Showing posts with label Patreon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Patreon. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Pulling it together...

Well, I am trying to put together a Patreon Campaign. Patreon is a great idea, but realistically, it is a one stop shop for pulling together some sort of Campaign or major production. No one is there to just fork over money so you can "do some stuff and things".

So, what do I got?

I don't like the tier system, because assigning items/rewards to tiers is a bit wonky if the items don't have a 1 to 1 correspondence. Ok, I'll have to think about it. But what does someone get for a couple of bucks?

A city. Not a module, or a game, but a place to have their characters live in.

I have this great software called Worldographer from Inkwell Ideas. It produces maps like the one above. It comes with a license so you can use in commercial works. That ok, but it's someone else's art work. As a starting point, it's ok.

What comes next follows that person's work. As I look at these little icons, I start to think of how each one appears on the outside, from street level.

That image is how I picture those large villa structures on the upper right side of the map.

And of course, since I have the street view, I can easily image in the interiors.

Interiors give way to "who lives here?", which leads to character art and sheets. That I can do.

How would it look?

I would like an atlas feel, so that each of the facing pages reference each other. On the left page would be the color mini-map, a sketch and a hand drawn interior map of the structure.

On the right side would be a character sketch, a description and a character sheet. It would be very simple to rework the page so that the mini character sheet could be removed and replaced with more text for details of the area. Simply put, one would be D&D based while the other would be rule set agnostic.

I find myself naturally doing this as a part of the process of building my campaign. This one city will have 64 blocks or insula, so at a rate of two a month, I have a functional Patreon page for 2.6 years. Possibly more were I to branch out and do other themes, rule sets, etc.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Patreon Soft Launch

This afternoon, I have soft launched my Patreon account. I have a laundry list of things I would like to do, but gaining supporters, followers and others is the primary thing.

Let me tell you what you are supporting. First, you are supporting me in creating new content for These Old Games that we all enjoy. You are assisting me in being a part of the greater community of bloggers, influencers, gamers and content producers that live to play. 

With your support, products will be pulled off the back burner. Your support will help these products see the light of day. I want to greatly expand the content that I currently have on DriveThruRPG and create much more. 

On the blog, I want to create more content in the historical vein, such as "What if you had magic x in Rome/The Middle Ages/Etc.?" I want to highlight what a fantasy trope does to history. I am a social studies teacher, after all. I'd also like to see those horrid Amazon ads go. 

Artwork needs to be completed for new products and the blog. But for every piece I create, there at least half a dozen that never see the light of day. Not because they wait undone, but because I lack the time and resources to make them available. I would love to change that and share them with you. 

I would like to thank all of you for the support you have given thus far. Every time someone mentions me on a blog or in a podcast, I cannot express how excited and thankful I am. When a Blogger user hits that follow button or when someone else subscribes by email, it makes my day. When all of you download an offering on DriveThruRPG that order confirmation email pumps me up. 

At this time, there is only one Patreon tier, basic. I am still thrashing through ideas for benefits at the dollar level and brainstorming new ideas for higher tiers, if necessary. 

Become a Patron!

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Charles' New Podcast and Patreon

I have a couple of different outlets for communication. Facebook, MeWe, Ello, pluspora and a few others. The killer thing about promoting is that promotion is necessary, but by rote sharing doesn't work.

You need something more "organic", more "natural" to really get that impactful share to work for you.

I stole this image without permission, mostly because I used to have those dice.

Charles Thorin has a blog called "They Might Be Gazebos". I'm hoping that is a play on "They Might Be Giants", because I really like those guys. What do we have in common? Charles does reviews, he likes luck mechanics, creating interesting magic weapons and we both like to try different games.

What does Charles do that is different? He is a podcaster on Anchor, the host of Playing It Wrong. On the 'cast, he has a smooth voice but an exciting tone. This isn't the sort of 'cast that helps you to sleep at night. Playing It Wrong is an amplification of They Might Be Gazebos retooled for an audio format. He uses music and sound effects in enhance the show without being overbearing or obnoxious. Each podcast has a very newsy sound to it as Charles takes on currents in the blogosphere, topics that interest him, such as Swords and Wizardry.

Just a few episodes back he was talking about finding your voice, something that he has personally managed to do.

This week, to support his passion, he has launched a Patreon page to support his habit. I can't wait to see what new things he comes up with. Please take a moment to explore all the quality content on They Might Be Gazebos, the Playing Wrong Podcast and if you like, his Patreon Page.