Matt Vancil is creating a strict malignant vice.
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patrons

$502
per month

So you’re back on Patreon.


Yep. I left back in March after that attempted rate hike back in December. They’ve since walked it back due to blowback, but I was one of the ones who pull up stakes anyway, figuring if they were willing to make unilateral changes to their pricing structure once, they might do so again. Thing is, after having looked around, there’s really no other viable platform out there. So for the time being and the foreseeable future, I’m back.

However. I don’t want to be caught in another situation where the site arbitrarily charges my backers more to access the content, so this time around the fiction is free. I’ll be posting the monthly chapters of my new novel, The Fatal Frontier, and episodes of the podcast Here Be Dragons publicly. Just swing by on the first Tuesday of the month for the fiction, and the third for the podcast. This time, no one will be priced out of the content, rate hikes be damned. I’m only charging for the other goodies.

Okay. Who the hell are you again?

Matt Vancil. I’m a writer, filmmaker, and teacher from Tacoma, Washington. I co-founded indie movie studios Zombie Orpheus Entertainment and Dead Gentlemen Productions, where I wrote and directed the Gamers movies and created the web series JourneyQuest. I’ve written video games for mobile giant King. My work has been featured on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. I’m a graduate of the American Film Institute, and I teach filmmaking at DigiPen (aka “Nintendo University”). I also once had an orca in a headlock.

I’m on Patreon (again) because it helps supplement my income and allows me to keep working on my creative endeavors. If it raises enough, I can even break into some new projects I’ve had ready to go for a while. So if you’ve enjoyed with my work and would like to see more of it, please chip in to keep the worlds turning. Like it says on the bookmark.

What’s the quo to my quid pro?

Two of the monthly rewards are free: chapters of my upcoming novel, and the podcast Here Be Dragons, in which we discuss topics of a geeky inclination and share storytelling tips.

For folks pledging actual financial support, I’m offering a range of additional perks and prizes. And for folks pledging high enough, you’ll receive something every week. For example:

$1/month – Your name will appear in the supporter pages of all work created as part of this campaign. Your name will also be fired out of the Anagram Cannon, where its new form will reveal dark and amusing truths. For example, “Matthew Vancil” fired from the Anagram Cannon becomes “Vital Watchmen.” Also “Watch Menial TV.” Anagrams never lie.

$5/month – You will gain access to the MattCave, a private Discord server where you can chat with Matt and your fellow patrons. You will receive a polished ebook of the monthly fiction chapters for your e-reader. And at least once per month, you will receive the patron-driven fiction serial Choose Your Own Gristly Doom, in which you, the reader, play as a protagonist who must choose from a range of poor options that ultimately result in your inglorious death. Fun!

$10/month – You will receive a monthly Look Under the Hood, a behind-the-scenes glimpse at Matt’s process in the form of screenplay pages, lore documents, and other spoilery goodness. You will get to vote where the Choose Your Own Grisly Doom story goes, and will be responsible for whatever horrid fate claims the protagonist. And you will receive a monthly PDF from Teach Yourself Orcish—each installment will include new vocabulary, grammar lessons, a passage to translate, and language exercises for the enterprising student.

$20/month – You will receive formatted epub versions of every book (novel, language guide, or other) completed in connection to this campaign. You will also gain access to the private Writers’ Forum in the MattCave Discord channel, where you can talk to Matt and other writers about all things clacky-typey.

$50/month – You will receive a signed hard copy of every book completed in connection to this campaign. Also, twice per year, Matt will provide script or story analysis for a manuscript of your choice (within page and word count limits, of course).

$100/month – You will gain access to the private Council Chambers in the MattCave Discord channel, where you will join the Development Team as both advisor and sounding board for upcoming projects and campaigns. Also, three times per year, you will receive spellbook pages from Matt’s collection of storytelling tricks and technique’s he’s gathered over the years.

You said there would be something new each week?

Indeed, on every Tuesday. Here’s the monthly content rollout schedule:

  • Week 1: monthly fiction, Choose Your Own Grisly Doom
  • Week 2: new Teach Yourself Orcish lesson
  • Week 3: new episode of Here Be Dragons podcast
  • Week 4: Look Under the Hood
  • Week 5: NOTHING*. I get this teetering handful of days off, you insatiable jerks. Jeez.

* Possibly more grisly doom. There's always room for doom.

Where can I see your work?


In this cluster of links down here:

Books
PWNED: A Gamers Novel
The Orcish-English Dictionary
Hopjockey
The Fatal Frontier


Movies & Web Series
The Gamers: Dorkness Rising
The Gamers: Hands of Fate
Humans & Households Natural 1
JourneyQuest Season 1
JourneyQuest Season 2: City of the Dead
JourneyQuest Season 3: The Pale Lady
JourneyQuest Season 3.5


~
Tiers
Advocates
$1 or more per month 5 patrons
Thank you for supporting independent creators! In addition to receiving my eternal, non-transferable gratitude:


• Your name will appear in the credits of any work created as a result of this campaign.

• Your name will be fired out of the Anagram Cannon. In the supporter pages, it will become anagram canon.

Stalwarts
$5 or more per month 16 patrons
Thank you! You're amazing! In addition to landing your anagramized name in the credits, you will also receive:


Choose Your Own Grisly Doom, a monthly serialized patron-driven solo adventure with a doomed protagonist (who is you).

• An ebook version of the monthly fiction, sent to you in .epub, .mobi, and PDF formats.

• Access to the MattCave, the author's private Discord server, where you can make him regret posting this reward.

Includes Discord rewards
Defenders
$10 or more per month 14 patrons
Thank you so much! In addition to all previous rewards, you will receive:


• Teach Yourself Orcish, a monthly lesson for learning the language of the orcs of JourneyQuest, sent to you as a PDF.

• A vote on the outcome of Choose Your Own Grisly Doom. Whatever happens to the protagonist (who is you) will directly be your fault.

• A Look Under the Hood, a monthly behind-the-scenes glimpse at Matt's process and/or file cabinet. It's more exciting than it sounds.

Includes Discord rewards
Champions
$20 or more per month 1 patron
Thank you so much! I am awash in gratitude. In addition to all previous rewards you will receive:


• A formatted ebook of any work published as a result of this campaign. These will be sent to you in .epub, .mobi, and PDF format.

• Access to the Writer's Forum of the MattCave discord server, where you can chat with Matt and other writers about whatever strikes your fancy.  

Includes Discord rewards
Elders
$50 or more per month 4 of 30 patrons
In addition to all of the above, if you back for at least six months at this level, you will receive:
  • A signed, personalized copy of any novel published as a result of this Patreon. I’ll need a shipping address for this, of course. Unless you’d just like me to guess.
  • You will be listed in the acknowledgements in the front of the book of any novel published as a result of this Patreon.
  • A handwritten thank you note at the end of the year. I’ll be suspicious if this has a different mailing address than your book.
Includes Discord rewards
The Council
$100 or more per month 1 patron
I am humbled and moved by your generosity. In addition to all previous rewards, you will receive:


• A seat on my Development Team, and will gain access to the private Council Chambers section of the MattCave Discord server. I will share my upcoming slate of projects with you, and you'll be invited to contribute, comment, possibly even collaborate.

• The Yearly Whatever. All of the year's written content compiled into the ebook format of your choice.

• Spellbook Pages. At least three times per year, I will share pages from my spellbook: narrative tricks of the trade I've collected over the years. I consult the spellbook for every project I work on, and it's not something I often share. DISCLAIMER: Does not contain actual spells. (Or does it?) (It does not.)

Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$502 of $2,000 per month
If we hit this goal, I will release an additional installment of Choose Your Own Grisly Doom in the third week of the month. Twice as much doom delivered straight to your inbox! And that’s quite a lot of doom.
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So you’re back on Patreon.


Yep. I left back in March after that attempted rate hike back in December. They’ve since walked it back due to blowback, but I was one of the ones who pull up stakes anyway, figuring if they were willing to make unilateral changes to their pricing structure once, they might do so again. Thing is, after having looked around, there’s really no other viable platform out there. So for the time being and the foreseeable future, I’m back.

However. I don’t want to be caught in another situation where the site arbitrarily charges my backers more to access the content, so this time around the fiction is free. I’ll be posting the monthly chapters of my new novel, The Fatal Frontier, and episodes of the podcast Here Be Dragons publicly. Just swing by on the first Tuesday of the month for the fiction, and the third for the podcast. This time, no one will be priced out of the content, rate hikes be damned. I’m only charging for the other goodies.

Okay. Who the hell are you again?

Matt Vancil. I’m a writer, filmmaker, and teacher from Tacoma, Washington. I co-founded indie movie studios Zombie Orpheus Entertainment and Dead Gentlemen Productions, where I wrote and directed the Gamers movies and created the web series JourneyQuest. I’ve written video games for mobile giant King. My work has been featured on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. I’m a graduate of the American Film Institute, and I teach filmmaking at DigiPen (aka “Nintendo University”). I also once had an orca in a headlock.

I’m on Patreon (again) because it helps supplement my income and allows me to keep working on my creative endeavors. If it raises enough, I can even break into some new projects I’ve had ready to go for a while. So if you’ve enjoyed with my work and would like to see more of it, please chip in to keep the worlds turning. Like it says on the bookmark.

What’s the quo to my quid pro?

Two of the monthly rewards are free: chapters of my upcoming novel, and the podcast Here Be Dragons, in which we discuss topics of a geeky inclination and share storytelling tips.

For folks pledging actual financial support, I’m offering a range of additional perks and prizes. And for folks pledging high enough, you’ll receive something every week. For example:

$1/month – Your name will appear in the supporter pages of all work created as part of this campaign. Your name will also be fired out of the Anagram Cannon, where its new form will reveal dark and amusing truths. For example, “Matthew Vancil” fired from the Anagram Cannon becomes “Vital Watchmen.” Also “Watch Menial TV.” Anagrams never lie.

$5/month – You will gain access to the MattCave, a private Discord server where you can chat with Matt and your fellow patrons. You will receive a polished ebook of the monthly fiction chapters for your e-reader. And at least once per month, you will receive the patron-driven fiction serial Choose Your Own Gristly Doom, in which you, the reader, play as a protagonist who must choose from a range of poor options that ultimately result in your inglorious death. Fun!

$10/month – You will receive a monthly Look Under the Hood, a behind-the-scenes glimpse at Matt’s process in the form of screenplay pages, lore documents, and other spoilery goodness. You will get to vote where the Choose Your Own Grisly Doom story goes, and will be responsible for whatever horrid fate claims the protagonist. And you will receive a monthly PDF from Teach Yourself Orcish—each installment will include new vocabulary, grammar lessons, a passage to translate, and language exercises for the enterprising student.

$20/month – You will receive formatted epub versions of every book (novel, language guide, or other) completed in connection to this campaign. You will also gain access to the private Writers’ Forum in the MattCave Discord channel, where you can talk to Matt and other writers about all things clacky-typey.

$50/month – You will receive a signed hard copy of every book completed in connection to this campaign. Also, twice per year, Matt will provide script or story analysis for a manuscript of your choice (within page and word count limits, of course).

$100/month – You will gain access to the private Council Chambers in the MattCave Discord channel, where you will join the Development Team as both advisor and sounding board for upcoming projects and campaigns. Also, three times per year, you will receive spellbook pages from Matt’s collection of storytelling tricks and technique’s he’s gathered over the years.

You said there would be something new each week?

Indeed, on every Tuesday. Here’s the monthly content rollout schedule:

  • Week 1: monthly fiction, Choose Your Own Grisly Doom
  • Week 2: new Teach Yourself Orcish lesson
  • Week 3: new episode of Here Be Dragons podcast
  • Week 4: Look Under the Hood
  • Week 5: NOTHING*. I get this teetering handful of days off, you insatiable jerks. Jeez.

* Possibly more grisly doom. There's always room for doom.

Where can I see your work?


In this cluster of links down here:

Books
PWNED: A Gamers Novel
The Orcish-English Dictionary
Hopjockey
The Fatal Frontier


Movies & Web Series
The Gamers: Dorkness Rising
The Gamers: Hands of Fate
Humans & Households Natural 1
JourneyQuest Season 1
JourneyQuest Season 2: City of the Dead
JourneyQuest Season 3: The Pale Lady
JourneyQuest Season 3.5


~

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Tiers
Advocates
$1 or more per month 5 patrons
Thank you for supporting independent creators! In addition to receiving my eternal, non-transferable gratitude:


• Your name will appear in the credits of any work created as a result of this campaign.

• Your name will be fired out of the Anagram Cannon. In the supporter pages, it will become anagram canon.

Stalwarts
$5 or more per month 16 patrons
Thank you! You're amazing! In addition to landing your anagramized name in the credits, you will also receive:


Choose Your Own Grisly Doom, a monthly serialized patron-driven solo adventure with a doomed protagonist (who is you).

• An ebook version of the monthly fiction, sent to you in .epub, .mobi, and PDF formats.

• Access to the MattCave, the author's private Discord server, where you can make him regret posting this reward.

Includes Discord rewards
Defenders
$10 or more per month 14 patrons
Thank you so much! In addition to all previous rewards, you will receive:


• Teach Yourself Orcish, a monthly lesson for learning the language of the orcs of JourneyQuest, sent to you as a PDF.

• A vote on the outcome of Choose Your Own Grisly Doom. Whatever happens to the protagonist (who is you) will directly be your fault.

• A Look Under the Hood, a monthly behind-the-scenes glimpse at Matt's process and/or file cabinet. It's more exciting than it sounds.

Includes Discord rewards
Champions
$20 or more per month 1 patron
Thank you so much! I am awash in gratitude. In addition to all previous rewards you will receive:


• A formatted ebook of any work published as a result of this campaign. These will be sent to you in .epub, .mobi, and PDF format.

• Access to the Writer's Forum of the MattCave discord server, where you can chat with Matt and other writers about whatever strikes your fancy.  

Includes Discord rewards
Elders
$50 or more per month 4 of 30 patrons
In addition to all of the above, if you back for at least six months at this level, you will receive:
  • A signed, personalized copy of any novel published as a result of this Patreon. I’ll need a shipping address for this, of course. Unless you’d just like me to guess.
  • You will be listed in the acknowledgements in the front of the book of any novel published as a result of this Patreon.
  • A handwritten thank you note at the end of the year. I’ll be suspicious if this has a different mailing address than your book.
Includes Discord rewards
The Council
$100 or more per month 1 patron
I am humbled and moved by your generosity. In addition to all previous rewards, you will receive:


• A seat on my Development Team, and will gain access to the private Council Chambers section of the MattCave Discord server. I will share my upcoming slate of projects with you, and you'll be invited to contribute, comment, possibly even collaborate.

• The Yearly Whatever. All of the year's written content compiled into the ebook format of your choice.

• Spellbook Pages. At least three times per year, I will share pages from my spellbook: narrative tricks of the trade I've collected over the years. I consult the spellbook for every project I work on, and it's not something I often share. DISCLAIMER: Does not contain actual spells. (Or does it?) (It does not.)

Includes Discord rewards