Sort of an unsolicited revenue slash community idea.
Problem?: Having spent a wildly unproductive amount of time on Reddit and reading platform reviews of CoG/HG titles, I’ve noticed a recurring objection: price (not surprisingly).
Solution: When I think of a younger version of myself wanting to read, say, VtM: Night Road, but not being able to afford it, it makes me sad a little. If there were a way to do it, I could and would buy ten copies today for people who wanted to read it but couldn’t.
- A pinned thread which pairs people who want to read a title but can’t afford to purchase it, with people wanting to support people interested in the same IF stories as them. This model might be too embarrassing for some people–so maybe a pinned prompt?
- A transparent anonymous third-party fund that allows one person to gift another a game, pre-selected or not. Somewhat like Kofi. You could “set aside” a certain book for as soon as someone wanted that one. Or, you could gift an amount without a book in mind. Would require minimal curating.
(I know an unfortunate amount about fiscal accountability, if we like the idea and wanted to try it out.)
Not only would this help company sales and author exposure without dipping into company or author profits, it would give community members a way to demonstrate support. Could change what community means, especially in light of recent clashes. We would, of course, want to track transactions for abuse. Maybe some giftees could pledge to return the favor down the line, when they’re able to? Also, we could tie a couple of giftings into @KaiDeleon 's stream for synergy. Hell, authors might even gift a set number of their own books in a series to stimulate a readership. Sorry if this is needlessly meddlesome.