Enjoying our show and think someone should pay us for it? YOU can be that heroic someone, dear viewer. Head over to our Patreon page and make a pledge. Contributions of any size will be gratefully received. Contributions of $1 or more per episode will be handsomely rewarded. You can find out more about our different reward levels on the Patreon page, and check out our Wall of Fame for a list of the awesome people who have already contributed.
The Once And Future Nerd is independently funded, by which we mean the entire budget comes out of the creators’ pockets. Keeping an audio series running and releasing episodes regularly is considerably less expensive than, say, a TV show, but considerably more expensive than many other new media projects. There’s recording studio time to rent, data to host, and scripts to print, among other things, and your money will help pay for all of that. There is also the fact that the show is only made possible through the hard work of a large group of very talented people (and the director, who is a hack). These people volunteer their time out of pure enthusiasm for the project. Unfortunately, despite our strongest arguments, the power company will not accept enthusiasm as a form of payment for electricity. So if you think these people deserve to be compensated with actual currency, you should consider making a pledge.
Never. The show as it has been – bi-weekly episodes as MP3s, and occasional bonus content on the website – will continue to be available, free of charge, through all the usual channels. You will not miss a second of our story if you can’t, or just don’t want to, support us financially. All that’s changing is that some additional content will be made available as rewards to our backers.
Thought you’d like that. Head over to our Patreon page for a detailed list of rewards, but some examples include everything from lossless audio of all our episodes, and scripts of upcoming episodes before the audio is released all the way up to Producer credits on the show.
Patreon is a crowdfunding solution (I.e. It allows content creators to collect small amounts of money from a large number of donors), similar to Kickstarter or IndieGoGo. Unlike those, though, Patreon uses a subscription model. Instead of asking people to pledge a lump sum before a project commences, Patreon allows supporters to contribute smaller amounts of money per discrete chunk of a project (episodes in our case). This is ideal for an episodic project like ours, in which the costs are ongoing. You can pledge however much you like per episode, and will be charged that much every time we release an episode. You can also set a total monthly limit on your contributions, in case we randomly become super-prolific one month.
Patreon accepts pledges of as little as $0.01, and as we said, we are grateful for whatever you can spare. To get rewards, though, you will need to pledge at least $1 per episode.