Jay Dragon is creating Role-Playing Games
22

patrons

$82
per month
Hi everyone, my name is Jay Dragon and I'm a young queer game designer. I write Tabletop RPGs, LARPs, and even a Text-Based RPG system, with a perspective on building communities, engaging in ritual, and immersing oneself in a shared fiction. 

Who I Am
I'm 21 years old, and have spent much of my life growing up in the Hudson Valley, in upstate New York. The area is equal parts financially impoverished and intensely beautiful, and has served to give me an aesthetic appreciation for both the majesty of nature and the authenticity of the broken-down. I've spent the past eight years working at the Wayfinder Experience, a LARP summer camp for teenagers in my home area. I also attend Bennington College in Vermont, where I study art history, aesthetic philosophy, and basically "how we see the world and how we can teach that to others". I'm queer, intensely so, and bring that queerness into my writing. 

What I Write
As mentioned, I'm a writer of Tabletop RPGs (role-playing games) and LARPs (Live Action Roleplaying Games). I tell stories about friendship, queerness, apocalypse, and transformation. My games are about what it's like to discover yourself in the face of certain doom. I've written games like Queer Messes, which are about a group of queer teenagers learning what it's like to be alive in the face of a collapsing friend group. I've also been writing games for the Wayfinder Experience for eight years, and have run more than 25 games, each for 50-70 people. To me, game design is about curating and exploring an experience that offers the ability to transform you and enter a new space. 

What This Is
This Patreon is the opportunity for me to share my games with the world. I'm still new to the larger gamewriting scene, but this Patreon gives me both the ability to focus on my games as a career (instead of as a pastime) and to help me go to conventions and conferences to help learn and teach. Much of the focus of this Patreon is to help develop the concept of games into a mechanism for real, interpersonal change. 

What You Get
As a backer of this Patreon, you will get access to all of the following:
  • First access to weekly blog posts and discussion pages where I go into detail about a particular aspect of game design.
  • All unfinished games I have posted or will post here, with my thoughts on their design and support in running them. 
  • Polls to help guide my creative process and my focuses. 
My Current Projects
At the moment, I'm posting about the following things:
  • Esoteric, a LARP that you can't talk about, and how that relates to the Magic Circle Theory.
  • Promethean: The Unborn, a Powered by the Apocalypse hack of White Wolf's Promethean, which turns the game into a radical allegory for transness and rage in a cruel and senseless world.
  • The Last Days of Solomon, a totally new, incredibly ambitious text-based roleplaying game system about nobles plotting to survive in a dying city. 
  • Motherlode, a Wayfinder LARP about miners learning how to unionize. 
Tiers
Associate
$1 or more per month 15 patrons
Thank you! You'll get access to my development blog, limited portfolio of Adventure Games and projects, and access to all games I've released previously on this Patreon. 
Confidant
$3 or more per month 5 patrons
Thank you! You'll get access to my development blog, portfolio, polls, and may view any Patreon-only releases I make the second I post them.
Co-Conspirator
$10 or more per month 3 patrons
In addition to my development blog, polls and all of my finished work, I'll show you works and blog posts I'm in the process of developing, including works that are going to be sold online. You'll be welcome to provide feedback to me.
Advisor
$25 or more per month 1 patron
In addition to everything else, you'll be guaranteed an invitation to any playtests I run of systems I'm developing. These playtests will be online, and there will be at least one a month. 
Camorra Boss
$50 or more per month 0 of 4 patrons
In addition to everything else, I will provide personal feedback on projects you're working on. You can send me anything you're interested in me looking at, and I will meet with you at least one hour a week to provide you with full and complete feedback. My experiences focus on LARPs and Role-Playing Games, but I would be happy to provide feedback on anything you'd want me to. 
Goals
$82 of $100 per month
Once I reach 100$, I'll run a series of workshops online for anyone interested about gamewriting, LARP-writing, and narrative work. Patrons will be welcome to suggest and vote on content, but this will be a charity endeavor supported and sponsored by all of you.
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Hi everyone, my name is Jay Dragon and I'm a young queer game designer. I write Tabletop RPGs, LARPs, and even a Text-Based RPG system, with a perspective on building communities, engaging in ritual, and immersing oneself in a shared fiction. 

Who I Am
I'm 21 years old, and have spent much of my life growing up in the Hudson Valley, in upstate New York. The area is equal parts financially impoverished and intensely beautiful, and has served to give me an aesthetic appreciation for both the majesty of nature and the authenticity of the broken-down. I've spent the past eight years working at the Wayfinder Experience, a LARP summer camp for teenagers in my home area. I also attend Bennington College in Vermont, where I study art history, aesthetic philosophy, and basically "how we see the world and how we can teach that to others". I'm queer, intensely so, and bring that queerness into my writing. 

What I Write
As mentioned, I'm a writer of Tabletop RPGs (role-playing games) and LARPs (Live Action Roleplaying Games). I tell stories about friendship, queerness, apocalypse, and transformation. My games are about what it's like to discover yourself in the face of certain doom. I've written games like Queer Messes, which are about a group of queer teenagers learning what it's like to be alive in the face of a collapsing friend group. I've also been writing games for the Wayfinder Experience for eight years, and have run more than 25 games, each for 50-70 people. To me, game design is about curating and exploring an experience that offers the ability to transform you and enter a new space. 

What This Is
This Patreon is the opportunity for me to share my games with the world. I'm still new to the larger gamewriting scene, but this Patreon gives me both the ability to focus on my games as a career (instead of as a pastime) and to help me go to conventions and conferences to help learn and teach. Much of the focus of this Patreon is to help develop the concept of games into a mechanism for real, interpersonal change. 

What You Get
As a backer of this Patreon, you will get access to all of the following:
  • First access to weekly blog posts and discussion pages where I go into detail about a particular aspect of game design.
  • All unfinished games I have posted or will post here, with my thoughts on their design and support in running them. 
  • Polls to help guide my creative process and my focuses. 
My Current Projects
At the moment, I'm posting about the following things:
  • Esoteric, a LARP that you can't talk about, and how that relates to the Magic Circle Theory.
  • Promethean: The Unborn, a Powered by the Apocalypse hack of White Wolf's Promethean, which turns the game into a radical allegory for transness and rage in a cruel and senseless world.
  • The Last Days of Solomon, a totally new, incredibly ambitious text-based roleplaying game system about nobles plotting to survive in a dying city. 
  • Motherlode, a Wayfinder LARP about miners learning how to unionize. 

Recent posts by Jay Dragon

Tiers
Associate
$1 or more per month 15 patrons
Thank you! You'll get access to my development blog, limited portfolio of Adventure Games and projects, and access to all games I've released previously on this Patreon. 
Confidant
$3 or more per month 5 patrons
Thank you! You'll get access to my development blog, portfolio, polls, and may view any Patreon-only releases I make the second I post them.
Co-Conspirator
$10 or more per month 3 patrons
In addition to my development blog, polls and all of my finished work, I'll show you works and blog posts I'm in the process of developing, including works that are going to be sold online. You'll be welcome to provide feedback to me.
Advisor
$25 or more per month 1 patron
In addition to everything else, you'll be guaranteed an invitation to any playtests I run of systems I'm developing. These playtests will be online, and there will be at least one a month. 
Camorra Boss
$50 or more per month 0 of 4 patrons
In addition to everything else, I will provide personal feedback on projects you're working on. You can send me anything you're interested in me looking at, and I will meet with you at least one hour a week to provide you with full and complete feedback. My experiences focus on LARPs and Role-Playing Games, but I would be happy to provide feedback on anything you'd want me to.