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$46
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Heya, backers and readers. Jarenth here, bringing you the first-ever Ninja Blues Patreon Campaign Update. It’s been two years and change since we started this campaign, and we wanted to use this milestone to look back at how it’s gone, and to tell you about the plans we have for the immediate future.

We started this Patreon campaign in April of 2016, for three reasons: We were looking for financial support for our reviews and games writing, we wanted to get some reader-creator interactivity going, and we were hoping to elicit some validation of the work we put in. From both of those perspectives, the past two years have pretty much been a great success! Over a dozen Patrons have donated close to seventeen hundred dollars in total, and it’s hard to understate how validating that feels. We’re incredibly grateful.

Now, two years after launch, we’re rolling out an update to the campaign. We’re doing so for two reasons. One, while the financial support and validation have gone well, we haven’t really done much with the interactivity aspect of Patreon. We want to give this Patreon campaign a more active place in our website, and in the growing Ninja Blues community, and the current campaign structure feels poorly suited for this. And second, we should reflect the way Ninja Blues has changed over time. The biggest change is obviously the addition of Ranneko to the main crew, and everything he brings to the table. Julieand I have also shifted goals and priorities – most noticeable thing here is that Juliehas focused more on live-streaming. None of this is reflected in the current Patreon text and video, hence the need for an update.

So, what are we changing? Four things. Update 1 is a change to our Patron tiers. We have said in our old campaign that Ninja Blues will always be 100% accessible regardless of contribution, and we’re still committed to that. But changing our current flat Patron structure to a more tiered one will allow for different levels of engagement and interactivity, depending on how much you want to be a part of Ninja Blues. The new structure we’re rolling out has three levels:

  • Level 1: $1 and up. The default Patron level. Donating at this level will get you your name on the Patron list on the site, as is currently the case. We’ve also set up a VIP channel on our Ninja Blues Discord server, which all levels of Patron have access to (as well as similar perks on other services we might use in the future).
  • Level 2: $5 and up. The level for people who want to be a part of Ninja Blues, this level gives access to three new perks. One, you’ll get Early Access to all of Ranneko’s video work. Two, once per year, you can suggest any one game (within reasonable limits) for either Jarenth to write a review about, Ranneko to do a video about, or Julieto stream; this process is described in the Patrons-only section of our Discord server. And we’ll do this as soon as reasonably possible (depending on personal schedules, but within weeks, not months). If there’s ever something you really wanted one of us to tackle, but you weren’t sure we’d be up for the suggestion, this is the level for you. And three, we’re giving this level of Patron access to their own Discord emojis in the VIP Discord channel (again, subject to reasonable limits). Finally, you’ll be listed in the ‘extra cool’ section of the Patron site page on Ninja Blues.
  • Level 3: $10 and up. If one game a year isn’t enough direction for you, in this patron tier we’re upping suggestions to one game per season, or four games a year. All other perks are also included in this tier, and as a final bonus, we’ll list you in the ‘extraordinarily cool’ section of the Patron site page – and if you want, for this level only, we’ll include a link to a personal blog or site of your choosing (reasonably limitations, etc, you know how this works).

Update 2 is a change to our milestones, which you can see on the left-hand side. We’ve decided to make our milestones more concrete:

  • First milestone: $60/month. If this milestone is met, the three of us will start some sort of regular 'shop talk' update, to talk about Ninja Blues’ progress and near-future plans. This could take the form of text posts, audio, or vlogs – we’ll work that out as we hit this milestone.
  • Second milestone: $100/month. At this milestone level, we can afford looking into premium hosting providers. Our current hosting has treated us, let’s say up and down over the years, and our speed and capacity aren’t exactly stellar. With an income stream at this level, we can afford the regular expenditure of high-quality hosting.
  • Third milestone: $150/month. At this milestone level, we can afford the even higher regular expenditure of purchasing console hardware and games for Julie, as well as subscriptions to fancier video editing software for Ranneko. Additionally, if we do reach this level, Jarenth will put his Let’s Play work back on a regular schedule – yes, this is pretty much a carrot to get us there. Capitalism makes salesmen of us all.

Update 3 is a Ninja Blues art overhaul! We’ve looking into commissioning artists for a comprehensive overhaul of the site’s art elements, to give the place a more comprehensive visual theme – and also to finally include Ranneko in the header. This isn’t so much a Patreon campaign update as a Ninja Blues website one, but we’ve included it here for completeness sake – and to demonstrate the sorts of things we’re able to do with your support.

Finally, update 4 is about the way we use Patreon and this campaign to interact with you, the backers. Thing is, we ourselves aren’t really sure what would be a good way to implement this, with regard to actions and frequency; what can we use Patreon messaging for, and how often should we use it? At the end of the day, this really all depends on what you folks want to see from us. We’re definitely open to using Patreon more proactively. So if there is something you would like us to use Patreon for – more active messaging, polls, access to content, or any other good ideas – please let us know in the comments below, or via email or social media.

In closing: Thanks again to everyone who’s supported us so far, and to anyone who reads the website, watching the videos, and hangs out in the streams. Ninja Blues wouldn’t be Ninja Blues without all of you. Here’s to making our coming Patreon-supported years at least as good.

- Jarenth
Tiers
Level 1
$1 or more per month 11 patrons
The default Patreon level. Donating at this level will get you your name on the Patrons Of Ninja Blues site list as a Level 1 Patron. We’ve also set up a VIP channel on our Ninja Blues Discord server, which all levels of Patron have access to (as well as similar perks on other services we might use in the future).
Includes Discord rewards
Level 2
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
This tier grants all benefits from Level 1, and the following bonuses: You gain early access to Ranneko's videos. You can use custom emojis in the VIP Discord channel. And you can suggest one game per year for Jarenth to write about, Ranneko to do a video about, or Julie to stream. Finally, you'll be added to the Patrons Of Ninja Blues site list as a Level 2 Patron.
Includes Discord rewards
Level 3
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
This tier grants all benefits from Level 2, with the following changes: You can now suggest a game up to four times per year, once per season. And you'll be added to the Patrons Of Ninja Blues site list as a Level 3 Patron: If you want, for this level only, we’ll include a link to a personal blog or site of your choosing (within limitations).
Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$46 of $60 per month
At this milestone level, the three of us will start some sort of regular 'shop talk' update, to talk about Ninja Blues’ progress and near-future plans. This could take the form of text posts, audio, or vlogs – we’ll work that out as we hit this milestone.
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Heya, backers and readers. Jarenth here, bringing you the first-ever Ninja Blues Patreon Campaign Update. It’s been two years and change since we started this campaign, and we wanted to use this milestone to look back at how it’s gone, and to tell you about the plans we have for the immediate future.

We started this Patreon campaign in April of 2016, for three reasons: We were looking for financial support for our reviews and games writing, we wanted to get some reader-creator interactivity going, and we were hoping to elicit some validation of the work we put in. From both of those perspectives, the past two years have pretty much been a great success! Over a dozen Patrons have donated close to seventeen hundred dollars in total, and it’s hard to understate how validating that feels. We’re incredibly grateful.

Now, two years after launch, we’re rolling out an update to the campaign. We’re doing so for two reasons. One, while the financial support and validation have gone well, we haven’t really done much with the interactivity aspect of Patreon. We want to give this Patreon campaign a more active place in our website, and in the growing Ninja Blues community, and the current campaign structure feels poorly suited for this. And second, we should reflect the way Ninja Blues has changed over time. The biggest change is obviously the addition of Ranneko to the main crew, and everything he brings to the table. Julieand I have also shifted goals and priorities – most noticeable thing here is that Juliehas focused more on live-streaming. None of this is reflected in the current Patreon text and video, hence the need for an update.

So, what are we changing? Four things. Update 1 is a change to our Patron tiers. We have said in our old campaign that Ninja Blues will always be 100% accessible regardless of contribution, and we’re still committed to that. But changing our current flat Patron structure to a more tiered one will allow for different levels of engagement and interactivity, depending on how much you want to be a part of Ninja Blues. The new structure we’re rolling out has three levels:

  • Level 1: $1 and up. The default Patron level. Donating at this level will get you your name on the Patron list on the site, as is currently the case. We’ve also set up a VIP channel on our Ninja Blues Discord server, which all levels of Patron have access to (as well as similar perks on other services we might use in the future).
  • Level 2: $5 and up. The level for people who want to be a part of Ninja Blues, this level gives access to three new perks. One, you’ll get Early Access to all of Ranneko’s video work. Two, once per year, you can suggest any one game (within reasonable limits) for either Jarenth to write a review about, Ranneko to do a video about, or Julieto stream; this process is described in the Patrons-only section of our Discord server. And we’ll do this as soon as reasonably possible (depending on personal schedules, but within weeks, not months). If there’s ever something you really wanted one of us to tackle, but you weren’t sure we’d be up for the suggestion, this is the level for you. And three, we’re giving this level of Patron access to their own Discord emojis in the VIP Discord channel (again, subject to reasonable limits). Finally, you’ll be listed in the ‘extra cool’ section of the Patron site page on Ninja Blues.
  • Level 3: $10 and up. If one game a year isn’t enough direction for you, in this patron tier we’re upping suggestions to one game per season, or four games a year. All other perks are also included in this tier, and as a final bonus, we’ll list you in the ‘extraordinarily cool’ section of the Patron site page – and if you want, for this level only, we’ll include a link to a personal blog or site of your choosing (reasonably limitations, etc, you know how this works).

Update 2 is a change to our milestones, which you can see on the left-hand side. We’ve decided to make our milestones more concrete:

  • First milestone: $60/month. If this milestone is met, the three of us will start some sort of regular 'shop talk' update, to talk about Ninja Blues’ progress and near-future plans. This could take the form of text posts, audio, or vlogs – we’ll work that out as we hit this milestone.
  • Second milestone: $100/month. At this milestone level, we can afford looking into premium hosting providers. Our current hosting has treated us, let’s say up and down over the years, and our speed and capacity aren’t exactly stellar. With an income stream at this level, we can afford the regular expenditure of high-quality hosting.
  • Third milestone: $150/month. At this milestone level, we can afford the even higher regular expenditure of purchasing console hardware and games for Julie, as well as subscriptions to fancier video editing software for Ranneko. Additionally, if we do reach this level, Jarenth will put his Let’s Play work back on a regular schedule – yes, this is pretty much a carrot to get us there. Capitalism makes salesmen of us all.

Update 3 is a Ninja Blues art overhaul! We’ve looking into commissioning artists for a comprehensive overhaul of the site’s art elements, to give the place a more comprehensive visual theme – and also to finally include Ranneko in the header. This isn’t so much a Patreon campaign update as a Ninja Blues website one, but we’ve included it here for completeness sake – and to demonstrate the sorts of things we’re able to do with your support.

Finally, update 4 is about the way we use Patreon and this campaign to interact with you, the backers. Thing is, we ourselves aren’t really sure what would be a good way to implement this, with regard to actions and frequency; what can we use Patreon messaging for, and how often should we use it? At the end of the day, this really all depends on what you folks want to see from us. We’re definitely open to using Patreon more proactively. So if there is something you would like us to use Patreon for – more active messaging, polls, access to content, or any other good ideas – please let us know in the comments below, or via email or social media.

In closing: Thanks again to everyone who’s supported us so far, and to anyone who reads the website, watching the videos, and hangs out in the streams. Ninja Blues wouldn’t be Ninja Blues without all of you. Here’s to making our coming Patreon-supported years at least as good.

- Jarenth

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Tiers
Level 1
$1 or more per month 11 patrons
The default Patreon level. Donating at this level will get you your name on the Patrons Of Ninja Blues site list as a Level 1 Patron. We’ve also set up a VIP channel on our Ninja Blues Discord server, which all levels of Patron have access to (as well as similar perks on other services we might use in the future).
Includes Discord rewards
Level 2
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
This tier grants all benefits from Level 1, and the following bonuses: You gain early access to Ranneko's videos. You can use custom emojis in the VIP Discord channel. And you can suggest one game per year for Jarenth to write about, Ranneko to do a video about, or Julie to stream. Finally, you'll be added to the Patrons Of Ninja Blues site list as a Level 2 Patron.
Includes Discord rewards
Level 3
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
This tier grants all benefits from Level 2, with the following changes: You can now suggest a game up to four times per year, once per season. And you'll be added to the Patrons Of Ninja Blues site list as a Level 3 Patron: If you want, for this level only, we’ll include a link to a personal blog or site of your choosing (within limitations).
Includes Discord rewards