Red Mage Briefs

Red Mage Briefs #43 – “Imperfect Organization”

To banish imperfection is to destroy expression, to check exertion, to paralyze vitality.
-John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice



Happy Monday!

This day has a bad rap, it’s not really the perfect day for a lot of people…

I started playing Octopath Traveller recently and it’s not perfect, but you know what? I think I’m enjoying my time with it anyways…

Sometimes, it’s okay to be imperfect. Well, all the time it is. That’s what we are, anyways. It has been observed that nobody’s perfect. Whenever we find Nobody, we’ll ask them how they made it to the top, but in the meanwhiles, the rest of us air-breathers have to live with ourselves and our work being incomplete in some fashion.

Take the recent podcastery we’ve been about. We put out our third episode, “Perfect Organism” about Alien: Isolation, and some people have been asking me “Where the heck is the second episode?” Well, this tertiary outing wasn’t exactly planned, it was sort of spontaneous, but I figured release it anyway and call it what it is. Embrace the imperfection and use it to be unique or wonky or wacky or janky, who cares, right? Some do, presumably, but I think that enjoying an imperfect organization is better than not enjoying a perfect one. Embrace it. Besides, I just really wanted to share this episode with you!



As we settle into a more frequent recording schedule, I’ll be recording again this Thursday with two special guests regarding the PS1 classic Final Fantasy Tactics. This will be the actual episode #002 and you can look forward to it publishing in about two weeks’ time! I typically tweet about the recording the day before and ask if anyone has any questions or thoughts about the game, and you may get mentioned in the episode, so if you have any high ideas about FFT, leave us a comment here about it and you might get a name-drop!

I really want to give a special shout out again to the ABXY Mage (@ABXY_Reviews) who helped me with the sound quality in “Perfect Organism”!

On a final podcast note, I’m on the hunt for more places to host and upload MAGE CAST. If you know of any more or have a favorite not in the row of logos below, let me know! I’m also interested in hearing about your favorite podcasts, so drop me some links in the comments below. That helps so much!

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A few other things coming down the pipeline include a monthly Tips n’ Tricks article on Patreon for bloggers and writers, which will be about counting the cost in attempting to build an internet brand. There are some reviews in the works include a literary critique by the Midnight Mystic Mage coming later this week, as well as some solid mage crit for Overcooked! 2 and Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition (I’m working on it!) and think pieces on rage quitting and more!


The Well-Red Mage survives on the basis of community. When I say “we”, I’m not putting on airs. We are actually driven by the ideas, the brainstorming, the talents, and the contributions of multiple people.

So the people we are looking for are mages and patrons, the legendary Warriors of Light.

The mages are the bones and the muscle around these parts, and the patrons are the lifeblood. Together we function and continue to expand, grow, and create new and exciting (hopefully) content. Therefore, I want to put it out again that we’re looking for mages! No deadlines, no pressure, fun community and conversation, and a slick mage avatar… that’s typically what I promise people. I’m always accepting new pitches for long-form reviews or unique thought pieces, so if you’re interested in joining the party then follow that link for more information!

Then there are the Warriors of Light themselves, our patrons who have decided to support us at any financial amount. It boggles my mind that there are people out there who love what we do enough and believe in our vision enough to pledge their monthly support to us, but we’ve successfully broken the $100 monthly marker, which triggered the launch of Mage Cast.

Our next goal, set at $150 a month, is meant to help us maintain a steady improvement in regards to equipment for the podcast. At $200 a month, I plan to begin paying back the mages for their hard work, setting aside a specific percentage of our earnings to ensure our writers get something for all their efforts here. I really need to sit down and brainstorm more opportunities for goals, because I think there’s plenty of room here.

So if you’re reading this and you can spare some pocket change each month, or if you are looking to help build a new timeline for friendlier gaming communities and games-centered games journalism, then check out our main Patreon campaign page! I’ve never begged because we don’t need to. The people who have wanted to support us have and we’ve come a long way because of them.

TWRM isn’t perfect.

We don’t do everything, we can’t cover everything. We barely ever talk news, even. But I enjoy my time spent here, and others tell me they do too, and that’s what matters.




SPECIAL THANKS as always to our Warriors of Light patrons, former and current!


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