This came up since Q400 wanted to know how many tips I had received.
Since the tip jar went in on January 26th, I've received 116,325 dilithium between my missions. That comes out to 1551 dilithium per day. I was actually surprised it was that much. I was thinking I was only getting 400-500, but I guess I was wrong.
I was just curious how this compares to other people's haul? Maybe I'm off base, but I suspect that there are other Foundry authors who get a lot more.
My missions aren't really optimal for tipping because because they're all so long, which both reduces the total number of plays, and the max tip is still 100 even though my mission production time is much higher. More, shorter missions seems like it would generate higher tip revenue, but at the same time I don't know if that also results in the average tip being reduced?
Please don't take this as me bragging and/or complaining. I'm very happy to get any sort of tip at all, and at that rate of tips the tip jar seems to have worked pretty well for me (I could easily have made more if I'd used the dailies to grind for it, but the truth is I never would have done so).
So, how does this compare to what other people have experienced?
My Zoo has netted me about 9,000. Not bad for a one map bit of fluff. My mission Hollow Justice has netted me the other 1,000. But it has only 5% the number of reviews. People obviously tip more for more detailed missions.
I average 850 a day from Barclay and Personal Reflection.
The real kicker though is Nagus. He has 40 slots all filled with his daily missions, some of which have over 12k plays. Sure some are only after DL so they wouldn't give him any as a tip, but even an occasional 25 here and there. 40 missions.
Something tells me the Grand Nagus has the money to back his title.
Honestly though, I think for most authors the tips are just kind of like, a bonus. Tips is really a good word for it, since it's just like a little side thank you rather than the purpose of the work.
I honestly was against an idea like the tip jars way back when people proposed it because I was afraid of monetizing any kind of reward for the authors.
Still, I feel for a lot of authors who have missions that are so far down the list that they miss a lot of plays. There are some real gems in there if you are lucky enough to find them. (Heaven help if you are a middle rated Klingon mission! Talk about backwater.)
Hopefully some of the ideas mentioned in the cryptic conference call about foundry spotlighting are taken to heart and implemented well. It'd be nice to see some unknown authors out there get something far better than tips; more plays.