What is Extra Life?

Extra Life started in 2008 by a group of gamers who wanted to raise money for a sick child in their local San Antonio Hospital. Since then, it has exploded, raising $21 million dollars for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, including $6 million in 2015.

Who do we play for?

Extra Life @ Macon started in 2014 as a way for Onshore Outsourcing employees to come together and play games. In the two years, we've gone on to raise more than $3,000 for our specific hospital -- University of Missouri's Women and Children's Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. As we've grown, we've set our goals even higher.

How do we do it?

Extra Life @ Macon started with the support of Onshore Outsourcing here in Macon. We could not have done this event without the support of this great organization and, as we have grown and expanded, so has our support from the community. This year, we reached out and received the support of Chariton Valley, jumping on board to provide us with our high speed internet needs. So with the support of these two great organizations, 2016's main event on October 9th promises to be bigger than ever!

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Extra Life UNPLUGGED — July 22nd

Unplug from your computer, turn off your phone, and set down your controller -- it's time to sit at the table and game.

We are excited to announce our second annual Extra Life UNPLUGGED event will be held on Saturday, July 22, 2017, from 10 am to 10 pm at the Macon Country Club!

Extra Life UNPLUGGED focuses on the great times that can be had by getting together with friends, family, or even strangers and playing some of the great tabletop games that are available today. There will be miniature games, board games, card games, and anything in between available to be played.  One of our main events will be a Magic: The Gathering tournament starting at 1 pm.

NEMO Gaming Group members will be providing an assortment of games to choose from and there will be multiple demos to help you find a new favorite game.

Last year, we kicked off our first ever Extra Life Unplugged event and it was a huge success! We had a great turnout for the Magic Tournament and a lot of people just showed up to play great board games.

Proceeds from Extra Life UNPLUGGED will help us make the Extra Life @ Macon Main event even more spectacular and go to help the MU Women and Children's Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. Last year, this event kicked off the year, helping Extra Life @ Macon to hit over $5,000 mark raised over the last 3 years.

The event is open to the whole family so games that are little off color -- Cards Against Humanity as one example -- won't be allowed. Outside of that, bring any game you want and have a great time, helping a worthy cause.

Celebrating a successful event


Saturday was our first ever Extra Life Event that was held off of Onshore Outsourcing's campus and we were absolutely thrilled by the results. We had over 50 people show up at the event, which is a tremendous! And we all were packed into Floral Hall, all enjoying a great magnitude of board games. It was amazing to see so many people playing so many different games. And everyone having a great time while raising over $650 for charity.

To me, that is what is so special about Extra Life. We all play games -- whether it's board games, video games, card games, or whatever. We all enjoy coming together and playing games.

In the coming weeks, we'll be announcing new events that we will be hosting and places where Extra Life @ Macon will have a presence and we definitely hope to see you all there.

Thank you everyone for your wonderful support!

Victoria’s Story

As big as Extra Life has become, it's important to remember how it all started. This video introduces you to Victoria Enmon, a Leukemia patient who would help inspire the movement that became Extra Life. Extra Life has gone on to raise over $21 Million over the last 8 years with 100% the proceeds going to hospitals that help kids just like Victoria. Everyone at Extra Life @ Macon is proud that we are apart of this great gamer community and look forward to many more years. Do you want to join our team? Sign up today at Extra-Life.org and join Team Onshore. The money you raise through your account will directly to the hospital. You can win some really cool prizes. And, make sure you mark your calendar for our upcoming events -- the Extra Life Unplugged is July 22nd and the main event is November 11th.

Video Gaming v. Tabletop Gaming

Yesterday, I had a conversation with one of my fellow co-workers who is an avid video gamer. Specifically, he is focused solely on League of Legends. As I was talking with another of our co-workers about the upcoming Extra Life Unplugged event on April 30th (an event focused on tabletop games rather than video games), he was adamant that tabletop games were just simply not as good as video games.

People getting into a board game

A few people playing a board game during our first Extra Life 2016 Mini Event

It brought me into a passionate discussion as I listened to his points. My first question was "have you played a board game in the last 3 or 4 years?"

He hadn't. It seemed he was basing his entire experience on board games from when he was a kid -- the traditional standbys such as Monopoly, Parcheesi, Sorry, etc. While those games are fun, they are but a starting point into board games.

That moment, I laid down the challenge -- come to the event and pay the $3 entry fee and I will show you at least one tabletop game that will change your mind.

Don't get me wrong -- I love me some video games. I've had a controller in my hand since I was at least 3 years old, playing the Atari 2600. I grew up with Nintendo and PCs, and had Segas, Playstations, and Xboxes in my house at all times. There has not been a moment in my life when I didn't have some sort of video game. My only regret is getting rid of consoles I had gotten rid of over time.

As games switched from being single player and having friends over to play them to playing solely online, my love of video games seem shifted. Gone was having that moment of connection with friends and family that I had always had. We still recount stories of Halo and Duke Nukem 3D LAN parties. We just don't have that with video gaming today. "Oooh, check out this screenshot!" does not have the same appeal to me as "Dude, remember that one time we were playing Halo..." Having your friend sitting next to you is so much more enjoyable than sitting across state lines. While it's great that you can play with your friends from long distances, it just isn't the same.

A few players diving into a game of D&D at the first Extra Life 2016 Mini Event

A few players diving into a game of D&D at the first Extra Life 2016 Mini Event

For me, that experience rests squarely with tabletop games. My favorite nights now are going over to friends houses, or having them over at mine, and playing games like Super Dungeon Explore, Munchkin, Forbidden Island, Risk, and more. I can share that experience with them. When you're playing a game like The Division, it's a shared experience, but you experience it on your own. While your friend might be close to you, they may be looking at something else entirely. In a tabletop game, everyone is focused on the same thing, whether or not everyone is working together or not.

Today, I feel the most creative people involved in gaming are the ones that create tabletop games. Video games seem more and more to be cookie cutter endeavors and shorter. In fact, it seems like most video games any more take less time to play then some tabletop games.

On April 30th, to celebrate Geek & Sundry's International Tabletop Day, we will be holding our second Extra Life Mini Event for 2016 -- Extra Life UNPLUGGED. I am going to lay down the same challenge to you as I did my co-worker -- come to the event and I will show you a tabletop game that you will love. There are so many great games out there I know that we can find something you will love. The event costs you only $3 and you will have lots of great games to choose from.

I hope to see you at Extra Life Unplugged on April 30th in Macon! Get your tickets today!

Last Year was Just a Starting Point

2015-check-signing$2,000. That was the goal we set at the start of 2015, double $1,066 we raised in 2014. I am very proud of what we accomplished the last 2 years. But I'm not satisfied. I'm ready to raise even more. We've set a primary goal of $5,000 this year and a shoot-for-the-moon goal of $10,000. We know we can do it. But we also know we can't do it alone. We will need the help of the community, our friends, our family -- we need your help. I know we can do it. And as the days go by, I will be announcing our mini events as we head to our Main Event on October 9. I will showcase prizes, trophies, and other great news we have for the events. So come out, support the University of Missouri's Women and Children's Hospital as we look to show them what this great community can do!

Gearing up for Extra Life @ Macon

We are so excited about Extra Life @ Macon! We have done this fundraiser for a couple of years now and are ready to expand it and make it bigger than ever! We've got some great news this year and some exciting changes to do just that. In the coming days, we'll be updating this site and really putting more information out there so you can find out how this event will be bigger than anything we've done before. We can't wait to see what we all can do this year!