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Contributor: Josh Allen
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Edition: 2015
Start date: 21/12/2010
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Project name: dwyrin
Project description:
My project, a youtube channel youtube.com/dwyrin spreads go and helps others improve their general level of play. What is particularly unique about this project is that a way had to be discovered to bring knowledge of go to others who may not have otherwise encountered it in an online setting. In other words, there had to be separate draw to the channel, other than go, so that they could discover go while visiting the channel. It’s not unlike giving go demonstrations at a bookstore to draw in new players.
To accomplish this I decided to upload video game playthroughs, and reviews of other strategy games. Thus increasing the likelihood that they would be interested in the greatest strategy game of them all; Go when looking across my channel’s other content. With over 14,000 subscribers and 4.8 million views on the channel, and over 100,000 views per month, I daresay I am accomplishing this goal quite thoroughly.
Veteran Go players find my channel and learn from my games against high dan level players from IGS, Tygem, Netmarble, and more… learn from the lectures I give every other week, or even simply hear about games I thought were well played and worth study. Meanwhile new players, who haven’t heard of the game before, but are interested in strategy games, get exposed to Go and can choose to learn more about it.
Project aim:
The aim of my youtube channel was a simple one. Create a youtube channel www.youtube.com/dwyrin and spread go and help raise the general standard level of players throughout the English speaking Go world.
Means of the project:
In no particular order… Video, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, twitch.tv, Various online Go Servers such as; KGS, IGS, WBaduk, Netmarble, OGS, and Tygem. Video recording, Video Editing, Sound Editing, Graphics Design, Public Relations, Extensive Record Keeping, Photography, Web Design, and Collaboration.
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The result of my project is that I have tens of thousands of views across many of the go videos I have uploaded to my channel https://www.youtube.com/dwyrin . I am thanked every week for my contributions to the go community and receive emails from people telling me how they’ve struggled with some part of Go that they now understand. I receive emails from people stating that they’ve met others around the world who recommended my videos to them, and when told they already knew who I was, they laughed. I’ve had couples watch my videos for Go while their partner watches for the other part of my content. I’ve had a popular streamer take notice and request a lesson, to an audience of over ten thousand of his viewers.
Unfortunately it’s not all roses. I’ve had hate mail explaining that I should only put out go videos and stop uploading other videos thus ceasing my attempts to draw new people to go. I’ve had people send me hate mail complaining about the go videos and how I should only concentrate on the video game videos. There is nothing quite so vile as an anonymous person venting their anger at another without fear of reprisal. You learn to ignore it.
Public exposure:
My largest bout of public exposure came from a streamer on twitch.tv who had an audience of around twenty thousand viewers. He took a few lessons and streamed them for his followers. I took great pleasure in telling people where they could learn more about the game those few weeks afterwards.
Human resources:
This is mostly a project of one however, I have received help from a student of mine who assisted me greatly in the development of a website Dwyrin.tv to better categorize my videos. And, naturally, I could not draw people to the videos without so many of my fans watching and ‘liking’ my videos as they are released.
Financial resources:
I do receive the occasional donation from those who appreciate the work i’m doing, however any expenditures for microphones, cameras, computer upgrades etc.. come from my own pocket.

Go Seigen Lecture

I feel that I’ve hardly scratched the surface in terms of what kind of videos I can bring the Go community. Go is world wide. I hope one day I can bring in professional Go players to give lectures on topics my viewers have repeatedly expressed interest in. If I am truly lucky, then one day I might be able to travel abroad with a camera at the ready to introduce my viewers to even more players and show them what Go is like in places they may never be able to visit.
Monetary support is definitely needed to grow beyond the content I am already providing. It’s the only way I’d be able to afford to pay professionals to share their insights into the topics my viewers are interested in. It is also the only way to be able to give even more of my time to my projects for their continued learning and enjoyment.
Additional comments:
It has been my honor and privilege to create all this wonderful content for the go community. As long as even one person continues to enjoy and learn something from my material, or one person discovers go by being lured onto my channel, I will continue to make videos.

Baduk Movies

Baduk Movies
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Baduk Movies

Kim Ouweleen and Peter Dijkema


We make weekly screencasts about various baduk-topics for our website. The videos are in English and free for everybody, short (10 min. max) and each explains certain positions, joseki, trick-plays or the fundamentals of the game of Go. Because of the format of the videos (they are short + we study the Go-sequences thoroughly and write out the spoken text before we record), they are very clear and to the point.
New episodes come online every Monday morning.


We want to share interesting and new/sometimes forgotten/generally not well-known details about the game with a wide audience of (Western) Go players. These details can be beautiful tesujis in certain joseki-patterns, trick-plays without drawbacks or simply ways of explaining the basics of the game. BadukMovies is a video- platform for Go players to learn more about the game. Since every episode has a different topic, we zoom in on all sorts of aspects of the game, which makes it interesting and fun to all levels of Go players: we get enthusiastic responses from 15kyus as well as from 4dans. The videos are uploaded weekly to give our audience a sense of continuity in learning.


We spent a lot of time on making our website look and function as nice as possible: this paid off, since we get a lot of positive reactions about the layout.
There are 2 sections to each episode: WATCH episode and READ episode. The videos are easy to access (WATCH) and are all individually accompanied on the website by SGF-files that have the same content of the videos (READ); if the audience does not have time for a video, or wants to check the content again by clicking themselves, these SGF-files provide that possibility. To every episode we also attach professional games in the BONUS tab, with pro-content that relates to the episode.
An important part of the project is the feedback of the audience: people can leave comments to each episode or send us personal feedback through e-mail.
We make these free videos for go players and so we try our best to reach as many as possible. We have twitter and facebook accounts where we regularly upload new info on episodes or things we are working on (bloopers, screenshots of coming episodes, etc.). Recently we put a lot of work into creating a good intro for our videos: we used the suggestions of our viewers to do so. We also send out messages to go associations, forums and communities about our project. Recently a short article was posted on the website of the American Go Association.
So, one of the main things we need for our project is to build a big audience of Go players and let the Western Go community know of what we’re doing.


We are making the videos together, the 2 of us. This takes a lot of time and effort, especially with our perfectionistic approach. Feedback of our audience is essential to help us improve, and to get new ideas for videos. Money has so far been of minor importance, but if we wish to continue doing this for a long time a monetary reward would of course help.

Possibilities of copying this project

Since our project is a website, it is very international. This makes it ideal for Western go players everywhere and easy to access. Not only for Western go players, BadukMovies could also show a positive development in the English speaking go community through the eyes of Asian go players.