If you’ve ever wanted to associate yourself with a vast quasi-bureaucratic organization with hazily defined goals and little to no commercial value, today is your lucky day!
Join the Bunker Essential Support Team and you can have the satisfaction of keeping Mark and the rest of the bunker staff in the manner to which they have all become accustomed. Your patronage also ensures that Mark keeps working, writing, and generally being as entertaining as whistling past a graveyard could possibly be. It’s the apocalypse, after all. Don’t you want to spend it with people you like? People who are smart and funny? People who are…the B.E.S.T.!
“Sounds intriguing, but what’s in it for me?”
For $5 a month, you gain the following: A “Welcome to Bunker Living” starter kit, with stickers, buttons, a handy guidebook to help you navigate the apocalypse, and rules for advancing in the ranks.
“Wait, what do you mean, ‘advancing in the ranks’?”
Everyone who joins gets their name listed on the Bunker Essential Support Team Roster. You can, if you like, undertake various Special Field Assignments on behalf of the various sections. Complete those assignments, and you will get a badge from that section!
The more badges you collect, the more stuff you get: exclusive stickers, t-shirts, and other bunker-specific items. You can even get enough badges to become a director of your chosen department, agency, bureau or division, and eventually, you can become an Executive Director! The rewards and benefits are frankly incalculable.
You’ll also get exclusive quarterly reports from the bunker with extra content and merchandise, just for the Bunker Essential Support Team members!
“Hold up: Special Field assignments? Like what? I don’t want to have to work for this gig, man…:”
Worry not, intrepid adventurer! This is an interactive group, and we like to support and talk to one another, make new connections, learn about cool stuff in our communal wheelhouse, etc. A field assignment can be anything from tracking me down to say howdy during a convention to posting a review for a new book. Write me a letter? You get a sticker! Send the dog something in the mail? You get a sticker! Help me with the blog? Do something for the podcast? Forward me a new cauliflower recipe? You get a sticker! You get a sticker! You get a sticker!
“All right, let’s say I’m interested in joining, just, you know, for the sake of the argument. How do I go about becoming one of your BESTies?”
There are two ways to join:
Do you want to support the podcast and other media endeavors? Join the B.E.S.T. on Substack and help Mark with the podcast as he develops and writes the series. You will get sneak peeks at podcast content before everyone else does! Also, you get access to exclusive merch that is not available on the website.
Mark is writing a lot of tabletop role-playing game content. If you’d like to see more of it, join Mark’s Patreon at any tier and you’ll join the ranks of the B.E.S.T. and also keep Mark on task as he finishes the first book in his massive World of Thieves project, Polite Society: Heists and Capers in a world of Rogues, Thieves, and Scoundrels.