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New Patreon Benefits Explained

Hi everyone, Sam here. I am writing this post to explain the reasoning behind two new Patreon benefits that I’m rolling out. I want to be very transparent about why I’m doing this in case people have concerns.

First, the reason I setup a Patreon account is to collect donations from the community to help cover expenses that I personally incur from Meetup.com ($32.98 per month), website hosting ($7.50 per month), and Astral Pro ($5.83 per month). Patreon funds may also go towards advertising to help our community grow, purchasing D&D equipment or books, purchasing film equipment for creating content, upgrading our MailChimp account once it exceeds the free tier, covering printing costs for in-person events and conventions (this was relevant pre-COVID), upgrading our Discord server, and other miscellaneous expenses as they arise. Website hosting will also increase over time as better hardware is needed for hosting more content (like podcasts) and handling increased traffic demands.

That takes us to the reason why I’m creating new benefits for my Patrons: I want to provide value for the people that contribute. Currently, Patrons get access to behind-the-scenes updates and sneak-peeks at things that I’m working on. They also get an opportunity to contribute ideas and feedback. The addition of these two new benefits will help create a solid benefits package for every Patron.

The first benefit is called “Priority Access” and was rolled out in September. Priority Access posts notify Patrons of events 1-3 days prior to notifications being sent out to the broader community. For example, I will create a new event on Meetup.com but withhold announcing it for 1-3 days except on Patreon. This gives Patrons a chance to RSVP before waves of players get email notifications about the event. I don’t consider this benefit to be unfair or disruptive to the broader community for two main reasons: 1. Patrons make up a tiny minority of the community which means the impact from this benefit is minimal. 2. This primarily applies to one-shots and DM Training events which are only attended once anyway. It’s also important to note that this feature does NOT allow Patrons to go to the front of the line or alter the RSVPs of other players. Events are still first-come, first-serve. This just affects the timing of email notifications. The most valuable aspect of this benefit lies in seasonal events and brand new one-shots. For example, Patrons are able to attend the new “Lost at Sea” one-shot right away and secure their spots in seasonal games like the “Halloween Special”.

The second benefit is “Patron-only Campaigns” which will offer longer-term campaigns for Patrons. This benefit has not been established yet, but will take shape in October. The exact details are still being ironed out, but basically Patrons will have access to play in long-term campaigns hosted by myself. These campaigns may still have openings for the broader community, but priority will go towards Patrons first. I consider this to be a fair benefit because running longer-term campaigns is a time consuming commitment. I’d love to run campaigns for everyone, but it’s just not possible. One important note about this benefit: I cannot guarantee that all Patrons will be able to join a longer-term campaign at any time or remain in a campaign forever. If more people become Patrons we will need to take turns and treat it like the “Community Campaign” events where players go for 4-6 games in a row before another group gets a turn.

So that’s it. I hope that all makes sense and seems reasonable. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I’m always happy to talk with anyone in the community. I can be reached in our Discord server @Sam or by email at: [email protected]. Thank you so much for reading and being a part of our community!

D&D Newbie Sessions

July was an absolute whirlwind of activity. I launched a new website for D&D Newbie Sessions, ran 13 events, created a new one-shot, documented the fantasy world of Aldrium for the Community Campaign, created a new Dungeon Master Training Series, filmed a Patreon video, among dozens of other tasks. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever worked this hard before! Dungeons & Dragons is just simply the best thing ever.

I want to play Dungeons & Dragons

Great! D&D Newbie Sessions is the group for you. It is basically like D&D on-demand. There are games every week, they’re newbie friendly, they’re incredibly fun, and they’re professional and welcoming. I guarantee you’ll have a good time and, even if you don’t, you’re not committing to anything more than 1 night of D&D. That’s one of the reasons most of our games are one-shots. They work perfectly for new players who want to test D&D before committing to a 9-month long campaign (for example).

Finding a Dungeons & Dragons group

Outside of our one-shots, we also offer ongoing mini-campaigns called “Community Campaigns”. These games generally run 3-5 sessions and your character becomes a permanent, ongoing resident in the world. We are currently documenting it on Notion here. This documentation portal contains discoveries, events, and rumors that real players have discovered. The world is actively being shaped by our player’s actions.

You can also join our Discord and post in the “Looking for Group” (LFG) channels. Other players and dungeon masters can respond and help you form groups. This will become increasingly useful as our community grows.

If neither of those options are enough, I recommend checking out other Meetup groups and D&D Subreddits like /r/lfg. Just keep in mind that many of these tabletop RPG (TTRPG) communities play other editions or platforms.

How to become a Dungeon Master

Besides running games for newbies, the other main feature of D&D Newbie Sessions is our DM Training Series. This hands-on training program teaches you how to become a D&D 5e Dungeon Master (or Game Master). This program runs about 2-3 hours and consists of a mock game of D&D with “player simulations”. It’s a great way to learn how to run D&D in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. You can learn more and find upcoming DM events by joining our Discord server (they get posted in the #upcoming-events channel).

Welcome to Quests DB

Welcome to Quests DB! My name is Sam and I am a fellow D&D player and dungeon master. I created this website because my meetup events have been postponed due to the Great Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020. The goal of the website is to chronicle the world of D&D, share interesting ideas, and keep up-to-date with the latest happenings.

It currently consists of 10 main categories: Encounters, Hooks, Links, Locations, Loot, Mechanics, People, Quests, Questions, and Traps. You can read about them in more detail here.

I am currently looking into building an activity feed on the homepage so users can quickly find the latest content. I was inspired by a COVID-19 Discord server that allowed users to submit news content. This was a fast and efficient way to stay informed. I’m also looking into piping certain types of updates directly into our Discord server as well.

Over time, my hope is that other people will see value in the site and help me populate it with content. If you’re one of those people, let me know! I can create a WordPress user for you and show you how things are setup. Here is what I’m trying to achieve:

  • Curated content – For the most part, we want to focus on notable ideas, people, events, etc.
  • Content should be “generalized” when possible – This means that specific ideas should be rewritten more broadly to be flexible for all users. The goal is to share underlying ideas/concepts, not every single variation.
  • Descriptions should be brief – The goal of most posts is to keep things short and sweet. Long form articles should be a rarity. There are some exceptions like people’s biographies (if they don’t exist elsewhere), complicated mechanics/rules, or Quests which are designed to require long descriptions and lots of detail.
  • The overall goal is to share content in 1-2 well written paragraphs. Since D&D is a creative endeavor, we don’t want to go too deep with specifics since most DMs are probably going to rewrite it to fit their players, campaign, and personal interests.

If you’re unfamiliar with WordPress, no worries! WordPress is really easy to use and learn. I can walk you through it in an hour or less and WordPress is a great tool to learn anyway. It is very possible you may encounter it at some point in the near future. If you’re not interested in learning WordPress, you can still submit ideas on this page.

Thanks for reading!

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