I get that the official Extra Life date is November 04, 2017. Yet Keri, Blake, Ross, and I participated early. We did this because it worked well with all of our crazy schedules. With kids, work, and travel plans, we picked a weekend that worked for us. We also changed up how we would handle the 24 hours of gaming by breaking it into two days. I do believe I enjoyed this setup more than trying to fight through a solid day of gaming.
My Extra Life began a bit earlier. I started on Monday by pulling a steak out to age it for grilling. I also started the house cleaning process. Cuz ya know…gotta have a clean place for friends to crash.
Keri would arrive on Thursday. Blake would arrive at a ridiculously early time of 2AM on Friday. Ross arrived after work on Friday. Friday night was party time. I grilled steak, cream cheese stuffed mushrooms, and some shrimp. This was complemented with Keri making some mac-and-cheese as well as an avocado pie. It was such a great way to kick this whole Extra Life event off.
Saturday morning rolls in and it’s time to game. I began with some Warframe, cuz I’m an addict like that. Yet, my attention span was only so strong. Over the course of the day I’d add DOOM, Metro 2033, Everspace, and Rogue Galaxy to my play list. However, I think the most memorable part of the day was when Blake and I watched Ross play Rocket League. The jokes flowed like a river during this game. I honestly have not laughed that much in a long time.
Sunday was a bit more chill when it comes to games. I would once again play more Warframe. Imagine that. I gave ICEY a try and found that the game was pretty enjoyable. We watched as Ross and Blake tried to feed each other pudding while they were both blindfolded. Yeah, you can imagine how well that worked! Keri, Blake, and I would bring Extra Life to a close by playing The Division. Keri had not finished the game yet, so we grouped up, killed bad guys, and managed to get this game out of Stack of Shame territory. I’d say that is a successful way to bring the weekend to a close.
Monday inevitably arrived. It was a sad and solemn day. I really didn’t want my friends to leave. When Ross had to leave on Sunday evening, you could certainly fell the energy drop. Keri went to the airport after lunch. Blake would hit the road after dinner. The house was quiet. Oh so quiet.
If you managed to catch the Twitch.TV streams, I hope you enjoyed them. I do believe Ross is planning to do a bit more for Extra Life on the November 4 date. I also believe Blake might try to do something to try and hit is goal as well. To all that were able to donate, and to those that made things interesting by requesting some crazy games get streamed, we appreciate the support! You all helped make this a successful, enjoyable, and highly memorable event!