Mark Hardigan is creating Fantasy Languages
6

patrons

$15
per creation
Who are You?

I'm Mark. I'm a writer, hobbyist linguist, conlanger (creator of constructed languages), game designer and overall awesome crazy person.

Okay... So What Do You Do?

I create fantasy languages with the express intent of expanding upon existing fandoms. The purpose of these languages is to deepen the enjoyment and immersion of fans who enjoy those fandoms.

You can see my work on tumblr here: http://fenxshiral.tumblr.com/
You can read specifically about the Thedas Language Project here: http://fenxshiral.tumblr.com/post/123337238233/welcome-to-the-thedas-language-project
You can read specifically about Project Elvhen here: http://fenxshiral.tumblr.com/projectelvhen

Currently, I am heading the Thedas Language Project - a project to create and expand upon the languages found within The Dragon Age Universe. The main focus of that project, right now, is Project Elvhen - which has created a conlang (a constructed language) to help expand upon the Elvhen cipher presented to us in the games so far. I'd eventually like to expand this work to Alamarri, Qunlat, Tevene, Ander, and more. 

Eventually, if time and money permit, I'd like to expand this work to other fandoms - such as Mass Effect, and other fan-suggestions.

Wait, you want me to pay for that? Why?

Because this work costs me money and time. Creating a language isn't easier, creating a language based upon in-universe materials even less so. I spend a lot of time creating words, creating grammar and syntax, and browsing many different dictionaries and resources to make sure that my work is the best that it can be. 

By pledging, you not only ensure that I can continue to do this work, but that I can do it as higher quality. The more you pledge, the more work I get done. Right now, these languages are taking up a lot of my free time, and as such they are getting done much slower than I'd like. Every pledge helps me get just a little bit faster by just giving me a bit more slack. 

Okay, So What Do We Get?

The more you pledge, the more content you get. The higher my monthly pledge gets, the more free time I have and that means more time I can dedicate to these languages. By pledging, you help me complete Elvhen faster, and move on to the other languages quicker.

By pledging, you also get a vote in what projects I work on, as well as how I work on them. Backers will get to vote on some new words, and if your pledge if high enough you will be able to create words yourself (with my guidance and editing of course).

Additionally, backers will get early access to interactive stories that I create, with the use of these languages that will serve not only as an introduction to these languages - but also as self contained interesting stories within themselves. As a backer, you get to decide what those stories are about.

I would also eventually like to create a video or audio series in which I, or another person, teaches you how to speak and use the languages that I create.
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per creation
4 patrons
YOUR OWN WORD
  • A unique word, created in thanks
  • This word will be added to the one of the languages
  • Unique to you, in thanks to your donation.
  • My eternal gratitude
Pledge $3 or more per creation
1 patron
LANGUAGE HAIKU
  • A haiku, created in one of my languages
  • Will include the unique word I created in thanks for you
  • All previous backer rewards
Pledge $10 or more per creation
1 patron
Monthly Chat
  • Monthly Group Chat
  • We'll have a monthly group chat with all the patrons, where we will talk about whatever you want.
  • All previous back rewards.
Pledge $15 or more per creation
0 patrons
PDF LEXICON
  • Get a PDF copy of all the lexicons
  • Whenever a lexicon is finished, you will get a PDF copy sent to you
  • The copies will have a personalized thank-you note written by me.
  • All previous backer rewards
Pledge $30 or more per creation
0 patrons
PHYSICAL LEXICON
  • Get a physical copy of the lexicon
  • Whenever a lexicon is finished, you will get a physical copy shipped to you.
  • The copies will be signed by me, and include a handwritten thank-you note.
  • All previous backer rewards
  • US backers only (sorry)
Pledge $50 or more per creation
0 patrons
PERSONAL SKYPE CHAT
  • We will have a monthly personal skype chat
  • We can talk about whatever you want
  • All previous backer rewards
Goals
$15 of $150 per creation
This small goal will allow me just enough wiggle room to give myself monthly deadlines, so that the projects get completed that much faster.
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Who are You?

I'm Mark. I'm a writer, hobbyist linguist, conlanger (creator of constructed languages), game designer and overall awesome crazy person.

Okay... So What Do You Do?

I create fantasy languages with the express intent of expanding upon existing fandoms. The purpose of these languages is to deepen the enjoyment and immersion of fans who enjoy those fandoms.

You can see my work on tumblr here: http://fenxshiral.tumblr.com/
You can read specifically about the Thedas Language Project here: http://fenxshiral.tumblr.com/post/123337238233/welcome-to-the-thedas-language-project
You can read specifically about Project Elvhen here: http://fenxshiral.tumblr.com/projectelvhen

Currently, I am heading the Thedas Language Project - a project to create and expand upon the languages found within The Dragon Age Universe. The main focus of that project, right now, is Project Elvhen - which has created a conlang (a constructed language) to help expand upon the Elvhen cipher presented to us in the games so far. I'd eventually like to expand this work to Alamarri, Qunlat, Tevene, Ander, and more. 

Eventually, if time and money permit, I'd like to expand this work to other fandoms - such as Mass Effect, and other fan-suggestions.

Wait, you want me to pay for that? Why?

Because this work costs me money and time. Creating a language isn't easier, creating a language based upon in-universe materials even less so. I spend a lot of time creating words, creating grammar and syntax, and browsing many different dictionaries and resources to make sure that my work is the best that it can be. 

By pledging, you not only ensure that I can continue to do this work, but that I can do it as higher quality. The more you pledge, the more work I get done. Right now, these languages are taking up a lot of my free time, and as such they are getting done much slower than I'd like. Every pledge helps me get just a little bit faster by just giving me a bit more slack. 

Okay, So What Do We Get?

The more you pledge, the more content you get. The higher my monthly pledge gets, the more free time I have and that means more time I can dedicate to these languages. By pledging, you help me complete Elvhen faster, and move on to the other languages quicker.

By pledging, you also get a vote in what projects I work on, as well as how I work on them. Backers will get to vote on some new words, and if your pledge if high enough you will be able to create words yourself (with my guidance and editing of course).

Additionally, backers will get early access to interactive stories that I create, with the use of these languages that will serve not only as an introduction to these languages - but also as self contained interesting stories within themselves. As a backer, you get to decide what those stories are about.

I would also eventually like to create a video or audio series in which I, or another person, teaches you how to speak and use the languages that I create.

Recent posts by Mark Hardigan

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per creation
4 patrons
YOUR OWN WORD
  • A unique word, created in thanks
  • This word will be added to the one of the languages
  • Unique to you, in thanks to your donation.
  • My eternal gratitude
Pledge $3 or more per creation
1 patron
LANGUAGE HAIKU
  • A haiku, created in one of my languages
  • Will include the unique word I created in thanks for you
  • All previous backer rewards
Pledge $10 or more per creation
1 patron
Monthly Chat
  • Monthly Group Chat
  • We'll have a monthly group chat with all the patrons, where we will talk about whatever you want.
  • All previous back rewards.
Pledge $15 or more per creation
0 patrons
PDF LEXICON
  • Get a PDF copy of all the lexicons
  • Whenever a lexicon is finished, you will get a PDF copy sent to you
  • The copies will have a personalized thank-you note written by me.
  • All previous backer rewards
Pledge $30 or more per creation
0 patrons
PHYSICAL LEXICON
  • Get a physical copy of the lexicon
  • Whenever a lexicon is finished, you will get a physical copy shipped to you.
  • The copies will be signed by me, and include a handwritten thank-you note.
  • All previous backer rewards
  • US backers only (sorry)
Pledge $50 or more per creation
0 patrons
PERSONAL SKYPE CHAT
  • We will have a monthly personal skype chat
  • We can talk about whatever you want
  • All previous backer rewards