Ruairi McGowan-Smith is creating Maps
5

patrons

$20
per map
Hey everyone! My name is Ruairi McGowan-Smith, and I love making maps. I've been producing fantasy and historical maps for five years now, both for my own pleasure and that of others. I've recently found that the amount of time and effort put into making maps is difficult to balance with a demanding full-time job, so I'm asking for your help. My experience is that people enjoy my creations, and I want to keep making maps to that kind of standard. My hope is that you can help make that happen.

In the short term, I want to be able to continue creating high quality maps for everyone to enjoy, starting at once per fortnight and moving up to the rate of at least one per week. In the long term, I hope to transition into creative work full time.

I have a backlog of previous work sitting on my deviantART, if you want to take a look at the kind of map I make. New work will periodically appear there, so you don't have to support me if you don't want to, or can't afford to, but anything you can spare is enormously appreciated. It will all go towards paying bills, expenses, etc that will justify spending more time creating maps, along with keeping me in mango juice.

Your patronage shows me your appreciation, and it also entitles you to a say over the sort of maps I produce. There are specific projects I produce maps for, but your inclusion in my creative output is part and parcel of what I'm doing. Alternate histories, fantasy worlds, it's all fair game. In addition, Patrons will also gain access to additional versions (and rough drafts, if they so desire) of the maps I produce, along with additional creative context for those maps attached to particular projects.

If you choose to become a Patron then don't feel obligated to donate more than you can afford, and don't worry if you can't become a Patron at all. If you want to support me without donations, then please tell other people about my page on Patreon, share my maps with other people, and credit my maps when you do. I appreciate anything and everything you can do to give me a hand!

Thank you for taking the time to come to this page and read this. I hope we'll make awesome stuff together.


Tiers
Stroll
$1 or more per map 2 patrons
Thank you for supporting me, I really appreciate it!

  • You can participate in patron-only polls to help choose the content of maps.
  • You gain access to the rough draft of maps I make, well in advance of the final product.
Journey
$2.50 or more per map 0 patrons
So much mango juice!

  • All previous rewards are yours!
  • You gain access to additional creative content for maps attached to my own projects.
  • You gain access to my raw files of the maps I create.
Voyage
$5 or more per map 3 patrons
Thank you for your help!

  • All previous rewards are yours!
  • You get access to alternate versions of maps; ones where I've experimented with the visuals, displayed different information, or taken off the labels.
Adventure
$10 or more per map 1 patron
Unlimited mango juice!

  • All previous rewards are yours!
  • You get access to a monthly podcast about mapmaking and worldbuilding.
  • Your name is entered into a monthly raffle, the winner of which gets a small map riffing on their username/actual name depending on preference.
Exploration
$20 or more per map 0 patrons
You clearly love maps as much as I do!

  • All previous rewards are yours!
  • You get to commission a full size non-commercial map with content of your choice, with the understanding that it may take a few weeks to insert the map into the queue.
  • You gain access to polls about the style of the maps that I create.

Goals
$20 of $150 per map
If I get to this point, I can reliably produce a map per week, and can also move the podcast from a Patron reward into something I release for free.
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Hey everyone! My name is Ruairi McGowan-Smith, and I love making maps. I've been producing fantasy and historical maps for five years now, both for my own pleasure and that of others. I've recently found that the amount of time and effort put into making maps is difficult to balance with a demanding full-time job, so I'm asking for your help. My experience is that people enjoy my creations, and I want to keep making maps to that kind of standard. My hope is that you can help make that happen.

In the short term, I want to be able to continue creating high quality maps for everyone to enjoy, starting at once per fortnight and moving up to the rate of at least one per week. In the long term, I hope to transition into creative work full time.

I have a backlog of previous work sitting on my deviantART, if you want to take a look at the kind of map I make. New work will periodically appear there, so you don't have to support me if you don't want to, or can't afford to, but anything you can spare is enormously appreciated. It will all go towards paying bills, expenses, etc that will justify spending more time creating maps, along with keeping me in mango juice.

Your patronage shows me your appreciation, and it also entitles you to a say over the sort of maps I produce. There are specific projects I produce maps for, but your inclusion in my creative output is part and parcel of what I'm doing. Alternate histories, fantasy worlds, it's all fair game. In addition, Patrons will also gain access to additional versions (and rough drafts, if they so desire) of the maps I produce, along with additional creative context for those maps attached to particular projects.

If you choose to become a Patron then don't feel obligated to donate more than you can afford, and don't worry if you can't become a Patron at all. If you want to support me without donations, then please tell other people about my page on Patreon, share my maps with other people, and credit my maps when you do. I appreciate anything and everything you can do to give me a hand!

Thank you for taking the time to come to this page and read this. I hope we'll make awesome stuff together.


Recent posts by Ruairi McGowan-Smith

Tiers
Stroll
$1 or more per map 2 patrons
Thank you for supporting me, I really appreciate it!

  • You can participate in patron-only polls to help choose the content of maps.
  • You gain access to the rough draft of maps I make, well in advance of the final product.
Journey
$2.50 or more per map 0 patrons
So much mango juice!

  • All previous rewards are yours!
  • You gain access to additional creative content for maps attached to my own projects.
  • You gain access to my raw files of the maps I create.
Voyage
$5 or more per map 3 patrons
Thank you for your help!

  • All previous rewards are yours!
  • You get access to alternate versions of maps; ones where I've experimented with the visuals, displayed different information, or taken off the labels.
Adventure
$10 or more per map 1 patron
Unlimited mango juice!

  • All previous rewards are yours!
  • You get access to a monthly podcast about mapmaking and worldbuilding.
  • Your name is entered into a monthly raffle, the winner of which gets a small map riffing on their username/actual name depending on preference.
Exploration
$20 or more per map 0 patrons
You clearly love maps as much as I do!

  • All previous rewards are yours!
  • You get to commission a full size non-commercial map with content of your choice, with the understanding that it may take a few weeks to insert the map into the queue.
  • You gain access to polls about the style of the maps that I create.