9 items from 2015
Wil Wheaton has parlayed his acting career into a number of hosting gigs, none more significant than his gig as the ringleader of Geek & Sundry’s TableTop (and its recent spinoff, Titansgrave). In his latest role, Wheaton is back in the host’s chair, and he is joined by accomplished video game developers. Wheaton is the central figure in the PlayStation web series Conversations With Creators, which has now launched its first episode.
In each episode of Conversations With Creators, Wheaton sits down with the team behind a popular video game. The maiden episode spotlights the developers at Bungie, who after turning Halo into an Xbox staple have moved on to create another hit, Destiny, for both PlayStation and Xbox consoles. The tone of the interview is a bit dry, but there’s plenty of interesting commentary within it, and Wheaton proves to be a knowledgeable host. Think of Conversations »
- Sam Gutelle
Wil Wheaton will soon be hosting a new show for the PlayStation Store. The geeky host and internet icon will talk everything video games in the web series Conversations with Creators, which premieres on July 7, 2015.
Conversations with Creators is exactly what it sounds like: each week, Wheaton sits down with game developers and discusses the video game industry in roundtable fashion. Topics Wheaton and his guests will cover include how games and movies are both similar and different, why The Last of Us was so terrifying, and where the idea for Bungie’s hit game Destiny came from.
Wheaton’s involvement in a video game-based show for PlayStation makes sense considering the host’s previous experience leading similar series on Geek & Sundry. The ex-Star Trek actor hosts the fan-favorite TableTop series, all about tabletop gaming and creators. Wheaton also just debuted his new role-playing game series called Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana. »
- Bree Brouwer
TableTop is an original online entertainment property with an on-paper premise unpalatable to traditional media. Yes, the program does have some innate cross-platform star appeal. The bi-weekly-or-so series is distributed by way of online video poster child’s Felicia Day’s (and more recently Legendary’s) YouTube destination Geek & Sundry and hosted by Star Trek: The Next Generation alum and overall object of internet obsession Wil Wheaton. But TableTop's subject matter isn’t something individuals with an appetite to watch or produce mainstream entertainment usually seek out (the show’s all about classic, modern, and not computerized gaming) and the very long format is one that bucks the general online video trend (each episode consists of upwards of 50 minutes of content composed of Wheaton introducing a board game or two and then playing one of those board games with friends).
Lucky for TableTop and the powers that be at Geek & Sundry, »
- Joshua Cohen
For the third year in a row, Geek & Sundry will share its love of board, card, and pen-and-paper games with International TableTop Day, which will go down on April 11th, 2015. While a celebration of tabletop games is the main goal, there will be more than just victory points at stake. In addition, Geek & Sundry has teamed with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles organization, to which it will donate thousands of board games.
In 2015, TableTop Day will take over the Legendary Digital Network Soundstages, where Geek & Sundry founder Felicia Day and TableTop host Wil Wheaton will host a gathering of more than 800 gamers. Those festivities, which will run between 11 Am and 6 Pm Pst on April 11th, will be live streamed on Geek & Sundry's recently launched Twitch channel.
Wheaton provided an introduction to TableTop Day when he introduced the third annual event in a video released in March. »
- Sam Gutelle
In April 2014, Wil Wheaton and Geek & Sundry took to Indiegogo in hopes of raising the $500,000 they needed to fund a third season of their board game-centered web series, TableTop. The campaign ended up beating its goal nearly three times over by raising more than $1.4 million. With so much bonus cash in their pockets, Wheaton and Geek & Sundry decided to give their fans an extra treat: An entirely new web series based around tabletop role-playing games (RPGs).
Now, Geek & Sundry has revealed some important information about that show. It will be titled Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana, it will debut on June 2nd, and it follow a group of well-known guests as they role-play through a fantastical adventure.
The title refers to the type of RPG that will be played on the show. "The game will be played using Fantasy Age, the latest iteration of the Adventure Game Engine by Green Ronin Publishing, »
- Sam Gutelle
Rooster Teeth turns 12-years-young on April 1, 2015. The Austin, Texas-based production company, online video and machinima pioneer, and prolific creator of high-quality online video programming has a lot of things to celebrate, including more than 16 million subscribers across its half-dozen-or-so established and burgeoning YouTube channels, a thriving destination site with an ardent, active, and happily paying community that’s two-million-unique-visitors-a-month strong, a recent presumably multi-million dollar sale to the YouTube multi-channel network Fullscreen, a growing convention for tens of thousands of fans of gaming and internet culture, and an upcoming feature that’s one of the top most-crowdfunded film campaigns of all time.
It’s that last achievement the individuals at Rooster Teeth should celebrate most as the entity enters the last of its preteen years.
- Joshua Cohen
Indiegogo campaign for web series is now the highest crowdfunded web series of all time.
The sci-fi web series has achieved the most funds raised by a web series within its first 24 hours and the record for all-time highest crowdfunded web series in history. Both records are across all crowdfunding platforms.
Within a short time from its launch, Con Man broke through its initial $425,000 goal and went past the $1m mark before midnight Eastern on its first day.
It has currently raised over $1.6m, breaking the previous records set by Tabletop Season 3’s Indiegogo campaign which raised $1.4m within 35 days.
With 29 days left in the campaign, Con Man needs to reach its stretch goal of $1.75m to be able to make a full 12 episode first season and to create a “lost episode” of Spectrum, Con Man’s show within the show.
Con Man »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
Indiegogo had a big year in 2014, and the crowdfunding platform isn't too humble to brag about it. It has released a video titled "Indiegogo 2014 Year In Review" that recaps a few of the most prominent projects to grace the site during the previous 12 months.
The video runs through various tech campaigns, including Jibo the robot and the Solar Roadways project, both of which brought in upwards of $2.2 million for their creators. A few film-related campaigns are also noted, including the ones for Life Itself and Dear White People.
Not mentioned in the video are the many online video creators who found success on Indiegogo in 2014. Notable projects include Rooster Teeth's Lazer Team film, which raised more than $2.4 million, and Wil Wheaton's TableTop campaign, which topped out at more than $1.2 million
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- Sam Gutelle
Wil Wheaton has had the privilege of playing a Starship crew member and a host of a sci-fi-pop-comedy-talk show on television, a board game aficionado on the web, and an imbiber of Newcastle’s new beers in a Twitter video. Now he can add “matchmaker” to his resume. The actor known for playing Wesley Crusher and his Geek & Sundry gaming web series TableTop stars in a new promotional spoof video from Nerdist Industries for the fake smartphone app Duo.
The video starts off with “relationship expert” Dr. Hank Tannen (Wheaton) explaining how easy his Duo app has made it for superheroes to find their ideal sidekicks, no matter how busy their crime-fighting days may be. The short then brings in “spokespeople” in the form of Captain America and Bucky Barnes, Green Arrow and Flash, and Batman and Robin (both versions of him, as well as the Nightwing interpretation). But as it turns out, »
- Bree Brouwer
9 items from 2015
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