The years just fly by, don’t they? It’s time for our 2017 Donation Drive! Until the end of the month anyone who is on the books for donating to the site through our Patreon or Paypal will get a fancy new golden forum icon to commemorate their status as patrons of the community and some other cool stuff too!
First, the short version -- if you’d like to help GWJ keep the lights on, remain ad-free, keep building the amazing community, keep pumping out great content, keep the Gamers With Jobs Conference Call going, keep making videos and RPG podcasts and all kinds of stuff then go to → patreon.com/gwj.
[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 very much 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!
That’s probably all you need to know about donating, but here’s the answer to a few additional questions you may have.
How do I donate to the site? -- Ok, good. This is an easy one, because I just mentioned it a moment ago. Go to Patreon.com/GWJ, enter an amount you’d like to pledge each month, enter your payment information and you’re good. Thank you, you’re awesome.
What If My Patreon and GWJ Emails Don't Match? - Please email [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, game sessions 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 + The pilot episode of the Gamers With Lives* series.
$10/month -- Icon + Pilot + access to monthly Game King (™) stream.
$20/month -- Icon + Pilot + Stream + we’ll read a custom short message from you on the air of the Conference Call.
$50/month -- What? Seriously? Ok, all the other cool stuff, plus if you maintain this tier for a year, Shawn and I will 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.
Wait, What's Gamers With Lives? -- This year we have a stretch goal to create a special audio series called 'Gamers With Lives' that feature GWJ writers and podcasters going beyond video games and talking about bigger life issues like work, relationships, money, love or whatever else we can get behind. For the drive we'll do a pilot episode and offer it to our Patrons to check out and offer feedback. If we hit our stretch goal all of the series (and the pilot) will be free for everyone to listen!
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 15 -- 15?! -- 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 October 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, and after October 1st we’ll pretty much stop talking about support or the Patreon. You’ll always have normal access to and an easy way to find the Patreon though, not just for those who want to donate, but also in case people who have donated want to make any changes. We will only be accepting PayPal donations until October 1st.
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.
Events This Month - This month Shawn will be doing game streams every Tuesday afternoon at 2PM CST, 3PM EST (will upload to Youtube after too) to celebrate the drive and Orbital Decay will be releasing weekly too! Hit the GWJ Twitch Page to watch!
And, thank you one more time. 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. Thanks for making GWJ great!