TCG TV/Documentary Trip to the USA

€36,230 of €75,000 goal

Raised by 1,727 people in 17 months

WHY GOFUNDME?
I chose GoFundMe as a funding platform for a few different reasons: The campaign is the longest available running time of all of the crowdfunding platforms. GoFundMe has no limit to how long a campaign can be active and Kickstarter and IndieGoGo have a 60 day limit to their platform. This is to fund a product or similar; but this is a more expansive product that has lots of moving parts and a year long fulfilment process and has a product at the end aswell.

GoFundMe also has competitive fee pricing and after GFM costs and Stripe payment charges it leaves me with more money to pay for the costs of the trip. GoFundMe also has great sharing functionality and I can customise the link so its easy to say on the podcast and get the URL into peoples heads. If you wouldnt mind sharing the link around to your friends and people you know are fans of the show that would be class!

YOUR PERKS AND REWARDS
The perks and rewards are in the sidebar on this page but I wanted to be able to provide supporters of this campaign with value, without having to rely on tangible rewards that need to be posted (like t-shirts and badges etc)

I opted for exclusivity of the materials I am going to be creating like early access to vlogs, access to the Discord server where most of the exclusive links will be shared, access to a private TCGTV Instagram feed where I will share exclusive images of interview guests as well as Instagram stories of our daily adventures.

Every month there will be a live video chat using Appear.in, where you can ask me questions, we can chat about the previous months adventures, and you can join in on screen to chat with some of the other guests. I have also included the free entry to any live shows I will do when I get to the States and I hope to liaise with comedians and content producers there to help me organise those events. Some of the higher tiers even have stage time at these events as one of the perks.

The €50 tier makes sure you get a viewing of the finished documentaries before anyone else in the world and before they are for general release on whatever format is decided.

The €100 and €200 tiers have inclusion in the vlogs and documentaries where you will come and meet us, hang out for the day and join in on whatever activity we have planned for the day and be included in the vlog and even a possibility of being in the finished documentary.

You may want to join in as we go hunting for Bigfoot at Mount Shasta, or come along to a Mormon church to meet the elders, or if we end up going for coffee with Tom DeLonge you would be welcome!

The top tiers have guarantees of inclusion in the episodes and there is a corporate level where you can have sponsorship of part of the documentary. These terms will be discussed privately and please email or message me before donation for this tier.

WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO?
The funds are to be used to buy all the necessary equipment to complete the trip and make the documentaries. I have undertaken a business loan in speculation of this campaigns success and bought all the camera and audio equipment necessary for the journey.

I do have to pay for legal and accounting fees for both Ireland and the US, and I have to pay for travel and work visas for both Claire and I. There will also be accomodation costs and we plan to utilise AirBnB and motels for the majority of our stay.  Accommodation is relatively inexpensive approx $60-$80 per night in the most expensive parts; but booking in good time and not having very high standards will keep costs down and it will a damn sight cheaper than paying rent in Dublin every month! The money from Patreon each month will also go toward paying for this continual cost as well as the day to day expenses like, fuel, food and admission to certain sights, areas, toll roads etc. and the Patreon folks will get the perks for the appropriate level of donation included in the one time GoFundMe tiers. They are the lifeblood of the show and are subscribed continually so its only fair. 

Other costs include, flights, medical and vehicle insurance, food, fuel, clothing, facility costs like admissions, guests costs, phone and internet bills, and a whole host of other stuff. 

There is also some equipment costs factored into the campaign target. Hard drive space to hold all the footage is expensive and to transport it is quite risky; so I want to pay for a cloud storage solution that I can access when I get home to Ireland should the HDDs I have on me fail or get lost/stolen in transit. This cloud storage solution is cheaper than a HDD NAS system or any other solution that I can have working for the year I am away from Ireland. The majority of computers, cameras and film equipment will be bought and brought from Ireland but heavy gear needs to be bought in the US like lights, HDDs, rigging, equipment storage, and others.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT

Hopefully I will see you in the Discord for further chats about all this and make sure you join up to the Instagram to get all the latest when the trip starts. Send me the email with your details requested from the confirmation mail and Ill get you on everything asap! Please share this GoFundMe page to those you think would enjoy it and I hope to meet you in person soon!

Love, Gordo
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Hey folks, Im delighted to be well past the Phase 1 goal! Thanks so much for all your support! Not long now before we set off! New episodes are on the way swell, Ive been swamped with a mental research/recording schedule!

Im just writing to let you know that Im amalgamating the Discord servers! There is only about 100 of the 1400 GoFundMe donaters in theTCGTV server and I wanted to keep it separate! I have reassessed the logistics of having two servers and I am now joining them together!

Anyone who has joined Discord already, you know what to do and just click this link to join the regular TCG Discord server https://discord.gg/RDp5xgE

For those that arent, click the same link and follow the same instructions from your private 'Thank You' message so you can be assigned proper tiers in the TCG Discord!

If you dont join it, thats totally fine too; but you may not receive all the updates, daily vlog links, doc notifications, or any of the extra stuff you want to see from this project! I will be able to have audio broadcasts through Discord, I can share links (early access stuff) through there aswell. I can keep you posted about new vlogs, episodes and content! And most importantly; Ill be able to communicate with you if you are of the tier where we get to meet when I am in the US!

To make it easier on me, and to make sure you get everything that is coming your way; click on this link https://discord.gg/RDp5xgE, join the Discord, and send me your details and Ill assign you a tier!

Thanks a million,
Gordo
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Oh my god, thank you so much everyone! The GoFundMe has just passed the Phase 1 goal of €30k and I couldnt be happier! :D This means that some of the worry is over! Im getting the Visa and other stuff done in the next few weeks including recording the rest of the episode for Season 7 and editing the 20+ that are already recorded; so busy times!

For everyone that has donated here you should have got an email with details of Discord, Instagram and other instructions and tips for following along with TCGTV when it kicks off! If you havnt got this email from GoFundMe yet (probably if you donated with PayPal and were added anonymously) please send me an email to info(at)thoseconspiracyguys.com and Ill let you have the details. GoFundMe has changed some stuff in the interface around so I dont have the functionality I used to have!

The best way to communicate is through Discord going forward; so if you want to get the early access vlogs, and for those on the higher levels, access to the docs before everyone else: make sure you get a Discord account and log into the TCGTV server and youll get all you links and info through Discord! I dont want to put all that stuff on the main social channels for obvious security reasons and also you folks have exclusive content coming to you too!

Thanks again for everything and here to completing Phase 2!

Love,
Gordo
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Hey everybody,

So here is the time scale for the TCGTV trip! Its not 100% as we will be spending less time in some places and the journey could move on quite quickly; but its a good indicator for you to know when we are gonna be in your area!

Im trying to stay away from extreme weather for the most part (hot and cold) and I know the North East in March is a gamble but I believe Global Warming will help us out!

If you are on the higher tiers and we have a meeting planned I will be on to you soon to let you know the topics I have planned and you can arrange to tag along to whichever you choose. The finite details like dates and times wont be available until a few days/weeks before unfortunately but I hope to accomodate everyone!

I will be asking if there is anyone who wants to organise live shows for me to join in on or even a fan meetup with a stage and something we can congregate around! I will let you know about this though so dont go organising anything just yet!

Getting those final steps closer to the final itinerary so Im very happy! Hope youre enjoying the new episodes and Ill be in touch with all the new donaters very soon with the details for Discord, Instagram and everything else!

Thank you all so much!
Love,
Gordo
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Amazing, we have just trickled over the €25,000 mark which is 84% of the Phase 1 goal and 34% of the total €75k for the ultimate TCGTV production!

Thank you so much to everyone who has had faith in this project and in me, and for listening to the podcast continually! I expect great things from myself and I am ready for this challenge!

There is still loads of time to get the other €50k and by all accounts, the last days will be people going 'fuck it, I might as well donate now' when they see it being actually executed!

Claire has begun her unpaid sabbatical from her school and is getting to grips with working the cameras and preparing for driving a hybrid SUV on the highways and byways of the US!

The Discord and Instagram are filling up with donaters; if you havnt joined then please do and dont forget to send me your Instagram details so you get access. Its pretty quiet now, but will get loads of action from the road!

Also if you are a donater and havnt recieved the welcome message with all the details/info/links etc; please send me an email to info(at)thoseconspiracyguys.com and I will get it to you! The Discord links and stuff will be essential to keep in the loop as the project progresses.

Other than that there is a load more to do; with booking flights, accomodations, buying a vehicle (the bulk of the money will be on these three things) and then recording all the episodes so you guys wont be living without TCG goodness while we traverse North America!

I have 34 episode lined up since the start of July and have been hopping them out at a decent rate! Nothing new in the podcast app for you guys for a while though because of this! I do have a shit load of stuff to get out and they are coming this week!

Thanks again for your support and I feel its a real milestone getting the 33% mark! Its definitely happening, just how much more support we get dictates how good its gonna be! Maybe if you could profess your support on social media and let other TCG fans know why you supported? Maybe that would get them going!

Anyway, thanks so much and chat to you in Discord!

Love,
Gordo
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