As February draws to a close it also marks the end of another GameBlast Event for the charity Special Effect, this was the 8th year that we have taken part.
I remains as much fun this year with friends old and new taking part in the activities and us stomping all over our donation goals.
Identity & Branding
I registered a domain for our Digital Rogues charity team last year, but only really got it into a proper state in the last few months. I have to say it’s been nice working on a project that isn’t a blog and that contains mostly static data with no Database. (That blog to html project calling to me)
I also designed a new logo to give us a refresh as the original was looking a little dated, to say the least.
I decided that I wanted to showcase and document the activities we have already completed, the donations received & hours we streamed.
It took some digging and number crunching but it looks really impressive and makes our commitment to taking part each year a bit more real.
Another of the benefits that came out of this was I could see how close we were to milestones in our fundraising efforts and as the donations started to roll in this year we passed an accumulative total of £10,000 raised by the Digital Rogues team since we started. Which is pretty sweet.
It’s now? Right?
Welcome to the year 2020, YAY! We are officially living in the future, Now I just need my hover car and house in the clouds.
In all seriousness at least we aren’t all eating Soylent Green or glued to our Three-Dimensional Interactive Television’s like Harry Harrison and Ray Bradbury predicted…
Welcome to this, the compulsory first blog post of the year, which is of course rather late.
January is one of the busiest periods in my workplace so all the best will in the world doesn’t allow me to conjure up more time to devote to may extra activities. February is usually dominated by our Charity Gaming Marathon weekend, however this year we also managed air travel and attending a wedding alongside all the normal madness.
The wedding was a blast and we all had a lovely time catching up with friends. Travel home was to a different airport as they had cancelled our flight, but the taxi driver played games and ESO so the 4 hour journey wasn’t too taxing.
The GameBlast20 Charity event went rather smoothly, in the past Munki and I often run a donation page each and stream in parallel over the weekend. This year we had a re-think of our approach and run a single donation page and run our stream in a relay fashion.
This year our charity team Digital Rogues did fantastically well, raising a wonderful £1,228.27 for Special Effect.
This year will see the 20th anniversary of me registering welshtroll.co.uk domain, I may not post as frequently as I used to but I still want to try and commit to posting on some kind of schedule this year, which leads me nicely on to…
I wanted to write down my goals for this year, they aren’t anything too crazy but it will give me some focus throughout the year.
Redesign my Monster of the Week Templates for Roll20 – I kind of cheated on this goal as I started working on it in January, the bulk is completed I need to do some further clean up of the code and CSS.
I would like to flesh out more of the CyberPunk RPG world I started building last year, I am still adding additional elements into Kanka.io as they occur to me, however I’d like to dedicate some time to detailing more of the backstory and global history.
Replace my car – I have had this car for 5 years now and I need to start thinking about an upgrade, however I tend to spend again mulling over the details.
Think about a gaming themed tattoo, I have many ideas but I want to get a final shortlist of themes that I’m wanting to get, then decide on one.
Post at least once a Month, was going to aim for once a fortnight but I want to at least give myself some wiggle room.
2019 has been crazy year so far, I have a huge project on at work that is using up so much extra time and headspace, combine that with some last minute training, charity events, and a head-cold, I think I’ve just about hung in there but my time has been limited.
I got to see my favourite band VNV Nation, in a venue closer than 2 hours away, The gig was amazing and the new material just blew me away live. It was odd not seeing Mark on stage but I felt that the music didn’t lack any energy because of this. VNV live is a wonderful thing as there is so much warmth from the crowd and the interactions from Ronan.
My clan mate DefinitelyMod entered himself and tagged me into Corsair/Elgato’s 1 millionth twitter follower giveaway.
In a shocking twist of fate, our names were the first pulled out of the hat. So we both got sent a Corsair M65 RGB ELITE Optical FPS Gaming Mouse and an Elgato Stream Deck Mini.
I took part in the launch day event for Sunless Skies, streaming the title that I had been playing since Kickstarter, every minute streamed raised £1 for the charity Special Effect, I had a fun time and got to play the final version of the sequel.
Munki crocheted a lovely blue shawl for my Nan for her 92nd birthday, when we visited she was in great spirits and loved the gift. I think I’ve seen her using most times I’ve seen her which is nice.
In later part of 2018 we got sent an email with some VERY good deals for a 4 night stay in a destination that our whole family loves to visit, so despite being almost Christmas we decided to make our Christmas presents to ourselves this holiday.
It was a great mini-break and even though I was suffering with a headcold, we all came home with a smile and some fun memories.
We recently had a shift in our departments naming and suggestions were wanted for a logo/symbol, basically something to represent our identify to the wider business. To cut a long story short submitted a few designs and through some democratic voting my designs were picked as the one to be taken forward for the art/design folks to shape into something usable. The ultimate silver lining is that for having my designs picked I earnt a £50 Amazon voucher. \o/
I managed to get my Diablo 3 seasonal character to Conqueror tier, which after Chapter 4 is the one to aim for since you can get the additional Stash tab ( if you haven’t already reached the earn-able limit 4). This seasonal has been great fun since the last patch the quality of life feels more balanced and the set bonus that got a buff definitely feel more rewarding to play.
2019 was our 4th year taking part in the GameBlast gaming event fundraising for the charity Special Effect. We got another new member to the Digital Rogues roster this year as BroadSider joined in the fun. I am very happy to have reached my goal and that our group also pass our £1000 goal.
I got to play some great games over the charity weekend and I really enjoyed the Return of the Obra Dinn which I bought after watching Pam from CannotBeTamed‘s Best games of 2018 video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBAhFlSs8Hc
So it’s been a bit of a crazy time these last 2 months, fingers crossed that things will calm down enough for me to write a proper blog post and not just a list of bullet-points.
Last year Munki, myself, friends and co-workers took part in a Charity event for Special Effect called GameBlast. Apart from some bad planning about start times, we had an amazing time and collectively raised £643.58 for a truly amazing cause.
Incase you aren’t aware of the charity Special Effect is an awesome organisation who strive to give those who aren’t able to enjoy gaming due to disability the freedom of playing games again, allowing them to interact with friends and family.
Although I can type of the good things they do, I would ask you to watch the following video which can do a much better job at explaining things than me.
This year we are taking part in GameBlast17 on 24 to 26 Feb 2017, with a more carefully planned schedule that doesn’t start straight after work. I think we are aiming for two 12 hour sessions so that we don’t need to work out child care. We are hoping to play some multiplayer titles, and if we can get the camera setup working correctly we shall even stream some table top board games.
We are still working out the schedule of what we are playing and when, but most of the PC gaming events we shall be hopefully streaming the gameplay.
This post was to give me a bit of a kick up the arse to complete my fundraising page as much it was to start putting the word out about the event.
Last weekend FlyinPinkMunki and I took part in a gaming marathon called GameBlast to help raise money for the charity Special Effect. Along with 3 other people our team played for a collective 130+ hours and raised over £630 in sponsorship.
Personally I achieved my personal goal by setting up HItbox streaming for 24 hours, I then tacked some additional hours beyond the stream too in the remainder of the weekend. I covered the following titles as part of the event:
Left 4 Dead 2 (Group Game)
World of Tanks
Rocket League (Group Game)
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes (Group Game)
The Long Dark
Orcs Must Die! 2
Team Fortress 2 (Group Game)
AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome
World of Warships (Group Game)
I have to say it was really good fun and I plan on taking part in the event next year, hopefully with more players signed up so we can run some bigger gaming events and possibly relay timeslots to cover the whole event.