Brandon 'Wayward Strategist' Casteel is creating real-time strategy articles, analysis and mods.
5

patrons

$5
per Article
Strategy games are beautiful, organized systems, playgrounds for exercising the mind. It’s a shame that so many people pass them by. I initially started the Wayward Strategist site to advocate for, educate in and strive for the evolution of the endlessly interesting real-time strategy and real-time tactics genres.

Real-time strategy games are my passion. Seriously. When I'm not writing about RTS games, I'm trying to test my theories on RTS design by making them. I play existing RTS extensively, as well. I'm not particularly good at playing RTS, but that's almost secondary. I love talking with creators about their work, and getting professional opinions on the evolution of the genre.

I'm a husband and a father, and I work full time. Recently, I've learned that my cost of living will be spiking dramatically, and I am in a precarious financial position. Without additional income, I won't be in a good position to continue writing, let alone producing videos or working on my mod. I'm hoping I'll be able to make a little income through my writing so I won't have to take additional jobs to support my wife and kids.

My goal is to produce at least 2 articles every month. Articles by guest contributors, or in excess of this, will be considered bonus, and will not be monetized.

Here are some writing samples:

And here's a link to the website for my current in-progress mod, SCRAP (Scavenge, Collect, Reclaim, Attack, Prevail)
Rewards
Roamer
$1 or more per Article 4 patrons
This all goes to keeping my family in our house and insured, and helps me allows me to focus on continuing to write and work on my mods. You will get access to articles/videos up to 3 days before anyone else.

Includes
  • Patron-only content feed
Itinerant
$5 or more per Article 1 patron
If there's a game or mechanic you want me to write about, I'll bump that up on my list. I'll provide access to in-process content.

Includes
  • Patron-only content feed
  • Behind-the-scenes pics & videos
  • Editorial Input
Voyager
$10 or more per Article 0 patrons
I will write follow-up articles to topics you feel I have not covered properly, and will do videos/stream on topics of your choosing.

Includes
  • Patron-only content feed
  • Behind-the-scenes pics & videos
  • Editorial Input
  • Monthly Q&A
Strategist
$20 or more per Article 1 of 8 patrons
If you choose to contribute at this tier, I will provide unfettered access to my notes, design documentation, in-progress content, and will discuss future plans with you. Your name will be mentioned specifically in Patron-sponsored content.

Includes
  • Editorial Input
  • Monthly Q&A
  • Collaborate on upcoming work
Goals
$5 of $25 per Article
I love RTS games. I love playing them, writing about them, and especially making them. I'd love to make this my life's work, but... life is getting in the way right now. My family's cost of living has increased, and unless I can bring in some money with my writing, I may have to put my work on hold indefinitely. 

All money received will go towards paying for insurance for my wife and kids, so I can continue writing without pursuing another side job.
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Strategy games are beautiful, organized systems, playgrounds for exercising the mind. It’s a shame that so many people pass them by. I initially started the Wayward Strategist site to advocate for, educate in and strive for the evolution of the endlessly interesting real-time strategy and real-time tactics genres.

Real-time strategy games are my passion. Seriously. When I'm not writing about RTS games, I'm trying to test my theories on RTS design by making them. I play existing RTS extensively, as well. I'm not particularly good at playing RTS, but that's almost secondary. I love talking with creators about their work, and getting professional opinions on the evolution of the genre.

I'm a husband and a father, and I work full time. Recently, I've learned that my cost of living will be spiking dramatically, and I am in a precarious financial position. Without additional income, I won't be in a good position to continue writing, let alone producing videos or working on my mod. I'm hoping I'll be able to make a little income through my writing so I won't have to take additional jobs to support my wife and kids.

My goal is to produce at least 2 articles every month. Articles by guest contributors, or in excess of this, will be considered bonus, and will not be monetized.

Here are some writing samples:

And here's a link to the website for my current in-progress mod, SCRAP (Scavenge, Collect, Reclaim, Attack, Prevail)

Recent posts by Brandon 'Wayward Strategist' Casteel

Rewards
Roamer
$1 or more per Article 4 patrons
This all goes to keeping my family in our house and insured, and helps me allows me to focus on continuing to write and work on my mods. You will get access to articles/videos up to 3 days before anyone else.

Includes
  • Patron-only content feed
Itinerant
$5 or more per Article 1 patron
If there's a game or mechanic you want me to write about, I'll bump that up on my list. I'll provide access to in-process content.

Includes
  • Patron-only content feed
  • Behind-the-scenes pics & videos
  • Editorial Input
Voyager
$10 or more per Article 0 patrons
I will write follow-up articles to topics you feel I have not covered properly, and will do videos/stream on topics of your choosing.

Includes
  • Patron-only content feed
  • Behind-the-scenes pics & videos
  • Editorial Input
  • Monthly Q&A
Strategist
$20 or more per Article 1 of 8 patrons
If you choose to contribute at this tier, I will provide unfettered access to my notes, design documentation, in-progress content, and will discuss future plans with you. Your name will be mentioned specifically in Patron-sponsored content.

Includes
  • Editorial Input
  • Monthly Q&A
  • Collaborate on upcoming work