The Ontological Geek is creating Games and Pop Culture Criticism
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patrons

$22
per set of monthly publications
The Ontological Geek is a website for people who believe that popular culture is more than just entertainment. Games, movies, books, and comics aren't just works existing in a vacuum; sometimes, they connect to us by reflecting our hopes and fears, our identities, our beliefs, our history, and our future. In other cases, they fail to do so and leave us feeling alienated.

For over five years, The Ontological Geek has brought you essays, columns, and podcasts that seek to explore these hidden depths of games and popular culture.

We've dedicated themed months filled with feature articles to particular topics such as religionhorror, and romance in games. Our latest special was on mental health and gaming

In addition, we have a number of current and past columns focusing on a particular topic, such as the Marvel Cinematic UniverseMagic: the GatheringWhat It's Like To Play (Games), and the Planescape setting for Dungeons & Dragons.

In the past, we've always operated on a voluntary basis, but we'd like to aim a bit higher from now on. We believe that good writers deserve to be paid for their work, and that financial support brings out the best in everyone involved.

Our goal is to be able to bring you a set amount of feature pieces each month, and to be able to pay our writers a fair compensation for it. In addition, we will keep publishing regular columns, squibs, and podcasts. 

At the moment, all income from Patreon will be split according to the following model, with the editing team working on a voluntary basis:

85% — feature authors and regular contributors
10% — Patreon and payment fees
5% — website hosting and maintenance

At our current pledge level, this means that authors will receive approx. $28 for a feature piece, or $14 for a featurette/squib.

We will always strive to find a fair balance between total compensation per article and the amount of features we publish each month, so that means the more you pledge, the more articles we will be able to publish, and the better individual authors get paid. Please refer to our milestone goals to get an idea of how we will achieve this balance. That said, any pledge amount is extremely welcome, and we're grateful for all kinds of support. That includes just spreading the word about our website and articles, if you're unable to support us financially. It's all much appreciated!

If you have any further questions or want to write for us, drop our editor-in-chief Oscar a line and/or take a look at our submissions page.
Tiers
Supporter
$1 or more per set of monthly publications 1 patron
Thanks for supporting us! You'll be getting some good vibes from all of us.
Subscriber
$5 or more per set of monthly publications 2 patrons
Great! You're helping us make sure quality writing gets paid. You'll get the usual good vibes, plus advance access to our regular videogame music podcast.
Fan
$10 or more per set of monthly publications 1 patron
Thanks a lot! You're contributing a big chunk towards expanding our publishing schedule. You'll get the above rewards, plus a mention on the supporter page on the OntoGeek website. [We'll ask you if you want to be listed on the page before making your support public.]
Advertising Partner
$25 or more per set of monthly publications 0 of 4 patrons
For the pros. You'll get a banner space on every page of our website for as long us you're a supporter. [Subject to editor's approval. Please contact us before pledging at this level.]
Goals
$22 of $50 per set of monthly publications
It's a start! We'll be able to publish two monthly feature piece by a guest writer or one of our staff.
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The Ontological Geek is a website for people who believe that popular culture is more than just entertainment. Games, movies, books, and comics aren't just works existing in a vacuum; sometimes, they connect to us by reflecting our hopes and fears, our identities, our beliefs, our history, and our future. In other cases, they fail to do so and leave us feeling alienated.

For over five years, The Ontological Geek has brought you essays, columns, and podcasts that seek to explore these hidden depths of games and popular culture.

We've dedicated themed months filled with feature articles to particular topics such as religionhorror, and romance in games. Our latest special was on mental health and gaming

In addition, we have a number of current and past columns focusing on a particular topic, such as the Marvel Cinematic UniverseMagic: the GatheringWhat It's Like To Play (Games), and the Planescape setting for Dungeons & Dragons.

In the past, we've always operated on a voluntary basis, but we'd like to aim a bit higher from now on. We believe that good writers deserve to be paid for their work, and that financial support brings out the best in everyone involved.

Our goal is to be able to bring you a set amount of feature pieces each month, and to be able to pay our writers a fair compensation for it. In addition, we will keep publishing regular columns, squibs, and podcasts. 

At the moment, all income from Patreon will be split according to the following model, with the editing team working on a voluntary basis:

85% — feature authors and regular contributors
10% — Patreon and payment fees
5% — website hosting and maintenance

At our current pledge level, this means that authors will receive approx. $28 for a feature piece, or $14 for a featurette/squib.

We will always strive to find a fair balance between total compensation per article and the amount of features we publish each month, so that means the more you pledge, the more articles we will be able to publish, and the better individual authors get paid. Please refer to our milestone goals to get an idea of how we will achieve this balance. That said, any pledge amount is extremely welcome, and we're grateful for all kinds of support. That includes just spreading the word about our website and articles, if you're unable to support us financially. It's all much appreciated!

If you have any further questions or want to write for us, drop our editor-in-chief Oscar a line and/or take a look at our submissions page.

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Tiers
Supporter
$1 or more per set of monthly publications 1 patron
Thanks for supporting us! You'll be getting some good vibes from all of us.
Subscriber
$5 or more per set of monthly publications 2 patrons
Great! You're helping us make sure quality writing gets paid. You'll get the usual good vibes, plus advance access to our regular videogame music podcast.
Fan
$10 or more per set of monthly publications 1 patron
Thanks a lot! You're contributing a big chunk towards expanding our publishing schedule. You'll get the above rewards, plus a mention on the supporter page on the OntoGeek website. [We'll ask you if you want to be listed on the page before making your support public.]
Advertising Partner
$25 or more per set of monthly publications 0 of 4 patrons
For the pros. You'll get a banner space on every page of our website for as long us you're a supporter. [Subject to editor's approval. Please contact us before pledging at this level.]