We'd like to thank everyone for taking the time to support our grand adventure! As you can see, we reached our goal! Please make sure to join the road trip until Sept 10th at http://www.theonering.net/live/
If you are enjoying the coverage, please feel free to donate more to help us fund other adventures!
A HUGE Thank you to all the donations - please note that you will be contacted after the roadtrip with details on your perks and levels of sponsorship.
TheOneRing.net is broadcasting LIVE as we drive from Hollywood to Atlanta's Dragon*Con 2012 talking Tolkien and The Hobbit along the way and producing a documentary short of the journey. Our company of volunteers are preparing to embark on this adventure, will you help?!
WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT: TheOneRing.net thought it would be fun to send a group of staffers on a cross-country road trip (see the map) from Los Angeles, California to Atlanta, Georgia meeting fans along the way, supporting the official Tolkien track while we are there, and delivering a series of Hobbit panels at DRAGON*CON 2012. Then we want to make a short documentary film of the entire experience to share free online! The entire trip will be live streamed so the "company of drivers" can interact with fans 24 hours a day. With gas (or petrol) prices reaching new heights, we need your help to make this a success!
BACKGROUND: In 2011, fan volunteers Larry, Cliff, Grimlock and Justin embarked on the first ever road trip across America streaming live from the truck the entire time and meeting fans at every stop. It was exciting to meet Tolkien fans from all walks of life. Whether it was university students in Denver to religious ministers in Georgia, it was unforgettable to talk about how Tolkien impacts their daily lives. Fans at home came along for the ride day and night with live streaming video, chat room, and TheOneRing.net mobile phone to share stories, recommend local Tolkien landmarks, and win prizes from our sponsors. Over 3,000 fans met us in person and 250,000 fans watched online... which inspires us to do it again.
WHY YOU SHOULD HELP: TheOneRing.net is a 100% independent not-for-profit volunteer run website delivering the latest news on books, games, movies and more from the world of J.R.R. Tolkien. We are looking for funding to pay for gas, food and lodging as we drive across America to DRAGON*CON.
We are graciously asked to host many panels at many conventions around the world and are happy to oblige thanks to a broad network of fan volunteers, but travel still costs money. TheOneRing.net is never paid for convention appearances and shoulders all the costs in getting there. We believe it is worth all the effort to meet fans from every part of the world!
DRAGON*CON presents a unique opportunity to drive and meet people that normally could not make it to a major convention, and also for fans to help support the site in return. Some would call this a literal CHARITY DRIVE!
WHAT DO YOU GET?: We have set up multiple Reward Levels to further make supporting us a breeze! Here's a breakdown of each level so you are fully aware of what great stuff you will get!
MEN Level - We greatly appreciate your support of our efforts!
HOBBIT Level - We will not only mention your name during our roadtrip on the LIVE stream, but we will also add your name to our credits for the Documentary short.
DWARF Level - All the perks from MEN and HOBBIT levels we'll send you an official 'Road to DragonCon' T-shirt, exclusively made for this fund drive. This shirt will not be sold anywhere else!
ELF Level - All the perks of MEN, HOBBIT and DWARF levels your name will be in a larger font during the documentary credits we'll send you one(1) of the four possible TheOneRing.net DragonCon 2012 T-Shirt designs. (You choose!)
WIZARD Level - All the perks of MEN, HOBBIT, DWARF and ELF An even larger font during the documentary credits Instead of just one of the shirts from DragonCon, we'll send you all four(4) shirts from the show!
DRAGON Level - ALl the perks of MEN, HOBBIT, DWARF, ELF and WIZARD A producer credit on our documentary short Eight (8) Free TheOneRing.net t-shirts of your choosing!
AINUR Level - All the perks of MEN, HOBBIT, DWARF, ELF, WIZARD and DRAGON Executive Producer credit on our documentary short One(1) tickets to our February 24th 2013 Oscar Party Event in Hollywood, CA* - Called 'The One Expected Party'.
WHERE CAN YOU PARTICIPATE: http://theonering.net/live will be streaming live video everywhere mobile coverage allows, as well as providing a live video feed from DRAGON*CON 2012 thanks to our friends at Stickam Worldwide. You can follow along on an updating map of where we are, calling TheOneRing hotline and telling us where would be a good place to visit or meet up! The route may change based on weather or circumstances, but here is a tentative road map: http://goo.gl/maps/uJ7rM
* Tickets have not been offered to the general public for our upcoming Oscar Party on February 24th 2013 in Hollywood, CA. If you choose this level, you will be guaranteed one ticket to the event with an opportunity to purchase another at full price. Please note, because this party is still in its planning stages, no further details about the party are available. The ticket does not include parking, accommodations or travel.