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  1. Thanks again for all your help at Super MAGFest, Tiny! <3

  2. Edit detail: Added Otakon to confirmed events Added AwesomeCon to unconfirmed events Added PrattCon to unconfirmed events
  3. Sarah

    Otakon

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    Otakon is one of the largest pop-culture conventions (and the largest anime convention) in our area. Otakon has consistently pulled attendance numbers of 28-33k attendees, many of whom are in our target demographic. Otakon hosts a large gaming hall in which many unusual, rare, or popular video and arcade games are available for free play to attendees. In this gaming hall, there are also small indie developers with booth space who are promoting their games. This is where our booth will be located. If this is a convention you would like to attend this year as a volunteer, please RSVP as soon as possible so we can plan staffing needs and get an appropriate number of badges from the Otakon team. I am currently unaware of the total number of volunteer badges we will have available to us for this year. I will be working on this with my contact at Otakorp over the next month or so. For the time being, we will tentatively operate off of the following schedule, which is subject to change: Friday 10 AM to 5 PM includes Booth Setup 11 AM to 6 PM 3 PM to 9 PM includes Booth Breakdown and lockup Saturday 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM includes Booth Setup 10 AM to 5 PM 12 PM to 7 PM 5 PM to 11 PM includes Booth Breakdown and lockup Sunday 10 AM to 2 PM includes Booth Setup 11 AM to 3 PM includes Booth Breakdown PLEASE DO NOT TAKE YOUR CONVENTION BADGE HOME UNLESS OTHERWISE INSTRUCTED. These badges will likely need to be passed back and forth between volunteers throughout the weekend. PARKING Please plan on parking 1 hour prior to your volunteering shift. Traffic in the city gets heavy in the late morning, particularly on Friday and Saturday. It may become harder to find a garage that is not full on Saturday or Sunday. If you are not staying at the convention late into the evening, it may be better to use public transit into the city. Please reference Google Maps to assist you in locating a parking garage close to the convention center. https://www.google.com/maps/search/parking/@38.9048838,-77.0273708,16z/data=!4m8!2m7!3m6!1sparking!2sWalter+E.+Washington+Convention+Center,+801+Mt+Vernon+Pl+NW,+Washington,+DC+20001!3s0x89b7b7ed3715b137:0x32771de147fa5350!4m2!1d-77.0229934!2d38.9048838 Volunteers who will be driving to the convention will incur parking expenses. These parking expenses will not be reimbursed, however they can be written off at your end-of-year tax return as volunteer expenses. Please be sure to request a receipt if you use cash-paid event parking. Retain a copy of your receipts for your tax records. PUBLIC TRANSIT The Walter E. Washington Convention Center has its own Metro stop off of the Green and Yellow lines. Volunteers choosing to take transit who live closer to Baltimore or in the counties may be able to use the MARC train system for inexpensive and efficient transit into DC, where they can then transfer to Metro rail to their final destination or obtain other transit (i.e. bus, Uber, etc.). Please keep in mind that the MARC system runs on a very limited schedule compared to the DC Metro, and you will need to plan your trip and your transit according to your volunteer shift in such a way that you are able to get home successfully. Otakon has created a guide to alternative transit options here: https://www.otakon.com/info/location/all-roads/ Volunteers who take public transit to the convention will incur transit expenses. These transit expenses will not be reimbursed, however they can be written off at your end-of-year tax return as volunteer expenses. Retain a copy of your receipts for your tax records. ATTENDING PANELS, EVENTS, OR EXPLORING THE CONVENTION At this time, we are not entirely sure if the industry badges provided by Otakon will allow normal access to panels and events. This section will be updated with further information as it becomes available. During your volunteer shift (especially since coverage is going to be minimal), you are not permitted to use your badge to attend events or panels. You are expected to be present at the table and actively recruiting future Extra Life participants. Before or after your volunteer shift, if your badge does not need to be handed off to another volunteer, you are welcome to explore the convention. All badges MUST be turned in to @Sarah before leaving the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. You may not attend off-site events, and you may not attend 18+ or hentai panels. Badge hand-offs will be coordinated via group text message. If you attend an event, please be sure to remove/conceal your Extra Life name badge. Before, during, and after your shift — especially every minute that you wear that convention badge — you are representing Extra Life, Johns Hopkins Children's Center, and the Extra Life Baltimore Guild. Otakon has generously waived their fees for us in order to make it possible for us to attend and volunteer at this event, and it is a very successful convention for us. It is very important that we maintain a great relationship with the staff at Otakon so that we can continue to attend. Remember, you are representing a children's charity. None of us would judge you for attending cosplay burlesque , but you shouldn't be attending it using a badge donated for professional use. Use common sense, and check with @Sarah if you aren't sure if the panel or event you'd like to attend is appropriate. To consider and plan out panels and events you'd like to attend, download the Guidebook app from Google Play or iTunes. This is a great resource for additional information about the convention (hours, directions, and updates). LUNCHES AND POTTY BREAKS If you need to take a quick bathroom break and you do not have backup coverage at the booth, please take any loose valuable items with you (i.e. laptops, tablets, cell phones). There will be a small lock box available in our booth as well. We have not been to the new location in DC yet, but it is likely that there will be bathrooms located in the gaming hall. If you have backup coverage at the booth and need to leave to get food or take a bathroom break, please be courteous and let the other volunteer know that you are leaving the table. Accessibility to food at this convention center is actually very convenient, however any food you may be able to purchase will be overpriced convention food. It is strongly suggested to pack a lunch if you're on a budget or volunteering by yourself for a long period of time. Otherwise, have at it! Plenty of food vendors, and one with reasonable lines right at the front of the gaming hall. SIGNING UP TO VOLUNTEER Please let us know when you can volunteer. I will update the event with confirmed volunteer names below the shifts they have agreed to work. We need one volunteer minimum per shift to start off with, however extra coverage during periods that there is a badge free would be appreciated! For additional details, please message @Sarah, @NodnarbDude or @Ceraph1216. Volunteers will receive ongoing updates and instructions throughout the week and during the convention. Thanks so very much for donating your time and energy for the kids! RESOURCES I will post additional transit resources closer to the date of the convention.
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    AwesomeCon

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    An application has been submitted for this event, but it is not confirmed. Since this would be our first attempt to participate with AwesomeCon, I am currently unsure of our odds of getting in, however the volunteer I spoke to at Super MAGFest sounded optimistic. SCHEDULE TBD - if you are interested in volunteering at this event, please RSVP to the left of this text. Thanks!
  5. Sarah

    Magfest 2018

    So excited to have you on here!!! We really hope to see you at the kickoff, @Shojin! It was really great meeting you today.
  6. Sarah

    2018 Guild Kickoff

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    @djotaku @PHANTOMxALPHA @Yancy_Street Not sure if you guys would be available, but we'd love to see you at the 2018 kickoff! <3
  7. CON SEASON 2018 HAS BEGUN! (ノ^ヮ^)ノ*:・゚✧ As with last year, Washington D.C. Extra Lifers are welcome (and encouraged) to volunteer at our events. I will be updating this thread throughout the 2018 fundraising season. For general information about upcoming events, this is your one-stop-shop. You can also follow the Calendar for our guild. Most event-specific details will be on the individual pages, which I'll be linking here. I will update the status of various conventions and events on this thread, and will be notifying you when additional events have been added. You should click on the Follow button at the top of this post to make sure you get updates. THIS THREAD WILL BE LOCKED TO REPLIES UNTIL AFTER GAME DAY, NOV. 3RD. Please address any questions, concerns, or suggestions regarding specific events on their page. If you'd like to suggest an event that we're not already working with, please send a PM to the following: @Sarah @NodnarbDude @Ceraph1216 CONFIRMED EVENTS UNCONFIRMED EVENTS CecilCon Prattcon Artscape/Gamescape BlerdCon Washingcon Baltimore Comic Con WISHLIST Katsucon StarCity Games Event (any) MAGFest BitGen Music Festival College Club Recruitment Fairs Smithsonian Arcade
  8. Hello, D.C. friends! In the absence of an actively engaged Washington, D.C. Guild, we'd love to invite you to our 2018 Kickoff Event on February 3, 2018! We support Johns Hopkins Children's Center as our partner hospital, but we are first and foremost Extra Lifers who want to ensure the success of Extra Life as a whole. As such, we're covering events in the entire Baltimore/DC/NoVa area on behalf of both Johns Hopkins Children's Center and Children's National in hopes of growing fundraising for both hospitals until a strong guild presence is established in Washington, D.C. Whether you're new to Extra Life or an old timer, we'd love to meet you, share our story with you, and fill your tummy with a delicious free meal! Thanks to nominal efforts in the D.C. area, we've helped to grow Children's National's Extra Life presence as well as improve fundraising for Johns Hopkins Children's Center - and you were a part of that! We'd love to share in that success with you. We'd also love to include you in any future D.C. area events. Please RSVP on the event below if you would plan to come. We'd love to have you!
  9. Sarah

    2018 Guild Kickoff

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    THIS EVENT IS FROM 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST. If you are not currently logged into a Community forums account, or if your account is registered in a time zone other than Eastern, the time of the event may appear to be different. The Guild Kickoff meeting is a great place to meet other Extra Lifers - both those who volunteer with the Extra Life Baltimore Guild and those who support our local hospital, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center! Washington, D.C. area Extra Lifers are also encouraged to attend as there is not currently an active D.C. Guild, but we are helping Children's National to cover D.C. area events! Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Extra Lifers and Extra Life Baltimore Guild volunteers, we raised over $120,000 for Johns Hopkins Children's Center and helped Children's National grow their fundraising year-over-year! We'd love to celebrate this success with you, hang out, hear your stories, and tell you more about why we work so hard at conventions in the area throughout the year. Lunch will be provided, and you'll have an opportunity to meet some of the Miracle Kids that have been impacted by the fundraising our Extra Lifers have done! Family friendly board games will be provided, and you're welcome to bring your own games to play! AGENDA 12:00-12:15 Meet & Greet 12:15-12:30 Presentation from Extra Life Baltimore Guild Leadership 12:30-12:45 Miracle Kids - Stories and Thank You 12:45-1:00 Questions and Answers, Guild Member/Extra Lifer Stories 1:00-2:00 Lunch & Games Whether it's your first time or your ninth time, we welcome you to come hang out with us for this special event! PARKING Parking is free! Park in the Orleans Street garage directly across from the main Children's Center building. You will be required to take a ticket. Please bring this ticket in to the meeting with you, and you will be provided with a validation sticker so you don't have to pay anything! When you leave, use the cash lane with the attendant and provide your validated parking ticket. GETTING TO THE EVENT If you park in the Orleans Street garage, go to the fourth floor skybridge from the elevators nearest the colorful Children's Center building. As you cross the skybridge, there will be a security/information desk to your right. Please check in at this desk and inform them that you are there to attend the Extra Life meeting. They will provide you with a visitor's wristband, and direct you to the room we will be in.
  10. Sarah

    Super MAGFest

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    This page has now been updated with critical details for the event. Please revisit the event page if you looked at it earlier today!
  11. Sarah

    Super MAGFest

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    MAGFest is the most targeted event hosted in the Baltimore/D.C. Metro area, with 20-25,000 attendees - all of whom have a love for gaming! To read more about MAGFest, check out this article on Wikipedia or the MAGFest site for Super MAGFest. This is our first time participating with the MAGFest organization, but we're thrilled for the opportunity and hope we'll be included in future events! We have no idea what to expect from this event compared to our other major cons in the area, so please be patient as we're likely to encounter hiccups in the process this year. Further, many of us attend cons at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, but we have never volunteered an event there. We're likely to encounter some growing pains! MAGFest has graciously provided us with a free table and four free dealer badges in their Marketplace area. We have no way to anticipate the traffic we may get at this event, so it's possible the table may be slow, or overwhelming. MAGFest has some required staffing hours, but the Marketplace is open 24 hours during the event. For this first year, we plan to staff the table for the minimal hours and collect data for next year's event. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO READ THE SECTION ABOUT FOOD AND POTTY BREAKS - THE GAYLORD IS NOT AS CONVENIENT FOR FOOD AS THE BALTIMORE CONVENTION CENTER OR THE WALTER E. WHITE CONVENTION CENTER! COVERAGE As this is our first time at this event, it is CRITICAL that you are on-time for your shift, particularly since we are only covering the minimum hours. Please let @Sarah know immediately if you don't think you'll be on time for an opening shift. As-needed Break Coverage @LittleSith Wednesday Between 5:30 PM - Midnight - table setup only @Sarah Thursday 1:30 PM - 7:00 PM @Sarah @Ceraph1216 Friday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM @Ceraph1216 @Aaron 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM @NodnarbDude Saturday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM @Sarah 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM @Emokidcries Sunday 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM @Emokidcries 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM - breakdown/load out only @Ceraph1216 Setup and load-out instructions will be provided to volunteers working on these processes only. PARKING There is plentiful parking in the area within convenient walking distance. It is unlikely you will need to walk more than about 5 blocks. It is strongly recommended that you pre-purchase parking so it is not sold out prior to your volunteer shift. Parking can be purchased through National Harbor's parking reservation site here: https://nationalharbor.clickandpark.com/venue Parking will cost between $14 and $20 per day. Reserving your parking ensures you will have in/out privileges during the time you are parked. Volunteers who will be driving to the convention will incur out-of-pocket parking expenses. These parking expenses will not be reimbursed, however they can be written off at your end-of-year tax return as volunteer expenses. Please be sure to request a receipt if you use cash-paid event parking. Retain a copy of your receipts for your tax records. PUBLIC TRANSIT I was unable to locate useful Public Transit information for getting to National Harbor. It appears that shuttle services are available from Reagan National Airport. It may be best to travel as close as possible to the area via MARC train and hire an Uber/Lyft/Taxi to your final destination. ATTENDING PANELS, CONCERTS, EVENTS, AND EXPLORING THE CONVENTION At this time, we are not entirely sure if the industry badges provided by MAGFest will allow normal access to panels and events. This section will be updated with further information as it becomes available, or you may be notified via text message during the event. During your volunteer shift (especially since coverage is going to be minimal), you are not permitted to use your badge to attend events or panels. You are expected to be present at the table and actively recruiting future Extra Life participants. Before or after your volunteer shift, you are welcome to explore the convention. If you attend an event, please be sure to remove/conceal your Extra Life name badge. Before, during, and after your shift — especially every minute that you wear that convention badge — you are representing Extra Life, Johns Hopkins Children's Center, and the Extra Life Baltimore Guild (and in this area, Children's National as well). MAGFest has generously waived their fees for us in order to make it possible for us to attend and volunteer at this event. It is very important that we maintain a great relationship with the staff at MAGFest so that we can continue to attend. Remember, you are representing a children's charity. None of us would judge you for attending certain 18+ events, but you shouldn't be attending it using a badge donated for professional use. Use common sense, and check with @Sarah if you aren't sure if the panel or event you'd like to attend is appropriate. LUNCHES AND POTTY BREAKS If you need to take a quick bathroom break and you do not have backup coverage at the booth, please take any loose valuable items with you (i.e. laptops, tablets, cell phones). There will be a small lock box available in our booth as well. If you have backup coverage at the booth and need to leave to get food or take a bathroom break, please be courteous and let the other volunteer know that you are leaving the table. The Gaylord is notoriously expensive to purchase food at, the number of vendors inside the Convention Center is limited, and the lines are horrible. Seeking food offsite includes an inconvenient walk and even longer lines. If you don't bring food, you may not have an opportunity to eat. This is the number one issue with the Gaylord National Resort! Please be sure to pack snacks or a decent, fulfilling lunch and plenty of beverages. Better yet, bring a water bottle. You will have opportunities to refill it throughout the convention. SIGNING UP TO VOLUNTEER This event is currently fully staffed. We need one volunteer minimum per shift to start off with, however extra coverage during periods would be appreciated! For additional details, please message @Sarah, @NodnarbDude or @Ceraph1216. Volunteers will receive ongoing updates and instructions throughout the week and during the convention. Thanks so very much for donating your time and energy for the kids!
  12. Sarah

    Otakon

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    Hey, guys! Sorry I haven't been as proactive over the last week as I would like. @Yancy_Street can you PM me your cell phone number so I can communicate with you a little easier about tomorrow? @Taco_Girl I hope you will stop by just to say hi!
  13. MAJOR update to the Artscape event coming up this weekend. We still need volunteers! Please check out the event post and RSVP if you can help!
  14. Team, We have a skeleton schedule for this weekend but it's pretty bare bones! We need help! Please visit the event page and RSVP, then comment with which shifts you can work. If you don't see a full shift you can work, let us know what you are able to do instead. This is a high traffic event and one person coverage at the table is not going to be pleasant. We had 2-3 volunteers for the majority of the hours last year and we needed them for most of it! Recruitment isn't a high percentage of the total attendees, but the traffic is significant and you have to get through greeting people to get to the ones most likely to participate. Please help! Thanks, guys!
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    @Aaron @Ceraph1216 @NodnarbDude @Taco_Girl @LittleSith I just posted a MAJOR update to this event, as well as the schedule. Please review the schedule. We're desperate for more volunteer coverage! Sorry this is getting finalized so late.
  16. @FinchKC This looks nice in a table. Did you have to manually enter all of this as HTML, or has there been a table function staring me in the face all this time? Thanks for your input. #ohai #totalrandoinyourthread
  17. Sarah

    Awesome Con

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    Anyone want to attend just for funsies with me? We just got confirmation that this event is full for this year, and we'll need to apply for it by November/December of this year in order to have space. I want to meet David Tennant though...
  18. We have just officially received word that there is no space available for us at Awesome Con this year, but they'd love to have us next year. We'll need to apply around November or December in order to get in.
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    Thank you again to all of our volunteers. The recap for this event and the image gallery are linked below. This event has now been locked, and new comments cannot be added. If you would like to discuss this event, please refer to the recap thread linked above.
  20. Thank you so very much to our wonderful volunteers who helped to staff this event! Our team for the weekend was @Ceraph1216, @NodnarbDude, @Taco_Girl, @LittleSith and myself. Our final results for the two days were 13 unique new Extra-Life sign-ups! Several of these sign ups were for Baltimore, but there was a surprisingly wide travel area among competitors in the event (including someone from Brazil). We had approximately .6 sign-ups per hour for each hour our table/booth was open at the event. Since on average each sign up results in $100 raised, we can approximate that our efforts this weekend raised $1300 for Extra Life, approximately $200 of which was for our local hospital. The top five traffic hours were 9 AM - 12 PM, 1 PM - 3 PM, and 6 PM - 7 PM. There were too many no traffic hours to justify a worst 5 hours list, however it is safe to say that the second day's traffic of the event did not warrant our presence. The low sample size may mean that the traffic information is not externally valid for similar events. If we do other events with SCG, we may seek to only attend on the first day; however, it may be worth doing at least one other event, possibly in the DC market, with both days just to see if this result will be reproduced. Despite relatively unimpressive sign-ups below a goal of 24 sign ups or approximately 2% of the total attendees, this was enormously successful for the "brand" of Extra Life. We put our name out there, built some relationships, and gave out a TON of brochures to people who were afraid to commit. The few people we did sign up were highly engaged and wanted to take Extra Life back to their play groups and game shops to get others to join them. I personally did some networking that could be very beneficial locally and may even result in some good things happening on a regional level. It was absolutely worth attending, and I hope that Star City Games will allow us to attend some of their other upcoming events. Strategies used for this event: short display loop tablet app sign up loose giveaways (no win/participation needed) Positives: plenty of space targeted audience power location was good for visual exposure staff announcer mentioned us during presentation Opportunites: overall foot traffic candy was not effective at all and did not interest this crowd, and most of it went to BCC and security staffer who pocketed handfuls at a time Volunteer Feedback from Post-Event Survey: shift length ok, but perhaps a little long most volunteers found interactions between volunteers or with attendees enjoyable level of engagement from attendees was very good should not staff second day in the future strategies aside from human interaction and tablet use were not especially effective we need a new way to drive traffic to the table at this sort of event, but it can't be disruptive most volunteers felt we were effective as a team most volunteers felt that it is worthwhile to work with SCG or similar events again it was beneficial to speak with people that may not have otherwise heard of us You are all welcome to add any comments you have in response, and thank you again for helping to support this event! I believe it will be slow going with tabletop and trading card events for a while, but our sustained efforts could have a big impact on Extra Life as a whole, not just our local hospital!
  21. This was our first time working with Star City Games, and we had a table in a prominent location that they graciously donated to us.
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