The Road So Far
From its inception, Random Encounters has always been about entertainment. People like being entertained, and as such, Random Encounters enjoys being able to provide that service. Before we could even start casting, we felt the need to give ourselves stage names. We felt just being John, Chris, and Bobby just wasn’t enough. John went with his usual idea of Valendro, and on cast adopts an air of narcissism, often alluding to the fact that he was the best in the group. Bobby chose Gooberjack based on a personal preference, and amplified his normally boisterous outgoing nature, becoming the Costello to John’s Abbott. Chris had his persona thrust upon him. Having a penchant for wearing flannel, being fairly hirsute, and notoriously difficult to photograph, he was dubbed the Canadian Lumbermoose by Bobby and the name stuck.
Random Encounters’ first cast occurred late 2013 with the idea that if we just played games we liked, people would show up. We weren’t prepared for just how much people would like it. Within the first year of casting, we had around 100 channel followers. It may not seem like much, but for three friends who just wanted to make people smile, it was an excellent start. In just a year and 2 months we nearly quadrupled this number breaking 480 followers on the 2015 Christmas show.
In early 2014 John set about filling out the paper work to shift Random Encounters from just another channel on Twitch.tv to a legitimate business, and after a few stops and starts, it was finalized and Random Encounters LLC was born. We finally made our dream a reality. Random Encounters was an entertainment company. We were ecstatic.
Early 2015 saw Random Encounters gain an opportunity they had been waiting for. On a whim, John called the local offices for Children’s Miracle Network and left a message about wanting to do something with Extra-Life. A few short meetings and planning later, and Random Encounters was representing Extra-Life at two high profile events in October and November of 2015 with three more events scheduled for 2016.
So here we are. Valendro, Lumbermoose, and Gooberjack, the three founding members of Random Encounters with a business now employing the assistance of our wives, two casters in other countries, and an up and coming photographer, as well as the ever growing population of our channel and its chat community, look to the future and eagerly hope to entertain for a very long while.