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In 2013, during the ACTS contest, the AIO team started talking about the Odyssey Adventure Club. The Odyssey fan community seemed really excited about it. That is, until they heard the club fees. $180 a year or $15 a month. Some thought it was worth it, but others disagree. Whatever the fans thought, the club went live on January 2, 2014.
The club allows you to stream all (but four) Odyssey episodes. You can even save five temporarily on your iOS devise for road trips or whenever you aren’t connected to Wi-Fi or something. You can also stream the AIO videos, some Radio Theatre productions. (That makes me wonder if the OAC members would be seeing McGee & Me anytime soon.)
So far, it sounds like Focus on the Family’s official streaming club. But there’s more. Every month, there’s an exclusive episode for the OAC members. There are puzzles for all ages, videos about the stories, Web Quests, and more. In addition, you receive a free membership to Clubhouse magazine (for USA members only) and you can communicate with fellow AIO listeners.
It sounds awesome, but is it worth the hype?
There might be a number of people who will be able to afford it, but there will also be a number of people who won’t be able to afford it. But it you were able to afford it, will you join?
Because of the high price, you might think that this is a money making scheme. But Paul McCusker, creative director, and Dave Arnold, executive producer, refute this. Bob Smithouser, host of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast and OAC producer, said on Audio Theatre Central that Focus has been struggling to produce the show, for the standards of quality have arisen while the purchasing price has gone lower. The OAC is a reliable source of money for AIO.
During the year of 2014, Josh Taylor of Blimey Cow and Kevin McCreary of the Ceiling Fan decided to start Patreon campaigns. It allows fans to pledge a selected amount of money and receive rewards in return.
Then it hit me. The Odyssey Adventure Club is like Adventures in Odyssey’s official Patreon page! Yet there is only one pledge level, you are donating to Odyssey and reaping many rewards in return! Of course, the rewards and setup are different than Blimey Cow’s Patreon page, but it’s a similar concept.
I do understand that some say its better to buy the albums instead of squandering that money on rent, we should be careful how we use the money God gave us. But I don’t like how some people view it as a clique. It is not. It is a place where kids can grow in their faith and support Odyssey all the while.
And I think the Odyssey Adventure Club is a good deal after all.
Now, why didn’t I join? Well, first off, I don’t live in the states. Overseas membership has not been a reality yet. And the price budget is too high for me currently. So that is why I didn’t yet join the club. But if you can afford it and are currently in the USA, then I definitely recommend you do so.
A special thanks to Trenton Landmark, who helped proofread the information about the OAC. Check out his tutorials of the OAC: Part 1 Part 2
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