Steve Gibbon is creating Video Games, Novels, Tabletop Roleplaying Games & More!
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$28
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Hello, Planet Earth.

My name is Steve Gibbon, and my favorite thing to do is think about fictional people and imagine them in their weird little made up lives. Some people do this and get their brains electrocuted, but when I do it, a lot of people call it art and give me high-fives.

This art usually takes one of two forms: writing or game-making. But at a certain point, I hit a crossroads and had to choose--do I go to school for writing, or do I go to school for game-making? I chose the former and obtained my MFA in fiction and poetry, and I don't regret it for a second, but the consequence is that I am one house-sized loan in the negative and have virtually no capacity for programming, which is, as it turns out, how video games are made.

As it also happens, getting an MFA doesn't lead to lucrative tech jobs in Silicon valley, so I got a job at a library halfway across the state (where I can't afford to live) and have been busying myself with the task of living a life and paying the bills, and the yearning to create has been stifled (as it so often is) by the necessities of everyday living.

So, what does it matter to you? Well, the reason many of you are probably here is because you have either read my stories or heard me read, or you've played Tales of the Drunken Paladin, a game I developed in college and gave away for free. Or, maybe you've played the tabletop games I've made. And hopefully you've thought, this is a pretty good thing. I could do with more of this thing.

And I'm trying to make more of that thing for you! I'm quite far along in a new game project, and I'm trying to write a novel--I am writing a novel, nearly 60,000 slow, grueling words of it so far--and I'm trying to do so many more things, create more characters, all of whom require worlds to inhabit, and the worlds won't build themselves. I am working to make it all happen, but with a job and a demanding little dog and a marriage and everything I own needing just a little bit of work, the going is slow and occasionally halted altogether.

It's important to stress that it will all happen either way. I'll do it. I will make the games and write the novels because I need to, but what I gain from having a Patreon will make trying to create so, so much less painful. Even if I fail to reach any goals and never make enough to feasibly change my lifestyle, just knowing that someone out there wants to help me keep creating can make a big difference.

If you want a concrete list of my creative goals in the near future, have a gander at this:

1. Finish my new game
2. Finish my novel
3. Publish a collection of my short stories
4. Publish a collection of my poetry
5. Publish the tabletop games I've been working on for over ten years
6. Continue doing all of the things on this list until I die

Becoming a patron means getting first looks at what I'm working on, who I'm working with, and how far along I am. I'll be sharing my work in all its different forms. There will be demos, trials or manuscript samples as they come together. I'm looking forward to showing off all the stuff I've been working on!
Rewards
Pledge $1 or more per month
2 patrons
You're my dude. Or my lady dude. Thanks for that.

I'll be in touch about the goings-on, so it'll never be a mystery where your money's gone.
Pledge $5 or more per month
4 patrons
You're in the loop. We're in the loop together.

Everyone's just in this big crazy loop, and it's spinning through space on fire. But your specific loop will include sneak peeks at what the loop is all about, because it's a special loop.
Pledge $15 or more per month
1 patron
Whoa. This loop just got more real.

I wasn't even sure about the last loop, but now things are spiraling out of control so fast. Sneak peeks are so $10 ago. Your peeks are more advanced. They are customized to suit your needs and contain answers to your questions, as well as actual content in the form of snippets, game documents or full pdfs.

If the games ever have a retail price tag, those numbers will be meaningless before the infinite expanse of your generosity. I will see to it personally that they never appear before you.
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1 patron
The loops are all yours. You have always been one with the loops.

But loops are a primitive thing; you're done with merely being inside them. What if I told you that there was a way to get things... earlier? What if you could be among the first to inhabit these strange worlds we create together?

$30 means you get all alpha and beta releases of the games, which could mean being months (or even as much as a year) ahead of the curve.

If you're here for the words, I can provide those, too. I'll share passages from the novel, from short stories, poetry, etc. Not that I think you should have to pay to read my stuff--I'm not a crazy person. But if you're here already, then maybe you want to. And you can.
Pledge $50 or more per month
0 patrons
Everything so far is a given. You know that by now. You crave more...

You want some merchandise? I'll get you some merchandise, believe me. There are ways. I'll get you some merchandise by 3 o'clock.
Goals
$28 of $50 per month
I only know this: $50 may not be enough to work less, but it's definitely enough to pay for the caffeine required every month to work more on the things I want.
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Hello, Planet Earth.

My name is Steve Gibbon, and my favorite thing to do is think about fictional people and imagine them in their weird little made up lives. Some people do this and get their brains electrocuted, but when I do it, a lot of people call it art and give me high-fives.

This art usually takes one of two forms: writing or game-making. But at a certain point, I hit a crossroads and had to choose--do I go to school for writing, or do I go to school for game-making? I chose the former and obtained my MFA in fiction and poetry, and I don't regret it for a second, but the consequence is that I am one house-sized loan in the negative and have virtually no capacity for programming, which is, as it turns out, how video games are made.

As it also happens, getting an MFA doesn't lead to lucrative tech jobs in Silicon valley, so I got a job at a library halfway across the state (where I can't afford to live) and have been busying myself with the task of living a life and paying the bills, and the yearning to create has been stifled (as it so often is) by the necessities of everyday living.

So, what does it matter to you? Well, the reason many of you are probably here is because you have either read my stories or heard me read, or you've played Tales of the Drunken Paladin, a game I developed in college and gave away for free. Or, maybe you've played the tabletop games I've made. And hopefully you've thought, this is a pretty good thing. I could do with more of this thing.

And I'm trying to make more of that thing for you! I'm quite far along in a new game project, and I'm trying to write a novel--I am writing a novel, nearly 60,000 slow, grueling words of it so far--and I'm trying to do so many more things, create more characters, all of whom require worlds to inhabit, and the worlds won't build themselves. I am working to make it all happen, but with a job and a demanding little dog and a marriage and everything I own needing just a little bit of work, the going is slow and occasionally halted altogether.

It's important to stress that it will all happen either way. I'll do it. I will make the games and write the novels because I need to, but what I gain from having a Patreon will make trying to create so, so much less painful. Even if I fail to reach any goals and never make enough to feasibly change my lifestyle, just knowing that someone out there wants to help me keep creating can make a big difference.

If you want a concrete list of my creative goals in the near future, have a gander at this:

1. Finish my new game
2. Finish my novel
3. Publish a collection of my short stories
4. Publish a collection of my poetry
5. Publish the tabletop games I've been working on for over ten years
6. Continue doing all of the things on this list until I die

Becoming a patron means getting first looks at what I'm working on, who I'm working with, and how far along I am. I'll be sharing my work in all its different forms. There will be demos, trials or manuscript samples as they come together. I'm looking forward to showing off all the stuff I've been working on!

Recent posts by Steve Gibbon

Rewards
Pledge $1 or more per month
2 patrons
You're my dude. Or my lady dude. Thanks for that.

I'll be in touch about the goings-on, so it'll never be a mystery where your money's gone.
Pledge $5 or more per month
4 patrons
You're in the loop. We're in the loop together.

Everyone's just in this big crazy loop, and it's spinning through space on fire. But your specific loop will include sneak peeks at what the loop is all about, because it's a special loop.
Pledge $15 or more per month
1 patron
Whoa. This loop just got more real.

I wasn't even sure about the last loop, but now things are spiraling out of control so fast. Sneak peeks are so $10 ago. Your peeks are more advanced. They are customized to suit your needs and contain answers to your questions, as well as actual content in the form of snippets, game documents or full pdfs.

If the games ever have a retail price tag, those numbers will be meaningless before the infinite expanse of your generosity. I will see to it personally that they never appear before you.
Pledge $30 or more per month
1 patron
The loops are all yours. You have always been one with the loops.

But loops are a primitive thing; you're done with merely being inside them. What if I told you that there was a way to get things... earlier? What if you could be among the first to inhabit these strange worlds we create together?

$30 means you get all alpha and beta releases of the games, which could mean being months (or even as much as a year) ahead of the curve.

If you're here for the words, I can provide those, too. I'll share passages from the novel, from short stories, poetry, etc. Not that I think you should have to pay to read my stuff--I'm not a crazy person. But if you're here already, then maybe you want to. And you can.
Pledge $50 or more per month
0 patrons
Everything so far is a given. You know that by now. You crave more...

You want some merchandise? I'll get you some merchandise, believe me. There are ways. I'll get you some merchandise by 3 o'clock.