Wil Wheaton just raised a lot of money to play nerdy board games. The actor and host of the upcoming SyFy series The Wil Wheaton Project has completed a $500,000 Indiegogo campaign and ensured a third season of TableTop, his popular board game-oriented YouTube show.
Wheaton launched the $500,000 campaign on April 5th in search of the money he needed to produce a third season of TableTop, which lives on the Geek & Sundry YouTube channel. His viewers came through with aplomb, raising the necessary funds in just five days. As a result, a 15 episode third season has been greenlit.
A number of stretch goals should keep the grand total rolling higher. If TableTop raises $750,000, five more episodes will be added; if it reaches a cool million, Wheaton will develop a spin-off show where he and his guests play tabletop RPGs such as Dungeons and Dragons.
Wheaton explained all of these stretch goals and announced a few new perks in a celebratory video released via Geek & Sundry.
TableTop, for the uninitiated, stars Wheaton and a rotating cast of guest stars. In each episode, an assembled quartet of players compete against one another in a specific tabletop board game. Clever quips supply the bulk of the appeal throughout the 30-minute runtime. If you’ve never seen an episode before, you might as well start where many tabletop gamers do: with Settlers of Catan.
Wheaton’s Indiegogo project has plenty of time to add to its impressive total. The campaign doesn’t end until May 10th, at which point it has a good chance to pass Video Game High School as the most lucrative web series project in Indiegogo history. Not bad, Wesley Crusher. Not bad at all.