Mark Smylie

is creating books, roleplaying games, games, and (occasionally) comics/art.
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BLACK HEART Only
$5
per month

I've created this tier for anyone who is just interested in reading chapters of BLACK HEART, the sequel to THE BARROW, as they are finished and posted (as well as having access to the archive of previous chapters). The plan is for at least one chapter a week, so about $1.25 a chapter or less, in effect (assuming you become an ongoing patron and don't just wait till close to the end to jump on board). 37 chapters are already complete as of the launch of this Patreon, with about 10 to finish. 

SWORD & BARROW Only
$5
per month

I've created this tier for anyone who is just interested in supplemental material for the roleplaying game, ARTESIA: ADVENTURES IN THE KNOWN WORLD, as well as playtest material for the second edition of the game when it becomes available and background material on the setting. This will include: 

  • Chapters from an expansion of the History of the Known World, combining the world tour in Artesia Annual 2, the timeline from Annual 3 with the history & world tour stuff in the RPG (which already had elements of the aforementioned items but not everything), along with new stuff. About one chapter a week, probably both as a text post plus a downloadable pdf for patrons.
  • "System neutral" gazetteer material, getting more detail on different regions (starting mostly with the Middle Kingdoms but then expanding outward) including major NPCs, and the cults and religions of the Known World. (System-neutral meaning essentially stat-free so the info can be used with any system you play in.) This will probably roll in second after the History is done. 
  • WIP material on a new edition of the RPG, tentatively titled SWORD & BARROW). This will be a bit more sporadic.
  • Maps! More maps of the world and its cities. These will mostly be, I think, the style of the maps in the roleplaying game but occasionally might be different. 
  • Illustrations and artwork that haven't been seen (unpublished covers, "sketchbook" material, the occasional new illustration, etc.). Hopefully at least one map/illustration a week so that it's not just all-text all-the-time.
INITIATE
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For bookkeeping ease I've created this tier for those who want access to chapters of BLACK HEART plus all the game and sourcebook material being generated for the SWORD & BARROW tier. Plus I'll add some occasional goodies (probably mostly sketchbook material and other behind-the-scenes stuff). Eventually I'll take a poll to see if there is enough interest in a Discord group. 

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About Mark Smylie

Hello, and welcome to my Patreon for my work on what I've always called the Known World, including: the novel THE BARROW and its sequels (most particularly BLACK HEART, which I will be posting here chapter-by-chapter as I finish it), the ARTESIA graphic novels, and tabletop roleplaying and board games related to both.

When it comes to publishing my experience has run the gamut; I have had publishers before (Sirius back in the day for the comics, Pyr for THE BARROW), have self-published via my old company Archaia, and have myself been a publisher and editor (at Archaia and elsewhere). It's been taking a long time to finish up BLACK HEART, the first intended sequel to THE BARROW, for a whole host of reasons, with a complicating factor of late being the loss of its publisher, Pyr. Originally an imprint at Prometheus Books, Pyr was late last year sold to another outfit which is uninterested in publishing the sequels, leaving the unfinished manuscript without a future home. So without an immediate publisher for BLACK HEART, I have found myself looking for a new way forward for the book. I hope this Patreon will help set the stage for self-publishing the novel when it is finished (250k+ words are already done, with about another 75k to go) and then eventually launching a new edition of the roleplaying game set in the world (originally called ARTESIA: ADVENTURES IN THE KNOWN WORLD). The Patreon will include the following:

  • Work-in-Progress chapters of BLACK HEART, probably about one a week or so. These will be available both in a BLACK HEART-only patron tier for those that are only interested in reading the next book as I complete it and in a book+sourcebook tier for those that are also interested in the setting (presumably for gaming purposes but perhaps also for the simply-curious). 
  • Chapters from an expansion of the history of the Known World, combining the world tour in Artesia Annual 2, the timeline from Annual 3 with the history & world tour stuff in the RPG (which already had elements of the aforementioned items but not everything), along with new stuff. Also about one a week.
  • "System neutral" gazetteer material, getting more detail on different regions (starting mostly with the Middle Kingdoms but then expanding outward) including major NPCs, and the cults and religions of the Known World. (System-neutral meaning essentially stat-free so the info can be used with any system you play in.) Also about one a week.
  • WIP material on a new edition of the RPG; I was thinking I'd run through some outlines of what I'm thinking for a new standalone system (i.e., a system not licensed from another company, which in my head I'm calling SWORD & BARROW) and compare that with some licensing options as a way of getting some feedback, plus include playtesting info once I'm that far in for both the RPG and the board game(s), most particularly the board game THE WARS OF THE THRONE THIEF. This will be a bit more sporadic.
  • Maps! More maps of the world and its cities. These will mostly be, I think, the style of the maps in the roleplaying game but occasionally might be different. 
  • Illustrations and artwork that haven't been seen (unpublished covers, "sketchbook" material, the occasional new illustration, etc.). Hopefully at least one map/illustration a week so that it's not just all-text all-the-time.

Thank you for taking a look, and I hope you find something of interest here amongst my wares.

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