Ewen Cluney is creating RPGs and Random Tables
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$183
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My name is Ewen Cluney. (“Ewen” is pronounced like “Aaron.”) In the world of tabletop gaming I’m probably best known as the translator of Maid: The Role-Playing Game and Golden Sky Stories, and I think some people may know me as the designer of Channel A, the anime pitch party game. In 2014 I started self-publishing original RPGs (with occasional diversions into other types of games). Thanks to the influence of Maid RPGI also make random tables for generating names and other assorted stuff, which can be useful as a source of things like character names and ideas, and also just a source of amusement.

Stuff I Make

I enjoy all different sorts of stories and games, but my own works tend to have a certain bright, shiny aesthetic that I think makes my works stand out a bit in the world of tabletop games. I do sometimes make things with darker themes, but even then I tend towards a clean look. I’m a professional translator, and anime and other Japanese media have had a huge influence on me. Not everything I do is anime-inspired, but it informs more of my works than not. Aside from simply being something I like, anime is underrepresented in tabletop games, so that I find it very easy to come up with anime-inspired concepts that no one’s yet explored. Where there are many excellent games drawing on, say, the works of H.P. Lovecraft or J.R.R. Tolkien, anime and other Japanese media basically represent a wide-open undiscovered country for game designers.

In terms of the kinds of games I make, my core emphasis is of course tabletop role-playing games, but I also dabble in card games and interactive fiction. For RPGs my design influences are far-ranging, and my games can be mechanistic or freeform or anything in between depending on what grabs me and what works for the subject matter I want to pursue. I do have a lot of Powered by the Apocalypse influence in my games, and I have a habit of making extensive use of random tables.

My card games have so far been skewed towards party games, and I’m still in the process of feeling my way towards designing other kinds of board/card games. I’d like to try my hand at making Twine games, and although it’s something I struggle with, I do try to write novels.

Stuff You Can Get

Depending on the level you go for, backing this Patreon can get you:
  • Excerpts and even full drafts of games and other projects in progress ($1 or more)
  • A monthly pack of random tables, usually 4 or so ($1 or more)
  • A Secret Bonus Table that’s especially weird and/or silly ($2 or more)
  • PDFs of my self-published releases ($2 or more)
  • Discount codes for getting POD books of my self-published releases ($2 or more)
  • A personal postcard with some nonsense hand-written on it sent to you with each major self-published release ($3 or more)
  • I’ll try to work references to you into my games ($3 or more)

What Am I Paying For?

Writing RPG material is “free” in the sense that I don’t have to pay for stuff like art supplies or computer hardware, even if it does take up kind of a lot of time. Aside from just helping make ends meet, the main thing I use money from Patreon for is commissioning artwork to go with my games.
Tiers
Random Support
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
 You’ll get access to regular updates on what I’m working on, with information on and excerpts of whatever games and other project I’m working on. Once a month I’ll also do a new Ewen’s Tables PDF, which you’ll get for free. 
Bonus Support Tier
$2 or more per month 9 patrons
In addition to that, you’ll get the final PDFs of all the games and other projects done through this Patreon, and where I do POD versions, you’ll get a DriveThruRPG discount code too. Oh, and you’ll qualify for the monthly Secret Bonus Table! 
Super-Secret Fun Club
$3 or more per month 6 patrons
On top of that, I’ll send you a postcard with each major release, and I’ll try to work in references to you in games and such when I can.
My name is Ewen Cluney. (“Ewen” is pronounced like “Aaron.”) In the world of tabletop gaming I’m probably best known as the translator of Maid: The Role-Playing Game and Golden Sky Stories, and I think some people may know me as the designer of Channel A, the anime pitch party game. In 2014 I started self-publishing original RPGs (with occasional diversions into other types of games). Thanks to the influence of Maid RPGI also make random tables for generating names and other assorted stuff, which can be useful as a source of things like character names and ideas, and also just a source of amusement.

Stuff I Make

I enjoy all different sorts of stories and games, but my own works tend to have a certain bright, shiny aesthetic that I think makes my works stand out a bit in the world of tabletop games. I do sometimes make things with darker themes, but even then I tend towards a clean look. I’m a professional translator, and anime and other Japanese media have had a huge influence on me. Not everything I do is anime-inspired, but it informs more of my works than not. Aside from simply being something I like, anime is underrepresented in tabletop games, so that I find it very easy to come up with anime-inspired concepts that no one’s yet explored. Where there are many excellent games drawing on, say, the works of H.P. Lovecraft or J.R.R. Tolkien, anime and other Japanese media basically represent a wide-open undiscovered country for game designers.

In terms of the kinds of games I make, my core emphasis is of course tabletop role-playing games, but I also dabble in card games and interactive fiction. For RPGs my design influences are far-ranging, and my games can be mechanistic or freeform or anything in between depending on what grabs me and what works for the subject matter I want to pursue. I do have a lot of Powered by the Apocalypse influence in my games, and I have a habit of making extensive use of random tables.

My card games have so far been skewed towards party games, and I’m still in the process of feeling my way towards designing other kinds of board/card games. I’d like to try my hand at making Twine games, and although it’s something I struggle with, I do try to write novels.

Stuff You Can Get

Depending on the level you go for, backing this Patreon can get you:
  • Excerpts and even full drafts of games and other projects in progress ($1 or more)
  • A monthly pack of random tables, usually 4 or so ($1 or more)
  • A Secret Bonus Table that’s especially weird and/or silly ($2 or more)
  • PDFs of my self-published releases ($2 or more)
  • Discount codes for getting POD books of my self-published releases ($2 or more)
  • A personal postcard with some nonsense hand-written on it sent to you with each major self-published release ($3 or more)
  • I’ll try to work references to you into my games ($3 or more)

What Am I Paying For?

Writing RPG material is “free” in the sense that I don’t have to pay for stuff like art supplies or computer hardware, even if it does take up kind of a lot of time. Aside from just helping make ends meet, the main thing I use money from Patreon for is commissioning artwork to go with my games.

Recent posts by Ewen Cluney

Tiers
Random Support
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
 You’ll get access to regular updates on what I’m working on, with information on and excerpts of whatever games and other project I’m working on. Once a month I’ll also do a new Ewen’s Tables PDF, which you’ll get for free. 
Bonus Support Tier
$2 or more per month 9 patrons
In addition to that, you’ll get the final PDFs of all the games and other projects done through this Patreon, and where I do POD versions, you’ll get a DriveThruRPG discount code too. Oh, and you’ll qualify for the monthly Secret Bonus Table! 
Super-Secret Fun Club
$3 or more per month 6 patrons
On top of that, I’ll send you a postcard with each major release, and I’ll try to work in references to you in games and such when I can.