UPDATE #4 (1/24/2013): We've reached our stretch goal of $2350.50! Thanks to you Critical Distance now has a fund for emergencies!
I'm also happy to report that I've gone in on a shared rooming arrangement with some other GDC attendees (more on that soon) and as a result my budget for accommodation has a bit extra. Those buffer funds will go toward transportation to and from the conference as well as after-hours events so I can (hopefully, fingers crossed) treat some of my generous donors to a drink while I'm in San Francisco. It's all thanks to you that this is happening, so I'd like to give back as much as I can!
In the meantime, I'm hoping we can still reach toward our next stretch goal of $2,700.00, which will free up more time for me to devote to Critical Distance and our upcoming special event (more on that soon as well).
Again, to everyone who has donated and signal-boosted (including the fine folks of GFM who graciously linked to my drive in their weekly newsletter!), thank you! You are all amazing!
UPDATE #3 (1/18/2013): We've reached our first stretch goal! Jason's vet bills can now be paid off in full. Thanks to everyone for your support.
I was going to say the next stretch goal is a $100 discretionary fund so I can join my colleagues at GDC for drinks and dining, but you've already shattered that goal too!
So, I'm gearing the next two stretch goals toward maintaining and improving the work I can do for Critical Distance.
Now, I am not Critical Distance's only contributor, but as the senior editor I'm responsible for most of the roundups as well as copyediting and occasionally coordinating special events. We have one such special event coming up this March, in fact! It would be great to devote more time to the organization and editing that goes into Critical Distance, without my day jobs getting in the way. We also have server and domain registration costs to consider, and while those have not been a problem so far, I would love to set up an emergency fund for if/when the site has any problems.
So here's the scoop.
The next stretch goal of $2,350.50 will allow us to set up a $100 emergency fund for Critical-Distance.com. That money is locked away for CD use only; I won't get to touch it for any other purpose.
From there, our next stretch goal is $2,700.00. This money will allow me to take 3 days off from my day jobs between now and March to devote more time to This Week in Videogame Blogging and our upcoming special event (which we'll be detailing soon).
I'd like to say I have more stretch goals on the horizon but three days ago I thought even asking for our original $1.7k was very ambitious. I'm incredibly grateful for all the support so far and I can promise that if we meet these two goals here I'll be back with something even better for our next target!
UPDATE #2 (1/17/2013): I've written a new blog post in which I again thank all my supporters, and also go into a bit more detail about where the money from here on is going to go.
UPDATE #1 (1/16/2013): We did it! In less than 24 hours you all helped me meet my GDC funding target! Thank you, each and every one of you, for donating and sharing the link.
What's it mean that we've already reached the funding target? Well, GDC still isn't until March, and as I've noted below, my initial budget was based on a very frugal set of projections: conference only, little to no socializing, no side trips. Every donation from here on goes toward sweetening the experience for everyone (including my cat).
The first "stretch goal" on the list is already listed under "Other Stuff"- paying off Jason's vet bills. This has been a high-priority thing for some time now but due to my own shoestring finances I've had to keep putting it off. With your support, I can finally begin compensating the vets and other staff who helped me bring Jason up to full health back when I took her in this past July.
If it looks like we're going to reach that funding target, I do have some additional stretch goals in mind (one apparently involves cosplaying Virginia Woolf), but I don't want to get too ahead of myself! You all have been SO generous already that wherever we go from here I want to make sure that all donations are put to the best possible use.
Friends, family, colleagues and peers!
Hi. Kris Ligman here. You may know me for my work as senior editor of Critical Distance, particularly our This Week in Videogame Blogging roundups which are featured on Gamasutra. You may also know me as a community advocate for Gamasutra's member and expert blogs, or as a critical games writer whose work has appeared on CTRL-ALT-DEFEAT, The Border House, dichtung-digital, and Five Out of Ten.
As many of you know, I've been aiming to travel up to the Game Developers' Conference (GDC) in San Francisco for a couple years now. This year I have managed to secure a press pass-- unfortunately, with the end of my graduate degree program I'm now stuck repaying student loans and that, together with some other financial woes, means that I am struggling to make ends meet. The idea of taking a week off from work, to say nothing of the travel expenses, is completely untenable on my own. That's where you come in.