Stybs is creating the Pauper cube.
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The Pauper cube is something that's grown beyond my wildest dreams. 10 years ago I wanted a different way to cube draft with friends at my local game store. Today, the Pauper cube is played around the world. Every Magic release brings new commons–and a crash of update requests from fans like you.

Now you can join in making the cube even better.

Without the feedback and support of others who love the Pauper cube as much as I do, it'd be impossible to keep such an amazing way to play tuned up. I want to hear from more of you, and give even more time (and cool cards) to the fans and players that make the cube possible.

PATREON FAQ

What Will Being A Patron Add To The Pauper Cube Experience?

Patreon lets you put your direct, monetary support towards cube updates and unlocks more channels for feedback. Twitter is public and fast, but tough for cooperative and easy-to-read discussions. Discord’s Patreon integration means your feedback can be offered alongside to other passionate Pauper cube fans, and the entire discussion is easier to follow. I’ll take all the feedback I can get, but a metered and specific place to have a shared discussion privately with fans like you is invaluable too.

But to be clear, if you just want to stay updated and tweet me feedback you don’t need to be a patron at all!

What Content Will Be Behind Patron-Only Posts Or Exclusive To Patrons?

Broadly speaking, patron-only posts on Patreon will include:
  • Rewards teasers, updates and information specific to a paid post
  • Peeks inside the update process, from quick card mockups to test draft feedback
  • Polls, requests and announcements for patrons
  • Stretch goal content, such as a live Q&A session for each new set
Patrons are granted access to the patron-only channels of the Pauper cube Discord server. While public channels and feedback are welcome, patrons have exclusive channels to chat, tag and and otherwise have the unfettered ability to share your thoughts. You’ll also be able to talk directly to other patrons and discuss their ideas too.

Additional Pauper cube content, such as blog posts, will remain free and be shared freely—as always.

Where Will My Pauper Cube Patron Money Go?

It will be an even mix of the following:
  • Getting cool versions of every card I’m considering for updates now, and in the future
  • Buying energy drinks for the night owl hours I keep
  • Snacks from the vending machine at work, where everything is just $1
At the higher reward tiers, it will go towards purchasing and mailing the cards in each update to you. I did some math and it looks like many times these costs will be covered entirely, but sometimes Masters and Commander releases will cost more—far more. Over a few updates this should even out despite any worst case scenarios. Either way your rewards are guaranteed as my mission is to help you play the cube, not sell cards. (And I am definitely not a Magic retailer!)

Which Versions/Conditions Of Cards Will Be Included In Rewards For Patrons?

All card rewards will be English printed versions. Newly printed commons will be from their release set; cards from a previous (older) release will whichever printing is generally the most readily available (least expensive). All cards will be in “Near Mint” or “Lightly Played” condition, as per online retailer/marketplace standards. Unfortunately, specific version or printing requests cannot be accommodated. Due to sourcing from multiple retailers, different patrons may receive different versions of the same card.

Will Tokens For Cards That Create Tokens Be Included?

Yes! These, too, will follow the same rules as for other rewards cards. Due to scarcity and limited selection, foil versions of tokens will not be used for patron rewards.

Will You Hate Me If I Stop Being A Patron?

Uh, no. Since you don’t need to be a patron to get updates, read blog posts or provide feedback you won’t miss anything. The Patreon is exclusively opt-in for those generous and fiscally capable of participating. Playing the cube means more than paying the cube!
Tiers
Thank You for Updates
$1 or more per Cube Update
You'll get email notifications whenever there's a cube update, access to the patron-only feed with exclusive information, and access to the patron-only Discord server channels. Plus, for your first cube update that you're a patron, you'll receive a personal note of thanks mailed to you.


(Rewards to be shipped approximately 2 weeks after set release date. Includes international shipping.)

Includes Discord rewards
Bigger Thank You and Better Stuff
$2 or more per Cube Update
You'll get everything in the Thank You for Updates reward tier, plus with your thank you note I'll include several random commons and basic lands I've signed—ready for you to show off and add to your copy of the cube.

(Rewards to be shipped approximately  2 weeks after set release date. Includes international shipping. All cards in lightly played or better condition.)
Includes Discord rewards
Automatic Awesome
$5 or more per Cube Update
You'll get everything in the previous two tiers, except now you don't even have to worry about finding the commons in each update. I'll send you every card you need to swap into your cube, the tokens those cards create (if any) and a printed chart of the changes. You'll never have to worry about which cards to get again–I've got you covered.

(Rewards to be shipped approximately 2 weeks after set release date. Includes international shipping. All cards in lightly played or better condition.) 
Includes Discord rewards
Automatic Awesome (Foil Edition)
$10 or more per Cube Update (sold out!)
You'll get everything in the third tier (Automatic Awesome), except now the cards you receive to update your cube will be premium foil versions. If you like your cube to be shiny this will keep everything matching.


(Rewards to be shipped approximately 2 weeks after set release date. Includes international shipping. All cards in lightly played or better condition.)  

Includes Discord rewards
Goals
81 of 100 patrons
It's time to go big! More than a Q&A session, with enough patrons giving their time to me I'll give the most I can give back and schedule a live stream where I complete the cube update–from start to finish–publicly. The cards being considered, the reasons at hand and your chance to watch the next step of a cube unfold–all discussed and finalized in real-time for every to see!
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The Pauper cube is something that's grown beyond my wildest dreams. 10 years ago I wanted a different way to cube draft with friends at my local game store. Today, the Pauper cube is played around the world. Every Magic release brings new commons–and a crash of update requests from fans like you.

Now you can join in making the cube even better.

Without the feedback and support of others who love the Pauper cube as much as I do, it'd be impossible to keep such an amazing way to play tuned up. I want to hear from more of you, and give even more time (and cool cards) to the fans and players that make the cube possible.

PATREON FAQ

What Will Being A Patron Add To The Pauper Cube Experience?

Patreon lets you put your direct, monetary support towards cube updates and unlocks more channels for feedback. Twitter is public and fast, but tough for cooperative and easy-to-read discussions. Discord’s Patreon integration means your feedback can be offered alongside to other passionate Pauper cube fans, and the entire discussion is easier to follow. I’ll take all the feedback I can get, but a metered and specific place to have a shared discussion privately with fans like you is invaluable too.

But to be clear, if you just want to stay updated and tweet me feedback you don’t need to be a patron at all!

What Content Will Be Behind Patron-Only Posts Or Exclusive To Patrons?

Broadly speaking, patron-only posts on Patreon will include:
  • Rewards teasers, updates and information specific to a paid post
  • Peeks inside the update process, from quick card mockups to test draft feedback
  • Polls, requests and announcements for patrons
  • Stretch goal content, such as a live Q&A session for each new set
Patrons are granted access to the patron-only channels of the Pauper cube Discord server. While public channels and feedback are welcome, patrons have exclusive channels to chat, tag and and otherwise have the unfettered ability to share your thoughts. You’ll also be able to talk directly to other patrons and discuss their ideas too.

Additional Pauper cube content, such as blog posts, will remain free and be shared freely—as always.

Where Will My Pauper Cube Patron Money Go?

It will be an even mix of the following:
  • Getting cool versions of every card I’m considering for updates now, and in the future
  • Buying energy drinks for the night owl hours I keep
  • Snacks from the vending machine at work, where everything is just $1
At the higher reward tiers, it will go towards purchasing and mailing the cards in each update to you. I did some math and it looks like many times these costs will be covered entirely, but sometimes Masters and Commander releases will cost more—far more. Over a few updates this should even out despite any worst case scenarios. Either way your rewards are guaranteed as my mission is to help you play the cube, not sell cards. (And I am definitely not a Magic retailer!)

Which Versions/Conditions Of Cards Will Be Included In Rewards For Patrons?

All card rewards will be English printed versions. Newly printed commons will be from their release set; cards from a previous (older) release will whichever printing is generally the most readily available (least expensive). All cards will be in “Near Mint” or “Lightly Played” condition, as per online retailer/marketplace standards. Unfortunately, specific version or printing requests cannot be accommodated. Due to sourcing from multiple retailers, different patrons may receive different versions of the same card.

Will Tokens For Cards That Create Tokens Be Included?

Yes! These, too, will follow the same rules as for other rewards cards. Due to scarcity and limited selection, foil versions of tokens will not be used for patron rewards.

Will You Hate Me If I Stop Being A Patron?

Uh, no. Since you don’t need to be a patron to get updates, read blog posts or provide feedback you won’t miss anything. The Patreon is exclusively opt-in for those generous and fiscally capable of participating. Playing the cube means more than paying the cube!

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Tiers
Thank You for Updates
$1 or more per Cube Update
You'll get email notifications whenever there's a cube update, access to the patron-only feed with exclusive information, and access to the patron-only Discord server channels. Plus, for your first cube update that you're a patron, you'll receive a personal note of thanks mailed to you.


(Rewards to be shipped approximately 2 weeks after set release date. Includes international shipping.)

Includes Discord rewards
Bigger Thank You and Better Stuff
$2 or more per Cube Update
You'll get everything in the Thank You for Updates reward tier, plus with your thank you note I'll include several random commons and basic lands I've signed—ready for you to show off and add to your copy of the cube.

(Rewards to be shipped approximately  2 weeks after set release date. Includes international shipping. All cards in lightly played or better condition.)
Includes Discord rewards
Automatic Awesome
$5 or more per Cube Update
You'll get everything in the previous two tiers, except now you don't even have to worry about finding the commons in each update. I'll send you every card you need to swap into your cube, the tokens those cards create (if any) and a printed chart of the changes. You'll never have to worry about which cards to get again–I've got you covered.

(Rewards to be shipped approximately 2 weeks after set release date. Includes international shipping. All cards in lightly played or better condition.) 
Includes Discord rewards
Automatic Awesome (Foil Edition)
$10 or more per Cube Update (sold out!)
You'll get everything in the third tier (Automatic Awesome), except now the cards you receive to update your cube will be premium foil versions. If you like your cube to be shiny this will keep everything matching.


(Rewards to be shipped approximately 2 weeks after set release date. Includes international shipping. All cards in lightly played or better condition.)  

Includes Discord rewards