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  1. What`s up guys just wanted to let you guys know that I'm doing my 2ed extra life live stream on the 11th. My first stream I rasied over 3k this year I'm hoping for 5k this year. I will not be able to reach this goal without you guys by spreading the word to as many people as you can below is a picture you can post to twitter,facebook ect. Thank you guys so much, NinjaKiller links to stuff: youtube where I will be streaming: https://www.youtube.com/c/NinjaKillerGames my extra life page : http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=205706
  2. Here is the link with all the details: http://daddywarbux.weebly.com/hearthstone-tournaments.html Please feel free to ask any questions!
  3. Hello! Sorry I haven't been terribly active on these forums, i've been working on a few things and have been keeping myself quite busy with extralife this year, as well as taking up a new craft. I came to ask, how many of our Ottawa Extra-Lifers are actually outside of ottawa? specifically, do we have any streamers or Extra-Life gamers who live in the north bay region? (ie, sudbury, sturgeon falls, Mattawa, North Bay and surrounding areas) I've been doing a LOT of marathon work myself, and i think its time i looked for some help... Doing 6+ marathons a year by yourself can be VERY hard, and i was looking for maybe a few streamers to help out! Maybe get together and throw a few events in a more local area who cant make it to ottawa all the time. If your interested, you can contact me on my twitter @OrcrystGaming for more details. Keep in mind, im not looking only for experienced streamers, but just those with an interest in helping, possibly learning more about streaming, or even just participating in some games or local events and fundraisers!
  4. until
    Come hang out with other Extra Lifers and gamers over at Headquarters in North Sheffield! Starts at 2pm! Food, drinks, games, friends, and lots of fun! Please RSVP on facebook so we have a headcount: https://www.facebook.com/events/992653324186038/ 2833 North Sheffield Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657
  5. Thank you to the staff of Cook Children's Hospital for putting the first guild meeting of 2016 together. It really was wonderful to hear about where the funds from the last few years of Extra Life has gone towards. The testimony of the Miracle Family was truly heartfelt and Alex was a fantastic kid that loves video games. Meeting the other Lifers was very encouraging, and to hear what they are doing stirred me up. I would enjoy working the booth at any of the events that you will be attending. Hope to hear from those that were at the meeting... Can't wait to see what's in store for us.
  6. until
    It's Official Extra Life Winnipeg is taking a road trip! We will be attending PrairieCon 2016 in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada from June 3rd to June 5th, 2016! PrairieCon is a weekend long event which allows the Brandon and area gaming community to get together. The primary purpose is entertainment, and the main attractions are the tournaments and events. The mission of PrairieCon, which is a non-profit event, is to promote gaming as a form of recreation in the community, and by gaming we are referring to board games, role-playing games, collectible card games, miniature games and live-action role-playing games.
  7. hoodedarche0

    BaseLan 29.5

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    Extra Life Winnipeg will be out recruiting at the 29th and half (29.5) BaseLan Event hosted by AYBOnline! As always, BaseLAN 29.5 will have a range of both Official & Fun events for attendees to enjoy. Check out the list on AYBOnline.com: http://www.aybonline.com/baselan29-5/
  8. ELOC Members! Our friends at the Just Us League of Awesome are holding a dance party event at the Talent Factory in Chino to benefit CHOC Children's! The event takes place on May 20th at 8:00PM. They are taking pre-sale tickets now for $10 each, all proceeds go to CHOC Children's! If you can make it down there, please help support this outstanding Extra Life Team that plays for the kids at our hospital! Here is the link for the event: https://jlaevents.yapsody.com/
  9. until
    Estaremos haciendo 12 horas del maratón de Extra Life en la tienda Microsoft Store de Plaza las Américas. MAPA:https://www.google.com/maps/place/Plaza+Las+Am%C3%A9ricas/@18.4219332,-66.0766721,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x8c0368c1db924311:0xd173cf80f8e0143e
  10. Compañeros/as, Les comparto la minuta de la reunión que tuvimos en la Universidad del Este en Carolina el sabado 15 de abril de 2016. Gracias, filitustrein Reunion Abril 2016.pdf
  11. Meeting began at 1:00 p.m. at Deeprun Park in Henrico. Cookout with all sorts of goodies and snacks on a blustery spring (but somehow felt like fall?) day Members present: Jill Mike Keith Rigby Jim Bobby Jackie Kat Ben Ashley Danny Nick Dallon Eduardo Andrew Kyle Brian Collin Vinny 1. Welcome and introductions 2. Role of the guild We help organize volunteers to attend events in the region to sign up people to play in the Extra Life marathon. We do not recruit to specific teams (though if new participants would like to join your team, that’s okay!), and we don’t even necessarily recruit for people to play for CHoR at VCU (though obviously we’d like them to!). We want to get gamers passionate about raising money for kids. We don’t go to events to raise funds. We go to get people excited. Please let Jill, Mike, or Keith know if you have questions about how the guild functions. 3. Review of events We got 16 sign-ups at the Zelda Symphony of the Goddess. Great job! RavenCon charges 80 dollars for a vendor table, so we will not be able to attend formally this year. We’ll have many members in attendance, however, so we’ll still have a presence there. We have a 3:00 p.m. panel on Saturday to talk about Extra Life. Show up and lend us your support! In talks with WizardWorld (9/9-9/11) to have a table there. Set your 3DS to street pass with information about Extra Life when you go to a con! OmegaCon (Aug 26-28) will have an Extra Life table. There’s a 24-hour game room this year and Ben is looking for console games/donations of working consoles to stock the game room. Please let us know if you have anything you’d like to donate! Battlegrounds store game day is in the works! We’ll have a date and more details forthcoming when the information becomes available. Will likely be held late Sept/early Oct. Buffalo Wild Wings on West Broad trivia May 18. Bobby’s team is hosting a trivia night starting at 6 p.m. with kids events (Wed is normally kid’s night). Trivia will start at 8 p.m. and 15% of proceeds go to Extra Life. National Tabletop Day - April 30th! Get out there and game! (and advertise for Extra Life!) Let us know. Slide the City is coming to RVA. Let us know if you have any ideas about hosting a table there. Free Comic Book Day - First Saturday in May - let’s think of ways we can meet up with local comic book geeks! Gamestop midnight releases - Uncharted, Overwatch, Mirror’s Edge, etc this upcoming month. Great month to canvass releases! Clover Hill high school yard sale - Usually in fall (October-ish) and usually big! We should consider getting a table as a guild and selling goods to donate sales proceeds to Extra Life. Misc. Ben works for Verizon and stated his company does charitable donations and other work. Maybe we could do some sort of collaboration with them. Sign up for the forums! They’re how we communicate as a guild and as an organization!
  12. Happy Saturday, Everyone! Our next Meeting is scheduled for... Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at OOgie Games - Eastern Hills Mall 4545 Transit Rd Williamsville, NY 14221 6:30pm - 8:00pm This is an important one. On the agenda for this meeting... 1. What are our recruitment and fundraising goals for this year? 2. What fundraising and recruitment ideas does everyone have? 3. What symbol will we be our Logo for Extra Life? 4. What will be the most central meeting location for everyone going forward? 5. Where do you plan to be and what will you be doing on the day of the event? 6. Where are we going to have our first Social night out? If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to post them here. I'll see you all on the 27th!!!
  13. Ryan and Michael jumped the gun on me a little bit, but I wanted to take a minute and introduce your new Guild Leadership! I've included everyone's forum names next to their real names for clarification... President: Jamie McCracken (StandardDamage) Vice President: Ryan Bradley (RyanCryptic) Secretary: Michael Riccio (Shadowfox) Entertainment Comittee: Tabletop Coordinator: Leonard Lorratta (LennyLenLenny) Streaming Coordinator: Brandon Harris (Shamanom) OOgie Youtube Coordinator: Damian Liszka (Dliszka105) TBD: Marty Walton (Akkadianknight) I hope everyone's ready! Now that we have this settled these forums are about to become a busy place! I'm looking forward to working with all of you in the upcoming months! -Jamie
  14. Klov3r

    Board Games

    From the album: Dallas Extra Lifers (2015)

    James Fielder is double checking the rules during a game of Forbidden Dessert.
  15. Today I made quite a bit of progress with creating an Extra Life recruiting program at my school. I had to get a school program to sponsor me and I got one :^). Soon my school will become a recruiting hub for our guild!
  16. Hey everyone! I apologize for being a little late to the party here on the forums, but I did want to make a post before descending way too deep into The Division this coming week... As I mentioned at the meeting, I've been streaming on Twitch for nearly 4 years now - and I'm happy to help anyone who's looking for advice when it comes to equipment, content production, scheduling, etc. I completely understand how difficult the barrier to entry is and more importantly, how frustrating it can be to develop your first streaming setup. It's a mix of equipment, capture cards, computer parts and digital art that gets confusing fast. I'm here to help where I can - with just about anything I can. I'll do my best to keep up with the forums here, but please feel free to message me on Twitter, Facebook, Twitch or email me at nicholasbashore@gmail.com if I don't respond within a few days or if the question is urgent. You all are welcome to come by and check out my equipment in person too if you'd like. I'd totally be up for writing a guide for everyone here at the Extra Life Knoxville Guild sometime in the future - but for now, what questions do you have and what do you need help with specifically? ALSO: I'll be live on Twitch throughout this entire week for the launch of The Division - I highly encourage you guys to drop by and hangout in chat, plus feel free to ask questions there! I've attached my schedule for this week and you can find the stream at www.twitch.tv/AvialenceTV. Cheers! - Nicholas 'Avi' Bashore
  17. Hey, Boston Extra Lifers! I'm Angelique and I want to let you know about an awesome charity LAN coming up next month in the Cambridge area. It's called PhiLANthropy and is part of Tespa's Regional Event Challenge (more info on that here). Full event details are as follows: Tespa East REC Presents: PhiLANthropy Charity LAN in coordination with Extra Life, supporting Boston Children's Hospital March 12 - 13, 2016 | Saturday (3/12): 10 AM - 1 AM | Sunday (3/13): 10 AM - 10 PM Harvard Northwest Labs, 52 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138 We're hosting a variety of PC and console gaming tournaments with over $3,000 in prize money! Our full list of tournaments and rules can be found on our Battlefy page. We'll also have a number of guests at our event, including indie game dev Dan Dez of OBEY, speedrunners Scott "xem92" Kuva & Jerry "JerKro" Kroboth, as well as Monster Energy reps handing out drinks on Saturday! We'd love to have you come out for one day or both in support of Extra Life and Boston Children's Hospital. If you're interested, RSVP on our Facebook event page and head on over to EventBrite to pre-register! Thanks for reading! Feel free to post any comments or questions and I'd be happy to answer them. Hope to see you there! <3 Angelique Rein Marketing Director Tespa East Regional Event Committee Website | Facebook | Twitter
  18. In recent weeks we have been talking about an event called Extra Life United, a time once a year for Extra Lifers to come and celebrate the previous year’s accomplishments with the kids who have been helped in children’s hospitals across North America. Only a small portion of the community attends, so what exactly is going to Extra Life United like? As this has been my first year attending ELU, I figured I would document my daily experiences. It’s a funny thing, traveling. You can plan it months in advance, but the butterflies never seem to quiet in your stomach. Those butterflies kept me up most of the night on Monday, muttering about the things I had forgotten or the items left unpacked (the things that were not in fact forgotten or unpacked when I slipped out of bed to check). Those same internal jitters woke me after a night of pacing and triple checking itineraries and tickets to slowly, tensely move me into the shower before the sun had even begun to consider rising. I don’t know why I am not a fan of flying. It’s awe inspiring to see a metal tube weighing the same as a small building defy gravity and hurtle through the air at ridiculous speeds. I suppose that I would just rather not be inside of it when it leaves the earth behind. Especially if it means that I have to be at the airport before the sun rises in the middle of a snowstorm. Despite that, I found myself boarding an airplane in the dark to make my way to Orlando, Florida for Extra Life United. Despite the misgivings about riding a bit of metal propelled at ridiculous speeds by two turbine engines, I’ll still move heaven and earth to get a window seat. Maybe I have that compulsion because subconsciously I’d like to know for sure if the plane is going to crash or not should something terrible happen. Morbid, I know, but years of disaster movies can make the mind turn in strange ways. Thankfully, after a brief de-icing on the runway, the flight proved uneventful. The couple sitting next to me were lovely traveling companions, demonstrating an admirable amount of focus and dedication to several episodes of Friday Night Lights. In a matter of hours we touched down in Orlando. The Orlando airport appeared surprisingly calm, though I suppose it was silly of me to imagine disembarking into a swamped terminal on a Tuesday afternoon. Though a thunderstorm had recently passed through, the sun was out and the weather was a good fifty to sixty degrees warmer than the climate of the frozen tundra we call Minnesota (or Minnesnowta if we are feeling silly and sufficiently weathered). A great deal of my nervous anticipation melted away as I boarded the bus bound for the Coronado Springs Resort an hour from the airport. After a meager few minutes of relaxation next to a silent senior citizen, the remaining minutes of the journey were punctuated by one of the loudest temper tantrums I have ever had the displeasure of hearing. It had been a long day of travel for the southern family behind me and the tired child became inconsolable. It got to the point that the mother apologized to the other passengers and stated that if she could do something about it, it would have been done by now. Sealed in that bus of misery, we arrived at our destination after a period of resigned silence filled only with the gnashing, gnarling cries of a very young human who was very unhappy with the world. Quickly scooping up my belongings and escaping into the relative quietude of a bustling hotel, I breathed a sigh of relief. A pleasant concierge from Illinois helped me get the lay of the land, giving me a once over of the various highlights of this particular Disney resort. The place has five bus stops around its perimeter. Five. When she pointed that fact out, it really impressed upon me how large the grounds of this picturesque place were. Done in a spanish style, the sprawling Coronado Springs Resort encircles a small, almost too perfect lake that I assume to be man-made. With flashy fountains, perfectly trimmed, green foliage, and hundreds of seemingly happy people around, I wondered how I had been transported to Starfleet Academy. Then I remembered Starfleet Academy is canonically near San Francisco, on the other side of the country. Silly me! I made my way to my room, flopping gratefully down on the bed to take a few moments to center myself and enjoy the warm sunlight, a precious and rare commodity in the hostile northern climes at this time of year. Basking in the afternoon rays was nice for a few minutes, but I had come to Orlando to experience Extra Life United and that just wasn’t going to happen if I tried to catch sunbeams all day. I walked through the meandering main complex of Coronado Springs, taking in the sights and sounds. Guided by several smiling people with authoritative looking badges, I found a bustling registration area filled with volunteers and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals staff along with the one and only Liz Aponte, who directed me to the main area of operations for Extra Life United in Veracruz Hall one of the largest convention spaces within the resort. Striding through rows of chairs, couches, televisions, and Xbox Ones, Jeromy “Doc” Adams was the eye of a focused, productive hurricane. Marshalling volunteers, staff, and even his own kids, he enlisted me in prepping the Xbox One stations for later in the evening and the coming days. Each needed to have controllers synced, codes input, and games downloaded while strategically applying the scant number of steady internet connections available in the convention space. The next several hours were a blur of working on Xbox Ones, losing my wallet, panicking about losing my wallet, finding my wallet, and working on more Xbox Ones. The amount of prep work that goes into an event like Extra Life United hard to understate. Light technicians, experienced streamers, heavy lifters, everyone came together to create a space that really went all out to honor the cause and kids that Extra Life and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals stand for. Towering banner displays honor the heroes who will be joining the event in the next few days, lining the entrance with their accomplishments and well wishes from their friends and family. There are so many it can be overwhelming. Names like Chloe, age 8, who has been suffering from cancer; 16-year-old Aidan from British Colombia who lives with acute lymphoblastic leukemia; Alabama’s James, a 13-year-old with a combination of hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy, and dandy-walker syndrome; Taylor from Hawaii and her acute myelogenous leukemia at age 12; or 10-year-old Dayton from Louisiana who has complications from a traumatic motor vehicle accident. You walk through that space and see those faces and names - the faces and names of the people we fight for - and it all becomes a lot more real than the abstract idea of helping sick kids. To hammer home that point even more, I had the pleasure in the midst of all the prep time craziness to meet the Emmons, the parents of Tori, the little girl who became the inspiration behind Extra Life in the first place. It would be difficult to understate the humility and grace that Victor and Jo Ellen put forth in their demeanors and slight Texan accents. Even though I had only met them, they treated me warmly, like an old friend. It made the convention center, 1,400 miles away from where I’ve put down my roots, feel like home. As the prepping wound down to a minimum, we held a dress rehearsal for the coming night’s kickoff event. Jeromy hopped on stage and began making the last minute touches to how he would ring in Extra Life United 2016. Like a general preparing for battle, he made adjustments to the visual cues and presentation on the fly. But one of the highlights was the preview of Dominic’s Story - an eleven minute short film about Dominic Rooney and his family, a young baby who received a terminal cancer diagnosis and passed away before his second birthday. The Rooney’s were in attendance and saw the film for the first time during that rehearsal. The video ripped through the volunteers and preppers and there wasn’t a dry eye to be found. It’s a powerful, powerful testimonial about what Extra Life can be and what it can do, both for the kids and those who play for them. The rehearsal continued after that, but I had to excuse myself to regain my composure. Before the actual event kickoff, Laurie, our Canadian programs and events manager, and I discovered that there had been a mixup in the staff shirts and that women’s and men’s sizes had been accidentally mixed, explaining the absurdly small size of my medium shirt and the difficulties that a few others on staff had encountered with their own shirts. With that minor mystery solved and a staff now wearing shirts that fit properly, we sallied forth to open the doors and welcome the onrush of amazing Extra Life people who had come to experience United. And you know what? Everyone was amazingly cool as they moved past us into the exhibit hall and filled the seating we had put out for them.They chatted with us, joked, and it might sound a bit sappy, but we really did feel united. The presentation itself was incredible to watch unfold. It opened with two videos of Jessica and Joe who have been helped by Extra Life and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, overcoming a brain tumor and living with cystic fibrosis respectively. The two of them took the stage with Doc afterward to talk about their experiences. Jessica was able to talk a bit about meeting Adam Sandler, Kevin James, and the rest of the cast of Pixels. Joe discussed how he manages to lead an active life with cystic fibrosis, which requires seven or more pills with every meal. Following Joe and Jessica, the Emmons took the stage to talk about Tori and how honored they are that the Extra Life community has rallied around her name and generated tens of millions of dollars to help kids like her around North America. Then they introduced Sean and Trish Rooney. Dominic’s Story played to the packed audience of around 150 attendees. Their story full of heartache, triumph, and humor touched every single person in that room and I would be surprised if I found out someone in that room didn’t tear up. I had to leave midway through the video so I could be composed enough for what remained of the evening’s kick-off. In the teary aftermath of Dominic’s Story’s public debut, the Emmons and the Rooneys talked with one another and I swear that you could not find people with better hearts. The families consoled and bolstered one another while serving as inspirations for what we should strive for as Extra Life supporters. Whatever you do, talk about it. Share your story and make it mean something. The rest of the event consisted of a free-play time on the collection of PCs and Xbox Ones. People jumped and laughed in Just Dance 2016, hail maryed and fumbled in Madden, and rocketed around in Rocket League. It was a great opportunity to talk with the community and learn more about the people who had made the trip out from different ends of the earth to attend Extra Life United. I met Canadians, Kentuckians, Alaskans, and a fair number of people from other places. They all came to experience what has always been the essence of Extra Life - the willingness to come together as a community to do something amazing for kids who need help. That about wrapped it up for the first day of Extra Life United. I retreated to the warm embrace of a delicious Texas bacon burger, which tasted like a slice of heaven after a day during which I was too busy to eat for over 16 hours. Then I made my way back to my room to write and recount the day’s activities.
  19. In recent weeks we have been talking about an event called Extra Life United, a time once a year for Extra Lifers to come and celebrate the previous year’s accomplishments with the kids who have been helped in children’s hospitals across North America. Only a small portion of the community attends, so what exactly is going to Extra Life United like? As this has been my first year attending ELU, I figured I would document my daily experiences. It’s a funny thing, traveling. You can plan it months in advance, but the butterflies never seem to quiet in your stomach. Those butterflies kept me up most of the night on Monday, muttering about the things I had forgotten or the items left unpacked (the things that were not in fact forgotten or unpacked when I slipped out of bed to check). Those same internal jitters woke me after a night of pacing and triple checking itineraries and tickets to slowly, tensely move me into the shower before the sun had even begun to consider rising. I don’t know why I am not a fan of flying. It’s awe inspiring to see a metal tube weighing the same as a small building defy gravity and hurtle through the air at ridiculous speeds. I suppose that I would just rather not be inside of it when it leaves the earth behind. Especially if it means that I have to be at the airport before the sun rises in the middle of a snowstorm. Despite that, I found myself boarding an airplane in the dark to make my way to Orlando, Florida for Extra Life United. Despite the misgivings about riding a bit of metal propelled at ridiculous speeds by two turbine engines, I’ll still move heaven and earth to get a window seat. Maybe I have that compulsion because subconsciously I’d like to know for sure if the plane is going to crash or not should something terrible happen. Morbid, I know, but years of disaster movies can make the mind turn in strange ways. Thankfully, after a brief de-icing on the runway, the flight proved uneventful. The couple sitting next to me were lovely traveling companions, demonstrating an admirable amount of focus and dedication to several episodes of Friday Night Lights. In a matter of hours we touched down in Orlando. The Orlando airport appeared surprisingly calm, though I suppose it was silly of me to imagine disembarking into a swamped terminal on a Tuesday afternoon. Though a thunderstorm had recently passed through, the sun was out and the weather was a good fifty to sixty degrees warmer than the climate of the frozen tundra we call Minnesota (or Minnesnowta if we are feeling silly and sufficiently weathered). A great deal of my nervous anticipation melted away as I boarded the bus bound for the Coronado Springs Resort an hour from the airport. After a meager few minutes of relaxation next to a silent senior citizen, the remaining minutes of the journey were punctuated by one of the loudest temper tantrums I have ever had the displeasure of hearing. It had been a long day of travel for the southern family behind me and the tired child became inconsolable. It got to the point that the mother apologized to the other passengers and stated that if she could do something about it, it would have been done by now. Sealed in that bus of misery, we arrived at our destination after a period of resigned silence filled only with the gnashing, gnarling cries of a very young human who was very unhappy with the world. Quickly scooping up my belongings and escaping into the relative quietude of a bustling hotel, I breathed a sigh of relief. A pleasant concierge from Illinois helped me get the lay of the land, giving me a once over of the various highlights of this particular Disney resort. The place has five bus stops around its perimeter. Five. When she pointed that fact out, it really impressed upon me how large the grounds of this picturesque place were. Done in a spanish style, the sprawling Coronado Springs Resort encircles a small, almost too perfect lake that I assume to be man-made. With flashy fountains, perfectly trimmed, green foliage, and hundreds of seemingly happy people around, I wondered how I had been transported to Starfleet Academy. Then I remembered Starfleet Academy is canonically near San Francisco, on the other side of the country. Silly me! I made my way to my room, flopping gratefully down on the bed to take a few moments to center myself and enjoy the warm sunlight, a precious and rare commodity in the hostile northern climes at this time of year. Basking in the afternoon rays was nice for a few minutes, but I had come to Orlando to experience Extra Life United and that just wasn’t going to happen if I tried to catch sunbeams all day. I walked through the meandering main complex of Coronado Springs, taking in the sights and sounds. Guided by several smiling people with authoritative looking badges, I found a bustling registration area filled with volunteers and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals staff along with the one and only Liz Aponte, who directed me to the main area of operations for Extra Life United in Veracruz Hall one of the largest convention spaces within the resort. Striding through rows of chairs, couches, televisions, and Xbox Ones, Jeromy “Doc” Adams was the eye of a focused, productive hurricane. Marshalling volunteers, staff, and even his own kids, he enlisted me in prepping the Xbox One stations for later in the evening and the coming days. Each needed to have controllers synced, codes input, and games downloaded while strategically applying the scant number of steady internet connections available in the convention space. The next several hours were a blur of working on Xbox Ones, losing my wallet, panicking about losing my wallet, finding my wallet, and working on more Xbox Ones. The amount of prep work that goes into an event like Extra Life United hard to understate. Light technicians, experienced streamers, heavy lifters, everyone came together to create a space that really went all out to honor the cause and kids that Extra Life and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals stand for. Towering banner displays honor the heroes who will be joining the event in the next few days, lining the entrance with their accomplishments and well wishes from their friends and family. There are so many it can be overwhelming. Names like Chloe, age 8, who has been suffering from cancer; 16-year-old Aidan from British Colombia who lives with acute lymphoblastic leukemia; Alabama’s James, a 13-year-old with a combination of hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy, and dandy-walker syndrome; Taylor from Hawaii and her acute myelogenous leukemia at age 12; or 10-year-old Dayton from Louisiana who has complications from a traumatic motor vehicle accident. You walk through that space and see those faces and names - the faces and names of the people we fight for - and it all becomes a lot more real than the abstract idea of helping sick kids. To hammer home that point even more, I had the pleasure in the midst of all the prep time craziness to meet the Emmons, the parents of Tori, the little girl who became the inspiration behind Extra Life in the first place. It would be difficult to understate the humility and grace that Victor and Jo Ellen put forth in their demeanors and slight Texan accents. Even though I had only met them, they treated me warmly, like an old friend. It made the convention center, 1,400 miles away from where I’ve put down my roots, feel like home. As the prepping wound down to a minimum, we held a dress rehearsal for the coming night’s kickoff event. Jeromy hopped on stage and began making the last minute touches to how he would ring in Extra Life United 2016. Like a general preparing for battle, he made adjustments to the visual cues and presentation on the fly. But one of the highlights was the preview of Dominic’s Story - an eleven minute short film about Dominic Rooney and his family, a young baby who received a terminal cancer diagnosis and passed away before his second birthday. The Rooney’s were in attendance and saw the film for the first time during that rehearsal. The video ripped through the volunteers and preppers and there wasn’t a dry eye to be found. It’s a powerful, powerful testimonial about what Extra Life can be and what it can do, both for the kids and those who play for them. The rehearsal continued after that, but I had to excuse myself to regain my composure. Before the actual event kickoff, Laurie, our Canadian programs and events manager, and I discovered that there had been a mixup in the staff shirts and that women’s and men’s sizes had been accidentally mixed, explaining the absurdly small size of my medium shirt and the difficulties that a few others on staff had encountered with their own shirts. With that minor mystery solved and a staff now wearing shirts that fit properly, we sallied forth to open the doors and welcome the onrush of amazing Extra Life people who had come to experience United. And you know what? Everyone was amazingly cool as they moved past us into the exhibit hall and filled the seating we had put out for them.They chatted with us, joked, and it might sound a bit sappy, but we really did feel united. The presentation itself was incredible to watch unfold. It opened with two videos of Jessica and Joe who have been helped by Extra Life and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, overcoming a brain tumor and living with cystic fibrosis respectively. The two of them took the stage with Doc afterward to talk about their experiences. Jessica was able to talk a bit about meeting Adam Sandler, Kevin James, and the rest of the cast of Pixels. Joe discussed how he manages to lead an active life with cystic fibrosis, which requires seven or more pills with every meal. Following Joe and Jessica, the Emmons took the stage to talk about Tori and how honored they are that the Extra Life community has rallied around her name and generated tens of millions of dollars to help kids like her around North America. Then they introduced Sean and Trish Rooney. Dominic’s Story played to the packed audience of around 150 attendees. Their story full of heartache, triumph, and humor touched every single person in that room and I would be surprised if I found out someone in that room didn’t tear up. I had to leave midway through the video so I could be composed enough for what remained of the evening’s kick-off. In the teary aftermath of Dominic’s Story’s public debut, the Emmons and the Rooneys talked with one another and I swear that you could not find people with better hearts. The families consoled and bolstered one another while serving as inspirations for what we should strive for as Extra Life supporters. Whatever you do, talk about it. Share your story and make it mean something. The rest of the event consisted of a free-play time on the collection of PCs and Xbox Ones. People jumped and laughed in Just Dance 2016, hail maryed and fumbled in Madden, and rocketed around in Rocket League. It was a great opportunity to talk with the community and learn more about the people who had made the trip out from different ends of the earth to attend Extra Life United. I met Canadians, Kentuckians, Alaskans, and a fair number of people from other places. They all came to experience what has always been the essence of Extra Life - the willingness to come together as a community to do something amazing for kids who need help. That about wrapped it up for the first day of Extra Life United. I retreated to the warm embrace of a delicious Texas bacon burger, which tasted like a slice of heaven after a day during which I was too busy to eat for over 16 hours. Then I made my way back to my room to write and recount the day’s activities. View full article
  20. Hello Fellow Extra Lifer's Well it is official, no seriously we recorded it and now it is on YouTube! We have completed our first guild meeting for 2016 and streamed it to twitch. It was held at Battle and Brew. I have uploaded the video to YouTube so you can view it at your leisure. We are soon to have the notes of the meeting posted in the forum so keep an eye out for that post as well. We had a lot of information to cover so it was a bit longer than our planned meeting duration of 30 minutes. As this was our test run for twitch; I would appreciate any constructive criticism that would help us improve upon our streaming skills, likes and dislikes, big or small, any comment is welcome. For your viewing pleasure here is the link:
  21. I've attached our 2016 participant and fundraising goals we reviewed at the January guild meeting. I'm also attaching a few CMN Hospital Extra Life findings I gathered from calls with other Extra Life guild hospital liaisons with similar growth patterns as ATL. Please review....I think it may trigger more ideas as we make 2016 the best yet! Let me know if you have any questions! 2016 Extra Life Goals.docx Extra Life Chapter Research.docx
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    Hey All, Join us this Thursday Jan 28th at the San Francisco Folsom Street Foundry to celebrate our 2015 fundraising totals and Kick-off 2016!! Play games, have Fun and Win lots of Twitch Prizes!!! Address: 1425 Folsom st. San Francisco, CA 94103 Questions? contact Abdur at ashemsu@mail.cho.org
  23. Heya Guildies! There is going to be a Twitch Chicago Meetup at Ignite Gaming Lounge in Chicago on Sunday, January 17th, 2016! This event is run by Twitch streamer UGR Gaming! It's a great place to meet and network with other gamers and streamers! The Extra Life Chicago guild will be there to support these awesome streamers and help people sign up for Extra Life! If you can join us, that would be great! You can RSVP to the event here: https://twitchchicagomeetupseason2.splashthat.com/
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    There is going to be a Twitch Chicago Meetup at Ignite Gaming Lounge in Chicago on Sunday, January 17th, 2016! This event is run by Twitch streamer UGR Gaming! It's a great place to meet and network with other gamers and streamers! The Extra Life Chicago guild will be there to support these awesome streamers and help people sign up for Extra Life! If you can join us, that would be great! More info can be found, and you can RSVP to the event here: https://twitchchicagomeetupseason2.splashthat.com/
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