Extra Life 2016 Recap

Session Report: Extra Life 2016 – we played a lot of games.

Here’s the (mostly) whole list of games we played. I may have missed a few as a couple of smaller spin-off games may have sprung up.

Star Realms (phone)
Friday (solo) x2
Star Realms (phone) x5
Forbidden Desert x2
Firefly nope
What were you thinking?
DC Deck Builder
Codenames x2
Animal upon Animal
Codenames x2
Camel Cup
Bang Dice
King of Tokyo
Truth or Dare
Cutthroat Caverns
DC Deck Builder
Monopoly Deal x2
Sentinels of the Multiverse (phone)

As with the past five years, I promised that if I made my goal (I did), I’d shave off my beard. This year I went from right to left rather than to mutton chops or whatnot. That was interesting.

At this second, I’ve raised $1833 by myself (with a few offline donations I have to add in). Team Troll met and beat our goal of $4500 with $4,951!

Here’s a whole bunch of pictures of the night! I’ve also included the link to the campaign should you want to pop in a last minute donation.


EXTRA LIFE 2016 IS HERE – Live updates all day long!

Scroll down for LIVE updates! 


For my fifth year, I’m taking part in Extra Life! We’ll be playing games with a bunch of awesome people all day today right through to tomorrow (25 hours, yikes!) to raise money for Children’s Hospitals. Join us via this live stream to see what we’re doing!

Extra Life is a 403(b) Charitable Organization dedicated to healing sick and injured kids. This will be my 5th year supporting this awesome charity. Here’s how it works. Once a year, folks like you join my team, create their own, or sponsor us as we play games for 24 hours straight. All of the money raised – 100% – goes to children’s hospitals around the country and the world. And any donations are tax deductible! If you want to donate – please do so here!

Also, since I’ve met my goal, the beard goes! Here’s one of the last pictures of this year’s EL beard.


Also, don’t forget that at 2AM this Sunday – it’s Daylight Savings Thing Time!


We got a few extra games in the night-of – Started with the silly Animal upon Animal and then some deck building fun with Dominion and DC.

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Right, off to play some solo games and get that coffee going!



A big thanks to Button Shy Games for supporting my Extra Life campaign!


A shout out to the always amazing Button Shy Games for donating a ton of games for me to give away during Extra Life!

Extra Life is a 403(b) Charitable Organization dedicated to healing sick and injured kids. This will be my 5th year supporting this awesome charity. Here’s how it works. Once a year, folks like you join my team, create their own, or sponsor us as we play games for 24 hours straight. All of the money raised – 100% – goes to children’s hospitals around the country and the world. And any donations are tax deductible!

If you’d like to sponsor me – you can click this here link! Our event launches at 6 am, EST on Saturday November 5th and actually runs for 25 hours this year thanks to Daylight Savings. Publishers like Button Shy Games help us out by giving people another reason to stop on by and support our cause! They’re also doing some amazing things in the small game space and you should absolutely check them out!

A big thanks to Cool Mini or Not for sponsoring our Extra Life event!


Excellent gamers and game makers Cool Mini or Not stepped up and provided us with two titles for our Extra Life game day! Thanks so much for the copies of Rivet Wars Eastern Front and Kaos Ball!


Extra Life is a non-profit organization working with children’s hospitals around the world to raise money to heal sick and injured kids. Every year my family and I run a 24 hour game day for the cause, playing games all day long and being sponsored by people like you! If you’d like to sponsor me, here’s the link. Every dollar counts, 100% of the donations go to children’s hospitals and it’s tax deductible.


Thanks again to Cool Mini or Not and everyone who donates, plays and participates!

Extra Life 2016 – Five years of helping kids and playing games!


Hard to believe that come November 5th, I’ll be hosting my 5th Extra Life game day! In that time I’ve raised over $9000 for children’s hospitals and Team Troll has raised over $18000! Why do this? Not only is it a great and worthy cause, but my now nearly 11 year old daughter has spent a good amount of time at Boston Children’s Hospital and we know what good work they do. She’s also been an incurable gamer for pretty much her entire life!

First and foremost, if you’d like to donate to my campaign, click this here link! You should know that I’m looking to raise at least $2200 this year. If I hit my goal, I will (as I have the pst four years) shave off all of my facial hair. No beard, no mustache, no goatee, no sideburns – no nuthin! I’m also toying with the idea of perhaps dyeing my hair a funky color like green if I get way past my goal.

What is Extra Life? It’s a 501(3)c charitable organization tied in with the Children’s Miracle Network who raise money to help fund children’s hospitals around the world. In this event, participants go on a marathon gaming session, this year it’s 25 hours! In a row! Thanks daylight savings time! I’ll be playing games for 25 hours and you’ll be sponsoring me to do so. Together we’ll raise money and help kids get better.

Throughout the day I host a what’s essentially a small board game convention at my house. My wife and kids are a driving force behind this and we have a rotating cast of awesome folks who drop by to play games, help keep me awake and focused and help to raise money for the cause themselves! I’ve included a batch of photos from last years event at the bottom of the post if you are curious.

Over the next few months I’ll be doing several things – first and foremost I’ll be asking everyone under the sun to contribute to my Extra Life page. That’s how I raise money for this awesome charity. As I mentioned with the mini-convention, we have tons of folks stopping by (usually upwards of 40 people throughout the day). I like to have games handy for them to take home as encouragement to get them out, playing and donating! To this end, my wife and I supply some of the games but we also ask publishers for donations. These donations we use towards several purposes. We give ’em out to participants at my event and some other team member’s events. We also select a few and play them on our game day.

That’s the scoop! You’ll be hearing more about it as November 5th draws closer, I’m sure! Now here’s some photos from last year’s event!

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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!


The worst day


Yesterday turned out to be not a good day for me. Last night I achieved perhaps 3 hours of actual sleep. I wake up at 4:20 in the morning to get ready for work and I was not happy to do so.

As I was getting ready to leave the house this morning, I heard the upstairs bathroom door close. A moment later, my youngest daughter wandered downstairs to give me a hug and say “I love you”.

I was reminded of lots of important things at that moment. One of them is that, without Boston Children’s Hospital and one particularly gifted surgeon, she literally would not have been able to speak those words to me.

That’s why I support Extra Life. 

In the abstract it’s a wonderful charity that does great things for kids through the Children’s Miracle Network. In a very concrete way, one of the hospitals this charity supports reconstructed my then 2.5 year old daughter’s face over a series of operations that repaired her cleft lip. 

She’s still got a long road ahead of her, with more surgery in the near future, and while no one is looking forward to it, we know we’ll be in superb hands. We _know_ that everyone at the hospital will do their best and that our daughter will have a richer life for it. 

So if you have a dollar, I’d ask you to please donate. 100% of every dollar you give goes to the hospitals to support important, life saving, life changing programs. 

We all have bad days, so let’s support those folks who’ll need it on what may be the worst day of their lives. The kids who will face illness, injury and corrective surgery and the families that face these things right along with them. 


Extra Life 24 hour board game marathon has begun!


It’s 6:30, I just finished my first game of Ascension on the iPad.  The house is dark, the cats are hanging about and we’re going to get this marathon gaming session started! Find my donation page here if you’d like to donate, or check out TEAM TROLL!


Here’s where the live blogging begins!


As promised, above is my beard. It will be vanishing part by part throughout the course of today’s events.






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