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  1. GameStop is teaming up with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to help save kids’ lives at local children’s hospitals throughout the United States.


    This week, GameStop announced the new partnership that will begin taking shape this June.

    “GameStop has a long-standing commitment to use the Power of Gaming for Good to benefit the families in our local communities. Together with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, it is our hope to give children’ of all ages the miracle of living a better life,” said Jason Allen, head of marketing for GameStop.


    Beginning June 1, GameStop customers will be able to donate up to 100% of the credit value to CMN Hospitals when they trade their unused video game hardware, software, accessories, or consumer electronics in-store through the Trade for Charity program. PowerUp Rewards™ members will also be able to turn their PowerUp Rewards points into a donation to CMN Hospitals.


    From June 12-14, GameStop and CMN Hospitals’ gaming fundraising program, Extra Life, will be on site at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles, California with a pop-up truck outside the LA Convention Center to accept video game donations. The value of the games will then be donated by GameStop to help sick and injured kids treated at CMN Hospitals.


    Extra Life unites thousands of players around the world in a 24-hour fundraising and gaming marathon benefitting CMN Hospitals.


    This September, GameStop’s 3,800 stores throughout the U.S. will be hosting a fundraising campaign where customers will be able to donate $1 or more when they checkout in-store or on GameStop.com. Funds raised by each store will benefit the respective local CMN Hospital, allowing stores the opportunity to serve the children and families treated in their own communities.


    GameStop’s new partnership with CMN Hospitals aligns with their commitment to corporate social responsibility and their vision to use the Power of Gaming for Good. Since 2007, GameStop and its more than 40,000 associates around the world have raised and/or donated more than $17 million to various external charities focused on youth-wellbeing and empowerment.


    “We are thrilled to be partnering with GameStop to help further our mission to save and improve the lives of local kids. The funds raised by GameStop’s initiatives will impact over 10 million children treated each year at local CMN Hospitals throughout the country and we are very grateful for their support,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.



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  2. 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:


    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


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  3. 5 hours ago, Jim said:

    @DJThunderstix @LeaveIt2Beaver @herobyclicking,


    I've created a dashboard for teams to display rosters and donations: http://nerdery.life


    It would be very helpful to have the hospital included in each participant's JSON response. My hope is that since it's not requesting more info from members that it could be added without any additional action for players.


    Thanks for your consideration!

    Will let them know now!

  4. It’s hard to image that just a few short months ago, the Extra Life community gathered in Orlando for Extra Life United! Whether you brought home big money for your local hospital or not, the people we met and the memories we made remind us that this is not game over for the sick and injured kids treated at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.


    Relive your #EXTRALIFEUNITED experience (video below)!




    We’re working hard to make Extra Life United 2018 the best yet – be sure to visit www.extra-life.org/united to sign up for updates as soon as they become available!


    We cannot thank you enough for coming to Extra Life United and for being a part of this amazing community!


    For The Kids,

    Mike, Liz, Jeromy

    Team Extra Life

    Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

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  5. Hey Extra Lifers,


    This past month has been absolutely a-May-zing! The Extra Life community came together and voted on a new design for this year’s Extra Life Platinum shirt. E3 is just around the corner and we've hit an incredible fundraising milestone for sick and injured kids throughout North America!


    Our monthly updates are published to let everyone know the important news from around the community. Buckle in, it was a busy month!


    Tshirt.jpg2017 Platinum T-Shirt Design Has been Decided


    After kicking off our fifth annual "Design our T for a Trip to E3" t-shirt contest, we finally have a winner! Congratulations to Extra Lifer Molly Putman, who's eye-catching design “Celebration” joins our growing t-shirt hall of fame and will be the platinum reward for 2017. Thank you to all of the designers and 1300+ community members who voted this year.


    If you're already signed up for Extra Life 2017 but didn't register as a platinum member, you can still upgrade now to be able to unlock this sweet shirt!




    Planning-Conferences-E3-2017-970.jpgHang out with us at E3


    The National Extra Life Team, along with the Orange County and Los Angeles Guilds will be at to E3 on June 13 - 15th in the South Lobby. We'll also have a team of writers covering industry news, talking with developers and posting live updates on our social channels. 


    If you’re going to the show, we’d love to meet you! Stop by our booth in the South Hall Lobby or shoot us a message on Facebook or Twitter to let us know and we’ll set up some time to say hello!




    MAkingMiracles_Community.jpgSetting Records and Making Miracles


    Over 2,000 more people have joined the Extra Life family since last month's newsletter, bringing the total up to just over 11,000 heroes who have pledged to play games in support of their local Children's Miracle Network Hospital.

    Between fundraising from dedicated Extra Lifers and help from our industry partners, we’ve managed to hit $1 million For The Kids this year! Thank you, thank you, thank you!






    Community Article: Almost 8,000 Free Games are on the Internet ArchiveInternetArchive1-970.jpg


    The Internet Archive has made headlines in the past for uploading large numbers of retro games to their publicly available archive. At a recent check-in, the total number of games has reached almost 8,000. That’s a lot of free games!


    You can find our full rundown here





    We are so glad to be moving forward into June with such a vibrant and motivated community. You’re showing the world what makes Extra Life so great, so let’s all keep pushing forward for fun, fellowship, and – as always….


    For The Kids,    


    Mike, Liz and Jeromy

    Team Extra Life

    Children's Miracle Network Hospitals 

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  6. 13 hours ago, deliciousbees said:

    Hey there, @LeaveIt2BeaverWe're working on adding donation incentives to our backend for Extra-Life 2017, but we're running into a hurdle in that the guid and email for unique donations isn't exposed, so we have no way to determine a unique donation and emailing a code as "valid" through JSON alone.


    We can see the data we need if we manually scrape portal.donations while logged in - the data-id guid and data-email is perfect! - but I'd really prefer to use the JSON links and not revert back to manually scraping the site (or slamming extraLifeDonationsExport and generating our own guid) like the Dark Old Days.


    Any chance of getting that data exposed to JSON before this year's event? And even better, any chance of exposing data-id to the donor somehow so that we don't have to send them an automated Thank You email with their guid?




    Just forwarded your request over to DD's support team and will update this thread with what I hear back!

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  7. ----Apologies in advance for the long post! ----
    Huge shout out to those of you who filled out the Guild Feedback Survey in February! We analyzed the data, presented a plan for Guilds 2.0 to the Hospitals Program Directors at Momentum and revamped based on their feedback.
    Now we'd love to hear what YOU think! The attached pictures show the takeaways from the survey results as well as a proposed structure for what Guilds 2.0 *could* look like. Nothing set in stone, just throwing out some initial ideas and want to get your thoughts/opinions!







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  8. On 4/4/2017 at 10:40 AM, Kome said:

    Yep,  I saw that!  Pretty amazing!


    I'm going to go with my 7200% increase in funds for now and ignore the per-player one until we get further updates.

    There were 50K participants in 2016!

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  9. Thanks for looping me in @H2OAcidic(And for the offer of admin access)! I would prefer to keep the word "official" out of the name --at least for right now-- just cus it would then need to be added to the list of official channels Liz and I check in with.


    Its so cool to see people care so much about this community that this stuff organically happens and hopefully once the team grows we are able to facilitate a lot of the heavy lifting /support for things like this .

  10. On 2/21/2017 at 10:41 AM, ClemClementine said:

    Hello All!

    My name is Chris and my tag is ClemClementine.  I used to travel around for competitive video game tournaments such as Super Smash Brothers Melee and Street Fighter.  I am now an avid gamer which focuses on competitive games such as League of Legends, CS: GO, Hearthstone, Overwatch, HOTS and DOTA.  I brew beer occasionally and love to attend anime, gaming, comic conventions.


    My job is working as an IT person for an organization named Softerware.  We create software that we sell to non-profits and assist them with their reporting, tax, overall fundraising needs.  Over my 7 years of working here, I have compiled a passion for assisting people raise money and awareness for their causes.


    I got into ExtraLife about 3 years ago and I think it's a great way to show how gamers can do a world of good, especially for Children who really need it.  I do not have any experiencing with CHOP, but my friends and family talk very highly of it and I am always down to support my local hospital.  


    My overall goal is to try and put what I have learned in the past 7 years to good use.  Thanks for having me!

    Welcome to the community hub, Chris ( @ClemClementine)! Saw your note about traveling for competitive gaming tournaments.... are you going to be at Extra Life United in March?

    On 10/22/2016 at 8:50 PM, caity_lynn2 said:

    Hello Everyone,


    My name is Caitlyn. I live in the Philadelphia area and am trying to write an article about Extra Life for my school's newspaper, The Loquitur from Cabrini University. I've been able to talk to quite a few who are involved with Extra Life from the program coordinator at CHOP to technicians who work directly at Extra Life. While I already have great information, I would love to make the article more personal. I would love to hear from you on why you are participating in Extra Life; what does it mean to you? 


    My goal is to help and grow with Philadelphia recruitment. By sharing your story, you have the opportunity to grow recruitment as well. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Feel free to email me directly.




    @Tiny415, @brittbraylorand @ccesarano!

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  11. ELU 2017.png

    Extra Life United is right around the corner and with 12 games to choose from and a prize pool of over $150,000 to unlock for your hospital, you won't want to miss this epic event! If you're having doubts, we've come up with the top 3 reasons why you should bite the bullet and join us in Orlando, Florida on March 23-25 for this life-changing experience. Hurry - registration closes on March 1, 2017!

    Meet Other Extra LifersELU1.png

    ELU is THE opportunity to meet other Extra Lifers from across the world. You'll make a ton of new friends that love to play games and help sick and injured kids - just like you do.

    You can even meet people prior to the event by checking out the Extra Life United thread in the Community Hub! You'll also find packing lists, ride/room shares and other insider trips and tricks in the Extra Life United area of the forums.



    Win Money for Your CMN HospitalELU2.png

    From gaming in the main tournament to mini-challenge stations, you'll get two full days of game play and a huge chance to win a portion of a $150,000 prize pool for the kids in your local area!

    The winner of Extra Life United 2014 brought home $90,000 and now has a room at his local children's hospital named after him - how cool is that?!




    Meet Your Champion AmbassadorELU3.png


    The best part of Extra Life United is the opportunity to meet and play games with the kids you directly support through Extra Life. Each state and province in North America will be represented by a Champion Ambassador, a child that has been treated at a CMN Hospital.


    You can also meet all of our Champion Ambassadors and read their stories on our website before you get the chance to play them in their favorite games during Open Game Night on Thursday, March 23rd.


    To view the full game list and rules, an updated event schedule and all other details, visit the Extra Life United website.

    ELU Button.png

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  12. 19 hours ago, CAWZY said:

    I had thought I filled this out..... Was there another survey that went out for just Extra Life in general?

    Correct! This one is just about the Guild program.  Survey closes tomorrow!

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  13. Hey there Albuquerque Guildies! I posted this in the general Guild discussion thread and noticed there haven't been any responses received from members of the Guild. If you wouldn't mind giving us your feedback about how you feel the Guild is working and what you'd like to see improved, we'd really appreciate it!

  14. Hey there Akron Guildies! I posted this in the general Guild discussion thread and noticed there haven't been any responses received from members of the Akron Guild. If you wouldn't mind giving us your feedback about how you feel the Guild is working and what you'd like to see improved, we'd really appreciate it!


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