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New Patreon Tier Levels added!!

9 Sep

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Hello there again, it’s me with another Patreon update, yes, yes, still early days, plus with the fact that I’m not entirely sure on how to run the bloody thing, but yes, I digress!

We’ve just added two new Perks/Tier Levels, that being with companies and advertisers in mind. First is the Order of the Emerald skull, which not only includes 3 titles from “da List” for free for being a patron, shout outs on these ere’ websites (Trust me, I’ll be publishing that page soon!) and a free half page, full colour advert in all future month’s PDF releases. Ideal if you are a publisher, writer, content creator or someone with stuff to sell) for $10 per month, that’s a great deal. (Well, I was going to say that wasn’t I? No but seriously that’s a good deal!)

For $15 per month support, The Order of the Amethyst Skull offers the same, but a full page (A4) , full colour Advert in all that month’s Grinning Skull titles. Again, ideal for those with stuff to sell.

So, if that appeals and you want to check it out about how to become a patron, go to our pages there at: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=5996559 and follow the link, join up and be our Patron!

Grinning Skull Studios Patreon Launched!

5 Sep

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Well, it’s been ages but I finally did it, launched the Grinning Skull Patreon page. This had been on the back boiler for a hell of a long time, but due to life commitments and other stuff, I had always put it off. Partly because I think I didn’t quite get what it all meant, but after long drawn out studies of the whole thing, I decided it was the right time.

So, I guess you are wondering what it all means? Well, for those out there who don’t know about Patreon, is that it’s a way for people like yourself to help support independent creators (such as little old me) and keep the lights on here, free to create more content and push forward. It is also a way to interact and take a role in shaping future stuff and stay ahead with news and so forth with said creators.

To go directly over to Patreon, check it out here:


I had been wracking my brain to think of how this would go down, but to begin with, here goes.

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Join as a Patron at the $1 level to become part of the Order of the Bronze Skull. This affords you the eternal gratitude of us here, and your name will be added to every future Title release under the Bronze Skull Level and a shout out on the Patreon page of this here website too. This is useful if your a business or publisher yourself as all you need to do is PM or email me and I’ll add a simple link to where ever you want (no adult or shady stuff though guys!) Plus you get one of a choice of 9 Grinning Skull Studios PDF titles from “Da List”. This selection will change as I add more to it as and when, but I’m up for suggestions and so forth…

silver skull award

Join as a Patron at this level ($3 per month) and you’ll get a shout out in all future Grinning Skull titles and the Patron page here (links included if you like) as well as 3 titles from “Da list” and everything else that you get at the Bronze Patronage too. Plus my eternal gratitude (which in itself is worth a fortune!)

gold skull award

The Order of the Golden Skull ($5 per month) gets everything the previous tiers get, plus 5 Grinning Skull titles from “Da List”, eternal thanks and homage and the knowledge that your supporting an independent creator.

Here’s the start up version of “Da List” which will be updated over time, so keep checking for updates and such!

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In addition all pledges will receive updates of what I’m working on, WIPs, chances to vote on stuff and make suggestions, even free titles and discounts before anyone else and whatever else I can muster up along the way.

So please consider becoming a Patron and visit the link, or simply share, comment or feel free to suggest anything you might think would help.





Seriously though, would YOU be willing to be my Patron?

2 May

So, I like talking shit, and if your a regular here, you’ll agree! So earlier, I asked the “lovely and not at all aloof” forum posters on a well known RPG forum, if they could offer any suggestions to add to my mad, get monetised quick scheme. As you might imagine, it’s good job that there exists those stalwart fellows on the ‘tinternet, as i didn’t feel at all as I might have wasted time trying to explain my point (well, thing is…) or did I explain, cos’ in my tiny British brain, I may as well be regurgitating porridge whilst reciting “I’m ‘Enery the ‘Aif I am”, cause I got diddly squat out of the effort.

Ok, so I know I’m pedantic, sometimes manic, and confuse (on purpose) but maybe I wasn’t making sense as the language barrier could have been a problem, but I’m pretty sure that, it felt as I was being looked down on. Whatever it was, the advice so far is pretty shit. Listen, I have come to the conclusion that you should never let anyone tell you that you shouldn’t go for your ideas, just from someone else’s opinion (unless it’s way too stupid/dangerous) But, if you think you can do it, then fucking do it. Screw the doubters!

The only advice worth anything was a link to Patreon, ok so, I haven’t attempted to embrace Patreon before now, simply because I could not rationalise what work I’d need to get done in addition to everything else I  do, time is limited, energy is too. Also, I’m not greatly organised, and I always shunned it because I wouldn’t have wanted to let any would be patrons down (which I could have done if I didn’t think stuff out correctly.) Others seem to have much more confidence in me than I have in myself, so while I always  knew I’d revisit it down the road, I thought that it was about time to throw myself under the train, and get my head around it. Loads of really below par web creators seem to make cash from it, and I’m just as below par as them, so you might as well sign me up for a piece of that Patreon pie!!

I’ll admit, it blagged my head a bit to see what the hell I could do to fit my particular brand of stuff into the framework, and I won’t tell you that I know everything about it, cause I don’t, but I try and look at everything as a way of challenging my brain before I turn into a cabbage. So, with that in mind, I do hope that at least a couple of you actually understand the system better than I, and that I can pick your brains with a few ideas of how I’m going to approach my virgin Patreon experience, so please, be gentle with me….make it special….

I’m not going to put concrete numbers on these reward ideas, I just want some feedback to see if I’d be worth being funded in this way. Am I worth it, or are my ideas, not investible, so suggestions please if you have them, I’d rather these rewards be something useful and worth potential value to those willing to put any faith in me!

Are we ready? Then lets begin!

  1. SUPPORT TEAM GRIMSKULL: This I’d imagine is the lowest tier of reward I would offer, basically it’d be a page with a scroll of honour listing all Patrons of this level. Possibly a single page in each of my PDF publications as thanks to everyone for support.
  2. IT’S GRIM UP NORTH: The next tier up would be an all round news and ramble, keeping Patrons in the loop, behind the scenes at Grinning Skull Towers, humour and general banter. All wrapped up in a entertaining article each month.
  3. GRIM UNCENSORED: These articles will be focused on more ranting, raving, not holding back on offensive content, sarcasm, humour. On a variety of topics across the board, whatever comes into mind as what would entertain will do the job.
  4. DEAR UNCLE GRIM…:A regular Q&A with me, serious or funny, pitch book ideas at me, ask me relationship advice (No, I’m joking, please don’t, I’m shite at it, you should see the state of my marriage, it’s a mess, like a steaming pile of dog crap topped with vomit!) Even ask me on a date! (I am no easy lay, so don’t think your going to get lucky!!)
  5. GRIM’S MAGNIFICENT MANUAL OF MONTHLY MONSTERS: This is sort of like a bestiary, each month I’ll create an imagined creature from my imagination, illustrate it in detail, then write a sizable chunk of fiction, ecological details and background to bring it to life. Bonus will be that eventually there will be enough finished material to republish in book form, and make more profit on it, hell I could even get someone to stat the beasts up with popular RPG games to make it even more useful.
  6. GRIM’S DUNGEONS OF DOOM; THE CONTINUING SAGA!: Yes this is a follow on from the popular article series on this very blog, I know many of you still want this, but there is a lot of time and prep that goes into each one, the photos, construction, planning, painting, instructions and all that can make it quite time consuming, so personally I’m not sure about this one, I think the efforts would make it top tier, but the bonus is that again, the articles can be collected into publications for release later on.

Well, there we have seven ideas for rewards, no idea if they’d prove popular enough to be ok for Patreon or those out there who follow me and my randomness, chaos and twisted nature.

One thing is for sure, it makes sense to pre-prepare about 6 months worth of material before launching. Making it easy to get into the flow. I admit, I still need to ask lots of questions about topics I haven’t covered yet, but so far the potential for this is much better than fiverr, not impressed at all with that shit, maybe I haven’t given it enough time just yet, but from all what I’ve read thus far, this could make a significant additional revenue stream.

I guess the advice wasn’t so bad after all?

But I throw this back to you lot for you to give me your opinions and your views. Would you change anything? Would you suggest more ideas to the mix? What about pricing? Would you be my Patron, or simply tell me to fuck off! Hey, I realize that net apathy applies whenever I ask for feedback, but you never know without asking! Any tips on Patreon you know? Best places to get Patrons etc etc.

Comments in the box below to continue the discussion.

Next on the agenda, get ready to meet the Skulltaliser!!

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