Any benefits of patronage would be nice, but it was the badges which worked for me 🏆 . I saw them on forum posts, which led me to the donation page and consequently I felt like I should make a donation. Maybe some people would pay for removing ads but I don’t find them too intrusive on the forums.
To be honest A&A, this website, TripleA and the A&A community are way better than any startegy game I’ve purchased. I’m totally hooked! Hopefully more new people will find it and then become paid up members too.