the Well-Red Mage is creating a future for Games Journalism
19

patrons

$118
per month

Greetings, NPCs!

I am the Well-Red Mage. I love writing. I love telling stories. I've loved the act of creating since I was a child drawing my own characters and writing up their fiction. Now, I'm combining two things I love, writing and video games, in order to change the face of journalism.

In February 2016, we launched thewellredmage.com as a small group of friends. Since then, our site has grown from less than a handful of writers to a host of contributors whose talent we're happy to showcase. We've featured hundreds of long-form, analytical reviews on games, film, television, and literature spanning from the 1930's to the present day. We don't know what the future holds but we do know that we want to keep expanding, keep partnering with new writers and developers, keep aspiring to more and better content.

We believe our work is important at this point in history.



Ours is a creative race. Games are a part of that, so we treat them as an art form to be analyzed, discussed, and critiqued with respect. Our ludology team of independent writers emphasizes in-depth reviews on games (and entertainment) from any era on any platform. Discovering and exploring the worlds of fiction our species has created tells us more about who we are and why we think the way we do.

Why are we here? Is there meaning in the universe? What does it mean to be human? Some of life's biggest questions are tackled by religion, philosophy, literature, but we find some overlap in video games.

Here's another one of life's big questions: Why should you become a patron of the Well-Red Mage? Well, patrons will have access to a variety of exclusive content and rewards:


  • Your name/link included on our blog roster of Warriors of Light
  • Monthly content creators essays with practical advice, tips 'n tricks for success
  • Access to our exclusive Discord community, Mage Chat
  • Access to fiction not available anywhere else
  • Twitter support with retweets

I also want to be clear about how I plan to use any support that comes through Patreon:


  • Maintaining our domain at WordPress and eventually purchasing better paid plans for more functionality.
  • Purchasing better equipment for our YouTube channel, Mage Cast podcast, and potentially other projects like streaming.
  • Paying for the games themselves! We handle a lot of game keys from developers but the big name games are also titles we're interested in covering with our distinctive long-form analysis, but this costs money, too.
  • Repaying our contributors for their work!


Yes, I literally want to pay the people who write for this site. If you want more frequent, higher quality posts in our style, please support our work. Patreon is just a small way in which we can continue to reward our readers, as well as continue to grow as a source of community and inspiration in saving journalism.



Additionally, becoming a patron of the Well-Red Mage is something more meaningful than just collecting a bunch of exclusive rewards. We're all born into our place in history for a reason and I believe I'm here with my team to help transform the landscape.

Don't just complain about mainstream gaming journalism. Support the change. Champion writers who are passionate about gaming and who, y'know, actually play games. Champion the virtues of open discussion without retaliation. Champion honesty and the difference between critiquing and selling a product. Champion integrity over hyperbole. Champion content over clickbait. Champion human decency. Champion community. Champion going against the mainstream.

Help us inspire.

Would you consider becoming our monthly patron? Click that well-red Become a Patron button. Adventure with us. Thanks for visiting!
Tiers
Become a Green Mage
$1 or more per month 7 patrons
We're thrilled that you would consider becoming a Warrior of Light patron! With your monthly support of $1, your name and link(s) will be immortalized on our roster of Warriors of Light on The Well-Red Mage. You get a few other perks, such as some Twitter backup and behind-the-scenes patron-only goodies, plus the NEW Membership Card! 


  • Patron-only feed
  • TWRM's Twitter will RT your tweets when I see 'em
  • Immortalized on our roster of Warriors of Light
  • Warriors of Light Collector's Card physical reward!


Become a White Mage
$5 or more per month 7 patrons
We believe open discussion is what our society needs right now, for the heals. For $5 a month, you will gain access to discussion with us on our Discord chat, Mage Chat. You can join in the conversation, hang out with the mages, share work and resources, ask questions, and get into the inner workings of TWRM.


  • Access to exclusive Discord chat
  • Plus previous rewards
Includes Discord rewards
Become a Black Mage
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
Thank you so much for considering this reward tier! We will repay your $10 monthly support with valuable content to help you find success in writing and blogging. How did we make it this far? Now you can find out. This tier includes monthly creators essays on practical, specific blogging advice from a source you already trust. Need some counsel on your writing? This the tier for you.

  • Monthly blogging wisdom
  • Plus previous rewards
Includes Discord rewards
Become a Red Mage
$15 or more per month 2 patrons
Your support means so much to me that I'm happy to share a very precious and personal experience with you. For $15 of monthly generosity, you'll receive a digitally distributed copy of a short story I wrote but never published entitled "the Bamboo Man". This folktale has only been read by a handful of friends and can't be found anywhere else. Though the reward is one-time only, my gratitude is never-ending. I'm indebted to you!

  • Copy of short story "the Bamboo Man" (One-time reward!)
  • Plus previous rewards
Includes Discord rewards
Become a Gold Mage
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
Looking for the ultimate swag?! Look elsewhere, because we're classy here. Instead, the Gold Mage tier is for the ultimate TWRM physical rewards, merchandise, and exclusives. As a Gold Mage, you'll be sent a different piece of Well-Red Merch each month!

Jan: Ceramic Mug w/ logo
Feb: Well-Red Page Journal
Mar: Red Mage Pens
Apr: TWRM Bookmark
May: V-Neck Shirt w/ TWRM logo
Jun: TWRM Poster
Jul: Buttons & Pins
Aug: Ceramic Coaster
Sep: TWRM Temporary Tattoos
Oct: TWRM Decals
Nov: Mage Socks
Dec: Swimsuit Calendar

(Merch will be ordered at the start of each month after patron pledges are processed!)


***PLUS all previous rewards!

Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$118 of $150 per month
Want more MAGE CAST? Help us reach $150 a month and I'll start up a weekly routine, a new episode every single week!
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Greetings, NPCs!

I am the Well-Red Mage. I love writing. I love telling stories. I've loved the act of creating since I was a child drawing my own characters and writing up their fiction. Now, I'm combining two things I love, writing and video games, in order to change the face of journalism.

In February 2016, we launched thewellredmage.com as a small group of friends. Since then, our site has grown from less than a handful of writers to a host of contributors whose talent we're happy to showcase. We've featured hundreds of long-form, analytical reviews on games, film, television, and literature spanning from the 1930's to the present day. We don't know what the future holds but we do know that we want to keep expanding, keep partnering with new writers and developers, keep aspiring to more and better content.

We believe our work is important at this point in history.



Ours is a creative race. Games are a part of that, so we treat them as an art form to be analyzed, discussed, and critiqued with respect. Our ludology team of independent writers emphasizes in-depth reviews on games (and entertainment) from any era on any platform. Discovering and exploring the worlds of fiction our species has created tells us more about who we are and why we think the way we do.

Why are we here? Is there meaning in the universe? What does it mean to be human? Some of life's biggest questions are tackled by religion, philosophy, literature, but we find some overlap in video games.

Here's another one of life's big questions: Why should you become a patron of the Well-Red Mage? Well, patrons will have access to a variety of exclusive content and rewards:


  • Your name/link included on our blog roster of Warriors of Light
  • Monthly content creators essays with practical advice, tips 'n tricks for success
  • Access to our exclusive Discord community, Mage Chat
  • Access to fiction not available anywhere else
  • Twitter support with retweets

I also want to be clear about how I plan to use any support that comes through Patreon:


  • Maintaining our domain at WordPress and eventually purchasing better paid plans for more functionality.
  • Purchasing better equipment for our YouTube channel, Mage Cast podcast, and potentially other projects like streaming.
  • Paying for the games themselves! We handle a lot of game keys from developers but the big name games are also titles we're interested in covering with our distinctive long-form analysis, but this costs money, too.
  • Repaying our contributors for their work!


Yes, I literally want to pay the people who write for this site. If you want more frequent, higher quality posts in our style, please support our work. Patreon is just a small way in which we can continue to reward our readers, as well as continue to grow as a source of community and inspiration in saving journalism.



Additionally, becoming a patron of the Well-Red Mage is something more meaningful than just collecting a bunch of exclusive rewards. We're all born into our place in history for a reason and I believe I'm here with my team to help transform the landscape.

Don't just complain about mainstream gaming journalism. Support the change. Champion writers who are passionate about gaming and who, y'know, actually play games. Champion the virtues of open discussion without retaliation. Champion honesty and the difference between critiquing and selling a product. Champion integrity over hyperbole. Champion content over clickbait. Champion human decency. Champion community. Champion going against the mainstream.

Help us inspire.

Would you consider becoming our monthly patron? Click that well-red Become a Patron button. Adventure with us. Thanks for visiting!

Recent posts by the Well-Red Mage

Tiers
Become a Green Mage
$1 or more per month 7 patrons
We're thrilled that you would consider becoming a Warrior of Light patron! With your monthly support of $1, your name and link(s) will be immortalized on our roster of Warriors of Light on The Well-Red Mage. You get a few other perks, such as some Twitter backup and behind-the-scenes patron-only goodies, plus the NEW Membership Card! 


  • Patron-only feed
  • TWRM's Twitter will RT your tweets when I see 'em
  • Immortalized on our roster of Warriors of Light
  • Warriors of Light Collector's Card physical reward!


Become a White Mage
$5 or more per month 7 patrons
We believe open discussion is what our society needs right now, for the heals. For $5 a month, you will gain access to discussion with us on our Discord chat, Mage Chat. You can join in the conversation, hang out with the mages, share work and resources, ask questions, and get into the inner workings of TWRM.


  • Access to exclusive Discord chat
  • Plus previous rewards
Includes Discord rewards
Become a Black Mage
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
Thank you so much for considering this reward tier! We will repay your $10 monthly support with valuable content to help you find success in writing and blogging. How did we make it this far? Now you can find out. This tier includes monthly creators essays on practical, specific blogging advice from a source you already trust. Need some counsel on your writing? This the tier for you.

  • Monthly blogging wisdom
  • Plus previous rewards
Includes Discord rewards
Become a Red Mage
$15 or more per month 2 patrons
Your support means so much to me that I'm happy to share a very precious and personal experience with you. For $15 of monthly generosity, you'll receive a digitally distributed copy of a short story I wrote but never published entitled "the Bamboo Man". This folktale has only been read by a handful of friends and can't be found anywhere else. Though the reward is one-time only, my gratitude is never-ending. I'm indebted to you!

  • Copy of short story "the Bamboo Man" (One-time reward!)
  • Plus previous rewards
Includes Discord rewards
Become a Gold Mage
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
Looking for the ultimate swag?! Look elsewhere, because we're classy here. Instead, the Gold Mage tier is for the ultimate TWRM physical rewards, merchandise, and exclusives. As a Gold Mage, you'll be sent a different piece of Well-Red Merch each month!

Jan: Ceramic Mug w/ logo
Feb: Well-Red Page Journal
Mar: Red Mage Pens
Apr: TWRM Bookmark
May: V-Neck Shirt w/ TWRM logo
Jun: TWRM Poster
Jul: Buttons & Pins
Aug: Ceramic Coaster
Sep: TWRM Temporary Tattoos
Oct: TWRM Decals
Nov: Mage Socks
Dec: Swimsuit Calendar

(Merch will be ordered at the start of each month after patron pledges are processed!)


***PLUS all previous rewards!

Includes Discord rewards