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Important Note: No more patrons, please! This Patreon campaign is being phased out. Read this post for details.

Hi, my name is Hernan (although many of you know me by my online username, Heruca), and I’m the developer of Battlegrounds virtual tabletop software. Through my company, Battlegrounds Games, I’ve been developing virtual tabletop software for over a decade. Those of you not already familiar with my programs should get acquainted with Battlegrounds: RPG Edition (if you're into roleplaying games) and/or Battlegrounds Gaming Engine (if you're into boardgaming) before proceeding, or you won't understand what this Patreon campaign is all about.

For the last 3 or 4 years, my work on Battlegrounds has been part-time, due to the necessity of having to work a full-time job that more or less paid the bills. Now, however, I have quit my job and intend to reboot Battlegrounds Games. But I need the help of the Battlegrounds community, and of gamers new to Battlegrounds, in order to make this transition. It will take some time to bring Battlegrounds Games back to its former vigor and profitability, and my meager savings are rapidly depleting. My need for immediate funding/income is your opportunity to get a great deal. For the first time ever, I am offering the use of my software on a subscription basis.

Wait... Is that groaning I hear? No! No! I'm not talking $10/month, or even $5/month. I'm talking about giving folks access to a Player Client, which is normally purchased for a $19 one-time fee, for a mere $1.50/month! Or a GM Client (normally sold for $39) for just $3/month. Or a BGE Client with 7 free Player Slots (normally $30) for only $2/month. There are a couple of additional offerings for those who want to subscribe to more than one program.

At these prices, I am expecting (well, hoping for) hundreds of subscribers, which (supplemented by actual sales of licenses) should provide me with a reliable monthly income while I develop the next version of my software. This will also provide a very low cost means for the curious to test out my fully unlocked software to see if it meets their needs and expectations (I already provide a free Demo, but it has some necessary limitations to prevent freeloaders).

Will offering subscriptions cannibalize my normal sales? Probably, to a degree (although many users prefer to own their goods, rather than rent them). But at this point in time, I need a fairly steady and reliable source of income, not a wildly variable one, so I think this Patreon campaign may be a great way to achieve that. Note that the number of subscription licenses that I'm making available are limited in number, as I don't want to exceed my ability to provide timely support for my new patrons or for my existing customers.

What is the money needed for?

In the short term, it will help me get by while I ramp up development, prepare the Content Drive, and redo the Battlegrounds website. In the longer term, it will help fund the development time that's required to work on new software releases that add new features, squash bugs, and maintain a high standard of quality. Your support will hopefully also help me to eventually upgrade my computer and software to something more modern and capable than what I’m currently using, which should in turn speed up the development pipeline.

How does Patreon work?

If you're not familiar with Patreon, this video gives an easy to understand explanation.
https://youtu.be/wH-IDF809fQ

You can cancel your patronage at any time. You get billed at the start of each month for however much you pledged. So if you decide this isn't for you, simply cancel and you won't be billed again. Patreon does millions in billing every month for all the Patreon projects, and they'll be handling your credit card or PayPal payment, so everything is private, safe, and secure.

The Fine Print

In order to use the Battlegrounds software with a subscription, you will need a working internet connection, and you must be running BRPG v1.8d or higher, or BGE v1.7 or higher. BGE v1.7 has already been released, but BRPG v1.8 should be available for download in late February, 2016 (apologies for the delay). Subscriptions to BRPG are not available for Mac OS X users (unless they run the Windows version of BRPG).

Beyond this limitation, subscriptions provide the same functionality as purchased licenses. Note that the monthly pledges don't ever accumulate towards the purchase of a software license, nor will a subscription qualify you for any upgrade discounts in the future. Please take these factors into account if you expect to use a subscription for an extended period of time (you may prefer the one-time license purchase, instead).

Subscriptions begin/renew on the first day of each month, which is when your credit card is actually billed. Just be aware of that, since if you pledge a few days into the month, you will need to wait until the following month begins to start using your subscription (which makes sense, since, until then, you haven't actually paid anything).

When you cancel your subscription, your access will end on the 1st day of the following month. You will retain any saved games, encounters, deployments, macros, etc., and you may also opt to renew your subscription at some later date (I envision university students subscribing for 3 months to continue gaming with their college buddies during vacation, or for 9 months to play with their hometown friends while they are away at college).

Also note that this offer of subscribing to use my software may not be a permanent thing. I reserve the right to phase it out (with adequate notice, say, a couple of months), depending on how well (or how poorly) it is received by the online gaming community.


Thanks for reading. If you have any questions regarding either this Patreon campaign or my software, you can reach me on the Battlegrounds Games forums. I usually respond within 24 hours.
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month


Tip Jar
You don't actually want a reward, you just want to help out, and maybe say thanks for the 100+ updates I've released for free over the years for users of my software, and/or for all the free artpacks and digital game conversions that I've created.
Pledge $1.50 or more per month


BRPG Player Client subscription

Use a fully-unlocked BRPG Player Client for as long as this pledge level is maintained. Use it to join the game session of any GM hosting with BRPG.
This pledge level is for players of RPGs.
Pledge $2 or more per month


BGE Gamer Client subscription
Use a fully-unlocked BGE Gamer Client with 7 free Player Slots for as long as this pledge level is maintained. Use it to host game sessions for your players, or to join and play in the game session of another BGE host.
This pledge level is for boardgamers.
Pledge $3 or more per month


BRPG GM Client subscription

Use a fully-unlocked BRPG GM Client for as long as this pledge level is maintained. Use it to host game sessions for your players, or to join the game session of another GM that is using BRPG.
This pledge level is for Game Masters wanting to run RPG campaigns (and perhaps occasionally play in them).
Pledge $3.25 or more per month


BRPG Player Client and BGE Gamer Client subscription

Use a fully-unlocked BRPG Player Client and a fully-unlocked BGE Gamer Client with 7 free Player Slots for as long as this pledge level is maintained. Use the BRPG Player Client to join the game session of any GM hosting with BRPG. Use the BGE Gamer Client to host game sessions for your players, or to join and play in the game session of another BGE host.

This pledge level is for gamers who enjoy both RPGs and boardgames, and want the best tool for each job.
Pledge $4.75 or more per month


BRPG GM Client and BGE Gamer Client subscription

Use a fully-unlocked BRPG GM Client and a fully-unlocked BGE Gamer Client with 7 free Player Slots for as long as this pledge level is maintained. Use the BRPG GM Client to host game sessions for your players, or to join the game session of another GM that is using BRPG.
Use the BGE Gamer Client to host game sessions for your players, or to join and play in the game session of another BGE host.

This pledge level is for gamers who enjoy both RPGs and boardgames, and want the best tool for each job.
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I will make BRPG free for anyone to use, as long as this goal is met. This should make it vastly easier to find more players for your games, regardless of what (possibly obscure) RPG system you prefer.
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Important Note: No more patrons, please! This Patreon campaign is being phased out. Read this post for details.

Hi, my name is Hernan (although many of you know me by my online username, Heruca), and I’m the developer of Battlegrounds virtual tabletop software. Through my company, Battlegrounds Games, I’ve been developing virtual tabletop software for over a decade. Those of you not already familiar with my programs should get acquainted with Battlegrounds: RPG Edition (if you're into roleplaying games) and/or Battlegrounds Gaming Engine (if you're into boardgaming) before proceeding, or you won't understand what this Patreon campaign is all about.

For the last 3 or 4 years, my work on Battlegrounds has been part-time, due to the necessity of having to work a full-time job that more or less paid the bills. Now, however, I have quit my job and intend to reboot Battlegrounds Games. But I need the help of the Battlegrounds community, and of gamers new to Battlegrounds, in order to make this transition. It will take some time to bring Battlegrounds Games back to its former vigor and profitability, and my meager savings are rapidly depleting. My need for immediate funding/income is your opportunity to get a great deal. For the first time ever, I am offering the use of my software on a subscription basis.

Wait... Is that groaning I hear? No! No! I'm not talking $10/month, or even $5/month. I'm talking about giving folks access to a Player Client, which is normally purchased for a $19 one-time fee, for a mere $1.50/month! Or a GM Client (normally sold for $39) for just $3/month. Or a BGE Client with 7 free Player Slots (normally $30) for only $2/month. There are a couple of additional offerings for those who want to subscribe to more than one program.

At these prices, I am expecting (well, hoping for) hundreds of subscribers, which (supplemented by actual sales of licenses) should provide me with a reliable monthly income while I develop the next version of my software. This will also provide a very low cost means for the curious to test out my fully unlocked software to see if it meets their needs and expectations (I already provide a free Demo, but it has some necessary limitations to prevent freeloaders).

Will offering subscriptions cannibalize my normal sales? Probably, to a degree (although many users prefer to own their goods, rather than rent them). But at this point in time, I need a fairly steady and reliable source of income, not a wildly variable one, so I think this Patreon campaign may be a great way to achieve that. Note that the number of subscription licenses that I'm making available are limited in number, as I don't want to exceed my ability to provide timely support for my new patrons or for my existing customers.

What is the money needed for?

In the short term, it will help me get by while I ramp up development, prepare the Content Drive, and redo the Battlegrounds website. In the longer term, it will help fund the development time that's required to work on new software releases that add new features, squash bugs, and maintain a high standard of quality. Your support will hopefully also help me to eventually upgrade my computer and software to something more modern and capable than what I’m currently using, which should in turn speed up the development pipeline.

How does Patreon work?

If you're not familiar with Patreon, this video gives an easy to understand explanation.
https://youtu.be/wH-IDF809fQ

You can cancel your patronage at any time. You get billed at the start of each month for however much you pledged. So if you decide this isn't for you, simply cancel and you won't be billed again. Patreon does millions in billing every month for all the Patreon projects, and they'll be handling your credit card or PayPal payment, so everything is private, safe, and secure.

The Fine Print

In order to use the Battlegrounds software with a subscription, you will need a working internet connection, and you must be running BRPG v1.8d or higher, or BGE v1.7 or higher. BGE v1.7 has already been released, but BRPG v1.8 should be available for download in late February, 2016 (apologies for the delay). Subscriptions to BRPG are not available for Mac OS X users (unless they run the Windows version of BRPG).

Beyond this limitation, subscriptions provide the same functionality as purchased licenses. Note that the monthly pledges don't ever accumulate towards the purchase of a software license, nor will a subscription qualify you for any upgrade discounts in the future. Please take these factors into account if you expect to use a subscription for an extended period of time (you may prefer the one-time license purchase, instead).

Subscriptions begin/renew on the first day of each month, which is when your credit card is actually billed. Just be aware of that, since if you pledge a few days into the month, you will need to wait until the following month begins to start using your subscription (which makes sense, since, until then, you haven't actually paid anything).

When you cancel your subscription, your access will end on the 1st day of the following month. You will retain any saved games, encounters, deployments, macros, etc., and you may also opt to renew your subscription at some later date (I envision university students subscribing for 3 months to continue gaming with their college buddies during vacation, or for 9 months to play with their hometown friends while they are away at college).

Also note that this offer of subscribing to use my software may not be a permanent thing. I reserve the right to phase it out (with adequate notice, say, a couple of months), depending on how well (or how poorly) it is received by the online gaming community.


Thanks for reading. If you have any questions regarding either this Patreon campaign or my software, you can reach me on the Battlegrounds Games forums. I usually respond within 24 hours.

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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month


Tip Jar
You don't actually want a reward, you just want to help out, and maybe say thanks for the 100+ updates I've released for free over the years for users of my software, and/or for all the free artpacks and digital game conversions that I've created.
Pledge $1.50 or more per month


BRPG Player Client subscription

Use a fully-unlocked BRPG Player Client for as long as this pledge level is maintained. Use it to join the game session of any GM hosting with BRPG.
This pledge level is for players of RPGs.
Pledge $2 or more per month


BGE Gamer Client subscription
Use a fully-unlocked BGE Gamer Client with 7 free Player Slots for as long as this pledge level is maintained. Use it to host game sessions for your players, or to join and play in the game session of another BGE host.
This pledge level is for boardgamers.
Pledge $3 or more per month


BRPG GM Client subscription

Use a fully-unlocked BRPG GM Client for as long as this pledge level is maintained. Use it to host game sessions for your players, or to join the game session of another GM that is using BRPG.
This pledge level is for Game Masters wanting to run RPG campaigns (and perhaps occasionally play in them).
Pledge $3.25 or more per month


BRPG Player Client and BGE Gamer Client subscription

Use a fully-unlocked BRPG Player Client and a fully-unlocked BGE Gamer Client with 7 free Player Slots for as long as this pledge level is maintained. Use the BRPG Player Client to join the game session of any GM hosting with BRPG. Use the BGE Gamer Client to host game sessions for your players, or to join and play in the game session of another BGE host.

This pledge level is for gamers who enjoy both RPGs and boardgames, and want the best tool for each job.
Pledge $4.75 or more per month


BRPG GM Client and BGE Gamer Client subscription

Use a fully-unlocked BRPG GM Client and a fully-unlocked BGE Gamer Client with 7 free Player Slots for as long as this pledge level is maintained. Use the BRPG GM Client to host game sessions for your players, or to join the game session of another GM that is using BRPG.
Use the BGE Gamer Client to host game sessions for your players, or to join and play in the game session of another BGE host.

This pledge level is for gamers who enjoy both RPGs and boardgames, and want the best tool for each job.