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November 16th
CNE Extra Life 2020 
Posted in Codename News.

Welcome Back, Extra Life!

It's hard to believe that it's that time of the year again with how this year has flown by, but it's already time for Codename Entertainment Extra Life 2020!

For those who may not know, Extra Life is a wonderful program set up to raise donations for Children's Miracle Network hospitals. The money raised is donated as unrestricted funds for hospitals to use as needed. But the best part? We can help by doing what we love to do: gaming!

For more information about the Extra Life program, check out their FAQ.

What's the Plan for 2020?

Like many events this year, we've had to shift from the typical plan and adapt to find solutions that allow us to stay safe and within our region's COVID-19 restrictions. The Codename Entertainment team will still be playing all kinds of games, but we will have more virtual games this year in addition to the socially distant in-office antics. As of new regulations issued at 3 PM PST on Thursday, November 19th, 2020, the Codename Entertainment 24 hour Extra Life live stream has been postponed until a later date.

You can donate in-game by purchasing our Extra Life 2020 DLC packs, or directly through the Extra Life pages for any of our currently-supported games. Check out the individual game pages for more details! As of Thursday, November 19th 2020 we are thrilled to say that we've already raised over $11,000! Also, you can check out the Codename Entertainment Extra Life page here.

What if I already donated to a specific stream?

As of Thursday evening, we received donations to various streams campaigns and we are delighted to say that we will be matching those donations received up to this point.

Once again, you can find all our info and more over on the Codename Entertainment Extra Life Team Page.

We hope to have our new day of streaming scheduled soon!
November 5th
Idle Champions: Stay at Home Walnut 
Posted in Idle Champions.

We're very proud to be partnering with the Take This charity and Take This Wisdom Save Weekend and their ambassador Trystan Falcone, aka Walnut Dankgrass on Acquisitions Incorporated: The "C" Team, with the release of the Stay at Home Walnut skin!

You can get your hands on this exclusive skin by signing up to play or run a live TRPG session during Take This Wisdom Save Weekend. All you have to do is go to this link, sign up to play in a game or run a session or donate US$20. You'll then receive your Stay At Home Walnut code in the confirmation email.

Wisdom Save Weekend

Wisdom Save Weekend is the first annual Take This gaming weekend. Jam-packed with live streams and amazing games with proceeds benefiting Take This. Starting with a whole day of Live Streaming content on the 20th and two days packed with paid and free games on the 21st and 22nd of November.

The mission of Take This is to decrease the stigma and increase the support for, mental health in the game community and inside the game industry. Their vision is a game community that welcomes and supports people experiencing mental health challenges, and that recognizes the humanity and mental health of game creators. All of the Wisdom Save Weekend paid games will directly benefit Take This with 100% of the proceeds going to them.

Dungeons & Dragons Stay at Home Walnut Take This

Stay at Home Walnut

The first 1,000 TRPG fans to sign up to participate in Take This Wisdom Save Weekend via StartPlaying.Games will receive a code for the exclusive Stay At Home Walnut skin for Idle Champions. The code will unlock the following:
  • Walnut Dankgrass
  • An exclusive Stay at Home Walnut Skin
  • Two Gold Walnut Chests that enable players to unlock gear for Walnut in-game.
  • Plus the donor will book a seat at their chosen TRPG session for Take This Wisdom Save Weekend.


Unable to attend This This Wisdom Save Weekend but still want to support a great cause and get Stay at Home Walnut? We heard your feedback! Follow these steps:
  • Go to Take This Wisdom Save Weekend's Tilitfy
  • Make sure you're registered with Tiltify.
  • donate first and then it takes you to the rewards (but you can click on 'Rewards' on the left to preview the donation)




October 9th
BW2: BC SPCA Charity Fundraiser! 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

BC SPCA Charity Fundraiser

Some of you may know Georgia, who for the past few years has been BW2's talented artist. Unfortunately, Georgia's dear hedgehog, Sonic, has passed away. Please take a moment to look through adorable pictures of him at the bottom of the blog post, in the Sonic Memorial Gallery.

In his honor, we're raising money for BC SPCA, an organization doing incredible work protecting and enhancing the quality of life for animals in B.C.

Over this weekend you can purchase any of 3 special packs, of which 100% of our proceeds will be donated to BC SPCA's Champions for Animals fundraiser.



Champions For Animals

The BC SPCA's 'Champions for Animals' program raises money for protecting and enhancing the quality of life for animals in B.C. We're fundraising for this in our typical global video game fashion! Take a free ChariTea (a 100% energy drink) and Level 5 Pet Treat. If you feel so inclined, buy a few extras or any of the premium packs on sale this weekend. 100% of Codename's proceeds will go directly to BC SPCA.

What is the BC SPCA, You Ask?

The mission of the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm, and wild animals in British Columbia. They assist more than 41,806 animals in need every year and are the largest animal welfare organization of their kind in North America and the largest animal sheltering society in the world.

Read more about the BC SPCA Here

Why a charity fundraiser, Codename?

One of Codename Entertainment's long-term goals is to give back as much as we can. As part of giving back, we regularly find charities and organizations that we want to support and do charitable promotions for them in-game. (100% of Codename's proceeds from these sales like this go directly to the charity. It gives you some extra in-game goodies, it provides funds and support for the BC SPCA, and it gives us a warm fuzzy feeling in our tummies.)

Become champions with us!

Update!!!

To all of you who donated to this fundraiser: Thank you. With your support we managed to raise just over $2,700 CAD (~$2,000 USD) for BC SPCA. Give yourselves a pat on the back!

As thanks, you can redeem this coupon code before November 15th for 1 free Level 5 Pet Treat: SPCA-HELP-PETS-2020

You can still make a donation Here

Sonic Memorial Gallery


Gentle hand-bonk <3


Curious sniffles


Sheltering hands

September 8th
Idle Champions: Mindful Sloth Familiar & Take This 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Greetings, Champions!

This summer has certainly flown by. Normally at this time of year, we'd be gearing up to go to PAX West, but this year is a bit different.

While we find new ways to adapt, somethings stay consistent and that's why we're thrilled to announce that we are working with Take This on a charity fundraiser for Mental Health Awareness for the third year in a row! Take This is a mental health organization providing comprehensive resources, support, and consultation tailored for the unique and diverse needs of the game community.

The Mindful Sloth

This is our third year partnering with Take This and AFK Rooms at PAX! The two previous years we were delighted to raise $11,500 in 2018 and $13,000 in 2019 for AFK Rooms and in support of Mental Health Awareness. This year's AFK Room will be a little different, but we are thrilled to support the Take This Community AFK Discord - AFKOnline!

This year we have partnered again with the incredible Trystan Falcone, aka Walnut Dankgrass on Acquisitions Incorporated: The "C" Team, to bring The Mindful Sloth Familiar to Idle Champions.

Dungeons & Dragons Mindful Sloth Familiar Take This

Through September 21, 2020, Codename will be donating the net proceeds from all purchases of the new Mindful Sloth Familiar Pack to Take This in support of the Take This Community AFK Discord. It's a fantastic cause and one we really believe in, so we hope you'll help and bring this wonderful sloth into your familiar circles! The Mindful Sloth Familiar is available now in the in-game shop on PC and Mac on Steam and web, Xbox One, iOS and on all Android devices.



The Mindful Sloth Familiar will be available on PlayStation 4 on Tuesday, September 8th, and on Nintendo Switch on Friday, September 18th, 2020. We will be donating the net proceeds for the first two weeks of release, once available on those platforms.
June 17th
Baby Snowy Owlbear and Red Nose Day 
Posted in Idle Champions.

We are proud to announce that we have partnered with Red Nose Day to create a unique familiar! Codename Entertainment will be donating the net proceeds from all sales of the Baby Snowy Owlbear Familiar Pack through July 1st, 2020, to the Red Nose Day Fund/Comic Relief US! To thank you for supporting this great cause, everyone who purchases a Baby Snowy Owlbear familiar through July 1st will also unlock an exclusive skin for the familiar, with a red nose!

Dungeons & Dragons Baby Snowy Owlbear Red Nose Day

Net proceeds from all Baby Snowy Owlbear Familiar sales through July 1st, 2020 will be donated to Red Nose Day, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, with the mission to end child poverty by funding programs that keep children safe, healthy, and educated.

Red Nose Day supports programs that address both the immediate needs of children in poverty while fostering long-term change. Funds raised are split 50/50 between the United States and some of the poorest communities around the world. Red Nose Day ensures your donations go where the need is the greatest. Food. Medicine. Shelter. And most importantly, to give hope. To date, Red Nose Day donations have positively impacted over 25 million children living in poverty to help change their stories for good. We hope you can help join us in supporting the cause!

Familiars are NPCs that players can assign to specific tasks, such as clicking enemies, leveling up Champions, or using ultimate abilities. Familiars will click at different rates depending on the task they are assigned to. For more information, see our Introducing Familiars Dev Blog.

The Baby Snowy Owlbear Familiar is available now in the in-game shop on PC and Mac on Steam and web, Xbox One, and on all Android devices.

The Baby Snowy Owlbear Familiar will be available on PlayStation 4 on Thursday, June 18th, and on Nintendo Switch & iOS in the coming weeks. We will be donating the net proceeds for the first two weeks of release, once available on those platforms.
March 3rd
Idle Champions: Baby Spurt and Game to Grow 
Posted in Idle Champions.

We are very proud to announce that we have partnered with Game to Grow for the release of the Baby Spurt Familiar Pack!

Dungeons & Dragons Spurt Game to Grow

Net proceeds from all Baby Spurt Familiar sales through March 17, 2020 will be donated to Game to Grow, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the use of games of all kinds for therapeutic, educational, and community growth. Game to Grow's game-based therapy groups help kids and teens build real-world skills and develop lasting friendships in a setting that is safe, supportive and fun. It's a cause we are proud to support.

Familiars are NPCs that players can assign to specific tasks, such as clicking enemies, leveling up Champions, or using ultimate abilities. Familiars will click at different rates depending on the task they are assigned to. For more information, see our Introducing Familiars Dev Blog.

When we first wished Spurt a Happy Birthday back in January, we could not have anticipated the community response to that lovable kobold. It is our pleasure to have our latest Charity DLC honor Spurt's memory with proceeds going to such a worthy cause.

The Baby Spurt Familiar is available now in the in-game shop on PC and Mac on Steam and web, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, iPad, iPhone, and on all Android devices.
January 24th
BW2: Australian Wildfire Charity Fundraiser! 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Australian Wildfire Charity Fundraiser!

The wildfires in Australia are one of the worst in the country's history, having burned more than the Amazon and California fires combined--16 million acres of land. The losses Australia is experiencing in lives and property are still staggering. Over 30 people have been killed. Hundreds of millions of animals, by some estimates, have perished or are facing starvation or dehydration in devastated habitats. And more than 2,500 homes have been destroyed.

This is why we're raising money for GenerOZity, an Australian based Not-For-Profit Charity that is running a charity drive for the incredible people in the Fire & Rescue services.

Until Jan 27th you can buy the Conservation Kangaroo Pet and Fundraiser Freeze Pops, of which 100% of our proceeds will be donated to GenerOZity.

Update:
To all of you who donated to our GenerOZity fundraiser: Thank you. From noon on January 24th to noon on January 27th, we managed to raise just over $3,000 AUD (~$2,000 USD) for GenerOZity, an Australian based Not-For-Profit Charity that is running a charity drive for the incredible people in the Fire & Rescue services. Give yourselves a pat on the back! As thanks, you can redeem this code before March 1st for 1 free Large Energy Pack: GENE-ROZI-TYIN-2020
November 20th, 2019
Codename Extra Life 2019 
Posted in Codename News.

Welcome Back, Extra Life!

It's that time of the year again - and we're not talking about Christmas, though Christmas is pretty great - it's time for Codename Entertainment Extra Life 2019!

For those who may not know, Extra Life is a wonderful program set up to raise donations for Children's Miracle Network hospitals. The money raised is donated as unrestricted funds for hospitals to use as needed. But the best part? We can help by doing what we love to do: gaming!

For more information about the Extra Life program, check out their FAQ.

What's the Plan for 2019?

The Codename Entertainment team will be playing all kinds of games, including TRPG games, board games, card games, and of course, video games.

You can donate in-game or from the Extra Life page of any of our currently supported games. Check out their pages for more details! Plus more! Also, you can check out the Codename Entertainment Extra Life page here.

When do you Start?

We have time-gated our stream to this coming weekend, starting on Friday, November 22nd, at 9am PST and running for 24 hours until Saturday, November 23rd at 9am PST. You'll be able to watch the event in all its glory over on the Codename Entertainment Twitch.

Once again, you can find all our info and more over on the Codename Entertainment Extra Life Team Page.

Wish us luck surviving again!
September 9th, 2019
Take This PAX West 2019 Update 

With your help we managed to raise more than $13,000 in support of Take This, helping to fund AFK Rooms not just for PAX West 2019, but for future PAX Events as well.

On behalf of all of us at Codename Entertainment, we would like to offer a massive ‘thank you’ to the fans and supporters who made this happen. It is thanks to you that PAX attendees will have access to these invaluable spaces to recharge.

Also, a very special thank you to Amy T Falcone, the creator of Vizier, and her fans who helped make this a giant success too.

To learn more about how your donations make a difference, visit www.takethis.org
August 13th, 2019
Idle Champions: Vizier Familiar & PAX West 2019 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Greetings, Champions!

We hope your August has been filled with joy and adventures, both inside and outside Idle Champions. It's a very busy month for us here at Codename Entertainment, not just because we continue to work on live servicing our games while half our staff go on holiday, but also because we're gearing up for PAX West.

Wait -- did we mention that we'll be at PAX West again this year? Whoops. Let me start over. We're going to be at PAX West again this year! And not only are we hosting our very own booth (#7301 on Floor 6) but we will be featuring a whole bunch of fun stuff. Read on to learn more...

Put a Bird on it for Charity

Some of you may remember that last year we did a charity fundraiser for Take This and AFK Rooms at PAX, raising over $11,500 in support of Mental Health Awareness!

This year we have partnered with the incredible Amy T. Falcone, aka Walnut Dankgrass on Acquisitions Incorporated: The "C" Team, to bring Walnut's Familiar, Vizier, the Steller's Jay, to Idle Champions.

Would you like to know more? We have a video for you!



Through August 27th, 2019, all net proceeds from the Vizier the Steller's Jay Familiar Pack will be donated to Take This in support of AFK Rooms at PAX events. It's a fantastic cause and one we really believe in, so we hope you'll help!

Meet the Cool Kids

What fun is a PAX without your friends? This year we're hosting some amazingly-talented folks over at Booth 7301 for signings/meet & greets, and when we're not already introducing you to awesome people our artists will be drawing caricatures of PAX attendees as D&D classes. Ever wanted to have your likeness immortalized as a Warlock or Barbarian on a fragile sheet of paper? PAX West is your chance!

PAX West Booth 7301 Schedule

Note: subject to change, because, well, things happen and you adapt ;)


TIME Friday Saturday Sunday Monday
10AM–12PM Caricatures Caricatures Caricatures Caricatures
12PM–1PM High Rollers The "C" Team &
Anna Prosser
Anna Prosser Caricatures
1PM–2PM Caricatures Caricatures Caricatures Caricatures
2PM–3PM Erin M Evans Erin M Evans Caricatures Caricatures
3PM–4PM Caricatures High Rollers High Rollers Caricatures
4PM–5PM Scott Kurtz Caricatures Scott Kurtz Caricatures
5PM–6PM Caricatures Caricatures Caricatures Caricatures

Yes, you read that right: it's all caricatures, all day long on Monday, September 2nd. Many PAX attendees wait until Monday to get their caricatures done, and that's awesome - but keep in mind that the queue for caricatures does tend to fill up quickly!

Free PAX Stuff™

At past events we've always had a selection of Champions for players to pick up through Champion Postcards. This PAX we're going to put a little bit of a spin on it and make things far more simple. There will be one giveaway to rule them all: Rockstar Jim Darkmagic!

Anyone who drops by Booth 7301 can pick up a Champion Postcard that unlocks Rockstar Jim Darkmagic, a costume based on Mike Krahulik's cosplay at Acquisitions Incorporated Live - PAX West 2018. And, if you don't already have Jim Darkmagic unlocked, the Rockstar Jim Darkmagic Postcard will unlock him for you as well.



I can already hear the collective groan of players who will miss out on PAX West and their chance to get Rockstar Jim Darkmagic. Worry not, friends — we will be making Rockstar Jim Darkmagic available again in the future. So while PAX West 2019 will be your first chance to get this exclusive outfit, it will return, and in the meantime you'll be at least as cool as Jim!

Is that it?

No, that's not all! But the other stuff isn't quite ready to be shared. We have a rather ambitious idea for our booth setup this year and we're still working on it, unsure about whether or not this crazy idea will work. We hope to share that info soon, but everyone may have to wait until the doors open to PAX West and then head on over to Booth 7301 on Floor 6 in order to find out...

In the meantime, we hope you'll consider contributing to Take This by grabbing your very own Vizier the Steller's Jay Familiar!