Greetings and salutations!
I am Death By Mage, a crazed scholar of the gamemastering arts, here to bring advice for beginners and veterans in the secret art of storytelling. Stories are an important part of our history; we have been telling stories before the invention of written words. In the lovable hobby of tabletop roleplaying games, storytelling is a fundamental part of the experience. There is always a lead storyteller, a Dungeon Master or Game Master that crafts the world the other players (or storytellers) play and interact within.
The skill of crafting and weaving such a story requires time and patience. But in a growing world full of up and coming storytellers, there is a great need for more masters of the dungeon! Masters who can fabricate worlds and universes, wear the shrouds of allies and villains, provide captivating challenges and obstacles, but most importantly, inspire their fellow players while displaying an ease of execution and operation.
Oh, I'm getting carried away, aren't I?
Mission Statement: Plainly, I wish to help Game Masters/Dungeon Masters/Storytellers improve in their craft. Providing blog articles and homebrewed content to you.
Second Mission Statement: Write fantasy/sci-fi short stories & novels. Develop a platform for a future podcast and perhaps even videos soon.
I am currently working on developing a future podcast along with my blog content. What sort of podcast do you ask? I plan to develop an informative podcast talking about the RPG community, tips and tricks on gamemastering, and how I do worldbuilding. I have reached the limits of what a blog can allow for me to achieve; I wish to reach a boarder audience with my podcast, serving as an RPG radio talk show of sorts. Your support will help make this dream a reality a lot sooner.
Where can you find me?
You can find me on the Internet:
I have been playing roleplaying games for over 14 years. I started roleplaying as young as 5 when some friends and I played renditions of Disney's The Lion King, and I always played Scar. I have played Dungeons & Dragons for over ten years along with dozens of other RPG systems including World of Darkness, Savage Worlds, Gamma World, Exalted, Dread, Legend of the Five Rings, Mutants & Mastermind, to name a few.
In August of 2015, I started the Death By Mage blog primarily as a creative exercise for doing narrative recaps for our mutual friends in my D&D playgroup. When I joined the D&D Twitter community, I started voicing my opinions and advice for game masters. Within a few weeks, I started writing blog columns dealing with a variety of topics from advice to homebrewed content to be used by the masses.
I'm happy to say that after a couple of years, I've reached heights I never thought possible. I have met and befriended some amazing creators and sages within the community. I would never want to trade my experiences away.
The principle reason and goal is to reach a point financially where I can leave my day job and ultimately work for you (the Patrons). I love making content, I love talking about the game, and I want to continue to do it without the strain of worrying about my finances. It's a long road to achieve, so it'll be something to look forward. I just want to have the financial capacity to do more for you (the Patrons) and provide better quality content as equipment and software cost money.
Can't support my Patreon?
No problem! I understand, money is tight for many of us. I still appreciate your support. If you cannot do a monthly subscription and want to do a one-time donation, click here.
Why monthly subscription?
Your monthly support provides a lot of advantages. You won't have to worry about being charged for per content or future podcast episode. You can cancel if you decide you cannot afford to pledge or change your pledge to say the Death By Beholder level for that one month when you need some input or advice from me, the Mage. Let's not forget the large repository of PDFs that will grow over time. All pledges are collected at the beginning of the month.
Where will the money go?
Initially, any of the money raised right now will be used for the following:
- Gamebooks & Tabletop RPG products
- Pledges for Kickstarters to be used in future reviews (D&D & RPG content specifically)
- Equipment & software upgrades (Better cameras, microphones, computer components, recording software, etc.)
- Webhosting costs (Right now, to run the blog, I'm paying around $15 a month. When the podcast is up and running, the costs will rise.)
- Participation in events & cons (specifically non-local cons)
- Swag - I know some people for swag making, we can do stuff, let's make it happen
- Living expenses (I don't live an extravagant lifestyle, but I would like to create full-time)