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Can these board games be played using only what comes in their boxes?
Can these board games be played using only what comes in their boxes?
Can these board games be played using only what comes in their boxes?
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In 2014, we started a review format called First Play. It was an experiment to see how many games can be played using only what comes in the game box, without any outside help from publisher websites, blogs, etc.

We just released an episode for the Brazilian edition of Ticket to Ride:

The full list of games that have received the First Play treatment (so far):

View the First Play listing on IMDb.

Current Episode Count: 10 (One More at $750)

We've had a lot of fun doing this show, and have been touched by the response from people who have watched the first few episodes we've made. We'd like to do more!

The funds from this Kickstarter will go toward purchasing new games and the (rather high) shipping costs it takes to get those games to Brazil. Any money left over, after paying the Kickstarter fees, will be put toward better filming equipment, software and perhaps set creation. We'd like to make First Play look more professional this year.

Series 2 Publishers

The following publishers have already committed to sending us copies of their games for First Play Series 2, so you can rest assured we'll at least be making episodes for these fine companies!

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Episodes 9-12

  • At $250, First Play Series 2 will have 9 Episodes.
  • At $500, First Play Series 2 will have 10 Episodes.
  • At $750, First Play Series 2 will have 11 Episodes.
  • At $1,000, First Play Series 2 will have 12 Episodes.

Episodes 13+

Sure. Maybe. If you want this many episodes, we're more than willing to make them!

All backer rewards have an estimated delivery date listed as April 2015. This is because we will start releasing episodes of First Play Series 2 in April of this year. The exact date that a particular episode will release has not yet been determined, so we can't place exact delivery dates on higher pledge rewards, such as episode sponsorships. In addition, Gamerati Membership benefits will not begin until the Member-Only forum launches (see below).

We value your support. It helps us make great content for everyone. Here are a few member-only perks for those that are interested in 'something more':

  • Member-only ad-free forum
  • Public recognition of your support (optional)
  • Exclusive content (articles, interviews, guides, videos). Some Examples? For roleplayers, we currently have a Campaign Building Guide by John Dunn (Shadowrun, Deathwatch/Black Crusade/Rogue Trader) lined up. Alex Flagg (Crafty Games) is also working on a Dropzone Commander series for the wargamers out there.
  • Influence over topics of future content creation. We create a lot of content. What would you like to see us focus on?
  • Development Group participation to guide new features and benefits
  • Invite-only events (virtual and in-person)
  • Free Admission to Gamerati Game Days (usually $10-$20)
  • 10% discount at Ah Badabing Pizzeria (Tacoma, WA) and Blind Dragon Hobbies (Kent, WA)
  • Coupons good for discounts at Uncle's Games

If you would like a Gamerati Membership as an Add-On, please increase your pledge to equal one of the following amounts:

  • 1 Month: $20.00
  • 1 Year: $150.00

Risks and challenges

If this project does not succeed, we will still make eight episodes for First Play Series 2, but we will not be able to make more.

The biggest risk, for us, is the shipping of games to Brazil. Packages go missing. It happens. That said, if a game we purchase goes missing, we will purchase another one using the funds from this Kickstarter. We tend to order from established retailers, such as Amazon.com, so we hope this doesn't happen very often.

One unique risk is that the audience (you!) choose a game that is hard to find. We'll do our best to get a copy - either from the publisher or from an online retailer. As long as it doesn't cost a king's ransom... we should be able to get any game that gets voted into Series 2.

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    VOTE

    You will help us decide which games get the First Play treatment during Series 2. For every dollar you pledge, you will get one vote. You can have as many votes as you want. The only limit is how generous you want to be!

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    NOMINATE

    In addition to casting your votes (1 vote per dollar) you can nominate a game of your choice for the rest of the backers to vote on.

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    SPECIAL THANKS

    In addition to casting your votes (1 vote per dollar) and being able to nominate a game of your choice for the rest of the backers to vote on, you will be thanked on screen at the end of every Series 2 episode. This will be a group text list of names.

    Gamerati Membership: 3 months, starting when member-only forum launches (see Membership Benefits section)

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    SPONSOR AN EPISODE (A)

    Would you like to make sure one of your favorite games gets the First Play treatment? Sponsor an episode! As long as we haven't played it yet, and we can find a copy for sale somewhere, we'll make sure to include your game of choice in First Play Series 2.

    In addition, whether you're the publisher or a fan, you will be the sponsor of the episode.

    Gamerati Membership: Through the end of 2016 (see Membership Benefits section)

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    GUEST HOST

    You and one (1) friend will be invited to play a game of your choice with us, and you will join one of us as the guest host on that episode of First Play.

    You will be part of the hosting cast listing on IMDb.

    You will be given credit as the episode sponsor.

    Gamerati Membership: Your Membership will never expire (see Membership Benefits section)

    IMPORTANT NOTE: We film First Play in Sao Paulo. You will need to be able to travel to Brazil in order to participate in the filming of your episode.

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    SPONSOR SERIES 2

    First Play Series 2 will be presented by... you, or your company.

    Every episode will say "YOUR NAME presents First Play Series 2."

    Your name and a link to your website will be included in the description of each Series 2 episode.

    You will be listed as a producer on IMDb.

    We will thank you for your support in every episode, and we will mention you as the sponsor in our social media posts about every episode of First Play Series 2.

    Gamerati Membership: Your Membership will never expire (see Membership Benefits section)

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Funding period

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