You demanded it, we did it! But how does this crowdfunding work exactly?
The short version: The Laser Time Patreon is open! Go there now and PLEDGE!
The longer version: Henry Gilbert here, but I’m not writing to plug Cape Crisis. You see, 8 years ago, in a remote office that’s technically in South San Francisco, I met some of the best friends I’ve ever had. Ostensibly, we worked together writing fun features for a website, but really it was all an excuse to try and entertain one another. Eventually we turned our silly exchanges into a podcast called TalkRadar, where we all had some amazing times joking about the stupidest crap ever. There may have been alcohol involved as well, but I’ll leave that to HR to worry about… That was where we first found the fanbase we still love and depend on, as these classic pieces of fan art can attest.
By 2011, our love of podcasting couldn’t be contained by one modest show on a gaming site. We needed more, more, MORE! So, Chris Antista, the lovable scamp who led the charge on virtually every podcast to that point, took it upon himself to buy the equipment and transform his kitchen into a podcasting studio. That September, the first ever Laser Time podcast was released, giving us a new avenue to share our useless trivia and uninformed opinions with the world. With each year the site evolved, adding VGMpire, Cape Crisis, Cheap Popcast, and Vidjagame Apocalypse. And we couldn’t have done it without support from all the listeners.
Now it’s 2015. Chris Antista has turned this into a full-time job, many of our good friends have appeared on every show, and Dave Rudden and myself are currently unemployed. After hearing all of you ask, even demand, for some form of crowd-funding platform, Dave and I decided to go all in and work on LT as we ramped up towards a Patreon, the monthly form of public crowd-funding. However, if all of us want to make this site into fulltime jobs, we’ve gotta pay the bills, so we’ve set up the Laser Time Patreon and hope you can pledge whatever you can per month to help with that.
I’m sure lots of questions will come up, and we’ll answer them as they come. First off, all the current shows will remain free and will keep being recorded as usual. And, if you currently have a recurring PayPal donation, we’d appreciate it if you transferred that over to Patreon. For now, we’ve got each level of the Patreon filled with different rewards and incentives, along with an outline of some of the new projects we’d love to start via your donations. We’ve got new shows, new streams, and a few secret things all planned out, but we won’t get there without all of you.
So, we’re reaching out to ask if you can help take LT to bigger and better places. To turn this after-work experiment into a real career for everyone involved. To give us the safety net to make this site bigger and better than ever! We’ll have some more details coming soon, including a couple previews of our coolest milestone goals, and along some other tastes of things to come.
This is zero hour, folks. It’s not or never, so please, pledge what you can now that we’ve made this official. Tell a friend, tweet about it, make a Facebook post. However you do it, help us let the world know that Laser Time is ready to be as big as we’ve always dreamed of it being. And, just like every other time we’ve taken a step forward, we’ll be doing it together.