I'm glad you started this Patreon, Tom. I'm grateful to have you and Qt3 in my life.
My kids are graduating high school this month. My son was asked to write an essay about where he is now and where he expects to be in five years. It was such a cool essay for me to read as his father, but it made me think of you because he (my son) went on at length and with such pride about being a gamer and a nerd. As I read his essay, I remembered his reaction to meeting you. He was totally blown away. I remember at one point we were all in the kitchen and he had gone to the bathroom and never came back so I went looking for him and found him lying in the hallway staring at a stack of games (at least four feet high) in your office. When I asked him later on what he thought of meeting you, he was impressed. He expressed it by calling out almost every negative stereotype of nerds and gamers and then saying Tom's not like that at all! But it really wasn't what he said as much as how excited he looked. You made a huge, positive impression on him. Thank you so much for having us over.
As cool as I think his confidence is, I really don't think I could have given him that kind of an outlook about BEING a gamer. I mean, I'm his dad and I buy the games and the consoles, and I try to always be a positive influence, but making him feeling proud of himself on a core level about gaming is not in my wheelhouse. He kicks my butt at most games and I don't even know the franchises anymore. So, good luck with your venture. I am one of %20 who uses a whitelist on this site, but I am grateful for your efforts and want to support them.