Welcome to Crystals for Life! This is a five-day speedrunning charity marathon to benefit JDRF, the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes research. JDRF is dedicated to curing, treating, and preventing type 1 diabetes.
We are gamers from North America and Europe. We are gathered together in Edmonton, Canada to play role-playing games (RPGs) as quickly as possible. Our speed at these games comes from extensive planning and practice.
Watch us complete these RPGs as quickly as possible, and help us support JDRF in their quest to conquer type 1 diabetes!
This marathon benefits the JDRF, and all proceeds go directly to JDRF.
JDRF's research is committed to improving the lives of every person with Type 1 Diabetes and to curing this disease. JDRF's research goals are realized by the projects being supported in three basic areas: Cure, Treat, Prevent.
Essentia probably does not match your mental image of a typical gamer or speedrunner. She has been married to her husband Denton for 9 years and is a mother of three little girls. She also enjoys playing the piano and participating in church choirs. She is a huge Final Fantasy fan, and is affectionately referred to as the Square Queenix by members of the Speed Demos Archive community. At Crystals For Life 2014 she will be running Final Fantasy IV, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and Chrono Trigger. She is really excited to be able to put her gaming skills toward a great cause!
FFGamer86 is striving to become a professional pool player. He works at a billiards hall plus manages a pool league as well. He will actually be going to Vegas halfway during this event in order to try and win the 9 ball singles for APA. He mostly plays Final Fantasy Games, hence the name FFGamer86. He is currently working on projects such as Final Fantasy Mystic Quest, Suikoden, and FF X-2 in this marathon, and hoping to bring some new categories to current speedruns for future marathons.
Highspirits has been a part of the speedrunning community for about a year now. He does not run any games currently but is routing and will stream runs over the summer. He is a life long fan of RPGs and is traveling to Edmonton to show support to the community that has entertained him for quite some time now. He is not running any games but will be commentating for Chrono Cross, Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, and Wild Arms 4. Highspirits is currently attending college at a local community college with aspirations of continuing his education at a major University next spring. His passions include video games, especially RPGs, hockey, American football, and Dungeons and Dragons.
Events conspired to prevent Lag.Com from making Crystals for Life this year, but he still made this beautiful website for Crystals For Life. He has also attended Awesome Games Done Quick 2011 and 2012. Despite being a really fun guy to hang around with, he humbly claims that there is not much else to note about him.
Mercury.Com is a New York State native who has loved playing and watching others play video games since childhood. She moved to England in 2011 to live with her RPG-loving husband, Paul, who has helped her gain a great appreciation for the Final Fantasy series. She also helped to design this website.
MetaSigma is definitely a sports guy and loves working out. His favourite hobbies, aside from gaming, are basketball and chess. He is currently employed with Budweiser (InBev) as a truck driver. At Crystals For Life, he will be commentating Lost Odyssey and playing Secret of Evermore. He currently holds the completion-time world record for Secret of Evermore, and is an avid Mega Man X player.
PotatoHandle, AKA 'Spud', spends his Twitch time playing through Final Fantasy games with increased difficulty mods applied, speedrunning Tomb Raider 2013, Lost Odyssey, Eternal Sonata and racing hype games like Peggle with his viewers. In his not-Twitch time he's a keen drummer and guitarist, works full time in IT support, and loves travelling around Australia catching up with friends. Spud will be playing Lost Odyssey at C4L and will be commentating on Secret of Evermore and Star Ocean: The Last Hope.
Poxnor is the creator and lead organizer of Crystals For Life. Of course, there's no way he could have done it without help from many other people, including his beautiful wife Stefanie. Poxnor has a PhD in computing science, and is currently a law student at the University of British Columbia. He speedruns the four Final Fantasy games for the original Gameboy: the Final Fantasy Legend trilogy, and Final Fantasy Adventure. At Crystals For Life 2014, he will be playing Final Fantasy Adventure. His hobbies include watching cooking shows, working on cryptography projects, and playing video games (both ones he's good at, like Final Fantasy games, and ones that he's terrible at but has fun with, like Mario games).
Poxwife is the Assistant Organizer of Crystals For Life. In this role, her main responsibilities have included cooking large quantities of food ("regular", vegetarian, and gluten-free), playing dishwasher and fridge Tetris, and driving on Alberta highways during freak snowstorms. At Crystals For Life 2014, Poxwife will be a commentator for Final Fantasy Adventure. Poxwife is a professional science nerd who works as a microbiologist at the University of British Columbia and spends her spare time writing and recording science podcasts for Experimental Podcasts. She also enjoys cooking, curling, and yoga. Poxwife believes that the best video game ever made is Donkey Kong Country for SNES, but has been known to occasionally try her hand at speedrunning The Final Fantasy Legend.
puwexil was born in Manitoba, is native of Wisconsin, and currently resides in Iowa. He's an IT Systems Engineer for an international healthcare services company, and also enjoys playing music (piano, singing, and drums) for his church and local community concert band. He's an administrator for the Speed Demos Archive speedrunning community and a seasoned veteran of charity gaming marathons. His speedrunning specialties are JRPGs such as the Final Fantasy series and Action RPGs such as Kingdom Hearts II, Parasite Eve, and Illusion of Gaia. For Crystals for Life, he'll be running Final Fantasy V, VII, and IX, and commentating for Final Fantasy IV and Final Fantasy Legend III. He's very much looking forward to visiting Canada for the first time in many years, and helping raise money for a great cause!
Raelcun is a former professional Starcraft 2 commentator who has turned his attention towards speedrunning. He has attended AGDQ 2013 and AGDQ 2014 in the past, now turning his attention towards Crystals For Life. Beyond Chrono Cross and Ys Origin, which he will be speedrunning for C4L, he speedruns Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm, Legend of Dragoon, Mark of the Ninja, Ace Combat games, Toki, and basically whatever he feels like putting time into at the time.
Aside from speedrunning, rinimt maintains her own Final Fantasy website that has provided her with some great journalism and travel opportunities. She will be playing Star Ocean: The Last Hope International and Dragon Fantasy Book at the Crystals for Life 2014. She also occasionally runs Final Fantasy X, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, and Lost Odyssey.
Sir VG is one of the grandfathers of the group. Not so much as a founder of the event, but as in an old man who has to keep the young whippersnappers in line with his cane. When not playing Legend of Mana, Final Fantasy III, or Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers, expect to see him talk about the good old days where controllers had one button, games came on large black cartridges, and displays only had 16 colors AND WE LIKED IT.
Vulajin picked up speedrunning in April 2013 after being humbled by the efforts of speedrunners to raise money for charity with events like Awesome Game Done Quick and Crystals for Life. At Crystals for Life 2014, he will be playing Pokémon White 2. He also speedruns other games like Bastion and Super Mario Brothers. Outside of speedrunning, he is a server programmer at an MMO game studio, and plays inline hockey twice a week. He also used to be heavily involved in World of Warcraft - but we don't talk about that anymore. ;)
YellowBug is an engineer at a natural gas company who enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters. He is a casual video game player who has been drawn into the speedrunning community by his wife, Kari. He has run two games at previous video game marathons. While he has yet to set any records of his own, he is a fixture at speedrunning marathons, providing encouragement and logistical support to everyone. He thinks it is awesome that everyone can get together doing something we all love to raise money and help out a good cause.
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If you want to use an IRC client to connect to the chat instead of using webchat, connect to irc.quakenet.org on channel #crystalsforlife.
To make a Quakenet account, type /msg Q HELLO and follow the instructions. This will allow you to chat even when the channel is being heavily moderated. For a full guide to Q, click here.
If you have any questions about Crystals For Life, or if you would like to schedule a media interview, please contact the creator and lead organizer, Ryan Vogt.