There are a few ways to make money playing RPGs...
- Become a GM for hire, getting paid to run games for folks.
- Create your own RPG content and find an audience for that.
- If you're big enough, you can make money with a YouTube channel, Ko-fi, Patreon, affiliate links, or be one of those bloggers / podcasters that has advertisers, sponsors, etc.
Here, I'm going to suggest another way to turn gaming into cash - run specific games for publishers and share those experiences with the gaming world.
There are tons of people playing D&D online. Yeah, it's the most popular RPG, but it's also been done to death - and it doesn't help those independent content creators struggling to get noticed.
I'm probably not alone in desiring a group to run Kort'thalis Publishing products (specific products mentioned below) with regular play reports that include photos, maybe even an entire video stream? Personally, I'd rather read about a game than watch 3-4 hour sessions, but to each his own.
I will put my money where my mouth is and offer $100 for every individual who runs a year-long game of 2+ sessions per month, documenting each session with a satisfying chronicle of their group's experiences. It might work for a player, instead of only GMs, but that player would have to rely on a GM to run the games, and I know how fragile gaming groups can be - especially when you're not calling the shots.
Now, I realize that in the grand scheme of things, $100 isn't a HUGE amount of money. But consider free RPG products and extra promotion for yourself when those RPG companies (such as Kort'thalis Publishing) promotes your content. Plus, you could run multiple games for one or more companies. Depending on the companies, maybe you could get paid twice for mixing products together... who wouldn't love to read about a Cha'alt and Carcosa, Barbarians of Lemuria, or World of the Last Sun campaign?
Consider all of this and let me know if you'd be interested in participating. At the moment, I'm most interested in either the eldritch, gonzo, science-fantasy, post-apocalyptic campaign setting of Cha'alt or my sleazy scifi RPG Alpha Blue.
Feel free to comment below with questions, comments, suggestions, or advice!
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