The Story So Far
World of Podcasts is an annual event that brings together podcasters and gaming community personalities for the purpose of sharing in our love of video games. Our event features discussion panels, giveaways, and general camaraderie between gamers.
However, the funds we raised through these sponsors don't quite get us to where we wanted to be with all of our ideas.
What are we planning the funds for
First and foremost, we want to improve on our audio quality. This was one of the biggest pieces of feedback we received last year, so this year we want to go all out. We have a company lined up that does audio setups for concerts; it also helps that one of the co-owners is a fellow Blizzard gamer!
We also will be setting up a room for party games, such as tabletop RPG’s and card games. Furthermore, if funding exceeds our expectations we are aiming to feature a Hearthstone Fireside gathering. Along with getting some Hearthstone experts (courtesy of Icy Veins), we’d like to do some live one on one coaching and versus play.
If we exceed our funding goals, we have a few more “stretch” goal ideas….
Level 1: $900 - COMPLETED!
Level 2: $1000 - COMPLETED!
This will allow us to get another bartender. The less folks have to wait to get a drink and get back to mingling, the better. We’ve had folks ask for this, and we would like to make it happen.
Level 3: $1500 - COMPLETED!
We have received a lot of interest from the Blizzard Fan Artist community for our event, and would love to showcase their creations. If we hit this goal, it will allow us to have a gallery for the talented artists within our community to feature their creative works and have the opportunity to give pieces away.
Level 4: $2000 - COMPLETED!
Lots of folks have requested to have a dedicated place to take photos, so with the additional funds, we want to setup a photo booth like area during the event.
Level 5: $2500 - COMPLETED!
Many folks have requested Hearthstone fireside gatherings. Well internet access has been an issue with the options available, however we feel we found a work-around, in mobile hotspots! At this next tier we will be renting mobile hotspots to host a Hearthstone Fireside Gathering in our Game Room! Plus on the fly hints and tips from Hearthstone experts! On top of that, everyone who donates $25 or more will also get a World of Podcasts lanyard!
Level 6: $3000 - COMPLETED!
With us in final preparations for the event, this will cover expenses for some additional swag & unanticipated costs.
We're so grateful for the generosity of this community; once we hit $3000, any remaining amount after cost of the additional Kickstarter tier rewards, will be used for additional swag for the event
Risks and challenges
There are very few risks to running World of Podcasts: Anaheim 2014. Currently it is set up very similar to last year, and last year it went off as planned with minor hiccups. However, we were able to do what we could last year with the help of the community, and are hoping to repeat the same successful results this year.
We are highly confident that World of Podcasts Anaheim 2014 will be presented regardless of the results of this Kickstarter, though the support here will go a long ways toward improving the event compared to last year.
Thanks to feedback from our participants and audience last year, we’ve determined that one of the challenges is improving the audio and providing more great activities for attendees.
We anticipate a much higher attendance rate this year due to the event being located as close to the Anaheim convention center as possible, a more aggressive publicity campaign on the day of the event, and finally due to publicity coming from our sponsors and partners. In light of this, we have felt it’s important to expand the event in terms of both space, activities, and support (i.e. bartenders).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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