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  1. As Arakiel, Pribi, Sean, and Nyaz make their way through South Gate's sewer system, they encounter a magical darkness. With some trepidation, they enter, passing into a warped and twisted realm. Will they survive their encounter with the Demon of the Deep? We Wanted Adventurers is a liveplay Dungeons & Dragons podcast that follows a motley trio of unlikely heroes as they bumble into adventures both big and small across the fantastical continent of Nevarrone. For the uninitiated, a liveplay podcast features an unscripted recording of a traditional tabletop roleplaying game, with all of the goofs and drama that comes with the territory. If you've never listened to the show before, here's a handy playlist to get you caught up. You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. You can follow the show on Twitter for updates. Let us know what you think of the show! We know that some parts of it are a bit bumpy, but I hope it doesn't get in the way of your enjoyment as we all learn and grow together. Thank you for listening! New episodes of We Wanted Adventurers will be released every Wednesday One of the common misconceptions about Extra Life is that someone can only participate if they play video games. Not true! Extra Life supports and encourages all kinds of play. To that end, we have been supporting Tabletop Appreciation Weekend for the past few years. This year, the event takes place August 24-25th and will be a time for players to gather together and play board games for the kids. Learn more about Extra Life Tabletop Appreciation Weekend and be sure to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  2. As Arakiel, Pribi, Sean, and Nyaz make their way through South Gate's sewer system, they encounter a magical darkness. With some trepidation, they enter, passing into a warped and twisted realm. Will they survive their encounter with the Demon of the Deep? We Wanted Adventurers is a liveplay Dungeons & Dragons podcast that follows a motley trio of unlikely heroes as they bumble into adventures both big and small across the fantastical continent of Nevarrone. For the uninitiated, a liveplay podcast features an unscripted recording of a traditional tabletop roleplaying game, with all of the goofs and drama that comes with the territory. If you've never listened to the show before, here's a handy playlist to get you caught up. You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. You can follow the show on Twitter for updates. Let us know what you think of the show! We know that some parts of it are a bit bumpy, but I hope it doesn't get in the way of your enjoyment as we all learn and grow together. Thank you for listening! New episodes of We Wanted Adventurers will be released every Wednesday One of the common misconceptions about Extra Life is that someone can only participate if they play video games. Not true! Extra Life supports and encourages all kinds of play. To that end, we have been supporting Tabletop Appreciation Weekend for the past few years. This year, the event takes place August 24-25th and will be a time for players to gather together and play board games for the kids. Learn more about Extra Life Tabletop Appreciation Weekend and be sure to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  3. Life's kinda hard and scary right now. A lot of bad things are happening in the world, putting many of us on edge. For a good number of us, that means we keep our heads down and deal with those challenges as best we can. It's a situation that can grind you down over time. It gets harder to find hope and joy and easier to find despair. It's rough. It's times like these that I particularly appreciate the games that rejoice in being delightful. Recently, I had the pleasure of playing through Cadence of Hyrule, a game released back in June for the Nintendo Switch. It's one of the first indie-developed Legend of Zelda titles in ages. The fact that it exists at all seems miraculous, growing out of a proposed piece of DLC for the indie hit Crypt of the NecroDancer by Brace Yourself Games into a fully-fledged game set in the fictional kingdom of Hyrule. Cadence of Hyrule seems like an oasis of hope in the current times. It offers a safe haven and a chance to recharge our batteries by focusing our attention, if only for a little while, on a bright, boppin' land of adventure and music. I get a bit personal in this off-the-cuff ramble on this singular title, but sometimes games hit us in the right place at the right time and help us in profound ways. Outro music: Bomberman Hero 'Post Hyper Room' by Chris Belair (https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03943) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is available, as well! If you want to have your opinion heard on air, share your opinion in the comments, follow the show on Twitter, and participate in the weekly polls: @BestGamesPeriod New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday One of the common misconceptions about Extra Life is that someone can only participate if they play video games. Not true! Extra Life supports and encourages all kinds of play. To that end, we have been supporting Tabletop Appreciation Weekend for the past few years. This year, the event takes place August 24-25th and will be a time for players to gather together and play board games for the kids. Learn more about Extra Life Tabletop Appreciation Weekend and be sure to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  4. Life's kinda hard and scary right now. A lot of bad things are happening in the world, putting many of us on edge. For a good number of us, that means we keep our heads down and deal with those challenges as best we can. It's a situation that can grind you down over time. It gets harder to find hope and joy and easier to find despair. It's rough. It's times like these that I particularly appreciate the games that rejoice in being delightful. Recently, I had the pleasure of playing through Cadence of Hyrule, a game released back in June for the Nintendo Switch. It's one of the first indie-developed Legend of Zelda titles in ages. The fact that it exists at all seems miraculous, growing out of a proposed piece of DLC for the indie hit Crypt of the NecroDancer by Brace Yourself Games into a fully-fledged game set in the fictional kingdom of Hyrule. Cadence of Hyrule seems like an oasis of hope in the current times. It offers a safe haven and a chance to recharge our batteries by focusing our attention, if only for a little while, on a bright, boppin' land of adventure and music. I get a bit personal in this off-the-cuff ramble on this singular title, but sometimes games hit us in the right place at the right time and help us in profound ways. Outro music: Bomberman Hero 'Post Hyper Room' by Chris Belair (https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03943) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is available, as well! If you want to have your opinion heard on air, share your opinion in the comments, follow the show on Twitter, and participate in the weekly polls: @BestGamesPeriod New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday One of the common misconceptions about Extra Life is that someone can only participate if they play video games. Not true! Extra Life supports and encourages all kinds of play. To that end, we have been supporting Tabletop Appreciation Weekend for the past few years. This year, the event takes place August 24-25th and will be a time for players to gather together and play board games for the kids. Learn more about Extra Life Tabletop Appreciation Weekend and be sure to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  5. We are winding down from Gen Con 2019 after an extremely productive time at the year’s largest tabletop convention in North America. We spent the weekend with the wonderful Extra Lifers from the Indianapolis and Chicago areas. Together, we managed to meet and talk with hundreds of people, inviting them to participate in Extra Life. However, we did more than just talk with con-goers. One of the highlights of the event for us was a portion of the official Gen Con stream starring Extra Life Miracle Child Ethan McKinney, Extra Life’s own Lou Adducci, as well as Funko employee and Extra Lifer Stephanie Straw, with Maya, the community manager for Secret Hitler, acting as the host of the show. Together, the four chatted about Extra Life, Ethan’s experiences going through treatment for his heart condition, and played Funko’s new tabletop board game, Funkoverse. You can watch the full segment on Gen Con’s Twitch archive. We also had a fantastic panel talking about how to use tabletop gaming to raise funds for children’s hospitals through Extra Life. That was headed by Ivan Van Norman, aka Hydra_Lord, and staffed by Ethan McKinney, Lou Adducci, and Mike Tyrian. Ivan Van Norman, featured on Geek and Sundry, led a panel at Extra Life United earlier this year, and it was a pleasure to work with him again at Gen Con. Mike Tyrian works with Magic: The Gathering, one of the biggest supporters of Extra Life out there. Hopefully panel attendees came away with new passion for gaming for a good cause. A huge thank you to all of the volunteers who turned out to help us make Gen Con 2019 unforgettable. We couldn’t do these events without your help. It was great being able to hang with you all at the High Velocity Sports Bar during our low-key meet up. This is a phenomenal community and we are honored that you choose to spend your precious time helping us to get money and care to kids who need help. Let’s take this energy and keep moving forward For The Kids. One of the common misconceptions about Extra Life is that someone can only participate if they play video games. Not true! Extra Life supports and encourages all kinds of play. To that end, we have been supporting Tabletop Appreciation Weekend for the past few years. This year, the event takes place August 24-25th and will be a time for players to gather together and play board games for the kids. Learn more about Extra Life Tabletop Appreciation Weekend and be sure to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  6. We are winding down from Gen Con 2019 after an extremely productive time at the year’s largest tabletop convention in North America. We spent the weekend with the wonderful Extra Lifers from the Indianapolis and Chicago areas. Together, we managed to meet and talk with hundreds of people, inviting them to participate in Extra Life. However, we did more than just talk with con-goers. One of the highlights of the event for us was a portion of the official Gen Con stream starring Extra Life Miracle Child Ethan McKinney, Extra Life’s own Lou Adducci, as well as Funko employee and Extra Lifer Stephanie Straw, with Maya, the community manager for Secret Hitler, acting as the host of the show. Together, the four chatted about Extra Life, Ethan’s experiences going through treatment for his heart condition, and played Funko’s new tabletop board game, Funkoverse. You can watch the full segment on Gen Con’s Twitch archive. We also had a fantastic panel talking about how to use tabletop gaming to raise funds for children’s hospitals through Extra Life. That was headed by Ivan Van Norman, aka Hydra_Lord, and staffed by Ethan McKinney, Lou Adducci, and Mike Tyrian. Ivan Van Norman, featured on Geek and Sundry, led a panel at Extra Life United earlier this year, and it was a pleasure to work with him again at Gen Con. Mike Tyrian works with Magic: The Gathering, one of the biggest supporters of Extra Life out there. Hopefully panel attendees came away with new passion for gaming for a good cause. A huge thank you to all of the volunteers who turned out to help us make Gen Con 2019 unforgettable. We couldn’t do these events without your help. It was great being able to hang with you all at the High Velocity Sports Bar during our low-key meet up. This is a phenomenal community and we are honored that you choose to spend your precious time helping us to get money and care to kids who need help. Let’s take this energy and keep moving forward For The Kids. One of the common misconceptions about Extra Life is that someone can only participate if they play video games. Not true! Extra Life supports and encourages all kinds of play. To that end, we have been supporting Tabletop Appreciation Weekend for the past few years. This year, the event takes place August 24-25th and will be a time for players to gather together and play board games for the kids. Learn more about Extra Life Tabletop Appreciation Weekend and be sure to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  7. While the fervor surrounding Pokémon Go has certainly died down from the fever pitch of its launch, the mobile game has continued to rack up downloads over the years. According to The Pokémon Company, the game has officially passed one billion downloads since its launch. The company announced this via a series of videos released to its Japanese YouTube channel. The videos were first noticed by Nintendo Wire. Pokémon Go released back in July of 2016 and promptly took the world by storm. People mobbed rare pokémon in public spaces, wandered the streets at odd hours, or even constructed drones to reach inaccessible pokéstops. By September of 2016, the game had amassed over 500 million downloads, but that growth tapered off as enthusiasm diminished. Many people took the downturn in popularity as validation that the game itself was no more than a passing fad. Despite that perception, the game went on to find a steady, long-term base of support among its fans. One of the latest estimates puts the number of active users playing Pokémon Go just shy of 150 million. Niantic has attempted to capitalize on this popularity a number of times over the years, with a relaunch of their first GPS-powered AR game called Ingress, an anime series for Ingress on Netflix, and the recent launch of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. All of these have met with moderate success, but nothing on the level of Pokémon Go. Much of the unique success Pokémon Go has experienced can be directly attributed to the way Niantic has released a steady stream of updates and new content to the support their mobile title. New pokémon, new ways of battling, more items, and friend support have continued to give life to the game over the years. On top of that, the real-world component of Pokémon Go means that the meet up events Niantic has put together have been huge successes, giving players a new way to socialize and enjoy their shared love of the game. Combine that with the almost universally beloved license of Pokémon and it being the first game of its kind to find mainstream popularity. The latest event to come to Pokémon Go celebrates friendship and the ever-beloved tradition of gift-giving. Starting on August 5 at 4PM ET Pokémon Go players will receive rarer Pokémon from gifted eggs - and those eggs will be only 2km eggs instead of 7km! With hatching being so much easier, Niantic chose this event as the perfect time to release the shiny Bonsly variant and Sudowoodo, giving players the perfect opportunity to get their hands on these precious woodland pokémon. Additionally, players will be able to hold 20 gifts in their inventory and open 30 gifts per day. This temporary expansion of gift holding and opening abilities will only last until the end of the even on August 19 at 4PM ET. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  8. While the fervor surrounding Pokémon Go has certainly died down from the fever pitch of its launch, the mobile game has continued to rack up downloads over the years. According to The Pokémon Company, the game has officially passed one billion downloads since its launch. The company announced this via a series of videos released to its Japanese YouTube channel. The videos were first noticed by Nintendo Wire. Pokémon Go released back in July of 2016 and promptly took the world by storm. People mobbed rare pokémon in public spaces, wandered the streets at odd hours, or even constructed drones to reach inaccessible pokéstops. By September of 2016, the game had amassed over 500 million downloads, but that growth tapered off as enthusiasm diminished. Many people took the downturn in popularity as validation that the game itself was no more than a passing fad. Despite that perception, the game went on to find a steady, long-term base of support among its fans. One of the latest estimates puts the number of active users playing Pokémon Go just shy of 150 million. Niantic has attempted to capitalize on this popularity a number of times over the years, with a relaunch of their first GPS-powered AR game called Ingress, an anime series for Ingress on Netflix, and the recent launch of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. All of these have met with moderate success, but nothing on the level of Pokémon Go. Much of the unique success Pokémon Go has experienced can be directly attributed to the way Niantic has released a steady stream of updates and new content to the support their mobile title. New pokémon, new ways of battling, more items, and friend support have continued to give life to the game over the years. On top of that, the real-world component of Pokémon Go means that the meet up events Niantic has put together have been huge successes, giving players a new way to socialize and enjoy their shared love of the game. Combine that with the almost universally beloved license of Pokémon and it being the first game of its kind to find mainstream popularity. The latest event to come to Pokémon Go celebrates friendship and the ever-beloved tradition of gift-giving. Starting on August 5 at 4PM ET Pokémon Go players will receive rarer Pokémon from gifted eggs - and those eggs will be only 2km eggs instead of 7km! With hatching being so much easier, Niantic chose this event as the perfect time to release the shiny Bonsly variant and Sudowoodo, giving players the perfect opportunity to get their hands on these precious woodland pokémon. Additionally, players will be able to hold 20 gifts in their inventory and open 30 gifts per day. This temporary expansion of gift holding and opening abilities will only last until the end of the even on August 19 at 4PM ET. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  9. Pribi, Arakiel, and Sean are left to ruminate on their deeds while accompanying Nyaz the thief on the first leg of their heist mission, a journey that takes them into the uncanny darkness of South Gate's sewer system. We Wanted Adventurers is a liveplay Dungeons & Dragons podcast that follows a motley trio of unlikely heroes as they bumble into adventures both big and small across the fantastical continent of Nevarrone. For the uninitiated, a liveplay podcast features an unscripted recording of a traditional tabletop roleplaying game, with all of the goofs and drama that comes with the territory. If you've never listened to the show before, here's a handy playlist to get you caught up. You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. You can follow the show on Twitter for updates. Let us know what you think of the show! We know that some parts of it are a bit bumpy, but I hope it doesn't get in the way of your enjoyment as we all learn and grow together. Thank you for listening! New episodes of We Wanted Adventurers will be released every Wednesday One of the common misconceptions about Extra Life is that someone can only participate if they play video games. Not true! Extra Life supports and encourages all kinds of play. To that end, we have been supporting Tabletop Appreciation Weekend for the past few years. This year, the event takes place August 24-25th and will be a time for players to gather together and play board games for the kids. Learn more about Extra Life Tabletop Appreciation Weekend and be sure to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  10. Pribi, Arakiel, and Sean are left to ruminate on their deeds while accompanying Nyaz the thief on the first leg of their heist mission, a journey that takes them into the uncanny darkness of South Gate's sewer system. We Wanted Adventurers is a liveplay Dungeons & Dragons podcast that follows a motley trio of unlikely heroes as they bumble into adventures both big and small across the fantastical continent of Nevarrone. For the uninitiated, a liveplay podcast features an unscripted recording of a traditional tabletop roleplaying game, with all of the goofs and drama that comes with the territory. If you've never listened to the show before, here's a handy playlist to get you caught up. You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. You can follow the show on Twitter for updates. Let us know what you think of the show! We know that some parts of it are a bit bumpy, but I hope it doesn't get in the way of your enjoyment as we all learn and grow together. Thank you for listening! New episodes of We Wanted Adventurers will be released every Wednesday One of the common misconceptions about Extra Life is that someone can only participate if they play video games. Not true! Extra Life supports and encourages all kinds of play. To that end, we have been supporting Tabletop Appreciation Weekend for the past few years. This year, the event takes place August 24-25th and will be a time for players to gather together and play board games for the kids. Learn more about Extra Life Tabletop Appreciation Weekend and be sure to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  11. Later this week, thousands will descend upon the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis to celebrate tabletop gaming Gen Con from August 1-4. It being the biggest gathering of tabletop gamers in North America, Extra Life, of course, had to be there in a variety of fun and interesting ways! We will be present at the convention with a booth staffed by incredible volunteers from both the Indianapolis and Chicago areas. We’ll be registering new participants, taking donations, and sharing moments on our social media channels, so be sure to stop by and say hello if you are attending Gen Con! On top of that general presence, we also have a few events to keep an eye out for at the course of Gen Con. We will be kicking things off with a casual meetup on Thursday, August 1, for Extra Lifers to come together. Register for the event, which will be free to all and held at the High Velocity Sports Bar right next to the convention center. Network, chat, and enjoy yourselves! The event begins at 6:30PM and ends at 9:30PM EDT. We are incredibly excited for Extra Life and Funko to come together for kids at Gen Con this year. Extra Life’s own Lou Adducci as well as Extra Lifer and Funko employee Stephanie Straw will be live on Gen Con’s Twitch channel! You can catch them live at 12PM EDT on Friday, August 2. The stream will last an hour and will be highlighting Extra Life Miracle Child Ethan McKinney. Ethan underwent surgery on his heart at the age of 7 to treat patent ductus arteriosus, a condition that causes unoxygenated blood to flow the wrong direction. Ethan, Stephanie, and Lou will all be together playing the new Funko Game on the stream, so please tune in if you can! If you are attending the convention, we will be hosting a seminar with Ivan Van Norman from Geek & Sundry on Friday, August 2, at 5PM EDT. The seminar features Ivan, Lou, and local volunteers discussing how to use tabletop gaming for good through Extra Life. We’re really exciting to be working with Ivan again after he led an amazing panel on tabletop gaming at Extra Life United earlier this year. We are all incredibly excited for this year's Gen Con and the awesome people with whom we will be working. Whether you are going to Gen Con or not, there's something for everyone to enjoy from this year's convention. Here's to the year's best four days in tabletop gaming! One of the common misconceptions about Extra Life is that someone can only participate if they play video games. Not true! Extra Life supports and encourages all kinds of play. To that end, we have been supporting Tabletop Appreciation Weekend for the past few years. This year, the event takes place August 24-25th and will be a time for players to gather together and play board games for the kids. Learn more about Extra Life Tabletop Appreciation Weekend and be sure to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  12. Later this week, thousands will descend upon the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis to celebrate tabletop gaming Gen Con from August 1-4. It being the biggest gathering of tabletop gamers in North America, Extra Life, of course, had to be there in a variety of fun and interesting ways! We will be present at the convention with a booth staffed by incredible volunteers from both the Indianapolis and Chicago areas. We’ll be registering new participants, taking donations, and sharing moments on our social media channels, so be sure to stop by and say hello if you are attending Gen Con! On top of that general presence, we also have a few events to keep an eye out for at the course of Gen Con. We will be kicking things off with a casual meetup on Thursday, August 1, for Extra Lifers to come together. Register for the event, which will be free to all and held at the High Velocity Sports Bar right next to the convention center. Network, chat, and enjoy yourselves! The event begins at 6:30PM and ends at 9:30PM EDT. We are incredibly excited for Extra Life and Funko to come together for kids at Gen Con this year. Extra Life’s own Lou Adducci as well as Extra Lifer and Funko employee Stephanie Straw will be live on Gen Con’s Twitch channel! You can catch them live at 12PM EDT on Friday, August 2. The stream will last an hour and will be highlighting Extra Life Miracle Child Ethan McKinney. Ethan underwent surgery on his heart at the age of 7 to treat patent ductus arteriosus, a condition that causes unoxygenated blood to flow the wrong direction. Ethan, Stephanie, and Lou will all be together playing the new Funko Game on the stream, so please tune in if you can! If you are attending the convention, we will be hosting a seminar with Ivan Van Norman from Geek & Sundry on Friday, August 2, at 5PM EDT. The seminar features Ivan, Lou, and local volunteers discussing how to use tabletop gaming for good through Extra Life. We’re really exciting to be working with Ivan again after he led an amazing panel on tabletop gaming at Extra Life United earlier this year. We are all incredibly excited for this year's Gen Con and the awesome people with whom we will be working. Whether you are going to Gen Con or not, there's something for everyone to enjoy from this year's convention. Here's to the year's best four days in tabletop gaming! One of the common misconceptions about Extra Life is that someone can only participate if they play video games. Not true! Extra Life supports and encourages all kinds of play. To that end, we have been supporting Tabletop Appreciation Weekend for the past few years. This year, the event takes place August 24-25th and will be a time for players to gather together and play board games for the kids. Learn more about Extra Life Tabletop Appreciation Weekend and be sure to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  13. Dungeons & Dragons. D&D. The game of adventurers and storytellers alike. This week, we dive into a cursory overview of the game and talk about what makes it so special. This is the first tabletop game we've featured on the show, one that paved the way for other tabletop gaming experiences as well as some of the most beloved video games ever created. We are very excited to finally talk about a game that has meant so much to us. Is Dungeons & Dragons one of the best games of all-time? Each week on The Best Games Period, we will be tackling a video game, old or new, that at least one of us believes deserves to stand as one of the greatest games of all time. We'll dive into its history, development, and gameplay, while trying to argue for or against the game of the week. Sometimes we will be in harmonious agreement, other times we might be fighting a bitter battle to the very end. However each episode shakes out, we hope that everyone who listens will find the show entertaining and informative. Outro music: Bomberman Hero 'Post Hyper Room' by Chris Belair (https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03943) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is available, as well! If you want to have your opinion heard on air, share your opinion in the comments, follow the show on Twitter, and participate in the weekly polls: @BestGamesPeriod New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday One of the common misconceptions about Extra Life is that someone can only participate if they play video games. Not true! Extra Life supports and encourages all kinds of play. To that end, we have been supporting Tabletop Appreciation Weekend for the past few years. This year, the event takes place August 24-25th and will be a time for players to gather together and play board games for the kids. Learn more about Extra Life Tabletop Appreciation Weekend and be sure to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  14. Dungeons & Dragons. D&D. The game of adventurers and storytellers alike. This week, we dive into a cursory overview of the game and talk about what makes it so special. This is the first tabletop game we've featured on the show, one that paved the way for other tabletop gaming experiences as well as some of the most beloved video games ever created. We are very excited to finally talk about a game that has meant so much to us. Is Dungeons & Dragons one of the best games of all-time? Each week on The Best Games Period, we will be tackling a video game, old or new, that at least one of us believes deserves to stand as one of the greatest games of all time. We'll dive into its history, development, and gameplay, while trying to argue for or against the game of the week. Sometimes we will be in harmonious agreement, other times we might be fighting a bitter battle to the very end. However each episode shakes out, we hope that everyone who listens will find the show entertaining and informative. Outro music: Bomberman Hero 'Post Hyper Room' by Chris Belair (https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03943) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is available, as well! If you want to have your opinion heard on air, share your opinion in the comments, follow the show on Twitter, and participate in the weekly polls: @BestGamesPeriod New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday One of the common misconceptions about Extra Life is that someone can only participate if they play video games. Not true! Extra Life supports and encourages all kinds of play. To that end, we have been supporting Tabletop Appreciation Weekend for the past few years. This year, the event takes place August 24-25th and will be a time for players to gather together and play board games for the kids. Learn more about Extra Life Tabletop Appreciation Weekend and be sure to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  15. Summer is upon us, and with the hot days, we all love to have a nice cold ice cream treat to cool off. It's an impulse that brings friends and family together to enjoy refreshing snacks. To honor the tradition, I've put together a fun list highlighting some of the best (and strangest) ice cream appearances in and around video games. 5. Kirby Now, can anyone tell me definitively that Kirby is not some sort of ice cream homunculus conjured by the dreams of some eldritch god? Because, for as delightful as the pink puffball might appear, his abilities are terrifying. He has demonstrated the ability to consume his foes entirely only to become strange copies of them afterward. Not only that, but in Kirby Super Star Saga, he demonstrated a mastery of martial arts that was capable of breaking a planet in half with nothing more than his bare hands - or whatever Kirby's limbs actually are. Despite being a terrifying force that walks the line between heroic and monstrous, Kirby possesses an unfortunate similarity to ice cream. Fans of the series have picked up on this visual comparison and created enough fan art that a Google search of "kirby ice cream" yields unexpected results. Instead of scenes or screenshots of Kirby eating the ice cream that already permeates his numerous titles, the top results are artistic or culinary recreations of Kirby as an edible dollop of ice cream himself. While brainstorming this list, I thought "Oh! Kirby eats cute ice cream! Perfect!" But I guess it's not enough to merely appreciate the cute character eating cute ice cream. We have to imagine Kirby as food, or actually make him into real food, too. I'm not mad, I'm just a little disappointed at how many people want to literally consume Kirby. 4. The Pizza Sundae from Costume Quest You could be forgiven if you played the original Costume Quest without noticing the Pizza Sundae. Scattered throughout the Double Fine RPG are collectible items known as Creepy Treat Cards. While in the sequel made these items into equippable stickers, the original just had them there as something fun to collect as a sort of in-game achievement system. Completing all three rounds of bobbing for apples at the mall will net players the pizza sundae Creepy Treat Card. While not terribly exciting by itself, the strange frozen treat caught the attention of culinary creators around the internet. Right now, intrepid cooks can find recipes to recreate the spooky, frozen delicacy. While initially many found the food to be a gross concept, some saw potential in the idea. One of the most widely circulated versions comes courtesy of Gourmet Gaming, a Tumblr dedicated to food and gaming. The recipe idea pictures the pizza sundae as an ice cream dish designed to look like a pizza. It calls for multiple layers of ice cream and candied toppings. The resulting dish looks like a delicious ice cream cake with the soul of an ice cream sundae and the shape of a pizza. 10/10 would definitely eat despite its origins as an in-game gag. The creation earned so much recognition that the in-game creator of the pizza sundae reached out to Gourmet Gaming to congratulate them on a job well done. Honorable Mention: Sonic This one doesn't really count as ice cream in video games since, as far as I know, Sonic doesn't eat ice cream in any of his games (but don't quote me on that). No, Sonic receives a mention of dubious honor on this list for his iconically derpy ice cream incarnation that inexplicably became a staple of ice cream trucks across the United States. Following the release of Sonic the Hedgehog in 1991, these melty boys made their way around the nation. However, it wasn't until the recently that people began to open up about their deep connections to the frosty treat. The deluge of Sonic ice cream images that followed the initial postings about it confirmed what occasional purchases could not: The Sonic ice cream bar had an unfortunate tendency to melt while making its way from production and into the hands of both children and adults. This led to a disproportionate number of said treats to have the likeness of Sonic somewhat... altered. Sonic earns a mention here for how incredibly silly and strange his melted incarnations became. It somehow comes across as both endearing and pitiable. Perhaps that's the secret to the chilly blue treat's longevity as an ice cream truck staple? 3. Vanillite + Alcremie OKAY, LOOK. We already went over this with Kirby. Nintendo, stop making characters that looks like ice cream! I mean, look at these two Pokémon; they're clearly delicious! Vanillite has long been criticized for its design being incredibly similar to a soft serve ice cream cone. Each of its subsequent evolutions, Vanillish and Vanilluxe, only serve to reinforce the comparison by turning into a traditional ice cream cone and then a sundae. While hardly the only Pokémon to look like food, something about its association with such a sweet treat really stuck in the minds of Pokémon fans the world over. More recently, Alcremie appeared in a trailer for Pokémon Sword and Shield. Many thought that the critiques of Vanillite might dissuade the creation of more edible Pokémon, but Game Freak looks to be doubling down, insisting on putting more ice cream creatures into their upcoming Pokémon RPGs. If anything, Alcremie looks even more like food than its predecessors. It has strawberries in its... hair? Body? What is on its head anyway? Wait, we're probably better off not knowing. 2. Kid Icarus' Floor Ice Cream Have you ever looked at ice cream that has fallen or dripped onto the floor and thought to yourself, "It's still good. I should eat that?" Kid Icarus' Pit certainly has. Ice cream stands out as one of the handful of food items that appears throughout the course of Kid Icarus: Uprising. When Pit eats those food items, he regains health. However, very few characters in games seem actively aware of this dynamic quite like Pit. The intrepid angel hasn't appeared in many games, but his 3DS outing, Kid Icarus: Uprising, allowed his plucky and eccentric personality to come to the fore. Moreso than most Nintendo titles, Pit seems to be very aware of the game-like nature of his universe. He accepts the way things are almost without question, leading him to loudly defend his in-game behavior to his allies. Kids, don't eat ice cream, or food in general, off the floor. Eating ice cream off the floor might be good for Pit's health, but probably wouldn't do much for yours. It might even make you sick! Please, just say no to floor ice cream. Honorable Mention: Whatever Ice Cream Sweet Tooth Sells in Twisted Metal Sweet Tooth is an insane killer. He's also a clown... who drives a demonic ice cream truck. While selling ice cream certainly isn't the goal or even often depicted in the Twisted metal series, there must be some kind of ice cream in that evil truck somewhere. In fact, we do see the goddess Calypso serving ice cream out of it in Twisted Metal: Small Brawl. Due to the lack of ice cream in the series, Twisted Metal's flagship vehicle and character couldn't earn a spot on this list. However, it's undeniable that Twisted Metal has one of, if not the only, readily recognizable ice cream-related characters. That unique distinction merited an honorable mention on this list. Congratulations, Sweet Tooth, maybe with this award you can turn away from your life as a demon clown and just sell ice cream? 1. Kingdom Heart's Sea Salt Ice Cream Ice cream plays a strangely large role in the Kingdom Hearts series. Specifically, the sea salt ice cream flavor brings characters together. The unique flavor stood out to North American audiences following its first appearance in Kingdom Hearts II. Since then, the frozen delicacy has played roles both big and small in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, and Kingdom Hearts III. Tetsuya Nomura began integrating sea salt ice cream into Kingdom Hearts after visiting Tokyo DisneySea, one of Disney's international theme parks. They served the ice cream there and it got Nomura thinking about how children would spend their time during their summer vacations. Ever since, it became a shorthand way for the series to convey friendship and nostalgia for better times. The flavor has been recreated by Kingdom Hearts fans and gaming enthusiasts. Prominently, Rosanna Pansino showed her audience how to make their own sea salt popsicle ice cream treats in a video back in 2014. Her cooking video has taught over 5.5 million people how to make their own version of the Kingdom Hearts ice cream and that's pretty incredible. It would seem that Tetsuya Nomura's shorthand for friendship brought more than just the friends in Kingdom Hearts together - it brought all of us a little bit closer, too. What's your favorite video game ice cream? Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  16. Summer is upon us, and with the hot days, we all love to have a nice cold ice cream treat to cool off. It's an impulse that brings friends and family together to enjoy refreshing snacks. To honor the tradition, I've put together a fun list highlighting some of the best (and strangest) ice cream appearances in and around video games. 5. Kirby Now, can anyone tell me definitively that Kirby is not some sort of ice cream homunculus conjured by the dreams of some eldritch god? Because, for as delightful as the pink puffball might appear, his abilities are terrifying. He has demonstrated the ability to consume his foes entirely only to become strange copies of them afterward. Not only that, but in Kirby Super Star Saga, he demonstrated a mastery of martial arts that was capable of breaking a planet in half with nothing more than his bare hands - or whatever Kirby's limbs actually are. Despite being a terrifying force that walks the line between heroic and monstrous, Kirby possesses an unfortunate similarity to ice cream. Fans of the series have picked up on this visual comparison and created enough fan art that a Google search of "kirby ice cream" yields unexpected results. Instead of scenes or screenshots of Kirby eating the ice cream that already permeates his numerous titles, the top results are artistic or culinary recreations of Kirby as an edible dollop of ice cream himself. While brainstorming this list, I thought "Oh! Kirby eats cute ice cream! Perfect!" But I guess it's not enough to merely appreciate the cute character eating cute ice cream. We have to imagine Kirby as food, or actually make him into real food, too. I'm not mad, I'm just a little disappointed at how many people want to literally consume Kirby. 4. The Pizza Sundae from Costume Quest You could be forgiven if you played the original Costume Quest without noticing the Pizza Sundae. Scattered throughout the Double Fine RPG are collectible items known as Creepy Treat Cards. While in the sequel made these items into equippable stickers, the original just had them there as something fun to collect as a sort of in-game achievement system. Completing all three rounds of bobbing for apples at the mall will net players the pizza sundae Creepy Treat Card. While not terribly exciting by itself, the strange frozen treat caught the attention of culinary creators around the internet. Right now, intrepid cooks can find recipes to recreate the spooky, frozen delicacy. While initially many found the food to be a gross concept, some saw potential in the idea. One of the most widely circulated versions comes courtesy of Gourmet Gaming, a Tumblr dedicated to food and gaming. The recipe idea pictures the pizza sundae as an ice cream dish designed to look like a pizza. It calls for multiple layers of ice cream and candied toppings. The resulting dish looks like a delicious ice cream cake with the soul of an ice cream sundae and the shape of a pizza. 10/10 would definitely eat despite its origins as an in-game gag. The creation earned so much recognition that the in-game creator of the pizza sundae reached out to Gourmet Gaming to congratulate them on a job well done. Honorable Mention: Sonic This one doesn't really count as ice cream in video games since, as far as I know, Sonic doesn't eat ice cream in any of his games (but don't quote me on that). No, Sonic receives a mention of dubious honor on this list for his iconically derpy ice cream incarnation that inexplicably became a staple of ice cream trucks across the United States. Following the release of Sonic the Hedgehog in 1991, these melty boys made their way around the nation. However, it wasn't until the recently that people began to open up about their deep connections to the frosty treat. The deluge of Sonic ice cream images that followed the initial postings about it confirmed what occasional purchases could not: The Sonic ice cream bar had an unfortunate tendency to melt while making its way from production and into the hands of both children and adults. This led to a disproportionate number of said treats to have the likeness of Sonic somewhat... altered. Sonic earns a mention here for how incredibly silly and strange his melted incarnations became. It somehow comes across as both endearing and pitiable. Perhaps that's the secret to the chilly blue treat's longevity as an ice cream truck staple? 3. Vanillite + Alcremie OKAY, LOOK. We already went over this with Kirby. Nintendo, stop making characters that looks like ice cream! I mean, look at these two Pokémon; they're clearly delicious! Vanillite has long been criticized for its design being incredibly similar to a soft serve ice cream cone. Each of its subsequent evolutions, Vanillish and Vanilluxe, only serve to reinforce the comparison by turning into a traditional ice cream cone and then a sundae. While hardly the only Pokémon to look like food, something about its association with such a sweet treat really stuck in the minds of Pokémon fans the world over. More recently, Alcremie appeared in a trailer for Pokémon Sword and Shield. Many thought that the critiques of Vanillite might dissuade the creation of more edible Pokémon, but Game Freak looks to be doubling down, insisting on putting more ice cream creatures into their upcoming Pokémon RPGs. If anything, Alcremie looks even more like food than its predecessors. It has strawberries in its... hair? Body? What is on its head anyway? Wait, we're probably better off not knowing. 2. Kid Icarus' Floor Ice Cream Have you ever looked at ice cream that has fallen or dripped onto the floor and thought to yourself, "It's still good. I should eat that?" Kid Icarus' Pit certainly has. Ice cream stands out as one of the handful of food items that appears throughout the course of Kid Icarus: Uprising. When Pit eats those food items, he regains health. However, very few characters in games seem actively aware of this dynamic quite like Pit. The intrepid angel hasn't appeared in many games, but his 3DS outing, Kid Icarus: Uprising, allowed his plucky and eccentric personality to come to the fore. Moreso than most Nintendo titles, Pit seems to be very aware of the game-like nature of his universe. He accepts the way things are almost without question, leading him to loudly defend his in-game behavior to his allies. Kids, don't eat ice cream, or food in general, off the floor. Eating ice cream off the floor might be good for Pit's health, but probably wouldn't do much for yours. It might even make you sick! Please, just say no to floor ice cream. Honorable Mention: Whatever Ice Cream Sweet Tooth Sells in Twisted Metal Sweet Tooth is an insane killer. He's also a clown... who drives a demonic ice cream truck. While selling ice cream certainly isn't the goal or even often depicted in the Twisted metal series, there must be some kind of ice cream in that evil truck somewhere. In fact, we do see the goddess Calypso serving ice cream out of it in Twisted Metal: Small Brawl. Due to the lack of ice cream in the series, Twisted Metal's flagship vehicle and character couldn't earn a spot on this list. However, it's undeniable that Twisted Metal has one of, if not the only, readily recognizable ice cream-related characters. That unique distinction merited an honorable mention on this list. Congratulations, Sweet Tooth, maybe with this award you can turn away from your life as a demon clown and just sell ice cream? 1. Kingdom Heart's Sea Salt Ice Cream Ice cream plays a strangely large role in the Kingdom Hearts series. Specifically, the sea salt ice cream flavor brings characters together. The unique flavor stood out to North American audiences following its first appearance in Kingdom Hearts II. Since then, the frozen delicacy has played roles both big and small in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, and Kingdom Hearts III. Tetsuya Nomura began integrating sea salt ice cream into Kingdom Hearts after visiting Tokyo DisneySea, one of Disney's international theme parks. They served the ice cream there and it got Nomura thinking about how children would spend their time during their summer vacations. Ever since, it became a shorthand way for the series to convey friendship and nostalgia for better times. The flavor has been recreated by Kingdom Hearts fans and gaming enthusiasts. Prominently, Rosanna Pansino showed her audience how to make their own sea salt popsicle ice cream treats in a video back in 2014. Her cooking video has taught over 5.5 million people how to make their own version of the Kingdom Hearts ice cream and that's pretty incredible. It would seem that Tetsuya Nomura's shorthand for friendship brought more than just the friends in Kingdom Hearts together - it brought all of us a little bit closer, too. What's your favorite video game ice cream? Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  17. Extra Life has had a busy couple of weeks between keeping on top of RTX, VidCon, and most recently San Diego Comic-Con. We were able to set up our booth just outside of the Esports Gaming Lounge in the Marriot Marquis Ballroom. This positioning gave us the opportunity to reach out to the hundreds of visitors visiting the lounge area to participate in open gaming and organized play. The event was sponsored by State Farm, HyperX, Team Liquid, and Mixer with production by Greenlit Content and Rekt Global. The streamed events from the Esports Gaming Lounge averaged about 16,000 viewers per day. As you might imagine, the team had their hands full keeping on top of everything. Thankfully, we had the assistance of the San Diego Extra Life guild and their local Children's Miracle Network Hospital, Rady Children's Hospital. From the start of the event until it wrapped up, their hard work brought in almost 400 new participants for Extra Life 2019! The cast and showrunners of SYFY's Van Helsing also stopped by to say hello and learn a bit more about what Extra Life does. It was pretty surreal seeing and talking Extra Life with actors like Aleks Paunovic and Jennifer Cheon as well as showrunner Jonathan Walker. It was crazy exciting! Extra Life had a stream going for the duration of Comic-Con that went from 10am - 5pm each day. In total, with the help of our guild members, Extra Life managed to raise over $10,000 USD in donations from the stream alone. Not only that, but we raised a bit shy of $2,000 USD from Mixer Embers, or chat donations, during the stream. Some of the event's biggest donors were State Farm, who generously donated $5000 USD and Team ShackNews who gave $1,337 USD all going to help sick and injured kids across the United States and Canada. All told, we managed to raise over $12,000 while streaming at San Diego Comic-Con and we very much consider that a win. Extra Life's Senior Manager Lou Adducci and Extra Life Ambassador Comicstorian both went onto the official Dungeons & Dragons San Diego Comic-Con livestream to talk about tabletop gaming and Extra Life. The official Dungeons & Dragons Extra Life team set a goal of $300,000 USD for its members, and they have already raised over $26,000 USD! It's a great segment that you can watch for yourself. It contains some really interesting stories about Comicstorian playing D&D in the army and how integral the game is to the kids in Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Lou also did a great job talking about what Extra Life does for the kids and what our plans are in the lead up to this year's Game Day. A huge thank you to the San Diego Extra Life guild who turned out in force with the support of Rady Children's Hospital. It was awesome seeing you pull together hundreds of strangers by telling them about how they can play games and help kids through Extra Life. We couldn't have done San Diego Comic-Con without you all. You're amazing. One of the common misconceptions about Extra Life is that someone can only participate if they play video games. Not true! Extra Life supports and encourages all kinds of play. To that end, we have been supporting Tabletop Appreciation Weekend for the past few years. This year, the event takes place August 24-25th and will be a time for players to gather together and play board games for the kids. If that sounds intriguing, learn more about Extra Life Tabletop Appreciation Weekend and be sure to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  18. Extra Life has had a busy couple of weeks between keeping on top of RTX, VidCon, and most recently San Diego Comic-Con. We were able to set up our booth just outside of the Esports Gaming Lounge in the Marriot Marquis Ballroom. This positioning gave us the opportunity to reach out to the hundreds of visitors visiting the lounge area to participate in open gaming and organized play. The event was sponsored by State Farm, HyperX, Team Liquid, and Mixer with production by Greenlit Content and Rekt Global. The streamed events from the Esports Gaming Lounge averaged about 16,000 viewers per day. As you might imagine, the team had their hands full keeping on top of everything. Thankfully, we had the assistance of the San Diego Extra Life guild and their local Children's Miracle Network Hospital, Rady Children's Hospital. From the start of the event until it wrapped up, their hard work brought in almost 400 new participants for Extra Life 2019! The cast and showrunners of SYFY's Van Helsing also stopped by to say hello and learn a bit more about what Extra Life does. It was pretty surreal seeing and talking Extra Life with actors like Aleks Paunovic and Jennifer Cheon as well as showrunner Jonathan Walker. It was crazy exciting! Extra Life had a stream going for the duration of Comic-Con that went from 10am - 5pm each day. In total, with the help of our guild members, Extra Life managed to raise over $10,000 USD in donations from the stream alone. Not only that, but we raised a bit shy of $2,000 USD from Mixer Embers, or chat donations, during the stream. Some of the event's biggest donors were State Farm, who generously donated $5000 USD and Team ShackNews who gave $1,337 USD all going to help sick and injured kids across the United States and Canada. All told, we managed to raise over $12,000 while streaming at San Diego Comic-Con and we very much consider that a win. Extra Life's Senior Manager Lou Adducci and Extra Life Ambassador Comicstorian both went onto the official Dungeons & Dragons San Diego Comic-Con livestream to talk about tabletop gaming and Extra Life. The official Dungeons & Dragons Extra Life team set a goal of $300,000 USD for its members, and they have already raised over $26,000 USD! It's a great segment that you can watch for yourself. It contains some really interesting stories about Comicstorian playing D&D in the army and how integral the game is to the kids in Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Lou also did a great job talking about what Extra Life does for the kids and what our plans are in the lead up to this year's Game Day. A huge thank you to the San Diego Extra Life guild who turned out in force with the support of Rady Children's Hospital. It was awesome seeing you pull together hundreds of strangers by telling them about how they can play games and help kids through Extra Life. We couldn't have done San Diego Comic-Con without you all. You're amazing. One of the common misconceptions about Extra Life is that someone can only participate if they play video games. Not true! Extra Life supports and encourages all kinds of play. To that end, we have been supporting Tabletop Appreciation Weekend for the past few years. This year, the event takes place August 24-25th and will be a time for players to gather together and play board games for the kids. If that sounds intriguing, learn more about Extra Life Tabletop Appreciation Weekend and be sure to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  19. We here at Extra Life are pleased to announce a special collaboration with SlugFest Games, the creators of The Red Dragon Inn, High Noon Saloon, and Kung Fu Fighting! tabletop games. The fine folks at SlugFest Games have been longtime supporters of Extra Life. Their community has been passionate in its support of Extra Life, with members reaching out to the tabletop developer every year for assistance with streams and Extra Life events. SlugFest Games has been more than happy to provide that support. In an official announcement of our collaboration, SlugFest Games wrote, "We’re always pleased to see just how many of our fans are putting in the work to support their favorite charities, and we’re grateful that those fans invite us to be a part of that!" For 2019, SlugFest Games has something special planned that's sure to catch the attention of its tabletop gaming community. A unique promotional card is being offered by the company to Extra Life streamers. The Water of Life card was created as a limited time item for use with The Red Dragon Inn game! Fittingly, the card will give everyone a bit of extra life in-game when played. SlugFest Games will be sending the card to streamers interested in highlighting The Red Dragon Inn to give away to their viewers and donors. This is especially exciting to us with Tabletop Appreciation Weekend next month - maybe it's time to make some special board game streaming plans? If you plan on playing The Red Dragon Inn during any of your livestreamed Extra Life events this year, reach out to support@slugfestgames.com! Please include your name, address, a description of your livestream plans, and a link to your Extra Life fundraising page. The people at SlugFest Games will be happy to send you copies of the card to help with your events. If you aren't planning to livestream for Extra Life, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for tabletop streams from people in the board gaming community! Watching their shows, spreading their reach through social media, and donating to their causes could be your ticket for some Water of Life for your very own (as well as the good feeling from knowing you're helping kids in and around your community). Not sure where to find those tabletop streamers? Head over to SlugFest Games' Twitter or Facebook since they will be amplifying streamers in their community for the foreseeable future! Finally, we just want to say thank you to SlugFest Games who took the initiative to design and print these cards out of the goodness of their hearts. We also want to say thank you to The Red Dragon Inn community for all of the support they show us every year. It's incredible to see that passion turn into an actual part of one of the games Extra Lifers play regularly. You are all the best. We encourage everyone who hasn't registered for Extra Life 2019 to head over to our handy sign-up page. If you want to know more about Extra Life, head on over to extra-life.org to learn how to play games and help sick and injured kids in Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across the United States and Canada.
  20. We here at Extra Life are pleased to announce a special collaboration with SlugFest Games, the creators of The Red Dragon Inn, High Noon Saloon, and Kung Fu Fighting! tabletop games. The fine folks at SlugFest Games have been longtime supporters of Extra Life. Their community has been passionate in its support of Extra Life, with members reaching out to the tabletop developer every year for assistance with streams and Extra Life events. SlugFest Games has been more than happy to provide that support. In an official announcement of our collaboration, SlugFest Games wrote, "We’re always pleased to see just how many of our fans are putting in the work to support their favorite charities, and we’re grateful that those fans invite us to be a part of that!" For 2019, SlugFest Games has something special planned that's sure to catch the attention of its tabletop gaming community. A unique promotional card is being offered by the company to Extra Life streamers. The Water of Life card was created as a limited time item for use with The Red Dragon Inn game! Fittingly, the card will give everyone a bit of extra life in-game when played. SlugFest Games will be sending the card to streamers interested in highlighting The Red Dragon Inn to give away to their viewers and donors. This is especially exciting to us with Tabletop Appreciation Weekend next month - maybe it's time to make some special board game streaming plans? If you plan on playing The Red Dragon Inn during any of your livestreamed Extra Life events this year, reach out to support@slugfestgames.com! Please include your name, address, a description of your livestream plans, and a link to your Extra Life fundraising page. The people at SlugFest Games will be happy to send you copies of the card to help with your events. If you aren't planning to livestream for Extra Life, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for tabletop streams from people in the board gaming community! Watching their shows, spreading their reach through social media, and donating to their causes could be your ticket for some Water of Life for your very own (as well as the good feeling from knowing you're helping kids in and around your community). Not sure where to find those tabletop streamers? Head over to SlugFest Games' Twitter or Facebook since they will be amplifying streamers in their community for the foreseeable future! Finally, we just want to say thank you to SlugFest Games who took the initiative to design and print these cards out of the goodness of their hearts. We also want to say thank you to The Red Dragon Inn community for all of the support they show us every year. It's incredible to see that passion turn into an actual part of one of the games Extra Lifers play regularly. You are all the best. We encourage everyone who hasn't registered for Extra Life 2019 to head over to our handy sign-up page. If you want to know more about Extra Life, head on over to extra-life.org to learn how to play games and help sick and injured kids in Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across the United States and Canada. View full article
  21. Cuphead might just be one of the most memorable games to come out in the last few years. Hitting Xbox One and PC in 2017 four years after being announced and undergoing a difficult development process, the Contra-like side-scrolling shooter captivated audiences with its charming and controversial art style, tight gameplay, and engaging soundtrack. With very few games existing with a comparable aesthetic, Cuphead stuck in the brains of everyone who even briefly experienced it. Studio MDHR's first game stands with a perfect score on Steam and almost universal acclaim. A couple years after release, is Cuphead one of the best games of all-time? Joining us to help answer that question this week is none other than friend of the show, voice actor, podcaster, and game critic extraordinaire Marcus Stewart. Each week on The Best Games Period, we will be tackling a video game, old or new, that at least one of us believes deserves to stand as one of the greatest games of all time. We'll dive into its history, development, and gameplay, while trying to argue for or against the game of the week. Sometimes we will be in harmonious agreement, other times we might be fighting a bitter battle to the very end. However each episode shakes out, we hope that everyone who listens will find the show entertaining and informative. Outro music: Kirby's Return to Dream Land 'Cocoa 'n' Cookies' by jdaster64 (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03922) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is available, as well! If you want to have your opinion heard on air, share your opinion in the comments, follow the show on Twitter, and participate in the weekly polls: @BestGamesPeriod New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday One of the common misconceptions about Extra Life is that someone can only participate if they play video games. Not true! Extra Life supports and encourages all kinds of play. To that end, we have been supporting Tabletop Appreciation Weekend for the past few years. This year, the event takes place August 24-25th and will be a time for players to gather together and play board games for the kids. Learn more about Extra Life Tabletop Appreciation Weekend and be sure to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  22. Cuphead might just be one of the most memorable games to come out in the last few years. Hitting Xbox One and PC in 2017 four years after being announced and undergoing a difficult development process, the Contra-like side-scrolling shooter captivated audiences with its charming and controversial art style, tight gameplay, and engaging soundtrack. With very few games existing with a comparable aesthetic, Cuphead stuck in the brains of everyone who even briefly experienced it. Studio MDHR's first game stands with a perfect score on Steam and almost universal acclaim. A couple years after release, is Cuphead one of the best games of all-time? Joining us to help answer that question this week is none other than friend of the show, voice actor, podcaster, and game critic extraordinaire Marcus Stewart. Each week on The Best Games Period, we will be tackling a video game, old or new, that at least one of us believes deserves to stand as one of the greatest games of all time. We'll dive into its history, development, and gameplay, while trying to argue for or against the game of the week. Sometimes we will be in harmonious agreement, other times we might be fighting a bitter battle to the very end. However each episode shakes out, we hope that everyone who listens will find the show entertaining and informative. Outro music: Kirby's Return to Dream Land 'Cocoa 'n' Cookies' by jdaster64 (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03922) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is available, as well! If you want to have your opinion heard on air, share your opinion in the comments, follow the show on Twitter, and participate in the weekly polls: @BestGamesPeriod New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday One of the common misconceptions about Extra Life is that someone can only participate if they play video games. Not true! Extra Life supports and encourages all kinds of play. To that end, we have been supporting Tabletop Appreciation Weekend for the past few years. This year, the event takes place August 24-25th and will be a time for players to gather together and play board games for the kids. Learn more about Extra Life Tabletop Appreciation Weekend and be sure to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  23. Dungeons & Dragons has a long and storied history in the gaming community. The brilliant and fantastical innovations Gary Gygax and his team brought to the game have enthralled and entertained players and dungeon masters alike for 45 years. That made it a huge deal when Wizards of the Coast, the company that owns and expands upon the wonderful worlds of D&D, got involved in Extra Life back in 2013. The support both the Dungeons & Dragons community and the team behind the game have shown us over the years is nothing less than extraordinary. 2019 will be the seventh year dungeon masters and players alike take up their pens and papers to support Extra Life. All told, these efforts have raised over $600,000 USD for sick and injured kids in Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across the United States and Canada. This year, they aim to far surpass their previous work with a staggering goal of $300,000 USD. The creativity the team brought to fundraising stands out as one of the coolest parts of what Dungeons & Dragons has done for Extra Life. Over the years, Dungeons & Dragons has developed and released multiple modules and adventures for players to run during their Extra Life Game Day marathons. While having specialized Game Day content would have been incredible enough, Dungeons & Dragons went the extra step of making all proceeds from the sale of their specialized modules go toward Extra Life! So far, there are five unique adventures and supplements available for tabletop gamers to play through DMs Guild. The first is a full-on adventure to enter a forbidden valley in the mountains and the chance to come face-to-face with Kwalish, the eccentric inventor behind some of D&D's strangest items. The Lost Laboratory of Kwalish makes for a fun and varied adventuring experience that presents unique and interesting challenges for players to overcome, as well as fun roleplaying opportunities for the DM. The adventure itself seems well suited to being slipped into a pre-existing campaign as an engaging and memorable sidequest, especially if your DM loves to throw Kwalish's eccentric items at the party. Volo's Waterdeep Enchiridion presents an excerpt from Volo's Guide to Waterdeep updated for 5th edition D&D. It consists of a chapter excerpt from Waterdeep: Dragon Heist and serves as a handy guide to the city for players who might not want to share their precious hardcover books or might not want to purchase the full adventure for updated Waterdeep information. While perhaps not having the versatility of the other offerings from Dungeons & Dragons, it's invaluable as a tool to navigate the city of splendors. The Tortle Package gives players an entirely new location to adventure in or to incorporate into their campaigns, the Snout of Ongmar on the isle of Chult. People who purchase the supplement also receive the information necessary to play as tortles, humanoid turtles with a particularly distinct culture. As a cherry on top, The Tortle Package includes a dungeon called Dangwaru, the Typhoon Palace. Even if you aren't planning to run a campaign in the Snout of Ongmar, this collection of information and gameplay will undoubtedly be useful in crafting your own adventures. If you're looking to spice up your D&D campaign with a fun, unofficial race, One Grung Above has just what you've been looking for. The Grung were a race of frog people in second edition Dungeons & Dragons that were left behind by the passage of time. However, the unique race of amphibians stuck in the mind of Christopher Lindsay who was given the opportunity to design a small packet about the Grung for Extra Life and ran a campaign of Grung adventurers on the Dungeons & Dragons Twitch stream. Finally, The Lost Kenku presents the most comprehensive adventure of the bunch. Tasked with tracking down a kenku thief in the jungles of Chult, players stumble upon a much larger danger lurking in the dark mists of the dangerous island. Something sinister stirs among the townsfolk of Weirding and the adventurers who enter the town must solve the mystery or perish. With a town full of strange folk, an unorthodox mission target, and an ever-deepening sense of wrongness, The Lost Kenku is an excellent way to kick off a campaign with a satisfying bang. If that weren't enough, Dungeons & Dragons does even more! They have set up a small store where tabletop gamers can snag a cool shirt/tanktop/sweatshirt/hoodie with designs unique to the Dungeons & Dragons Extra Life team. Plus, all proceeds from the shirt sales go to Extra Life, too! So you can look snazzy, show your passion for D&D, and feel good that your money is going to help sick and injured kids all at the same time. It doesn't get much better than that. Dungeons & Dragons has a vibrant streaming schedule on Twitch. They frequently host excellent content for both Dungeon Masters and players, as well as people who just want to enjoy the stories that come out of the amazing campaigns put together by the folks behind D&D. In past years, Dungeons & Dragons broadcast campaigns that featured the content released to support Extra Life. It's been amazing to see and we can't wait to see what they have in store for this year's Game Day. A huge thank you to the Dungeons & Dragons team for giving so much of their effort to help kids in hospitals across North America. We can definitively say that Extra Life would be a lesser event without them and the amazing community they help bring into the event every year. It's mind-blowing. Here is to an even more amazing 2019, D&D! You can join the Dungeons & Dragons Extra Life team to support your local children's hospitals and be sure to follow those fine folk on Twitter to see what new and marvelous things they have coming in the future. One of the common misconceptions about Extra Life is that someone can only participate if they play video games. Not true! Extra Life supports and encourages all kinds of play. To that end, we have been supporting Tabletop Appreciation Weekend for the past few years. This year, the event takes place August 24-25th and will be a time for players to gather together and play board games for the kids. If that sounds intriguing, learn more about Extra Life Tabletop Appreciation Weekend and be sure to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  24. Dungeons & Dragons has a long and storied history in the gaming community. The brilliant and fantastical innovations Gary Gygax and his team brought to the game have enthralled and entertained players and dungeon masters alike for 45 years. That made it a huge deal when Wizards of the Coast, the company that owns and expands upon the wonderful worlds of D&D, got involved in Extra Life back in 2013. The support both the Dungeons & Dragons community and the team behind the game have shown us over the years is nothing less than extraordinary. 2019 will be the seventh year dungeon masters and players alike take up their pens and papers to support Extra Life. All told, these efforts have raised over $600,000 USD for sick and injured kids in Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across the United States and Canada. This year, they aim to far surpass their previous work with a staggering goal of $300,000 USD. The creativity the team brought to fundraising stands out as one of the coolest parts of what Dungeons & Dragons has done for Extra Life. Over the years, Dungeons & Dragons has developed and released multiple modules and adventures for players to run during their Extra Life Game Day marathons. While having specialized Game Day content would have been incredible enough, Dungeons & Dragons went the extra step of making all proceeds from the sale of their specialized modules go toward Extra Life! So far, there are five unique adventures and supplements available for tabletop gamers to play through DMs Guild. The first is a full-on adventure to enter a forbidden valley in the mountains and the chance to come face-to-face with Kwalish, the eccentric inventor behind some of D&D's strangest items. The Lost Laboratory of Kwalish makes for a fun and varied adventuring experience that presents unique and interesting challenges for players to overcome, as well as fun roleplaying opportunities for the DM. The adventure itself seems well suited to being slipped into a pre-existing campaign as an engaging and memorable sidequest, especially if your DM loves to throw Kwalish's eccentric items at the party. Volo's Waterdeep Enchiridion presents an excerpt from Volo's Guide to Waterdeep updated for 5th edition D&D. It consists of a chapter excerpt from Waterdeep: Dragon Heist and serves as a handy guide to the city for players who might not want to share their precious hardcover books or might not want to purchase the full adventure for updated Waterdeep information. While perhaps not having the versatility of the other offerings from Dungeons & Dragons, it's invaluable as a tool to navigate the city of splendors. The Tortle Package gives players an entirely new location to adventure in or to incorporate into their campaigns, the Snout of Ongmar on the isle of Chult. People who purchase the supplement also receive the information necessary to play as tortles, humanoid turtles with a particularly distinct culture. As a cherry on top, The Tortle Package includes a dungeon called Dangwaru, the Typhoon Palace. Even if you aren't planning to run a campaign in the Snout of Ongmar, this collection of information and gameplay will undoubtedly be useful in crafting your own adventures. If you're looking to spice up your D&D campaign with a fun, unofficial race, One Grung Above has just what you've been looking for. The Grung were a race of frog people in second edition Dungeons & Dragons that were left behind by the passage of time. However, the unique race of amphibians stuck in the mind of Christopher Lindsay who was given the opportunity to design a small packet about the Grung for Extra Life and ran a campaign of Grung adventurers on the Dungeons & Dragons Twitch stream. Finally, The Lost Kenku presents the most comprehensive adventure of the bunch. Tasked with tracking down a kenku thief in the jungles of Chult, players stumble upon a much larger danger lurking in the dark mists of the dangerous island. Something sinister stirs among the townsfolk of Weirding and the adventurers who enter the town must solve the mystery or perish. With a town full of strange folk, an unorthodox mission target, and an ever-deepening sense of wrongness, The Lost Kenku is an excellent way to kick off a campaign with a satisfying bang. If that weren't enough, Dungeons & Dragons does even more! They have set up a small store where tabletop gamers can snag a cool shirt/tanktop/sweatshirt/hoodie with designs unique to the Dungeons & Dragons Extra Life team. Plus, all proceeds from the shirt sales go to Extra Life, too! So you can look snazzy, show your passion for D&D, and feel good that your money is going to help sick and injured kids all at the same time. It doesn't get much better than that. Dungeons & Dragons has a vibrant streaming schedule on Twitch. They frequently host excellent content for both Dungeon Masters and players, as well as people who just want to enjoy the stories that come out of the amazing campaigns put together by the folks behind D&D. In past years, Dungeons & Dragons broadcast campaigns that featured the content released to support Extra Life. It's been amazing to see and we can't wait to see what they have in store for this year's Game Day. A huge thank you to the Dungeons & Dragons team for giving so much of their effort to help kids in hospitals across North America. We can definitively say that Extra Life would be a lesser event without them and the amazing community they help bring into the event every year. It's mind-blowing. Here is to an even more amazing 2019, D&D! You can join the Dungeons & Dragons Extra Life team to support your local children's hospitals and be sure to follow those fine folk on Twitter to see what new and marvelous things they have coming in the future. One of the common misconceptions about Extra Life is that someone can only participate if they play video games. Not true! Extra Life supports and encourages all kinds of play. To that end, we have been supporting Tabletop Appreciation Weekend for the past few years. This year, the event takes place August 24-25th and will be a time for players to gather together and play board games for the kids. If that sounds intriguing, learn more about Extra Life Tabletop Appreciation Weekend and be sure to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  25. The Fantasy Iron Chef tournament nears its conclusion. Arakiel decides to interfere in the name of his new god. Sean waits in line for a waffle. Pribi implements the distraction necessary to begin the prison break-heist of South Gate's fortress. We Wanted Adventurers is a liveplay Dungeons & Dragons podcast that follows a motley trio of unlikely heroes as they bumble into adventures both big and small across the fantastical continent of Nevarrone. For the uninitiated, a liveplay podcast features an unscripted recording of a traditional tabletop roleplaying game, with all of the goofs and drama that comes with the territory. If you've never listened to the show before, here's a handy playlist to get you caught up. You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. You can follow the show on Twitter for updates. Let us know what you think of the show! New episodes of We Wanted Adventurers will be released every Wednesday One of the common misconceptions about Extra Life is that someone can only participate if they play video games. Not true! Extra Life supports and encourages all kinds of play. To that end, we have been supporting Tabletop Appreciation Weekend for the past few years. This year, the event takes place August 24-25th and will be a time for players to gather together and play board games for the kids. If that sounds intriguing, learn more about Extra Life Tabletop Appreciation Weekend and be sure to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
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