The Alexandrian

Site Update – We’re Back?

February 5th, 2017

Actually, I’m not 100% sure the title of this post is true: The last several times I’ve tried to work on Alexandrian-related content, I’ve instead twiddled my time away trying to resolve some site-related headache.

To whit: I was hoping to have content up starting on February 1st, but instead I’ve spent the past week disinfecting some files on the site that a WordPress security hole had compromised. Before that, the post preview images I’d set up broke (and I still haven’t figured out how to actually fix them, so you’re stuck with “A” logos for the moment). And I’ve spent this evening trying to figure out how to deal with the fact that Patreon — without actually informing anyone — has disabled pledges of less than $1. Speaking of which…

PATREON UPDATE: I have regretfully decided to cancel the Curious Item Club. This was previously a bonus for patrons pledging $0.50 per post, but sadly that’s no longer an option. Those who are current members of the Club will have legacy recognition on the Patrons of the Alexandrian page for as long as they remain patrons, but I will no longer be producing the monthly curious items.

One of the things I really liked about Patreon was the micro-payments it made possible. The Curious Item Club reward was originally rolled out as, IIRC, a $2 reward package, but I realized that (a) it wasn’t really worth that much and (b) the content was cool enough that I wanted it to be more widely shared by my patrons. Using the content as a way to encourage $0.10 patrons to bump their patronage up to $0.50 seemed to work okay (all things considered). One of the problems with the Curious Item Club, however, was that the time I spent creating content for that was time I wasn’t creating public content for the Alexandrian.  So I think letting it go at this point is the right way to go.

PATRONAGE GOING FORWARD: Although the minimum pledge is now $1, those who don’t feel they can afford that should remember that they can set a monthly maximum on their pledge.

WHAT’S NEXT: I have scenarios for Eclipse Phase and Trail of Cthulhu that I will likely be posting in the near-ish future. I’m hoping to get the archiving of my old RPGNet reviews restarted. The Art of Rulings has a number of additional installments that need to be written (on topics like the Fourfold Model, Group Checks, Social Skills, Hidden/Open Difficulty Numbers, and more). I’m also looking at a new series called The Art of Random Encounters. Also: Context Collisions for The Strange,  Running a Convention Game, and the Grok Threshold.

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… even the smallest of pledges can add up to wondrous things.

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7 Responses to “Site Update – We’re Back?”

  1. Sarainy says:

    Welcome back!

    As a $1 Patron for just over 2 years now, I am pleased and sad that you have dropped the Curious Item Club. It was great random inspiration yet it makes total sense to have Patreon support your blog posting, not become a separate beast entirely.

    Good luck with the WordPress updates, looking forward to the upcoming content!

  2. Margrave says:

    Glad to see you’re back! Looking forward to reading the Rulings / Random Encounters articles!

  3. Dan Dare says:

    Big fan of The Art of Rulings. Looking forward to more of them.

    And”Hidden/Open Difficulty Numbers”, did you ever come across a mechanic that appeared in some versions of Traveller called “uncertain tasks” where the player knows the odds but does not completely know how the dice roll turned out?

  4. One True Way says:

    +1 for Art of Rulings!
    It’s amazing to see you back! =)

  5. Stu says:

    This post is not aging well

  6. Justin Alexander says:

    I feel like the question mark captures a certain existential angst.

  7. Dan Dare says:

    It just fills me with anticip…..

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