Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-18

#Tabletop #QOTD

@Eric Franklin
@Board Games Forum
@Curt Thompson
@Douglas Bailey
@Jesse Butler
@Keith Davies
@Martin Ralya
@Martijn Vos
@Nathan V
@Marsha B
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@Stephen Gunnell

Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.

I know that we've talked about Kickstarter- but what about Patreon, Payhip, and other smaller sites to support smaller artists? Any that you support that you want to call out (Tabletop or other)

I know I run a site that supports PbEM and PbP with mailing lists, wikis, websites, etc, and it took a long time for me to feel comfortable even asking for support. CPanel changed their method of charging for their software, and it increased my hosting costs to the tune of $10 a month. Just by asking, I've been almost able to cover that increased cost.

I've always been very supportive on Patreon, but also found out there are a wide variety of sites that people use including:


Some of the people that I support include:

Vincent Baker (https://www.patreon.com/lumpley/posts)
Johnn Four (https://www.patreon.com/johnnfour/posts)
Dyson Logos (https://www.patreon.com/dysonlogos/posts)
EN World (https://www.patreon.com/ensider/posts, https://www.patreon.com/trailseeker/posts, https://www.patreon.com/woinrpg/posts)
Frank L. Turfler, Jr (https://www.patreon.com/FrankT/posts)
Plate Mail Games (https://www.patreon.com/platemailgames/posts)
Dean Spencer (https://www.patreon.com/deanspencerart/posts)
Shane Ivey (https://www.patreon.com/shaneivey/posts)
Johnny Gray (https://www.patreon.com/JonnyGray/posts)
Runehammer (https://www.patreon.com/RUNEHAMMER/posts)
GM Binder (https://www.patreon.com/gmbinder/posts)
Dennis Detwiller (https://www.patreon.com/detwiller/posts)
Sectors Without Number (https://www.patreon.com/sectorswithoutnumber/posts)
Epic Isometric (https://www.patreon.com/epicisometric/posts)
Eloy Lasanta (https://www.patreon.com/PipSystemPrimer/posts)
The Forge Studios (https://www.patreon.com/user/posts?u=2863325)
Fraser Ronald (https://www.patreon.com/FraserRonald/posts)
The Elven Tower (https://www.patreon.com/elventower/posts)
Joe Banner (https://www.patreon.com/jbinc/posts)
Tabletop Audio (https://www.patreon.com/tabletopaudio/posts)
Raging Swan Press (https://www.patreon.com/ragingswanpress/posts)
Button Shy Games (https://www.patreon.com/buttonshy)
Richard Gray (https://www.patreon.com/RichardGray)
Three Minute Boardgames (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=9257332)
Board Game Set (https://www.patreon.com/boardgameset)
Like you, I support Dyson on Patreon. I also support Cam Banks (https://www.patreon.com/cambanks/) and I have a small patreon of my own (https://www.patreon.com/gamethyme).
On Patreon...

* Fat Goblin Games https://www.patreon.com/fatgoblingames
* Owen K.C. Stephens https://www.patreon.com/OwenKCStephens
* Foundry Gaming https://www.patreon.com/foundryvtt
* Barbesgaard https://www.patreon.com/Barbesgaard

Following (haven't pulled the trigger to support)
* Purple Duck Games https://www.patreon.com/PDG
* Epic Isometric https://www.patreon.com/epicisometric
* Johnn Four https://www.patreon.com/johnnfour
* Yanfly https://www.patreon.com/Yanfly

Like @Eric Franklin, I have my own patreon, nominally, but it's not even populated and I'm not publishing anything through it, so I'll not provide the link now.
I don't use patreon even though i've been considering it for quite a while now. I admit I'm a bit scared of monthly subscriptions that pay automatically, and I'm not sure how much I can toss at creators at the moment.
Right now money is tight, all I'm supporting is the GEM temp through the Misdirected Mark Patreon:


I also have to of my own Patreon pages.

One for Tabletop Bellhop that we just did a major overhaul on and has become much more successful since that:

And one for Tabletop Gaming Deals which has also been growing once we added an early deals heads up newsletter:

The two together provide grocery money and help feed my kids :D

I also have a ko-fi account created because some people really hate Patron.

I'm also on pod pledge because someone (Gaming & B.S.) recommended it, but never seen any support there.

It looks like a solid patreon alternative for podcasters:

I now follow a ton of indie RPG publishers on itch.io some highlights include:
Kurt Potts: https://kurtpotts.itch.io/
The Other Tracy: https://theothertracy.itch.io/
Jay Dragon: https://jdragsky.itch.io/

I know there are more but I can't even figure out how to see my follower list there. I'm still really damn new to that site.
@Moe Tousignant - I'd never heard of podpledge- thanks for that shout out! And I totally agree about itch- I've been getting used to it, but it's definitely a different paradigm being geared towards digital gaming and just being repurposed for tabletop.
I do like that it's specifically designed for podcasters and has a lot less of the limits of Patreon. Like you can do things like giveaways and swag. There are some major board game podcasters that use it.