The Extra Life 2015 Campaign Kicks Off! Let’s raise some money for children’s hospitals and play a ton of games!


It’s that time of year again! I’m officially kicking off my Extra Life 2015 campaign! I’ve got until November 7th for Team Troll and I to raise as much as we can for children’s hospitals around the country.

I’m going to attempt to raise $2500 this year – which is a lot! So if you have a buck or maybe 2,500 bucks to spare, please consider donating! 100% of the proceeds raised goes directly to the hospitals.

This will be my 4th year raising money for Boston Children’s Hospital – and as always I do this not just for ‘the kids’ but for my kid. My youngest daughter was born with a unilateral cleft lip. When we brought her home from China at two and a half years old, she faced a number of lengthy and involved surgeries.

Now at nearly 10 years old, she is not only thriving but is a beautiful, wonderful (board game loving) child! We owe an awful lot to the doctors, nurses and staff at Boston Children’s. They literally changed our daughter’s life for the better.

She’s not done yet though, with at least one more major surgery in her future, we’ll continue to support Boston Children’s by playing games and taking names!

In my first three Extra Life events I’ve raised $6,541.00 total. Each year we host a tiny, miniature convention at our home and enlist a few select team members for Team Troll to do the same. This year will be no different! A select group of amazing publishers have donated to our cause over the years for prize and game support.


The Beard Challenge

Every year I also do a BEARD CHALLENGE! If and only if I can make my goal of $2500 or more, I will shave off the lovely beard I’ve been spending the last few months growing. There’s only one time a year you’ll ever find me clean shaven, and that’s the morning after an Extra Life event!

Beard Challenge Accepted!
Beard Challenge Accepted!

Publisher Support

The following publishers have lent their support to the Team Troll Extra Life efforts! A huge thanks goes out to them!

Alderac Entertainment Group 

Greater Than Games

Calliope Games

Indie Boards and Cards

Privateer Press

Thanks so much!


Help me help sick kids – Extra Life 24 hour board game challenge!

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Last year I spent 24 hours playing board games for charity and I raised over $1000. All of the proceeds went directly to Boston’s Children’s Hospital. This year I’m hopping back on the Extra Life bandwagon and I’m going do to it again! I’d set my goal at $400 last year and topped that. This year the minimum I’m trying to raise is $1000.

November 2nd is the actual day of gaming. I’ll be starting my game play at 8am and going for 24 hours straight! I plan on having a little mini-convention at my home, involving my kids, wife and friends and generally having a good time doing good.

Today, the folks at Extra Life launched the 5 and 1 challenge. They’ve challenged me personally (in a form email) to raise $5 today and get 1 person on board with the challenge themselves. So here’s what I’m asking of all of you.

I need at least 1 person to donate $5. I’ve already raised $75 and I’m going to be pushing this a lot harder when we pull into late September. I’d also love to get one more person on Team Troll – the Extra Life team I’ve set up. You’ll do the same thing I’m doing – start gaming at 8am and go for 24 hours. If you can’t make it the full 24 hours, you can do as much as you can and make it up in the next day or two.

That’s what I’m looking for today because I’d like to meet this challenge. $5 and one person to add to Team Troll. I’ve also set the goal for Team Troll at $1500.

Why am I doing this? The reasons are threefold.

  1. I really enjoy helping others out. I’m not made of money but I do have a day I can give to this, and raise some cash to help kids and their families.
  2. It’s personal. Children’s Hospital of Boston treats thousands of children each year, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. These kids are facing scary stuff like cancer, cystic fibrosis, and injuries from accidents to name just a few. For the past few years, they’ve also been treating my youngest daughter. She was born with a very large, unilateral cleft lip, which extended up through her nose. Children’s Boston not only corrected her cleft, but they treated her and our whole family with dignity, respect and honest to gosh caring. Because of their efforts, the amazing doctors and nursing staff, my daughter will live a normal, pain and scar free life.
  3. Lastly, I get to do one of my favorite things, play board games, for 24 freaking hours in a row.

So. Got 5 bucks?


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