There are many ways to support the Pauper cube, and it means a lot that you’d consider sharing your time, effort or even money with me. Here’s a few ways, in order of importance.
Your Feedback Is Critical.
As the cube has grown in popularity, different players and play groups have tried their hand with it. Some of you make tweaks, or use it for Limited that isn’t Draft—Sealed, Two-Headed Giant, free-for-all multiplayer and more. Many of you have disagreed on specific changes, or decided to take the cube in an entirely different direction. A few of you follow the cube exactly as I share it, but play it far more often than I do.
Over the years, it’s been your feedback and experiences that made all the difference.
— Michael Perkins (@perkinsms) April 21, 2018
I hope you're adding 60+ of these bad boys to the Cube! pic.twitter.com/XS3YmN2OSi
— Mark Loney (@lilShepherd64) April 13, 2018
@the_stybs P1P1, in what seems to be a weaker pack overall, do you take Krosan Tusker, Compulsive Research, or one of the 4/4s in Outrider/Imperiosaur? Or am I missing value somewhere? pic.twitter.com/89XH844x1W
— Kyle (@Y2K1986) March 8, 2018
I’ve missed functionally better cards. I’ve missed obvious interactions. I’ve learned the clever and nuanced ways different cards interact that I hadn’t yet discovered. I’ve heard about which decks are more powerful, which decks aren’t and when these two disagree simultaneously.
Your feedback is always a part of my update process, and I believe it’s the most critical element. The Pauper cube is not only meant to be played but enjoyed, and if you’re busy playing it to tell me what you think then I’ve succeeded. Perhaps that’s why so many of you look for each update, and so many of you kindly share your thoughts about each one. Keep doing that, and you’re giving me the most important gift any cube designer can ask for.
Snacks Are Super.
Some of you may want to give me real dollars. I don’t want to just take them.
YOOOO Get that Patreon set up! I'm 100% lazy enough to pay whatever to just have you send me the cards every update (and to support you!) But wait, if I'm all foil, will that be an option?
— J Stans (@pluckmyeyeout) April 24, 2018
Patron is an incredibly popular way for fans and creators to connect, supporting each other through mutual direct benefit. I created a Patreon tailored to give back to those who can give without locking away or hiding what you’ve come to expect from the Pauper cube.
Modeled in spirit after Marshall Sutcliffe’s Limited Resources Patreon, your generosity will be met by my personal thanks mailed to you. And, if you’re a little patient, the highest tiers will have me send the cards you need for each update. Through it all, every Pauper cube update (with explanation) and all my geeking out on Twitter over new commons will continue as it always has—and always will.
— James Turner (@James_LRR) April 25, 2018
I’m truly grateful if you are generous enough to make a monetary contribution for my work on the Pauper cube.
What Will Being A Patron Add To The Pauper Cube Experience?
Patreon lets you put your direct, monetary support towards cube updates and unlocks more channels for feedback. Twitter is public and fast, but tough for cooperative and easy-to-read discussions. Discord’s Patreon integration means your feedback can be offered alongside to other passionate Pauper cube fans, and the entire discussion is easier to follow. I’ll take all the feedback I can get, but a metered and specific place to have a shared discussion privately with fans like you is invaluable too.
But to be clear, if you just want to stay updated and tweet me feedback you don’t need to be a patron at all!
What Content Will Be Behind Patron-Only Posts Or Exclusive To Patrons?
Broadly speaking, patron-only posts on Patreon will include:
- Rewards teasers, updates and information specific to a paid post
- Peeks inside the update process, from quick card mockups to test draft feedback
- Polls, requests and announcements for patrons
- Stretch goal content, such as a live Q&A session
Patrons are granted access to the patron-only channels of the Pauper cube Discord server. While public channels and feedback are welcome, patrons have exclusive channels to chat, tag and and otherwise have the unfettered ability to share your thoughts. You’ll also be able to talk directly to other patrons and discuss their ideas too.
Additional Pauper cube content, such as blog posts, will remain free and be shared freely—as always.
Where Will My Pauper Cube Patron Money Go?
It will be an even mix of the following:
- Getting cool versions of every card I’m considering for updates now, and in the future
- Buying energy drinks for the night owl hours I keep
- Snacks from the vending machine at work, where everything is just $1
At the higher reward tiers, it will go towards purchasing and mailing the cards in each update to you. I did some math and it looks like many times these costs will be covered entirely, but sometimes Masters and Commander releases will cost more—far more. Over a few updates this should even out despite any worst case scenarios. Either way your rewards are guaranteed as my mission is to help you play the cube, not sell cards. (And I am definitely not a Magic retailer!)
Which Versions/Conditions Of Cards Will Be Included In Rewards For Patrons?
All card rewards will be English printed versions. Newly printed commons will be from their release set; cards from a previous (older) release will whichever printing is generally the most readily available (least expensive). All cards will be in “Near Mint” or “Lightly Played” condition, as per online retailer/marketplace standards. Unfortunately, specific version or printing requests cannot be accommodated. Due to sourcing from multiple retailers, different patrons may receive different versions of the same card.
Will Tokens For Cards That Create Tokens Be Included?
Yes! These, too, will follow the same rules as for other rewards cards. Due to scarcity and limited selection, foil versions of tokens will not be used for patron rewards.
Will You Hate Me If I Stop Being A Patron?
Uh, no. Since you don’t need to be a patron to get updates, read blog posts or provide feedback you won’t miss anything. The Patreon is exclusively opt-in for those generous and fiscally capable of participating. Playing the cube means more than paying the cube!