Noah Caldwell-Gervais

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Hi! I'm Noah Gervais. Thanks to the generous support of Patrons past and present, I've finally gotten real professional games writing gigs. Without crowdfunding, I would have never had the time to develop my writing or my channel to the extent I needed to get to this point. I'm always going to be grateful for role the generosity of strangers has played in moving my life forward in meaningful ways. Here's how I'll be using Patreon from here on out:

1) The Channel is Still the Main Thing
I'm not being employed by any publication as a full or part time employee, I'm strictly freelancing. This allows me to pitch ideas and pick up work as I'm able to do it and work is available. I'm still aiming to produce at least one major 30 minute plus video per month for my channel, hopefully with a general average of an hour's worth of content per month. These videos are what I enjoy doing the most, and I'm going to continuously produce them alongside any written/professional work. I know very well that the vast majority of patrons are donating to facilitate making these types of longform videos, and that's still priority number one. But neither can I ignore an opportunity to become increasingly employable as a legitimate game critic. 

2) The Road Trip Is OVER FOR NOW.
.Unfortunately, winter has arrived and my wife is tired of living in a 14x5 foot space, so the trip is over and I'm back in Seattle. I'm going to continue to continue to produce travel content, but I will be taking shorter solo trips going forward.

3) No, I Won't Shut Up About Politics
I don't run a channel based on political content, but I do run my channel based on what I believe and what I value. Most of what I do is close reading of the text, whether a video game or a movie or whatever, but if I want to go into personal detail and personal conviction when exploring a topic, I'm going to go ahead and do so. I don't feel like this channel has a point if I don't say what I mean. If that's bad news in your book, don't donate!

4) Don't Donate if It's Not Easy
There's a lot of people already contributing to this channel, and between that, freelancing, and my part time kitchen jobs, I'm able to live comfortably and expand the scope of the channel. If you need money for you, keep it! But if you're a Real Adult Professional and want to help out someone still trying to find their way up the nonfiction ladder, I could surely use the help.

5) Refunds Are Available Any Time For Any Reason
Sometimes I have to make decisions of whether to delay content further or publish with some technical shortcomings to make the content available. Like my Fallout 4 DLC video-- my microphone was broken, and I had spent everything on bus parts and taxes, so it's either wait until next month to replace it or roll with the frustrating echo. I opted to roll with it. I'm open to people being frustrated with these calls, and if a video doesn't live up to your standards I'll refund you the money you spent on its production. Similarly if you feel I've offended or insulted you, I'll always at the very least give you your money back.

Patreon and the incredible community of support I've received from viewers has transformed my life completely, bringing me all the way from rank amateur to novice professional. I've had a haphazard time of it, I've been wingin' it pretty hard, but I'm continuing to challenge myself and produce both new content and new sorts of content.

So a huge thanks to everyone who watches my videos-- whether you donate or not! But a special thanks for the folks who help me pay my bills. You're helping me live a life I've been trying to stumble into for a decade or more.

$1,600 - reached! per month
At this level of funding, I will have the available income to produce short and long form travel content oriented around backroads America, involving my '73 VW Camper
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