What is this?
Hello, and welcome to my Patreon campaign for my beloved computer space game-centric blog, Space Game Junkie! Space Game Junkie is a love letter to the space game genre, a haven for developers and fans to come together and share their love of spaceships, space stations, even space suits. I've been running Space Game Junkie for a little over three years now, and while it's doing well, I know it can do better, and that comes down pretty much to me. I put a lot of time and soul into Space Game Junkie, and while I'm proud of the work I've done, I know I can do more. What I don't want is to litter the site with ugly advertisements and the like, which is one of the primary reasons I created this campaign. What I would love is for eventually my income from this monthly campaign and other avenues to simply cover the cost of hosting the blog and such. Money is a great motivator as well, and it will help give me confidence to see that I'm supported by people who love space games as much as I do.
Who are you?
Oh, me? Thanks for asking! My name is Brian Rubin, and I've been playing video games since the mid 1970s, starting with one of the original home Pong machines. Remember those? Eventually I got an Atari and a TRS-80, and had a wonderful time playing games like Lunar Lander, Yar's Revenge and so many more. The game that really got to me, however, was Starflight in 1996, which happened to be my first DOS-based game on an old Tandy 1000 EX. Ever since then I've been in love with games that involve space in some way, whether you fly a spaceship or build a space station. I created Space Game Junkie back in 2011 after being inspired by the CRPG Addict, whose goal is to play through every computer role playing game in chronological order. I began the site as a way to play through all the early space games I missed on other platforms, not knowing we were about to be part of a massive space game resurgence. Now the site has morphed into something completely different, and better, than what I originally intended.
What is Space Game Junkie?
My passion. My love letter to the space game genre. A community of like-minded space game fans, and so much more. Space Game Junkie began life as a simple blog, but now it's morphed into a fairly popular YouTube channel, a Twitch channel and a weekly podcast wherein we've had dozens of game developers and fans on to discuss the wonders of space gaming. The site basically covers space-focused gaming made for home computing platforms, from the original SpaceWar! to Elite: Dangerous and beyond. The site doesn't cover mobile or console games because I'm not as familiar with them, nor do I have the brain space. With that said, there's a long, long list of games to be covered, and I hope to not only help engage with fans about the classics they love, but help fans find new space games to fall in love with as well.
What will you be creating?
I try to make my site as fun and engaging as possible, and to that end Space Game Junkie offers the following:
* Game-Focused Videos - I'll be creating game-focused video content that covers reviews of new and classic games, previews of upcoming games, games centered around a specific theme, and so much more. These videos will be uploaded to YouTube and be free for everyone, and free of advertising as well should this campaign be successful.
* The Space Game Junkie Podcast - My cohost Jim Hunt and I sit down every week to discuss space gaming, whether it's games surrounding a specific theme, the latest news, or talking to a developer about their game. As I write this, the podcast is nearing 100 episodes, and we're nowhere near running out of things to talk about or people to talk to.
* Regular Streaming Events - Recently -- thanks to their release on GOG -- I began a weekly night of Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter (and likely Alliance as well) that will focus on friends and me having melee matches, going through campaign missions and so much more. I intend to expand this to other regular events, such as tournaments, weekly segments and more, which will all be available on YouTube. Thursday night events can either be chosen by fans, or focus on a developer coming to play a game with us.
* Other Types of Content - I also plan to do regular opinion pieces, textual Q&As with game developers (sometimes folks don't want to do a podcast, which is totally understandable), specific Games of the Week and more!
* Who Knows What Else? - I am always trying to come up with new ideas, or maybe you have a suggestion for something to try? I'm always trying to expand the site's content to make it more fun and engaging.
* Ultimately, a Community - Between story and video comments, an active Discord server, a lively Facebook Group, forums and events, I want to foster a community of space game fans who come together for the common love of the spaceship.
Where Do I Come in?
I'm not a fan of banner ads and the like, never have been. I've tried them here and there but I dunno, they make me feel a little dirty. By supporting this Patreon campaign, you'll not only help keep the site and its various other entities ad-free (to as much as I can control of course), but you'll also help motivate me. Let's be honest, money is a terrific motivator, and while I would love to eventually work on this site full-time, even eking out a meager second income from avenues such as Pateron would be a tremendous help to my motivation and my confidence as a blogger. Therefore, by supporting this Patreon campaign, you're supporting not only my work in covering space games from developers large and small, but supporting a growing community of fans and developers coming together to share their love of space games.
What Can I Expect as a Patron?
Honesty. Passion. Love. Respect. The same things that you'd get if you weren't a Patron. Let me be clear that this campaign is purely optional, and my content won't change whether you support the site or not. It'll always be honest, passionate and hopefully engaging and enjoyable. As I've never used Patreon before, it seems there is a Patron-only feed of some sort, so you'd have access to that for even more community chit-chat. I'm not planning rewards or anything like that, however. If you want to support me, then I encourage you to do so, but if not, hey, that's fine too.
Honesty, Above All Else
I've mentioned honesty a few times, and I want to be clear about something that's pretty important. No matter where I get a game from, be it a key from a developer or a publisher, I buy it myself, a gift from a friend or heck, an abandonware site, I will judge every game has honestly as I have every other game I've covered, no matter the source. This means, for example, if I received a game for free from a publisher and I don't like it, I'll say so, clearly and distinctly. While I love this genre and always try to be positive, that won't stop me from being critical of a game if I feel it's deserving of such a critique.
What Will Our Funds Be Used For?
The goal of this campaign is multi-fold. First, I would love, LOVE to bring in enough to make the site self-sufficient in terms of covering the costs of hosting and regular backups through VaultPress (which is an AWESOME service, by the way). I would also love to remove ads wherever possible. After that, the funds would be used to buy more games to cover for the site, better equipment and so on. Eventually I would love to have a sustainable income out of this -- enough to do this full time, is my dream -- and Patreon is a part of that plan.
I therefore thank you for visiting my Patreon page, and if you choose to become a Patron, I thank you doubly for that as well. Have a wonderful day.