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Former videogame designer Richard Ham runs through the latest & greatest boardgames, putting YOU at the table
Former videogame designer Richard Ham runs through the latest & greatest boardgames, putting YOU at the table
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Hi, I'm Rahdo!  

Five years ago, on a whim, I grabbed my iPhone one afternoon and started recording gameplay runthroughs of my favorite board and card games, and uploading them to YouTube. And now I'm about to start my 6th year of filming! WOOHOO!!!  

You can check out my series at  

YOUTUBE.COM/RAHDO  

As a sampler, here's a playlist of some recent runthroughs I've done (click "playlist" in the top left to see a long list of video choices):  

I make these videos primarily as a way of sharing my enthusiasm and passion for the boardgaming hobby, and helping like-minded board game geeks choose which of the myriad games on the market are right for them.  

But as it happens, as of 2013, I've retired from full-time employment, and now, to be able to continue to produce runthrough videos, I need to raise funds to cover my operating expenses (game purchases, travel expenses to game conventions, and a salary to be able to stay devoted 100% to the show).  

Fan Support Makes it all Possible  

That's where you come in, because I receive no direct income for Rahdo Runs Through except for fan support in these yearly fund raising drives. I accept no payments from game developers for any game (retail or Kickstarter prototype) that I run through, and I don't turn on YouTube ads (because they're awful), so you folks are truly what keeps Rahdo running through! :)  

By backing this, my fifth RAHDO RUNS THROUGH Kickstarter campaign, you're funding my ability to continue to produce videos of all the latest, hottest games, ranging from the big games of the moment like Arkham Horror the Card Game and Gloomhaven, to the soon to be released hits like Pandemic Legacy Season 2 and Charterstone. 

Just a few of the many games that could be coming soon, with your help...
Just a few of the many games that could be coming soon, with your help...

In return for your donation, you have access to a variety of rewards. What are they, you might be wondering? I'm glad you asked... 

THE BACKER REWARDS 

Rahdo Runs Through VOTING! Exclusive microbadges!
Rahdo Runs Through VOTING! Exclusive microbadges!

 

Custom signed stickers & game bags crocheted with love!
Custom signed stickers & game bags crocheted with love!

 

Lucky dip markers and waterjet meeples galore!
Lucky dip markers and waterjet meeples galore!

 

WITWAT? They're keeping an eye out for you!
WITWAT? They're keeping an eye out for you!

 

Supersize your meeples!
Supersize your meeples!

 

Co-host or direct the show!
Co-host or direct the show!

 

Secret Council Membership!
Secret Council Membership!

So what's all this then? Lucky Dips? Secret Councils? Directors? WITWAT? Don't worry, I've got you covered. Check out this video, which walks you through all the different options, including how the WILDCARD backing system works! :)

THE STRETCH GOALS 

Okay, so the target goal for this year basically covers all the new games I'll be acquiring to film, another trip to Essen for more convention coverage and a basic salary for me and Paulo Renato (the fine fellow who fact checks and annotates all my vids... Paulo is l'awesome and keeps me honest!). But, if we go above and beyond the target, below is some additional content that can be provided over the next 12 months! 

Stretch Goal #1: Rahdo Talks Through, the Podcast ($35,000)  

Hitting this stretch goal means I'll continue my twice-Golden Geek Award-nominated podcast series where I talk about exciting upcoming games, revisit top10 topics to delve further, and answer plenty of questions (joined each month by Jen).

You can subscribe to the series here: http://podcast.rahdo.com

Stretch Goal #2: Jen Runs Through ($40,000) 

Rahdo Runs Through is mostly a one-man show, but people do love it when my lovely wife Jen makes appearances to help me play and demonstrate the games (rather than my normal "virtual" Jen gaming partner!) 

Of course, it's time consuming to film runthroughs, and that takes her away from her actual career of making beautiful glass art. But, if we hit this 2nd stretch goal, Jen will commit to appearing in 12 runthroughs over the course of the year (roughly once each month), and I can tell you right now, the shows she's in are always the most fun to watch! 

To give you an idea of what a Jen-enhanced video is like, here's a playlist of all the videos she's been in to date: http://jen.rahdo.com 

Stretch Goal #3: Rahdo Runs Through LIVE! ($50,000) 

This stretch goal is all about filming live game runthroughs (plus Q&A) every other month. Last year my schedule for these was a bit off, and I'm getting them all done this very month! So tune in on any given Saturday in April to join the fun.

Here's a playlist of all the live events done so far to see what they're like! 

Stretch Goal #4: Rahdo & Jen's top100!!! ($55,000)

Folks have been asking for this literally for years now, and if we hit this stretch, Jen and I will finally buckle down and make a series of videos where we discuss both of our top 100 games of all time!  

 

"Thanks for watching, talk to you later, so long, buh bye!"
"Thanks for watching, talk to you later, so long, buh bye!"

 

Risks and challenges

I'm not really anticipating any particular challenges or risks - other than maybe laryngitis! Last year I was able to hit all of the backer's requests and voted upon games with no problemo, and I expect the same to be true this year!

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