I just lost my job. Can I have a dollar?

I just lost my job. Can I have a dollar?


I’ve been planning on doing a fancy, polished video to serve as a reminder about my Patreon, where I could talk with all of you about how much that really does keep this channel going and letting me do all the hopefully awesome things that I do. And then the next day, I got a phone call from the community college that I teach at, where I was told, just a few days before the start of the new term, that all of my classes had been canceled for the next term due to budget cuts. And no, there were no alternative classes. Not even one that they could offer me to at least keep me receiving some kind of monthly pay, to say nothing of the partial health insurance that they cover. And that very same day – the very same day – my car broke down and the mechanic informed me that it would cost just as much to fix as buying a brand-new car. And so I realized with a laugh, I should just turn on the video camera and say “Hey, I just lost my job. Can I have a dollar?” So… I just lost my job. Can I have a dollar? Three times a week, it is my honor and privilege to be able to bring you videos such as product reviews, deck techs, tutorials, the “Is It Worth It…” series, Q&As, “Comedy” Skits, Tolarian Winds (a Magic: the Gathering vlog), [and] Magic Memories. And even though I now have third-party support in the form of a sponsorship from Card Kingdom, and I also do receive revenue from YouTube ads, the occasional Twitch streaming that I do, Patreon remains primarily the source of my income. And now that I have lost my classes for the upcoming term and have no idea if I will be receiving them in the next term, it is pretty much my only source of income. With your direct support on Patreon, I can offer you unbiased and critical product reviews. I can actually pay and compensate people for their time or skill when they help out with the channel or add to a video. Or just continue to ramble on at you for 20 minutes about whatever happens to be irritating me that week in the world of Magic: the Gathering. Let’s talk the rewards that you get for your Patreon dollars, or just dollar, because at $1, I grant you AdBlock absolution. That’s right! All I need from you is $1, the name of this video is titled after all, “Can I have a dollar?” And at the $1-level, I absolve you of any guilt in using AdBlock software. And I think that that should convey to you just how little ad revenue brings in; that I would rather have $1 from you per month than all of the ad revenue you would generate for me over the course of a month, heck, over the course of multiple months, but let’s just call it a dollar. So, feel free to use AdBlock software without any guilt at the $1-level. I suppose you can do that now anyway, but you get the point. At the $10-level, you can receive a signed card from me in the mail to wherever you are in the world. This will get sent out one month after you have pledged that $10, because it needs to actually go through. I’m actually mailing out another big batch of them on Monday. And that’s at $10-level; you receive a signed card from me in the mail. I’m introducing a new $15-tier, and yeah, that is a lot, but for any wonderful Patrons who are going to offer $15 a month to me on Patreon, I’m going to put your name in the credits, so at the end of most episodes when I say “and with the support of viewers like you,” I will show you your name as you wish it to appear in those end credits of any episode that has that end slate, which is most. Again, this will start at the beginning of the next month. So anyone signing up for that right now in January, that will begin in February – on February 1st – to have your name on that list. And that will be on all videos for the month of February and for all future months that you continue to support at that level. And we have a funding goal as well. The show “In Response”, which I recently introduced to the channel co-starring Josh Lee Kwai. This is a show that actually is relatively expensive for me to produce, because it has a co-star who does require fair compensation for his time as co-star, and also for his effort as professional editor of that show. And so I can’t just offer that at our current level of funding any longer, and that’s going to be at the next level of funding. If we reach that, then I can offer you “In Response ” episodes every two weeks. I think I demonstrated with these first three episodes, that we can relatively get them out at about two per month – give or take – I mean, be reasonable. And this is something that we can continue on if we reach that next level of funding. So if you enjoyed “In Response” and you want to see more, that could be a good reason to maybe throw a dollar in the tin. For people who don’t want to make monthly donations, but wanted to make a one-time donation, there’s a great way to do that and that’s called merchandising, merchandising, merchandising! There are Tolarian Community College playmats, Tolarian Community College t-shirts, Tolarian Community College dice bags and coffee mugs available at www.TolarianCommunityCollege.com With worldwide shipping, which yes is expensive when you start to get to international shipping rates, but this is a way for you to make a one-time payment. And yes, that money does go to me and help out the channel a lot, and you also get some cool TCC swag. And for those who can’t afford, and I completely understand, those who cannot afford even a dollar-a-month, are not able to do that. You can support this channel just by visiting our affiliate link, because we do have, thankfully, third-party support in the form of our Card Kingdom sponsorship. Card Kingdom, the proud sponsor of Tolarian Community College, who is absolutely helping us all out. Go check them out via the Tolarian Community College affiliate link. Even just looking around and browsing their catalog via that link, helps this channel out. And if you buy some cards from them, then that’s all the better. In fact, this is something where I have been able to put all of my best products, well, most of my best products, that I’ve reviewed over the years in one location. So if your local game store doesn’t carry some of the higher-graded products that I have reviewed, Card Kingdom now has a Tolarian Community College “Student Store.” No, it’s not anything that I get a share of the sales from, but it is something that by visiting through our affiliate link, Card Kingdom does continue to offer its support of the channel. Which is a great way for you to support the channel without spending a penny. And I really want to be clear that this is not a doom-and-gloom message of: if you don’t start giving me more money on Patreon, this channel is going away. We’re not there. In fact, this is a really interesting thing, because I did lose my job and I am not losing major sleep over it because this channel has turned into my job. But we can’t be on a downward decline in terms of our finances. And I would like to get back up at the very least to that next funding level that will allow me to continue producing new content like “In Response” for this channel. Heck, I’d like to go above that. I’d like to rent an office someday. I am in a cold, windowless basement right now that has mold in it, that is very likely making me sick. And I’d love to just rent an actual office and be able to set that up, because this has become my own business, and you all have become my boss. And I can’t think of better people to work for, a better community to serve. So thank you, every last one of you for the support on Patreon, for the simple clicking on an affiliate link, or even, even the understanding that, every now and then, I do need to remind you of my Patreon and how much it means to the channel. And I’ll see you in the next video. And this video has been brought to you in part by a sponsorship from Card Kingdom, as well as the Patreon support of viewers like you. So thank you!