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The Road So Far

Imagine, if you will, two gamers in their prime. The men in question are John and Chris, two of the founding members of Random Encounters. Unhappy with the thought of working in call centers and other mind-numbing workplaces, they hatched an idea that would set them on a path away from what they felt was mediocrity. Upon reflection, John felt it necessary to bring in someone who had a rather robust personality and so, Bobby was brought on board as well. 

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.
“Ikuze! Mirai e to saa yukou!” (Let’s go! Let’s head to the future!) –Gooberjack
The Random Encounters Team
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Gooberjack

  • About the Gooberjack

    Alias: Bobby Spencer
    Age: 29
    Favorite Game: Star Wars Battlefront II (Xbox)
    Favorite Genre: Action Adventure
    Special Move: Pork Fat Express

    Bio: A throwback gamer from the days of yore, Gooberjack’s first gaming system was a Nintendo Entertainment system. At the time, his favorite games were Tiger Heli and Super Mario Bros. Since then, his tastes in games has evolved and expanded. Now knowledgeable in table top games, card games, PC and console games, his quest for the Ultimate Gaming Experience continues. 

Valendro

  • Valendro's Details

    Alias: John Fruitger
    Age: 30
    Favorite Game: Final Fantasy XI (Xbox360)
    Favorite Genre: RPG/ARPG
    Special Move: Unimaginable Narcissism

    Bio: While other children were raving about their new Sega CD systems, Valendro was rocking out oldschool to Atari. Whether it was blasting space boulders in space in Asteroids, bombing warships in Sea Hawk, or braving the harrowing jungles of Pitfall, his gaming ability stayed true. It wasn’t until gainful employment allowed him to purchase a PS2, that he joined the mainstream with the original Kingdom Hearts. He yearns to revive the Gaming Communities of old, promoting brotherhood and oneness across all platforms.

LumberMoose

  • The Lumbering LumberMoose

    Alias: The Wild Canadian LumberMoose
    Age: Unknown
    Favorite Game: Unknown
    Favorite Genre: Unknown

    Bio: Not much is known about this (gentle?) giant, like is he gentle? Or a giant? Okay, we do know he is a giant. His first console was a pinecone tied to a pigeon. This discovery of entertainment left him looking for more. After a chipmunk in a hole with a squirrel, bicycle horn, handful of acorns, the plastic rings from a soda six-pack, and a vinyl record couldn’t keep his attention anymore, he joined Random Encounters to see where his imagination could go.

Gaming Systems

  • Xbox 360
  • Xbox One
  • Potato-tron 3000 (Gooberjack's PC)
    1. CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo (3.16GHz)
    2. RAM: 4GB
    3. GPU: XFX Radeon HD 6850
    4. Motherboard: EVGA


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