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  1. Welcome to the Extra Life Chicago Guild! Thank you so much for showing your support for Extra Life by joining the Chicago Guild! We're here to help you connect with other Extra Lifers and recruit throughout Chicago and Illinois! If Chicago's a bit too far for you, no worries! Our friends down in Springfield, IL also have a guild! You can check them out here. Be sure to check the forums often and join our social media pages so you can stay up to date on guild meetings, announcements, and upcoming events! Please feel free to introduce yourself: Name: E-Mail: Gamertag/s: (If you're okay gaming with other Extra Lifers, feel free to share your psn/bnet/gt/etc) Why do you Extra Life?: Leadership: Lurie Children's Hospital Rep: Kevin Braden President: Dave Hansen Vice President: Emily Krukal Secretary: Joey Barranco If you need to contact any of us, please e-mail: chicagoextralife@gmail.com Social Media: Twitter | Facebook Group | Facebook Chicago Guild
  2. StarkleSparkle

    I Extra Life to Help Other Families

    Article written by Jan Alexander Vitturi-Lochra, a fourth-year participant who plays for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago A couple of years ago I was asked to work on a pro bono campaign for Extra Life due to my nerdy love for my PS4. I did not know anything about Extra Life back then but ever since that day I have been a firm supporter, recruiting people, starting a team and pushing for every possible donation possible. Almost two and a half years ago, my first daughter, Annina was born with a port wine stain that covered her entire left cheek and her lower eye lid. To me she was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen but doctors right away started consulting and checking her. As a first time parent, every little thing freaks you a bit and my wife and I were just left there wondering and hoping that nothing was serious. Morning came and new doctors informed us of what was happening. Port wine stains are a malformation of the blood vessels, and since her stain was really close to eye, there was the possibility that my daughter might have glaucoma and some more serious issues with her front right temple. For the next year and a half, Annina had laser treatments every two months at Lurie Children’s Hospital to reduce the size of the port wine stain. Three more treatments after that required full anesthesia and we’re now looking toward her last procedure this October. As she gets older, she may require more treatments. It is truly amazing how different of a person you become when you become a parent. Looking back at my situation I smile at how stressed and worried I was and I am fortunate enough to be able to smile because my daughter’s situation was truly nothing compared to what some parents go through. Sitting in the waiting rooms at the Lurie Children's, I have seen kids with all sort of problems and I could see the same feelings I had in their parents eyes but for a lot of them, smiles are not that easy because their situations are real and serious. That is what really connects me to Extra Life. A lot of people still to this day joke that I do this because I want to game but they don’t understand what gaming truly means to kids that face situations that no kid should ever face. The feeling that I get when I realize that my efforts are actually helping families and their children is immense. Over the past three years I raised $7,341 with my donations exceeding my goals each year. This year my goal this year is $2,000. It's ambitious but why not push the limits? My game-a-thon on November 4th will be streamed on all my channels · Twitch · YouTube · Facebook During my full 24 hours, I will take on anyone in PVP battles. If you enjoy beating me then all I ask is that you consider donating to my page. I will also be streaming very regularly throughout the year so don't forget to subscribe to watch and comment as I game for the kids!!! Player Stats Team Name: Spark Foundry Team Goal: $6,000 Team activities: Spark Foundry holds a game-a-thon every year for the entire office. 2017 activities include an Oculus Rift set up in the game room. A lot of team members have PS VR as well. They are looking to expand to a team in the New York office and use multiple webcams to switch viewpoints during the stream.
  3. Article written by Jan Alexander Vitturi-Lochra, a fourth-year participant who plays for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago A couple of years ago I was asked to work on a pro bono campaign for Extra Life due to my nerdy love for my PS4. I did not know anything about Extra Life back then but ever since that day I have been a firm supporter, recruiting people, starting a team and pushing for every possible donation possible. Almost two and a half years ago, my first daughter, Annina was born with a port wine stain that covered her entire left cheek and her lower eye lid. To me she was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen but doctors right away started consulting and checking her. As a first time parent, every little thing freaks you a bit and my wife and I were just left there wondering and hoping that nothing was serious. Morning came and new doctors informed us of what was happening. Port wine stains are a malformation of the blood vessels, and since her stain was really close to eye, there was the possibility that my daughter might have glaucoma and some more serious issues with her front right temple. For the next year and a half, Annina had laser treatments every two months at Lurie Children’s Hospital to reduce the size of the port wine stain. Three more treatments after that required full anesthesia and we’re now looking toward her last procedure this October. As she gets older, she may require more treatments. It is truly amazing how different of a person you become when you become a parent. Looking back at my situation I smile at how stressed and worried I was and I am fortunate enough to be able to smile because my daughter’s situation was truly nothing compared to what some parents go through. Sitting in the waiting rooms at the Lurie Children's, I have seen kids with all sort of problems and I could see the same feelings I had in their parents eyes but for a lot of them, smiles are not that easy because their situations are real and serious. That is what really connects me to Extra Life. A lot of people still to this day joke that I do this because I want to game but they don’t understand what gaming truly means to kids that face situations that no kid should ever face. The feeling that I get when I realize that my efforts are actually helping families and their children is immense. Over the past three years I raised $7,341 with my donations exceeding my goals each year. This year my goal this year is $2,000. It's ambitious but why not push the limits? My game-a-thon on November 4th will be streamed on all my channels · Twitch · YouTube · Facebook During my full 24 hours, I will take on anyone in PVP battles. If you enjoy beating me then all I ask is that you consider donating to my page. I will also be streaming very regularly throughout the year so don't forget to subscribe to watch and comment as I game for the kids!!! Player Stats Team Name: Spark Foundry Team Goal: $6,000 Team activities: Spark Foundry holds a game-a-thon every year for the entire office. 2017 activities include an Oculus Rift set up in the game room. A lot of team members have PS VR as well. They are looking to expand to a team in the New York office and use multiple webcams to switch viewpoints during the stream. View full article
  4. Hangmansgirl

    Extra Life Fundraiser At The House Cafe

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    We're on a journey to help sick, injured and disabled kids in our local community and we need your help. Our local Children's Miracle Network Hospital treats thousands of children each year, regardless of their illness, injury or even their family's ability to pay. These kids are facing scary stuff like cancer, cystic fibrosis, and injuries they may get from just being a kid or even born with.To help raise funds and awareness for these kids, I am (Sean Wilcox) participating in this huge worldwide movement called Extra Life. Gamers of all kinds pledge to play everything from video games to board games and tabletop RPG's! It is my goal to bring something new to the table for Extra Life. I hope bring the perfect mix of music and gaming. Thats where this event fits perfect. Bringing together a group of artists that would love to support the cause. July 21st, We raising awareness and money to help support Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital at The House Cafe. Lineup Includes: Introduction by A.C of True Flight Christina Antonio Freek Gamer Joel La Vaughn Prologue to Posterity Dynasty Ent Happy The Rapper NeverclearX Security Culture True Flight L.S & D-Trigga (8fifteen's Finest) Special Performances by Wolf Raffles: Out On A Whim- 10 $20 Gift Certificates for Basic Piercings Green Tangerine Records- Almost 4 Lb Bucket of Now & Laters Thirty-One W/ Kathy Nitz- A Thirty-One Lunch Bag & Shoulder Bag Manda's Makeover- 3 Moodstruck Mineral Pigment Powders, 3 Moodstruck Mineral Lucrative Lip Gloss & 2 sample packs of the Royalty Detoxifying Mask Kasket Krew- 2 hours of FREE studio time; mixing included at Infected Studios Sponsers: Out On A Whim Green Tangerine Record Kasket Krew Manda's Makeover Fargo Skateboarding Thirty-One W/ Kathy Nitz **even though the event is All ages, Must warn that music content may and can be explict but it is all for a great cause and in a good name**
  5. Hangmansgirl

    International Tabletop Day

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    It's International Tabletop Day! Come visit Greenfire Games in Oak Lawn, IL. If you can't make it there, be sure to check out your nearest game store and show some love for the tabletoppers. Also rememer to check out the Geek & Sunday Stream on Twitch. It is sure to be a blast! Hope you have a fun day! Emily K. @Hangmansgirl VP - Chicago Extra Life Guild
  6. Hangmansgirl

    C2E2

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    Hello Chicago Peeps & Guildies! We will be at C2E2 this coming weekend. Please stop by the booth (542) & say hi! We have a few doorprizes to check out. Let me know if you have any questions. Hope to see you all there! Emily K. @Hangmansgirl VP - Extra Life Chicago Guild
  7. Hello, I am looking for fellow Extra Lifers in the western suburbs of Chicago. I was hoping we could all get together and help spread the word of extra life in the suburbs.
  8. Gnomedic

    September - VALORCON Sign Ups!

    ValorCon is right around the corner! Chicago's answer to GenCon, this is a great place for Extra Life to be setting up a table at! Sign Ups for volunteers have started! You can sign up here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dOpuGt9fPyTZ29O7LkUlLIc6fPh_BsestxCqNTYTOog/edit?usp=sharing Who: VALORCON Where: 111th N. State, Chicago, IL When: September 30 - October 2, 2016 What: Gaming Convention Badges will be covered, so no worries! Be sure to check for updates on the facebook guild group! Any questions, contact us at: chicagoextralife@gmail.com.
  9. Gnomedic

    ValorCon

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    Come join the Chicago Extra Life guild at the ValorCon booth September 30 - October 2nd in Chicago, IL! This is Chicago's answer to GenCon, so it's the perfect place to team up with Extra Life! Sign up sheet is available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dOpuGt9fPyTZ29O7LkUlLIc6fPh_BsestxCqNTYTOog/edit?usp=sharing Be sure to be part of our facebook group to keep up-to-date on additional events and information regarding ValorCon! Any questions, contact: chicagoextralife@gmail.com! Hope to see you gamers there!
  10. aerodash84

    July Events

    This thread will be our main post for Chicago events. Which ones we will be at. Ones that should be brought to our attention. As well as contact info regarding to volunteer, sign up, or get more info as well. July 8th - 10th Anime Midwest - we will have a booth. We are currently looking for more volunteers to fill our schedule. With this, you will get a badge to attend the con on the day you volunteer. We ask you spread the word of Extra Life, help out so all volunteers can enjoy the convention and get breaks to walk around. You can e-mail me dhansen84@gmail.com if you'd like to learn more.
  11. Gnomedic

    Chicago 2016!

    Hellloooo everyone! It's that time of year to dust off the forums and getting those fingers ready to do some clicking! This post is a shoutout to anyone living in Illinois looking for a guild to join! We have a guild meeting coming up on February 10th at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago! Check the community calendar for information! If you have a community of Extra Lifers, but Chicago is too far for you, please contact me and we can try and work something out! There's a lot of great things coming this year for the Chicago Guild, and I hope you will consider joining us at meetings, conventions, and other great events! This year we already had fun at Ignite Gaming Lounge during the Twitch Chicago Meetup! Head to the guild page here on the forums, or our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Extralifechicago
  12. Gnomedic

    Clash of Clans LIVE

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    Register to play some Clash of Clans with folks from all around the US at Ignite Gaming Lounge to help raise money for Extra Life! Register to play at the event here: https://clashlive.com/ We're looking for a few people to help out at the Extra Life recruiting table from 12p-9p that day! Please e-mail Joey at: xgnomedicx@gmail.com if you're interested in helping or RSVP on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/260732957650238/
  13. Gnomedic

    Rockford Gaming Tournament

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    Need a few volunteers to help out at the recruitment table for our friends out in Rockford from 9a-12p on Sunday! Pleas RSVP on facebook if you're able to make it out there: https://www.facebook.com/events/992653324186038/ If you're looking to play in the tournament, go to their website here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1560104790968892
  14. Gnomedic

    Smash'N'Splash Tournament

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    We need volunteers to man the Extra Life booth at the Smash'n'Splash weekend tournament! Schedule will be posted soon. Smash'n'Splash is a Smash Brothers tournament at Keylime Cove in Gurnee, IL! It offers brackets for Wii U Singles, Smash 64 Singles, Wii U Doubles, Smash 64 Doubles, PM Singles, PM Doubles, Melee Singles, and Melee Doubles. The amateur bracket will be benefiting Extra Life! We need volunteers to help with sign ups during the tournament! If you're able to volunteer this weekend, please RSVP here. Some of the events last until midnight or begin at midnight, so we need guildies for all types of shifts. Any questions, please email Joey at: xgnomedicx@gmail.com! A schedule will be posted soon. Volunteers should plan on 6-8 hour shifts from AM, PM, and Overnight hours. If you're looking to compete, hurry and register online at: http://smashnsplash.com! Less than 100 tickets remain!
  15. Gnomedic

    Twitch Chicago Meetup

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    ***We'll need a few folks to run the Recruitment Table from 6p-9p. This is a 21+ event. Please RSVP on facebook if you are able to commit: https://www.facebook.com/events/181326535601719/***What is Twitch Chicago?Twitch Chicago was created by Brandon Stennis aka UGR Gaming, a variety caster on Twitch in 2015. The main focus for the meetups were to have a sense of community amongst local Chicago streamers and viewers of Twitch. Now, the meetups have become a breeding ground for local gaming developers and companies to come and meet those streamers and viewers who will take part in their products.Also it is a great way of showing all of the great gaming locations around Chicago and spotlight them as well. It is an overall experience for everyone to have fun and meet someone new! Be sure to head to their website to RSVP: http://www.twitchchicagomeetup.com/
  16. Gnomedic

    Chicago Extra Life Meetup

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    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
  17. Gnomedic

    June Events - READ THIS! :D

    Hey Chicago Extra Lifers! We've got 4 major events coming up in June and we need volunteers! Please RSVP ASAP to any events you're able to attend to help run the recruitment table, or just come and check out these great events! May 29th @ Headquarters - General meetup, just hangout with other ELers! https://www.facebook.com/events/992653324186038/ June 4th @ Emporium Logan Square - Twitch Chicago Meetup: https://www.facebook.com/events/181326535601719/ June 11-12 @ KeyLime Cove, Gurnee - Smash'N'Splash Tournament: https://www.facebook.com/events/190530784679340/ June 12 @ Hoffman House, Rockford - Chip Damage 3 Gaming Tournament: https://www.facebook.com/events/1211963332160934/ June 25 @ Ignite Gaming Lounge - Clash of Clans LIVE: https://www.facebook.com/events/260732957650238/ If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, rsvp on the facebook page, here, or e-mail Joey: xgnomedicx@gmail.com
  18. Gnomedic

    Chip Damage 3

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    Chip Damage 3 Rockford Gaming Tournament Join the third annual Chip Damage Tournament at the Hoffman House in Rockford, Illinois! All registration money will be donated to Extra Life! You can register for Street Fighter V, SSB U, Mortal Kombat XL, and Killer Instanct here: http://rockfordgamingtournaments.com/2016/03/chip-damage-3-registration-now-open/#more-160 If you'd like to help out at the table, please e-mail me: xgnomedicx@gmail.com
  19. Gnomedic

    April Upcoming Events

    Heya folks! We've got a guild meeting coming up on April 27th! Join us for some tabletop gaming and guild discussion at Wanderer's Refuge in Chicago! More information will be posted shortly!
  20. Gnomedic

    Chicago Guild Meeting

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    Heya friends! Guild meeting will be on March 13th starting at 3PM. We'll be meeting at Headquarters Beercade, so come hang out, let's chat about Extra Life, and prepare for C2E2 that'll be coming up that weekend! Beercade: 2833 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 Please RSVP by March 9th to: xgnomedicx@gmail.com
  21. Gnomedic

    C2E2 Chicago Convention

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    Hey guys! C2E2, Chicago's Pop Culture event, is coming up and we're looking for some more volunteers to help run the Extra Life booth! Head to the guild facebook page or toss me an e-mail and I'll get the sign up sheet your way! www.c2e2.com If you're already attending, be sure to stop by the booth! I'll update this with more info as soon as I get our location!
  22. Gnomedic

    Chicago Guild Meeting

    There's going to be a meeting on Feb 10th! Please check the Extra Life calendar for info and to RSVP! Or head to facebook and RSVP there!
  23. Gnomedic

    Chicago Guild Meeting!

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    Please join us for our February meeting as we review the accomplishments of 2015 and to discuss upcoming events, local partnerships, and opportunities for 2016. Meet & Greet/Tour (optional): 6pm-7pm Meeting: 7pm-8pm *Food and drinks will be provided Please RSVP on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1517135728586846/ Or RSVP here on the forums. Any questions, please feel free to contact Gnome: xgnomedicx@gmail.com Hope to see you all there!
  24. 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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