Jeeyon Shim is creating land skills through LARP.
35
patrons
$160
per month
Who are you supporting?

Hi! I'm Jeeyon Shim, a naturalist educator, writer, game designer, and artist. I write unusual, heartfelt games that are designed to guide players to (re)connect with the natural world. When I'm not writing, I teach wilderness survival skills to children and adults alike, and design immersive and emotionally evocative roleplaying games (LARPs and tabletop) that incorporate real hands-on survival skills. I've been featured in podcast interviews (goblin arts and liberation, by Avery AlderBackstory by Alex Roberts, and on Asians Represent!).

Games I've written include:
What do I want to do?

My ultimate goal is to remind everyone that no matter how alienated you may feel from the outdoors, your connection with the natural world is instinctive, beautiful, primal, and intrinsic to every person alive. I believe that the need for land connection resonates through every part of our life, and I would love your help in reaching more people through my work.


How can you help?

Right now I am stretching myself just barely paycheck to paycheck, and as the housing crisis grows more dire by the month and the cost of living rises ever higher I need to find creative ways to support myself in addition to my day job, which I adore. I've lived in Oakland for the past 11 years. I love this city, and the Bay, and California. The land here is breathtaking in its beauty and biodiversity and it serves as a major inspiration for all my work. It is also one of the most expensive places to live in the world, and lately as the city has changed around me I've found it increasingly difficult to sustain myself. 

That's where you come in. With your help and Patreon's platform, I hope to expand the breadth of my eclectic portfolio by opening more roads to creating games and art that helps guide participants through their personal gateways to deep, heartfelt nature connection. I want to do everything I can to help people feel as at home and resonant with the land as I do. Your support will be pivotal in helping me give that gift to my communities — and yours.


What other creators are saying about me:

"Jeeyon’s games do something brilliantly unexpected in the craft in which they exist - whereas we are used to being surveyors of fantastic worlds and viewers of their mystery, Jeeyon invites us to be a part of the world. Often, the space we explore in these games is our own - replacing fantasy adventure with intimate and often intense reflection on the real around us and our place in it. We are invited, encouraged and sometimes pushed gently into a place where roleplaying games so rarely take us."
Adam Koebel, co-designer of Dungeon World


"Jeeyon Shim is making small, intense games that reflect her lived experience in beautiful ways. Her games help connect players - to the land around them, to their senses, to their most loyal companions, to themselves. I appreciate her work as much for its precision as its beauty. Jeeyon brings both a unique voice and an implicit challenge to form and content that I find delightful and exciting."
— Jason Morningstar, designer of Fiasco! and founder of Bully Pulpit Games


"Walking under trees, tending soil, or relaxing into warm water, Jeeyon's work invites you to become aware of your own emotional and physical world. She writes with brevity and transparency, never trying to bury or obscure her metaphors; I'm disarmed by the earnesty and grace in this collection of games. I'd recommend her work to anyone who is willing to be vulnerable, with themselves and perhaps a friend."

— Avery Alder, designer of Monsterhearts and The Quiet Year, founder of Buried Without Ceremony

"Games connect us. Sometimes this connection is to fellow players, and sometimes to new stories we get to experience for a few precious moments. But Jeeyon's games do more. Introspective, therapeutic, and physical, they focus on connecting us to the natural world, our bodies, and our inner thoughts. They're deeply personal and the connections they form have a permanence no other games do. In doing so, they're helping to define a brand new wave of game design that we're just beginning to experience."
— Hakan Seyalioglu, co-designer of Sign and Dialect, co-owner of Thorny Games

"Jeeyon’s games represent the absolute forefront of play as healing, as grieving, as survival. Reading her texts sometimes scares me. She is ready to show you a full and beautiful present reality, but only if you are willing to bring your whole self to the experience."
— Alex Roberts, designer of Star Crossed and For The Queen

"It would be difficult to discuss the current landscape of larp in the United States without also discussing the work, influence and indeed the personality of Jeeyon Shim, but why would you want to? As a naturalist educator, her artful investigations into our forgotten relationship with nature are designed such that players are at once skillfully guided into the heart of the subject, but gently left at the precipice of discovery, begging us to ascribe our own meaning. These are tight, elegant and earnest designs that don’t care to obscure their intent—to have played them is to have known their author, and it is the opinion of many, including myself, that this author is absolutely worth knowing."
— Alex Rowland, designer of Lion In Mississauga and Hlasko


Tiers
Seed Tier
$1 or more per month
  • My deep and heartfelt thanks. 
  • Exclusive posts on my Patreon stream, including journal entries, snapshots of my game design process, and glimpses into my unusual and rewarding lifestyle as a naturalist and wilderness skills teacher.
Sprout Tier
$5 or more per month
  • All the access of the Seed Tier.
  • A downloadable PDF of all my games as I complete them, as thanks for your helping me release them into the world.
  • Once a month, I will answer a question in depth related to wilderness survival.
Branch Tier
$25 or more per month
  • All the access of the Seed and Sprout Tiers.
  • Tangible copies of *six* select PDFs, hand printed as one-of-a-kind zines, mailed to you at the end of the year through USPS with a personal note and a token of gratitude (e.g. a pack of wild seeds I harvested myself, a flower I gathered and pressed at the height of its beauty in the spring, a small tin of healing salve).
Canopy Tier
$50 or more per month
  • All the access of the Seed, Sprout, and Branch Tiers, with the slight change that rather than getting a selection of game zines you will get ALL my game zines.
  • An original work of art, mailed to you at the end of the year with a longform handwritten letter.
Goals
$160 of $1,000 per month
This goal will allow me to meet all my utility bills, veterinary costs for my cat, and personal health care costs for myself. 

When I reach this goal, I will mail patrons at the Sprout tier and higher a zine of notes and marginalia from my survival skills journals. PDFs of the journals will be available to Seed tier patrons.
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Who are you supporting?

Hi! I'm Jeeyon Shim, a naturalist educator, writer, game designer, and artist. I write unusual, heartfelt games that are designed to guide players to (re)connect with the natural world. When I'm not writing, I teach wilderness survival skills to children and adults alike, and design immersive and emotionally evocative roleplaying games (LARPs and tabletop) that incorporate real hands-on survival skills. I've been featured in podcast interviews (goblin arts and liberation, by Avery AlderBackstory by Alex Roberts, and on Asians Represent!).

Games I've written include:
What do I want to do?

My ultimate goal is to remind everyone that no matter how alienated you may feel from the outdoors, your connection with the natural world is instinctive, beautiful, primal, and intrinsic to every person alive. I believe that the need for land connection resonates through every part of our life, and I would love your help in reaching more people through my work.


How can you help?

Right now I am stretching myself just barely paycheck to paycheck, and as the housing crisis grows more dire by the month and the cost of living rises ever higher I need to find creative ways to support myself in addition to my day job, which I adore. I've lived in Oakland for the past 11 years. I love this city, and the Bay, and California. The land here is breathtaking in its beauty and biodiversity and it serves as a major inspiration for all my work. It is also one of the most expensive places to live in the world, and lately as the city has changed around me I've found it increasingly difficult to sustain myself. 

That's where you come in. With your help and Patreon's platform, I hope to expand the breadth of my eclectic portfolio by opening more roads to creating games and art that helps guide participants through their personal gateways to deep, heartfelt nature connection. I want to do everything I can to help people feel as at home and resonant with the land as I do. Your support will be pivotal in helping me give that gift to my communities — and yours.


What other creators are saying about me:

"Jeeyon’s games do something brilliantly unexpected in the craft in which they exist - whereas we are used to being surveyors of fantastic worlds and viewers of their mystery, Jeeyon invites us to be a part of the world. Often, the space we explore in these games is our own - replacing fantasy adventure with intimate and often intense reflection on the real around us and our place in it. We are invited, encouraged and sometimes pushed gently into a place where roleplaying games so rarely take us."
Adam Koebel, co-designer of Dungeon World


"Jeeyon Shim is making small, intense games that reflect her lived experience in beautiful ways. Her games help connect players - to the land around them, to their senses, to their most loyal companions, to themselves. I appreciate her work as much for its precision as its beauty. Jeeyon brings both a unique voice and an implicit challenge to form and content that I find delightful and exciting."
— Jason Morningstar, designer of Fiasco! and founder of Bully Pulpit Games


"Walking under trees, tending soil, or relaxing into warm water, Jeeyon's work invites you to become aware of your own emotional and physical world. She writes with brevity and transparency, never trying to bury or obscure her metaphors; I'm disarmed by the earnesty and grace in this collection of games. I'd recommend her work to anyone who is willing to be vulnerable, with themselves and perhaps a friend."

— Avery Alder, designer of Monsterhearts and The Quiet Year, founder of Buried Without Ceremony

"Games connect us. Sometimes this connection is to fellow players, and sometimes to new stories we get to experience for a few precious moments. But Jeeyon's games do more. Introspective, therapeutic, and physical, they focus on connecting us to the natural world, our bodies, and our inner thoughts. They're deeply personal and the connections they form have a permanence no other games do. In doing so, they're helping to define a brand new wave of game design that we're just beginning to experience."
— Hakan Seyalioglu, co-designer of Sign and Dialect, co-owner of Thorny Games

"Jeeyon’s games represent the absolute forefront of play as healing, as grieving, as survival. Reading her texts sometimes scares me. She is ready to show you a full and beautiful present reality, but only if you are willing to bring your whole self to the experience."
— Alex Roberts, designer of Star Crossed and For The Queen

"It would be difficult to discuss the current landscape of larp in the United States without also discussing the work, influence and indeed the personality of Jeeyon Shim, but why would you want to? As a naturalist educator, her artful investigations into our forgotten relationship with nature are designed such that players are at once skillfully guided into the heart of the subject, but gently left at the precipice of discovery, begging us to ascribe our own meaning. These are tight, elegant and earnest designs that don’t care to obscure their intent—to have played them is to have known their author, and it is the opinion of many, including myself, that this author is absolutely worth knowing."
— Alex Rowland, designer of Lion In Mississauga and Hlasko


Recent posts by Jeeyon Shim

Tiers
Seed Tier
$1 or more per month
  • My deep and heartfelt thanks. 
  • Exclusive posts on my Patreon stream, including journal entries, snapshots of my game design process, and glimpses into my unusual and rewarding lifestyle as a naturalist and wilderness skills teacher.
Sprout Tier
$5 or more per month
  • All the access of the Seed Tier.
  • A downloadable PDF of all my games as I complete them, as thanks for your helping me release them into the world.
  • Once a month, I will answer a question in depth related to wilderness survival.
Branch Tier
$25 or more per month
  • All the access of the Seed and Sprout Tiers.
  • Tangible copies of *six* select PDFs, hand printed as one-of-a-kind zines, mailed to you at the end of the year through USPS with a personal note and a token of gratitude (e.g. a pack of wild seeds I harvested myself, a flower I gathered and pressed at the height of its beauty in the spring, a small tin of healing salve).
Canopy Tier
$50 or more per month
  • All the access of the Seed, Sprout, and Branch Tiers, with the slight change that rather than getting a selection of game zines you will get ALL my game zines.
  • An original work of art, mailed to you at the end of the year with a longform handwritten letter.