It’s been three weeks since we launched the 2015 Donation Drive that transitioned from 12 years of using PayPal to the new Patreon model -- www.patreon.com/gwj. As I write this we currently have an amazing 444 GWJers helping to support the community, the site, the podcast and the many people who play a part in this whole endeavor.
So above all else, thank you!
I know many of you are interested in how the DD is going, so this update addresses several things. Here’s the order of things I’m going to touch on here, in case you’re only interested in some of it.
Stretch goal details
Matching up Patreon & GWJ for icons
2015 Tagged Donors List
1 - NUMBERS-- So, the upfront answer is that the numbers are a little down. At the 21 day mark last year we had 574 donors. With 444 donors at the same point this year, that means we’re tracking 130 donors fewer, or a drop of roughly 23% year-over-year. With a week and a half left to go in the drive, it’s probably not exactly where we’d hoped we might be, but we also were practical in going into this to know that the Patreon change and some of the changes to the rewards structure probably wouldn’t work in our favor.
It’s hard to start putting any kind of dollar amounts into play to analyze, because there’s a big open question about how much of what’s out there right now will be from one-time donors. Now that the first few hundred donations have processed -- check your statements if you’ve been waiting for processing, as most of those who donated in September will now have seen the first charge -- we’ll be watching closely to get a sense of how many people withdraw from the Patreon, and we’ll report more on that toward the end of the drive.
All that said, we also know from experience that the last week or two of the drive tends to be some of the busiest, so we’ll see how it all ends up. If you’ve been waiting a bit to dive in on the donation drive now’s probably a great time to visit www.patreon.com/GWJ, as we’ll be launching rewards like the GWJ hangout on Saturday and game night next week Wednesday.
We’ve got a long way to go to get in the ballpark of matching the number of donors supporting the site last year. We sincerely appreciate your help in trying to get there. Thank you if you’ve directly supported the Patreon, and if you aren’t in a position to do so thank you for supporting the site by helping to foster and be a positive part of the amazing community. Those are things of equal importance!
2 -- STRETCH GOAL -- It may seem odd to talk about stretch goals when we’re 23% down on the number of donors, but from a pure dollars point of view we’re actually very close to the first goal with $2,284/mo of the $2,500/mo pledged. If we cross that $2,500 amount, that will trigger the goal, even if it turns out some donors remove their pledge later as one-time or short-term donors and the number goes back down. Fact is, we _really_ want to record a monthly pen-and-paper game, and we’ve lined up a killer DM for the job.
Rob Daviau, creator of, among many things, Risk Legacy & Seafall, as well as co-designer and publisher of Pandemic Legacy which releases this week, will be joining us as DM of our campaign. I’ve known Rob for something like five years now, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned in that time it’s that if Rob is running a game, then you want to be playing that game.
We have a few other ideas kicking around about cool stretch goals to put up should we hit this one, but more on that later.
3 -- TAGGING -- Icon tagging for many donors up to September 30th has been completed. There is a list of tagged donors at the end of this post. If you do not see your name on the list or you have not seen your icon updated the first step is to make sure that your Patreon and GWJ emails match. We are updating the list based on merging these two lists to match things up. If you need to change your GWJ email, you can do that by hovering over your icon at the top right of the page and going to Edit Account.
Just update your email to match the Patreon and we’ll get you up in the next round of tagging. Also if you only recently donated -- within the past few days -- you may not see your name on the list yet. Be patient, we’ll get you on the next round.
4 -- REWARDS -- Now that the first batch of donations have processed we’re beginning to roll out some of the rewards. Currently scheduled we have
**GWJ Live Hangout ** Our first live chat for $10+ patrons will be Noon CST (1PM EST, 10AM PST) Saturday, October 10th! We'll be using Google Hangouts and sharing the link here when the time comes. No major format set, we're just going to shoot the breeze, answer your questions and chill with you all.
** GWJ Game Cabal ** Our first $15+ patron-only game night is going to be 8PM CST (9PM EST, 6PM PST) Wednesday, October 14th!
We are posting Patreon specific information on the GWJ patreon page, but we’ll also be providing dates and times through email, on the podcast and either on the front page or in the forums as appropriate. We’ll be launching the remaining tier rewards soon.
5) DONOR LIST -- A huge thank you goes out to these donors to the community. If you are concerned you might be missing from this list, please review above in the section labeled TAGGING.
Thank you all for your support in so many different ways this year. We have just around 10 days left on the drive, and then things will get back to normal. If you want to help support the site, please visit www.patreon.com/gwj, and thanks again.
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