On November 16th, Button Mash and friends will be delving into the depths of the Spiral Knights clockworks for your viewing pleasure in order to raise money for Child’s Play Charity. In case you’ve not heard of Child’s Play here’s a little something from the official site.
Child’s Play is a game industry charity dedicated to improving the lives of children with toys and games in our network of over 70 hospitals worldwide.
Child’s Play works in two ways. With the help of hospital staff, we set up gift wish lists full of video games, toys, books, and other fun stuff for kids. By clicking on a hospital location on our map, you can view that hospital’s wish list and send a gift.
Child’s Play also receives cash donations throughout the year. With those cash donations, we purchase new consoles, peripherals, games, and more for hospitals and therapy facilities. These donations allow for children to enjoy age-appropriate entertainment, interact with their peers, friends, and family, and can provide vital distraction from an otherwise generally unpleasant experience.
Meroka’s going to be heading down into the Spiral Knights clockworks live on our Twitch.tv channel in order to raise money for this great cause. Every time he dies, he’ll donate money to Child’s Play and the more you donate, the longer he’ll keep at it and the higher the difficulty will get.
Frequently Asked Questions
Nobody actually asked these questions but they seem like reasonable things to elaborate on.
What is Spiral Knights?
Spiral Knights (“SK”) is a cute stylised dungeon crawling free-to-play MMO game developed by Three Rings Design and published by Sega. You can check it out at www.spiralknights.com. Meroka is often assured that he is the best SK content producer on YouTube. He’s not convinced but appreciates the sentiment.
What are the clockworks?
The Clockworks are the name of the randomly composited dungeons within SK. They are divided into 3 tiers, 6 strata, and 29 individual floors of increasing difficulty. Individual floors within the clockworks change every few minutes and the general themes within the clockworks change every two days so you won’t get the same run twice. The whole 29 floors takes (from past experience) somewhere around three hours to complete in one sitting.
So how will this work?
Meroka will go down into the clockworks and fight off all the nasties inside. Each time he dies – and rest assured this is likely – he’ll donate £5 to Child’s Play Charity. Meanwhile, you’ll get to watch and chat on twitch.tv and you can help out by donating too. We’ll set a tentative goal of £500 by the time he reaches The Core (the end of one run). If you can collectively hit that goal, he’ll turn up the difficulty and go again. This can continue until we reach some kind of predefined limit intrinsically tied to the human condition (how long he can stay awake for :p)
You say “Button Mash and friends”. Will someone be joining you?
At this exact moment in time, no. But we’ll reach out to people to try and get them to join us in the chat. Notable LPers, SK folks and the devs from Three Rings. We can promise none of these, but watch this space, we’ll try to get them. Current confirmed guests: GunshyPigeon, Serjinxable, Chawkthree, The Arsenal Podcast
Can I donate now?
I like your enthusiasm! If you’re so eager for this you want to give us a kick start even before we reach the first lobby, we won’t turn you away. There’s a Child’s Play Charity Widget you might have spotted at the top of this page. You can use that to donate right away and help us get started!