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Hi! I make stuff. — Grad Student by day, Hobbyist Composer / Game Dev by night // Co-creator and director of The Underground Collective // Please, read my licensing page.

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Patreon page rework

Posted by ForgottenDawn - April 9th, 2020

Hey, everyone. I hope you're doing well.

I recently brought some changes to my Patreon page, as I grew increasingly unsatisfied with the previous rewarding system. Over the past few months, I matured the idea that reward tiers were unnecessary compared to what I've been able to provide thus far. Not only were they inefficient, but also exclusive and divisional.

As I discussed in my Discord server, a large portion of my creative process is already out in the open free of charge. There's nothing extra worth paywalling for bragging rights, in my eyes. This is who I am, and this is what I do. I take for granted that whoever wants to support me already knows what kind of content I can provide for them. It's no secret to anyone. My creative history is like an open book.

In light of these thoughts, I decided to step forward and rethink how anyone might contribute to the project in the simplest, most direct, and transparent means possible. There would be pay-what-you-want donations, and no more reward tiers. I would only credit my supporters because I simply view it as the right thing to do and worth expressing my gratitude towards. Nothing more, nothing less.

You get what you pay for, essentially, and you now have the option to do so on your own terms. And that's about it. Stay tuned, stay safe.


Comments (1)

You are a wonderfully genuine artist and it's a huge shame how many abuse Patreon's rewards system rather than just doing their work and receiving donations from those who can/will. That's the only way I see it making any sense. Sure, credit your patrons in some way, but even then... why should those of us who want to donate be so selfish as to feel any need to be credited? I wouldn't. I'd just be glad you could comfortably create content. Be it with my help or not. Eugh

I came to the conclusion it's an attention-seeking platform by design. I have nothing against my audience per se, as I feel incredibly grateful and humbled by their support. I wanted to minimize that kind of reward loophole since it's completely antithetical to what a community should be built upon. Sure, there was the eye candy, the theming and what-not, but at the end of the day, I was still promising something I was already providing for free. It just didn't feel right. So, I'm glad I could revisit the system in time and go back to basics.