This Year’s Event: Nov. 3rd + 4th

This year’s Extra Life fundraising event will be held at The CG Realm (1311 Tecumseh Rd E., Windsor, Ontario N8W 1B9). They have agreed to stay open overnight for those who plan to play games for 24 hours straight.

The Windsor Sandwich Shop is a cafe on location within The CG Realm. They are going to keep our gamers fueled with drinks and food, and have offered a 10% discount to Extra Life participants, and also any tips they collect during the event will be going to charity.

Our 31 hour long Extra Life fundraising event will be taking place Nov. 3rd and 4th at The CG Realm, starting at 10am on Saturday Nov. 3rd and ending at 5pm on Sunday Nov.4th. There will be scheduled events and tournaments throughout the weekend, as well as open play.

There will be TONS of board games available to play, as well as people on hand to help teach games.

Scheduled gaming events include: Warmachine Tournament, DCC Dungeon Crawl Classics Funnel, World Wide Wrestling RPG, Midnight in Ravenloft RPG, and an X-Wing 2.0 Tournament. (You can find a full list of scheduled events here.)

For those who are fans of Tabletop Bellhop Live, we are going to attempt to live stream this year’s event on Twitch.

There will also be donated baked goods for sale during the event, and we always have raffles and door prizes for participants (the only rule: you must be present and playing a game to win!).

There will be a silent auction taking place from Noon on Saturday until 4pm on Sunday, featuring many cool board games and geeky items.

At 7pm on Saturday the 3rd there will be a Geek & Gaming Live Auction. Items being auctioned off include board games (both new and used) and other cool geeky items. This year’s auction is going to be huge, with upwards of 100 items, including rare or out of print games and handmade geeky goodness.

While our aim is to fundraise, this is a free, all ages, event. Anyone is welcome to come out and play games. The goal is to get the gaming community of Windsor out, hanging out together, having fun, playing games, and raising money for a good cause.

What is Extra Life?

Extra Life is a worldwide charity event where gamers play games for a 24-hour gaming marathon to raise donations for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. It started out as a video game phenomenon and quickly moved over into tabletop RPGs and board games as well (you can read about the history of the event HERE).

Here in Windsor, there is a local gaming group called the Windsor Gaming Resource, which is run by Maurice (Moe)Tousignant.  Throughout the year Moe promotes tabletop gaming going on around the city and also organizes various public play events (You can find the Windsor Gaming Resource group HERE on Facebook).

This will be the 6th year that the Windsor Gaming Resource has hosted an Extra Life event. Over the past five years, we’ve managed to raise over $14000 for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

The idea behind this event is to play games for 24 hours and raise donations (like doing a marathon for charity, only in this case it’s a gaming marathon). Some people chose to split that time up, some do it all in one crazy 24 hour go.

How Can I Help?

We have a Windsor Gaming Resource Extra Life team. Each member of that team raises donations, and each member chooses what hospital they would like their donations to go towards. As in past years, our team members will be supporting the London Children’s Hospital and Sick Kids Toronto.

This is our team page on the Extra Life site.

We encourage gamers to join our team, collect donations, and come out and play games for 24 hours.

Or, another way to support this event is by going to our team page and giving a donation to one of our team members. (If you donate $20 or more you will receive a charity receipt).

We aren’t above offering bribes. We have special prizes for those who join the team and get folks to sponsor them (there will be special team member only raffle draws where every $10 in donations raised equals one ticket in the draw).

This year’s event is taking place at The CG Realm (1311 Tecumseh Rd E.) from 10am on Saturday Nov.3rd until 5pm on Sunday Nov.4th (and yes, they will be open overnight).

There will be a silent auction, running from Noon on Sat. Nov.3rd until 3pm on Sun. Nov. 4th (further details and a preview of some of the items being offered can be found here).

There will be a live auction at starting at 7pm on Saturday Nov.3rd (click over here for a sneak peek at some of the items being offered this year).

There are many scheduled events and tournaments taking place over the weekend (click over here for a schedule of the timed events).

There will be open gaming available for 31 hours straight, with tons of various games on hand to play as well as friendly people who are willing to help teach games.

You don’t have to be there for the entire event. Stop in and play a game or three. Buy a cupcake or a coffee. Hang out for a bit. The goal is to get the gaming community of Windsor out, hanging out together, having fun, playing games, and raising money for a good cause.

Play games. Heal Kids.

A huge THANK YOU to all of this year’s sponsors…