I will be honest with you that I haven’t been into role playing games since I was a teenager, but my 15-year old son wanted to participate so I decided to sit back and watch for a while. I’m certainly glad that I took the time to listen and watch the group as they explored a huge dungeon full of twists and turns. The four participants on stage had made a donation to Extra Life for the privilege of being up on stage first. Each had a microphone so the crowd could hear their banter and actions they wanted to take through the campaign. Bubbernaut of Crit Confirm was the Dungeon Master and his unique use of voices while story telling made listening even more fun. I was greatly impressed by the sound system, which allowed the audience to stay engaged as the band of warriors braved through the dungeon.
I had underestimated the ability of an event such as this to generate a continuous flow of donations for the charity when I first sat down. As the story progressed, audience members were donating money to create a unique monster for the group to battle, or to hurt / help a player on stage. At one point, a player was incredibly lucky and just wouldn’t die in any situation, so the crowd helped out and pledged for a variety of misfortunate events eventually causing his demise. It was all in good spirits though and the player gained notoriety for his ability to stay alive against all odds.
So many funny situations occurred that I don’t know if I could pick my favorite moment out, but I think those that involved the audience were always a hit. In one instance, a player decided to use a Pokeball to try and catch a monster the group was battling, but he hadn’t thought about if a Pokemon was already in the ball. After a roll to determine that there was a current Pokemon in his ball, the audience then got to pick which Pokemon would come out. This moment quickly turned into an auction and twenty dollars was the high bid for determining the final outcome. I sat in amazement as people reached in their pockets to donate to charity, just to add their flavor to the current story.
I would encourage you to keep a close eye on the Crit Confirm team as 2015 progresses. They have shown the ability to present outstanding material and events over the past year and it keeps getting better. If you have a chance to watch a live Endless Dungeon event, then mark your calendar and give yourself some time to soak it in. Check out their website at www.CritConfirm.com for a chance to listen to their first Endless Dungeon event at Indiana Comic Con along with some cool D20 Debut segments were they transform you favorite pop culture icons into Pathfinder characters.
I was impressed by the event and even more impressed that over 1800.00 was raised for the Extra Life Charity in around twelve hours of gameplay. I appreciate Crit’s drive to create unique events that raise awareness about gaming and charities. Bravo, Crit team, Bravo!