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Top 10 (Nerdy) Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund

So here we are, deep into February with March right around the corner.  It’s the beginning of tax season and with all that’s fit to buy, I’m going to offer up my top ten choices to spend a tax refund on:

10. Steam Wallet

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First off, Steam is addicting. With a sale for every season and weekly deals the year round, I suggest you dump part (or all) of you refund into your steam wallet. When the Spring sale starts, you won’t be able to cry you don’t have money in your bank account; it’ll be right there on Steam waiting for you to spend.

9. Kickstarter

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Following a close second to the constant games on sale are games yet to come out. Feeling nostalgic for a game you used to play? There’s likely a reboot, or an anniversary edition being crowdfunded on Kickstarter. I’ve got my 20th Anniversary Whiskey Box Edition of Deadlands coming and I can’t wait. New ideas abound there as well. There might be an awesome game you don’t know you’ll love just waiting for you to back it.

8. VR Equipment

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Virtual reality is hot, even Pornhub is into it (so I’m told). The high end phones, and even the PlayStation all have VR tech waiting to gobble up your cash.  There are inexpensive models you can purchase for your phone if you’re not ready for a setup the same price as a full console.

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An Open Letter to our Fans

An Open Letter to our Fans

Dear friends, fans, viewers, donors,

We want to take this time to sincerely thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

On April 9th, 2016, we did something amazing. We raised more money than we ever have in the history of Real Women of Gaming. We raised $1,404 for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia through Extra Life so far and we couldn’t have done it without you.

In case you missed it, here’s a little recap:

The event started at 12am EST with me, Vanri the Rogue, playing a small game called The Rivers of Alice. It was frustrating, to say the least, so I only played for an hour before moving on to Firewatch, a game I’m very much enjoying (look for a review in the near future).

At 3am EST, KinkedNitemare hopped on stream to play The Magic Circle. It was a wildly interesting, if not downright strange, game. It was a favorite in the Twitch chat.

At 6am EST, W1k3d0n3 came on screen with the new Hitman game. It was extremely funny and amazingly entertaining. He was a trooper who stayed on for nearly 5 hours!

The in-store event had some technical difficulties to begin, but it went off without a hitch otherwise. Even the horrific weather didn’t stop us from raising our amazing total. There were games to play, laughs had, and someone gave Crymson a megaphone and a crown (it went to her head!).

On stream, Vel played Orcs Must Die! Unchained, and Brawlhalla. We also had an amazing time playing Rocket League and Garry’s Mod: Prop Hunt. Finally, at the end of the night, a ton of people won amazing raffle prizes.

The final donation count was $1,404.

The videos from the stream are being uploaded to our YouTube channel daily, in case you missed it.

If you didn’t have a chance to donate, but still want to, you can do so HERE! It will be open until the end of the year!

Truly, thank you all so much for donating, spreading the word and watching our live stream. You’re all amazing and helped us do a wonderful thing.

We love you guys!

Sincerely,
The RWoG Team

We would like to give a special thanks to all of our sponsors and partners:

Our Partners:
Firelight Studios
Sir Turtle Gaming

Location and support:
Uncanny! Comics and More
, plus their amazing staff
Plymouth Meeting Mall

Cosplayers:
Give-No-Effs Cosplay
Central PA Avengers
Robert Seigfried Cosplay
Division-Ten Cosplay
Ginger Liz
Red Hat Games

Raffle/Giveaways:
9th Circle of Horror

Quiltface Studios
Kay Jewelers
Roman Angelo Photography
Eric and Kat
Melissa Bowers Independent Jamberry Consultant
Magnolia and Vine – Stacy Smith, style consultant
Uncle Julio’s
Art Expo
Ravenwing Creations
The Rock Shop
Devon L. Miller
RetroCon
ColdShoulderAvenue
Hallmark Store
T-Mobile
Picture People
Dave & Busters

Food Provided by:
Chick-Fil-A
Main Street Pizzeria & Grille

The Very Serious Question of Superpowers

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It should not come as a shock to anyone that we here at Real Women of Gaming love Superheroes and Supervillains. We play games, talk comics, watch television shows and even cosplay as them. They inspire us. Sometimes we even play at being heroes in our own way, like when we stand up to bullying or team up with the super force that is Extra Life Charities.

In December 2015, we gamed to raise money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) through Extra Life and far exceeded our goals, even if it was just so we would stop reminding our viewers that it was “for the children.” We were overwhelmed by the response.

Now, on April 9th, we will be joining Firelight Studios and  Sir Turtle Gaming to raise as much money as possible for the benefit of CHOP’s Art and Music Therapy Department. This time, it will be on a much larger scale. This marathon of gaming will be for twenty four hours, with multiple streamers and in multiple locations. If you want to know more information, it will be added to the end of this article.

Speaking of Superheroes, it got me thinking about what superpower I would want. I posed this question to the rest of the Real Women of Gaming. See our answers below:

“What superpower would you want and why?”

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For the Children: Cards Against Sobriety, Holiday Edition

For the Children: Cards Against Sobriety, Holiday Edition

On Saturday, December 12, 2015, we at Real Women of Gaming held our first annual Cards Against Sobriety Holiday Event. In this 6-hour live stream on Twitch, the RWoG Admins were joined by Mike Christensen of Partial Arc and Trever Bierschbach of Frags and Beer. The goal of the live stream was to raise $250 for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia through the charity Extra Life.

Extra Life is a unique charity endorsed by companies such as Geek & Sundry. This charity was founded in 2008 in an effort to unite gamers and raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network, which includes children’s hospitals all across the United States. The RWoG admins chose to raise money for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia because that’s where most of the admins are located. In future events, we plan to raise money for different hospitals across the country.

We settled into the stream by talking about various different things. We each introduced ourselves and told everyone our Christmas wishes (mine, of course, was that everyone would watch my show Wanna Don’t Wanna – pretty selfish, I know. I’m the worst). The first game we played was Town of Salem, followed by Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes and Cards Against Humanity.

We gave away amazing prizes all throughout the night, including a hand-made Final Fantasy VII necklace from Frags and Beer, a collection of Fantastic Four comics from Partial Arc, and a horror game called The Park from 9th Circle of Horror. Each giveaway was prompted by a donation. We ended up giving away everything we had (even a David Hasselhoff bobble-head). We must have said “for the children” a thousand times before a $100 donation forced us to stop.

By the end of the night, we raised $775. This is more than 300% over our modest goal of $250. Because of this overwhelming response, Crymson Pleasure has agreed to dye her hair pink at the request of those who were active in the Twitch chat. So, we’re pretty excited for that.

Even though we surpassed our goal, we’re not done yet. If you didn’t get the chance to donate during the event, you still have time! We will be accepting donations through Extra Life until the end of the year. You can donate here!

We want to sincerely thank everyone who donated and participated in the event. You cannot imagine how much happier you all have made us this holiday season.

-Vanri the Rogue