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CaKarst

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  1. Due to another EL event I want to be a part of on November 5th, I will be doing my marathon early this year! This Saturday, I'm going to do my 25 hours. I will be doing all the game giveaway stuff and I'll hopefully have some silly inventives planned out. Any support y'all can give would be fantastic XD 

     

    I've also decided to try a loose schedule of events this year instead of playing one game the whole time or winging it as I go. We'll see how well I stick to it throughout the day, but I'm gonna do my best! You can find that schedule here if you're interested.

     

    Thanks! 

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  2. 18 minutes ago, Zyaldar said:

    Give it a shot! 

     

    psst.... you can always make up the days you miss by playing 2 games one day ;) 

     

    I won't tell! :P 

     

    Well if I can get away with that, I may have to do it! :D

     

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    I just had a (what I think) is a really fun idea. I don't know if my community is quite big enough to make this work, but I may have to try it anyway. 

     

    I play a different game for 9 days and have people vote on their favorite one. On the 10th day, I'll do an extended stream of that game. Rinse and repeat. On day 91-99, I'll play each of the winners and then the community will vote on the best game (or most fun to watch, as it were) of the 100 days of streaming! I may have to look into this. Considering my PC isn't powerful enough to stream most games, I'll have to make sure I have around 80 games I can stream. 

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  3. Man, this is gonna start up right after I'll be settled in from the marriage stuff and it'll be way easier to just hop on and stream for an hour or two. I would really love to try this out! Unfortunately, our families both live out of town and there's a weekend ever month or two that we go away. I'm not sure if I'd be able to do it :( 

     

    It may be worth a shot, either way!


  4. Hey y'all!

     

    I'll be doing a 12+ hour marathon stream on Saturday, June 18th. It will start at 12P (hopefully) and go until 12A BUT for every dollar I raise, I will go an extra minute until the donation goal ($330) is hit. So it's possible it could end up being a 17.5 hour stream. I'll be giving away about 30 games I've gathered from Humble bundles and the like. Due to my upcoming wedding, not much planning went into this, but I wanted to do something before my big day, and 2 days from now is my only free day, lol!

     

    I'd appreciate any support/hosts/promotion that you could give!

     

    Thanks, yall!

     

    HumbleLife HumbleLife HumbleLife

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  5. 3 minutes ago, Viedt said:

    The Kalamazoo anime con has been canceled.

     

    should be Muskegon.

     

    Good job!

     

    Fixed! Thanks, I'm not sure why I was thinking Kalamazoo. Also edited to add that we want to look into any events that may be happening in Holland.

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  6. Attendees

    Phil

    John

    Aaron 

    Erik

     

    We are now at 70 Extra Lifers playing for Helen DeVos and have raised $1209!

     

    Old Business

    Google I/O

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    In Kind Donation forms are now available for tax writeoffs.

    We will have release forms for any patients that would like to hang out on gameday.

    We were unable to secure a booth at Jafaxx.

    The Muskegon anime con has been canceled.

    Gr8bit is still currently up in the air.

     

    New Business

    Possible future events.

    • A bar on Lake Michigan Drive will be showing MLG events on Tuesdays. It may be worth it to have a presence there.
    • A similar business to GrandLAN may be opening downtown this summer. We will keep an eye out.
    • We have an opportunity to secure a booth at the Balloon Festival happening July 22-24. 
    • Some sort of presence at Art Prize may be worth thinking about.
    • Look into Holland to see if there are any events we could attend.

    Grandcon

    • Grandcon is offering $5 off their ticket price to all Spectrum Health employees. For every one of these tickets sold, $5 will be donated to Extra Life. (It is normally $1.)

    Gameday

    • OST has donated TVs for the gameday room. We are hoping we will get enough for the tournament as well.
    • The manager at Game Stop is looking into helping us out with consoles.
    • We will need to work out food for the entire day.
    • John will reach out to Party on Printing to see if they will donate gameday shirts.
    • Phil will make sure to book a nap room (important!)
    • We will need to start thinking about scheduling mini-tournaments throughout the day (tabletop and console).
    • Streaming details will need to be worked out eventually.

     

    We will be scheduling a social hour in the near future. Stay tuned for details.

     

    NEXT MEETING 07/07/2016

    *Stay posted for any changes*

     

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  7. Well I finally heard back from them and they are saying that there seems to be a problem with Extra Life's API which is giving an error when Streampro tries to access it. They say they are working with EL to get it fixed so hopefully that happens soon. From the way it sounds, it seems like any app that tries to track our donations and goals will be a little screwy until it gets fixed. 

     

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  8. Hey y'all,

     

    So I was wondering if anyone uses the Extra Life notification options in Streampro for alerts a goal progress. It has stopped working for me and was wondering if anyone else is having issues with it. I am planning on doing a marathon stream and need something to track goal progress and notify everyone when someone donates. Streampro's Extra Life integration was great and I really hope it either get fixed, or I can learn why it's not working for me.

     

    Also if anyone has any other ways to get EL alerts and whatnot on my stream, I would love suggestions! I couldn't find any other options besides Streampro.

     

    Thanks!


  9. Hey y'all,

     

    So I was wondering if anyone uses the Extra Life notification options in Streampro for alerts a goal progress. It has stopped working for me and was wondering if anyone else is having issues with it. I am planning on doing a marathon stream and need something to track goal progress and notify everyone when someone donates. Streampro's Extra Life integration was great and I really hope it either get fixed, or I can learn why it's not working for me.

     

    Also if anyone has any other ways to get EL alerts and whatnot on my stream, I would love suggestions! I couldn't find any other options besides Streampro.

     

    Thanks!


  10. Hey y'all! 

     

    So a few weeks back, I made a poll consisting of 30 possible stream games for this and my Twitch community to vote on for reaching 100 followers. Now I've taken the top 5 (there's actually 8 games because of a 4-way tie) and created a new poll for the finals. Everyone can now vote on these games. The poll will run until I beat Dark Souls 3 at which point the top game will be streamed until completion.

     

    Head here to vote!

     

    Thanks for all your support!

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  11. One more day to vote in this round! If you haven't already, put in a vote for a game and help me out :) Tomorrow, I'll take the top 5 (or however many, depending on ties) and create a new poll for the finals. All games will retain their vote counts. This means at the end of the final round, I will add the total number of votes each game received during the round of 30 to the finals vote count. (eg Currently, Ni No Kuni will get 8 extra votes at the end of the finals)


  12. Thanks for the update! Sorry I missed the meeting, but it looks like ya guys did some work :D I'll surely be at the next meeting. Let me know, @Viedt, if there's anything I need to do in the meantime.

     

    42 minutes ago, WoWMeaghan said:

    Thanks for the summary, I have some ideas for actual event day.  Since I work at Davenport University's holland campus,  I would love to get DU's Holland campus AND the Holland Community involved with Extra Life, and would like to bring that up at next months meeting.  I am the only student body at DU's holland campus so I *may* be able to coordinate a game-a-thon there for the Holland nerds and have some of the costs be covered by Student Life.  PC's are on campus already, we have a few TV's so I would need to work on getting consoles + more tvs.

     

    This sounds great! We're planning a big event at Helen DeVos here in Grand Rapids for gameday, but a bigger reach with the chance to bring in more people sounds great! Look forward to talking about next month :) 

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  13. EDIT: I read Black Desert Online, but was thinking Blade & Soul. You can disregard everything below, lol. I have not actually played BDO, but am very interested in it as well. 

     

    INFO ON BLADE & SOUL BELOW:

    It's installed on my PC and I've played about 3 hours. It was a very fun 3 hours. I haven't played a lot of MMOs but the combat seems pretty unique to that style of game. I can't say I 100% understood how combat works, but it was very fast and action packed. I don't remember there being cooldowns in the same way as WoW or FFXIV, but I'm sure they are still there in some capacity. The setup to the story was actually very interesting as well. The only reason I'm not still playing is time. 

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  14. I finally created my 2016 incentives and just thought I'd share them with you all since I love reading what everyone else is doing (and occasionally borrowing ideas XD ) 

     

    EDIT: Apparently I math bad. In what world is half a grand 750? :o 

     

    EDIT 2: Apparently my eyes are bad. That says 3/4, everything's fine XD

     

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  15. Thanks everyone! Tales of Zestiria, Doom, Ratchet & Clank, and Ni No Kuni are running away with it! I'm surprised with the RPG stream love. From what I heard, RPGs are supposedly a no no for streamers. I ignore that, of course, because they're my favorite XD 

     

    Also very surprised with how spread out this is. 106 votes and the top only has 8!

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  16. 6 minutes ago, gektek said:

    Seems like a nice one to use as "break time" material from DS3 eh? "ahhhh Dark Souls 3 is so frustrating!!! I need a break. ooo, Salt and Sanctuary!" *some time later* "ahhhh Salt and Sanctuary is so frustrating!!! I need a break. ooo, Dark Souls 3!" *some time later* "ahhhh Dark Sou...

     

    ;) 

     

    Bahahaa, yeah, I don't know how I haven't gone completely mental from going from Demon's Souls into Dark Souls into Dark Souls 2. By the time I beat both S&S and DS3, I'm going to be a changed man, lol.

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  17. Not yet! I'm squeezing that in before Dark Souls 3. Or that will run concurrently with it. I might make it a one day a week type of deal. Either way, I need to fit it in, I played an hour and fell in love! I made up the poll before I knew anything about it.


  18. Hey everyone!

     

    So I recently hit 100 followers on Twitch and wanted to show my appreciation by opening a poll for them to pick the next game I play through (after Dark Souls III). Since you all have been a great source of support towards my streaming, I wanted to give everyone here a chance to vote as well :D 

     

    I appreciate all follows, hosts, and general support you all have thrown me over the past few months. It's been a blast working with the Stream Team and all the other Extra Lifers out there!

     

    Go here to vote in the poll. You can vote for as many games as you want, but you can only vote once. 

     

    Thanks again! :D 

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  19. Just a heads up for anyone thinking about giving these keys from the bundle away. I just tried to give my brother in Taiwan my FFVIII key and it did not let him activate it because of his location. So this shouldn't be a big deal if someone from the states wins a key, but for some reason, international viewers may not be able to use them. Not sure if it's just a Taiwan thing or a international thing.

     

    Just thought I'd mention it :) 

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  20. Just a heads up for anyone interested.

     

    Square Enix is doing another surprise bundle for Easter. it's priced at 9.99 and includes 5 games with a value of over $80. The deal will run until March 20th with the games being revealed and delivered the following day. They did this around the holidays last year. That bundle included Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, Thief, Final Fantasy XIII, Life is Strange Ep 1, and Final Fantasy XIV. It also included 20% off a SE game, 10% off Life is Strange ep 2-4, and 10% off Just Cause 3.

     

    If you like Square Enix games or are looking for some giveaway games, this is great deal.

     

    Go here to purchase.

     

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  21. Hey fellow GR Extra Lifers!

     

    I thought it would be great to get to know each other a little more, especially for those who aren't always able to make it to the meetings. So tell us all a little about yourself. Why you joined EL, what you do for a living, video games ya like, or anything else we might find interesting. Feel free to post links to YouTube pages, Facebooks, Twitches, Twitters, or anything else ya have! I'll go first...

     

    My name is Aaron and I'm originally from the UP (well Jackson, really, but mostly the UP) and I work for Spectrum Health Medical Group doing medical coding. It's actually at work that I actually learned more about Extra Life thanks to @Viedt, or Phil The President. I had known of EL before this but the Guild actually got me to pursue it. I love games and being able to help change kids lives through gaming is something special. 

     

    Speaking of games... I am a big RPG fan. Final Fantay is the best, as is Zelda, the Tales series, Mass Effect, and the Souls games. I play mostly on the PS3 or 4 these days due to a slowly aging PC. My PSN is aarongutch32 if anyone wants to add me. I also stream games! I had so much fun doing the 24 hour marathon for EL last year that I decided to do it in my spare time. I have a lot of fun with it and it's a great way to raise money for EL. I'm streaming Dark Souls at the moment and you can find my channel below in my signature.

     

    I also do some streaming on the Extra Life Twitch channel Sunday nights at 11PM. The #ExtraLife #StreamTeam promotes Extra Life and attempts to get as many people signed up as we can. There are a lot of good people on that channel. You can find someone streaming most Wed-Sun after 5 or so. You can find that channel at twitch.tv/extralife4kids. So go there, follow the channel, and spread that good word!

     

    This is going a bit longer than I intended so I'll stop now.

     

    Now it's your turn! Tell us about yourself, GR Extra Lifers!

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  22. Hey everyone! I'll be doing an Extra Life marathon tomorrow and would just like to let everyone know about it in case anyone would like to take part and/or support it.

     

    It will be an Extra Life 12 hour marathon on Saturday February 27 from 12P - 12A EST. It's going to be a giveaway marathon with a focus on the Souls series. I have 25 games to give away. I will be giving away 2 games every hour and finish the stream with a drawing for Dark Souls III. I will be streaming the rest of Demon's Souls (if I don't finish it up this week) and Dark Souls 1. 

     

    The raffles will work like so: For every 2 dollars you donate, you will receive 1 ticket in the hourly draw. For every $5 dollars, you will get one ticket in the grand prize draw (DSIII). So a $12 donation will get you 6 tickets in hourly draw and 2 tickets in the grand prize draw.The game list is below, but the 2 games given away every hour will remain a secret until it's time to draw.

     

    I am also going to attempt to have a "wall of heroes" on the wall behind me. I'm going to try and put up large posters with the usernames of anyone who donates more than $20. I have the supplies, I just need to test it to make sure it will work with the lighting and camera.

     

    Any hosts or other support is greatly appreciated and, of course, feel free to stop by and take part (or just hang out :D ) in the festivities!

     

    Twitch Channel: twitch.tv/cakarst

     

     

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  23. THE EXTRA LIFE DARK SOULS III GIVEAWAY EXTRAVAGANZA!

     

    I will be doing an Extra Life 12 hour marathon on Saturday February 27 from 12P - 12A EST. It's going to be a giveaway marathon with a focus on the Souls series. I have 25 games to give away. I will be giving away 2 games every hour and finish the stream with a drawing for Dark Souls III. I will be streaming the rest of Demon's Souls (if I don't finish it up this week) and Dark Souls 1. 

     

    The raffles will work like so: For every 2 dollars you donate, you will receive 1 ticket in the hourly draw. For every $5 dollars, you will get one ticket in the grand prize draw (DSIII). So a $12 donation will get you 6 tickets in hourly draw and 2 tickets in the grand prize draw. I may announce the game list before the stream, but the 2 games given away every hour will remain a secret until it's time to draw.

     

    Hopefully that all makes sense :huh:

     

    Any support through hosts and whatnot would be greatly appreciated! 

     

    Thanks everyone :D 

     

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