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Access the 2020 Charity Auction here:

Each November, GJJ Games and other members of The DeKalb Gamers Extra Life Team runs a 24 Hour Game Marathon as well as a week long Charity Auction at The Gaming Goose in DeKalb. These events support the Extra Life organization's efforts to raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.  Our event specifically supports Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago.  Please come out to support this wonderful charity event and to play some great games!

This year will be a bit different though, because of COVID-19.  We will not be having our annual 24 Hour Marathon in person, however GJJ Games will be streaming live for 24 hours, playing games with family, solo, and virtually.  So please join him online and help him stay awake!  We will still be running our Charity Auction for the sixth year running.  This year we have hundreds of donated games, accessories, swag, and other items for our biggest auction ever!  

Access the 2020 Charity Auction here:

2020 Event Information

From: Friday, November 6th - 7pm
To: Saturday, November 7th - 7pm
Cost: The event is free, but a $5 donation is suggested. Of course, feel free to donate more, too. 100% of funds raised go straight to supporting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals!

GJJ Games will be live streaming 24 hours of gaming! I'll be gaming with my family, solo, showing off some games, and maybe even some virtual gaming with my audience! I'm still working out details of how this will work, but I plan on gaming on my own at home for 24 hours to raise funds for Extra Life since we can't hold our usual 24 hour event in-store.

A huge Thank You to Chris from The Charity Boardgamer for a bunch of tips and help with figuring out how to best livestream this event.

Charity Auction Details: 
The annual charity auction is a great way to find a new home for some of your old games while also earning some store credit for some new games and helping out a great cause!  You may bring in your old games to the Gaming Goose in DeKalb or Elgin for two weeks before the event.  After the auction is over those that donated games will receive the full sale price in store credit. At least 20% of the sale price will go to Extra Life and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals!

But the auction isn't just for used games.  A number of awesome sponsors donate games every year to support this cause!  You'll be able to bid on some amazing titles from some amazing publishers and every penny from those sales goes straight to charity!  

Access the 2020 Charity Auction here:

We'll have hundreds of games donated by both local gamers and board game community insiders (publishers, media creators, vendors, and more)!  So get ready to clear out your shelves and restock them with some great new titles and some great deals, all while helping out sick kids in need!

The auction will run for one week, starting at 7pm, Friday, November 6 and ending at 11:59pm, Friday, November 13. Times are Central.

If you are providing games, please bring them to The Gaming Goose in DeKalb or Elgin no later than Monday, 11/2. Please use this form if you are submitting games:

After the auction is over those that donated games will receive the full sale price in store credit. At least 20% of the sale price will go to Extra Life (the rest covers the cost of the store credit). If you would prefer that 100% of your earnings on a game go to the charity you can do that and not receive the store credit.

Winners of the auction items will be contacted by The Gaming Goose to coordinate payment (PayPal, credit, or cash) as well as pickup or delivery. Games may be shipped for actual shipping fees or picked up from The Gaming Goose in DeKalb or Elgin. Other arrangements may be possible as well.

2020 Sponsors!

Sponsorships are starting to roll in for our 2020 event and it's shaping up to be our biggest year yet!  We've already seen some incredible generosity from members of the board game community.  So far this is what we have donated for our 2020 Extra Life Fundraiser events:

  • Thunderworks Games - Dual Powers, Roll Player w/ Lockup Promos, Cartographers w/ Skills & Monsters mini expansions and colored pencils, Skulk Hollow, Frogkin board, Minotaur board, metal coins, lenticular monsters
  • Pencil First Games / Gaming with Edo - 2 copies of Herbaceous, 2 copies of Sunset Over Water, Herbaceous Sprouts, The One-Hundred Torii, Tumble Maze, Mindblock, and piles of promos/mini expansions
  • Brotherwise Games - Unearth, Boss Monster, Boss Monster: The Next Level, Boss Monster: Tools of Hero-Kind, Boss Monster: Crash Landing, Boss Monster: Implements of Destruction
  • Sky Kingdom Games - 12 copies of each of Stonebound Saga, Visions of Telios, and four promo packs
  • Grey Gnome Games - 36 copies each of Trainmaker and Virgin Seas, and 32 copies of Siege of Sunfall
  • Petersen Games - Huge box of over 80 miniatures
  • Eagle-Gryphon Games - The City
  • Game Toppers - 38x60 Premium Stitched Edge Dungeon Mat & Free Shipping
  • Mythic Nation - 5 Mythic Coins and 3 Dice Coins
  • Red Raven Games - Deep Vents
  • Chip Theory Games - Hopplomachus, Triplock
  • Atlas Games - Breakdancing Meeples and Lost in R'lyeh
  • Board Game Geek Store - Four $25 Gift Certificates
  • Bezier Games - New York Slice, 2 copies of One Night Ultimate Werewolf, 2 copies of Werewords Deluxe, One Night Ultimate Super Villains, Silver, Cabo Deluxe
  • Flying Leap Games - 6 copies of Wing It: Beyond
  • Norse Foundry - 10 sets of polyhedral dice and 14 Atmar's Cardography RPG decks
  • Magpie Games - 2 Digital PDFs of Masks: A New Generation
  • Bad Comet Games - 2 copies of Shaolia: Warring States Deluxe Edition
  • Advance Games by FoxMind Group - 4 copies of Crown Wars
  • Paodle Games - 5 copies of Cows in my Pants, plus 2 more copies in cow patterned bags, and a pile of swag (buttons, stickers, house rules cards, and postcards)
  • Enginuity - Spicy Dice with 3 +1-player expansions, Tylz!, and Bid It!
  • Griddly Games - Smart Alec and Rocket Lander
  • Gamewright - Sushi Go and Soy Sauce promo, Dragonrealm and Hidden Treasure mini expansion, more promos and stickers 
  • Girls Game Shelf - Yummy Yummy Pancake and promos, Bites, several decks of playing cards, GGS acrylic tokens 
  • Temple Gates Games - Stem keys for Roll for the Galaxy, Race for the Galaxy, and Shards of Infinity
  • The Board Game Design Course - Ebook copies of The Board Game Designer's Guide, The Board Game Designer's Guide to Getting Published, and The Top 10 Mistakes New Board Game Designers Make
  • MeepleShirts - 4 T-shirts
  • SlugFest Games - One Thousand Cranes prize card promos
  • Gray Matters Games - The Game of Wolf and Ridiculouus Expositions
  • PSC Games - Rome & Roll and Britannia
  • The Game Crafter - The Captain is Dead and a stack of $5 gift cards
  • Letiman Games - 2 copies of Squire for Hire and 1 copy of Squire for Hire: Mystic Ruins
  • Earthfire Games - 2 copies of Meat Sweats
  • Thing 12 Games - 2 copies each of Click, Click, Boom and The Seals of Cthulhu
  • DMR Creative - 27 various new and used games
  • Tabletop Rebellion - Copies of new and reviewed games
  • Blueprint Gaming Concepts - TBR (2 copies of Crimes in History: H. H. Holmes' Murder Castle with The 2nd Story Expansion)
  • Spielcraft Games - Kickstarter edition of For Glory (Shipped directly to the winner when available in December)
  • Floodgate Games - Cosmic Colonies and Sagrada
  • Meeple On Board Vanguard - Direct Donation
  • FANTASIA Games - Direct Donation
  • Board Game Revolution - Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Kings: Afterlife, Valley of the Kings: Last Rites, Frogriders, Dragon Island, Pyramids, Reworld, Photosynthesis, and 3 key rings.
  • Unfiltered Gamer - TBR (copies of reviewed games)
  • Branum Games - 1 copy of Battle Gnomes and 6 copies of House Monsters

TBR means donations haven't been received yet.


Relevant Links:

The GJJ Games Extra Life 2020 Blog page:

The 2020 Charity Auction for Extra Life:

The 2020 Charity Auction for Extra Life Facebook event page:

The GJJ Games Extra Life page:

The DeKalb Gamers team page:

About Extra Life:

Publishers & Industry Professionals: If you'd like to donate games, promos, swag, or anything else for our Charity Auction for 2021, please contact George Jaros at or visit this page to learn more about donating to the event.


Here's how it works

  • Extra Life is a 24-hour fundraising and gaming marathon to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

  • On Game Day (Nov. 6th to the 7th), I will join the thousands of gamers and dedicate an entire day to play games and get donations from friends like YOU!

  • 100% of the donations go to my local hospital. TOGETHER we will make a difference for sick kids!

Your donation is tax-deductible and will make miracles happen for families who desperately need them. You can click the "Donate" button at the top of this page to make a safe and easy online donation.