Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
What a time to be alive! Don’t believe me, NPCs? Try joining The Well-Red Mage’s team of contributors. This place is off the proverbial hook.
So if you’ve followed TWRM for any great length of time, you likely know that I put out the call for contributors pretty often. I want to break down a few things in one handy place: Why I do that and What you can do about it if you’re interested.
Why the call?
Since its inception in February of 2016, The Well-Red Mage has been a collaborative project. It began with just a small group of friends. In two year’s time, it’s expanded to become a global community of like-minded writers attracted to civil discussion and disagreement, long-form and analytical games critique, and non-toxic nice people! In gaming! I know!
Contributors enjoy (I presume!) having their work (both interior and exterior) promoted here, amiable conversation and resource-sharing in our private Mage Chat, and they become a part of a movement that wants to be at the cusp of a new timeline where games journalism doesn’t suck so much anymore. Cut the over-politicized bologna, score inflation, and outrage machinery. I also don’t want this to seem like freelancing, so I don’t do deadlines.
Being a contributor is about being enriched by each other and supporting this vision. Contributors are the heart of The Well-Red Mage. I’m not out to take someone away from the work they’re doing in their own space on the internet, nor am I interested in creating my own private army. Rather, it’s about collecting talents and friendships.
Additionally, TWRM has begun attracting the attention of developers and publishers so we’ve seen an increase in the press copies we’ve received, games for review direct from the hand that feeds. Really, we need help handling them all and it’s an opportunity to grow, create more content, and give contributors more to play.
“Let this be a testimonial of sorts, as I have found this to be the best site of contributors I’ve ever worked with.
There are a few things that set The Well Red Mage apart, but the most important is the way it works as a team. Even though I’m a rather newer Mage, I instantly felt like one of the crew, and more surprisingly the editor/owner of the site never has acted like some ever-present overlord. After all, this is his site, and he could dictate things to us as he wishes, but instead, we are constantly engaged as a team.
As a contributor, I have my own site I work on, and even though it was originally my primary focus, this team feel has made me feel a sense of belonging and pride in Well Red Mage that nearly rivals how I feel about my own site.
Yes, you will get your own cool contributor name, and you will get the opportunity to plug your own site increasing views for both this site and yours. Honestly, this is one of the reasons I started working with Well Red Mage, but it isn’t the reason I’ve continued to work with them. That is because in addition to the above you get access to a Discord chat channel with one of the most welcoming groups of people I’ve ever had the pleasure to be a part of.
Whether it is intellectually stimulating debate that never gets inflated with anger, sharing delightfully goofy content, being passionate about games you love with other gamers, or even talking about deep and meaningful topics, the Mages are there for you. Everyone is welcomed almost instantly, and over time you’ll find a camaraderie with these individuals that you might not share in other places across the internet.
In addition, once you’ve contributed and shown yourself reliable, you’ll have access to review codes. I find myself constantly impressed, as the owner could just hoard them to himself and only pass out the worst codes to others (I’ve been there at previous sites), if you prove yourself capable he is more than happy to share.
If you are a writer and still reading this, and the idea of a wonderful community of reasonable individuals who happen to love games, game codes for reviews, helpful cross-marketing for your site, and being able to constantly learn and grow your craft isn’t appealing to you: you are in the wrong place.
If any of that sounds wonderful to you, welcome home Mage.”
-Daniel Flatt, the Mail Order Ninja Mage
What can you do?
Since we’ve brought together so many contributors over time, I’ve wanted to smooth out the process a little more for a while now. Previously, I would have a meandering conversation with everyone who expressed interest. Instead, I’ve created a simple schematic you can fill out then email to me. Think of it less as a schematic and more as just telling us about yourself and the things you love. That’s what this is all about. At the end of the day, video games are there to be enjoyed so why not enjoy writing about and talking about them?
You can read more on our Join the Party page.
Become a Mage!
*Please provide two links for your writing (preferably gaming related):
*Why are you interested in joining TWRM?:
*Proposed Mage name(s) for your avatar:
*Are you willing to submit your work to an editor before it’s published?:
*Are you willing to follow TWRM’s formatting for reviews/critiques?:
*Are you willing to keep your posts generally family-friendly in tone and language?:
*Pitch for your first contribution:
Please email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for reading! I’m available to answer any questions or console any fears. I don’t think that “I’m not good enough” is a reasonable response. If interested, I’d love to hear from you! Let’s chat.
Kickstart the new timeline!
-The Well-Red Mage
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