There are a few reasons for this that I'll get into, but the thing I want to reassure people is that the tier WILL return within a few months. There are plenty of people out there with requests and I want to ensure I eventually get to them.
The primary reason I'm closing it is because of sheer volume. One of the problems with the "Pay Now" feature I have set up for the Patreon is that people are of course disinclined to stay in the spot for more than their first month's payment. So to avoid paying the hefty review request sum twice, they lower their patronage after arranging the review request with me. Unfortunately, that means that someone will immediately take the spot and make a request, so while there are technically only two review spots... sometimes there can be more than that making review requests in a single month, which is what has happened most recently.
I've made no secret of the fact that, for the tenth anniversary of AT4W, every non-Patreon-sponsored review of 2018 will be some kind of follow-up to an old review, with everything from sequel episodes to theme months focused around certain stuff I've done over the last decade. However, some of those reviews are time-specific. They're ones I want to do at certain times of the year. In addition, the 500th episode of the show is coming and that has to be on a certain date. Add on October's Halloween videos, December's holiday videos, and potentially Secret Origins Month in November... well, 2018 is going to have more dates SPECIFICALLY locked in than ever before... and the amount of Patreon-sponsored reviews in the year has been growing.
I don't blame this on anyone, of course. It's a service I offer and I'm happy to do it, but as the amount of Patreon-sponsored reviews has increased, the less reviews that *I* want to do has decreased and I've had to cut out a few reviews already that I had planned to do.
The straw that broke the camel's back came today - three Patrons managed to score review request slots. I haven't finished contacting and responding to them, but rest assured they WILL be honored. However, because of those locked-in periods... well, it means I won't be getting to their reviews until over 6 months from now (October through December are locked, January already has THREE Patreon-sponsored reviews in it currently plus an intend Patreon voter's poll, then February and March are locked, with March coming in with an intended voter poll, as well - more details soon).
I think it's unfair to wait so long for what you've paid for, and the simple fact is that that will increase with more patrons... so I'm nipping it in the bud right now. We're going to play a bit of catch up so patrons don't have to wait as long to get the reviews they request. Mind you, that means waiting FOR the requests to reopen, but rest assured they will be.
I don't make this decision lightly. I know many people have been eager and very patient for the slot to open and take it (one of the three already expressed their joy and surprise upon getting the slot), but I think this will be for the best in order to help get out the content you all enjoy. As I have said - the slots WILL be reopening. I don't have a set date yet for when I intend to do so, though it's likely going to be closer to the beginning of the new year.
I am sorry for any inconveniences or plans that people had for this and I hope you all understand why I decided to do this. Thank you all for your continued support and I hope you're all looking forward to the tenth anniversary!