I recently received a question about the apparent (lack of) speed of new material on Yog-Sothoth (both Patron & non-Patron). While I gave a private reply I thought it might be useful to share some of that response publicly, to "pull back the curtain" a little on what goes on. It may or may not make for interesting reading but here goes:
YSDC patronage goes towards keeping this site online. Without the support of patronage Yoggie would disappear within three months (that's our run-down time based on seeing quarterly subscriptions to their end). The materials we produce on Yog-Sothoth are a thank you for support. We understand that some people like to have exclusive content - and that such content can be a deciding factor in patronage - and we do our best (by "we" in this case... ultimately there's only one person co-ordinating this and that's just me, I'm afraid).
You can see the current list of some of the extras at: www.yog-sothoth.com/patron - which includes discounts at InnsmouthHouse.com among other things.
Why the Push for Patronage?
Over the past few years we've been doing our best to keep things afloat. It is difficult (more so in the current climate). In essence, most audiences can be seen as breaking down into three groups:
1) Those wonderful people willing to support regardless of return.
2) Those who may support but would like a little something extra.
3) Those who would not support whatever was offered.
Those three groups follow a general pyramid-shaped distribution with Group 1 at the apex (smallest) and Group 3 at the base (largest).
Since we suck at Google Ads (and advertising revenue in general) we've been trying to engage Group 2 where we can.
More Material, More Shows
Any show takes a lot of co-ordination, organisation and resource to produce. No small part of that is getting (sometimes multiple) hosts together to record. The Silver Lodge show hosts for example come from various parts of Leeds, Bradford and Manchester. Chris is fairly local and so News from Pnakotus shows are easier to arrange (but still take work to produce).
The Silver Lodge Christmas Show was free (for example), so what am I paying for?
It was "free" because it was a Christmas show and we thought it would be a nice thing to do.
It's a truism that you can't please all of the people all of the time, so it's not unexpected that we get complaints (we do) for making things free and also complaints for not making them free. We understand that and all we can do is our best. There is much material on YSDC that is freely available and much just for Patrons.
In essence, all patron materials are produced as a thank you for supporting the site in a direct way (without which as I've mentioned, we would otherwise disappear). We are independent and do not receive support from the likes of Chaosium.
Some material is freely available and some is restricted (to act as an enticement for those on the cusp of patronage).
I'm afraid there's only me at the front end co-ordinating this (with several others extremely kindly volunteering their help, often behind the scenes). We are not the size of say, EN World, with 1000s of Patrons and able to employ others to produce & co-ordinate content. We do (I do), what we can with very limited resources.
If you want to thank anyone for what we do... it should be Helen as she has the full-time job and pays far more than her fair share of the household bills. Helen can possibly tell you better than I how many hours are put into YSDC. Helen also has the ability to pull the plug.
Everyone involved really appreciates the support people are able to give in keeping "olde Yoggie" going (in the myriad ways). If you're a patron and you feel you're not getting out of it what you want, then we understand and cancelling patronage is easily done - and we always say a big *thank you* for the support you have been able to give.
I don't normally make posts like this, it can be deemed "unprofessional", but the question arose and I thought in this case it was worth airing the once.
Please accept my apologies for the above.
With best wishes,