Ben McFarland wants to take you to GenCon… virtually, funded by Indiegogo

By Polar_Bear
In Crowdfunding
Mar 29th, 2013
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GenCon is a wild and crazy place (so yes, it’s the Steve Martin of conventions), but not everyone can go. So Ben McFarland wants to take you there, virtually. He’s looking for funding over on Indiegogo.

From the campaign:

Ennie Award winning Game Designer Ben McFarland is attempting to raise money through Indieagogo to take Google Glass to Gencon to document the whole experience, rotating it through different attendees, cosplayers, and participants to create a diverse, comprehensive 7×24 record of the event and community. He wants to share the whole gamut of card, board, story, live-action and tabletop games.

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  • AccessDenied

    So Ben wants us to give him money so he can go to GenCon, and then he’ll tell us about it. Ummm, no. You know, I need a vacation. Maybe I should go check out Indiegogo.

  • blkdymnd

    That was exactly my first thoughts. We pay to watch him go??? Where the hell is the logic in that? I don’t care if he does have Google Glass (obviously sounds like he can afford those). This is idiotic.

  • wittdooley

    Glad I’m not the only person to think that. I can’t believe people are actually pledging.

  • Soulfinger

    Will he drink Mountain Dew for me? Is he going to add vodka to it in the men’s room? Will he make disparaging remarks on my behalf about cosplayers and XXXL neck beards in size medium shirts? Will he spend most of his time in the vendor’s room, complaining about event fees? Because if he isn’t black out drunk and disenfranchised by evening then that’s not the GenCon I want to see.

    Looks like there are enough shut-ins and people with broken down mobility scooters to fund this thing though.

    • KelRiever

      I’m considering doing these things for you, for 20% less than whatever Ben McFarland charges. A bargain!

    • wittdooley

      I plan on doing all that anyways. Ill video tape it all for $20.

  • Rite Publishing

    No he is not asking you for $ to send him to Gencon, apparently none of you bothered to read the actual the Indieagogo site and just decided to blast him.

    He is asking for the $ to pay for the google glasses that is all! Ben will pay his own way to gencon, his own badge (he might get one for working for Kobold Press but thats only if they do a booth), his own room and his own food.

    Steve Russell
    Rite Publishing

    • KelRiever

      Darn you for calling people out! The other way, false as it is, is funnier. Internet hyperbole!?

    • wittdooley

      Yes. That’s so much better. He wants people to pay for his toy. So much better.

      • Soulfinger

        Ooooh. Well, that is much better than my planned KS in which I would also mail people GenCon flyers for $25 or go watch other people game for $150 — except, I was planning to donate all of the proceeds to the homeless . . . but Google glasses, that’s good too.

    • 4tonmantis

      Yeah, or he could just use his cell phone like everyone else.. This is the dumbest excuse to get people to fork over money that I’ve heard of in a few days.

      • Soulfinger

        I wonder if it will look something like this, or any of the other countless videos of people at GenCon.

        Seriously, if anyone wants to throw in a couple hundred for me to go to GenCon, I’ll run the 4 hour game for you (a $300 savings), you can hang out with me and my peeps during the event, we can rock out to some ABBA together, I’ll haggle with dealers for you, teach you how to pick up women, write you a poem about Idi Amin, paint a custom sculpted mini for you . . . whatever.

        50etNGiOw

        • KelRiever

          ‘…teach you how to pick up women…’

          Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade, is that you?

  • Bottom line: With no explanation given regarding compliance with GenCon media coverage policies and in light of privacy concerns relating to Google Glass, I refuse to fund this project.

    Gen Con’s views on recording devices and media coverage are quite clear: http://www.gencon.com/press/policies

    I do not see how Mr. McFarland plans to address those. What work has he done to obtain the necessary approvals? For that matter, what are the necessary approvals?

    Further, Google Glass comes with its own privacy concerns. While GenCon takes place in a public venue (and admission comes with the provision that you agree to allow yourself to be filmed by GenCon for their own promotional purposes), the data obtained is funneled through a private vendor’s (Google) network infrastructure and…we don’t know what Google does with said data because they haven’t released that information, but it’s a fair guess it will be mined for advertising leads.

    • Soulfinger

      What he said. However, let me clarify that none of these caveats apply to my GenCon offer. In addition, for $50, I will take you out to sing karaoke or spend an hour discussing politics with you and one of Indy’s many panhandlers (your choice).