Heavy Cardboard

is creating a podcast & YouTube channel for the heavier side of board games

687

patrons



Heavy Cardboard creates in-depth live play-throughs, interviews, and reviews of medium & heavy strategy board games, war games, and 18xx games!

Hey y'all! I'm Edward Uhler, the host of the Heavy Cardboard podcast & YouTube channel. I like the heavier side of board games. I mean, I really like the brain-burning, stupor-inducing, mind-melting games that are often overlooked by many in the hobby. Attempting to fill that niche was the impetus of the show, which started out with the podcast and branched into video side of things on YouTube. The focus of the podcast is the in-depth reviews on those (often) fantastic games which help folks make informed decisions on whether they may be ones that they will want to check out and enjoy themselves. In addition to the podcast, I also host a plethora of live teaching and play-through sessions of those games over on the HC YouTube channel. On occasion, I also host interviews and other content on both the podcast and YouTube channel..

Heavy Cardboard began in 2014 and since the beginning, it has been one of the (if not THE) central things in my life. The show has become more popular than I ever expected and it's showing no sign of slowing down, thanks to our incredible listeners and viewers! So while it's awesome that the show keeps on growing, with that growth comes increased costs. Since late 2017, I have counted on you, HC's beloved listeners & viewers, to help create the content that I (and you) enjoy. I truly love what I'm doing and I have plans on continuing the show for a long time, but as the show continues to grow, I want to continue improving the quality and breadth of the show. With your support, and the support of others like you, I can continue to improve the production quality of the show as well as expand the coverage of the people and games that help make this part of the hobby so great! 

On the right side, you'll see the different levels of support and what benefits each level offers to HC Patrons. On the left side, you'll notice the goals when we (because it is a "we" thing, you and me) reach various milestones (use the arrows to see what Team HC is working towards). 

Thank you very much for your support and I am looking forward to what we are able to create together!
Tiers
Indian Elephant
$2 or more per month
Thank you for the support!

 

  • Our ongoing gratitude for your continuing support! Thanks, y’all!
  • All the great content that you've been getting for the last few years
  • Listed on our Patrons page on the Heavy Cardboard website
  • Early Access to each new t-shirt design in the Heavy Cardboard Store a week prior to public release!
African Bush Elephant
$5 or more per month

Our base level of support. You're helping us to expand and improve the show. Y'all rock!


All previous level benefits PLUS:


  • Exclusive Patron-only access to our Slack channel! Think of it as a perpetual chatroom with us and your fellow Patrons! It really has become an amazing community!
  • Exclusive Patron-only access to a (usually) monthly private video chat with Edward!
  • Exclusive Patron-only voting for upcoming play-throughs!
  • Exclusive Patron-only access to any Heavy Cardboard “Glory to Rome sessions” livestream play-throughs (Live, uncensored and NSFW)!
Sri Lankan Elephant
$10 or more per month

Woohoo! You're helping make Heavy Cardboard one of the best board game media outlets around!  
 

All previous level benefits PLUS:


  • Unlimited access to Edward’s teaching notes and any player aids that we used during our play-throughs, as available. 
  • One Heavy Cardboard patch or pin (your choice) 
  • One Free Heavy Cardboard exclusive Patron-only Challenge Coin after 6 months of support.
  • Access to occasional bonus, behind-the-scenes content that includes things like studio video tours, show notes that we use for podcasts, and other things that show the creative process and how HC creates what y'all see as the finished product.
Sumatran Elephant
$25 or more per month

Wow, this support is stupendous, thank you!


All previous level benefits PLUS:


  • One exclusive, Patron-only T-shirt sent to you each year provided you maintain this reward level or higher (your first one after 6 months of support) - the inaugural design comes from renowned graphic designer and illustrator Ian O'Toole (The Gallerist, Lisboa, Age of Steam, and many others)!
  • Patron callout - we will give a special thanks and callout to a different Patron at this level or higher during a playthrough. Your support of Heavy Cardboard is truly appreciated and this is one way we can literally say thanks to you!
  • Every couple of months, I'll reach out and request input for a Top 6, Play-through, Game of the Month, etc. piece of content for the podcast or YouTube channel. Then all Patrons at this tier and higher will vote on it, with the highest vote-getting piece of content being created the following month!
  • Quarterly group Google hangouts/Skype calls that allow for a more intimate chat with me!
African Forest Elephant
$50 or more per month

You're going above and beyond here. Just amazing! Thank you so very much!

All previous level benefits PLUS:


  • One HC polo shirt after 6 months of support at this level.
  • In addition to the HC polo shirt, after 6 months of support at this level, you'll receive a box of merch sent to you anywhere in the world. It my include shirts, hats, and, likely, some exclusive items for Patrons at this level or higher!
  • Edward curates your collection. Once a year, Edward reviews your game collection on BGG (or the list you provide him), and then have a 30-min Skype/Google Hangout discussion with you to refine your likes and dislikes, etc. Afterwards, Edward will prepare a tailored list of game suggestions based on your collection and your interests. 
  • Once per calendar year, you get to choose a game from the HC collection to be made into a live-streamed play-through (after 6 months of support at this level)! We will discuss the options together to come up with a game that works for you and HC both!
Mastodon
$75 or more per month
WOOHOO! You have blown us away, thank you!


All previous level benefits PLUS:


  • An invitation and ticket to HeavyCon every year that you maintain this reward level (first eligible after 6 months of support at this level)!
Woolly Mammoth
$125 or more per month

Thank you for the support and trusting us with this!

 

All previous level benefits PLUS:


  • Curated game subscription (requires an accurate BGG Collection)
    • Once a year, HC will send you a game. It will be individually, scrupulously selected for each recipient, highly regarded by Heavy Cardboard, and possibly out-of-print. Think of this as your personal, custom game concierge!
  • Because you have shown so much support, let HC return the favor with an invitation to dinner, my treat, at a convention of your choice (that we are attending), or in the local Boston-area, once each year!
Goals
687 of 800 patrons
Let's continue upgrading the studio equipment! We recently added an audio compressor to help with the audio of the live-streams, so now, let's focus on improving the video side of things!

This time, HC is going to add a PTZ camera to further enhance the viewing experience. This will allow zooming into particular areas on a board for games with massive boards/table sprawl (High Frontier, etc). This is be a significant upgrade to go along with the existing cameras.

Adding the 5th camera will also require the addition of another Pro Capture card for the studio computer. This ties into the next goal as well!
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Heavy Cardboard creates in-depth live play-throughs, interviews, and reviews of medium & heavy strategy board games, war games, and 18xx games!

Hey y'all! I'm Edward Uhler, the host of the Heavy Cardboard podcast & YouTube channel. I like the heavier side of board games. I mean, I really like the brain-burning, stupor-inducing, mind-melting games that are often overlooked by many in the hobby. Attempting to fill that niche was the impetus of the show, which started out with the podcast and branched into video side of things on YouTube. The focus of the podcast is the in-depth reviews on those (often) fantastic games which help folks make informed decisions on whether they may be ones that they will want to check out and enjoy themselves. In addition to the podcast, I also host a plethora of live teaching and play-through sessions of those games over on the HC YouTube channel. On occasion, I also host interviews and other content on both the podcast and YouTube channel..

Heavy Cardboard began in 2014 and since the beginning, it has been one of the (if not THE) central things in my life. The show has become more popular than I ever expected and it's showing no sign of slowing down, thanks to our incredible listeners and viewers! So while it's awesome that the show keeps on growing, with that growth comes increased costs. Since late 2017, I have counted on you, HC's beloved listeners & viewers, to help create the content that I (and you) enjoy. I truly love what I'm doing and I have plans on continuing the show for a long time, but as the show continues to grow, I want to continue improving the quality and breadth of the show. With your support, and the support of others like you, I can continue to improve the production quality of the show as well as expand the coverage of the people and games that help make this part of the hobby so great! 

On the right side, you'll see the different levels of support and what benefits each level offers to HC Patrons. On the left side, you'll notice the goals when we (because it is a "we" thing, you and me) reach various milestones (use the arrows to see what Team HC is working towards). 

Thank you very much for your support and I am looking forward to what we are able to create together!

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Tiers
Indian Elephant
$2 or more per month
Thank you for the support!

 

  • Our ongoing gratitude for your continuing support! Thanks, y’all!
  • All the great content that you've been getting for the last few years
  • Listed on our Patrons page on the Heavy Cardboard website
  • Early Access to each new t-shirt design in the Heavy Cardboard Store a week prior to public release!
African Bush Elephant
$5 or more per month

Our base level of support. You're helping us to expand and improve the show. Y'all rock!


All previous level benefits PLUS:


  • Exclusive Patron-only access to our Slack channel! Think of it as a perpetual chatroom with us and your fellow Patrons! It really has become an amazing community!
  • Exclusive Patron-only access to a (usually) monthly private video chat with Edward!
  • Exclusive Patron-only voting for upcoming play-throughs!
  • Exclusive Patron-only access to any Heavy Cardboard “Glory to Rome sessions” livestream play-throughs (Live, uncensored and NSFW)!
Sri Lankan Elephant
$10 or more per month

Woohoo! You're helping make Heavy Cardboard one of the best board game media outlets around!  
 

All previous level benefits PLUS:


  • Unlimited access to Edward’s teaching notes and any player aids that we used during our play-throughs, as available. 
  • One Heavy Cardboard patch or pin (your choice) 
  • One Free Heavy Cardboard exclusive Patron-only Challenge Coin after 6 months of support.
  • Access to occasional bonus, behind-the-scenes content that includes things like studio video tours, show notes that we use for podcasts, and other things that show the creative process and how HC creates what y'all see as the finished product.
Sumatran Elephant
$25 or more per month

Wow, this support is stupendous, thank you!


All previous level benefits PLUS:


  • One exclusive, Patron-only T-shirt sent to you each year provided you maintain this reward level or higher (your first one after 6 months of support) - the inaugural design comes from renowned graphic designer and illustrator Ian O'Toole (The Gallerist, Lisboa, Age of Steam, and many others)!
  • Patron callout - we will give a special thanks and callout to a different Patron at this level or higher during a playthrough. Your support of Heavy Cardboard is truly appreciated and this is one way we can literally say thanks to you!
  • Every couple of months, I'll reach out and request input for a Top 6, Play-through, Game of the Month, etc. piece of content for the podcast or YouTube channel. Then all Patrons at this tier and higher will vote on it, with the highest vote-getting piece of content being created the following month!
  • Quarterly group Google hangouts/Skype calls that allow for a more intimate chat with me!
African Forest Elephant
$50 or more per month

You're going above and beyond here. Just amazing! Thank you so very much!

All previous level benefits PLUS:


  • One HC polo shirt after 6 months of support at this level.
  • In addition to the HC polo shirt, after 6 months of support at this level, you'll receive a box of merch sent to you anywhere in the world. It my include shirts, hats, and, likely, some exclusive items for Patrons at this level or higher!
  • Edward curates your collection. Once a year, Edward reviews your game collection on BGG (or the list you provide him), and then have a 30-min Skype/Google Hangout discussion with you to refine your likes and dislikes, etc. Afterwards, Edward will prepare a tailored list of game suggestions based on your collection and your interests. 
  • Once per calendar year, you get to choose a game from the HC collection to be made into a live-streamed play-through (after 6 months of support at this level)! We will discuss the options together to come up with a game that works for you and HC both!
Mastodon
$75 or more per month
WOOHOO! You have blown us away, thank you!


All previous level benefits PLUS:


  • An invitation and ticket to HeavyCon every year that you maintain this reward level (first eligible after 6 months of support at this level)!
Woolly Mammoth
$125 or more per month

Thank you for the support and trusting us with this!

 

All previous level benefits PLUS:


  • Curated game subscription (requires an accurate BGG Collection)
    • Once a year, HC will send you a game. It will be individually, scrupulously selected for each recipient, highly regarded by Heavy Cardboard, and possibly out-of-print. Think of this as your personal, custom game concierge!
  • Because you have shown so much support, let HC return the favor with an invitation to dinner, my treat, at a convention of your choice (that we are attending), or in the local Boston-area, once each year!