In less than 24 hours I’ll be gaming for 24 hours to support CaliCan Rescue — Cheer me on!

Tomor­row night, Fri­day night, I’ll be start­ing a 24hr mara­thon gam­ing ses­sion to sup­port my friends at CaliC­an Res­cue. I’m one of the folk who’ve accep­ted the Play4Paws2 chal­lenge, so yeah, I’ll be gam­ing, catch­ing up on my gam­ing defi­cit over the last few months 😉

It’s been years

Yeah, years since I stayed up ’round the clock. More, actu­ally since I have to work tomor­row morn­ing, so I’ll likely be up over 36 hours. So I’m not sure what to expect, except that as my sleep-deprived brain tries to play games, you can bet that I’ll suck more as the even­ing wears on. Ah well.

UNDERDOGIt’s about the Underdog

Ok, so I’m look­ing for­ward to it, mostly, though the tired bit I’m dread­ing. But it’s not for me I’m doing this, I’m try­ing to raise funds to sup­port the organ­iz­a­tion that brought Bog­art and all the oth­er fosters into our (and oth­ers) lives. It’s about the people in an organ­iz­a­tion that works hard and cares about both the anim­als they res­cue from death row (yes, they pull from kill shel­ters), and they care about the people they match the dogs with. Amaz­ing work, amaz­ing people.

So yeah, in addi­tion to fos­ter­ing, donat­ing, encour­aging and pro­mot­ing, this is me try­ing to find anoth­er way to sup­port them. How ’bout it, can you help? Donate here. Bid on silent auc­tion items here. Keep read­ing …

A Classic Dungeon Crawling Silent Auction — for charity!

Thanks to the kind friends at Beam­dog I’m able to up the ante for incent­ives to my spon­sors of my 24hr game-a-thon par­ti­cip­a­tion in Play4Paws2 — sup­port­ing CaliC­an Res­cue Found­a­tion.

Butt Kicking, for Goodness!

Baldur’s Gate. Baldur’s Gate II: Shad­ows of Amn, Icewind Dale. These games hold a spe­cial place in my heart. I was at the Edmon­ton Baldur’s Gate launch party when I was cov­er­ing it for loc­al TV news. Then later, when I worked for BioWare, I con­trib­uted to the mar­ket­ing and com­mu­nic­a­tions efforts of these games and the Infin­ity Engine that they’re built on.

At the time, there was abso­lutely noth­ing else that could bring the true D&D exper­i­ence, the party-dun­geon-crawl­ing-holy-crap-is-that-a-Behold­er exper­i­ence to the com­puter as these games did.

So, through the help of Beam­dog, I’ve got cop­ies of the Enhanced Edi­tion ver­sions of these games. And Vir­gin­ia, they are enhanced — for example, the Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edi­tion:

Run­ning on an upgraded and improved ver­sion of the Infin­ity Engine, Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edi­tion includes the entire Baldur’s Gate adven­ture, the Tales of the Sword Coast expan­sion pack, and nev­er-before-seen con­tent includ­ing a new adven­ture and three new party mem­bers: the Cal­ishite monk Rasaad yn Bashir, Neera the wild mage, and Dorn Il-Khan, the evil black­guard.

I want my BGII and so do you!

Here’s how you can sup­port my fun­drais­ing efforts through a silent auc­tion and get one of these amaz­ingly enga­ging and chal­len­ging Dun­geons & Dragons world games, spe­cific­ally:

The silent auc­tion is over at a Face­book event page. The rules of the auc­tion are pretty simple:

  • The auc­tion will be live until I’m done my 24hr game-a-thon at 7pm on Feb­ru­ary 28th.
  • I’ve cre­ated one post per item avail­able.
  • Bid by pla­cing a com­ment in the item you want to bid on.
  • Highest bid at the time I fin­ish gam­ing on the 28th claims the auc­tion item.
  • I’ll inform auc­tion win­ners via FB mes­sage and/or reply in the rel­ev­ant auc­tion.
  • After you’ve been noti­fied, place your con­tri­bu­tion at the Play4Paws2 dona­tion page at CanadaHelps.org — https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/play4paws2-this-time-its-fur-sonal/
  • I’ll for­ward the winner’s details on to Beam­dog — they’ll con­tact you regard­ing claim­ing your game through Beam­dog.

Simple no? So why are you still here and not over there bidding!

Thanks for your sup­port, and see you online on the 27–28th. I’ll need your sup­port and encour­age­ment then too, either through Face­book, Twit­ter, or maybe even through a livestream… stay tuned!

 

Can I buy your support? It’s for a great cause.

Update:


If you read this post (I’m Crazy and I’m gam­ing for 24 hours for an amaz­ing cause! Spon­sor Me!) then you know that I’m doing a bit of fun­drais­ing for my favour­ite dog res­cue — CaliC­an Res­cue.

But I’ve noticed that I’ve still not received any spon­sor­ships, even though I’ve gone to the extraordin­ary effort of post­ing once about it on Face­book, and writ­ing the afore­men­tioned blog post. Hmm, I think I need some­thing more to get my friends involved. 🙂

So, unlike Rene (one of CaliCan’s awe­some head honchos), I’ll not be wager­ing any­thing that brings (or doesn’t bring) a razor near my nog­gin.

Rather, I thought I’d reach out to some friends at BioWare and see if they can provide assist­ance.

And they have. Behold!

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My friends at Bioware have gen­er­ously donated the per­fect things for gam­ing into the wee small hours. And I get to give them away to folk who spon­sor me!

  • Toques
  • Con­tigo water bottles
  • Con­tigo hot drink trav­el­lers
  • A couple of oth­er branded drink con­tain­ers
  • Bioware pens
  • A nice, light­weight Bioware back­pack!

The details

Now, giv­en the anti­cip­ated high demand for these premi­er branded items we’re look­ing for a min­im­um dona­tion of $20.00. One dona­tion per item. And we’ll fig­ure some­thing out for the pens. 🙂

We’ve only got a couple of each item — what you see in the photo is what we’ve got — so I anti­cip­ate the more pop­u­lar ones will go quickly, espe­cially the toques… come on! Bioware inven­ted the gamer toque (or bean­ie as it’s called else­where)… I know, I was with the com­pany at the time!

But any­way, there you go. Bioware branded swag and the warm fuzzy feel­ing of sup­port­ing one of the best dog res­cue organ­iz­a­tions on the plan­et.

Simply by spon­sor­ing me 🙂

(oh, and after you’ve done that (thank you!) just send me an email and we’ll fig­ure out how to get your swag to you — brad­b­log At gmail.com)

I’m Crazy and I’m gaming for 24 hours for an amazing cause! Sponsor Me!

Cool! Playing pandemic online.
Update:


I’m kinda into gam­ing — y’all know that. And I’m into my dogs — ya’ll know that too.

So when an oppor­tun­ity like this popped up, I couldn’t res­ist.

Sponsor Me!

On Feb­ru­ary 27th, start­ing at 7pm, I’m going to be gam­ing my ass off, gam­ing for 24 hours straight. Board games, Video games, card games, whatever! I fig­ure that this will get me out of my vast game defi­cit I’ve been accu­mu­lat­ing over the last few years.

And I can help a great charity at the same time.

UNDERDOGCaliC­an Res­cue is the organ­iz­a­tion we foster for, and they’re also the folks that brought Bog­art into our lives. They do amaz­ing work, and have res­cued over 400 small dogs to date. And they have a great dogu­ment­ary show­ing why and how they do, what they do if you wanted to find out more about them and why we love them!

So this is where you come in.

Spon­sor Me! I’m fig­ure I’m going to be hurt­ing at about Hour 13, and have a ser­i­ous case of Con­sole Claw at about Hour 20. Help me stay focused. Inspire me to keep on gam­ing. Spon­sor Me — you can be the reas­on that I stick it out the whole 24 hours!

It’s easy. Just vis­it this link at CanadaHelps.org and make a small dona­tion — any will do (thank you in advance!)

And then cheer me on! Go Team Brad! On the 27th, Join me online. I’ll be updat­ing Social Media and this Blog reg­u­larly with game res­ults, updates, sleep-deprived com­ments and oth­er fun stuff. You may see me at my dopi­est! Cheer me or Jeer me, but have fun with me!

Or, if you want, let’s hook up online and play some­thing! I’m open to sug­ges­tions. I’ll post a sched­ule when I get my act togeth­er.

But back to the why.

It does take a lot of time, energy, and money to keep an organ­iz­a­tion like CaliC­an run­ning. Time and energy are at a premi­um around here, but I think that it’s some­times easi­er to like a cause and wish you could help out. Well this is one way I know I can. I’ll be pinging you, my peeps, quite reg­u­larly over the next few weeks. Not only through the Twit­ter, but I hear that there’s this thing called Email. Pretty effect­ive too, I’m told.

CaliC­an is an organ­iz­a­tion we believe in, and one we enjoy help­ing. So help us, help them. Spon­sor Me, and then join me online on the 27 to cheer me on, or laugh as I lose every game I play.

Go Team Brad!

From the It Must Be Christmas Holiday App Deals dept.

It seems like a few of the good strategy and board games are going on sale now on the Apple App Store as qual­ity pub­lish­ers have star­ted cut­ting prices  reveal­ing their hol­i­day app deals.

I’ve played these games and do recom­mend them as valu­able addi­tions to your iOS gam­ing col­lec­tion. Prices are dis­coun­ted at the time of this post, but they may change at the whim of the pub­lish­er.

And on with the deals:

Talis­man - A great con­ver­sion from the well-known adven­ture board game. Reduced to @2.99 from $6.99.

 

 

 


Small World 2 — Huge dis­count (9.99 -> 2.99) for this sequel to strategy board game of the year. Well worth pick­ing up at any price.. a steal here 😉

 

 

 


Battle Academy — Derived from an ori­gin­al BBC online game concept, Battle Academy blends intu­it­ive design, com­pel­ling game­play and tech­nic­al innov­a­tion. Reduced to $9.99 from $19.99. Yes, a premi­um priced title that gets you hours of enga­ging game­play.

 

 

 


Drive on Moscow: War in the Snow — Half-priced. Full value. Great strategy present­a­tion of the pivotal battle for Moscow in WWII.

 

 

 


Pan­zer Corps — Grognards rejoice! Con­sidered teh spir­itu­al suc­cessor to the Pan­zer Gen­er­al series, Pan­zer Corps is the closest you can cur­rently get to ser­i­ous armor strategy on the iPad. Reduced from $6.99 to $2.99.

 

 

 

 

Tempting — Battlelore: Command

Yeah, this little gem looks pretty cool. Yes, it comes in a bit  pricy at under $10, but then again, it looks like there’s some ser­i­ous game­play value.

The fine folks at Pock­etTactics pulled togeth­er a rather pos­it­ive review:

I’m start­ing to feel a bit spoiled. Ser­i­ously, what was the last major board game release that ended up a dud? It sure as hell isn’t Battle­L­ore: Com­mand, the latest release from Fantasy Flight Games, which, des­pite a major omis­sion, is still a strong con­tender for digit­al board game of the year.

If you’re a fan of board games or just strategy games in gen­er­al, Battle­L­ore: Com­mand is going to trip all your trig­gers.