Original post below:
As most of you know, Patreon has announced that they will be moving service fees from the creator to the fans. What this means for you is a 2.9% + $0.35 charge on top of *each pledge*, so four times a month if you support a weekly podcast like ours. Patrons supporting anyone at the $1.00 level will be charged $1.38 per episode as opposed to the (much smaller) fee that was being charged to creators once a month. Patreon will no longer be charging patrons of weekly campaigns once monthly, but will be charging patrons up front, hurting those of us that run a weekly, per creation, campaign. Most of the backers of these campaigns support at smaller per pledge amounts, which means they are hit hardest. As creators, Ryan and I wanted to let you know that we did not know this was coming, we are furious about it (which you know if you listened to Episode 298), and that we had no time to plan or prepare for these changes coming into effect December 18th, 2017.
Over the last 24 hours, we have come up with what we think is the best plan to protect you from unexpected charges by making your bill for December look exactly as it would have if Patreon hadn't announced a thing (i.e. we will keep the fees on us for this month, not on you). To do this, we will be putting up four paid posts by December 15th. There will be no paid posts from The Gamers' Inn in December past this. This will save you from the extra per creation charges that Patreon will be implementing, and will buy us time to figure out what the campaign will look like going forward, while ensuring the same level of support for the content you love. Thank you for that, by the way.
Here is what our December post schedule will look like:
December 8th - Episode 298 (PAID POST)
December 8th - Patreon Changes Update (This post, free)
December 14th - Episode 299 (PAID POST)
December 15th - Placeholder for Episode 300 (PAID POST)
December 16th - Placeholder for Episode 301 (PAID POST)
December 21st - Episode 300 (free post)
December 27th - Episode 301 (free post)
Our plan does mean that we will be charging you before the content has been recorded, and we want to be 100% transparent about that. As Gamers' Inn patrons, you have until December 15th to decide if you are on board with that. Our plans for Episode 300 are still up in the air because we have asked you how you would like to celebrate, but Game of the Year with fan submissions seems to be the consensus. Episode 300 will record live on December 20th, 2017 as normal. Episode 301 will be our Innside the Game episode about the Horizon: Zero Dawn DLC Frozen Wilds, and will be pre-recorded because of holiday travel schedules, releasing on December 27th, 2017. Finally, even though we have dropped below the milestone goal as of the time of this post, we will be hosting a Game Night stream on December 21st, 2017 as a good will gesture towards our patrons.
Starting after December 18th, 2017, we suggest you all change your pledges as discussed on last night's show, should you decide to continue supporting The Gamers' Inn. Choose the pledge amount you would like to pledge for the entire month, and remember to set a monthly maximum of the same amount. This will essentially consolidate your weekly pledges into one monthly pledge, and so you will only be charged the $0.35 transaction fee one time. Unfortunately Patreon is not giving creators the option to opt out, so the fees will be paid by you starting with our January posts, no matter what we do. We are aware that advising you to consolidate your pledges into one larger one will cause issues with our Milestone Goals, but we won't know the full impact until at least January, so please bear with us while we figure things out.
Ryan and I completely understand those of you who feel you need to take a stand against Patreon for blindsiding everyone with these changes. We are not taking any lost pledges personally. Ryan and I will also be re-evaluating the structure of our campaign, and are looking at everything from returning to a monthly model to changing our milestones and reward tiers. There are other platforms that will hopefully be opening up to us in the near future, but for now, this is the best way we could think of to keep things the same for you guys, and not give you any unexpected charges right before Christmas. If you have any questions, please post below or email us at [email protected]. While we appreciate your tweets, something like this is difficult to discuss even with 280 characters.
Thank you all for your support,
Ryan and Jocelyn