Gamers With Jobs Donation Drive 2022: September 7th - October 4th
Before we begin, we understand that this year has been financially challenging for many. Please know that we see you, we feel for you, and we are here for you. Many who want to donate may not be able to, and that is okay. We value you just for being here and helping make GWJ a wonderful, inclusive, compassionate community. You are the reason GWJ exists year after year. We thank you, always!
It is time once again for the annual GWJ Donation Drive!
We're honored again this year to kick off the annual Gamers With Jobs Donation Drive. It's the one time of the year we ask for your support to keep the lights on and to allow us to remain one of the few ad-free websites on the internet. Your contributions help us to run the GWJ Conference Call podcast, cover hosting fees, and more! Have questions? We have a General Donation Drive FAQ listed here.
Please go to patreon.com/gwj to kick in whatever you are willing to donate.
One important note—if you want the rewards, please make sure the email you use for Patreon is the same one you use for your GWJ account. If your emails are different, refer to the FAQ linked above.
While Patreon is our preference for supporting the site, we understand that some folks still prefer using PayPal. Your donation will still count! You can click on the PayPal button below if you’d rather go that route. Please include your forum name and reward tier in the notes so we can associate the payment with your site name and make sure you get tagged.
2022: Progress on GWJ Site Overhaul
In the latter half of 2023, Drupal will stop supporting version 7.0, so we're currently in the trenches of migrating. We've had an amazing amount of support from the community in recreating the structure to shift from one platform to the next, and our fellows are gearing up to start working on some front-end architecture. We can't wait to see what it's going to look like!
Donor Reward Tiers
We learned last year that shipping gets really costly this time of year, and it's not getting any cheaper. To take some of the pressure off, we'll be doing things a bit differently for 2022. All reward items will be ordered after the donation drive concludes and ship early 2023, which means we won't have any caps on any of our donation tiers. Also, we sourced vendors this year that won't require ordering specific quantities, which makes this a lot easier. If you are donating for something with a physical reward, these rewards are priced to include shipping costs. To lessen the risk of unexpected costs or delays, we're also looking to focus a bit more on the digital side of things in order to be more sustainable in the long run, as well as avoid some of the more dull realities of licensure and taxation.
Donation Rewards are primarily tracked through our Patreon. If you are donating through PayPal and want to redeem a tier, please include which tier reward you are looking to receive.
Once the donation drive concludes on October 4th, each tier-level donator will receive an email with a survey link to provide things like reward details or shipping addresses.
20-year anniversary donors
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Gamers With Jobs, we are offering a special 20-year Loyalty Pack for those who have donated each and every year, regardless of tier. The 2022 Loyalty Pack includes: a d20 golden icon, a 20-year design item, one GWJ commemorative d20, one exclusive GWJ lanyard, the header carousel edit feature, and inclusion in the new GWJ Alumni list in the GWJ User Guide.
2022 donation tiers
$2 Level: Gamers With Jobs Golden Icons
Golden community icon for the forums. A classic. The little guy that goes right under your forum avatar. This is the workhorse tier that keeps the lights on and the forums alive.
This year, our 20-year donors will receive a golden d20!
(DESIGN TBD) -- coming soon!
$5 Level: Gamers With Jobs Conference Call Podcast Shout-Out
Tier Reward Includes: GWJCC Podcast shout out and yearly golden icon.
We’ll read your short, custom message (300 words or less) on the Conference Call. Shout out a friend, thank someone for being awesome, or share whatever is on your mind!
$15 Level: add to the website header image carousel!
Tier Reward Includes: Front page carousel edit, GWJCC Podcast shout-out, and yearly golden icon
This is a new tier we're adding this year! As we gear up to build our new site, we want to make sure a few things come over with us to make it feel like home. Our site header is coming along with us, but we'd like to add a new twist to reflect the foundation of our site: this community!
For this reward, Amoebic will work with you to create a new element or feature to include in the header image. Want to make Stan think about cheese? Has our header always lacked velociraptors? Have a personalized stan you'd like to pop into the rotation? Want to put your actual face on there for some reason? Let's talk. Of course, as nice as it is to surprise someone, please ask permission before using their ideas or likeness.
There are also rules regarding what we can feature, which will be broken down in the feedback survey if you donate at this level. Unfortunately, there are laws and copyright we must observe. Also, please no trademarked, political, religious, or explicit content, and all content must adhere to our code of conduct.
$20 Level: Limited Edition 20-year Commemorative GWJ d20
Tier Reward Includes: Commemorative GWJ d20 die, front page carousel edit, GWJCC Podcast shout-out, and golden forum icon.
We will be working with the fine folks over at DnDdice.com to create a custom 34mm d20 to commemorate our 20-year anniversary for Gamers With Jobs. These are a single, one-time run, so get yours in before the October 4th deadline. (20-side face design not finalized. Depending on the printer's feedback, it may need to be adjusted for best fit.)
$35 Level: GWJ Lanyard & d20
Tier Reward Includes: Exclusive GWJ Lanyard, Commemorative GWJ d20 die, front page carousel edit, GWJCC Podcast shout-out, and yearly golden icon.
We are currently in discussion with a company to create custom GWJ lanyards! The ones we're looking at are made from recycled hemp crop stems and are eco-friendly. As we're in the early stages of design discussions, we don't have pictures yet but will share in a future Patreon and site update once the design has been settled and approved.
We're still tweaking the designs, and hoping to be able to incorporate more red. The printing company may say the stan is too detailed, so he may be replaced with a modified red silhouette, or the text may be red depending on what they say. We're aware this is a really rough photoshop! The actual template is a bit hard to conceptualize, so this is more of a spiritual representation. The spirit is just a little tired.
$50 Level: Custom golden icon
Tier Reward Includes: Custom golden icon, Exclusive GWJ Lanyard, Commemorative 35mm GWJ D20 die, front page carousel edit, and GWJCC Podcast shout-out, and golden icon (Your rank will still update).
At this level, Amoebic will work with you to create a custom golden icon for you to wear with pride on the current and upcoming GWJ site! Rest assured, individuals with custom golden icons on the current site will have their custom icon carried over to the new site. One of the conditions of this feature is that it can't look too much like any of the existing designs, cannot be copyrighted nor explicit, and must adhere to our code of conduct.
Thank you all so much for 20 years of Goodjer goodness. Whether you are a 20-year Alumni donator or this is your first Donation Drive, we are humbled and honored by your generosity. We love and appreciate each of you for being here with us. Even if you are unable to contribute financially, your presence here is so important. The large and small things you do every day make this an amazing and rare place on the internet—stretching from our forums, to our Discord, to our Twitch channel, and beyond. We are deeply grateful for your time and amazing contributions. Thank you for helping make GWJ such a wonderful place!
How much is the "take over the podcast for an episode and make an hour-long audio sh*tpost" tier?
You should follow me on Mastodon: @[email protected]
"The golden shower threw me off." -- garion333
"What Eleima says is the final word on it and not even God could undo it"
Sorry I ask this every year, but I want to make sure.
Are the tiers above single payments or monthly amounts?
I’m sure this gets asked, but does it have to be gold?
"Life's a trip. You've only got one shot, let her rip." - K.Flay | My Games
not cumulative, it's whatever recent payment that happens between Sept 7 and Oct 4 whether it's a single paypal or patreon donation or part of a recurring patreon subscription
"Life's a trip. You've only got one shot, let her rip." - K.Flay | My Games
The icons are so small. so cute. If you have a stan, it looks like you're leaning on the table that you just threw a die on.
I'm going strong with the monthly Patron. Anyway to get the physical d20 as an add on?
Request denied. My bomp chicka's gotta bow wow. - Rubb Ed
Yea! You can up the donation until the October 1st charge comes through on patreon, and drop it back down after. Or, if you don't want to mess with your settings there, the Paypal option above towards donating for site maintenance can also be used for contributing any additional amounts.
Hey, I didn't even think to look for the drive until December. Any chance I can still get a cool d20?
Not a big deal if not. I just like dice.
Also, did our little golden icons change over yet, or is that still pending? I only ask because my forum email address is different from my Patreon email address, and I didn't want to miss it if I was supposed to get a new one.
"Quotations are useful in periods of ignorance or obscurantist beliefs."
~ Guy Debord
Hmm. I'd had you noted as tagged, but your account didn't reflect that. All fixed now!
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ― Howard Thurman
Any update on when the various tier awards will start going out or being worked on?
I received an email about 6 hours ago that the dice have now shipped and are on the way to my current location now, and should hopefully arrive by the 18th! Lanyards have hit a supply concern (I wasn't crazy about how textured the material was or how greyish the white on black was on the sample), so I'm thinking I will switch to another material, but that means it may not be the recycled material and they'll get here after the dice
I don't like to make excuses, I know things have been delayed and I've been wracking up guilt about it because that can erode good faith. I'm currently in discussion with some pulling in other folks in the gwj staff to see about helping distribute and organize the loose ends of the DD and get them tied back together. I have been working through some personal distress that has made things harder for me than I realized, and spent too long trying to juggle the bulk of it on my own like I've done the last few years without properly assessing my current limitations.
If folks have questions, comments, or want to discuss their donations, please feel free to dm me, I completely understand if that may no longer work for everyone. The game plan is still to get these grouped up and sent out, so now the dice are on thier way, anyone at the $20 and under will be receiving surveys to capture shipping addresses sometime this weekend.
I'm less concerned about any specific time and just how it's going.
I need the kick in the pants, honestly. I created a really complex network of threaded survey chains that were half-built when my world got flipped around a little last October, coming back and figuring out what I made was daunting and I kind of had to start over. It makes the process a breeze later, it's totally worth it, just intense to kick off.
I sent emails out for everyone $20 under, hit me up if you didn't get yours! Once the lanyards are confirmed, I'll be sending emails to everyone $35 and up - there could potentially be a significant change to the lanyards and thus other offerings, so I want to have the facts before I contact everyone with an update.
It was nice to meet you today, Amoebic. Thanks for the d20!
I went home and tested the die to make sure it wasn't cursed. I put it in a saltwater bath and gave it twenty dunks. It came up either 15 or 12 on eleven of the twenty trials. The effect was very slight though -- I was able to make it float with any side facing up.