Here's the deal.
Commercializing The Tavern is a bad idea. Lack of control over ads is my main hang up. Well, that and my own integrity.
However, The Tavern does decent traffic and could help projects that I believe in and want to support.
So, how about free banner ads for the projects I want to support? Win / Win / Win if you ask me.
I get to show some love for projects / products / whatever I like.
Creators get some extra eyes on their stuff.
The readers get to look at something new and hopefully exciting.
The first such banner is for the Barrowmaze Complete project over on Indiegogo. +Greg Gillespie has been kind enough to keep me in the Barrowmaze loop right from the beginning (or damn near so) and I offered him the first banner when he mentioned his latest project to me. Greg will have his banner up until the end of February. It's good to be the first ;)
After that, I'll be opening it up to all on a weekly basis. Accepted banners will be displayed in weekly intervals. Whether or not I accept your banner is totally subjective on my part, although if we have communicated in the past, you are an active commenter on the blog or you are part of the "inner circle" (trust me when I say folks in the "inner circle" should know they are in the circle) you have a better than average chance to get on the list. If your product is available in PDF and you want to donate a copy to be given away to a random Tavern Patron, so much the better.
I'll keep this experiment running at least until July.
Use the contact form on the right side if you are interested. I'll post this again as February comes to a close.