Forrest Bower here,
Five years ago, in my tiny apartment with my crummy laptop, I started Bower's Game Corner, a hobby game review channel on YouTube. Since then I have recruited Eric Baca to work the behind-the-scenes action and we have now released nearly half a thousand videos reviewing old games, new games, classics, stinkers and everything in between. We release a new review every day or two in addition to unboxing videos, Kickstarter game r/previews, game plays, Top 10 lists, and the occasional clog.
Last year we successfully completed a similar project to shoot over 120 unique videos centered around our time at Gen Con 2016. We filmed previews, full-length game sessions, first impressions of new releases, Top 10 lists, events, one-on-one interviews, and daily recaps. During the four days we walked, talked, filmed, edited, and posted videos and, most importantly, played games. It was an amazing experience that was both rewarding and exhausting.
Gen Con is the longest-running, best-attended gaming convention in the world and we are hoping to once again bring the excitement of the convention to those of you won't be among the 61,000+ people in attendance.
Our ultimate goal is to bring over 130 pieces of Gencon related content to your lovely eye holes! We don't plan on seeing this being a problem as we did 181 videos last year. The big difference is this year we are trying a different format which should get the videos to you exponentially faster! We plan to do this by bringing on a third person to help streamline our production process and upgrading our recording capacity, and equipment. We will be shooting pre- and post- convention Top Ten lists, previews of new releases, full-length game plays, interviews with game designers and artists, impression videos, Gen Con After Dark tours, and much more! We went to Origins this year and brought over 100 interviews to you the Tuesday after the con, and I'm hoping we can replicate something similar.
$1 - Thanks - We appreciate even the vaguest interest in our project. You'll get access to our comments section and we will show thanks to all of our backers with a toast and a shout out. Every dollar helps. $10 - Review Sponsor - Forrest will give you, your game, your KS project, or your company a quick endorsement during a regular review after Gen Con. We'll also hook you up with the the official Mircrobadge for your Board Game Geek profile and toast to your name.
$10 - Review Sponsor - Forrest will give you, your game, your KS project, or your company a quick endorsement during a regular review after Gen Con. We'll also hook you up with the the official Mircrobadge for your Board Game Geek profile and toast to your name.
$30 - Promo Pack - We've already gotten confirmation on promo donations from a LOT of awesome companies/games. We're also talking to quite a few companies who are interested, but arent sure about for which game yet so we are expecting more to follow so grab this one while you can. Here's a taste of who we've heard back from so far: Codenames, Spoils Of War, CVlization, New York 1901, Mage Wars, Sherrif Of Nottingham, Pinball Showdown, and MUCH more ! In addition to all the awesome goodies being sent to us, we'll also be picking up all kinds of neat promos during the convention. Who knows all the cool stuff you could end up with?!
$80 - Dinner Level - SOLD OUT- After the Main Hall has closed, we'll meet up with you and smash some food. We're up for playing games, filming some videos, or just shooting the shiz. We'll hangout and do/drink pretty much whatever you want. A meal and a guaranteed video makes this level great for one independent game designer planning on attending the convention.
$150 - Gen Con Sponsor Level - SOLD OUT- You send us an image and a short blurb and we'll put it on the beginning and end of every Gen Con Bonanza 2016 video we post. This level is great for game companies, newly released games, or even future Kickstarter projects.
$250 - Bonanza Box -SOLD OUT- Forrest is personally collecting new games, cards, promos, and a lot other awesome miscellaneous to build a one-of-a-kind reward for one very supportive backer. Look to get your money's worth with this hefty haul.
We blew past our funding goals before we had an opportunity to post them! We plan on upgrading some equipment, getting more memory cards, battery packs, and making the Goody Bag level better!
$4000- Essen Bonanza! UNLOCKED!
$5000- Origins Bonanza 2018 UNLOCKED!
$6000- Special Extra Swag Item for Goody Bag PLedge Level
Risks and challenges
The biggest risks and challenges we will be facing (other than the obvious time constraints) will be flat tires, sketchy motels, caffeine poisoning, technological difficulties, shooting and editing videos in a sea of thousands of people, batteries dying, data loss, extreme hangovers, being tossed out, getting arrested, death, and premature balding.
On top of all of this, any and all work will be split between only three people. What could go wrong?Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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