The Support Club is primarily about two things:
- Supporting David as he works on producing Crimson Dark
- Enjoying bonus material relating to Crimson Dark
While one-off donations and advertising revenue is always welcome, its unpredictable. One month may be quite profitible, another may not even bring in enough to pay for web hosting. If David was to achieve his goal of making Crimson Dark a sustainable full-time job, he needed an income he could rely upon so he could commit himself fully to its production. Monthly subscriptions give him the security he needs for such a committment.
Once monthly subscriptions reach a point where he's satisfied he'll be able to live solely off Crimson Dark, he'll make the production of the webcomic a 9-5 full-time job and increase the update schedule to thrice-weekly (Monday, Wednesday and Friday).
Supporters get access to the club page which is updated with exclusive bonus material. At the very least, this is a couple of new wallpapers and a new short story every single month. Supporters can expect others bonuses as well when the opportunity arises.
Most of the short stories are set in the Crimson Dark universe and focus on major or minor characters from the webcomic, but isn't required reading for those who just want to be able to follow the main story. For the most part, the stories explore the backstories of characters as well as expanding the universe beyond the confines of the comic and revealing some untold History.
As time passes It may branch out to the occasional stand-alone story unrelated to Crimson Dark, but this would be the exception rather than the rule.
The webcomic itself is still free to read online, and will always remain so. But for Supporter's Club material there are two memberships available: Normal and basic.
- Basic membership: Costs only $2 per month, but only allows access to wallpapers. Short stories and other bonus content are not accessible.
- Normal membership: Covers all content and begins at $5 per month. Supporters have the option of paying more, depending on their ability and generosity, but paying more does not yield extra features.
Readers can signup HERE to become supporters.
Use of Earnings
The money is used for everything from rent, bills, food, maintaining the website, perhaps even buying the occasional game to help David relax in his spare time. The goal is live off this income.
A short story which focuses on Kari during her time a a pilot aboard the R.S. Sirius and reveals more about the History of the ongoing hostilities between the Cirin Alliance and the Republic of Daranir. CD News-09.04
Niobe is in urgent need of repairs and Sarah leads Vaegyr and Larissa to Grey Station. However, standing between them and the rare component they desperately need stands a bitter mercenary who smells an opportunity for profit, and when his somewhat hazardous past pays an unexpected visit, everything goes to hell.
Kari’s former Commander, Stardust, has been temporarily assigned to the R.S. Antalya, a Tempest class Battleship in order that inexperienced pilots behind the front lines can benefit from his wisdom. However what looks like a routine stopover to refuel quickly turns into a nightmare.
Distant Thunder was originally written in 2009 as a script for a short film for college but in the end David only had the time and resources to make a trailer. Now Supporters can read the story in its entirety! CD News-10.00
Set shortly after the events of Chapter 8, “D-Sected” is the story of Ring, proprietor of speciality augs, being paid a visit by a D-Sec agent curious about his past association with a fugitive named “Whisper”. CD News-10.17
Baruk Shield became famous among Cirin citizens practically overnight when he crashed a Freighter, laden with a torpedo warhead, into Espenson Station, killing over two hundred people. This document is Baruk’s journal, recounting his experiences on Farhaven which led to what some praise as a bold strike for freedom, and other condemn as a cowardly act of terrorism. CD News-10.25
Two historic speeches which explore more of the backstory of Crimson Dark. The first was delivered some two hundred years ago, during the War of Independence, the second just one year ago at an event which led to the outbreak of the current war. CD News-10.08
Letters From Home
A series of snippets in the Supporter's Club designed to substitute for the short stories for a short period. These snippets, titled "Letters from Home", reveal further insights into the characters. They are substantially shorter than the regular short stories, but update more often. CD News-11.13