Minecraft Marathon for Child’s Play

Why Child’s Play?

Child’s Play was set up in 2003 as a charity dedicated to improving the lives of children in their network of over 70 hospitals worldwide.  Using the cash donations sent in, Child’s Play are able to purchase toys, books, video games and other fun stuff for use by children in hospital.  I have personally been supporting Child’s Play indirectly for a number of years as they are one of the charities supported by Humble Bundle, but I felt that I could contribute in a more meaningful way.

 

Why Minecraft?

…Because it’s awesome…?

But seriously.  In a marathon gaming session there needs to be some sort of goal in the game(s) played.  The goal for the event is to raise money, of course, but we need something to work towards; we’re going to get pretty tired, so we need to have something to focus on.  Minecraft gives us an incredible amount of flexibility in choosing a goal; unlike other games which railroad you into a story of some kind, Minecraft gives you a pristine world and says “Here, do what you want with it”.  More details about what we’ll be building or doing in Minecraft will be announced closer to the event date.

 

What’s Happening?

This event will be split into two separate 24-hour sessions over three days; we need to give our participants time to rest, after all!  The event will take place on the following days – all times are in GMT:

  • 8pm Thursday 5th December to 8pm Friday 5th December
  • 8pm Saturday 7th December to 8pm Sunday 8th December

 

Sure. “Charity”. You’re just going to pocket my money.

Most certainly not. We will not be collecting or even “touching” anyone’s money, all donations will be made directly to Child’s Play.  Even the donation tracker you see on the front page is generated by the Child’s Play website.  When we get closer to the event date you will be able to verify this for yourself by checking the event calendar on the Child’s Play web site.

 

Can I watch?

Sure.  This event will be live-streamed on our Twitch.tv channel.  We’ll do our best to keep the feed as family-friendly as possible, but I’m afraid we may have little control over messages posted in chat.  You’ll also be able to connect to our Minecraft server to see our progress live; please note that the number of available slots may be limited due to resource constraints.

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