Extra Life Follow Up

This past weekend I took part in the Extra Life Game Day, playing games for 24 hours with my friends to raise money for sick kids. The Game Day was long, as always, but a whole lot of fun, as always. Despite douchetrumpets trying to crash the site for most of the day, games were still played and donations were still made. I had a goal of $500, and with the help of generous donors I hit $633, so thank you to everyone who donated or spread the word!

But the fundraising isn’t over! I can accept donations until December 31, 2019, so I would love to see that total get to $750, or even $1000, before the year is out. So I am putting together this post so I have all my donation information in one spot for easy linking. You can expect to hear about this a few more times between now and year end.

The best way to donate is through my secure donation page on the Extra Life site. You can donate any amount securely, and if you donate $20 or more you will receive a tax receipt via email almost immediately. Besides a crisp tax receipt, I have a few other incentives for folks who donate:

  • If you donate any amount before the end of the year, I will create a magic or special item for your TTRPG game. You pick the game and give me a one-word prompt, and I’ll come up with a 300-500 word description for this item. DM me on Twitter once you have donated with your game and prompt.
  • If you make a $50+ donation I will edit up to twenty pages of text for you. For every increment of $50 you donate I will edit another twenty pages, and so on. Those pages can be all one project, or split between projects, as you require. The project doesn’t have to be right away, you can lock in my services for a future project if you like. You can also donate to get editing for someone else, so this makes a great gift for the TTRPG or sci-fi/fantasy writer in your life. When you have donated, shoot me an email at brent.jans@gmail.com with “Extra Life Editing” in the title, outlining your project details.

Finally, I created a deadly, adorable creature for my home game, and I shared it on DM’s Guild to raise money for Extra Life. All proceeds from The Hedgicorn go to Extra Life, and you get a unique fey creature for your D&D table. It currently enjoys a five-star rating, and you can read a wonderful review of the creature on the page as well.

So plenty of ways for you to donate, help sick kids, and get some rewards for your generosity. Donations of any amount are appreciated, and if you can’t donate please help spread the word. If I hit my $1000 goal by the end of the year, I plan to release something else on DM’s Guild for free, as a thank you to the community. But we’ll have to get there if you want to see what that is…

The Hedgicorn

I love coming up with weird, quirky things for my D&D campaign. As one of my groups is entering a pocket of the Faewylde, I wanted to create something special for them to encounter. I love faerie, because done properly they hide a frightening power behind a cute facade. So I thought to myself, how could I make something as adorable as the hedgehog a formidable encounter for my group?

Enter the hedgicorn! All the majestic power of the unicorn, crammed into a tiny hedgehog package. Protector of the small folk of the fae, guardian of lost children, indomitable alone and well nigh unstoppable when gathered in common purpose with other hedgicorns. I loved the idea so much I had my buddy Jeff Martin do up some art for it, pictured. Jeff is a fantastic artist, and I think he captured my weird little creation perfectly.

Not only is this the first creature I have created for any TTRPG that I have commissioned art for, but this now marks my first creation published on DMs Guild. It seemed appropriate, as this is the start of my Extra Life campaign for 2019, that this fierce guardian of lost children should benefit children in the real world. So in perpetuity, you can purchase The Hedgicorn on the DMs Guild for just $1.99US, with all proceeds going to benefit Extra Life.

I hope the hedgicorn will find a place at your table. It has made for an interesting beastie in my campaign, and I would love for some wizard or druid to adopt one as a familiar or animal companion.

If you do use it in your campaign, please let me know how it goes. Any feedback will be incorporated into updated versions, as tweek and adjust it through my own usage.