TTF is Now a Free Service! Game Professionals Needed!

TTF Black LogoI didn’t think I could do it. TTF is now a free service.

Today, I found out that I could remove the subscriptions from the site’s members and cancel their recurring payments from paypal. So, I have done exactly that and removed the paid subscription plug-in I had been using. I had previously thought that only the members could do that, so I made a big fuss in order to make sure no one was inadvertently charged for the service.

Can I Still Use the Site?

Yes! Everyone’s log-ins have been preserved. So, if you signed up before TTF became a free service, you shouldn’t have any problem getting in.

I’m New! Can I Use Your Site?

Yes you can! TTF is a gateway to help Tabletop Game Industry freelancers find work! So if that is what you are looking for, you are more than welcome. The Jobs section has been opened up to be used by anyone signed up to the site. You can set up a profile and add writings and art into your personal gallery.

 

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Spreading the Word

NetworkSo, where do we go from here?

The site is successfully launched. We are beginning to get the attention of new freelancers and publishers. We still need to improve. The success of TTF relies heavily on the number of people it’s able to reach. There are so many nooks and crannies in the Internet where game industry people hang out that it’s difficult to find them. I could use your help in finding them.

Spread the word. If there is someplace that you hang out as gaming industry oriented, let them know about TTF. In order to make TTF a true Gaming Nexus, people need to know about it.

Or better yet, let me know about your nook or cranny by using the “Contact Me” page and I will add it to my distribution list. That will extend the reach of our press releases and job alerts.

Eventually, I hope to set up some advertising for TTF and visit some major game conventions help spread the word myself, but the most effective marketing is still word-of-mouth. If you like TTF, please let others know about it. If there’s something you don’t like, please let me know so that I can do something about it.

Keith W. Sears
TTF Administrator

Thank You!

Thank YouA big “Thank You” goes out to Eldritch EnterprisesMagpie Games, and Legendary Games! They are the first three publishers to post jobs on TabletopFreelance.com in our first month of operation. We’re looking forward to more jobs posting from our publishers.

It’s also good to see our freelancer members fill out their profiles and post their artwork and writing in the galleries. A “Thank You” to them as well. A complete and good-looking profile will help capture the attention of clients.

Here’s looking to a bright future!

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It’s a Launch!

Launch!The past few days since the site officially launched has been very interesting. The enthusiasm of new people discovering TabletopFreelance.com has been intoxicating. I’m sure the site will be a help to the tabletop gaming industry.

However, there have been grumbles in the feedback, too. The first complaint is that at the time of this writing, there are no jobs listed. That will change in time. A tipping point will come in which game publishers will see this site as the place to go to find good, reliable talent. That will take time and legwork to promote TTF and bring the publishers in.

I would also like to point out TTF has great profile and gallery functions that will allow you and your work to be SEEN on a site that is specifically made to attract the attention of game publishers. Why risk them running across you accidentally somewhere on the internet? Anything posted here is still under your copyright. TTF claims no ownership of your work.

The second complaint is that TTF is a pay site. True, it is and I’m not going to apologize for it. There are several reasons for this:

  1. It keeps me from using advertising to fund the site.
  2. It keeps out the riff-raff. I mean spam, mostly. I want to make certain that the primary audience coming to TTF are gaming professionals. I don’t want to dilute the quality of the listings.
  3. The prices are reasonable. The $5 Freelancer membership is the equivalent of a cheap lunch out. The $20 Publisher membership would be about the price of a pizza. The memberships are per year, and not per month.

I hope that helps! If you have any questions, I can be reached through out contact form on the FAQ page.

Keith W. Sears
Owner and builder of TabletopFreelance.com
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