Wes Platt

is creating stories for you

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Minstrel

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Let me make you Cypress Knee famous! I’m not looking for much, but every contribution matters and is much appreciated! My hope is that you’ll find content on this site that you enjoy. I also want to encourage you to join Cypress Knee MUSH and create a character in this new evolving story.
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  • Access to my fiction posts.
  • Your name in a Cypress Knee Notice news article!
  • Studio apartment (1 room) for one character on Cypress Knee MUSH.
  • Minstrel rank on Discord.
  • Social Media Shout-Out!
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Bard

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Never be forgotten in Cypress Knee! It means a lot when people take money from their pocket and put it toward someone else’s creative endeavor. Every patron contribution helps support the expense of hosting, promoting, and developing Cypress Knee MUSH. That includes spreading some of that money around to other creative folks, such as artists and musicians. And: have I mentioned that when you’re done checking out the patron content here, you should join Cypress Knee MUSH and create a character?

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  • Access to game development and creative writing exercise posts.
  • Townhouse (3 rooms) for one character on Cypress Knee MUSH.
  • Bookstore Window channel access on Discord (where I sometimes write fiction to share).
  • Your name on a commemorative plaque in the Cypress Knee town commons!
  • Bard rank on Discord.
Includes Discord benefits

Wordsmith

$10
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You give Cypress Knee deep roots! I’m astonished and humbled by the generosity you’re showing to this swampy corner of Patreon. I cannot thank you enough, but I’m definitely going to try. Your support guarantees the story keeps on going – and I hope you take advantage of that knowledge by joining the MUSH, making a character, and immersing yourself in this weird Florida town.

Includes
  • Monthly PDF full of content from the Patreon (my fiction and creative writing exercises) for easy offline consumption.
  • Zoom chat invitations.
  • 6-room home for one character in Cypress Knee MUSH.
  • Character Workshop text channel on Discord (for brainstorming new character ideas).
  • Swamp Gas voice chat channel on Discord (for occasional real-time Q&A or just shooting the breeze if I'm available).
  • Your name on a building in Cypress Knee!
  • Wordsmith rank on Discord.
Includes Discord benefits
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About

I still love sharing stories.

Back when I was a kid in elementary school, I’d ask classmates to give me three things to weave into stories. If someone said “bell, water, lizard” – well, I’d cook up a story about a reptile scrambling along a rock wall to reach a ringing bell in a tower overlooking a lake.

Then I got into journalism, where real-world events in weird Florida presented me with seemingly endless combinations: “UFO, beach, deputy” and “carpet, corpse, trunk” and “commissioner, briefcase, handgun”, just to name a few.

In 1994, with the rise of the internet, my passion for sharing stories pivoted toward online text-based games – multi-user dimensions or MUDs. A few years later, I started OtherSpace – an original-theme space opera storytelling game inspired by Star Wars, Babylon 5, Blade Runner, and Dune (among many others).

In 2009, I was part of the team that launched Fallen Earth – a post-apocalyptic MMORPG set in the Grand Canyon Province. Last year, after a 10-year run, my beloved Traveler towns scored their last deals and the Cleaners fulfilled their final contracts – GamersFirst shut down the servers to (maybe?) work on a reboot.

Reboots are tricky. I know. I’ve tried with OtherSpace. Several times. I changed the theme a few times over the years. More recently, I took the story from the old PennMUSH platform to Slack for easier access and a lower barrier to entry. Then I entertained the idea of going BACK to PennMUSH, but this time taking the story to the verge of the 51st Century.

And after an initial burst of enthusiasm – I came up with a theme, figured out some factions, started building a grid – I just…couldn’t. It’s not because of the lack of players – we have a few creative folks who remain quite dedicated. Really, it’s me. I’ve come to realize that I’ve tilled that particular soil long enough. I have wonderful memories of OtherSpace in its heyday, but each reboot has been a struggle – trying to bring in new blood, rekindle the return of older players, and engage my own creative energies (all while balancing a job and a family). It just hasn’t clicked.

The simple truth is: I’m done with OtherSpace. But I’m not done.

See, a few years ago, I worked on an indie project for Prologue Games in Durham, N.C., called Knee Deep – a point-and-click adventure that combined film noir, weird Florida, and theatrical stylings. The game launched on Steam for PC/Mac/Linux, in VR, and on PlayStation and Xbox. Rooted in my journalistic background but marinated in the Sunshine State’s reputation for the bizarre, Knee Deep remains close to my heart. (Enjoy, as I do, the concept art shown on this page - and in posts to come! - by artist Mike Inscho!)

That story follows the final days of a tacky tourist trap called Cypress Knee. Spoiler: the town doesn’t make it out alive. But the new MUSH project will invite players to become citizens or visitors to a newly constructed planned development situated on a lake where the old town used to be.

Become a patron if you want to follow the dev diary and get access to special Discord channels!

Thanks for your support.

Goals
10 of 25 patrons
OPERATION SUNSHINE STATE
  • I'll write a flash-fiction story (about 100 words) for each patron. (Achieve this goal by June 1, 2020 and that'll be TWO flash-fiction stories per patron.)
  • I'll commission new art for the Cypress Knee MUSH website.
  • I'll host a Discord Q&A/hangout session.
  • I'll produce a thank-you video, specifically calling out the patrons.
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