Due to some big changes coming up for GWJ we’re launching the annual Gamers With Jobs donation drive a few weeks early! This is the one time of year where we ask for your support in keeping the site running smoothly and creating awesome new stuff.
Your donations keep the lights on and allow us to remain one of the few ad-free sites on the internet. It gives us the time and space to nurture this amazing community. Your help also allows us to pump out great content like the weekly Gamers With Jobs Conference Call podcast, Let’s Play videos, streams, RPG podcasts and more! Please go to patreon.com/gwj to kick in a few bucks!
[One important note -- if you do support the site and want the rewards make sure the email you use for Patreon is the same one you use for your GWJ account. See below if you have different emails.]
While Patreon is our preferred and primary way of supporting the site, we understand some folks still prefer using Paypal. Your donation will still count! You can click on the Paypal button below if you’d prefer that route. Please include in the notes your forum name so we can associate the payment with your site name and make sure you get tagged.
2019 Has Been Wild: What to Expect for This Year’s Donation Drive
Since many of us here at GWJ are in transitional phases in our lives, we’re going to focus on the work that brings us joy, which we think translates into content you’ll love too! To give you an idea of what we’re continuing to work on as well as ideas for what we’d like to do next, here’s a few key things we’ve been focusing on:
Gamers With Lives:
We will continue supporting Sean McKenna in creating new episodes of the Gamers With Lives podcast series! We love Sean would and want to help expand his interview pool to include members of the GWJ community as well as potential guests within the games industry. The world needs more of his uplifting and heartfelt conversations!
Yearly Game Charity Streams:
Last year we began running an annual charity fundraiser for organizations that help people in need. We will continue to run these charity streams, the next to-be-determined in late winter/early spring. Though we’ve been tossing about ideas for charities, we’re more interested in what causes our community would like to see us support. Your input is valuable, so please reply in the thread if there is an organization we should take a closer look at!
International Gamers With Jobs Day!
Years ago there was a time when we got together in local, in-person groups and celebrated the genuinely good, amazing people that make GWJ so wonderful. It was an excellent excuse to get together to play some videogames, boardgames and meet new people! We called it International Gamers With Jobs Day. Or Goodjer Day, if you insist.
Let’s start doing it again! In the past that happened in October, so we can work on locking down a date soon. We’d like to gauge interest in who is interested in forming groups and get that ball rolling if folks are into it. It would be wonderful if we could put on a Conference Call podcast on that day, stream it, and possibly have a few people available for us to call on Discord so we can say hi to the groups and celebrate together!
Story Roost will continue with an upcoming D&D 5th Edition adventure starring Sean Sands, Julian Murdoch, Karla Andrich and Game Master Michael Zenke! Alongside them will be a rotating cast of new and familiar voices. More details soon!
A Personal Note From Amoebic/Amanda
Gamers With Jobs is my home. It is where my heart lives online. By bringing me on as an employee to run things while Shawn is on sabbatical (more info in this week’s podcast), I’m allowed more time to care for and nurture this space. To start, I’m planning to dive in with researching, creating and putting together fun content for the podcast and streams. It’s my hope to build momentum with this modest beginning and come on strong in 2020!
How do I donate to the site? Go to Patreon.com/GWJ, enter an amount you’d like to pledge each month, enter your payment information and you’re good. If you are an existing patron subscriber, now is a good time to make sure the details are all up to date. Thank you, you’re awesome.
What If My Patreon and GWJ Emails Don't Match? - Please email con[email protected] with both email addresses and your forum name and we'll make sure you get on the list! When donating with Paypal please note your forum name in the notes section!
Can I Change My Donation? -- You can always adjust your donation, up or down. We activate our monthly rewards based on whomever is in that tier at the time, so if you want to get a reward you can bump up your donation and receive that. Alternatively if you need to trim some expenses feel free to drop it down.
But, I really want to use PayPal. – All good, just use the button up top! Please note your forum name with the Paypal submission so we can tag you in the forums!
Cool, now what do I get for my money? -- Mostly, you get an awesome community. That and articles, videos, podcasts, RPG stories and a bunch of other stuff that hopefully you like and want to support. But, there are also rewards as well --
Any $2.00+ donation -- Golden community icon for the forums
$5/month -- Icon + We’ll read a custom short message from you on the Conference Call! Shout out a friend, thank someone for being awesome or whatever is on your mind!
$20/month -- Icon + We’ll read a custom short message from you on the air of the Conference Call + a Custom Stan Avatar in the style of the rotating Stan logos (designed by Amanda).
$50/month -- Incredible! Ok, all the other cool stuff, plus if you maintain this tier for a year, we’ll get online and talk to you about what kind of project you’d like to see to match your awesome level of support. You’ll work directly with us on making something great for the site, and best of all, you get to help come up with what that something is.
I don’t live in the US, can I donate? -- Yes ... at least according to Patreon’s FAQ -- your funds will be converted to USD. Here’s what they have to say.
Are icons still part of the deal? -- Heck yeah! Just donate $2.00 or more and we’ll tag you with the next icon. We also have a few people in the community who have been with us for all 16 -- 16?! -- years and donated every year, so we couldn’t leave them hanging without a new look.
Sweet, when do I get my icon? – This year we’re going to do all the tagging in early September once all donations are cleared and do them all at once. We’re hoping that makes it easier to not miss any!
When does the Donation Drive end? -- Technically we will be accepting support year-round, and there will be a link to the Patreon on the site, but the Donation Drive itself still only lasts a month. After September 7th, 2019 we’ll stop tracking donors for forums tags and stuff until next year. We will only be accepting PayPal donations until September 7th.
Anything else? -- Probably, but the big answer to this question is if you have more things you’re wondering drop a line in comments, send us a PM or even reach out to [email protected] and we’ll try to get you an answer.
Thanks so much. Even if you aren’t able to contribute your dollars to help the site, so many of you do things both little and big every day to make this an amazing and rare place on the internet. We are so grateful for your time, your support and your awesome contributions. Thank you for helping make GWJ an awesome place to be!