Natasha Ence

is creating role-playing experiences and materials.

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You are great! A majestic unicorn! And you are welcomed into our herd!

 

This tier gives you access to the Tales off the Table private Discord server where only those involved in my work get to hang out with me and each other! You'll also be allowed into an exclusive Discord channel just for my Patreon supporters, get advanced sneak peeks of art and other cool stuff, and influence what I create through polls. 

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Tier Two: Covencraft
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It's dangerous to go alone.


At this tier, at the end of every month you'll receive an update on the Covencraft RPG, seeing things no one else will. Your patronage will contribute to the funding of this creation, ensuring its launch into the gaming world.

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About

WELCOME!


I have three personal projects I am currently working on with passion and perseverance: Covencraft, a Twitch streaming channel, and slurry of micro role-playing games (RPGs). Each are described in more detail below, but all have in common my love and study of tabletop RPGs. If you support as a Patreon patron, you are not only supporting a budding, indie creator, but you are also supporting my unconventional education in game design.


Covencraft

{Section coming soon!}

Streaming


Recently, I started up a channel on Twitch. On the channel, I would like to live-stream actual plays of games--specifically of other indie or mid-tier creators--to show off wonderful RPGs and LARPs that are sometimes forgotten about in preference of Dungeons and Dragons as well as run talk shows that look at game creation and Game Mastering. I intend to support other designers and artists and create a surrounding community of respect and engagement.

My longest running show (at a few months) is The Codex Cast, a system-hopping actual play featuring an all lady cast; this month (October, 2019) I launched a few more shows and the channel made affiliate. Check out the current, upcoming streams:

https://www.twitch.tv/talesoffthetable/events


Micro Role-playing Games and LARPs


While studying English and creative writing at university, I discovered flash-fiction, a distilled story often under 750 words. Each of these tiny pieces taught the fundamentals of writing and rhetorical analysis because limitation teaches and hi-lights what is most important.

I have this theory that a parallel can be drawn between the relationship of flash-fiction and novels to micro RPGs/ LARPs and bulky system books. By writing at least one micro RPG or LARP each month, I believe that I will learn a lot about game writing and design. And, at the end of a year, I will be able to complete a book or zine of tiny games.

Storied Encounters (On Hiatus)


This continuing project started off as the acknowledgement of a missing piece in random encounter design in one of the world’s leading TTRPGs. With its roots in wargaming, there’s little wonder that the mechanics leaned towards most problems being solved with sword or force and random encounters being simply a randomly generated monsters. The concept I wanted to pursue was to create a series of events that could be dropped into any fantasy campaign (when a random encounter is called for) with a large part of them being solved through puzzles or diplomacy and all being strongly scaffolded by sensible, creative narrative.

Having almost a year now of this sort of design beneath my belt, I would like to begin to connect some of the random encounters together with a continuing story arc and a card deck to help the Game Master insert these encounters more smoothly into their campaign while still being chosen at random. Of course, any encounter can be used without the random element, being prepped as a small side venture for the player characters.

The ultimate goal is that--after I have created enough encounters as well as the card mechanic, woven them and the story, and put together everything in electronic format--I will be able to also create a hard copy for game play after further funding. It is my intention to work with the SRD5 (found here) while also keeping the stories and scenarios open enough to work in any fantasy driven RPG.

I want to (continue to) give the power of narrative to random encounters.

Sample

Since I have been working on the beginnings of this project for a while now, I thought I would show off one of my first and favorite encounters that I have created. Feel free to take it to your table to test!

https://www.talesoffthetable.com/encounter-sample.html

How To Support and Get Involved


The easiest way for you to support what I am doing (and benefit yourself) is to subscribe to my Patreon at the level of your choice. However, if you don’t want a reward or a monthly subscription just isn’t for you, here are a couple other options (not all of which dip into your pockets):

  1. Like or follow me on one of my various social media accounts.
  2. Buy me a “coffee” on Ko-fi. (I don’t drink coffee, but your donation will be used to power me up in other ways).
  3. Sponsor me or donate something that I can give-away to my community.
  4. Donate supplies or games to me so I can learn, play with, or review them. I’d love to see the things you or others have conceived and brought to life!
  5. Recommend supplies or games that you adore!
  6. Go review another creator. Or review me on my website (https://www.talesoffthetable.com/). Reviews are often overlooked, but they are important; while reviewing another creator won’t necessarily do anything for me, it is a great way to support the community as a whole.
  7. Try a game that you’ve never heard of or just discovered. Take joy in that experience! Games deserve to be played and enjoyed. This will make the whole community better.
  8. Join my Discord server. While you can access my broad-reach community by liking and/ or following me on social media and Twitch, the best way to be steadily involved is to join my Discord server. To do so, you can either back this Patreon at the first level or you can get the link by watching one of my streams live on Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/talesoffthetable) where a link is always dropped in the comments.

Whatever you do, I am grateful!

More About the Creator


I like lists, so I’m gonna tell you about myself in list form!

  • My first RPG was Traveller, introduced to me by my father when I was about seven-years-old. He wanted to use it as a daddy-daughter activity, and because of that I look at RPGs as a beautiful way to bond with others.
  • I have always loved stories. Before becoming a Professional Game Master (yep, that’s a thing) I wanted to be a college English/ creative writing professor. I taught for a year during graduate school and so enjoyed it.
  • The reason I didn’t pursue teaching further is because of chronic illness. I have several which makes it difficult to hold a typical career. Being a Pro GM and game designer allows me to still tell beautiful stories and engage in what I adore while still giving me the flexibility I need. And, honestly, I don’t know that I would trade it for being an English professor even if things changed.
  • I have one of the goodest pupper bois. His name is Captain (Captain Tight Pants from Firefly) and he is a trained service dog.
  • Other than all that, I enjoy dice collecting, taking long baths, cooking, and napping. By the way, I make really good pasta dishes.

Risks and Challenges

I like to be upfront about the fact that I have chronic illnesses. While on a whole my projects are very low risk (digital delivery, rock-solid contributing artists, etc) and I am on preventative medication, I can always get worse for a while and sick (more sick than the average person) and this might lead to me delivering a reward a little late, generally no more than a month. While this does pose a challenge (and sometimes, in turn, delays) I do always deliver! I am not only chronically ill--I am also chronically responsible!
Goals
7 of 15 patrons
When I reach 15 patrons, I will open up another reward tier with a monthly micro RPG or LARP as the reward.
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