Extra History is creating History That's Fun To Watch
4,024

patrons

$13,710
per month
Why history?

History is the best novel you've ever read. It's full of betrayals and blood feuds, heroic sacrifices, impossible triumphs, and the daily struggles that add up to momentous change.

Extra History takes snapshots of history and presents them in animated shorts that are freely available for anyone to watch on YouTube. Patreon members like you help us pick interesting periods and people to talk about every Saturday for each 5-7 week mini-series. Each series will be enough to whet your appetite and put human perspective into a subject that might once have seemed dry.


You might know us from our show Extra Credits, where we talk about the art, industry, and community of video games in a way that educates as it entertains. We're excited to bring everything we've learned from making Extra Credits to history!

Extra Credits has been so successful because as game designers, we understand how to use the techniques that make video games compelling. We take our knowledge about tutorial design to model the information flow so you don't get overwhelmed with facts and data. Then we apply interest curve principles to make sure the show has the right pacing to keep you engaged. Now we want to use that to make history something that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Why we use Patreon

We created the first Extra History series in September of 2013, and we were blown away by the response. The series got over 600,000 views and not a month went by when we didn't get a comment or an email asking, "Will Extra History ever come back?" But much as we wanted to, we couldn't afford it.

Until Patreon. Patreon allows us to make Extra History a reality - with your help. As a member, you get access to our members-only Patreon feed, watch videos early, and cast your vote in the poll for the next series topic. We'll sit down with you every month for a Patreon-only livestream Q&A. And if you're feeling super generous, you can even get your name in the credits as a Sponsor. 

Thank you for watching (and reading)! We hope you'll support us making Extra History, because everyone should enjoy learning. 
Tiers
Thanks and Patreon Activity Feed
$1 or more per month 1996 patrons
 
  • Get access to our Patreon activity feed with behind-the-scenes updates and bonus goodies we’ll be able to offer from time to time!
  • Use your ad-blocker guilt-free!
One Day Early Access
$3 or more per month 387 patrons
  • Get your bean-person history fix *at least* one day early before the episodes go public on Saturdays!
  • 15% discount on merchandise from the store.
  • Includes previous reward level.
Decide Our Next Series + Q&A Livestream!
$5 or more per month 1424 patrons
  • About every seven weeks, we'll propose four topics for a future Extra History series. And you'll get to vote on which one we make!
  • Join us for a cozy Q&A livestream once a month to talk about ALL our shows! Most livestreams occur Sundays at 5pm Pacific time (GMT - 7) featuring a small, different lineup of staff every month (60-90 minutes).
  • Includes all previous reward levels.
Suggest an Extra History Topic
$8 or more per month 490 patrons
  • Suggest a topic for a future Extra History series. (Must be 1920s or earlier.) Suggestions are collected in a monthly survey, and then selected from, to be featured on the voting poll that $5+ patrons participate in.
  • Includes all previous reward levels.
Your Name in the Credits
$50 or more per month 30 patrons
  • Become a part of history - well, Extra History - by getting your name listed as a "Sponsor" in the credits. Also makes a great gift for a loved one who's a history nerd! (Credits are updated on the 15th of each month. Names must be 20 characters or less, including spaces.) 
  • Includes all previous reward levels.
Educational Sponsor
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Be listed as a supporting educational or institutional sponsor of Extra History. If you pledge this amount, send us a message ASAP so we can confirm how your name appears.
  • Blessing to show episodes in class (you always have our permission, but this is our blessing!)
  • Includes all previous reward levels.
Be in an Episode!
$250 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Custom bean character of you included in an upcoming episode! 
  • A shoutout on social media for your support! 
  • Includes all previous reward levels.
  • If you pledge this amount, send us a message ASAP so we can plan for your bean character as early as possible in the art production schedule. (This reward equates to a one-time appearance.)
Class Discussion
$500 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Class discussion: An Extra History staff writer will participate in a live video discussion with your class on an episode of your choice. This reward is offered once per month.
  • Includes all previous reward levels.
Goals
$13,710 of $14,500 per month
We will open a Discord server for patrons to hang out with each other and talk all things history--and about other Extra Credits shows too! (Will be available to $5+ patrons).
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Why history?

History is the best novel you've ever read. It's full of betrayals and blood feuds, heroic sacrifices, impossible triumphs, and the daily struggles that add up to momentous change.

Extra History takes snapshots of history and presents them in animated shorts that are freely available for anyone to watch on YouTube. Patreon members like you help us pick interesting periods and people to talk about every Saturday for each 5-7 week mini-series. Each series will be enough to whet your appetite and put human perspective into a subject that might once have seemed dry.


You might know us from our show Extra Credits, where we talk about the art, industry, and community of video games in a way that educates as it entertains. We're excited to bring everything we've learned from making Extra Credits to history!

Extra Credits has been so successful because as game designers, we understand how to use the techniques that make video games compelling. We take our knowledge about tutorial design to model the information flow so you don't get overwhelmed with facts and data. Then we apply interest curve principles to make sure the show has the right pacing to keep you engaged. Now we want to use that to make history something that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Why we use Patreon

We created the first Extra History series in September of 2013, and we were blown away by the response. The series got over 600,000 views and not a month went by when we didn't get a comment or an email asking, "Will Extra History ever come back?" But much as we wanted to, we couldn't afford it.

Until Patreon. Patreon allows us to make Extra History a reality - with your help. As a member, you get access to our members-only Patreon feed, watch videos early, and cast your vote in the poll for the next series topic. We'll sit down with you every month for a Patreon-only livestream Q&A. And if you're feeling super generous, you can even get your name in the credits as a Sponsor. 

Thank you for watching (and reading)! We hope you'll support us making Extra History, because everyone should enjoy learning. 

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Tiers
Thanks and Patreon Activity Feed
$1 or more per month 1996 patrons
 
  • Get access to our Patreon activity feed with behind-the-scenes updates and bonus goodies we’ll be able to offer from time to time!
  • Use your ad-blocker guilt-free!
One Day Early Access
$3 or more per month 387 patrons
  • Get your bean-person history fix *at least* one day early before the episodes go public on Saturdays!
  • 15% discount on merchandise from the store.
  • Includes previous reward level.
Decide Our Next Series + Q&A Livestream!
$5 or more per month 1424 patrons
  • About every seven weeks, we'll propose four topics for a future Extra History series. And you'll get to vote on which one we make!
  • Join us for a cozy Q&A livestream once a month to talk about ALL our shows! Most livestreams occur Sundays at 5pm Pacific time (GMT - 7) featuring a small, different lineup of staff every month (60-90 minutes).
  • Includes all previous reward levels.
Suggest an Extra History Topic
$8 or more per month 490 patrons
  • Suggest a topic for a future Extra History series. (Must be 1920s or earlier.) Suggestions are collected in a monthly survey, and then selected from, to be featured on the voting poll that $5+ patrons participate in.
  • Includes all previous reward levels.
Your Name in the Credits
$50 or more per month 30 patrons
  • Become a part of history - well, Extra History - by getting your name listed as a "Sponsor" in the credits. Also makes a great gift for a loved one who's a history nerd! (Credits are updated on the 15th of each month. Names must be 20 characters or less, including spaces.) 
  • Includes all previous reward levels.
Educational Sponsor
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Be listed as a supporting educational or institutional sponsor of Extra History. If you pledge this amount, send us a message ASAP so we can confirm how your name appears.
  • Blessing to show episodes in class (you always have our permission, but this is our blessing!)
  • Includes all previous reward levels.
Be in an Episode!
$250 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Custom bean character of you included in an upcoming episode! 
  • A shoutout on social media for your support! 
  • Includes all previous reward levels.
  • If you pledge this amount, send us a message ASAP so we can plan for your bean character as early as possible in the art production schedule. (This reward equates to a one-time appearance.)
Class Discussion
$500 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Class discussion: An Extra History staff writer will participate in a live video discussion with your class on an episode of your choice. This reward is offered once per month.
  • Includes all previous reward levels.