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On June 5 last year, I undertook a GeekQuest to earn my UberGeekBadge from tips alone.
Amazed by the generosity of fellow geeks, I needed to impose an additional constraint that I could only accept 1 per tip, or else someone would have given me the loot on June 6. Last night, a tip from kuhrusty took to me to the 50 tip mark, and I was able to buy my UberGeekBadge. At last!
The 50 tips came from a wide variety of people, too many to mention here, but you can always go to my profile and read who they were. However I would like to mention ValJor, whose Session Report of the Week award inspired me to attempt this quest. It's one thing to be awarded a for a session report, but it's totally another to get a tip because someone actually liked it.
I consider myself now somewhat experienced at receiving tips, so let me comment on what sort of behaviour I think earns tips. GeekLists seem to earn very few, well my geeklists do anyway. Even ynnen gets barely more than 1 a month for his geeklists, and he is the king. Of course, the M33P135 list earned its author (Legomancer?) a complete GeekBadge, but that was very unusual. My Christmas list earned me a couple, but it was Christmas and everybody just got that bonus from Aldie.
Images also earn very few tips - I think Terraliptar has only 1 tip and that was from me, but Vince Londini's picture of his baby playing Richthofen has earned 7 for him:
As for session reports, they are quite decent earners, but you've got to make them entertaining. Gola-hap-shet's famous session report has earned him only two tips, despite having 144 thumbs. Oh yeah, it's funny, but nobody wants to actually pay for it.
ValJor seems to read every session report submitted, and often comes up with a tip.
Reviews almost never get tips. Even Tom Vasel, the site's most popular reviewer, makes his money from the 3 for each one rather than from tips because of their usefulness.
The things that do seem to attract tips are insightful articles such as strategy articles, the type that you read and think "gee, I'd better play that game again now". It's quite an intellectual effort to write an article like that, and people do appreciate it.
However the number one thing that gets you tips is smart comments. Consider this effort from sisteray:
8 for a two-liner! In fact, my 50th was a smart comment, relating Jingles the Pony and Sexy Amy, in a thread that has been deleted because it was spam. However another very effective tip earner is pathos - we're all quite a sentimental bunch. Did you give Denise a present when she had her baby? I know I did. At least the little tyke will have an avatar, even if he isn't allowed to play with games in case he swallows the pieces. Also this effort from cornjob earned him 5
So it seems that although people come here for the games, what they will pay for is if you make them laugh or make them cry (not that BGG has done that to me, except when I read DoW was issuing 3 Memoir expansions instead of 1 sensible one). Laughing and crying? Are we geeks human after all? What's the world coming to?
Thank you for reading. All tips for this article will be donated to Vince Londini, whose GeekQuest continues.