Join The RPS Supporter Program, Fund Great Writing, Receive Free Gifts, And Satisfy Horace The Endless Bear

It’s been six months since we launched the RPS Supporter Program, the method through which wonderful people help us produce words and videos about PC games. This means that, for those who paid for the six month package, your accounts will be about to expire.

This is where we try to compel you to re-subscribe, with new gifts and reminders of all we’ve accomplished together.

What is the Supporter program?

If you don’t know, here’s how it works. If you pay $20 for 6 months or $35 for 12 months, you get access to one extra RPS feature per weekday. The days are split according to writer: Adam on Monday, Pip on Tuesday, John on Wednesday, Alec on Thursday and Graham on Friday. The style of the article runs the gamut from powerful personal essays to deep historical research to exposés about shitty unicorns.

Do you get anything other than scratchy words and handsome pictures?

You also get access to a set of free gifts, which currently includes a Horace hat for Team Fortress 2, an RPS robe for Magicka: Wizard Wars [which you can read about here], and as of yesterday, a free Steam key for the original Magicka and a skin for the Smite character Kukulkan. We’ve got more to come, too. Gifts added after your initial subscription date are added to your package retroactively, so there’s no need to wait – and if you’re already subscribed, go claim your Magicka and Smite codes by logging into your Humble account now. If you’re new, you can see more details on those gifts and how to sign up on the Support RPS page.

What happens to the money you make?

The money the Supporter program makes then gets fed back into paying our contributors to make even more words and pictures about videogames. In the past six months, you’ve helped fund a terrifying amount of new work: retrospectives on forgotten RPGs, experimental writing about mech games and shmups, series on the future of AI in games and events for party games, video series about personal gaming history from Rab and mechanics from Quinns, and much, much more.

Without your support, these articles simply wouldn’t exist.

I can’t afford to pay and this makes me feel excluded.

Please, don’t! When we first started the Program, we initially imagined that what people were paying for was exclusive articles – words and pictures crafted just for them, in a corner of the internet that they could call home. As it turned out, the RPS community is far lovelier than we anticipated and the feedback was almost unanimous: you wanted everyone to be able to read this stuff. That’s why all of the articles linked above were made available for free to everyone, and why many of the articles that are written exclusively for the Supporter program end up being made available to all within the same week. If you’re not a Supporter or you’re not logged in, you can go here to see the previously private articles that are now viewable to one and all.

We always said that the Supporter program wouldn’t cause us to post fewer articles on the main site. It’s also resulted in us posting a lot more. That’ll never change.

I’m already a supporter. How do I know if my subscription is about to expire?

Thank you! That means so much to us.

Our auto-mailer isn’t working at the moment, which means the best way to check whether you’re about to be left forlorn and hungry is to search your own email for a record of when you subscribed. If it was around six months ago, then it’s about to expire. We’re working on getting the mailer working again now – and finally also trying to get a Supporter-only RSS feed working too, so you can keep informed as to what we’ve written for you even when you’re not logged into the site.

I have other questions that aren’t answered by the artificial structure of this article.

There’s more information on the Support RPS page, where you can also signup immediately. Drop comments in the comment hole below or email Graham. We’re always open to ideas, even if we lack the baseline of competence required to implement them.

Horace thanks you.

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  1. Premium User Badge

    Andy_Panthro says:

    Under "How do I know my subscription is about to expire?", surely it should also point you towards your account (up at the top right of the page), where right at the bottom of your profile it says "Upgrade Account" and then lets you know when it will expire.
  1. orionite says:

    You know what? These days I spend more hours reading about games than actually playing them. It only makes sense to switch my sub from an MMO to a MMO News site :)

    • X_kot says:

      That’s right: RPS is literally saving you money!

    • Mr Bismarck says:

      ” It only makes sense to switch my sub from an MMO to a MMO News site”

      Please drop by the RPS offices. They want you to kill 10 rats.

  2. D70CW6 says:

    Bah. Prefer to spend my money on m&ms and overpriced midget granny porn. Like any red blooded Englishman.

    • Challenger2uk says:

      It’s $20 for a 6 month supporter sub and the horace hat is selling for over £16 right now on steam. That earns you a few quid on the side. Be able to buy family pack M&Ms with that..

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        edna says:

        My Horace hat is ‘not tradable’ on Steam. How do you sell it?

        • slerbal says:

          You have to be a “premium” TF2 user which means that you have to have bought something and must have run TF2 at least once. I bought a £1 key and then a couple of days later was able to sell the Horace. Figuring all of this out took me a good week or so as the FAQ pages on TF2 were as clear as mud… :)

          My Horace hat paid for a copy of This War of Mine which seemed pretty cool to me. Hope that helps!

        • welverin says:

          I’m going to hazard a guess and say you just got it, in which case wait a bit and it will become tradeable.

          After which, you’ll be able to put it up for sale on the marketplace.

  3. rexx.sabotage says:

    I think one of the greatest benefits of the supporter program is that it’s paywall acts as an umbrella shielding some of RPS’ more thoughtful or provocative pieces from the screeching, knee-jerk toxicity that permeates the internet and ‘gamer’-culture.

    I should really subscribe.

    • Distec says:

      The comments on any given RPS article are usually fine, “Supported” or not. Where has this not been the case?

      • TWChristine says:

        When the topic is women or homosexuality in games. The majority of the comments are still RPS-quality, but without fail the shit comes out.

        • Distec says:

          They typically look fine to me. If there’s any “shit” to witness, it’s usually the 4-5 people pile-on that happens whenever somebody dares to say something that might be perceived as ignorant.

          • Sarfrin says:

            There is a definite bias against wilful ignorance here, but I rather like that.

    • slerbal says:

      I also like that the articles we supporters pay for get released to everyone eventually – it would be annoying to have them stuck behind a paywall I think :)

      • Leucine says:

        It’s precisely from having seen said publicly released articles (in particular, Alice’s “I Read Readme Files” sticks out in my mind) that I now want to support RPS. Which makes me feel terrible as I’d prefer my reasons for sending some monies to the site to be more altruistic. Fact remains, though, that those articles are examples of the type of content I absolutely want to see more of.

        • slerbal says:

          sounds like a fair comment to me. How else would you know what it was about? :)

    • Quiffle says:

      No thanks.

  4. Ignis says:

    Support RPS the best site about PC gaming in the universe!

    • X_kot says:

      From its humble beginnings as a glorified blog to this…you’ve come a long way, baby!

  5. Hmm-Hmm. says:

    Fine, fine. I’ll fork over some money.

  6. wormroom says:

    I threw $35 your way. Thanks for having some of the best gamethoughts, and thanks also for giving me the chance to read more of them.

  7. Smashbox says:

    Your site is the best games site.

  8. Banks says:

    My budget’s been a bit tight recently but I’ll renew my subscription as soon as I can. You guys are the best.

  9. PeanutMcFuture says:

    I like your website, but I can’t afford your supporter program. Do you have some place, where I can leave tips from time to time?

    (Disclaimer: I’ve spent very little time looking for such place on this website)

  10. TheApologist says:

    A very happy supporter – RPS continues to be ace. <3

  11. skalpadda says:

    But how can an infinite bear ever be satisfied? Are his desires finite within his infinite frame?

    • Premium User Badge

      phuzz says:

      I don’t think that anything Horace could desire could possibly be out of His endless grasp.

    • Josh W says:

      How the finite may satisfy the infinite is a mystery beyond human comprehension, but apparently accessible within £20.

  12. Lachlan1 says:

    The bullying ‘pathological liar’ interview and the fact that every comment I have made about it has been deleted means I won’t be resubscribing.

    • KRVeale says:

      Odd coincidence!

      Stuff like that is why I’ll be resubscribing.

    • Horg says:

      Nice try, Peter.

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      kfix says:

      I don’t wish to be rude, but there were a great many, like really a fuck-tonne (metric), of robustly critical and negative comments about that interview, both on the article itself and since. All were left undeleted, obviously.

      So what on earth did you have to say that got your comments deleted?

      • Lachlan1 says:

        Much the same stuff, not on the article itself. It didn’t seem to matter whether I was rude or polite, all until this one have been removed…even responses to my main commentabove have been removed. I don’t really care about that so much as RPS making out they’re a ‘nice’, inclusive site, and then acting like they did in that interview. Anyway, it doesn’t change much except I won’t be giving them more money and my adblock is back on. I still enjoy reading a good number of the articles here

  13. Mr Coot says:

    Young Mr Grace voice: You’ve all done very well. I sent you money, contra my last dummy spit. Re: experimental writing. If you could see yourself right to have less of that sort of thing (you know, the short mechanical sentences thing), that would be nice. If not, an ‘Art incoming’ warning just for me would also work.

    • TacticalNuclearPenguin says:

      Oh i see, that might be useful, like the “vertical video warning” on YouTube and others!

    • April March says:

      Trigger warning: artsy fartsy

  14. slerbal says:

    Thanks for the reminder! Re-subbed :)

  15. Cheeetar says:

    Would it be possible to remove these ‘Acceptable Ads’ for Supporters? Making me feel reticent to extend my subscription.

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      Graham Smith says:

      Sadly, no. We can’t remove ads as part of the system.

      If you find an ad objectionable though, ping a link and screengrab to graham@rockpapershotgun.com and I’ll see what we can do. Oh, and let me know what country you’re in. We can have ads blocked and in doing so it makes our ad providers better in the future, too.

      • Cheeetar says:

        Fair enough! I don’t have anything against the ads I’ve been seeing so far, I just don’t like the idea that a paid service has ads on it. I acknowledge that this may be a bit jerk-ish of me.

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          tigerfort says:

          The supporter program pays for the new/extra content; the ads pay for the stuff we’ve known and loved since the days of yore.

  16. mashkeyboardgetusername says:

    $20? $35? What balderdash is this, how much is it in real money?

    (Joking aside, am I right in assuming it’s a straight-up currency exchange, there’s no silliness as a result of unexpected taxes or whatnot?)

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      Graham Smith says:

      Afaik it’s just a straight currency exchange, but I guess that might depend on what country you’re in or bank you’re with. I’ve never been stung with anything when buying from Humble in the past.

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        DelrueOfDetroit says:

        I am Canadian, so I occasionally use Humble if the American price comes out to cheaper than the Canadian price on Steam. It is a straight exchange rate transaction.

  17. Tee says:

    RPS goes great with a cup of coffee in the morning. And since you help me kickstart every day again and again: sure, have some money. And thanks for your articles (and buckets)!

  18. Premium User Badge

    Andy_Panthro says:

    Under “How do I know my subscription is about to expire?”, surely it should also point you towards your account (up at the top right of the page), where right at the bottom of your profile it says “Upgrade Account” and then lets you know when it will expire.

  19. April March says:

    I’d pay three times as much if it meant the ugly Taboola ads would go away.

    • Lachlan1 says:

      Just use adblock

      • Hmm-Hmm. says:

        Or NoScript. Or something like those.

        • April March says:

          I already do. But what about the poor people who don’t have enough money to subscribe, and feel bad about disabling ads of websites they like? Will you not shed a tear for them?

          • eggy toast says:

            I can not even imagine what would be wrong with someone that they would feel guilty for choosing not to look at intrusive ads

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            kfix says:

            eggy toast, maybe because they realise those ads pay the wages of the people whose content they love? I don’t necessarily think you *must* feel guilty, but I don’t think there’s something “wrong” with someone who does. There’s probably nothing “wrong” with your attitude either, but I don’t share it.

          • eggy toast says:

            Advertisements are fundamentally a one sided non-consensual effort for someone to take your money. Since our entire global well being is based on people giving money to each other we socially allow it, but it is still a fundamentally unpleasant thing and filtering unpleasant things is a good use of a filter.

            Saying “I need to allow myself to be exposed to this thing that I don’t like, on behalf of someone I’ve never met for amorphous reasons” is, to me, internalizing the needs of the advertiser and your own socially conditioned message that consuming is the most important thing you can do.

            Do you watch every ad that comes on TV? Do you buy products that advertise during things you like, just to “send a thumbs up”?

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            kfix says:

            Advertisements are fundamentally a one sided non-consensual effort for someone to take your money.

            That’s absurd. It might be legitimate to hold that position in relation to signage in public places, but you are voluntarily visiting this website, just as they are voluntarily choosing advertising as one means of sustaining themselves in this commercial endeavour.

            If you want to criticise the commercial nature of society, well sure. And if you want to go back to your hunter-gather roots, also fine. But to particularise that argument to RPS is self-serving.

            Saying “I need to allow myself to be exposed to this thing that I don’t like, on behalf of someone I’ve never met for amorphous reasons” is, to me, internalizing the needs of the advertiser

            Alternatively, “I’ll politely ignore this thing that I don’t like, because it supports the writers and their families on this website that I visit regularly because I find their opinions interesting and I have some human feeling for them even though I’ve never met them personally”.

  20. Premium User Badge

    Bluerps says:

    No need to resubscribe for me, my membership is still good for a while. I became a supporter on the day the program started and never regretted it.

    Also, question: What about Ms O’Connor? Won’t we get some more supporter articles from her? Is the problem that she only wants to write about ponds? I’m ok with articles about ponds.

    • Durkonkell says:

      I’d also like to see more stuff from Alice, even if it IS pond-related rambling. Also: More Cara Ellison and Richard Cobbett! He’s just been dropped from PCG following a “melee” with an editor over inadequate biscuits, you know.

      Really though, the RPS wordery team is as strong as it has ever been right now. Up with this sort of thing!

      (my membership lapsed and I didn’t realise, I’ll sort that out when I get home)

      • alms says:

        Wait wot’s that about Richard??

        • Durkonkell says:

          They axed his weekly column, the cads :(

          (In case you don’t keep up with Idiot BBC Presenter News, the rest of it was a reference to the recent Jeremy Clarkson incident)

          • RobF says:

            Yeah, I’d love to see more stuff from Richard on the roster.

          • alms says:

            Damn, I should really get back on twitter (using it, that is). Richard is one of my favorite writers, I would certainly love to see more of him.

            Thanks for taking the time.

          • alms says:

            BTW Rob, we miss you on the bundle thread. Come say hi when you have a chance.

    • Alice O'Connor says:

      Trying to get a feature out of me is like pulling teeth. Both people pulling each other’s teeth out simultaneously. Screaming and biting down on the other’s hand and spitting blood.

      I’ve been writing video game news for six years and find writing features so, so weird and difficult.

      • Llewyn says:

        We’ll let you off writing features if we can have even more Alice n’ Pip dialogues. Those brighten any day.

      • Durkonkell says:

        See, this comment is EXACTLY why I want to read more of your words! I can totally understand how having a weekly supporter feature to write would be an insufferable chore though, if it’s something you find difficult.

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        Bluerps says:

        That sounds like the worst dentist appointment.

        Well, should those people ever manage to pull those teeth, I’d be happy to read the result.

  21. SaintAn says:

    After the fall of Joystiq I would donate if I could to make sure this site doesn’t close down anytime soon. This is the only decent website I’ve found since Joystiq was closed that is reliable for news and has competent gaming writers. Bonus is you have a good layout too.

    Unfortunately I’m a filthy poor barely able to fund my gaming so I can’t spare even the smallest amount of money. Seriously, my clothes are falling apart and are riddled with holes because I spend my money on games.

  22. elderman says:

    Thanks for the reminder, RPS. I’ll gift myself a subscription for my b-day.

  23. Jalan says:

    At the risk of being crucified for writing it, the fact that only 2 things have been added to the package since I subscribed made its worth a bit debatable. While true, I didn’t expect to be inundated by multiple free things just because I opened up the wallet, the promise of them seems a bit more lofty than what was actually delivered. Enough in that I’m kind of okay with the idea of it lapsing for right now (the horrible person I am being well noted).

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      Arnvidr says:

      Those shouldn’t be the things you subscribe for though, should it? I’m paying for the people writing the things that I want to read, any bonus stuffs is just icing.

  24. drewski says:

    I’m only posting to see if my account has expired.

  25. Ketzerei says:

    I love RPS dearly, but these autoplaying video ads (with sporadic sound! The horror!) have reached Wikia levels of intolerability. I’d sign up to give you money in a heartbeat if it meant I’d be rid of them.

    • Premium User Badge

      Graham Smith says:

      There shouldn’t be /any/ auto-playing ads with sound. If you’re seeing them, please email graham@rockpapershotgun.com with:

      – A screengrab of the page containing the ad.
      – The link that the ad points to.
      – What country you live in.

      And I’ll have it nuked from orbit. And that normally not only removes that ad, but other ads like it. Cheers!

  26. Muppetizer says:

    I guess it is finally time to cancel the old monthly based subscription I shackled myself to and get used to this freer, brighter, and shotgunnier future.

    link to imgur.com

  27. Elusiv3Pastry says:

    I’d like my subscription to fund more frequent alt texts from Marsh, please!

  28. Deano2099 says:

    Any chance of getting a recurring monthly sub option? Would just work better for me and been putting off subbing on the assumption you were bound to introduce it at some point.

  29. P-Dizzle says:

    So you will finally be getting rid of ads on the site?

  30. santouryuu says:

    i really like reading RPS,and would donate if i had the money.
    RPS is really the place to read aout pc gaming,but sadly i have not been able to find an equivalent for console gaming.

  31. khomotso says:

    Fuck the ads and the appeals to turn ad-block off, as though spoiling the Internet were the conscientious thing. So I’ll chip in here instead.

  32. FilipMagnus says:

    I just did subscribe, thank you very much. Money well spent, I’m certain! Looking forward to contributing to this wonderful site however I can!

  33. JiminyJickers says:

    Definitely my favourite gaming website, happy to support you guys.

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    DelrueOfDetroit says:

    I love this website. I have always found the Brits to be jolly good at internetting.

  35. Itdoesntgoaway says:

    Never shut up, and take my money. One of the very few game related websites that don’t make me embarassed to be a gamer. Keep it up!

  36. Premium User Badge

    Fallingbadgers says:

    Without wishing to be pedantic (thus indicating that I am about to plumb new depths of pedantry) the expiry date does not give a year so having updated my membership it tells me that it will expire earlier (12th April rather than 13th April).

    I am now off to write a stern letter to whomever it may concern about the clock change!

  37. cpt_freakout says:

    Will re-subscribe again in a couple weeks, oh yes! :)

  38. LogicalDash says:

    So uh, I actually traded away my Horace hat for some games…do I get another one when I resubscribe??

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      Ninja Dodo says:

      Yes. Got a new one. Sold it since I don’t play TF2 anymore, and even if I did I wouldn’t care about hats… RPS subscription sponsored by the Steam Community Market. :P

    • drewski says:

      Yup, you get a new one every time you subscribe. If you only subscribe 6 months at a time, you’ll actually get more in Horace Dollars than you spend in sub fees.

  39. Hydrogene says:

    I chose to support RPS again, just because Quinns is back!

  40. Sarfrin says:

    The comments have convinced me. I second the call for more of Alice writing whatever Alice wants to write, even if it’s just elaborate justifications for not writing anything. I’d also like to see more let’s not play videos. John trying to play Stranded Deep is one of my favourite things ever.