Sidequest is creating games criticism
12

patrons

$39
per month
In November of 2017, Women Write About Comics became Bleating Heart Blogs, and In May 2018, Sidequest , the gaming vertical, spread its wings and went independent. Now, we've come to Patreon in order to keep us growing.

Sidequest covers all games, from tabletop to mobile to console, and we’re proud to focus on inclusive education and enrichment for our contributors and audience. Because we only publish writers of marginalized genders, we're committed to intersectional approaches and pushing the boundaries around the usual discussion of games. Our writers are from all over the internet, publishing in places from Unwinnable and Forbes to Bitch Media and The Washington Post, and our pieces are often featured in Critical Distance.

YOUR SUPPORT HELPS US

MAKE THE SITE SELF-SUSTAINING

In order to grow, Sidequest needs to become self-sustaining. To that end, our goal tiers reflect what we need to do that, including a buffer that will ensure that we can keep the site up in an emergency. Once each goal is met, we’ll be able to keep fulfilling them and pay our writers even in the event that Patreon stutters or we encounter roadblocks.

PAY AND SUPPORT OUR CONTRIBUTORS AND EDITORIAL STAFF

Sidequest is currently an entirely volunteer-run site, but we'd like to pay our contributors for their hard work. While we will always offer a space to nurture emerging writers, it's important to us to back that with money. Once we’re able to pay our writers, we’d like to work towards being able to pay our editorial team and even start an emergency fund for writers who may fall on hard times.

PROVIDE GAMES CRITICISM WITH CONTENT THAT WOULD OTHERWISE GO UNWRITTEN

As a site, we're dedicated to publishing people of marginalized genders who may not feel comfortable (or capable of) writing elsewhere. We’re open to publishing the strange and funny in the same breath as the thoughtful and serious: wherever our writers want to go, we want to follow.

CREATE CONTENT WE CURRENTLY CAN'T

There is so much the Sidequest team wants to bring our audience, from regular streams to zines to podcasts. The less we have to pay for out of pocket and the more our audience grows, the more we’ll be able to take on!

Please support Sidequest in our story quest: to make the site sustainable and better serve our contributors and community.

(Think we sound cool? Pitch us! We’re committed to creating a space for new and established writers regardless of any financial contributions.)
Tiers
Magnavox Odyssey
$1 or more per month

Wikipedia argues this is the first ever cartridge console, so you get:

  • A monthly newsletter with all our posts, sent straight to your inbox!
Nintendo Entertainment System
$3 or more per month

As one of (if not the) first major Nintendo consoles, you get:

  • Access to our community Discord

Plus:

  • The monthly newsletter with all our posts, sent straight to your inbox!
Sega Genesis
$5 or more per month

Even though Sega no longer makes consoles, you get:

  • Quarterly zine of our pieces 
  • Voting in our fun quarterly listicles

Plus:

  • Access to our community Discord
  • The monthly newsletter with all our posts, sent straight to your inbox!
Xbox
$10 or more per month

Though technically the same generation as our final tier, Microsoft’s entry into the console wars gets: 

  • Suggesting/nominating in our fun quarterly listicles

Plus:

  • Quarterly zine of our pieces 
  • Voting in our fun quarterly listicles
  • Access to our community Discord
  • The monthly newsletter with all our posts, sent straight to your inbox!
PlayStation 2
$25 or more per month

Our EIC’s favorite console gets:

  • Working with an editor on a pitch or a piece! (Yes, even fiction!) Up to four pieces per year, one review pass per piece, up to 25,000 words total

Plus:

  • Suggesting/nominating in our fun quarterly listicles
  • Quarterly zine of our pieces 
  • Voting in our fun quarterly listicles
  • Access to our community discord
  • The monthly newsletter with all our posts, sent straight to your inbox!
Goals
$39 of $50 per month
We did it, because you did it! Sidequest is now SELF-SUSTAINING, which means our editors no longer have to pay out of pocket for our domain names, server space, or Website Emergencies. Thank you!
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In November of 2017, Women Write About Comics became Bleating Heart Blogs, and In May 2018, Sidequest , the gaming vertical, spread its wings and went independent. Now, we've come to Patreon in order to keep us growing.

Sidequest covers all games, from tabletop to mobile to console, and we’re proud to focus on inclusive education and enrichment for our contributors and audience. Because we only publish writers of marginalized genders, we're committed to intersectional approaches and pushing the boundaries around the usual discussion of games. Our writers are from all over the internet, publishing in places from Unwinnable and Forbes to Bitch Media and The Washington Post, and our pieces are often featured in Critical Distance.

YOUR SUPPORT HELPS US

MAKE THE SITE SELF-SUSTAINING

In order to grow, Sidequest needs to become self-sustaining. To that end, our goal tiers reflect what we need to do that, including a buffer that will ensure that we can keep the site up in an emergency. Once each goal is met, we’ll be able to keep fulfilling them and pay our writers even in the event that Patreon stutters or we encounter roadblocks.

PAY AND SUPPORT OUR CONTRIBUTORS AND EDITORIAL STAFF

Sidequest is currently an entirely volunteer-run site, but we'd like to pay our contributors for their hard work. While we will always offer a space to nurture emerging writers, it's important to us to back that with money. Once we’re able to pay our writers, we’d like to work towards being able to pay our editorial team and even start an emergency fund for writers who may fall on hard times.

PROVIDE GAMES CRITICISM WITH CONTENT THAT WOULD OTHERWISE GO UNWRITTEN

As a site, we're dedicated to publishing people of marginalized genders who may not feel comfortable (or capable of) writing elsewhere. We’re open to publishing the strange and funny in the same breath as the thoughtful and serious: wherever our writers want to go, we want to follow.

CREATE CONTENT WE CURRENTLY CAN'T

There is so much the Sidequest team wants to bring our audience, from regular streams to zines to podcasts. The less we have to pay for out of pocket and the more our audience grows, the more we’ll be able to take on!

Please support Sidequest in our story quest: to make the site sustainable and better serve our contributors and community.

(Think we sound cool? Pitch us! We’re committed to creating a space for new and established writers regardless of any financial contributions.)

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Tiers
Magnavox Odyssey
$1 or more per month

Wikipedia argues this is the first ever cartridge console, so you get:

  • A monthly newsletter with all our posts, sent straight to your inbox!
Nintendo Entertainment System
$3 or more per month

As one of (if not the) first major Nintendo consoles, you get:

  • Access to our community Discord

Plus:

  • The monthly newsletter with all our posts, sent straight to your inbox!
Sega Genesis
$5 or more per month

Even though Sega no longer makes consoles, you get:

  • Quarterly zine of our pieces 
  • Voting in our fun quarterly listicles

Plus:

  • Access to our community Discord
  • The monthly newsletter with all our posts, sent straight to your inbox!
Xbox
$10 or more per month

Though technically the same generation as our final tier, Microsoft’s entry into the console wars gets: 

  • Suggesting/nominating in our fun quarterly listicles

Plus:

  • Quarterly zine of our pieces 
  • Voting in our fun quarterly listicles
  • Access to our community Discord
  • The monthly newsletter with all our posts, sent straight to your inbox!
PlayStation 2
$25 or more per month

Our EIC’s favorite console gets:

  • Working with an editor on a pitch or a piece! (Yes, even fiction!) Up to four pieces per year, one review pass per piece, up to 25,000 words total

Plus:

  • Suggesting/nominating in our fun quarterly listicles
  • Quarterly zine of our pieces 
  • Voting in our fun quarterly listicles
  • Access to our community discord
  • The monthly newsletter with all our posts, sent straight to your inbox!