those who donated over $2,500 USD got added to the credits of both ARK and ATLAS as an Extra Life Superfan. This all goes so far above and beyond what we ever could have expected. The amount of good this does for hospitals across North America can't be overstated. The work Studio Wildcard has done over the years has helped kids get treatment, either by providing them the facilities they need or paying for their care. We are blown away. Thank you so much to each and every person who helped pull together these events every year since 2015 and the community for turning out to support Studio Wildcard's efforts with each new year. Your efforts matter. Thank you. #ForTheKids It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round!
  24. Studio Wildcard made a name for themselves by creating the popular survival game called ARK: Survival Evolved and the still-under-construction pirate MMO ATLAS. Since 2015, Studio Wildcard has been one of Extra Life's fastest growing supporters. Their first year fundraising, they brought in over $20,000 USD. The team managed to pull in over $110,000 USD this year. In total, the folks at the studio and their fans have managed to raise over $300,000 USD. That's freaking incredible and we are absolutely blown away by what they are doing for the kids across the country and especially at UF Health Shands Children's Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. Over the past three years, Extra Life's head Mike Kinney has hopped onto Studio Wildcard's stream to do a Game Day interview. As a guest, Mike has been able to spread the message of Extra Life and explain what it is and the good the organization does for kids across the US and Canada. This year, Studio Wildcard's stream kicked off with Mike's now traditional appearance. We were honored to be able to participate and contribute in a small way to the team's Game Day activities! Studio Wildcard's Game Day plans were extravagant. The team streamed on their Twitch channel for 24 hours beginning at 9am PST on November 2nd. The stream featured a series of interviews starting with the aforementioned Mike Kinney interview. Later on in their schedule, the team interviewed sponsors like Alienware, Discord, and also brought on developers working on ARK and ATLAS. Between those high-profile chats, Studio Wildcard played games in real life on-stream. One of the biggest draws of the stream, however, was Studio Wildcard's reveal of the upcoming Genesis DLC for ARK. These information drops occurred every two hours, providing fans of the game ample incentive to stay tuned and donate. Exciting new items, locations, creatures, and features took center stage during those reveals, like the introduction of the Lunar Biome Environment which brings the survival game to the surface of the moon. On top of all of that, Studio Wildcard managed to attract several partners for the stream including AMD, Alienware, MSI, Elgato, Discord, Nitrado, and more. In total, these partners and the studio itself accrued over $10,000 USD in prizes to use as giveaways. These included shirts, plushies, goodie bags filled with cool stuff, collector's editions of amazing games, season passes for their Genesis DLC, and more! Additionally, during the stream, the team boosted the rates for how fast players could progress through the skills and levels of both ARK and ATLAS. Every $5,000 USD donated to their team gave all players a 0.5x multiplier for the experience they earned, stacking up to 8x. Each donor to the stream received a forum badge for ARK or ATLAS and those who donated over $500 USD would receive a golden badge. As a super special perk, those who donated over $2,500 USD got added to the credits of both ARK and ATLAS as an Extra Life Superfan. This all goes so far above and beyond what we ever could have expected. The amount of good this does for hospitals across North America can't be overstated. The work Studio Wildcard has done over the years has helped kids get treatment, either by providing them the facilities they need or paying for their care. We are blown away. Thank you so much to each and every person who helped pull together these events every year since 2015 and the community for turning out to support Studio Wildcard's efforts with each new year. Your efforts matter. Thank you. #ForTheKids It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round! View full article
  25. Game gear company KontrolFreek has been supporting Extra Life for years, bringing incredible passion to their fundraising efforts, and this year is no exception. Tomorrow, the wonderful folks at KontrolFreek will begin streaming for a full day of weird and wild gaming hijinks. Since the stream is taking place during the holiday season, KontrolFreek has also organized a series of giveaways as donation incentives! The stream will begin tomorrow, December 14th, at 11am EST and continue until 9pm EST. The KontrolFreek team plans on livestreaming non-stop from their Atlanta headquarters. The KontrolFreek Day of Giving Charity Stream will be benefiting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, a facility that supports over 60 specialties and programs for children across the state of Georgia. Be sure to tune into the stream, which you can find over on KontrolFreek's Twitch channel, throughout the day for a chance to win cool donation prizes from their corporate sponsors. Everyone who donates $5 USD or more to KontrolFreek's Extra Life page during their official stream will be entered into a giveaway contest for a slew of incredible items donated for them to use for their fundraising efforts. Prizes have been donated by some of the leading brands in gaming. For a $5 USD donation, you could win products from Gunnar, Legion, Meta, DXRacer, Kill Cliff, Lenovo, and Turtle Beach! You can also gun for the coveted spot of top donor during the stream, which will guarantee the person behind the donation a win in the contest. Furthermore, at various points throughout the stream, KontrolFreek's dedicated streamers will be opening "mystery boxes." These boxes contain three escalating levels of disgusting and embarrassing challenges for those who open them, all for the entertainment of the audience. The more that people donate, the worse things will get for the streamers, and they are only too happy to oblige when its all going toward helping the kids of Georgia. We applaud KontrolFreek's dedication to the kids, thank you so much to the brave streamers putting themselves on the line. Tomorrow will be an exciting time over on KontrolFreek's Twitch channel, so be sure to follow along with the shenanigans. If you want to support, you can donate to KontrolFreek's Extra Life page or even join their team and host your own stream inspired by the efforts of the KontrolFreek team! All donations count toward 2019's Extra Life fundraising total until the end of December. It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round! View full article
  26. Game gear company KontrolFreek has been supporting Extra Life for years, bringing incredible passion to their fundraising efforts, and this year is no exception. Tomorrow, the wonderful folks at KontrolFreek will begin streaming for a full day of weird and wild gaming hijinks. Since the stream is taking place during the holiday season, KontrolFreek has also organized a series of giveaways as donation incentives! The stream will begin tomorrow, December 14th, at 11am EST and continue until 9pm EST. The KontrolFreek team plans on livestreaming non-stop from their Atlanta headquarters. The KontrolFreek Day of Giving Charity Stream will be benefiting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, a facility that supports over 60 specialties and programs for children across the state of Georgia. Be sure to tune into the stream, which you can find over on KontrolFreek's Twitch channel, throughout the day for a chance to win cool donation prizes from their corporate sponsors. Everyone who donates $5 USD or more to KontrolFreek's Extra Life page during their official stream will be entered into a giveaway contest for a slew of incredible items donated for them to use for their fundraising efforts. Prizes have been donated by some of the leading brands in gaming. For a $5 USD donation, you could win products from Gunnar, Legion, Meta, DXRacer, Kill Cliff, Lenovo, and Turtle Beach! You can also gun for the coveted spot of top donor during the stream, which will guarantee the person behind the donation a win in the contest. Furthermore, at various points throughout the stream, KontrolFreek's dedicated streamers will be opening "mystery boxes." These boxes contain three escalating levels of disgusting and embarrassing challenges for those who open them, all for the entertainment of the audience. The more that people donate, the worse things will get for the streamers, and they are only too happy to oblige when its all going toward helping the kids of Georgia. We applaud KontrolFreek's dedication to the kids, thank you so much to the brave streamers putting themselves on the line. Tomorrow will be an exciting time over on KontrolFreek's Twitch channel, so be sure to follow along with the shenanigans. If you want to support, you can donate to KontrolFreek's Extra Life page or even join their team and host your own stream inspired by the efforts of the KontrolFreek team! All donations count toward 2019's Extra Life fundraising total until the end of December. It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round!
  27. Having trouble coming up with ideas for what gifts to pick up for the holidays? Sometimes buying gifts for the gamer in your life can be difficult when venturing beyond the actual games themselves. We dug through the internet to find four gift ideas outside of the norm to put on your list or pick up for your loved ones. Fortnite Yoga Pants Sometimes you want to rock an eye-catching look to yoga while also subtly signaling your nerdiness to the world. These Loot Llama leggings will accomplish both goals flawlessly. Inspired by the infamous Loot Llama of Fortnite fame, these will certainly add color to any yoga-goer’s ensemble. Gaming Pet Collars If you haven’t ever looked into the world of handmade video crafts on Etsy, there’s more to discover than you can imagine. One of the most unique and practical items you can purchase on the site are collars for your dog or any other kind of pet. There are fantastic ones inspired by gaming controllers, Space Invaders, and The Legend of Zelda series. One of our favorites is a collar that uses the opening legend scroll from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker in its design. Pac-Man Makeup Line If you are looking for a way to represent your love of old-school gaming or for the perfect finishing touch on your look for that hip neighborhood arcade outing, cosmetics company Wet n’ Wild has an official partnership with the Pac-Man brand to sell makeup based on the iconic gaming franchise. Each item has been designed both in color scheme and packaging to be reminiscent of the series, making it a fun gift for any fan of gaming. Nerdy/Cool Keyboard Customization Keyboard customization has become a rapidly expanding hobby industry. You can find artisans to create key caps for mechanical keyboards that incorporate cute or cool designs inspired by video games or characters from pop culture. For laptops or keyboards that don’t have easily removed caps, you can find handmade decals to make your functional keyboard into a piece of art that can serve as an outlet for self-expression. You can find all kinds of people who make these things across the internet, like TinyMakesThings (who is also an Extra Lifer!) or various artists who offer decal or key cap services, like TooMcCoolForYou and their sweet Pokémon keyboard decal set. If none of these are terribly interesting, you could always make sure that loved one has a Platinum Extra Life profile for 2019 and help them hit the $200 goal to get them the sweet and exclusive t-shirt design for the year. That way, you know your money is going to a good cause and letting your gamer flag fly by rocking one of our super cool gaming t-shirts. You can do this anytime from now until the end of December. It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round! View full article
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