Michael Barnes, Independent Games Writer is creating Game Reviews, Editorials, Interviews, and Insights
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$26
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Hi there, I’m Michael Barnes and I have been independently writing about tabletop games for over 15 years across a number of venues. Right now, I am acting as Editor-In-Chief at ThereWillBe.Games (formerly FortressAT.com, founded in 2006).

I strongly believe that the hobby games industry needs independent, critical voices and I have always tried to create sophisticated, compelling content that rises above the standard. Now, the standard is lower than ever with so many of today’s top reviewers and content creators compromised by accepting payment from publishers and designers for their opinions.

But not taking that money also means that what I do today is a volunteer enterprise. I’ve worked paid gigs in the past and having that professional incentive is important- love and passion for the hobby can take you pretty far, but at the end of the day unpaid work is unpaid work. And it is quite a lot of work to maintain the steady, regular flow of material I have produced over the years.

So I thought I’d create a “tip jar” here on Patreon and humbly ask that if you value my output, if I’ve entertained you, made you think about gaming in a different way, or if I’ve made your gaming experience richer At all consider a small contribution. Every little bit helps me to continue what I do at ThereWillBe.Games- weekly reviews, blog posts, interviews, editorials and so forth. Supporters can engage with me to suggest titles for review or subjects they’d like to see covered. No guarantees on that- if I’m not interested, I can’t do my best writing.

I’m not doing any kind of fancy support reward scheme, secret content or anything like that. But I am going to reward you for your support. I get a few review copies from publishers each month. At the end of each month, I will give at least one of these away to a lucky supporter. Every dollar you contribute will get you one ticket each month. I’ll put those tickets into Comp-U-Tron, which will spit out a winner or winners, with the giveaway being conducted under and at ThereWillBe.Games with all communication regarding it happening there per Patreon guidelines regarding raffles. And I’ll ship you the game or games on my dime. Games will be valued between $20 and $100 in general, with no guarantees of specific titles. I can only extend this offer to US supporters,
and we need at least 10 supporters to make this happen.

Thanks for the consideration and even if you don’t buy my pitch, I hope you will continue to enjoy my work for years to come.
Tiers
Thanks! 1 Review Copy Raffle Ticket!
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
Even one lousy dollar helps! And you’ll get one one ticket to enter in the monthly Review Copy Raffle at ThereWillBe.Games!
Thanks! 2 Review Copy Raffle Tickets!
$2 or more per month 2 patrons
Double your chances- my thanks plus 2 Review Copy Raffle tickets for our giveaway at ThereWillBe.Games!
Thanks! 3 Review Copy Raffle Tickets!
$3 or more per month 1 patron
Triple dip! Three Review Copy Raffle tickets for our giveaway at ThereWillBe.Gamesalong with my thanks!
Thanks! 4 Review Copy Raffle tickets!
$4 or more per month 0 patrons
The quadrophonic option- 4 Review Copy Raffle tickets for our ThereWillBe.Games giveawayand my humble thanks!
Thanks! 6 Review Copy Raffle tickets!
$5 or more per month 4 patrons
5 tickets plus a BONUS ticket for the ThereWillBe.Games giveaway- and my never-ending appreciation!
Goals
$26 of $150 per month
If we can reach a $150 monthly goal, I will give away at least one reviewed game a month- see the funding tiers to see how your monthly donation will translate into chances to win!
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Hi there, I’m Michael Barnes and I have been independently writing about tabletop games for over 15 years across a number of venues. Right now, I am acting as Editor-In-Chief at ThereWillBe.Games (formerly FortressAT.com, founded in 2006).

I strongly believe that the hobby games industry needs independent, critical voices and I have always tried to create sophisticated, compelling content that rises above the standard. Now, the standard is lower than ever with so many of today’s top reviewers and content creators compromised by accepting payment from publishers and designers for their opinions.

But not taking that money also means that what I do today is a volunteer enterprise. I’ve worked paid gigs in the past and having that professional incentive is important- love and passion for the hobby can take you pretty far, but at the end of the day unpaid work is unpaid work. And it is quite a lot of work to maintain the steady, regular flow of material I have produced over the years.

So I thought I’d create a “tip jar” here on Patreon and humbly ask that if you value my output, if I’ve entertained you, made you think about gaming in a different way, or if I’ve made your gaming experience richer At all consider a small contribution. Every little bit helps me to continue what I do at ThereWillBe.Games- weekly reviews, blog posts, interviews, editorials and so forth. Supporters can engage with me to suggest titles for review or subjects they’d like to see covered. No guarantees on that- if I’m not interested, I can’t do my best writing.

I’m not doing any kind of fancy support reward scheme, secret content or anything like that. But I am going to reward you for your support. I get a few review copies from publishers each month. At the end of each month, I will give at least one of these away to a lucky supporter. Every dollar you contribute will get you one ticket each month. I’ll put those tickets into Comp-U-Tron, which will spit out a winner or winners, with the giveaway being conducted under and at ThereWillBe.Games with all communication regarding it happening there per Patreon guidelines regarding raffles. And I’ll ship you the game or games on my dime. Games will be valued between $20 and $100 in general, with no guarantees of specific titles. I can only extend this offer to US supporters,
and we need at least 10 supporters to make this happen.

Thanks for the consideration and even if you don’t buy my pitch, I hope you will continue to enjoy my work for years to come.

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Tiers
Thanks! 1 Review Copy Raffle Ticket!
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
Even one lousy dollar helps! And you’ll get one one ticket to enter in the monthly Review Copy Raffle at ThereWillBe.Games!
Thanks! 2 Review Copy Raffle Tickets!
$2 or more per month 2 patrons
Double your chances- my thanks plus 2 Review Copy Raffle tickets for our giveaway at ThereWillBe.Games!
Thanks! 3 Review Copy Raffle Tickets!
$3 or more per month 1 patron
Triple dip! Three Review Copy Raffle tickets for our giveaway at ThereWillBe.Gamesalong with my thanks!
Thanks! 4 Review Copy Raffle tickets!
$4 or more per month 0 patrons
The quadrophonic option- 4 Review Copy Raffle tickets for our ThereWillBe.Games giveawayand my humble thanks!
Thanks! 6 Review Copy Raffle tickets!
$5 or more per month 4 patrons
5 tickets plus a BONUS ticket for the ThereWillBe.Games giveaway- and my never-ending appreciation!