Holy Countdown Batfolks

With 2 weeks to go, things are gathering apace for a crazy weekend of games. We’ve been putting posters up around Edinburgh, including at the Sick Kids.

In the meantime this weekend sees pacesetter Richard Adams embarking on his ‘dev marathon’ in which he’ll be making as many games as he can in 24 hours. We’ve sponsored him suggesting a game using our wee sprite logo as a character. Why not sponsor him to make a suggestion? At least show him some support.

The rest of us are hard in training getting into shape for our 24 hour video games marathon in aid of the Sick Kids Friends Foundation on the weekend of 12th -14th October 2012. If you think playing games and saving kids sounds like something you could do, it’s not too late to sign up. Just read our Safety guidelines and create a Just Giving Page
What are you playing this weekend? tweet us with the #sksptraining hashtag, or come chat to us on Facebook.

Welcome back, Skyscanner

Last year flight price comparison experts Skyscanner impressed us when they raised £1.3k towards the SKSP total by turning their office into a 24 hour videogames mecca. Now it looks like they’ll be joining us again!

“Skyscanner as an organisation takes great pride in the variety of charity work that it gets involved in. Being comprised primarily of geeks, a band of Skyscanner employees were naturally drawn to the marathon and the cause.” They tell us on their Just Giving page. If last year was anything to go by, expect some amusing video blogs! Welcome back scanners!

Stay On Target…

In 3 weeks time the dust will be settling on the third Sick Kids Save Point charity gaming marathon!

We’ll be exhausted, all gamed out, but we’ll be feeling that sense of accomplishment that you can only get from helping others.

In our case we are raising money for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, including helping them provide comforts and specialist services. We’ve previously contributed toward the cost of state-of-the-art keyhole surgery equipment, vehicles, the drop-in centre and Kidsnet, the children’s intranet throughout Lothian. 

 “we purchase state of the art medical equipment, assist extra research, raise funds for family and child-friendly facilities and provide special comforts for children in hospital.” chief exec Maureen Harrison told STV this year.  read more here.

You Don’t Have To Be A Doctor to Help Children Get Better…

Help us do it again. This year we’ve 42 fundraising pages set up on Just Giving, and everyone is getting their sponsors in. Unfortunately the one trophy from our trophy list that eluded us last year looks unlikely to be achieved again: to get 100 fundraising pages taking part..

Can we do it? The only way we’ll get there is with your help. It’s not too late. Sign up for Scotland’s 24 hour gaming marathon now, by creating a page on Just Giving and following our instructions on the right.

If you’re already on board, see if you can persuade someone to join you!

Play Games. Save Kids. Win Stuff.

Make Sick Kids Save Point a murder mystery weekend!

Edinburgh Indie studio Blazing Griffin is relaunching The Ship, a unique multiplayer PC game.

“Set on a series of luxury, art deco cruise ships built by Mr X, this devilish game challenges you to kill or be killed. Once you’re on board you’re given the name of another passenger whom you must find and secretly murder. Watch out for security unless you want to do some time in jail, take care of yourself and keep looking over your shoulder because somewhere out there is another hunter looking for you!”

Blazing Griffin have nailed their awesome credentials to the mast by giving us 5 copies of the game towards our prize list – crivvens! Not only that, but each code has two gift codes for your friends, and each of those has a further one. This means each code allows five of you to set sail for a wink murder cruise!
If there’s a group of five SKSPers that want to play this game during their games marathon, make sure you’re following @SKsavepoint and @BlazingGriffin and tweet us the following:
“Hi @SKsavepoint, we’d love to kill each other on board #TheShip during #SKSP, thanks to @BlazingGriffin”
But it’ll be first come first served… a dish best served cold.

Travel to Ancient Egypt with a new ipod

Thoth be praised!!  Scottish games company Ludometrics have offered 2 of the new ipod shuffles towards our prize list! All you need to do to enter the draw is raise £100 in sponsorship for your Sick Kids Save Point gaming marathon. If you win, you get to choose the colour…

In the meantime we recommend you go and download their addictive wee game of hieroglyphic puzzles Matching Set . Perfect for toilet breaks during your SKSP marathon!

Ra Ra RA!

Avatar Heroes

There’s two parts to taking part in Sick Kids Save Point. Enduring 24 hours of gaming, and raising sponsorship. They are both tough tasks. Raising sponsorship can be a challenge when people don’t understand how difficult the marathon is, or the importance of the cause we are supporting.

Having a good avatar for your Just Giving page has become a bit of an art form at Sick Kids Save Point – it helps convince folks to sponsor you by showing either the quality of the cause you are raising for, The Sick Kids Friends Foundation, or the spirit with which you are approaching the task.

Robert Eastell, who raised £1,250 last year with a group of friends, has become a father since, and this year is using a picture of his baby as an avatar, reminding us exactly who we’re raising for.

Another success last year was Steev Douglas, who raised £581 after posting a series of hilarious avatars of himself or his kids:

At Sick Kids Save Point HQ we like the idea of gamers as heroes. None more so than our resident photographer Ross Aitken. As well as our Borderlands tribute for Cam Hall (see previous post), Ross has adopted a different hero persona every year as his avatar. First Superman, then Green Lantern:

 
And this year he’s adopted the Dark Knight as his avatar. Gamer, hero… Where’s he gonna stick that batarang?

We look forward to seeing some of this year’s examples! Once you’ve been sponsored once email us with your gamertag and we’ll send you a cool personalised sprite guy!

Saving Kids in Pandora..

We’re fans of Gearbox’s Borderlands here at Sick Kids Save Point HQ. It follows in a long lineage of addictive action-rpg obsessions that started with Gauntlet back in the arcades of the 80s. Actually, four player co-op on Borderlands 2 is top of lists of games to play during our gaming marathon.

We’re also fans of photographic mash-ups showing gamers as heroes, courtesy of our resident designer and photographer Ross Aitken. You may remember his Playstation Superman, or his Xbox Green Lantern.

Anyway, this year we pay tribute to Borderlands, knowing that us participants in Sick Kids Save Point are renegade heroes in the wasteland of negativity. When even Creative Scotland are devaluing games, we’re gamers for hire, saving kids by gaming past the fun barrier.

Anyway, enough of the claptrap. Here are the awesome images, featuring SKSP participant Cam Hall:

You can go sponsor Cam here.