Dylan Birtolo is creating Board Games and Fantasy Fiction
9

patrons

$100
per month

Who am I?

Hey folks. My name is Dylan Birtolo and I am both an author and a game designer. I have been writing professionally for over ten years now and have published short stories, novellas, and novels both in established universes and worlds of my creation. Some of the worlds I have been lucky enough to write for include Shadowrun, BattleTech, Pathfinder, World of Darkness, Exalted, Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar series, and Green Ronin's Freeport.

On the gaming side of things, I have been an avid gamer for as long as I can remember and have a decently-sized ever-growing collection. This passion hedged me into the world of game design. As of 2017, I have sold two original game designs: Shadowrun Sprawl Ops to Catalyst Games Labs and Henchman The Card Game to Clarion Game Studios. In addition, I was one of the additional developers for Dragonfire.

I'm also a knight. And sometimes when I've just cleaned it, I'm even one in shining armor.

Why Patreon?

Back in 2016, I left my full time job and decided that I would give this whole starving artist thing a try, preferably without the starving. I love creating and have always enjoyed telling stories, whether that's on the stage, in books, or through games. My dream is to make this a reality, and that's only possible if I keep creating and getting it out in front of people who want to see it. In short, I'm trying to live my dream and Patreon is a way I can try to make that happen.

What's in it for you?

I know, it's time to get to the good stuff! There are a couple of things I'm going to offer on this page, and hopefully something will spark your interest. If it does, anything you can give is greatly appreciated. Seriously, thank you! Even if all you've done is read this far or point someone to this page, that is a huge help.

On the writing side, I will commit to putting up at least one short story length piece of fiction a month. That may be a short story, or it may be a portion of a larger piece - such as chapters from a novella or a novel. All of my writings are fantasy, but they range from sword and sorcery to space with lots of stops in between.

On the game design side, I look forward to sharing concepts for games that are in development as well as bits and pieces of the game design process as I go through it. I am hoping that I will be able to write some articles about aspects of the design process and share that information, but that will probably depend on interest.

Speaking of interest, I am looking forward to getting in touch with people who want to share their thoughts or offer ideas for things they would like to see on both sides of the fence.

Also, in my gaming groups, I have been designated as the "rules explainer". Because I know games can be difficult to learn, I plan on creating some how-to-play videos. This is one thing that you'll definitely get to vote on: which game you would like explained. Then I'll make a short video explaining the game and taking a sample turn or two. Part of the video will be a little mini-review as well. It's something that I know some people might find useful.

And of course, since I am a knight, I do have a couple of rewards specifically related to something along those lines. How could I not? As I always tell people at our shows, I don't ask that you cheer for me but you should cheer for my horse. He is a very handsome boy.

Thank you!

Tiers
Squire
$2 or more per month 1 patron
Congratulations and welcome to my house! At this level you will get to see every piece of fiction that I share on this page. Pull up a chair and enjoy!
Knight
$4 or more per month 3 patrons
Knights get to reap all the benefits of the Squire rank, but this is for the game enthusiasts as well. Knights also gain access to the game development posts I create. It does not matter whether they are design documents or posts about the process - Knights get to see it all. 
Baroness
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
The Baroness gets all of the rewards from the Knight level (access to all my writing and gaming posts) and also gets to contribute to polls or conversations about what direction I'll take in future projects. Want to see me write a story about a anthropomorphic rabid squirrel? Want a board game about space llamas? I'll see what I can do.
Viscount
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
Viscounts gain all of the rewards from the Knight level (access to all my writing and gaming posts). In addition they receive special thanks for anything I create as a result of this Patreon. That could be a special page in a novel, or in the credits for a board game. After all, you helped make it happen!
Countess
$25 or more per month 1 of 5 patrons
Countesses gain all of the rewards from the Viscount level (access to all  my writing and gaming posts and special thanks), but they also have knights of their own.  As such, I will commit to sending you a digital photo or video of me  fighting or jousting with your favor. A favor can either be provided, or you can let me know your favorite colors and I will use one of our standard Seattle Knights favors in those colors.
Princess
$50 or more per month 1 of 5 patrons
Princesses deserve to be honored and remembered, and as such, I will do my best as a good knight to make sure that happens. In addition to all of the rewards from the Viscount level, Princesses will have the opportunity to create a Tuckerization. If you are not familiar, this is where you provide the details and information for a character, and I will incorporate it into a story or a game as best as I'm able. In addition, if the Tuckerization is for a short story, you will receive a signed physical copy of the story in the mail.
Goals
$100 of $500 per month
If we hit this, I promise that all the fiction I share on my Patreon will be completely new. You get to read it first! No reprints at all, everything will go to your eyes before anyone else.
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Who am I?

Hey folks. My name is Dylan Birtolo and I am both an author and a game designer. I have been writing professionally for over ten years now and have published short stories, novellas, and novels both in established universes and worlds of my creation. Some of the worlds I have been lucky enough to write for include Shadowrun, BattleTech, Pathfinder, World of Darkness, Exalted, Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar series, and Green Ronin's Freeport.

On the gaming side of things, I have been an avid gamer for as long as I can remember and have a decently-sized ever-growing collection. This passion hedged me into the world of game design. As of 2017, I have sold two original game designs: Shadowrun Sprawl Ops to Catalyst Games Labs and Henchman The Card Game to Clarion Game Studios. In addition, I was one of the additional developers for Dragonfire.

I'm also a knight. And sometimes when I've just cleaned it, I'm even one in shining armor.

Why Patreon?

Back in 2016, I left my full time job and decided that I would give this whole starving artist thing a try, preferably without the starving. I love creating and have always enjoyed telling stories, whether that's on the stage, in books, or through games. My dream is to make this a reality, and that's only possible if I keep creating and getting it out in front of people who want to see it. In short, I'm trying to live my dream and Patreon is a way I can try to make that happen.

What's in it for you?

I know, it's time to get to the good stuff! There are a couple of things I'm going to offer on this page, and hopefully something will spark your interest. If it does, anything you can give is greatly appreciated. Seriously, thank you! Even if all you've done is read this far or point someone to this page, that is a huge help.

On the writing side, I will commit to putting up at least one short story length piece of fiction a month. That may be a short story, or it may be a portion of a larger piece - such as chapters from a novella or a novel. All of my writings are fantasy, but they range from sword and sorcery to space with lots of stops in between.

On the game design side, I look forward to sharing concepts for games that are in development as well as bits and pieces of the game design process as I go through it. I am hoping that I will be able to write some articles about aspects of the design process and share that information, but that will probably depend on interest.

Speaking of interest, I am looking forward to getting in touch with people who want to share their thoughts or offer ideas for things they would like to see on both sides of the fence.

Also, in my gaming groups, I have been designated as the "rules explainer". Because I know games can be difficult to learn, I plan on creating some how-to-play videos. This is one thing that you'll definitely get to vote on: which game you would like explained. Then I'll make a short video explaining the game and taking a sample turn or two. Part of the video will be a little mini-review as well. It's something that I know some people might find useful.

And of course, since I am a knight, I do have a couple of rewards specifically related to something along those lines. How could I not? As I always tell people at our shows, I don't ask that you cheer for me but you should cheer for my horse. He is a very handsome boy.

Thank you!

Recent posts by Dylan Birtolo

Tiers
Squire
$2 or more per month 1 patron
Congratulations and welcome to my house! At this level you will get to see every piece of fiction that I share on this page. Pull up a chair and enjoy!
Knight
$4 or more per month 3 patrons
Knights get to reap all the benefits of the Squire rank, but this is for the game enthusiasts as well. Knights also gain access to the game development posts I create. It does not matter whether they are design documents or posts about the process - Knights get to see it all. 
Baroness
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
The Baroness gets all of the rewards from the Knight level (access to all my writing and gaming posts) and also gets to contribute to polls or conversations about what direction I'll take in future projects. Want to see me write a story about a anthropomorphic rabid squirrel? Want a board game about space llamas? I'll see what I can do.
Viscount
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
Viscounts gain all of the rewards from the Knight level (access to all my writing and gaming posts). In addition they receive special thanks for anything I create as a result of this Patreon. That could be a special page in a novel, or in the credits for a board game. After all, you helped make it happen!
Countess
$25 or more per month 1 of 5 patrons
Countesses gain all of the rewards from the Viscount level (access to all  my writing and gaming posts and special thanks), but they also have knights of their own.  As such, I will commit to sending you a digital photo or video of me  fighting or jousting with your favor. A favor can either be provided, or you can let me know your favorite colors and I will use one of our standard Seattle Knights favors in those colors.
Princess
$50 or more per month 1 of 5 patrons
Princesses deserve to be honored and remembered, and as such, I will do my best as a good knight to make sure that happens. In addition to all of the rewards from the Viscount level, Princesses will have the opportunity to create a Tuckerization. If you are not familiar, this is where you provide the details and information for a character, and I will incorporate it into a story or a game as best as I'm able. In addition, if the Tuckerization is for a short story, you will receive a signed physical copy of the story in the mail.