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Extra Life Participants?

Just curious, has anyone else here participated in Extra Life?  @Isende and I have done Extra Life for the last 6 years.  Admittedly, as we've aged, it gets harder to do each year and we may take a break, at least this year.

We first discovered Extra Life when we were playing Rift and we had a BLAST that year.  Trion put together in game events and offered prizes and fundraising/particpation rewards.  Their community managers were involved with the event and made it a lot of fun for the players.

I guess the main reason I'm posting this is to find out if there are other Extra Lifers out there who may be interested in coordinating in game activities when Ashes of Creation is live.  We have a great community here and I believe a lot of good could be done to help sick kids and their families.

If you don't know what Extra Life is, you can learn more at:

https://www.extra-life.org/

So, Extra Lifers... If you're out there, SOUND OFF!  :D

#FTK!

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    Interesting might have to look into this at some point in the future
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    I joined through my work, but honestly never participated. However, if there was a community in Ashes for Extra Life I would be more likely to join in on the fun. As of right now, there are no activities in games that really motivate me  :(
    I think another big reason is sponsoring, as I am not one to solicit friends or family regardless of the cause. That said, if Ashes is as entertaining as it could be, I could always sponsor myself every so many events  :D
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    I participated when I played Rift as well.  My son and I did it together and had a blast.
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    I participated when I played Rift as well.  My son and I did it together and had a blast.
    What year was that?  Our first time was in 2011.
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    Though I've heard of Extra Life I've never been able to participate though I wish I was able.  It is a great cause and for those who have there's a special place in the Game Paradise waiting for you!  


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    edited June 2017
    Azathoth said:
    I joined through my work, but honestly never participated. However, if there was a community in Ashes for Extra Life I would be more likely to join in on the fun. As of right now, there are no activities in games that really motivate me  :(
    I think another big reason is sponsoring, as I am not one to solicit friends or family regardless of the cause. That said, if Ashes is as entertaining as it could be, I could always sponsor myself every so many events  :D
    While I have posted on Facebook about Extra Life to ask for support, I've never directly asked friends and family.  The vast bulk of my fundraising support has always come from people at work.  Our company is OK with employees doing things to raise money for community charities.  We can't go crazy with spamming emails, or anything like that.  What I have done in the past is send out an initial e-mail a month or so before the event, then a reminder email just before.  Finally, I send an update email after the event to report how it went and thank everyone for their support.  The reponse from this is generally rather positive.  Only two of my six years have I raised less than $1,000.  My highest was just over $1,400 and my lowest was around $600.

    Obviously, others have varied levels of support.  I just don't want folks to think friends and family are the only potential supporters.  Of course you'd want to check with your employer before asking coworkers.

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    @Possum, I totally agree and I am glad you made the distinction to everybody!
    My co-workers in the past have not been the gaming type and more often gave me flak for playing video games than not. However, I am in a new department now so I might consider co-workers one more time!
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    Azathoth said:
    @Possum, I totally agree and I am glad you made the distinction to everybody!
    My co-workers in the past have not been the gaming type and more often gave me flak for playing video games than not. However, I am in a new department now so I might consider co-workers one more time!
    There are some gamers where I work (I'm in IT, after all).  But a large number of people here just supported me because it was for the benefit of our local Children's Hospital.  People around here are very good about supporting each other in the effort to raise funds for charities that are personally meaningful.  My oldest daughter is a survivor of two different types of cancer.  Leukemia when she was 8 and thyroid cancer when she was 12 years old.  Our experience resonated with people here at work and they were very generous in their support.  I feel quite fortunate to work where I do.
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    Azathoth said:
    @Possum, I totally agree and I am glad you made the distinction to everybody!
    My co-workers in the past have not been the gaming type and more often gave me flak for playing video games than not. However, I am in a new department now so I might consider co-workers one more time!
    Rather than pitch it as a "gamer" activity, pitch what it does for the kids. I mean, the method is through gaming, but the goal of raising the money, 100% of which goes to the hospitals, is to help and support the kiddos. Really play that part of it up.

    For me, I seldom get more than $50/$100 per year, but I figure that pennies add up to dollars eventually, right?

    If we had something in game, we could even have it where we pitched to the community to join us, or to support and play along with those who are doing it. I think offering this as something to do within our community could be very rewarding, to everyone involved.

    I vote @Possum for Prez of Extra-Life/Ashes!
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    I'm captain of my guild's Extra Life team - this is my 4th year in Extra Life and our 3rd year participating as a team.  I have to say if there's anything better than gaming, it's gaming with a great community; and the only thing better than that is gaming with a great community for a worthy cause.  :wink:

    We work Extra Life into our weekly events and fundraise a little at a time all year long (we're up to almost $2k this year already!) then for Game Day (Nov. 4th this year!) we plan a 24-hour gaming marathon with events every hour or so in all the different games we play...  We'll do a "Who can kill the most World Bosses in an hour" in ESO; then datacron hunt in SWTOR; then raid the Vault, Whimsyshire, and the cow level in Diablo III; then build an Extra Life monument in Minecraft; then back to ESO where we run an RP Khajiit caravan route; then some general shenanigans in GW2; then a midnight stroll through TSW; and on and on... eventually we head back to ESO where we wrap up with something like a naked run from southern Shadowfen to Windhelm where we party with all the drunk Nords.

    As guild leadership, I use Extra Life as something to give us focus.  Not only are we raising money to heal sick kids - which is great in-and-of itself - we're building a stronger bond as a community, working together for this common goal.

    But even as a solo player, gaming for a cause is a great feeling.  And Extra Life makes it easy - all you have to do is sign up and share the link to your participant page.  Even if yer mom is the only one that donates (thanks, mom!), that's more money for the kids!  :smiley::+1:
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    I'm captain of my guild's Extra Life team - this is my 4th year in Extra Life and our 3rd year participating as a team.  I have to say if there's anything better than gaming, it's gaming with a great community; and the only thing better than that is gaming with a great community for a worthy cause.  :wink:

    We work Extra Life into our weekly events and fundraise a little at a time all year long (we're up to almost $2k this year already!) then for Game Day (Nov. 4th this year!) we plan a 24-hour gaming marathon with events every hour or so in all the different games we play...  We'll do a "Who can kill the most World Bosses in an hour" in ESO; then datacron hunt in SWTOR; then raid the Vault, Whimsyshire, and the cow level in Diablo III; then build an Extra Life monument in Minecraft; then back to ESO where we run an RP Khajiit caravan route; then some general shenanigans in GW2; then a midnight stroll through TSW; and on and on... eventually we head back to ESO where we wrap up with something like a naked run from southern Shadowfen to Windhelm where we party with all the drunk Nords.

    As guild leadership, I use Extra Life as something to give us focus.  Not only are we raising money to heal sick kids - which is great in-and-of itself - we're building a stronger bond as a community, working together for this common goal.

    But even as a solo player, gaming for a cause is a great feeling.  And Extra Life makes it easy - all you have to do is sign up and share the link to your participant page.  Even if yer mom is the only one that donates (thanks, mom!), that's more money for the kids!  :smiley::+1:
    So full of awesome win!  Fantastic!  :)
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