Mike Rayhawk is creating BrikWars!
14
patrons
$41
per month
Who are you?

Hi everybody! I'm Mike Rayhawk.

Since 1995, I've been creating and sharing the game system and artwork for the BrikWars plastic-brick tabletop wargame, and supporting the online communities that somehow formed around it despite my best efforts.

What is BrikWars?

In theory, BrikWars is a game about building construction-brick armies and smashing them into each other until one side or another wins.



In practice, BrikWars is a game about making fun of smashing armies into each other as a concept, and about the kind of people who think that's a worthwhile use of their ever-dwindling time and resources.
BrikWars is, more than anything else, a joyful celebration of the magical hypocrisy of toy companies who tout their dedication to the virtues of construction and creativity while basing their entire product lines around gratuitous conflict and compulsively collectible death weapons.


BrikWars has grown over the decades from a satirical in-joke labor of love to a  ridiculous internet cult community, inexplicably going on to inspire and influence whole genres of video games, movies, and retail toy lines from actual Serious Corporate Professionals and not just rando boneheads screwing around on the internet.

Okay, but why Patreon though?

If I'm already successfully developing all of this stuff and sharing it with everybody for free, why Patreon?



Between game development, illustration, community management, and web maintenance, BrikWars eats up hundreds and sometimes thousands of hours in a given year, and  I've got to balance that time against working to keep a roof over the kids' and family's assorted heads. Every dollar in support of BrikWars gives me that little bit of extra breathing room to put more time and energy into creating and sharing all the stuff I'm already creating and sharing.

Great! How else can I support BrikWars?

While monthly Patreon dollars are the easiest to plan and budget around, I'm not opposed to direct donations to my PayPal at  [email protected]. Alternately, check out our collection of BrikStickers!

If you know a toy or game company in need of freelance illustration, I always appreciate people passing around my name and portfolio at  mikerayhawk.com.

Finally, come join the community! Visit our  online forumsFacebook group, and Discord server.
Tiers
Ducks
$1 or more per month 8 patrons
Thanks for your support! Every dollar makes it easier to keep BrikWars running and growing.

 

  • All the stuff I already give away for free is still free
  • But now you can feel a warm sense of ownership in the process
  • Meanwhile I feel a warm sense of having a dollar
  • Also now you'll be able to make threats about canceling your dollar
  • That's leverage
Horse-Sized Ducks
$6 or more per month 6 patrons
Because all lists should start with six! Even if this one doesn't.


  • All the benefits of the Ducks tier
  • Five more dollars
  • What's not to like
Orange Transparent Ducks
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
Transparentologists agree that an Orange Transparent duck is the most powerful duck possible under our current understanding of brick physics


  • Twenty dollars! That's a lot
  • You probably think this is finally the tier that comes with special perks
  • Nope
  • Same as the last two
Colette, But a Duck
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
 
  • This tier only exists because Colette got that job at Goldman Sachs
  • I would be really surprised if anyone actually signed up for this one
  • Don't you want to see me get really surprised though
  • I am drinking a giant glass of water right now just in case I need to spit it out in astonishment
  • Trust me, this will be hilarious
Who are you?

Hi everybody! I'm Mike Rayhawk.

Since 1995, I've been creating and sharing the game system and artwork for the BrikWars plastic-brick tabletop wargame, and supporting the online communities that somehow formed around it despite my best efforts.

What is BrikWars?

In theory, BrikWars is a game about building construction-brick armies and smashing them into each other until one side or another wins.



In practice, BrikWars is a game about making fun of smashing armies into each other as a concept, and about the kind of people who think that's a worthwhile use of their ever-dwindling time and resources.
BrikWars is, more than anything else, a joyful celebration of the magical hypocrisy of toy companies who tout their dedication to the virtues of construction and creativity while basing their entire product lines around gratuitous conflict and compulsively collectible death weapons.


BrikWars has grown over the decades from a satirical in-joke labor of love to a  ridiculous internet cult community, inexplicably going on to inspire and influence whole genres of video games, movies, and retail toy lines from actual Serious Corporate Professionals and not just rando boneheads screwing around on the internet.

Okay, but why Patreon though?

If I'm already successfully developing all of this stuff and sharing it with everybody for free, why Patreon?



Between game development, illustration, community management, and web maintenance, BrikWars eats up hundreds and sometimes thousands of hours in a given year, and  I've got to balance that time against working to keep a roof over the kids' and family's assorted heads. Every dollar in support of BrikWars gives me that little bit of extra breathing room to put more time and energy into creating and sharing all the stuff I'm already creating and sharing.

Great! How else can I support BrikWars?

While monthly Patreon dollars are the easiest to plan and budget around, I'm not opposed to direct donations to my PayPal at  [email protected]. Alternately, check out our collection of BrikStickers!

If you know a toy or game company in need of freelance illustration, I always appreciate people passing around my name and portfolio at  mikerayhawk.com.

Finally, come join the community! Visit our  online forumsFacebook group, and Discord server.

Recent posts by Mike Rayhawk

Tiers
Ducks
$1 or more per month 8 patrons
Thanks for your support! Every dollar makes it easier to keep BrikWars running and growing.

 

  • All the stuff I already give away for free is still free
  • But now you can feel a warm sense of ownership in the process
  • Meanwhile I feel a warm sense of having a dollar
  • Also now you'll be able to make threats about canceling your dollar
  • That's leverage
Horse-Sized Ducks
$6 or more per month 6 patrons
Because all lists should start with six! Even if this one doesn't.


  • All the benefits of the Ducks tier
  • Five more dollars
  • What's not to like
Orange Transparent Ducks
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
Transparentologists agree that an Orange Transparent duck is the most powerful duck possible under our current understanding of brick physics


  • Twenty dollars! That's a lot
  • You probably think this is finally the tier that comes with special perks
  • Nope
  • Same as the last two
Colette, But a Duck
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
 
  • This tier only exists because Colette got that job at Goldman Sachs
  • I would be really surprised if anyone actually signed up for this one
  • Don't you want to see me get really surprised though
  • I am drinking a giant glass of water right now just in case I need to spit it out in astonishment
  • Trust me, this will be hilarious