Endzeitgeist is creating Roleplaying game reviews
90

patrons

$615
per month
I am currently, without engaging in hyperbole, the most prolific reviewer of Third Party Publisher (3pp) material for the Pathfinder roleplaying game (PFRPG), with some excursions to Call of Cthulhu, Diceless roleplaying, D&D 5e, 13th Age, GUMSHOE, Dungeon Crawl Classics, OSR and similar systems. I have published more than 4000 reviews in the last couple of years and chances are, that if you're even remotely interested in the subject matter, you may have read some on Paizo, DrivethruRPG, RPGNow, amazon, or similar platforms. My reviews are regarded as fair, hard, impartial, critical and my policy of updating reviews to address changes made has allowed me to earn the trust of publishers and fans alike. My goal is to provide means for authors and publishers to improve their offerings - my focus has always been unbiased, constructive criticism based on my understanding of literary criticism, culture criticism and my extensive interests beyond that.

I have acted as advisor, developer and freelancer for a diverse selection of 3pps and systems and my work has been published in quite an array of books. My highest recommendation, the seal of approval, is hard to earn and requires both solid crunch (mastery of math/rules-language) and evocative fluff (flavor) - and has turned into a kind of brand of its own.

The problem is that reviewing this much material, though I absolutely love it, has turned into essentially a very time-consuming, unpaid job - reading the books, writing reviews, checking the math, publishing the reviews - all of that gobbles up time like crazy. I'm currently devoting at least 6 hours a day to reviewing. This is not counting the playtesting done on week-ends for complex modules and crunch. I am a fast reader with an excellent memory, blessed with an awesome group of friends willing to test a steady stream of supplements - and that's the only reason I can maintain an output of at the very least, 6 reviews per week, though most weeks have seen 15 or even more reviews! I usually manage to crank out at least 3 reviews per work day. Even with a broken arm, I managed to maintain a steady output and whenever I need to take a brief hiatus, I make sure that my patreons still receive a stream of reviews - my commitment to the whole reviewing process should be pretty much apparent.

The cold, hard truth, though, is that my financial situation isn't particularly rosy. I am not in debt, I don't have an expensive living standard, but I'm still struggling to make ends meet - I am pretty much considered "poor" as per the official statistics. How bad is it? If anything major breaks down, whether it's a phone or a computer, I can't afford a replacement unless I'm really lucky. I don't deal too well with that kind of Damocles' sword hanging over my head. While I am currently looking for a non-self-employed job to reduce the fluctuation of my other revenue streams, the truth remains that reviewing eats about as much time as at least two mini-jobs.

I need to determine how much time I'll be able to devote to reviewing in the future. That's where you come into play  - if I have to manage multiple day-jobs just to scrape by the poverty line, there simply won't be enough time to maintain the thing I love, reviewing for you and providing spotlights for awesome products that would have otherwise been lost in the flood of publications.

What's in it for you? Well, I'm going to listen to my patreons to modify my pile of reviews - I'll budget certain purchases you want me to make, I'll move items of interest for you up on my queue so you don't have to wait too long for the review. Of course, the higher the contribution you elect to provide, the more influence you will have on when I tackle a given product. Publishers and authors electing to support me will receive my permission to add my seal of approval-logo, created by Tommi Salama, to the pdfs that have managed to reach this level of quality. I'd also be willing to link to your site(s), provided they pass a check and do not contain offensive material.

This is very much a patronage campaign in the traditional sense - consider it a donation or a show of appreciation for the service I provide and rest assured that I will maintain my impartial stance on products - no matter the level of support I am given. After all, that's what you folks value, right? I also envision this as a means to engage in dialogue on which books to tackle when, as a means for me to determine what my most supportive readers want reviewed - so if I've been neglecting your favorite publisher xyz, this is the chance to tell me to focus on the products in question! Same goes for other systems - want to see more DCC-reviews? More Diceless-reviews? More OSR-stuff? Here's your chance to tell me!

Now, regardless of how this campaign turns out - I won't quit. My reviews are here to stay and remain free.  But I need your help to maintain the frequency and pace of reviews I make for you. 

In any case, whether you can donate or not, thank you so much for reading this, for considering supporting and for reading my reviews - You make this whole thing worthwhile!

And everyone who donated over the years - it is YOU that have kept me going!

To all of my readers - You are the best! Words fail to describe my appreciation for you! Thank you!

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
31 patrons
Thank you so much! Every donation helps! You have some influence on which files I tackle next!
A cuppa joe
$3 or more per month 4 patrons
Think of this tier as you buying me a good cup of coffee (or half a pack of coffee for use at home) to fuel my sleepless nights reading all those books. I really appreciate it!
Pledge $5 or more per month
24 patrons
My hat's off to you for your generosity! You'll have more influence on which files I tackle next!
Pledge $10 or more per month
6 patrons
Wow, that's pretty awesome! Thank you! I'll be sure to take your preferences next into account regarding which review to tackle next!
Pledge $10 or more per month
1 patron
Miscellaneous Geekery review/analysis: I'll write an analysis of a given movie, series, comic, book - you name it and I'll write something about it!  Whether it's the gender politics of Jessica Jones, the archetypical identification options and struggle of the characters in The Avengers or an anatomy of gothic horror as opposed to other genres - everything that strikes your fancy is game! (Obviously, I need access to a given episode, movie, book, etc. and I retain the right to refuse a given topic, but I'll do my damn best to do the subject matter justice!) Length will vary depending on the subject matter, but will at least cover 1000 words.
Prioritized review
$25 or more per month 13 of 15 patrons
Prioritized Review: At this monthly contribution, I'll let you prioritize 1 review per month - this one goes immediately to the top of my pile, ensuring that it's reviewed within the next 4 weeks. (Huge books may take slightly longer and if they require playtesting, I'll keep you in the loop regarding the process and progress.)
Pledge $75 or more per month
1 of 3 patrons
Prioritized Review PLUS: The same as above (But you'll get 3 prioritized reviews per month), and I will also discuss my reasoning for each component of my critique with you, listen to your take on the matter, etc.
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 of 2 patrons
3pp-synergy: Prioritize 1 review, plus: Tell me about two elements of 3pp-crunch you want linked and I'll design links for you! Pact Magic & Psionics? Fey Mysteries + Trap-making? The possibilities are literally endless and for this level YOU can have your very own custom crunch! I'll work with you to create just what you want! Alternatively, I'll also happily modify modules for you - just contact me and we'll see where we go!
Pledge $250 or more per month
0 of 1 patrons
Premium priority: At this insane level (seriously, if someone takes this, my jaw will hit the floor so hard, it might break...), I help you develop anything you ask me to, prioritize your review requests above anyone else, help you plot your entire campaign - just contact me and we'll determine what you'd consider appropriate.
Goals
$615 of $900 per month
Right now, this patreon pays for electricity, rent and insurance; should we reach this level, I'd be in a position where I could actually cover my printing expenses and truly all of my running costs. Since I catch more glitches when reading on paper (and suffer from less headaches), I expect a productivity and quality increase at this level.
4 of 6
I am currently, without engaging in hyperbole, the most prolific reviewer of Third Party Publisher (3pp) material for the Pathfinder roleplaying game (PFRPG), with some excursions to Call of Cthulhu, Diceless roleplaying, D&D 5e, 13th Age, GUMSHOE, Dungeon Crawl Classics, OSR and similar systems. I have published more than 4000 reviews in the last couple of years and chances are, that if you're even remotely interested in the subject matter, you may have read some on Paizo, DrivethruRPG, RPGNow, amazon, or similar platforms. My reviews are regarded as fair, hard, impartial, critical and my policy of updating reviews to address changes made has allowed me to earn the trust of publishers and fans alike. My goal is to provide means for authors and publishers to improve their offerings - my focus has always been unbiased, constructive criticism based on my understanding of literary criticism, culture criticism and my extensive interests beyond that.

I have acted as advisor, developer and freelancer for a diverse selection of 3pps and systems and my work has been published in quite an array of books. My highest recommendation, the seal of approval, is hard to earn and requires both solid crunch (mastery of math/rules-language) and evocative fluff (flavor) - and has turned into a kind of brand of its own.

The problem is that reviewing this much material, though I absolutely love it, has turned into essentially a very time-consuming, unpaid job - reading the books, writing reviews, checking the math, publishing the reviews - all of that gobbles up time like crazy. I'm currently devoting at least 6 hours a day to reviewing. This is not counting the playtesting done on week-ends for complex modules and crunch. I am a fast reader with an excellent memory, blessed with an awesome group of friends willing to test a steady stream of supplements - and that's the only reason I can maintain an output of at the very least, 6 reviews per week, though most weeks have seen 15 or even more reviews! I usually manage to crank out at least 3 reviews per work day. Even with a broken arm, I managed to maintain a steady output and whenever I need to take a brief hiatus, I make sure that my patreons still receive a stream of reviews - my commitment to the whole reviewing process should be pretty much apparent.

The cold, hard truth, though, is that my financial situation isn't particularly rosy. I am not in debt, I don't have an expensive living standard, but I'm still struggling to make ends meet - I am pretty much considered "poor" as per the official statistics. How bad is it? If anything major breaks down, whether it's a phone or a computer, I can't afford a replacement unless I'm really lucky. I don't deal too well with that kind of Damocles' sword hanging over my head. While I am currently looking for a non-self-employed job to reduce the fluctuation of my other revenue streams, the truth remains that reviewing eats about as much time as at least two mini-jobs.

I need to determine how much time I'll be able to devote to reviewing in the future. That's where you come into play  - if I have to manage multiple day-jobs just to scrape by the poverty line, there simply won't be enough time to maintain the thing I love, reviewing for you and providing spotlights for awesome products that would have otherwise been lost in the flood of publications.

What's in it for you? Well, I'm going to listen to my patreons to modify my pile of reviews - I'll budget certain purchases you want me to make, I'll move items of interest for you up on my queue so you don't have to wait too long for the review. Of course, the higher the contribution you elect to provide, the more influence you will have on when I tackle a given product. Publishers and authors electing to support me will receive my permission to add my seal of approval-logo, created by Tommi Salama, to the pdfs that have managed to reach this level of quality. I'd also be willing to link to your site(s), provided they pass a check and do not contain offensive material.

This is very much a patronage campaign in the traditional sense - consider it a donation or a show of appreciation for the service I provide and rest assured that I will maintain my impartial stance on products - no matter the level of support I am given. After all, that's what you folks value, right? I also envision this as a means to engage in dialogue on which books to tackle when, as a means for me to determine what my most supportive readers want reviewed - so if I've been neglecting your favorite publisher xyz, this is the chance to tell me to focus on the products in question! Same goes for other systems - want to see more DCC-reviews? More Diceless-reviews? More OSR-stuff? Here's your chance to tell me!

Now, regardless of how this campaign turns out - I won't quit. My reviews are here to stay and remain free.  But I need your help to maintain the frequency and pace of reviews I make for you. 

In any case, whether you can donate or not, thank you so much for reading this, for considering supporting and for reading my reviews - You make this whole thing worthwhile!

And everyone who donated over the years - it is YOU that have kept me going!

To all of my readers - You are the best! Words fail to describe my appreciation for you! Thank you!

Recent posts by Endzeitgeist

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
31 patrons
Thank you so much! Every donation helps! You have some influence on which files I tackle next!
A cuppa joe
$3 or more per month 4 patrons
Think of this tier as you buying me a good cup of coffee (or half a pack of coffee for use at home) to fuel my sleepless nights reading all those books. I really appreciate it!
Pledge $5 or more per month
24 patrons
My hat's off to you for your generosity! You'll have more influence on which files I tackle next!
Pledge $10 or more per month
6 patrons
Wow, that's pretty awesome! Thank you! I'll be sure to take your preferences next into account regarding which review to tackle next!
Pledge $10 or more per month
1 patron
Miscellaneous Geekery review/analysis: I'll write an analysis of a given movie, series, comic, book - you name it and I'll write something about it!  Whether it's the gender politics of Jessica Jones, the archetypical identification options and struggle of the characters in The Avengers or an anatomy of gothic horror as opposed to other genres - everything that strikes your fancy is game! (Obviously, I need access to a given episode, movie, book, etc. and I retain the right to refuse a given topic, but I'll do my damn best to do the subject matter justice!) Length will vary depending on the subject matter, but will at least cover 1000 words.
Prioritized review
$25 or more per month 13 of 15 patrons
Prioritized Review: At this monthly contribution, I'll let you prioritize 1 review per month - this one goes immediately to the top of my pile, ensuring that it's reviewed within the next 4 weeks. (Huge books may take slightly longer and if they require playtesting, I'll keep you in the loop regarding the process and progress.)
Pledge $75 or more per month
1 of 3 patrons
Prioritized Review PLUS: The same as above (But you'll get 3 prioritized reviews per month), and I will also discuss my reasoning for each component of my critique with you, listen to your take on the matter, etc.
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 of 2 patrons
3pp-synergy: Prioritize 1 review, plus: Tell me about two elements of 3pp-crunch you want linked and I'll design links for you! Pact Magic & Psionics? Fey Mysteries + Trap-making? The possibilities are literally endless and for this level YOU can have your very own custom crunch! I'll work with you to create just what you want! Alternatively, I'll also happily modify modules for you - just contact me and we'll see where we go!
Pledge $250 or more per month
0 of 1 patrons
Premium priority: At this insane level (seriously, if someone takes this, my jaw will hit the floor so hard, it might break...), I help you develop anything you ask me to, prioritize your review requests above anyone else, help you plot your entire campaign - just contact me and we'll determine what you'd consider appropriate.