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The Website Poll Reviewed
First off, thank you to the ten of you who took the poll. It helped me figure some things out and helped me know what I was not clear on when I composed said poll. There will be another poll about things website related coming soon. For now tho, let’s look at your answers…
Would you be interested in a website by me featuring roleplaying stuff, short speculative fiction, humorous writings and MAYBE a webcomic?
Yes: 7 (70.0%) Maybe: 3 (30.0%)
Since most of you voted yes and nobody voted no, I am feeling encouraged about this website idea.
Considering that I have a day job, wife, etc, How often would you like to see the site updated?
2-3 times a week: 3 (30.0%)
Once a week: 6 (60.0%)
A few times a month: 1 (10.0%)
The winner is once a week, altho to be honest, I’d probably do twice weekly updates.
Now, what stuff would you most like to see me put on the site?
RPG Worlds/Settings/Cultures: 10 (100.0%)
Humor pieces: 9 (90.0%)
Characters: 8 (80.0%)
Adventure Seeds (a few sentences long): 7 (70.0%)
Adventure Frameworks (more detailed than seeds, but very open ended): 7 (70.0%)
Con reports, with pictures/video: 7 (70.0%)
Generally useful and/or off the wall ideas: 7 (70.0%)
Stuff (gadgets, spells, etc, etc): 6 (60.0%)
Short fiction of a fantasy/science fiction/pulp/whatever nature: 6 (60.0%)
A webcomic: 6 (60.0%)
Places: 5 (50.0%)
Creatures: 5 (50.0%)
Here we start hitting the meaty questions. All of you want to see settings/worlds/cultures for RPGs, so that will be priority one, but I was surprised that humor pieces came in second. Still, I am nothing if not a spinner of funny stories, so they will be a big part of the site.
Characters came in a strong third, which is good because I have a shitload of them to share:) Adventure seeds & frameworks, con reports and generally useful ideas were all big winners with y’all. Everything else got near or exactly half your votes. I’m glad nothing was rejected outright.
You do realize that the gaming stuff will be rules free, right?
That’s ok by me, Doc: 9 (100.0%)
Somebody didn’t vote on this one, but it’s still apparent that no rules is ok with you.
I’m thinking of starting with one free goodie for each one you have to donate to see. Sound ok to you?
Yep: 9 (90.0%)
Nope: 1 (10.0%)
So, majority here is in favor of the 1 to one ratio. Good, cos so am I…at least at first.
Speaking of the donation thing, the current formula idea is: more $$ = more stuff + more time to see the pay area. Good idea?
Yeah, sounds right: 5 (50.0%)
Clarify this, please: 5 (50.0%)
Ok, this needs clarifying. The idea, which could change greatly before things go live, is that the more money I get, the more stuff I put up and the longer donaters will have access to the stuff that isn’t free. For example…
So, let’s say that the first month, I get $100 donated. That might prompt me to put up 2-3 new things each week. BUT, of that $100, three folks donated $20 each, three more donated $5 and everyone else coughed up a buck or two. The lowballers would get paid access for maybe 4 days. The $5 crowd might get access for 10 days. But the $20 high rollers would get acces for the whole month, plus maybe some cool bonus stuff.
I should also note that if the site ever brought in enough to equal my shitty day job, I’d update at least 3 times a week, create special super secret goodies and give donaters a discount on anything that got compiled into a PDF for sale at RPGNow/Drive Thru RPG.
One more thing to point out quickly, altho I’ll expand upon it in the next poll, is that this website will also use variations on both Greg Stolze’s Ransom method and Wolfgang Bauer’s Open Design…especially the latter, since I want to continue the audience participation that I’ve started on here.
Oh yeah, would you like the site to have forums?
Sure: 4 (40.0%)
No: 2 (20.0%)
Whatever you want: 4 (40.0%)
Hmmm, mixed reviews here. I might just go with a connected LiveJournal or a something, instead of forums.
Finally, we come to the subject of filthy lucre. How much would you consider donating for each month of access to everything, free and pay?
$5.00 or less: 1 (10.0%)
$5.00-$10.00: 2 (20.0%)
Not a damned cent, you capitalist motherfucker!: 1 (10.0%)
I’d have to see what your offering, cutie: 6 (60.0%)
Truth to tell, the wait and see route is how I would go, too. I reckon the first month, like a first dose of heroin, will be free with the hope you’ll get addicted to it. After that, it’s up to you, the donating public.
As I said earlier, this poll has gotten me clear on some things and thinking about other things. The next poll will come along once I’ve done some cogitatin’.