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patrons

Hello, Sword and Scale fans!  Thank you for showing and interest in helping to support your favorite podcast.  Please consider donating monthly and becoming an official Sword and Scale Supporter.  I'd like to take a few minutes to explain to you why this is important...

What it has taken to get here

When I started this podcast in January of 2014, I wanted to create the best true-crime podcast anyone had ever heard.  I spent months before that planning, getting logos designed, getting the website built and the server set up, ordering equipment & software and testing it, and sound-treating a spare room in order to get pristine audio quality.  I spent thousands of dollars of my own money and an inhuman amount of time create this program, which many of you have now come to love as much as I hoped you would.

Between the show's launch and today, there have been 105 hour-long episodes.  This show is very different than most podcasts.  Rather than a live recording of a conversation, we strive to tell a story using immersive production techniques.  Because of this, the average time to produce a single episode is much greater than your average weekly podcast, which oftentimes is recorded live with no editing.

Each of these episodes represents an average of 20-30 hours of research, fact-checking, preparing for interviews, interviewing, recording, editing, mixing, selecting artwork, writing show notes and site maintenance.  That's a total of 2,010 hours, or 251 full-time days, of work.  For the first two years of the show's existence, this was all accomplished while holding down a full-time job in order to pay for mortgage, car, daily expenses, etc.

Imagine working two full-time jobs for two and a half years, with no end in sight.  It's been a lot of work to get to this point, but our true fans continue to make it worth it.

Luckily, since those early days, fans have responded in droves and assisted us.  That assistance has allowed us to hire a small staff to make more regular episodes possible, including the new bonus show we premiered last year called Sword and Scale PLUS which is our version of Sword and Scale which is just for supporters.  Beginning this year, we've announced that Sword and Scale PLUS is now also bi-weekly, which means that if you support us that the $5 level, you'll either get a commercial-free early release of Sword and Scale or a brand new episode of Sword and Scale PLUS...  EVERY SINGLE WEEK!

We ask for your assistance too.  Please give what you can and help us to continue to provide this high-quality content week after week.

The New Show

At the end of last year we launched a new podcast produced exclusively for Patreon Supporters.  It's called Sword and Scale Plus and you can get access to the entire back catalog as well as any future episodes starting at just $5 a month.

At the beginning of Season 5 there are 20+ episodes available for instant access.  Starting this season we will be releasing a new episode of Sword and Scale PLUS every other week, in between early commercial-free releases of the regular Sword and Scale Podcast.  That means, for just $5 between both shows combined, you will have access to a new show every single week.

Please note that Sword and Scale PLUS is not the same thing as Sword and Scale REWIND.  REWIND is an aftershow, independently produced and hosted by Lynette Carolla and Stefanie Wilder-Taylor.  PLUS is a version of the original Sword and Scale podcast, hosted by Mike Boudet, which is available exclusively to Patreon supporters.  It mimics the format and style of the regular show but contains brand new true-crime stories, insider insight, and is designed to provide a lot more of what our audience craves and expects from Sword and Scale.

Please Contribute

Although we have had incredible success with our Patreon, the vast majority of listeners still do not contribute anything.  Our current number of supporters represents less than 1% of our listener base.  Imagine how much more we could do if every listener donated at least $1 a month. 

So please take a moment to think about what this podcast means to you and how many hours of content we've already produced for you.  Then contribute anything you can afford, but consider some of the higher tiers if you can afford it, but even the smallest contribution is extremely helpful.  

Thank you for your continuing support and we hope you enjoy Season 5!

Mike Boudet
Host & Creator of Sword and Scale
Tiers
Base Level Supporter
$5 or more per month
This is our basic level of support.  By supporting us at this level, you're stepping it up a notch above the minimum donation and contributing a full 16 cents/day to help keep new episodes coming!

Plus, you'll get...
  • Instant access to Sword and Scale PLUS (Available only on Patreon)
  • Access to the 2015 Secret Episode
  • 10% off everything in the Sword and Scale Shop (store.swordandscale.com), all the time.
  • Early commercial-free access to regular shows (typically a week early)
  • Access to live chats, exclusive updates exclusive content throughout the season
  • As of 9/2018 all new will be available in high-resolution 320kb MP3 format.
Bonus Level Supporter
$10 or more per month
Now we're talking!  33 cents/day doesn't grow on trees, but you've decided that great shows don't either.  With this level of contribution you can have peace of mind, knowing you're supporting the best true-crime podcast around.

Plus, you'll get...

  • Instant access to Sword and Scale Plus (Available only on Patreon)
  • Access to the 2015 Secret Episode
  • Occasional perks (such as stickers) throughout the year.
  • 20% off everything in the Sword and Scale Shop (store.swordandscale.com), all the time.
  • Early commercial-free access to regular shows (typically a week early)
  • Access to live chats, exclusive updates exclusive content throughout the season.
  • As of 9/2018 all new will be available in high-resolution 320kb MP3 format.
  • Various additional secret rewards. 
Advanced Level Supporter
$15 or more per month
You've stepped it up a few notches!  49 cents/day is some serious assistance which will really help us ramp up production for the long-run. With this level of contribution you're one of our top contributors who really is pushing us to greater things.

Plus, you'll get...

  • Instant access to Sword and Scale Plus (Available only on Patreon)
  • Access to the 2015 Secret Episode
  • Occasional perks (such as stickers & shirts) throughout the year.
  • 25% off everything in the Sword and Scale Shop (store.swordandscale.com), all the time.
  • Early commercial-free access to regular shows (typically a week early)
  • Access to live chats, exclusive updates exclusive content throughout the season
  • As of 9/2018 all new will be available in high-resolution 320kb MP3 format.
  • Various additional secret rewards.
Hardcore Level Supporter
$25 or more per month
What can I say? You rock.

Plus, you'll get...

  • Instant access to Sword and Scale Plus (Available only on Patreon)
  • Access to the 2015 Secret Episode
  • Occasional perks (such as stickers, shirts, drinkware and other collector's items) throughout the year.
  • 5 Sword and Scale Stickers with new design delivered every year. 
  • 35% off everything in the Sword and Scale Shop (store.swordandscale.com), all the time.
  • Early commercial-free access to regular shows (typically a week early)
  • Access to live chats, exclusive updates exclusive content throughout the season
  • As of 9/2018 all new will be available in high-resolution 320kb MP3 format.
  • Various additional secret rewards.
VIP Level Supporter
$50 or more per month
Your obsession takes you above and beyond!

Your VIP white-glove treatment gets you all the following perks...

  • Instant access to Sword and Scale Plus (Available only on Patreon)
  • Access to the 2015 Secret Episode
  • Occasional perks (such as stickers, shirts, drinkware and other collector's items) throughout the year.
  • 5 Sword and Scale Stickers with new design delivered every year.
  • 50% off everything in the Sword and Scale Shop (store.swordandscale.com), all the time.
  • Early commercial-free access to regular shows (typically a week early)
  • Access to live chats, exclusive updates exclusive content throughout the season
  • As of 9/2018 all new will be available in high-resolution 320kb MP3 format.
  • Various additional secret rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Goals
17094 of 22500 patrons
We are committing to another 4 years bi-weekly releases of Sword and Scale and PLUS.  We're also going to be working towards producing a Sword and Scale TV Show, Book/Audiobook, and a brand new podcast collaboration with Jack Luna from Dark Topic which will be available at the end of 2018.
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Hello, Sword and Scale fans!  Thank you for showing and interest in helping to support your favorite podcast.  Please consider donating monthly and becoming an official Sword and Scale Supporter.  I'd like to take a few minutes to explain to you why this is important...

What it has taken to get here

When I started this podcast in January of 2014, I wanted to create the best true-crime podcast anyone had ever heard.  I spent months before that planning, getting logos designed, getting the website built and the server set up, ordering equipment & software and testing it, and sound-treating a spare room in order to get pristine audio quality.  I spent thousands of dollars of my own money and an inhuman amount of time create this program, which many of you have now come to love as much as I hoped you would.

Between the show's launch and today, there have been 105 hour-long episodes.  This show is very different than most podcasts.  Rather than a live recording of a conversation, we strive to tell a story using immersive production techniques.  Because of this, the average time to produce a single episode is much greater than your average weekly podcast, which oftentimes is recorded live with no editing.

Each of these episodes represents an average of 20-30 hours of research, fact-checking, preparing for interviews, interviewing, recording, editing, mixing, selecting artwork, writing show notes and site maintenance.  That's a total of 2,010 hours, or 251 full-time days, of work.  For the first two years of the show's existence, this was all accomplished while holding down a full-time job in order to pay for mortgage, car, daily expenses, etc.

Imagine working two full-time jobs for two and a half years, with no end in sight.  It's been a lot of work to get to this point, but our true fans continue to make it worth it.

Luckily, since those early days, fans have responded in droves and assisted us.  That assistance has allowed us to hire a small staff to make more regular episodes possible, including the new bonus show we premiered last year called Sword and Scale PLUS which is our version of Sword and Scale which is just for supporters.  Beginning this year, we've announced that Sword and Scale PLUS is now also bi-weekly, which means that if you support us that the $5 level, you'll either get a commercial-free early release of Sword and Scale or a brand new episode of Sword and Scale PLUS...  EVERY SINGLE WEEK!

We ask for your assistance too.  Please give what you can and help us to continue to provide this high-quality content week after week.

The New Show

At the end of last year we launched a new podcast produced exclusively for Patreon Supporters.  It's called Sword and Scale Plus and you can get access to the entire back catalog as well as any future episodes starting at just $5 a month.

At the beginning of Season 5 there are 20+ episodes available for instant access.  Starting this season we will be releasing a new episode of Sword and Scale PLUS every other week, in between early commercial-free releases of the regular Sword and Scale Podcast.  That means, for just $5 between both shows combined, you will have access to a new show every single week.

Please note that Sword and Scale PLUS is not the same thing as Sword and Scale REWIND.  REWIND is an aftershow, independently produced and hosted by Lynette Carolla and Stefanie Wilder-Taylor.  PLUS is a version of the original Sword and Scale podcast, hosted by Mike Boudet, which is available exclusively to Patreon supporters.  It mimics the format and style of the regular show but contains brand new true-crime stories, insider insight, and is designed to provide a lot more of what our audience craves and expects from Sword and Scale.

Please Contribute

Although we have had incredible success with our Patreon, the vast majority of listeners still do not contribute anything.  Our current number of supporters represents less than 1% of our listener base.  Imagine how much more we could do if every listener donated at least $1 a month. 

So please take a moment to think about what this podcast means to you and how many hours of content we've already produced for you.  Then contribute anything you can afford, but consider some of the higher tiers if you can afford it, but even the smallest contribution is extremely helpful.  

Thank you for your continuing support and we hope you enjoy Season 5!

Mike Boudet
Host & Creator of Sword and Scale

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Tiers
Base Level Supporter
$5 or more per month
This is our basic level of support.  By supporting us at this level, you're stepping it up a notch above the minimum donation and contributing a full 16 cents/day to help keep new episodes coming!

Plus, you'll get...
  • Instant access to Sword and Scale PLUS (Available only on Patreon)
  • Access to the 2015 Secret Episode
  • 10% off everything in the Sword and Scale Shop (store.swordandscale.com), all the time.
  • Early commercial-free access to regular shows (typically a week early)
  • Access to live chats, exclusive updates exclusive content throughout the season
  • As of 9/2018 all new will be available in high-resolution 320kb MP3 format.
Bonus Level Supporter
$10 or more per month
Now we're talking!  33 cents/day doesn't grow on trees, but you've decided that great shows don't either.  With this level of contribution you can have peace of mind, knowing you're supporting the best true-crime podcast around.

Plus, you'll get...

  • Instant access to Sword and Scale Plus (Available only on Patreon)
  • Access to the 2015 Secret Episode
  • Occasional perks (such as stickers) throughout the year.
  • 20% off everything in the Sword and Scale Shop (store.swordandscale.com), all the time.
  • Early commercial-free access to regular shows (typically a week early)
  • Access to live chats, exclusive updates exclusive content throughout the season.
  • As of 9/2018 all new will be available in high-resolution 320kb MP3 format.
  • Various additional secret rewards. 
Advanced Level Supporter
$15 or more per month
You've stepped it up a few notches!  49 cents/day is some serious assistance which will really help us ramp up production for the long-run. With this level of contribution you're one of our top contributors who really is pushing us to greater things.

Plus, you'll get...

  • Instant access to Sword and Scale Plus (Available only on Patreon)
  • Access to the 2015 Secret Episode
  • Occasional perks (such as stickers & shirts) throughout the year.
  • 25% off everything in the Sword and Scale Shop (store.swordandscale.com), all the time.
  • Early commercial-free access to regular shows (typically a week early)
  • Access to live chats, exclusive updates exclusive content throughout the season
  • As of 9/2018 all new will be available in high-resolution 320kb MP3 format.
  • Various additional secret rewards.
Hardcore Level Supporter
$25 or more per month
What can I say? You rock.

Plus, you'll get...

  • Instant access to Sword and Scale Plus (Available only on Patreon)
  • Access to the 2015 Secret Episode
  • Occasional perks (such as stickers, shirts, drinkware and other collector's items) throughout the year.
  • 5 Sword and Scale Stickers with new design delivered every year. 
  • 35% off everything in the Sword and Scale Shop (store.swordandscale.com), all the time.
  • Early commercial-free access to regular shows (typically a week early)
  • Access to live chats, exclusive updates exclusive content throughout the season
  • As of 9/2018 all new will be available in high-resolution 320kb MP3 format.
  • Various additional secret rewards.
VIP Level Supporter
$50 or more per month
Your obsession takes you above and beyond!

Your VIP white-glove treatment gets you all the following perks...

  • Instant access to Sword and Scale Plus (Available only on Patreon)
  • Access to the 2015 Secret Episode
  • Occasional perks (such as stickers, shirts, drinkware and other collector's items) throughout the year.
  • 5 Sword and Scale Stickers with new design delivered every year.
  • 50% off everything in the Sword and Scale Shop (store.swordandscale.com), all the time.
  • Early commercial-free access to regular shows (typically a week early)
  • Access to live chats, exclusive updates exclusive content throughout the season
  • As of 9/2018 all new will be available in high-resolution 320kb MP3 format.
  • Various additional secret rewards.
Includes Discord rewards