Frugal GM is creating Role-Playing Game (RPG) Aids
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patrons

$4
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Being a Game Master (GM) or Dungeon Master (DM) isn't the easiest job in the world. GMing is resource-intensive, taking up a lot of time, money, & creative energy.....as well as requiring a lot of "stuff". I started the Frugal GM blog back in 2012 as a way to ease the burden for GMs by pointing out resource-saving options for running their games.

The initial goal was to focus on the four main resource sinks as I saw them: Time, Money, Weight, & Ideas , all of which are represented in the Frugal GM logo.

It didn't take long for me to start reviewing RPG products in an attempt to help keep fellow GMs from wasting their resources on poorly designed or executed products. Eventually I started trying my own hand at making RPG aids, starting with mapping design elements and adventures I'd already written for tournament use with the HackMaster Association. As ideas came to me I'd try them out and put the results up on the blog or available on DriveThruRPG. Most items are free or Pay-What-You-Want, while the rest (mostly items that took a long time to make) are up with a maximum price of $2. I should make note that I really try for neutral-edition OSR material for the most part. Some of my products are written for HackMaster because they were in progress before I started the blog....

To date, about 96% of the items downloaded are free and that other 4% brings my net-sale per item to almost 3 cents. This is great because that means that I'm achieving one of my primary goals! Of course the downside is that I don't get much income that I can put back into my efforts. Art supplies, software, domain hosting, and most importantly RPG products to review all cost far more than this Frugal GM has budgeted. Luckily I get to double-dip some by using resources I already have (like my computer or items I've bought for my own home game).

The biggest resource though, the one that really makes this all worthwhile, is the drive to keep creating. The input and feedback from others. Sorry, but the odd rating or review (about 1 in 400 downloads....less than .25%) on DriveThruRPG isn't enough.....

Aut inveniam viam aut faciam
The Frugal GM motto is Aut inveniam viam aut faciam, which translates to "I shall either find a way or make one." and is attributed to Hannibal when his generals told him he couldn't cross the Alps by elephant.

In this particular case I find my motto fitting because your help through this Patreon campaign can help me continue my Frugal GM mission with not only financial, but moral support. Every dollar earned as part of this campaign will be used to fund the Frugal GM blog and my efforts to create more GM aids. I've had several projects regulated to the back-burner simply because I don't have the resources to bring them to fruition.

OK, What's the Deal...How Will This Work?
I'm going to keep things as simple as I can and try to stick with what works for me. I have but one (1!) reward level and that is $1 a month. For that $1 I plan on creating one map, one short adventure "seed" that I like to call a Tweak & Toss, and one extra "thing". That "thing" might be a new monster for the Tweak & Toss, it might be a d30 table, or it might be an unrelated RPG product altogether. That's it...all or nothing.

Ummmmm, what kind of maps?
Most of my maps fall into two main categories: dungeon maps and overland maps. I usually make a small (US Letter sized) map for the Tweak & Toss and provide a "large size" for my Patrons. I tend to go with A1 (23.2" x 33.1") or Arch D (36" x 24"), but I've also went with smaller layered maps that let the GMs toggle features on & off.

What is a "Tweak & Toss"?
Instead of writing a full-blown adventure for a specific game system that I already know 99% of GMs will need to change to fit their game I just went ahead and came up with my own loose format to go ahead and round the figure up to 100% for the GMs that will need to go through the adventure seed, make their own "tweaks" and then "toss" the results into their game. In general a Tweak & Toss is three (technically four) pages: a cover, a one page map, a page of general encounters, and a page of background info. With the background info I try to give the GM the "Who, What, Where, When, and Why" as well as "How much", as in "how much the party can get compensated". A Tweak & Toss is deliberately vague so the GM can more easily integrate it.

Is That it?
Mostly.....I intend to keep on blogging about resource-saving GM options and doing reviews regardless of how well I do (or don't do) with Patreon. This campaign is really two-fold: to expand the blog's reach/value and to make bigger & better RPG products.

If you want an example of what I've done so far, probably the best indicator of what you can expect in the future, please check out the Frugal GM Blog and/or my offerings on DriveThruRPG.

Tiers
Patron
$1 or more per Game Aid 5 patrons

Frugal GM Patron

  • At a minimum: 1 map, 1 Tweak & Toss Adventure, & 1 "bonus" aid (new monster, magic items, d30 table, etc.) per month to be delivered through Patreon.
  • Any additional creations will be made available as an electronic product (PDF, PNG, etc.) for you to pick up through Patreon or some other online source (Dropbox, DriveThruRPG, email, etc.)
  • Special versions of my maps. These will usually be large-scale formats (poster sized and up!) that will exclusive for Patron use for at least six months. After then I might make them available to the public through sights like DriveThruRPG.
  • Special discounts to any dead-tree RPG products I create.
  • You get the satisfaction of knowing that you are contributing to getting resource-saving GM options on the Frugal GM Blog.
  • You can download any of the free or PWYW Frugal GM products from DriveThruRPG completely guilt free!
Being a Game Master (GM) or Dungeon Master (DM) isn't the easiest job in the world. GMing is resource-intensive, taking up a lot of time, money, & creative energy.....as well as requiring a lot of "stuff". I started the Frugal GM blog back in 2012 as a way to ease the burden for GMs by pointing out resource-saving options for running their games.

The initial goal was to focus on the four main resource sinks as I saw them: Time, Money, Weight, & Ideas , all of which are represented in the Frugal GM logo.

It didn't take long for me to start reviewing RPG products in an attempt to help keep fellow GMs from wasting their resources on poorly designed or executed products. Eventually I started trying my own hand at making RPG aids, starting with mapping design elements and adventures I'd already written for tournament use with the HackMaster Association. As ideas came to me I'd try them out and put the results up on the blog or available on DriveThruRPG. Most items are free or Pay-What-You-Want, while the rest (mostly items that took a long time to make) are up with a maximum price of $2. I should make note that I really try for neutral-edition OSR material for the most part. Some of my products are written for HackMaster because they were in progress before I started the blog....

To date, about 96% of the items downloaded are free and that other 4% brings my net-sale per item to almost 3 cents. This is great because that means that I'm achieving one of my primary goals! Of course the downside is that I don't get much income that I can put back into my efforts. Art supplies, software, domain hosting, and most importantly RPG products to review all cost far more than this Frugal GM has budgeted. Luckily I get to double-dip some by using resources I already have (like my computer or items I've bought for my own home game).

The biggest resource though, the one that really makes this all worthwhile, is the drive to keep creating. The input and feedback from others. Sorry, but the odd rating or review (about 1 in 400 downloads....less than .25%) on DriveThruRPG isn't enough.....

Aut inveniam viam aut faciam
The Frugal GM motto is Aut inveniam viam aut faciam, which translates to "I shall either find a way or make one." and is attributed to Hannibal when his generals told him he couldn't cross the Alps by elephant.

In this particular case I find my motto fitting because your help through this Patreon campaign can help me continue my Frugal GM mission with not only financial, but moral support. Every dollar earned as part of this campaign will be used to fund the Frugal GM blog and my efforts to create more GM aids. I've had several projects regulated to the back-burner simply because I don't have the resources to bring them to fruition.

OK, What's the Deal...How Will This Work?
I'm going to keep things as simple as I can and try to stick with what works for me. I have but one (1!) reward level and that is $1 a month. For that $1 I plan on creating one map, one short adventure "seed" that I like to call a Tweak & Toss, and one extra "thing". That "thing" might be a new monster for the Tweak & Toss, it might be a d30 table, or it might be an unrelated RPG product altogether. That's it...all or nothing.

Ummmmm, what kind of maps?
Most of my maps fall into two main categories: dungeon maps and overland maps. I usually make a small (US Letter sized) map for the Tweak & Toss and provide a "large size" for my Patrons. I tend to go with A1 (23.2" x 33.1") or Arch D (36" x 24"), but I've also went with smaller layered maps that let the GMs toggle features on & off.

What is a "Tweak & Toss"?
Instead of writing a full-blown adventure for a specific game system that I already know 99% of GMs will need to change to fit their game I just went ahead and came up with my own loose format to go ahead and round the figure up to 100% for the GMs that will need to go through the adventure seed, make their own "tweaks" and then "toss" the results into their game. In general a Tweak & Toss is three (technically four) pages: a cover, a one page map, a page of general encounters, and a page of background info. With the background info I try to give the GM the "Who, What, Where, When, and Why" as well as "How much", as in "how much the party can get compensated". A Tweak & Toss is deliberately vague so the GM can more easily integrate it.

Is That it?
Mostly.....I intend to keep on blogging about resource-saving GM options and doing reviews regardless of how well I do (or don't do) with Patreon. This campaign is really two-fold: to expand the blog's reach/value and to make bigger & better RPG products.

If you want an example of what I've done so far, probably the best indicator of what you can expect in the future, please check out the Frugal GM Blog and/or my offerings on DriveThruRPG.

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Tiers
Patron
$1 or more per Game Aid 5 patrons

Frugal GM Patron

  • At a minimum: 1 map, 1 Tweak & Toss Adventure, & 1 "bonus" aid (new monster, magic items, d30 table, etc.) per month to be delivered through Patreon.
  • Any additional creations will be made available as an electronic product (PDF, PNG, etc.) for you to pick up through Patreon or some other online source (Dropbox, DriveThruRPG, email, etc.)
  • Special versions of my maps. These will usually be large-scale formats (poster sized and up!) that will exclusive for Patron use for at least six months. After then I might make them available to the public through sights like DriveThruRPG.
  • Special discounts to any dead-tree RPG products I create.
  • You get the satisfaction of knowing that you are contributing to getting resource-saving GM options on the Frugal GM Blog.
  • You can download any of the free or PWYW Frugal GM products from DriveThruRPG completely guilt free!