In a couple weeks is the annual Extra Life event, raising money for children's hospital around the world. Here in the Pacific Northwest, fans of the local MLS soccer teams (Vancouver Whitecaps, Seattle Sounders, Portland Timbers) will be gathering in person in Seattle to play games for 25 hours (noon to noon on the day Daylight Saving Time ends, so bonus hour.) This group goes by the name Cascadian Gamers (after the "Cascadia" region, which encompasses the Pacific Northwest.) Not only will they be raising money for charity (the three children's hospitals in the three cities,) as a group, putting aside the sports-supporter rivalry that usually exists between the groups, but many people have made donations to use as raffle prizes during the event.
I wasn't really planning on participating, but my kid wanted to, and the organizers were only willing to let a teenager join if the parent (me) came with. So I'll be at the event for the 25 hours. Originally I was planning on just doing "behind the scenes" work (helping with the raffle, troubleshooting the actual player's issues, getting food, etc.) But since we don't need tons of people doing that the whole time, I figure I'll stream Intellivision when I'm not doing the behind the scenes work. Because it seems the most appropriate, I will be streaming Desert Bus (with a twist to be announced right beforehand, thanks Gary!) for the first part.
I also have donated a few items to the raffle, as two 'Intellivision retro game lots':
There are also many, MANY incredible prizes in the raffle pool. Last year, Microsoft donated an Xbox One X - that the winner got to pick up at Microsoft headquarters the day before it released to the general public! Lots of modern video game stuff, lots of items from the MLS soccer teams (signed jerseys, etc.) and plenty of non-game/non-soccer prizes, too. There are two tiers of raffle entries, $10 and $50, with the bigger prizes obviously being in the $50 tier. There are also 'categories' you can enter. So if you have no interest in the soccer stuff, you can enter for non-soccer stuff. If you *ONLY* want video game stuff, you can enter just that.
if anyone has any items they want to donate to the raffle, I'd appreciate it. My donation fo those two lots created a new "retro gaming" category of prizes. A couple other people will be donating some retro game stuff, but more is better! I don't think raffle item donations are tax deductible - while "Extra Life" monetary donations (to enter the contest) are, because the raffle is technically being done by the Cascadia Gamers group, rather than Extra Life itself, and Cascadia Gamers is not a registered nonprofit, just an informal name of the group of people doing this.
And if you want to enter the raffle, while I did create an Extra Life page just to track my streaming, it's not linked to the Cascadia Gamers group. Donate to anyone in that group ( http://cascadiangamers.com ) and you'll be entered. (My kid is "Atticus Darknight" if you wanted to donate through his page.)
I'll post a link to my streaming of Intellivision on the day of the event (Saturday, November 3rd at noon Pacific.) I need to get my Twitch account all set up so I can stream it properly.