August 1, 2019

Tomb Raider Community Extra Life Charity Marathon FAQ

The following was originally posted in 2014 and last updated August 1, 2019.

Each year in the runup to Extra Life, I receive a lot of questions from both gamers and potential donors. So I've put together this Q&A. If you're wondering about something that isn't covered below, please feel free to contact me.

Extra Life 2014


GENERAL INFORMATION

What is Extra Life?

Extra Life is a gaming marathon to raise money for charity, specifically for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. It's like a walk-a-thon or fun run, but instead of actually breaking a sweat, participants collect donations and then play games for 24 hours. The main focus is on video games, but some people also play tabletop games, board games, etc. Any type of game is fair game!

When is Extra Life?

This year's official marathon weekend is November 2-3, but players may choose to game on a different date or spread their gaming over days, or even months, if that's more convenient.

INFORMATION FOR DONORS

Is Extra Life a legitimate charity?

Extra Life is not a charity in itself; all of the money raised goes to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a registered charity that helps fund 170 children's hospitals across the United States and Canada. Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life players have raised more than $50 million to help sick and injured kids!

What is the Tomb Raider Community Extra Life Team?

We are a group of Tomb Raider fans who have joined forces to make our Extra Life fundraising efforts more fun for ourselves and our supporters. This is our eighth year together. Since 2012, we've raised more than $28,000. You can help us smash our $5,000 goal for 2019.

During the marathon, November 2-3, we will be hosting a team livestream, in which we'll play Tomb Raider and other games for your enjoyment. Many team members have already started collecting donations, and a few have already played more than 24 hours for charity. We will continue raising money through December 31.

How do I make a donation?

It's easy and secure. Go to the Tomb Raider Community team page, click on the "Roster" link, then on the team member you'd like to sponsor. (Or ask a team member for their direct link. Mine is extra-life.org/participant/stellalune.) Once you're on the player's page, click the "Donate" button, and follow the instructions. To donate offline with cash, check, or money order, contact me or one of the other team members.

Where does the money go?

Most Extra Life players choose to support their local Children's Miracle Network Hospital, shown on their fundraising page. 100% of your donation goes directly to that hospital. Players can also choose to support the organization's mission-critical funding, which directs resources where they are most needed. These players have the CMN Hospitals 'balloon' logo on their fund-raising page rather than a specific hospital's logo.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All donors will receive an IRS-compliant tax receipt by email as soon as the donation is made. Canadian donors will receive a tax receipt by mail from their local hospital foundation, usually in February of the following year. If you live outside the U.S./Canada, you'll need to follow up with your country's tax authority regarding international charitable donations.

For more information, check out this FAQ for players and supporters on the Extra Life site.

Charity is great but what's in it for me?

Apart from the warm, fuzzy feelings you'll get from helping hospitalized kids, the TR Community team also sponsors an annual prize raffle to coincide with the Extra Life marathon. In the past, we've given away games, consoles, books, statues, artwork, and other collectibles. (Check out past blog posts for details.) The raffle is open to everyone (except team members), and Extra Life donors receive bonus raffle entries. We'll announce details here and on the team page when the time comes.



INFORMATION FOR PLAYERS

Does it cost anything to sign up?

No. Basic Extra Life registration is free. To sign up, visit the Tomb Raider Community team page and click "Join Our Team."

What if I live outside North America?

Extra Life is open to participants worldwide. Children's Miracle Network Hospitals are located in the U.S. and Canada but serve patients from all over the world. When you sign up, you'll have the opportunity to choose a specific hospital or raise money to support mission-critical funding wherever it's most needed.

What do I need to do once I've signed up?

Once you've registered for Extra Life, joined the team, and chosen the hospital you plan to play for (if any), you should set up your fund-raising page. Sign in on extra-life.org and click "Your Page" at the top left. From there you can change your display name (if you want to use a screen name instead of your real name), view and edit your fund-raising page, check your donations, connect your Extra Life page with your social media, etc.

When you signed up, you will have set a fund-raising goal. Now it's time to get the money! Extra Life has lots of tips for soliciting donations. If you can meet your goal before or during marathon weekend, that's great, but Extra Life continues through December 31 if you need more time.

How do I collect donations?

The quickest and easiest way is to send people a link to your Extra Life fundraising page and have them make a secure online donation there.

What if people don't want to donate online?

Not a problem. You can enter cash, check, or money order donations on the Extra Life site then send them in later using this form. Or, if your donor doesn't mind, they can give you cash and you can make the donation in their name.

What if nobody wants to donate? :(

Don't give up! There are lots of creative ways to solicit donations. Here are some fund-raising suggestions that may spark your creativity. You'll also find ideas on the Extra Life Forums and Discord server.

Is there swag involved?

If you upgrade to Platinum registration by paying a $19 registration fee, you will then be eligible for prizes once you reach various fund-raising thresholds: $75 nets an Extra Life decal, $100 a Extra Life/GFuel cup, $200 a T-shirt, $500 a silver medal, and $1,000 a gold medal.

Extra Life Participant Swag


There are also unlockable Achievement Badges for both individuals and teams. These are available to Regular and Platinum players.

The team also sponsors a prize raffle. Team members are not eligible to enter, but your friends and family members certainly can. See the Q&A for donors, above. The Extra Life organizers, sponsors, and some individual team members run giveaways during marathon weekend. So if you participate (or tune in) you may win something then.

Do I have to stream my gaming during the marathon?

No! Not at all. Some players enjoy streaming on Twitch, YouTube, etc., and this can help drive more donations, but it's not required. Many participants play offline, on their own or with friends. Some play PC or console games, others play tabletop games or log time on their tablets or mobiles. Whatever you want to do is great. If you do stream but aren't available November 2-3, by all means, set your own schedule.

Do I have to join Extra Life to play on the Tomb Raider Community livestream?

No! We understand that it isn't possible for everyone to do the fund-raising. If you want to help by playing on the livestream and asking for donations on other players' behalf, that's wonderful too. We need all the help we can get! If you want to do this, don't sign up for Extra Life, just contact me directly and I'll save you a slot on the team's livestream schedule.

I still have questions that weren't answered here.

For more information, check out the Extra Life Player FAQ and feel free to contact me.


One of 2015's Extra Life promo videos. In 2019, game day is November 2.

May 5, 2019

Last Revelation Limited Edition Inna Vjuzhanina Print Giveaway!

Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation Giveaway

It's been more than a decade since I last revised my walkthrough for Tomb Raider 4, but this week I'm putting on the finishing touches! I've completely redone every level, added more than 3,000 new screenshots, and posted new save files for the Steam/GOG versions for players in need. The updated guide can be found here on my main site.

To celebrate, I'm giving away some Last Revelation swag, including a gorgeous, limited edition print by Inna Vjuzhanina! Print measures 297 x 420 mm / 11.7 x 16.5 in (A3 format) and is printed on 230 g/m² high-quality ultra white photo paper with a gloss finish. There are only 25 prints available in the Limited Edition set. Each is signed and numbered by the artist. See more of Inna's work at innavjuzhanina.com. Order this and other prints on StoreEnvy. Other prizes include a 3-inch tall classic pewter Lara Croft figurine (larger image here) and copies of the PC version of The Last Revelation on Steam.

This giveaway finishes Monday, May 13, at 6 am EDT (10 am GMT). Enter using the form below or visit surveymonkey.com/r/LastRevelation.

For a bonus entry, comment below and let me know your favorite level (or levels) in The Last Revelation and why. If you haven't played TR4, or haven't played it in a while, tell me why you'd like to try it now. (If you've already shared your answer on Twitter or Facebook there's no need to post again here. You'll be counted.)

Thanks for helping me celebrate this milestone...and good luck!

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April 22, 2019

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Season Pass Giveaway Winners

Thanks to everyone who entered my season pass giveaway and helped spread the word. We have our winners!

Steam: Claudio
PS4: Elizabeth
Xbox One: Rohan

Congrats, friends! Since all three winners use Twitter, I have just DMed the download codes.

I hope everybody enjoys Lara's next DLC adventure, The Path Home, available tomorrow.