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TL;DR: Here's a link to my charity page. If you donate you will help to make my 12 hour livestream even more entertaining. Small donations are appreciated, and please spread the word if you can!


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Hello everyone, and it is that time of the year again! That's right; it is time for me to play a ridiculous amount of a Final Fantasy game in the name of charity! And good GOD is my plan this time around one of the worst I have ever conceived. Before we get to into that, let's review the Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run (i.e., GBCER). The Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run is a community-run spring-time charity event that raises money for Pencils of Promise. Pencils of Promise is a non-profit organization that builds schools, trains teachers, and provides access to clean water in developing countries. They are a 501(c)(3) charity, and all donations go to support their services and not their overhead.

But let's spend more time talking about my plans on raising money for this great cause. For those of you who have followed my previous GBCER follies, you know I have a habit of giving the people what they want. Usually, this means playing hours upon hours of Final Fantasy games. Well, this year I decided to change things up. For the sake of my sanity, I have set aside time for a few non-Final Fantasy based games. However, you have my assurances these streams will be as entertaining as my usual fare! So, without further ado, let's jump into the madness!

April 12th - (6 Hours of Streaming) [6 p.m. to 12 p.m.]

  • Game:Star Wars: Empire at War - Thrawn’s Revenge [Total Conversion Mod]
  • Donation Incentive: Star Wars "Story Time"
  • Minimum Amount: $15
I promise, this is as cool as it looks!
I promise, this is as cool as it looks!

On Friday I plan to ease into the Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run with a game I know like the back of my hand: Star Wars: Empire at War. To spice things up a bit, I'll be playing a total conversion mod for the game. This mod, Thrawn's Revenge, allows you to choose one of eight playable factions and embark upon on a galactic campaign spanning 80+ planets. To better share the modification's excellent "Era System," I'll be playing as the Imperial Remnant, and if things go according to plan, I should be able to beat the game during the Dark Empire era. This endpoint should be fun as the Eclipse-class Super Star Destroyers are a sight to behold.

To me, RTS games are the perfect gaming "comfort food" after a hard day of work. In the case of Empire at War, the game can be paused for in-depth conversations about lore and mechanics. Likewise, unlike the game I will be playing on Saturday, I feel I can talk about Empire at War with authority. Not only do I know the game's content by heart, but I have memorized quite a few of the game's glitches and exploits. It would be my honor if you joined me during my stream, and an even greater honor if you could see why I love this game unconditionally. If you enjoyed my write-up from a few weeks ago about Empire at War, and are curious to learn more about it, then this is an excellent opportunity for you!

The donation incentive here is relatively straight forward. If you donate $15 or more, you can ask any question related to Star Wars, and I will answer it during the stream. If you ask your question before the start of the event, I will research the answer and share the results in as much detail as possible. Do you want to know more about Chewbacca's death in the original Expanded Universe? Or how about a lecture on the biology of Twi'leks? Did you know Luke Skywalker once fell in love with a ghost that possessed one of his Jedi padawans? For a measly $15 you could understand the answers to all of these questions! As long as your prompts are NOT morally reprehensible, and avoid swearing on my PoP page, I will answer anything you ask!

April 13th - (12+1 Hours of Streaming) [9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (possibly 10:30 p.m.)]

  • Game: Final Fantasy XIII-2
  • Donation Incentive #1: Reaching 100% of the fundraising goal results in me playing Final Fantasy XIII-2 an extra hour!
  • Donation Incentive #2: Food-based tomfoolery, see table below.

Good Lord, what am I getting myself into this time? Well, I guess in some sadistic way, this stream was unavoidable. I have played Final Fantasy games for charity before, and these streams have been monumentally successful in raising money for Pencils of Promise. To cut to the chase and because I am not the smartest kid on the block, I plan to play Final Fantasy XIII-2 for twelve hours straight. More importantly, as I have yet to finish my series on Final Fantasy XII, this playthrough is entirely BLIND! That's right; everything I see and interact with during the stream will be my first impression. If what people have told me about this game is correct, then I should be in for a "treat."

Honestly, I have no idea what I am getting myself into with this stream. Playing twelve hours of any game is a daunting task, but Final Fantasy XIII-2 seems to operate on a different level. Speaking of which, if there is one thing you can help me with, it's extending the length of this stream. While the food-based donation incentives, which I will detail in the next paragraph, are fun in their own right, I am also willing to extend my overall play-time an extra hour. However, I am only going to do this if I reach 100% of my fundraising goal before the end of my Saturday stream. Last year, I set up a similar donation incentive and was able to achieve my goal halfway into my Saturday stream, and I hope to accomplish that this year as well! Also, extending the stream an extra hour provides several of you in different time-zones an additional opportunity to join the fun!

Nevertheless, every year I have some food-based donation incentive to keep things entertaining. Last year I threatened to poison myself with expired halibut, and the year before that I ate approximately twenty Vienna Sausages. The less said about the latter of these two, the better. Regardless, this year is no different from previous ones, but this time around, I decided to export the responsibilities of developing my incentives to someone else, namely @thatpinguino. Fun fact, thatpinguino is an avid vegetarian, and I asked him to select foods and beverages that are "healthy" to the average human body. Moreover, you should know I am not the biggest fan of vegetables. So, without further ado, here are the incentives:

Donation Incentives



% Of Goal Needed

Super Easy

Jeni’s Ice Cream



Bell Pepper with hummus



Avocado (with a pit)






Raw Fennel (one bulb)






Horned melon



Tofu silken



One Raw Radish



Raw Beet (THIS WILL NOT BE COOKED! I am literally going to bite into a raw beet like it is an apple!)



Ten Pistachios(This is hard because I will have to play the game while attempting to open the pistachios)


Hard-Super Hard

Aloe Drink (The entire bottle must be consumed in less than ten minutes)



Three leaves of Raw Kale


Admittedly, some of these donation incentives may come as a surprise to any "normal" human being. For example, some of you may be batting an eye at the notion of me eating a raw bell pepper, or slicing up a mango. In each of those cases, I have only had their cooked or dried counterparts, respectively. More important, and if I can be perfectly frank with you, there are a few fundraising goals I am genuinely afraid of doing on stream. For one, eating raw beets sounds like the worst thing in the world. Alternatively, playing a game with one hand, and opening pistachios with the other, sounds downright impossible. But what has me shaking in my boots the most has to be the final donation incentive. Even thatpinguino, a professional plant-eater, hates the taste of raw kale! No matter, as long as it is for a good cause, I'm willing to try anything once.

April 14th - (6 hours) 11 am to 5 pm

  • Game:Hatoful Boyfriend - More Specifically the Bad Boys Love Ending
  • Donation Incentive: Hatoful Boyfriend dramatic reading - The highest bidder can select any storyline in the game, and I will do a dramatic reading of that storyline.
One cannot
One cannot "prepare" for Hatoful Boyfriend's secret ending. It simply happens, and it cannot "un-happen."

With my final stream, I plan to correct what I consider to be one of the greatest injustices in Visual Novel history. That's right, I'm playing Hatoful Boyfriend, and more specifically, I will be playing the game's "Secret Ending!" For those who know what I am talking about, my Sunday stream will showcase Hatoful Boyfriend's "Bad Boys Love" arc, in other words, the Hurtful Boyfriend storyline. If you have no idea what I am talking about, then I IMPLORE YOU to watch my stream! If your only impressions of Hatoful Boyfriend are "silly" anime nonsense with pigeons, then buckle up, because you are about to have your mind blown!

I am hosting this specific stream for a few reasons. First, this stream has the most straightforward donation incentive. Whoever bids the highest, with a Hatoful Boyfriend request, will get a storyline of their choice dramatically "acted" out for their entertainment. Just pick any romanceable option, and I will do my best to entertain you. Second, I want more people to know about this game's secret ending. Despite the game's heavy media coverage when it initially launched on Steam, no one in the game press covered what I consider to be the game's heart and soul. That is to say; the "Bad Boys Love" arc is the whole reason for the game existing in the first place.

While the Bad Boys Love arc starts no differently to the base game, things take an unusual turn when the game's protagonist complains of headaches and retires to bed early. The following day, the female lead is nowhere to be seen, and the player assumes the role of one of her romanceable options, Ryouta. Ryouta explores his surroundings in hopes of finding the protagonist and eventually stumbles upon a box lying in the middle of a hallway. When he opens the package, he discovers the SEVERED HEAD OF THE PROTAGONIST! The game then turns into a murder mystery, similar to Umineko When They Cry, and several of the characters from the main story are murdered one at a time. To make matters worse, Ryouta is pursued by a bloody scarecrow monster while trying to get to the bottom of the murders. If you wish to learn more about Hatoful Boyfriend's insane dark turn, then feel free to join me, and donate if you can!

Final Word

Hopefully, you can see how ambitious my plan is for this year's Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run! I truly wanted to add more variety to my streams to allow more people to join the fun! My current fundraising goal is $1,500, and that's only a little more than what I raised last year. Part of my reasoning is I WANT to showcase all of my donation incentives during my streams. In the end, I want you to know all about my love for Star Wars and laugh as I toil away at Final Fantasy XIII-2.

Finally, if my blogs or works of writing have ever entertained you, please show your support, however you can. Small donations as little as a few dollars can go a LONG WAY during these sorts of events! Even more, PLEASEspread the word to any communities, friends, or family members who might be interested in supporting Pencils of Promise. If you have a social media account, or another forum you partake in, just mentioning these types of events does more good than you could ever imagine! Finally, watch the streams when you can, and drop a comment on Twitch or the Explosive Runs chatroom when things go live! Until then, here are some links on how you can show your support!

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#1 Edited by SeriuzBiznus (159 posts) -

You're a bloody hero! I couldn't even make it through XIII, let alone the sequels! Really looking forward to watching the GB Community Endurance Run. Pencils of Promise looks like a well-deserving and well run charity too, so I'll be sure to throw in some donations throughout the runs!

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#2 Posted by ZombiePie (7421 posts) -

You're a bloody hero! I couldn't even make it through XIII, let alone the sequels! Really looking forward to watching the GB Community Endurance Run. Pencils of Promise looks like a well-deserving and well run charity too, so I'll be sure to throw in some donations throughout the runs!

Thank you for your support, and I'll log you down for a notification the day before the streams start just in case!

To everyone else, I'm looking for my first donation! Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated!

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#3 Posted by soulcake (2776 posts) -

To bad they don't support Paypal :'(, anyway you got my moral support through FF XIII-2

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#4 Posted by jeffrud (717 posts) -

Can't wait to feed you yummy yum yum kale.

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#5 Posted by dudeglove (13747 posts) -

ZP I'm so sorry I'm behind on your FF posts

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#6 Posted by Crommi (403 posts) -

Blind 12h session of FFXIII-2... that's going to be maximum confusion.

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#7 Posted by DeepWoodsOff (9 posts) -

XIII-2 is dumb and bad and has almost nothing to do with the events in FF XIII, but I still kind of love it...

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#8 Posted by ArbitraryWater (15715 posts) -

I'm broke as shit right now, so I'm afraid moral support is all I can give. For what it's worth, this is probably less terrible than last year's challenge. XIII-2's plot is some stupid nonsense, but it's stupid, fun nonsense once you realize any given question you may have can be explained by "Because Time Travel." Very much looking forward to seeing your brain melt, but at least the combat spins up much more quickly than regular ol Final Fantasy XIII.

Also kale is fine. It's fine. I'd be far more worried about eating a raw beet like an apple.

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#9 Posted by ZombiePie (7421 posts) -

@soulcake said:

To bad they don't support Paypal :'(, anyway you got my moral support through FF XIII-2

Alright, I contacted @thatpinguino and he talked to a representative from Pencils of Promise about PayPal support. Long story short, you can donate using PayPal, but it entails an extra step or two. Here they are, and I'm so sorry it is not as convenient as it should.

  1. Select PayPal on the Pencils of Promise general donation page after editing the amount you would like to donate.
  2. When re-directed to PayPal, select "Donate with PayPal."
  3. Verify you information and amount on PayPal.
  4. In the area titled "Add a Note," specify your donation is for "Chris "ZP" F." from the "Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run IX" Team.
  5. The donation will post on my page within 24 hours. If you do not see your donation after that time has elapsed, contact me.
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#10 Posted by soulcake (2776 posts) -

@zombiepie: Thanks for going the extra mile! Donated!

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#11 Posted by ZombiePie (7421 posts) -

One week down, and we have raised 10% of my goal! Thank you to everyone who has made this possible so far!

@jeffrud said:

Can't wait to feed you yummy yum yum kale.

Oh boy... I cannot wait to eat the leaves of a plant most people would use as decoration because it tastes so bad people didn't start eating it until five years ago. Luckily for me, I only have to eat the ice-cream so far.

ZP I'm so sorry I'm behind on your FF posts

It's not a big deal. As to be expected, the next FF12 blog has been delayed to infinity. I hope to get the next episode out next week.

But luckily for all involved, I have 13 hours of pure horror to entertain the masses! Donate now to whittle away what little sanity I have left.

@crommi said:

Blind 12h session of FFXIII-2... that's going to be maximum confusion.

Remember, if I can reach 100% of my goal before the end of the Saturday stream, it will be 13 HOURS! That cannot possibly be an ill-advised amount of Final Fantasy XIII-2.

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#12 Posted by ZombiePie (7421 posts) -

UPDATE TO ALL DONORS AND INTERESTED USERS!!! (This includes: @riostarwind, @chaser324, and @soulcake - IT WORKED!)

Alright, so a lot has happened in one week. After reaching out to multiple sources, I discovered that at the end of Monday my account had raised $1,470 of my initial goal of $1,500. While this is certainly great news for all involved, it also makes fundraising for the next twenty days harder as there would have been a lack of active donation goals at the start of the "real" stream.

As such, and it is with a heavy heart that I make this announcement, I have changed my total goal to $2,500. That places me at having currently raised 58% of my total. As I do not wish to punish my donors, as well as those who would like to see me engaged in my usual tomfoolery, I won't just round up to the nearest tenth, I'll go an extra step and automatically list myself as accomplishing my goals from the 70% marker and down.

To each and every one of you who has made this possible, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. To those just now reading this update, you can still donate to my page, and if you are not able to donate, please spread the word however you can.

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#13 Posted by ice_queen (71 posts) -

i don't understand why it says 'misery'. this might be my favourite final fantasy, and besides, why would you play something you hate?

maybe make it '13 hours of JOY and FUN' next time :]

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#14 Posted by Dixavd (2901 posts) -

I donated - I hope I can make it to some of your stream but I may have to focus on revision for exams at the end of April. Sending you energy from afar regardless! 💖

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#15 Posted by ZombiePie (7421 posts) -

Okay everyone thank you so much to everyone who has donated and promoted this charity drive! However, WE HAVE ONE MORE WEEK UNTIL THE MAIN EVENT!If you haven't yet donated, please donate what you can, and don't forget to

@dixavd said:

I donated - I hope I can make it to some of your stream but I may have to focus on revision for exams at the end of April. Sending you energy from afar regardless! 💖

Thank you for the donation and feel free to drop by when you can. With three days, there are plenty of opportunities to join the fun.

i don't understand why it says 'misery'. this might be my favourite final fantasy, and besides, why would you play something you hate?

maybe make it '13 hours of JOY and FUN' next time :]

Full disclosure, the "misery" aspect of this stream more relates to the inclusion of the food donation incentives. Also, this stream is meant to dabble in humor and hyperbole in an effort to raise money for charity. It should not be viewed as an indictment against any of your gaming memories or preferences.

So, you know what? HOW ABOUT WE MAKE IT "13 HOURS OF JOY AND FUN!" I'm going to do something special to possibly make this up to you. If you donate any amount, I will make it a "Dollar for Minutes of Positivity Challenge." If you donate, I will match the amount to a similar amount of time where I have to say nothing but positive and nice things about Final Fantasy XIII-2. If you donate five dollars, I'll give you five minutes of positivity. If you donate sixty dollars, I'll give you one hour of positivity. Just remember to say in the comments "THE POWER OF POSITIVITY!"

If you cannot donate, this incentive is open TO ANYONE so if you can get anyone you know to donate and say "THE POWER OF POSITIVITY" I will match their amount. Let's do this!

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#16 Posted by Dixavd (2901 posts) -

@zombiepie: I donated $120 with "THE POWER OF POSITIVITY" in my comment for 2 hours of positivity with the second FFXIII-2 game. I have a charity savings pot and this was the last amount I could afford (meaning no more donations from me during the stream but that's okay). Now you have to be nice about the game no matter how difficult it gets (and given the moogle in this game... it may be reeeeeally tough for you) 💖

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#17 Posted by BioSpock (68 posts) -

Somehow caught this on the homepage. Hope you enjoyed XIII-2, because I am with @ice_queen. In fact, I will say that XIII-2 is a top 5 Final Fantasy game.