Extra Life 2009

Extra Life: Play Games, Heal Kids
Extra Life: Play Games, Heal Kids

Extra Life is a 24-hour gaming marathon to fund pediatric cancer research and treatment. Extra Life 2009 will take place on Saturday, October 17th, 2009 as gamers from all corners of the globe come together for a 24-hour video game marathon raising money to strike a blow against pediatric cancer. Last year, their first year, Extra Life raised more than $120,000 and was put together in just a couple of months. This year, they are starting early and throwing open the doors of Extra Life to anyone who wants to have fun while making a difference.

To get started, visit our team page.

You can also visit these blog posts by guild members.

Recalled (aka Liz Danforth) – Raising funds for the Texas Children’s Hospital

Roszmairta – Guild raising funds to fight cancer in children

We would welcome anyone who wanted to participate by coming to Aerie Peak and playing for the day.

Author: Melvyl

Melvyl is the co-GM of the Librarians and Libraries guild. You can often find him healing in a party somewhere. If you don't see him on, he may very well be playing an alt.

17 thoughts on “Extra Life 2009”

  1. That sounds very cool! I admit that, having read the TCH page, the FAQ on the Extra Life page and this page, I have no idea what I need to do in order to participate.

  2. Let me rephrase that. I signed up, said I wanted to join the Librarians of WoW team. But it wants me to create a webpage for my own fundraising goals. Which I’m cool with doing but how to I tie it into the existing page? Can I use the shiny text found there in my own? Or do I have to write something else. I can’t actually play for 24 hours but I can probably manage quite a few. *grin*

  3. Rosz, yay!! I’d love to have company while doing this! I have one of my friends coming to “visit” but he doesn’t expect to do the fund-raising though he’s contributed money himself.

    It took me awhile to figure out the Extra Life interface too. Every individual on the team has a separate page, as well as there being a “team” page. On this page (which I think is the main team page) http://bit.ly/aLFyq there is a “Create a fundraising page and join my team!” link which I think(?) will link you to that team.

    If you notice, and to my astonishment, I’ve already blown past the $300 goal and they assigned me/us the new goal of $500!

    I’ve hit up all my social networks, my email list, and the libgaming list to publicize and solicit donors and team mates. I’d like to see this guild supported with new members and I hope some librarian-type folks will make the jump to come here — maybe they just needed a reason. I checked with Michael (Porter) that you have a “can’t touch the guild bank” rank so you can vet newcomers without losing your collective shirts guilding total strangers, but I expect that won’t be an issue if they’re coming for this reason.

    I don’t expect to play for 24hr either, Rosz, but with the support I’m getting, I expect to put in a great many hours — all I humanly can and more than I expected to at first. If you want more on my take about this event, I wrote a blogpost on my personal site http://www.lizdanforth.com/?p=92 about this.

  4. Actually, I think the $500 goal comes from my joining and saying my goal was $200. I just don’t know about setting up a separate page. I think I’ll just advertise the page you linked to as the “main” page and hopefully my network will contribute too. I plan to tweet it, post to the wow-ladies livejournal community (a network of 5,000 women who play WoW) and to my personal Lj. We shall see!

  5. It’s $384 now! And yes, you do show up on the team but your financial contribution came under my name instead of your own. (Perhaps you can only donate to individuals, not to “the team” in general?) Damnation, I’m not in a financial position to return the favor… grr.

    I’m planning to make a point to go to child-related places and quests, notably little Pamela Redpath (for the Battle of Darrowshire), will help Alicia in SW to deliver her poem in Shattrath, and on Hordeside, go feed Ahab Wheathoof’s dog Kyle. I’m going to have to transfer over one of my unplayed Hordies from another server to do the latter, but I think Michael once said there is a co-guild on the dark side?

  6. We’ve made the $500 goal and more. There are at least two people who’ve promised money (one on the Extra Life website, one on Twitter) based on the number of hours I actually play…. so it could be even more coming in for the charity. Woot!

  7. I think all of us have limited playtime, Melvyl, so leveling on both factions is difficult. On my home server, I try to play Horde one night a week and that doesn’t always happen either.

    I did transfer in a tauren druid (Tamanare) to do the Wheathoof quest but you don’t need to guild her unless you’re so inclined. I moved her (as opposed to one of my countless other orphan-alt toons, Horde and Alliance alike) because she’s actually a toon I’d like to see get some time now and again. Having a guild’s support is always welcome, of course, but I do realize she’d spend most of her time alone.

    Rosz, reading this thread I realized I didn’t actually answer your question on text for your Extra Life page. Of COURSE you can use any existing text from my page or from the team page! I did find it cramping to be limited to 1000 characters (they don’t tell you until they chop off the end) but that’s the only constraint I see.

  8. You folks utterly rock. Thank you SO MUCH for playing host to me and mine, yesterday, on Aerie Peak. Thank you for runs in Hellfire dungeons, in Scholomance, in Stratholme, and working for Tirion Fordring. I played 19.5 hours — 4:30-midnight — which is more time than I usually get to play in an entire week!

    I know Rosz plans to play makeup time next Saturday — the charity continues to accept funds through Oct 31st — and if I can come over in the evening I will. Unfortunately I am scheduled to work at my branch all day that day, so my time is limited. I will see if I can’t induce a few of my Kilrogg guildies to come over and hang out with me again. Before all was said and done, five of them rolled new toons on Aerie Peak and one (Coralle) joined the guild. (One said he was only there for moral support and didn’t expect to come back; one of them I didn’t think would fit the guild; two of them rarely have time to play even on Kilrogg.)

    I plan to pop on today — turn in some quests on Recalled and clear her bags! — and screenshot the /played time for her and Zeno, as verification that I did so for any Doubting Thomases (unlikely as I think that will be).

    In short: thank you. You made a memorable day for me in countless ways. And I will definitely try harder to come visit. As I said to Mel, though, I now work the evening shift on Mondays so I don’t get home until late. Thanks so very, very much.

  9. Reposted from my Lj

    Well, I knew that I wouldn’t manage 24 hours in 24 hours. But starting early and going as much as I could today, I have played 17 hours of WoW. *laugh* They allow a “make-up” day so next Saturday I will finish off my last 8 hours.

    Roszmairta (Rowan Fairgrove) & Recalled (Liz Danforth) of Libraries & Librarians of Aerie Peak participated in a marathon WoW session today, assisted by our amazing guildies, Melvyl (Michael Pate) and Questionr (Chris Harris).

    Recalled wanted to do quests with children in them as we were raising money to fight children’s cancers. So we worked on the Pamela series in the Plaguelands. Thansk to Melvyl & Q, we ran Ramps, Blood Furnace, Scholomance & Stratholme! Mair started just level 61 and is almost 63!

    The picture is Roszmairta in her new healing gear, including the Tunic of the Crescent Moon provided by Baron Rivendare. She replaced at least half of both her feral and resto gear with instances and quest rewards! And this is the first chance she’s had to really attempt to heal with her new resto spec outside of battlegrounds. With the experience & the new gear, I’m excited to try more healing. And I got great bear gear too, so tanking here I come.

    It was a great experience to do the marathon! W00t! Librarians rock!

  10. I think all of us have limited playtime, Melvyl, so leveling on both factions is difficult. On my home server, I try to play Horde one night a week and that doesn’t always happen either.

    I did transfer in a tauren druid (Tamanare) to do the Wheathoof quest but you don’t need to guild her unless you’re so inclined. I moved her (as opposed to one of my countless other orphan-alt toons, Horde and Alliance alike) because she’s actually a toon I’d like to see get some time now and again. Having a guild’s support is always welcome, of course, but I do realize she’d spend most of her time alone.

    Rosz, reading this thread I realized I didn’t actually answer your question on text for your Extra Life page. Of COURSE you can use any existing text from my page or from the team page! I did find it cramping to be limited to 1000 characters (they don’t tell you until they chop off the end) but that’s the only constraint I see.

  11. Playing across realms is difficult as I can attest – I just got one of my Blood Elf Death Knights to 76 after a year. In the meantime, I had leveled 3 other characters to 80 in the guild. Having support from a main supplying Heirlooms and Gold just makes a huge difference. Which is why I sent one of the aforementioned characters crossrealm with a supply of those very things. It isn’t an inexpensive option, however, so I am not about to recommend someone do it lightly.

    For whatever reason, our Horde side guild just hasn’t taken off. I actually have a couple of horde alts but haven’t even tried to add them to the guild as there has been so little activity.

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