Ro is creating a new independent media platform.
19

patrons

$145
per month
Hey, you're here. Thanks for dropping by. So, you're first question has got to be what is a Play Vicious. That would be my first question, because... ok, let me stop here because I'll go on for days. Let's just get to it. READ ON.

Hi. Tell us about yourself
I'm Roland or Ro as most of my friends call me. I'm a graphic designer and web developer with over 17 years of professional experience that has worked for the biggest brands in the world and small charming single person operations, creating dozens of experiences along the way. But most of all I'm an unabashed mediaphile. Games, books, shows, movies, I love it all. There's just so much great work being created right now.

Play Vicious is my effort to bring my considerable experience in building online spaces with my love of media of all kinds into a cohesive, fun community and healthy experience. Because it's more fun together, right? I think so too.

So describe the project in a sentence.
Play Vicious Version 4 is a disruptive, federated media platform that will serve as an independent hub to explore creativity of all types while fostering a healthy and engaging community.

Hm. Ok. What makes this project different from everything else?
You will. PV4 will be for and by the people. Period. There will be no hidden board of faceless suits guiding the direction of the project. No selling of your data. No ads plastered all over the place. The project will be completely sustained by the members who support it, so that is who it will be built for.

Also in a climate where media is saturated with propaganda, catering to bigots and just straight up lies, it is PV's intention to cut through the bullshit and talk about what matters most: culture. The stuff that defines how we interact with not only each other, but with the world around us. There's a lot going down on the big blue marble.

Whoa that actually sounds really cool. So how are you doing to build it?
Play Vicious Version 4 will initially consist of three components: content, community and commerce. More pieces are planned, but it will start here.

Content
PV4 is place that encourages diversity in thought and experiences. We are collection of gamers, tech industry pros, art collectors, musicians, academics and the like. Together we will produce and curate content that will not be limited to any particular perspective, identity or culture. If it's hot, we're on it. Content will take the form of long form articles, podcasts, video commentaries and good old link sharing.

Community
PV 4 will be a federated platform, so that means any site that uses the Activity Pub protocol will be able to interact with the content that we produce.
In addition to content being federated, PV will also maintain its own independent social media site for people that want to interact in safe and friendly environment outside of Play Vicious main. And when we mean safe and friendly, we mean it. No isms will be tolerated. Promise.

Commerce
Cool artists make cool things. As such, PV believes that artists who create should benefit from the stuff they make. This is the main ethos behind building an e-commerce solution that will not only feature cool consumables for purchase, but most of the proceeds will actually go to the artist that created them in the first place. Win and win.

Wow. That sounds amazing. How can I help?
Well, as we all know, creating a maintaining an online platform requires a fair amount of investment. Smart planning and getting good people can mitigate a lot of the costs, but there will still be servers to maintain, content creators to compensate and hosting to pay for. All of that will require resources to keep going.

To this end, check out the rewards section and support what level you can. The donation levels are designed so that no one person can have an inappropriate amount of influence over the site, so the direction of the platform will be democratized rather than based on the whims of a handful of people.

Anything else?
As we all know there is a dire need for quality content that actually speak to an idea we can relate to, rather than just pushing us further apart. Play Vicious 4 intends to fill this gap, with honesty, integrity and of course, a bit of style.
Thanks for reading and the support.
r.
Tiers
Yang Tieh
$2 or more per month 5 patrons
You're a fan of the idea and want to help. I appreciate you. This will give you access to the Dev Diaries, exclusive to Patreon, and access to the budget so you can see where your money is going. 
Agent Hai To
$5 or more per month 5 patrons
You're intrigued and you want to get a little deeper in the goings on. I got you. You get everything from the previous tier and access to PV4, starting with the alpha. 
Butcher Wing
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
You dig what's happening and you want to be a part of it. That's cool. You get all previous tiers and access to comps showcasing the visual direction of the site before they're built. Groovy. 
Chen Zen
$20 or more per month 3 patrons
You're all the way in and you want to show it. Bad ass. You get all previous tiers AND a personal playvicio.us email account (upon request) AND you get to test out all the brand spanking new features before anyone does.
San Te
$50 or more per month 1 patron
PV is where you want to be. You want to be intimately involved with its direction. I welcome you. You get all the previous stuff of course and a standing invite to a monthly meeting to talk to me directly about what you dig about the site and what you'd like to see. Let me see your lovely face. 
Goals
$145 of $2,000 per month
Upon reaching this goal, I'll be able to work full time on PV, which included building/maintaining the codebase, weekly updates, and having monthly meetings with the community to talk about the direction the project is going and share ideas. 
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Hey, you're here. Thanks for dropping by. So, you're first question has got to be what is a Play Vicious. That would be my first question, because... ok, let me stop here because I'll go on for days. Let's just get to it. READ ON.

Hi. Tell us about yourself
I'm Roland or Ro as most of my friends call me. I'm a graphic designer and web developer with over 17 years of professional experience that has worked for the biggest brands in the world and small charming single person operations, creating dozens of experiences along the way. But most of all I'm an unabashed mediaphile. Games, books, shows, movies, I love it all. There's just so much great work being created right now.

Play Vicious is my effort to bring my considerable experience in building online spaces with my love of media of all kinds into a cohesive, fun community and healthy experience. Because it's more fun together, right? I think so too.

So describe the project in a sentence.
Play Vicious Version 4 is a disruptive, federated media platform that will serve as an independent hub to explore creativity of all types while fostering a healthy and engaging community.

Hm. Ok. What makes this project different from everything else?
You will. PV4 will be for and by the people. Period. There will be no hidden board of faceless suits guiding the direction of the project. No selling of your data. No ads plastered all over the place. The project will be completely sustained by the members who support it, so that is who it will be built for.

Also in a climate where media is saturated with propaganda, catering to bigots and just straight up lies, it is PV's intention to cut through the bullshit and talk about what matters most: culture. The stuff that defines how we interact with not only each other, but with the world around us. There's a lot going down on the big blue marble.

Whoa that actually sounds really cool. So how are you doing to build it?
Play Vicious Version 4 will initially consist of three components: content, community and commerce. More pieces are planned, but it will start here.

Content
PV4 is place that encourages diversity in thought and experiences. We are collection of gamers, tech industry pros, art collectors, musicians, academics and the like. Together we will produce and curate content that will not be limited to any particular perspective, identity or culture. If it's hot, we're on it. Content will take the form of long form articles, podcasts, video commentaries and good old link sharing.

Community
PV 4 will be a federated platform, so that means any site that uses the Activity Pub protocol will be able to interact with the content that we produce.
In addition to content being federated, PV will also maintain its own independent social media site for people that want to interact in safe and friendly environment outside of Play Vicious main. And when we mean safe and friendly, we mean it. No isms will be tolerated. Promise.

Commerce
Cool artists make cool things. As such, PV believes that artists who create should benefit from the stuff they make. This is the main ethos behind building an e-commerce solution that will not only feature cool consumables for purchase, but most of the proceeds will actually go to the artist that created them in the first place. Win and win.

Wow. That sounds amazing. How can I help?
Well, as we all know, creating a maintaining an online platform requires a fair amount of investment. Smart planning and getting good people can mitigate a lot of the costs, but there will still be servers to maintain, content creators to compensate and hosting to pay for. All of that will require resources to keep going.

To this end, check out the rewards section and support what level you can. The donation levels are designed so that no one person can have an inappropriate amount of influence over the site, so the direction of the platform will be democratized rather than based on the whims of a handful of people.

Anything else?
As we all know there is a dire need for quality content that actually speak to an idea we can relate to, rather than just pushing us further apart. Play Vicious 4 intends to fill this gap, with honesty, integrity and of course, a bit of style.
Thanks for reading and the support.
r.

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Tiers
Yang Tieh
$2 or more per month 5 patrons
You're a fan of the idea and want to help. I appreciate you. This will give you access to the Dev Diaries, exclusive to Patreon, and access to the budget so you can see where your money is going. 
Agent Hai To
$5 or more per month 5 patrons
You're intrigued and you want to get a little deeper in the goings on. I got you. You get everything from the previous tier and access to PV4, starting with the alpha. 
Butcher Wing
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
You dig what's happening and you want to be a part of it. That's cool. You get all previous tiers and access to comps showcasing the visual direction of the site before they're built. Groovy. 
Chen Zen
$20 or more per month 3 patrons
You're all the way in and you want to show it. Bad ass. You get all previous tiers AND a personal playvicio.us email account (upon request) AND you get to test out all the brand spanking new features before anyone does.
San Te
$50 or more per month 1 patron
PV is where you want to be. You want to be intimately involved with its direction. I welcome you. You get all the previous stuff of course and a standing invite to a monthly meeting to talk to me directly about what you dig about the site and what you'd like to see. Let me see your lovely face.