Welcome to the goblin village! The air is damp, laughter echoes between ramshackle buildings, and something peculiar is always afoot. We're making strange and wondrous things. Perhaps you belong here!
My name is Avery Alder, and in addition to being a queer goblin I'm a game designer with a curiosity about how to build community and tenderness in the margins of a scary world. Goblin Friendship Club is my latest answer to the question: Avery, how can I support and participate in the work you're doing?Specifically, joining the Goblin Friendship Club means you'll support me in:
- offering low-income discounts (30% off) on all of my products,
- running the Emerging Designers mentorship program,
- releasing small, free projects on occasion,
- traveling to conventions and game events,
- local activism and peer mental health support,
- raising my own goblin family,
- tending to chronic illness and practicing self-care.
The Goblin Friendship Club functions as a seasonal subscription - you pay now, and then every three months to the day. The only question remaining is: what sort of goblin are you? A friendly rogue, eager auntie, or offbeat inventor?
You're always bringing in coins and trinkets, sharing them with the community. And in return, we share our stories and hearth with you.
Friendly Rogues keep the work sustainable and interesting, providing me with a financial buffer so that I don't have to fixate on profit in how I design and distribute games.
Once a season, I'll return the favour by giving you something for free - one of my PDFs, an exclusive supplement, a new micro-game, or something similar.
You're never hard to find - cozied up on the porch with tea, spreading gossip round the knitting circle, or wiping muck off some scoundrel kid's face. You work magic behind the scenes of our community.
Eager Aunties support the Emerging Designers mentorship program, covering the cost of three additional mentorship hours to the program each season. They also help support all the work that I do, both in games community and locally.
What strange things are you working on today, in your little tinker shack? You're always making and breaking and making again, bringing new possibilities into the world.
Offbeat Inventors are signing up for personal, one-on-one design consulting. You'll share your work and questions with me, and I'll engage and extend my hard-won knowledge about design, development, and publishing. Every season, you'll receive 3-4 consulting hours, plus you'll cover the cost of three additional mentorship hours to the Emerging Designers mentorship program.
Going through a creative dry spell, or don't have any major projects on the go? You can instead opt to skip the consulting hours, and cover the cost of eight mentorship hours to the Emerging Designers mentorship program."Avery is a brilliant game designer and her feedback is invaluable. She has offered detailed and actionable critiques of my current project (Circles of Power), both to address the complex social issues associated with the game and the mechanical systems it uses. Her design consultancy is worth it's weight in gold." - Jason Pitre, Genesis of Legend Publishing
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