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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!

November 14th, 2018
Codename Plays Games for Kids! Extra Life 2018 
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 2018!

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 2018?

Like in previous years, the Codename Entertainment team will be playing all kinds of games, including TRPG games, board games, card games, and of course, video games. Dave even built a VR streaming setup!

The 24 hours of streaming include:
  • Two Eberron-based D&D sessions, each influenced by donations to the Idle Champions Extra life Page. Two different teams of thieves will attempt to complete Adam's all-new scenario: LIGHTNING TRAIN HEIST!

  • Art galore! Michelle and Alexis will be drawing sketches with pencil and paper and Kat will be drawing a tavern scene! Donations to Kat's Extra Life page get you a character added into the final scene! Follow Kat on Twitter to see her final image!

  • A founders Q&A hour with co-founders Dave and Justin!

  • A Magic the Gathering tournament!

  • Classic SNES games played by Justin and friends!

  • CNE plays the VR game Beat Saber!

  • Our very own version of Hot Ones, mixed with party board games!

  • Plus more!
And when we're not doing scheduled content, you get a bird's eye view of the office, awesome elevator music, and a custom stream overlay made by Dave and Adam, listing our schedule and current donations!

How Can I Help?

We've got a few different things happening this year for Extra Life.

Each of our actively supported games (Bush Whacker 2, Crusaders of the Lost Idols, and Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms) has a special item available for you to purchase in the game. Starting today, and until 10:00am Pacific Time on Wednesday November 21st, all net proceeds from purchases of these special in-game items will be donated to Extra Life!

Additionally, if you are feeling generous and want to donate more, you can contribute to any of the game's pages on Extra Life: Plus 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 16th, at 9am PST and running for 24 hours until Saturday, November 17th 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 17th, 2018
BW2: Terry Fox Charity Drive! 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Terry Fox Charity Drive!

In 1980, Terry Fox set out on the Marathon of Hope to raise money for cancer research. To commemorate his efforts, we're running a Terry Fox Charity Drive.

Until Noon PDT on Wednesday September 19th, you can buy Charity Marathon Waters to restore your energy. All of our proceeds here at Codename Entertainment from those sales will be donated to the Terry Fox Foundation, which maintains the vision and principles of Terry Fox, and continues to be a leading national investor in cancer research. You can learn more about the charity here.
September 12th, 2018
Take This PAX West 2018 Update 
Posted in Idle Champions.

We are delighted to announce that the Stinky the Cranium Rat DLC pack has raised more than $11,500 for mental health at game conventions!

With the help of our fans, we managed to raise an astounding $11,542.05 in support of Take This, helping to fund AFK Rooms not just for PAX West 2018, 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 Holly Conrad, whose fantastic imagination created Stinky, and whose own fans helped make this a giant success too.

To learn more about how your donations make a difference, visit www.takethis.org