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$36
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Hi, I'm Ben, though I usually go by Sientir on the Internet, and this is my Patreon page. Thanks for dropping by!

From this page, you can pledge money to me on a monthly basis to help support various creative endeavors that I do. These come in two major categories: Free-for-everyone content and price-gated content, the latter of which serve as rewards for those willing to financially support me. That support is greatly appreciated!

The free-for-everyone content is:
  1. Geekdom of God: A weekly podcast about Christianity. This is a topic I’m passionate about, but I also feel that my views regarding my faith are somewhat atypical, largely because, while I believe the Bible, I examine Christian traditions with a great deal of scrutiny.
  2. VOD of Consciousness: This is a daily show in which I play a video game I enjoy, predominantly a perennial favorite of mine: Guild Wars 1. I talk about whatever comes to mind, which is usually game related, but sometimes delves into other topics.

Those that support me get additional content, based upon how much support they are willing to provide. What you get is described in the tiers to the right, though I’ve included more detailed descriptions below.

Also, I want to note that audio recordings for reward tiers will have what I consider a minimal level of editing—I'll trim off silence from the beginning and end of the recordings and tweak the overall volume, generally by running a compressor over it (which smooths out volume differences). I mention this so that everyone knows what to expect from these tiers.

As a final note, tiers are progressive, meaning that all rewards in a lower value tier are included in a higher value tier. They all also include a special "Patron" role on my Discord server just for Patrons. This role gives access to private text and voice channels!

And with that, let's go over the tiers themselves!

1. $1 USD — Patron Podcast
Starting with this tier, you get access to and participation in the Patron Podcast. This is a monthly podcast with the topic chosen by Patrons! Topics are submitted during the first half of a month, then I make a poll from those topics for Patrons to vote in. The winning option is the topic for that month’s Patron Podcast!

2. $3 USD — Storytime
This tier will get written content: a combination of early access to short stories and exclusive vignettes. Vignettes will be short, around 500-600 words (think about a page) and will have no particular continuity of storytelling, while short stories will likely be longer and have continuity of storytelling. Note: The baseline for this tier will be a vignette every other week. As this is a new thing for me, I’ll need to develop the workflow for short stories before those will be added in. The maximum rate will be one piece of writing per week.

3. $5 USD — Dear Patrons... (Also $10 USD — Easy Generosity)
With this tier you get access to daily audio diary entries. These are generally about my day, though on occasion something in particular sticks in my mind—perhaps something with a game I’m playing, for example—and I’ll also talk about that. I also end each of these by giving my thoughts on BibleGateway.com’s Verse of the Day.

These audio logs are typically 4-10 minutes in length, though on occasion they’ve surpassed 15 minutes.

While these are daily, the exact time they come out is somewhat inconsistent (as is my personal schedule). They also tend to be pretty personal. On occasion something messes with my ability to release one on a given day, as life does occur. Also, any vacations that I may take will also likely heavily disrupt these, so I’ll seek to make Patrons at affected tiers aware of such events ahead of time.

4. $13.37 USD — For Some 1337 Fun!
This tier is for fun! Patrons at this level get a new album of “songs” I’ve created on my Yamaha keyboard each month. To be clear, I have no actual training in playing a keyboard, but I do enjoy it. Also, Patrons at this tier get to vote on whether or not the songs will see a public release (on a per song basis). Albums are typically around 8-10 songs in length. Basically, I sit down and record for about 20 minutes, then cut out the individual songs, so the overall album time is typically a bit less than that.

For some examples, you can check out the playlist of released songs at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZWuCP6Z8YzG6GKk1vnJRnXwnig_pyUPh(Note: This tier was originally planned to be one very long song, so the first song in that playlist reflects this fact. I found an album works far better, however, so that’s what I do now!)

Songs are released to these Patrons on a one-song-per-day schedule, starting sometime during the first half of the month.

I may also on rare occasions release other (silly or experimental) content for Patrons of this tier, but such things shouldn't be anticipated. (As an example, I released the test video for VOD of Consciousness to this tier.)
Tiers
Patron Podcast
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Monthly Podcast with topic suggested by Patrons!
  • The "Patron" role on my Discord server, which gives access to Patron only text and voice channels!
Includes Discord rewards
Storytime
$3 or more per month 1 patron
  • Regular written content in the form of vignettes and short stories. (See Overview for more details!)
  • Plus all previous rewards
Includes Discord rewards
Dear Diary...
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
  • Get access to daily "Dear Patron..." audio diary entries!
  • Plus all previous rewards
Includes Discord rewards
Easy Generosity
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
  • This tier is identical to the previous $5 USD tier. I've added it to make it easier for people to be more generous if they want to be. (I know that Patreon lets you specify a value other than a tier, but this makes it simpler. Consider it a social experiment.)
Includes Discord rewards
For some 1337 fun!
$13.37 or more per month 2 patrons
  • Once per month, I'll make an "album" with my Yamaha keyboard. I'm not a trained musician nor composer, so these are going to be very...freestyle.
  • Each...I'm going to loosely call them "songs"...that I post will also come with a poll about whether or not to make the song public. The poll will close when the next month's song gets posted. (See the Overview for a link to the playlist of songs that've been made public for reference!)
  • This tier is here for fun! Don't take it too seriously. (For those outside the United States, the value of this tier is $13.37 USD.)
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$36 of $100 per month
I'm personally not quite sure what to do here, but I know I want something. Part of what makes it hard for me to come up with something is I don't know what you all would want yet, so when we hit this point, I think I'll have a much better idea.
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Hi, I'm Ben, though I usually go by Sientir on the Internet, and this is my Patreon page. Thanks for dropping by!

From this page, you can pledge money to me on a monthly basis to help support various creative endeavors that I do. These come in two major categories: Free-for-everyone content and price-gated content, the latter of which serve as rewards for those willing to financially support me. That support is greatly appreciated!

The free-for-everyone content is:
  1. Geekdom of God: A weekly podcast about Christianity. This is a topic I’m passionate about, but I also feel that my views regarding my faith are somewhat atypical, largely because, while I believe the Bible, I examine Christian traditions with a great deal of scrutiny.
  2. VOD of Consciousness: This is a daily show in which I play a video game I enjoy, predominantly a perennial favorite of mine: Guild Wars 1. I talk about whatever comes to mind, which is usually game related, but sometimes delves into other topics.

Those that support me get additional content, based upon how much support they are willing to provide. What you get is described in the tiers to the right, though I’ve included more detailed descriptions below.

Also, I want to note that audio recordings for reward tiers will have what I consider a minimal level of editing—I'll trim off silence from the beginning and end of the recordings and tweak the overall volume, generally by running a compressor over it (which smooths out volume differences). I mention this so that everyone knows what to expect from these tiers.

As a final note, tiers are progressive, meaning that all rewards in a lower value tier are included in a higher value tier. They all also include a special "Patron" role on my Discord server just for Patrons. This role gives access to private text and voice channels!

And with that, let's go over the tiers themselves!

1. $1 USD — Patron Podcast
Starting with this tier, you get access to and participation in the Patron Podcast. This is a monthly podcast with the topic chosen by Patrons! Topics are submitted during the first half of a month, then I make a poll from those topics for Patrons to vote in. The winning option is the topic for that month’s Patron Podcast!

2. $3 USD — Storytime
This tier will get written content: a combination of early access to short stories and exclusive vignettes. Vignettes will be short, around 500-600 words (think about a page) and will have no particular continuity of storytelling, while short stories will likely be longer and have continuity of storytelling. Note: The baseline for this tier will be a vignette every other week. As this is a new thing for me, I’ll need to develop the workflow for short stories before those will be added in. The maximum rate will be one piece of writing per week.

3. $5 USD — Dear Patrons... (Also $10 USD — Easy Generosity)
With this tier you get access to daily audio diary entries. These are generally about my day, though on occasion something in particular sticks in my mind—perhaps something with a game I’m playing, for example—and I’ll also talk about that. I also end each of these by giving my thoughts on BibleGateway.com’s Verse of the Day.

These audio logs are typically 4-10 minutes in length, though on occasion they’ve surpassed 15 minutes.

While these are daily, the exact time they come out is somewhat inconsistent (as is my personal schedule). They also tend to be pretty personal. On occasion something messes with my ability to release one on a given day, as life does occur. Also, any vacations that I may take will also likely heavily disrupt these, so I’ll seek to make Patrons at affected tiers aware of such events ahead of time.

4. $13.37 USD — For Some 1337 Fun!
This tier is for fun! Patrons at this level get a new album of “songs” I’ve created on my Yamaha keyboard each month. To be clear, I have no actual training in playing a keyboard, but I do enjoy it. Also, Patrons at this tier get to vote on whether or not the songs will see a public release (on a per song basis). Albums are typically around 8-10 songs in length. Basically, I sit down and record for about 20 minutes, then cut out the individual songs, so the overall album time is typically a bit less than that.

For some examples, you can check out the playlist of released songs at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZWuCP6Z8YzG6GKk1vnJRnXwnig_pyUPh(Note: This tier was originally planned to be one very long song, so the first song in that playlist reflects this fact. I found an album works far better, however, so that’s what I do now!)

Songs are released to these Patrons on a one-song-per-day schedule, starting sometime during the first half of the month.

I may also on rare occasions release other (silly or experimental) content for Patrons of this tier, but such things shouldn't be anticipated. (As an example, I released the test video for VOD of Consciousness to this tier.)

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Tiers
Patron Podcast
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Monthly Podcast with topic suggested by Patrons!
  • The "Patron" role on my Discord server, which gives access to Patron only text and voice channels!
Includes Discord rewards
Storytime
$3 or more per month 1 patron
  • Regular written content in the form of vignettes and short stories. (See Overview for more details!)
  • Plus all previous rewards
Includes Discord rewards
Dear Diary...
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
  • Get access to daily "Dear Patron..." audio diary entries!
  • Plus all previous rewards
Includes Discord rewards
Easy Generosity
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
  • This tier is identical to the previous $5 USD tier. I've added it to make it easier for people to be more generous if they want to be. (I know that Patreon lets you specify a value other than a tier, but this makes it simpler. Consider it a social experiment.)
Includes Discord rewards
For some 1337 fun!
$13.37 or more per month 2 patrons
  • Once per month, I'll make an "album" with my Yamaha keyboard. I'm not a trained musician nor composer, so these are going to be very...freestyle.
  • Each...I'm going to loosely call them "songs"...that I post will also come with a poll about whether or not to make the song public. The poll will close when the next month's song gets posted. (See the Overview for a link to the playlist of songs that've been made public for reference!)
  • This tier is here for fun! Don't take it too seriously. (For those outside the United States, the value of this tier is $13.37 USD.)
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards