Marc Davis is creating Board Game Podcasts, Reviews, and Commentary
20

patrons

$99
per month
I created The Thoughtful Gamer to provide a high-quality board game reviews, strategy guides, and discussion about board game culture. Soon after beginning I started a bi-weekly podcast. Then I expanded that to include off-week podcast features. Now I even stream games occasionally, and I'm in the process of dipping my toes into the world of video reviews and how to play videos.

But at the core, I remain committed to what it says on the tin: a thoughtful, critical perspective of board games and the community around them. I think there's a lack of truly quality board game discussion and analysis out there, and I want to help fill that void. I want to become a trusted source for honest, optimistic, and critical reviews.

Where Is This Money Going?

Now I'm looking for your help to improve the quality of The Thoughtful Gamer. I want to film and interview at PAX Unplugged and I need, at a minimum, to get a digital recorder to do that. I also want to improve my video and streaming capabilities. Your money will go directly to improving my equipment and making sure I can keep doing this in the future.

What's In It For You

I've lined up some awesome rewards for you all that I think you'll find enticing. At the base "supporter" tier I'm giving you a peek behind the curtain. Watch all of our podcasts on live-stream. Snoop in my game group's board game spreadsheet and see all of our ratings and rankings for every game we own.

At the patron tier you get a say in what The Thoughtful Gamer produces. Vote in polls for what games I'll review next or what topics I'll cover. You'll also get to see the entire "master folder" where I store ideas and write all of my posts.

And if you want to be a producer, you get the ultimate recognition. A verbal shout out on the podcast and your name in the credits of every video. Plus after 6 months of producer-level support you get to collaborate with us. Want to talk about your favorite game on the podcast with us? We'll make it happen. Want to just chill and stream some digital games? We can do that.

The most exciting part for me is that everyone will get access to an exclusive Discord server to chat about games. I plan on being very active there and post about what I've been playing, what looks interesting in games news, and whatever's on my mind. It'll be an awesome community of board game fans!
Tiers
Supporter
$2 or more per month 10 patrons
Thank you so much for your support! At this tier you will get:


-Access to a private Discord server to chat with other supporters


-Access to a live stream of all main podcast recordings


-Monthly newsletter exclusive to patreon supporters. I'll post some film reviews, talk about what books I've been reading, and whatever else I've found interesting over the last 30 days.


-Entry into our quarterly competitions (monthly if we hit the $500 goal!)


-First access to my "sale list". You can claim whatever games you want from the list of games I want to get rid of. Pay only the cost of shipping.


-Access to the giant spreadsheet that the Thoughtful Gamer crew has been using for years to track our game ratings (and other random statistics)


-Your name (or pseudonym of choice) listed on thethoughtfulgamer.com as a supporter

Includes Discord rewards
Patron
$5 or more per month 8 patrons
Thanks for being a true patron! At this tier you will get:


-All lower tier rewards


-Designer Diary early access. See what changes, updates, and conundrums I've encountered in my various game design projects before anyone else. 


-Access to the Master Folder where all of the secrets are kept (okay, not that many secrets). See my half-completed articles, notes from podcasts, and spy on what I'm working on currently


-Your name (or pseudonym of choice) listed on thethoughtfulgamer.com as a Patron

Includes Discord rewards
Producer
$20 or more per month 2 patrons
Wow, you are helping above and beyond and are truly awesome. As a producer you will get:


-All lower tier rewards


-A "produced by" credit on all Thoughtful Gamer videos


-A verbal "produced by" credit and custom shout out of your choice (within reason) on a podcast episode


-(After 6 months support on this tier) The opportunity to join in. Play your favorite game with Marc on stream, be a guest on the podcast--pitch me your idea and we'll work together to make it happen


-Your name (or pseudonym of choice) listed on thethoughtfulgamer.com as a Producer

Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$99 of $100 per month
Three digits! What an arbitrarily awesome amount of support! This will let me make some modest improvements to my podcasting equipment.

All of you will be able to compete in our quarterly competitions! Win games! Have fun!
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I created The Thoughtful Gamer to provide a high-quality board game reviews, strategy guides, and discussion about board game culture. Soon after beginning I started a bi-weekly podcast. Then I expanded that to include off-week podcast features. Now I even stream games occasionally, and I'm in the process of dipping my toes into the world of video reviews and how to play videos.

But at the core, I remain committed to what it says on the tin: a thoughtful, critical perspective of board games and the community around them. I think there's a lack of truly quality board game discussion and analysis out there, and I want to help fill that void. I want to become a trusted source for honest, optimistic, and critical reviews.

Where Is This Money Going?

Now I'm looking for your help to improve the quality of The Thoughtful Gamer. I want to film and interview at PAX Unplugged and I need, at a minimum, to get a digital recorder to do that. I also want to improve my video and streaming capabilities. Your money will go directly to improving my equipment and making sure I can keep doing this in the future.

What's In It For You

I've lined up some awesome rewards for you all that I think you'll find enticing. At the base "supporter" tier I'm giving you a peek behind the curtain. Watch all of our podcasts on live-stream. Snoop in my game group's board game spreadsheet and see all of our ratings and rankings for every game we own.

At the patron tier you get a say in what The Thoughtful Gamer produces. Vote in polls for what games I'll review next or what topics I'll cover. You'll also get to see the entire "master folder" where I store ideas and write all of my posts.

And if you want to be a producer, you get the ultimate recognition. A verbal shout out on the podcast and your name in the credits of every video. Plus after 6 months of producer-level support you get to collaborate with us. Want to talk about your favorite game on the podcast with us? We'll make it happen. Want to just chill and stream some digital games? We can do that.

The most exciting part for me is that everyone will get access to an exclusive Discord server to chat about games. I plan on being very active there and post about what I've been playing, what looks interesting in games news, and whatever's on my mind. It'll be an awesome community of board game fans!

Recent posts by Marc Davis

Tiers
Supporter
$2 or more per month 10 patrons
Thank you so much for your support! At this tier you will get:


-Access to a private Discord server to chat with other supporters


-Access to a live stream of all main podcast recordings


-Monthly newsletter exclusive to patreon supporters. I'll post some film reviews, talk about what books I've been reading, and whatever else I've found interesting over the last 30 days.


-Entry into our quarterly competitions (monthly if we hit the $500 goal!)


-First access to my "sale list". You can claim whatever games you want from the list of games I want to get rid of. Pay only the cost of shipping.


-Access to the giant spreadsheet that the Thoughtful Gamer crew has been using for years to track our game ratings (and other random statistics)


-Your name (or pseudonym of choice) listed on thethoughtfulgamer.com as a supporter

Includes Discord rewards
Patron
$5 or more per month 8 patrons
Thanks for being a true patron! At this tier you will get:


-All lower tier rewards


-Designer Diary early access. See what changes, updates, and conundrums I've encountered in my various game design projects before anyone else. 


-Access to the Master Folder where all of the secrets are kept (okay, not that many secrets). See my half-completed articles, notes from podcasts, and spy on what I'm working on currently


-Your name (or pseudonym of choice) listed on thethoughtfulgamer.com as a Patron

Includes Discord rewards
Producer
$20 or more per month 2 patrons
Wow, you are helping above and beyond and are truly awesome. As a producer you will get:


-All lower tier rewards


-A "produced by" credit on all Thoughtful Gamer videos


-A verbal "produced by" credit and custom shout out of your choice (within reason) on a podcast episode


-(After 6 months support on this tier) The opportunity to join in. Play your favorite game with Marc on stream, be a guest on the podcast--pitch me your idea and we'll work together to make it happen


-Your name (or pseudonym of choice) listed on thethoughtfulgamer.com as a Producer

Includes Discord rewards