Sword Prince games

is creating narrative experimental #feels heavy art games

4

patrons
Ola, I'm Maria.
I make participatory art, and writing that is deep and incising but also occasionally witty. They also happen to be narrative centered, micro-rpgs that tend to be solo-plays or small group plays.

I'm interested in our capacity to hold space for each other in the midst of difficult topics. Such as self-denied emotions, narratives of the self, and our own EFFED UP #FEELS from capitalism to our own existential fates. I know it sounds pretentious but I think it also makes us better people.

It makes us compassionate.

It teaches us how to listen, it offers us a chance to listen at the small rumbling whispers under the machinations of our own logic and patterns of thinking.

It's an invitation to self-reflect and transform beyond trauma.

I write these as how I experience life itself.

I've had weird "awakening" experiences in 2016 and have had what you'd call "psychic" or shamanic like tendencies. But instead of banging drums and going full witch doctor I think I'm making art and games. I think it's just more fun to learn when you're playing

I ALSO WRITE and manage: wefourswords.home.blog
with Queen of Swords's Jammi :https://www.patreon.com/swordqueengames

>> we'll be focusing on this right after our big game dev event this aug 25
We provide a platform to discuss, feature and host game theory for indie ttrpg devs. It's not on discord cause we believe (and I've personally experienced this) that games have solved!! so many problems of other fields in terms of effectively designing/hard-coding safety, empathic listening and so forth. SO IT'S FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE. And everyone to talk about. But yea we'll snoop around discord too eventually. But I really want to do let's plays.

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ME outside of itch.io: (yall can just skim this but im writing this for transparency)
- apprentice at Philippine Educational Theater Association (so I kind of smash LARP tropes in here somewhere, and write mini LARPS that spit out more intuitive stories.

I talked about this in #RichKidProblem$ but we're a theater for the poor and we co-opt local language - never heard of in the Philippines, and put main characters who look "masa"/class C and D on stage to showcase stories that are often neglected. It's educational cause our founder was big on using theater as involved pedagogy - more participatory and creative and democratic. We also got an outreach arm (google us) that uses art for trauma, processing disaster and teaching non violent parenting. It's ambitious, far from perfect. But I guess it informs a lot of my perspective to in terms of what stories mean to me cause it is my effin day job too. My performance background is mostly dance (latin social, indegenous, varied) though so watch out LARPS. 

This is usually project based, so most artists under the company support themselves by other means. I continue my arts training with them though, I'm expected to create my own curriculum on my third year with them (I'm on my first). And I really want to focus on creating programs that help people self-integrate but also connect and bond with strangers to tell stories cathartically. Maybe it's not for stage - but I want immersive work that's transformational. 

if i tweet about im nervous about acting and memorizing scripts im referring to my PETA work

- I make energy art from sigils to resin daggers. I adore abstract color paintings -- me and jammi have been collabing since last year on decks with our own art
-- monster girl decks (jammi) 
-- soul doodles (jammi)
-- untitled game randomizer (me)
-- pinoy tarot (me)

All of which are personal use for now since we haven't found a printer/ universe ain't saying it's ready yet. But for sure I want to make some really gorgeous energetic art as custom game decks.

- I run side gigs of selling mushroom coffee (foursigmatic philippines) and managing my grandma's airbnb and the occasional tarot reading

- I get the most cash from a presenting gig i have with QUIPPER which is an online educational resource. They're making k-12 material crash course style content which they sell to the Department of Education and Schools around the Philippines. I like leveraging tools to empower student's learning, so if you can make knowledge more convenient - and my PETA pedagogue is just itching to get my hands in our scripts. Right now I'm doing math and will be doing english next. I'm applying to be a script writer for the english course and I hope to co-opt a lot of the good story telling techniques I find in itch and gamify language lessons but also probe students to making their own stories and questioning how they are w language. Script writer will also pay better but I hope my learning curve won't murder me. 



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Patreon support will help me:

Spend more time with my TTRPG mentor and friends to playtest the games I made and to exchange more #radass ideas. About what? --What kind of skills must our games teach? What truths do they hold? What qualities do these practice?

Your support will help me create a more compassionate world to live in.

Topics I would like to explore and weave into future games:
- non-violent communication via Animal Language (monkey, jackal, giraffe)
- healing ancestral pain/ karma via Text Adventure
- speaking kindly to the body, investigating mental-emotional roots for phantom or chronic pain (psychic surgeon simulator WITH POETRY!!!)
>>> some of these have been published already

Twitter is most updated with these things!

Your support means I can make these games better and distribute them better. 

____

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I am pan so far. Single HAHAHA

My reward tiers will include free readings and convos from me with literally anything you want to fan about. I'll also post more behind the scenes content for patrons :)
Tiers
Sword Tips
$1 or more per month

You are Amazing, I bless you.

- you get access to the patron posts and behind the scenes hooligans

Sword Sheaths
$5 or more per month

You are Phenomenal, I bless you.

- you get shout-outs in the games sword prince publishes

- access to unpublished articles in wefourswords

- digital copies of the products (monthly) regardless of price! <3 <3 

Sword blades
$10 or more per month

You are divinely sent, no argument. You bless me, I send your petitions straight to God for you.

- I will prioritize your suggestions and requests. When I have posts on my patron page on who to feature, what games to review I'll be listening to you hard-core.

- We play-thru on my twitter account. G? G. (monthly)

- Free consultation!  I can read tarot, but also walk you through art, theater and performance consultations on whatever you're working on. I can also do an energy portrait of your aura this month. You can pick any of these once every month :)

- all previous tier benefits

Goals
4 of 20 patrons
I'll be able to dedicate more time to designing and channeling an art deck for intuitive story telling and gaming
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Ola, I'm Maria.
I make participatory art, and writing that is deep and incising but also occasionally witty. They also happen to be narrative centered, micro-rpgs that tend to be solo-plays or small group plays.

I'm interested in our capacity to hold space for each other in the midst of difficult topics. Such as self-denied emotions, narratives of the self, and our own EFFED UP #FEELS from capitalism to our own existential fates. I know it sounds pretentious but I think it also makes us better people.

It makes us compassionate.

It teaches us how to listen, it offers us a chance to listen at the small rumbling whispers under the machinations of our own logic and patterns of thinking.

It's an invitation to self-reflect and transform beyond trauma.

I write these as how I experience life itself.

I've had weird "awakening" experiences in 2016 and have had what you'd call "psychic" or shamanic like tendencies. But instead of banging drums and going full witch doctor I think I'm making art and games. I think it's just more fun to learn when you're playing

I ALSO WRITE and manage: wefourswords.home.blog
with Queen of Swords's Jammi :https://www.patreon.com/swordqueengames

>> we'll be focusing on this right after our big game dev event this aug 25
We provide a platform to discuss, feature and host game theory for indie ttrpg devs. It's not on discord cause we believe (and I've personally experienced this) that games have solved!! so many problems of other fields in terms of effectively designing/hard-coding safety, empathic listening and so forth. SO IT'S FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE. And everyone to talk about. But yea we'll snoop around discord too eventually. But I really want to do let's plays.

-------

ME outside of itch.io: (yall can just skim this but im writing this for transparency)
- apprentice at Philippine Educational Theater Association (so I kind of smash LARP tropes in here somewhere, and write mini LARPS that spit out more intuitive stories.

I talked about this in #RichKidProblem$ but we're a theater for the poor and we co-opt local language - never heard of in the Philippines, and put main characters who look "masa"/class C and D on stage to showcase stories that are often neglected. It's educational cause our founder was big on using theater as involved pedagogy - more participatory and creative and democratic. We also got an outreach arm (google us) that uses art for trauma, processing disaster and teaching non violent parenting. It's ambitious, far from perfect. But I guess it informs a lot of my perspective to in terms of what stories mean to me cause it is my effin day job too. My performance background is mostly dance (latin social, indegenous, varied) though so watch out LARPS. 

This is usually project based, so most artists under the company support themselves by other means. I continue my arts training with them though, I'm expected to create my own curriculum on my third year with them (I'm on my first). And I really want to focus on creating programs that help people self-integrate but also connect and bond with strangers to tell stories cathartically. Maybe it's not for stage - but I want immersive work that's transformational. 

if i tweet about im nervous about acting and memorizing scripts im referring to my PETA work

- I make energy art from sigils to resin daggers. I adore abstract color paintings -- me and jammi have been collabing since last year on decks with our own art
-- monster girl decks (jammi) 
-- soul doodles (jammi)
-- untitled game randomizer (me)
-- pinoy tarot (me)

All of which are personal use for now since we haven't found a printer/ universe ain't saying it's ready yet. But for sure I want to make some really gorgeous energetic art as custom game decks.

- I run side gigs of selling mushroom coffee (foursigmatic philippines) and managing my grandma's airbnb and the occasional tarot reading

- I get the most cash from a presenting gig i have with QUIPPER which is an online educational resource. They're making k-12 material crash course style content which they sell to the Department of Education and Schools around the Philippines. I like leveraging tools to empower student's learning, so if you can make knowledge more convenient - and my PETA pedagogue is just itching to get my hands in our scripts. Right now I'm doing math and will be doing english next. I'm applying to be a script writer for the english course and I hope to co-opt a lot of the good story telling techniques I find in itch and gamify language lessons but also probe students to making their own stories and questioning how they are w language. Script writer will also pay better but I hope my learning curve won't murder me. 



-------

Patreon support will help me:

Spend more time with my TTRPG mentor and friends to playtest the games I made and to exchange more #radass ideas. About what? --What kind of skills must our games teach? What truths do they hold? What qualities do these practice?

Your support will help me create a more compassionate world to live in.

Topics I would like to explore and weave into future games:
- non-violent communication via Animal Language (monkey, jackal, giraffe)
- healing ancestral pain/ karma via Text Adventure
- speaking kindly to the body, investigating mental-emotional roots for phantom or chronic pain (psychic surgeon simulator WITH POETRY!!!)
>>> some of these have been published already

Twitter is most updated with these things!

Your support means I can make these games better and distribute them better. 

____

+++

I am pan so far. Single HAHAHA

My reward tiers will include free readings and convos from me with literally anything you want to fan about. I'll also post more behind the scenes content for patrons :)

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Tiers
Sword Tips
$1 or more per month

You are Amazing, I bless you.

- you get access to the patron posts and behind the scenes hooligans

Sword Sheaths
$5 or more per month

You are Phenomenal, I bless you.

- you get shout-outs in the games sword prince publishes

- access to unpublished articles in wefourswords

- digital copies of the products (monthly) regardless of price! <3 <3 

Sword blades
$10 or more per month

You are divinely sent, no argument. You bless me, I send your petitions straight to God for you.

- I will prioritize your suggestions and requests. When I have posts on my patron page on who to feature, what games to review I'll be listening to you hard-core.

- We play-thru on my twitter account. G? G. (monthly)

- Free consultation!  I can read tarot, but also walk you through art, theater and performance consultations on whatever you're working on. I can also do an energy portrait of your aura this month. You can pick any of these once every month :)

- all previous tier benefits