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  1. 10 points
    After the completion of the 4th annual Extra Life United event, my family and I are in awe of all the Extra Life community has accomplished. I wanted to write and share this note on behalf of the Enmon family. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU Extra Life GAMERS! Somehow these words just do not seem to be adequate enough to thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for Extra Life. The amount of money that was raised this year was phenomenal – Eleven million plus is just amazing. We never could have dreamt that “the little girl from Orange, Texas would leave such an amazing legacy”. Our family had such a wonderful time meeting so many new gamers, returning gamers, spectators, and their families at Extra Life United at Children's Hospitals Week. What a year for amazing things to happen - raising eleven million plus dollars in 2017; raising $40,000 at Extra Life United leaving Jeromy Adams speechless on stage, as well as having in attendance a Cow, Fairy, Unicorn, Dinosaur, a bottle of Hot sauce and many illuminating hairstyles! WOW just WOW, all of this and more will be cherished and remembered. As we reminisce about the past years, we cannot help but continue to thank Jeromy Adams and his family for his Dream! What a dream ride it has been and continues to be! We can only imagine what the future will hold for Extra Life and #forthekids. We want to send a great big THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts to Liz, Mike, Lou, Jeromy and staff for planning such a wonderful event. To Tori’s Angels, we say THANK YOU, for providing your expertise to the process and to the event to ensure that it ran smoothly. Our family has discussed the event in great detail and we have an announcement. This year the Enmon Family will be awarding ELU Scholarships to applicants, to help defer some cost of the Extra Life United / Children's Hospitals Week trip in 2019! We hope that by helping in different ways, that perhaps some of the burden will be lifted for those who may otherwise be unable to make it to ELU in 2019. We will keep you posted as details become available. Thank you again for all of the love you continue to give to our family. Victor & Jo Ellen Enmon Christin & Justin Hommel, Corbin and Adilyn James and Stormy Enmon
  2. 4 points
    1. This is the biggest family reunion of people you’ve never met before. TL;DR: You’re going to make friends. A lot of them. You’ll know people from across the world now, and you have one amazing cause in common. Welcome home. I’ve been lucky enough to attend all prior Extra Life Uniteds (November 2014, February 2016, and March 2017). The feeling is the same every year – how did I not know this person before now? We’ve just met, but I feel like we’ve been friends forever! That first year was intimidating. I went in not knowing anyone, was keenly aware I was in a new place, surrounded by new people, oh, and I was also competing with everyone. But what I quickly realized was that everyone felt the same. Within minutes people were introducing themselves, arranging rides for each other, and generally just welcoming each other. I made friends all over the country, hung out all hours with them, and regularly keep up with them on Facebook. 2. Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. TL;DR: Bring a contact card of some sort to hand out. Come prepared with business cards that have your name, email, phone number, and gamer tags. I’d also suggest including your city and state, the hospital you play for, and your Extra Life URL (customize it to have the same URL every year!). You can always exchange contacts on your phone and friend people on Facebook, but there are sometimes so many people you’ll meet handing over a card is easier. You may also get to spend time with hospital staff and partners you haven’t met before. Don’t have cards? No worries! Head to your local print shop and they can have some printed for you quickly. You’ll want heavy cardstock, and can also get full color printed on both sides, too. You can ask for them to be cut, but you’ll be charged per cut, or you can use a paper cutter and trim them yourselves. There are plenty of templates available for free on the web, and even in Microsoft Word. 3. The camera loves you. Love it back. TL;DR: Take that selfie. Share that post. Photobomb all the group shots. You’ll want to capture as much as you can, and you should be in the picture, too. If I have one regret about Extra Life United, it would be that I’m not in more photos. I’ve taken a ton, and I’ve shared a ton, but I’m not great about getting in the photos, or asking people to take photos with me. These photos will be shared all over and come up in your Facebook memories, so you should be in them! There are also professional photographers who will be taking photos all over, and you’ll be able to access those within a few weeks. Want a peek at past ELUs? Here you go: Extra Life United 2014 Extra Life United 2016 Extra Life United 2017 – Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3 4. Even if you lose, you’re still winning. TL;DR: Not everyone is going to win prize money. But that’s okay. You’ll walk away with something priceless. Losing is tough. No way to sugarcoat it. But what you can do is prepare yourself a little bit for how you react. I’ve had some really, really tough losses at ELU. It hasn’t stopped me from going back. But I did take myself out of the picture for a bit, literally. One semifinal loss was particularly brutal for me, and I completely missed the closing ceremonies. I saw the pictures, but it’s not the same as being there. Especially when you realize you’re missing from the large group shot. ☹ It's completely okay to take a break. Head outside, get some sunshine or find a quiet corner for a minute. Take a short walk around the lake if you need it. But come back. You’ll thank yourself later. And your new family will be there to help you recuperate. 5. Take this! TL;DR: Pack all the things. TSA will love your board games. Got a bag of holding? Pack that, too. I like to think I’m a pro at packing light. I avoid checked bags if I can. But you may want to check your bag if you plan to bring along some board games. If not, give yourself extra time to go through security. Board games and all their little pieces tend to get extra attention. It’s also a good idea to tape your name and phone number on the inside lids of the games, just in case they need to find their way back to you. What else should you pack? Here’s a good starter list if you’re visiting ELU for the first time: Allergy medications (Florida pollen will be high) Reusable water bottle (cut down on waste and save money!) A sweater or hoodie if you get cold easily (the convention center rooms can be cold) Your favorite snacks (I always pack a few meal bars and gummies when I travel) Battery packs and charging cables for your phone, and extra batteries for other items Headphones (they can do wonders if you need a moment to yourself and are in a crowded area) ELU specific accessories (I’m not saying onesies, but I’m saying there will be onesies… Also, tutus.) Giveaway items: buttons, stickers, business cards Swimsuits if you want to take advantage of the pools near your hotel Heading to the parks? Make sure you have these: Comfortable shoes Extra socks Sunblock Hat Blister Block, moleskin, or cushion inserts to avoid blisters Comfy shorts or jeans (I like cargo shorts. All the pockets!) A bag that’s easy to carry (backpacks work best in the parks) 6. Get your swag on. TL;DR: This is a wonderful time to pick up some CMN Hospitals swag. For yourself, and for your donors! You can browse the online shop, but save shipping costs by picking up items at ELU. I like to wear a CMN Hospitals pin on my jacket anytime I travel. I’ll give a small gift pack of CMN Hospitals swag to donors (a stylus pen, screen wipe, and a lapel pin). Want to add to your collections of t-shirts? This is the place to get them! 7. Side quests are fun, but stick to the main story. TL;DR: You’ll spend way more time at ELU than you expect, and that may mean skipping out on other things. Unless you’re coming into town early or staying late, you may not have time for park visits or hanging out outside of ELU. Once ELU starts, plan to stay close by. As much planning goes into it, adjustments sometimes must be made and scheduled times can change. There is plenty of time to hang out in between games, but stay where the action is. Just remember – if you’re wearing your Extra Life gear, represent Extra Life well. (There may or may not be a story from the first year where I ever so kindly used my mom voice and asked a few boisterous Extra Lifers to turn their shirts inside out.) 8. You’re going to need a bigger boat. TL;DR: Actually, a place to keep all those contact cards, buttons, and other gift items you’ll receive. Don’t forget to bring some of your own! One of the absolute best and most amazing things about Extra Life United is having a chance to interact directly with the kids your Extra Life efforts are helping. You won’t want to miss the pin exchange with the Champions. This is happening on Thursday, March 8th from 10:00-11:15am. Most of the Champions bring pins to exchange – so bring some of your own! You can take photos with the Champions and have them sign an autograph book. Don’t have an autograph book? Buy a deck of cards and have each Champion sign one! Let them know they’re aces in your book. Some Champions use stamps because they may have trouble holding a pen. You can become a human autograph book, or have them stamp a t-shirt as a keepsake. Find out about each of the Champions here. Don’t have buttons? Don’t worry – you may be able to have some made quickly locally or with online shops, and have them shipped to your hotel. But you can also bring any other small item for an exchange, such as sticker sheets, playing cards, or mini-games. Your local dollar store is a great place to find items like this. You will get neat little string bag when you check in, but it can get full quickly, so you may want to bring a bag of your own to carry your stuff around. 9. You’re not the only one who is bananas for Extra Life. TL;DR: One of us! One of us! You’re not alone in your love and all-encompassing obsession with all things Extra Life. Get ready to have even more ideas to act on. I came to the first Extra Life United because I helped plan, manage, and run a large game day event. But I didn’t consider myself a true Extra Lifer because I didn’t regularly play games. And I also didn’t play video games. If anything, I liked board games and puzzle games I could play solo. I didn’t even register my first year of Extra Life, I just donated to others. After leaving Extra Life United, I realized I wasn’t alone in that feeling. But also, that I had nothing to worry about. Extra Life is for anyone and everyone who loves gaming – from whatever viewpoint. I still don’t play video games much. But I’ve discovered a whole new slew of board games. I’ve earned four medals of my own, and have gotten my whole family involved, too. I’ve shared ideas with so many others on planning game days, donor rewards, fundraising ideas – all of it. And I’ve gotten just as many ideas in return. Extra Life has made a massive impact on my life. For five years I planned and managed a massive Extra Life game day of a few hundred gamers. Every year I recommitted to do it again. And in 2017 I left the tech industry to work for CMN Hospitals. That’s how much I care for this cause. So, I won’t be competing at ELU this year, but I’ll be there and can’t wait to meet my new family members! ~Tanya K., 5th yr Extra Lifer from San Antonio
  3. 4 points
    WOOOO COOKIES! Yep, husband is coming too. He's playing this year, signing him up this weekend!
  4. 4 points
    WOOT! 2nd year for me! I'll be in Orlando from the 3rd to the 13th, so if anyone wants to meet up and hit some parks, let's do it!
  5. 3 points

    Version 2.0.2


    Download all of the "Broadcasting Kit" files by selecting "Download this file". Includes: - Donation Alerts - Miracle Stories and Commercials (same as Multimedia Kit) - Talking Points - Overlays - Profile Buttons - Custom Community Graphics Includes .eps files where appropriate and video clips (larger file download)
  6. 3 points
    Emerald City Comic Con is back! March 1st through 4th our guild will have a booth and needs volunteers to help us at this Extra Life recruiting event. Extra Life volunteers receive free entry into the event and some time away from the table to explore all the con has to offer. Email Troy Starrett, our Seattle Guild Volunteer Coordinator, if you’re interested in helping. His email is: ssm_troyota@yahoo.com
  7. 3 points
    After much blood sweat and tears trying to work out logistics, it started to look impossible for a while there... I'm sure most of you have an inkling of how it feels, but I was downright heartbroken when it looked like we wouldn't make it! I'm happy to say though, we are all booked and ready to go. We will officially be back for our 4th ELU, and I really really can't wait for the family reunion! I'M SO FREAKIN' THANKFUL AND EXCITED! GAME ON! As a side note, I heard a rumor that the Pin Exchange will be different this year? I'd like to know what changed because I usually place an order for custom buttons for the kids about this time. Any way we could get a count on how many buttons/pins/whatevers we'd need? @herobyclicking? Bueller?
  8. 3 points
    O'Brien checking in for year 3! This year I will be bringing my Sister along.
  9. 2 points
    Hey everyone! I see some folks have posted questions about incorporating their Extra Life donations into their streaming sessions. I figured I'd share an application that I made called the "Extra Life Helper" that does all of the following: Counts down the days until Extra Life if there are three or more days left. Counts down the hours until Extra Life if there are less than four days left. Counts the total hours played if the start time has passed. Continually displays the total amount raised as it changes. Shows new donation alerts as they arrive in real-time. Donation messages are read with text-to-speech during donation alerts. Custom sound effects can be specified for the donation alert. Provides a hook to run custom JavaScript when a new donation arrives. Occasionally shows the Extra Life and Children's Miracle Network Hospital logos. Works in "participant" mode or "team" mode. Supports four color themes and three border styles. Works in XSplit, OBS Studio, and in any modern browser. Runs locally without dependency on any remote service besides the Extra Life API. Core functionality and appearance can be modified with little JavaScript exprience. Download and setup instructions: https://github.com/breadweb/extralifehelper Hope you find it helpful. If you have any feedback or requests for additional features, please let me know. Good luck with your fundraising efforts! Requirements: Operating System: Windows 10 or macOS Sierra Streaming Software: XSplit Broadcaster 3.0 (Windows) or OBS Studio 20.0.1 (OSX & Windows) Changelog: 10/21/2018 Added text-to-speech for donation messages Fixed a bug with text rendering 10/5/2018 Added option to perform a test donation 7/8/2018 Updated to work with the newest version of the Extra Life API Fixed a few bugs 11/18/2017 Added donation alerts when running in team mode Added an option to show fundraising goal in addition to amount earned Added an option to suppress alerts Added a "full year" mode for those interested in fundraising 365 days a year Fixed a couple bugs 9/13/2017 Removed Flash plugin requirement! The Helper is now a pure JavaScript application Added display of donation message to the donation alert screen Added the ability to specify custom donation alert sounds Added ability to add custom JavaScript code that can run when a new donation comes in 10/31/2016 Made donation alerts more responsive Added support for marathons lasting longer than 72 hours Fixed issues with transitions 10/3/2016 Added three new color themes to choose from. Added option to change border style. 9/3/2016 Updated to work in the latest versions of XSplit, OBS Classic and OBS Studio. 11/4/2015 Made miscellaneous fixes. 10/14/2015 Added more support for different versions of OBS and operating systems. 10/12/2015 Added support for OBS using the browser plugin. Added support for working on OSX in OBS Multiplatform. Fixed bugs with handling bad requests to the Extra Life API. 10/11/2015 Updated to use new data API. Fixed issues with being unreliable for participants with many donations. Updated the look to adhere to the new Extra Life brand colors. Fixed a few bugs with showing new donations and switching modes. 10/24/2014 Added executable wrapper for use in OBS on Windows. 2nd monitor required. 10/16/2014 Released initial version to the public.
  10. 2 points
    Something *really cool* the Innovation Team at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has been working on and is currently in testing! We’re mining crypto currency! Raise money just by keeping a browser tab open on your computer! And to clarify this is CMN and not exclusive to Extra Life. http://miracletab.org/ o/
  11. 2 points
    Heya Extra Lifers! If you haven't heard, we've teamed up with PLAYERUNKNOWN BATTLEGROUNDS this week for an incredible fundraising marathon for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals! Grab your frying pan and join us in supporting by signing up to stream from your personal channel or donate directly at www.extra-life.org/PUBG . You can watch this amazing event on twitch.tv/playBATTLEGROUNDS or twitch.tv/extralife4kids and support your favorite streamers and make a life saving donation for a local CMN Hospital. Event Starts: January 28th 9:00 PM PST January 29th 12:00 AM EST January 29th 6:00 AM CET Event Ends: February 2nd 8:59 PM PST February 2nd 11:59 PM EST February 3rd 4:59 AM CET For more information swing by the official PLAYERUNKNOWN BATTLEGROUNDS forum! #ThisIsBattleRoyaleForTheKids #EXTRALIFE View full article
  12. 2 points
    I'd totally would do this but I'm heading to ELU/Orlando that Sunday night. I'm trying to limit any potential con-crud. I'm happy to help out in future cons though. Hope everyone working can get the word out!
  13. 2 points
    Emailed Troy to work that Sunday for my wife and myself!
  14. 2 points
    If you've ever wanted a handy-dandy instruction manual to help share Extra Life with friends, family and co-workers, then consider this best practice as an answer to your desire! Perfect for sending as a PDF attachment or printing out to share at events, conventions or meetings! Introducing the official Extra Life Instruction Manual!
  15. 2 points
    Myself and @kylez0rz from the Jacksonville Guild will be making our trek down for the first time!
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    I totally need to bring cookies now. By yourself this year or you bringing the husband?
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  19. 2 points
    Signed up and ready for my second ELU! Can't wait to see all your beautiful faces again, or for the first time! Hopefully I find another Miami member to come along with me!
  20. 2 points
    I'll be going for my 2nd year. Just out of curiosity, when will most people be getting there? It looks like ELU itself will be Wednesday - Saturday. Anyone getting there a day early to use their Disney pass? Last year I only showed the evening before the tournament started so I missed out on the pin exchange and all the other fun stuff. I don't want to miss out on the fun this year. I am also going to make a post in the room sharing thread. I have a car, so that should make me popular... lol.
  21. 2 points
    Hi/Hello, My name is Troy Starrett, and I recently moved to the PNW from sunny New Mexico, for better work opportunities. I first got involved with Extra Life through the Sarcastic Gamer community in 2010. This is my 9th year participating in the charity. I was previously raising money for the University of New Mexico Children's Hospital, because they were local, and they helped both of my daughters with medical emergencies shortly after they were born. I decided this year, since I was joining the Seattle Guild, that I should raise money for Seattle Children's Hospital (although it still feels a little bit weird). I sincerely look forward to working with all of you for this amazing cause. Cheers!
  22. 2 points
    If I had extra time I'd wanna have a 24hr Non-Stop PC/Console LAN Parteh in the hotel room!! ;0~~ ;~) o/
  23. 2 points
    I keep forgetting to post this. We met this awesome chick at ReplayFX in Pittsburgh when she came up to our table. I told her I had to get her photo so I could post it here. So I do have her permission but not her name. If this is you, say hello! You rock!
  24. 2 points
    The Official Extra Life Stream Team Weekly Schedule Find out when your favorite Extra Life streamer is streaming on the Official Extra Life Twitch Channel. You can learn more about each streamer or send them a private message by hovering over or clicking on their @name. Support our streamers by clicking on the links to their Extra Life participant page or their personal Twitch channel. Be sure to read the details and apply today! ALL TIMES ARE EASTERN US TIME UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED *Spanish Language
  25. 2 points
    What is the Official Extra Life Stream Team? The Extra Life Stream Team is a group of our most enthusiastic community members who volunteer their time to provide a presence for Extra Life on Twitch.tv on the official Extra Life Twitch Channel. The Stream Team promotes the national Extra Life movement. The members of the Stream Team are goodwill ambassadors for Extra Life and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. They represent the very best of our community through their dedication and passion for gaming for charity while live streaming. We Want Streamers! Do you have streaming experience? We are looking for Extra Lifers who have experience in streaming for at least 2 hours on a regular (weekly) basis for period of 8 weeks to start. Are you well versed in the Extra life program? Can you talk about it conversationally? Great! Don't have a ton of followers? Not a problem. However, live streaming is a skill and while we understand many of you may want to ‘get into streaming’, we are looking for folks who have a bit of experience engaging the viewer. Don't have experience streaming? Start streaming on your own channel, follow, watch and participate in chat in other streams. You have to start somewhere! We have a core group that know their way around a stream and are experts concerning the Extra Life program. If that sounds like you, then we want to hear from you. Your time to shine and share your love for Extra Life Being on the Stream Team is being an Extra Life aficionado. To be clear this about making Extra Life visible and to encourage participation. It's not about your personal donation page (though a casual mention during your stream is permissible), your guild or team. This application is solely for the person submitting it. If your fellow team or guild members are interested, have them complete an application! The more the merrier! If you are unable to stream during your assigned time please contact the Stream Team Lead- @allthewayj, @MajorLinux, or @heartandthesynapse What is expected of the Stream Team? Stream Amazing Content You’re free to stream just about anything you can "play". We are representing a children’s charity and you’ll be streaming on the official Extra Life channel, so we do require the following: You must use the official Twitch backgrounds provided in by the Extra Life team. Please, no modifications, donation alerts etc. These materials are approved by the national team and we appreciate you adhering to this guideline. NO PROFANITY AT ANY TIME (the all caps means we are serious). Keep it PG/PG-13 when streaming. Be sure to have an appropriate. family friendly screenname for Twitch, Twitter and the whatnot. Keep the content of your games to a maximum rating of “T for Teen.” No “M” rated games (and most games rated PEGI 16+, not sure? Ask!). This shouldn't be a big surprise! There are plenty of games to play outside of that rating. Get creative if you get stuck! Ask the Stream Team community if you get into a rut! Remember, it's for the kids. Use the Official Extra Life Stream Team assets when streaming. Console streamers MUST have access to a capture card and software that supports Twitch Stream Keys. (PS4 and Xbox One do not support this natively). Emulators and ROMS are not allowed on stream in adherence to DMCA. Contact the Stream Team Lead in the event you cannot stream. We are flexible and understanding of the needs of your personal schedule, just keep us in the loop. Failure to adhere to these expectations will affect your continued eligibility as a member of the team. It's all about Extra Life The primary focus while streaming on the official Extra Life twitch channel should be on promoting the Extra Life program. Your audience will be from all over North America and possibly the world. Focus on educating the public about Extra Life and encouraging them to register to participate. What does the Stream Team do? As a member of the Stream Team you will have... A regular, weekly, two hour block of time on the official Extra Life channel for at least a two month period. Depending on demand this could be extended. The opportunity to represent Extra Life to the Twitch community. An opportunity, once per hour, to promote your personal fund raising page, Guild, or Team on the official Extra life twitch channel. That warm fuzzy feeling of doing something that can help others join our amazing community. How to Apply You can check the official Stream Team Schedule for time slots. Please note that all times are shown as Eastern US time. Want to be an Official Stream Team Twitch Channel Mod? Do you have eye for trolls and know how to keep the chat rolling? Love Extra Life and have time to hang out with our streamers? Let us know! Complete the application above and select "Moderator" as the position you are applying for. Have any questions? Direct message the team leads, @allthewayj, @heartandthesynapse, @MajorLinux!