Patreon

For those of you who might not be familiar, Patreon is a newer crowdfunding platform that’s been growing quickly. Where Kickstarter lets creators realize a single project in a month-long funding drive, Patreon is about ongoing patronage. As a patron, you still pick a pledge level, but this is typically a smaller amount, and it’s paid each time the creator launches something new. (And note that you can put limits on how much you’re willing to pay.) From the creator’s POV, it means that instead of taking a bunch of money and then having to figure out how to deliver with it, you make something and then get paid for it. It’s still something of a niche for RPGs, but the likes of Evil Hat, Epidiah Ravachol, Ben Lehman, Avery Mcdaldno, and Quinn Murphy have been putting it to good use.

I’ve been thinking about trying it out for a while, but I finally decided to take the plunge when I realized that I had gotten into making smaller games, and that I had a lot of them I wanted to do. So, I’ve got my Patreon page set up!

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I have a ton of things I’m working on and want to work on, so here’s an overview of the things I’ve got cooking:

  • Fullmetal President: Heavily inspired by a Japanese Xbox game called Metal Wolf Chaos, in this game you play the role of the President of the United States (and some cabinet members), donning power suits to restore Freedom to America! The rules are derived from Otherkind Dice, with the twist that you can get extra dice and assign them to either Freedom or Explosions. This will likely be my first Patreon release!
  • Angel Project: Based on a modified version of the rules of Magical Fury (which is a super-simple Powered by the Apocalypse game), this is a much lighter game about cute girls with special suits that let the fight the forces of darkness, inspired by anime like Galaxy Fraulein Yuna and Symphogear.
  • AnimeCon: A freeform RPG (drawing on Admist Endless Quiet and Remodel in terms of its game functions) for serious stories about people going to an anime convention full of hopes.
  • Raspberry Heaven: Drawing on the form of J. Walton’s game Restless and the content of 4-panel manga like Azumanga Daioh and Hidamari Sketch, Raspberry Heaven is a game for heartwarming slice of life stories about high school girls.
  • Assassin’s Kittens: A small Powered by the Apocalypse game about adorable kittens trained as deadly assassins to fight the Knights of the Cross for the fate of mankind.
  • Melancholy Kaiju: An idea I’m still in the process of formulating, but it concerns giant monsters dealing with everyday life. Inspired by weird indie vinyl toys and such.
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6 thoughts on “Patreon

  1. I was actually going to tag you on tumblr and ask about it because i tried to be a patron, but it said you weren’t able to take pledges.

    Glad to see you finangled with the prices.

    MWC always sounded awesome and I’m always upset that i couldn’t play it

  2. Best of luck to you, though as a fan of some of your older games it feels a bit like you’re encouraging yourself to keep pushing out new material, as opposed to revisiting what you’ve made.

    1. Yeah, it’s kind of a tightrope walk between having enough new stuff coming out to help make ends meet and avoiding just pumping stuff out. On the other hand I’m planning to use this as an opportunity to finally finish some of my older projects that have been languishing. Raspberry Heaven (which I’ve been struggling with for ages) is likely to be my second Patreon release, and I’m eyeing previously languishing projects like Distorted Futures, Mascot-tan, and even Tokyo Heroes as well.

    1. It’s on my list of games to get back to some day, along with Tokyo Heroes. :P The good thing is that all of this game design practice is making me better equipped to do it justice.

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