RT SideQuest for Extra Life

Extra Life is October 25th, and we’re hosting our 2nd annual RT SideQuest for Extra Life!

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Last year we had a great time and raised a total of over $7,000 when all was said and done…

But this year, we’re taking over a local Austin game store and shooting to raise $5,000 for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals like Dell Children’s!

The Basics

We’re going to have our Game Day event at Gamerz Galaxy (1000 E 41st Street, Austin, TX 78751) in Austin, TX starting at 11am on Saturday, October 25th, and running for 24-hours until 11am Sunday. Gamerz Galaxy is a GREAT local, family-friendly games store, and we’re extremely honored to have them as our hosts. They’ve even offered to donate a percentage of their sales to our Extra Life team, so if you’ve been eyeing a game or console, buy it Saturday!

Not only will we be gathering to play, but we’ll also livestream the whole event at http://twitch.tv/rtsidequest! This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC so we’d love to have as many people as possible come out and support our team!

We’ll have the Rooster Teeth Extra Life stream up on a big screen too, so it’s a great way to enjoy the crazy Extra Life antics of the RT crew with other RT Community members!

You don’t need to bring anything with you except maybe a comfy chair or pillow (Though we’ll have some to share) and your favorite controller/handheld. We’ll have drinks and snacks, plenty of consoles and games, and lots of places to sit and enjoy the fun. There are also plenty of restaurants nearby for when you want to grab lunch/dinner, including a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Wingzup, Papouli’s, Freebirds, Jason’s Deli, Pei Wei, Pok-E-Jo’s, Jack in the Box, and Wendy’s. Or, you can stock up on snacks at the 24-hour H-E-B.

You CAN bring your own food and drink into Gamerz Galaxy for the marathon, but PLEASE be careful not to make a mess or spill anything. They have a wonderful store with lots of valuable games and consoles, and we’d hate for anything to get ruined. Also, if you’re eating and playing, make sure your hands are clean before grabbing a controller. We’re definitely not a fan of controllers covered in grease and Cheeto dust.

We’ll have prizes and giveaways throughout the day, mostly for our events (listed below) but some you can win just by showing up! Anyone who shows up and signs in will be entered to win TWO tickets to the special SOLD OUT screening of Rooster Teeth’s RWBY Volume 2 at the Alamo Drafthouse on Thursday, October 30th. You do NOT have to be present to win the tickets, you just have to drop by and leave us your name and email address!

Finally, RT SideQuest will donate $500 to the Extra Life page of the player who brings in the MOST donations during the marathon! You do NOT have to be a member of the RT SideQuest team to be eligible, but you DO have to show us your page and starting donation total. We’ll check all the pages on Sunday morning and will make the donation to the person with the biggest increase! Take note that $500 is enough to get a silver Hero Medal if you’re a Platinum Extra Life-er!

What We’re Playing

We’ll have multiple game stations set up to play tons of games such as:

Mario Kart
New Super Mario Brothers U
Mario Party
Super Smash Brothers
Halo
Left 4 Dead
Rock Band
Dance Central
Johann Sebastian Joust
Divekick
Speedrunners
Minecraft

…and more!

You should be able to just show up and have a blast without bringing any of your own gear, but if you have a particular game or system you want to play, feel free bring it! We’ll try to work with you to get it set up somewhere, but we can’t make any promises. However, take note that this event is BYOI (Bring your own internet), so if you plan to play anything that requires an internet connection you’ll need to bring your own mobile hotspot to connect to. You’ll also want to be sure to label any of your own equipment that you bring.

As mentioned earlier, we’ll be streaming the entire event LIVE on Twitch. While we’ll mostly focus the stream on the events we have planned out below, we’ll also have the capability to rotate between several of the different game stations we have set up. Want to headline the stream for a bit because you’re having a great Game Day? Just let us know and we’ll try to put you on!

Events and Rough Schedule (Times subject to change)

We’ve got a bunch of great events planned with tons of cool prizes! ANYONE can participate, provided that you sign up in-person before the event begins.

Divekick (PC) tournament @ 1:00pm – Single-elimination tournament with best-of-five matches full of dives and kicks.  Last one standing gets a $15 Steam gift card.

Super Smash Brothers for 3DS friendly tournament (Must have your own 3DS and copy of Smash) @ 2:00pm – Single-elimination, all stages permitted, no custom moves/equipment, all items on low frequency. Winner walks away with a $20 Nintendo eShop gift card.

Mario Madness @ 4:00pm – 4 players compete to earn the most 1UPs they can. RT SideQuest will donate the winner’s total x2 to their Extra Life page!

Johann Sebastion Joust tournament @ 5:30pm -Move with the music! Rules TBD. Winner receives a $20 Playstation Store gift card

Halo 4: Game of Thrones @ 10:00pm – 16 players compete in a 4-team game of King of the Hill with a few twists. Each member of the winning team will receive a $10 Xbox gift card.

Dance Central Dance Off @ 8:00am (Sunday) – Wake up and dance! Single-elimination tournament for a $10 Xbox gift card!

Roundabout Round-Up @ 10am (Sunday) – We finish off our Extra Life marathon with a mystery challenge in Roundabout! The winner will get their very own copy of Roundabout to play at home!

Questions?

If you have questions about the event, feel free to ask them on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, or via email (info AT rtsidequest DOT com). Know that this is only our second event of this nature, so we’re still playing some stuff by ear. Hopefully we can answer anything you throw at us!

See you on Game Day!

We hope to see you either in our Twitch chat or at Gamerz Galaxy for Game Day! Remember that you can still sign up for Extra Life or donate to one of our team members to make a difference at a Children’s Miracle Network hospital! For the kids!

Enim Filii!

RT DriveQuest for AbleGamers

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Start your engines gamers, because it’s time for a DriveQuest! We’re going to help our new friends from RTX, The AbleGamers Foundation, raise money for their “Driving Home Accessibility” campaign to create a mobile accessibility lab that they can drive to conventions, hospitals, care facilities, and more!

We’ll start our RT DriveQuest for AbleGamers at 11am this Saturday (September 13th). We’ll be virtually driving for 24 hours in Austin at Gamerz Galaxy and we’ll be streaming the whole thing on Twitch. With competitions and free-play in games like Mario Kart, Trials, Grand Theft Auto, and more, as well as a bunch of giveaways and prizes it’s bound to be a ton of fun! Come out and join us either in-person at Gamerz Galaxy or online and help us raise money and awareness for AbleGamers!

You can donate, watch the stream, and follow our progress at our Tiltify page at http://tiltify.com/events/rt-drivequest-for-ablegamers

We’re also planning a couple of special events for our stream, including a demo of the soon-to-be-released indie game, Roundabout!

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Not only is it a driving game (Okay, we’ll, it’s SORT OF a driving game. Technically it’s a open-world driving puzzle game), but the cool folks at No Goblin have made a point to add several features that AbleGamers recommends (via their Includification guide) to make games more accessible.

Other events we have planned include…

  • A Skype call with some of the AbleGamers team to answer questions about their mission and how to make games that are accessible to everyone!
  • GTA5 play-date with RT Community group The Angels!
  • Live competitions in Trials, Mario Kart, and more for FABULOUS* prizes!
  • And more, possibly terrible things, depending on how much we raise…

We’re still hashing out a schedule for all of those things and we’ll post as soon as it’s finalized. For now, keep an eye on our Tiltify page and make plans to join us on Saturday! With YOUR help, AbleGamers will be able to continue to make sure that everyone can game!

 

 

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