Join the Team! Supporting Extra Life Through Gaming!

Extra Life is a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network involving a 24-hour gaming marathon.  It was started by the videogame community, but over the last 2 years, a number of boardgamers have taken the opportunity to join in as well.  And after being challenged by fellow podcaster Jim Jones (of the Great Big Table), I’ve decided to step it up this year and create a team to participate in Extra Life as well!  And since you can choose any Children’s Miracle Network hospital to direct your donations towards, we’ll be collecting money for Duke Children’s Hospital, which is the closest one to us here in central North Carolina.

The event will start on Saturday, October 20 at 8:00am.  I’ve already talked to my FLGS, Hypermind, and tentative plans are to camp out there for 24 hours, finishing up at 8:00am on Sunday, October 21.  Extra Life itself isn’t all that strict on how you get in your time, but I think it would be a much bigger event if we really stick to it, vowing to stay there the whole time and play games more or less continually.  So in that vein, I’ve already talked to Chick-fil-A about possibly supporting us with some sustenence, and I’m making plans to contact some other local restaurants as well to keep us alive and munching all day long.

So in addition to just announcing the birth of this team, Exploring Games for Kids!, I’m also asking for your help.  For those of you in my game group or even just somewhat local to the Burlington area, I’d love to have you join the team.  Just let me know, or go straight to the team page and register directly with Extra Life.  You can also check out the BGG guild for the Hypermind Boardgamers, where we’ll be talking about logistics and making plans. 

But for everyone else out there, what I and the kids really need are financial donations.  By going to my Extra Life page, you can click on Support Me! to make a pledge right there using almost any credit card.  You can pledge whatever you can and want to give, either as a one-time donation or on a subscription basis over a number of months.  And all donations are tax deductible, of course.  I’ve set a personal goal of $300 and a team goal of $1,500, but I really think that we can blow way past that with all of your help.

I’ll be mentioning this again from time to time, and you’ll be able to track our progress with the little widget thingy on my sidebar.  But more than anything, I ask that you just look for whatever opportunity you can take to get involved in helping these great hospitals and the children they serve.   


  1. Chris-

    Forget everything that I have said about you (for now). You are indeed a good man.

    Thanks for supporting Extra Life. I look forward to one of my two teams beating your one team.

    And if I lose, I’ll stay happy in the knowledge that we’ve helped a good cause.

    I also hope that other board game podcasts and websites pick up the challenge as well. You’ve set a nice standard, let’s see who else can follow.

    Take care. You are an officer (Captain) and a gentleman.


  2. Chris Norwood

    Yeah, I was hoping to have another podcast to put out today (thus putting me “ahead”, of course) to announce the team, but I haven’t had time to record my last segment.  Maybe soon, though…

  3. chris

    Good luck, chris! I will be xbox-ing for 24 hours on the 20th, but it did cross my mind that board gaming might be in the spirit of the thing. Glad someone is doing it; maybe you’ll start a new trend! Good luck!

  4. Britt

    Good luck with this, Chris.
    Perhaps you or Denise could contact the WGHP reporter that did the story on boardgaming last year about this.
    Also, local restaurants or stores may be willing to donate food, esp if they can write it off as a charitable donation…or could receive some publicity as sponsors/donors.

  5. Chris Norwood

    Thanks, Chris!  But I certainly can’t claim to have started the boardgame thing with Extra Life.  A few podcasters have been doing it for the last 2 years already, and Jim helped prompt me this time as well.  But I’m just hoping to do my part!

  6. Chris Norwood

    Thanks, Britt!  Yep, that’s sort of what my plan is.  Might you be interested and available that day; we’d love to have you on the team!

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