JoeGKushner Posted May 3, 2021 Share Posted May 3, 2021 What do you want in a Patron? What's a must? What's a nice? For me: 1. Supports. I remember before they were 'standard'. I'd rather not go back even though some slicers are getting good with the auto supports. 2. Distribution. It doesn't have to be MMF. It doesn't have to be Gumroad. But it needs to be somewhere and it needs to be forever. As there grew to be more and more patrons, I stopped supporting those that don't offer anything but a dropbox and a promise to give it to you if you lose it or they make an update in the next month you're not a patron but they promise to update you anyway. That's pretty much it for the 'must'. Nices? 1. 28mm scale or maybe multiple scales? Some of the guys are doing stuff in like 35mm or just no standard scale so every miniature has to be scaled and if you're pulling from 35 down to 28 with supports already in place, even with lychee it's problematic. It annoys me that many of the ones I directly support are deliberately aiming at me as a consumer because they're making D&D models. No ifs, no and, no butts. It's a D&D model. But then they don't use the standard scale. 2. throwback. Again not a make or break but I do like it when companies put a throwback up. Mind you if you've been with a patreon for a while they're not useful to ME personally but they're good for others to have. Cast & Play is a good example of this. 3. Show what you're selling. This is an edit because I didn't think it needed to be said but someone was like "This dude has an awesome Patron and I went to the page and it's apparently all locked behind the paywall. Seriously guys and gals,, you need to show what you're selling. 4. Supportless Models: This is another 'nice'. Fat Dragon, Rocket Pig Games, and Vae Victus often have these models. Arbiter has Kickstarted three of them like this now and I like these models because I can scale up or down usually without worrying about supports failing eh? This was another edit as I forgot it. 5. Partnerships. This is not necessarily with another company but with say a Youtuber or something along those lines. Having someone actively out there painting and sharing your models is a huge thumbs up. Several guys doing KS know this and hire people like James to do Twitch streams painting their miniatures. Again, another nice but not mandatory. That's about it. There are some 'nice' things that I don't want to say I don't care about but they're not a make or break for me. 1. Welcome pack. Most companies don't update their welcome pack so if you were a member a year ago, it's the same stuff. It's nice the first time but rare it's not going to get me to come back. 2. Loyalty Program. Some companies have some great models in ye old loyalty packs. Again, not a make or break for me. 3. Discord. I'm unhip. While I do suggest for engagement companies hit up all the social media they possibly can, I'm personally not into it. I see several channels that are VERY busy which is a great tool for engagement. Might be something I'll have to toe-dip into later. I know Instagram is popular as well. 4. Crossovers. Again another 'Nice' but not something that's going to make me jump into a sub. How about others? What are you looking for? What is your must-have, nice to have, don't care about or actively dislike? 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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