Andrew Risch - Founder of Polycount is creating Polycount
70

patrons

$434
per month
I'm setting this page up to help fund Polycount. As we've grown over the years, so have our operating costs. We're now spending between 1500 to 2000 USD per month on keeping the lights on. Our growth has also given us monthly expenses that we never had in the past like accountants, lawyers, and business taxes.

The majority of our funding comes from being a service provider on the Steam Workshop. This has been an amazing gift to us and helped us get the site to it's current incarnation. It helped me to concentrate on running the site as a job rather than balance it as a second job as I had for well over a decade. Unfortunately the Workshop revenue is inconsistent and best and has fallen off dramatically over the past year. We've long offered ads which while they can help keep the lights on they are unable to sustain full time employment.

I didn't start the site to make any money. That wasn't even a consideration until years after we had become a community. As I've told many people over the years, Polycount has been my own personal karma machine. It was a happy accident that I was able to nurture into an unbelievable community for almost 20 years now. We are always looking for new ways to grow in a way that still keeps us true to ourselves and our community. I embrace this as a challenge for us to overcome and do not want to take a heavy hand to monetize the site. All of us that work behind the scenes at Polycount hope that you can understand appreciate the balance we try to keep as we continue to nurture the community. 

My current focus is looking for a new full time job. It's the number one thing I personally can do to help make Polycount more financially secure over the long run. Once I am supporting myself with an outside income, Polycount will be able to move forward as we'll have more funding to pay designers and programmers for the sorts of things we want to bring to the community. I will continue to do the same things I always have, I'm just hoping to go back to being paid with karma.

Sincerely, 

Andrew "rogue13" Risch
Founder @ Polycount



Rewards
Polycounter
$1 or more per month 15 patrons
  • A warm fuzzy feeling, your milage may vary.
Polycount Sponsor
$5 or more per month 41 patrons
  • We will award you with a custom rank/color on the site. You will be known as a "Polycount Sponsor"
Polycount Sponsor X2!
$10 or more per month 8 patrons
  • We will award you with a custom rank/color on the site. You will be known as a "Polycount Sponsor".  Don't tell the 5 dollar folks but we like you twice as much as them. 
Polycount Sponsor X32
$15 or more per month 2 patrons
  • We will award you with a custom rank/color on the site. You will be known as a "Polycount Sponsor" We might like you more than the previous tier, but we'd never admit it in front of the kids. 
Polycounter X64
$20 or more per month 3 patrons
  • We will award you with a custom rank/color on the site. You will be known as a "Polycount Sponsor".
  • A sticker, one of whatever we can fit into the envelope. Probably a classic Greentooth or maybe something new. 
  • We'll be happy to trade Pokemon with you. Gen7 only tho.
Founder's Table
$25 or more per month 3 of 10 patrons
  • We will award you with a custom rank/color on the site. You will be known as a "Polycount Sponsor"
  • A scheduled session with the founder of Polycount, once a month. The topic will be your project and/or portfolio. We'll discuss on Twitch what you are working on and what you are aiming at. We'll give you a thorough review and ideas on how to get to your goal. We'll also invite the community to come watch.
  • No stickers.
Classy Polycounter
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
  • We will award you with a custom rank/color on the site. You will be known as a "Polycount Sponsor
  • The color on the rank will be a unique gold color. 
  • Stickers.  We'll send you a handful of those classic Greentooth stickers in the physical mail. Great for sticking on laptops or cat foreheads. 
  • If you want a session at the Founder's table, we can pencil you in for sure. 
High rolling Polycounter
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
  • We will award you with a custom rank/color on the site. You will be known as a "Polycount Sponsor"
  • The color on the rank will be a unique gold color. 
  • Time at the Founders Table is available to you. You get the chair without the squeaks. 
  • Custom stickers are gonna happen for this tier. You'll make it rain with the stickers you get. 
Corporate Sponsor
$500 or more per month 1 of 10 patrons
  • We will place a small sponsor's image, 300 x 300, on the site for one month. Our accountant would probably tell you it's an ad. It could be. It could be a cute cat picture or a gif of your badass Overwatch POTG.
  • We will award your personal account with a custom rank/color on the site. You will be known as a "Corporate Sponsor"
  • This is aimed at the small developers in our audience that haven't tried any advertising before. It helps. Let's talk!
Goals
$434 of $3,000 per month
This level of funding would take care of our server costs and various small costs like our accountant, plus pay the taxes that will need to be paid.
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I'm setting this page up to help fund Polycount. As we've grown over the years, so have our operating costs. We're now spending between 1500 to 2000 USD per month on keeping the lights on. Our growth has also given us monthly expenses that we never had in the past like accountants, lawyers, and business taxes.

The majority of our funding comes from being a service provider on the Steam Workshop. This has been an amazing gift to us and helped us get the site to it's current incarnation. It helped me to concentrate on running the site as a job rather than balance it as a second job as I had for well over a decade. Unfortunately the Workshop revenue is inconsistent and best and has fallen off dramatically over the past year. We've long offered ads which while they can help keep the lights on they are unable to sustain full time employment.

I didn't start the site to make any money. That wasn't even a consideration until years after we had become a community. As I've told many people over the years, Polycount has been my own personal karma machine. It was a happy accident that I was able to nurture into an unbelievable community for almost 20 years now. We are always looking for new ways to grow in a way that still keeps us true to ourselves and our community. I embrace this as a challenge for us to overcome and do not want to take a heavy hand to monetize the site. All of us that work behind the scenes at Polycount hope that you can understand appreciate the balance we try to keep as we continue to nurture the community. 

My current focus is looking for a new full time job. It's the number one thing I personally can do to help make Polycount more financially secure over the long run. Once I am supporting myself with an outside income, Polycount will be able to move forward as we'll have more funding to pay designers and programmers for the sorts of things we want to bring to the community. I will continue to do the same things I always have, I'm just hoping to go back to being paid with karma.

Sincerely, 

Andrew "rogue13" Risch
Founder @ Polycount



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Rewards
Polycounter
$1 or more per month 15 patrons
  • A warm fuzzy feeling, your milage may vary.
Polycount Sponsor
$5 or more per month 41 patrons
  • We will award you with a custom rank/color on the site. You will be known as a "Polycount Sponsor"
Polycount Sponsor X2!
$10 or more per month 8 patrons
  • We will award you with a custom rank/color on the site. You will be known as a "Polycount Sponsor".  Don't tell the 5 dollar folks but we like you twice as much as them. 
Polycount Sponsor X32
$15 or more per month 2 patrons
  • We will award you with a custom rank/color on the site. You will be known as a "Polycount Sponsor" We might like you more than the previous tier, but we'd never admit it in front of the kids. 
Polycounter X64
$20 or more per month 3 patrons
  • We will award you with a custom rank/color on the site. You will be known as a "Polycount Sponsor".
  • A sticker, one of whatever we can fit into the envelope. Probably a classic Greentooth or maybe something new. 
  • We'll be happy to trade Pokemon with you. Gen7 only tho.
Founder's Table
$25 or more per month 3 of 10 patrons
  • We will award you with a custom rank/color on the site. You will be known as a "Polycount Sponsor"
  • A scheduled session with the founder of Polycount, once a month. The topic will be your project and/or portfolio. We'll discuss on Twitch what you are working on and what you are aiming at. We'll give you a thorough review and ideas on how to get to your goal. We'll also invite the community to come watch.
  • No stickers.
Classy Polycounter
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
  • We will award you with a custom rank/color on the site. You will be known as a "Polycount Sponsor
  • The color on the rank will be a unique gold color. 
  • Stickers.  We'll send you a handful of those classic Greentooth stickers in the physical mail. Great for sticking on laptops or cat foreheads. 
  • If you want a session at the Founder's table, we can pencil you in for sure. 
High rolling Polycounter
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
  • We will award you with a custom rank/color on the site. You will be known as a "Polycount Sponsor"
  • The color on the rank will be a unique gold color. 
  • Time at the Founders Table is available to you. You get the chair without the squeaks. 
  • Custom stickers are gonna happen for this tier. You'll make it rain with the stickers you get. 
Corporate Sponsor
$500 or more per month 1 of 10 patrons
  • We will place a small sponsor's image, 300 x 300, on the site for one month. Our accountant would probably tell you it's an ad. It could be. It could be a cute cat picture or a gif of your badass Overwatch POTG.
  • We will award your personal account with a custom rank/color on the site. You will be known as a "Corporate Sponsor"
  • This is aimed at the small developers in our audience that haven't tried any advertising before. It helps. Let's talk!