Extra Credits is creating History That's Fun To Watch
4,120

patrons

$13,947
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 supporters like you help us pick interesting periods and people to talk about every Saturday for each 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 donor, you get access to our special donors-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, during which we'll pick from your donor suggestions for another topic to include in the next series topic poll. 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 2001 patrons
 Get access to our special, donors-only Patreon activity feed with updates, commentary, and messages from the creators. You'll also have our sincere thanks for supporting the show!
One Day Early Access
$3 or more per month 388 patrons
 Watch new episodes the day before they come out on YouTube and get your bean-person history fix on Fridays instead of Saturdays. Includes previous reward level.
Decide Our Next Series + Q&A Livestream!
$5 or more per month 1439 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!

 
Plus! Join us for an exclusive, cozy Q&A livestream once a month! Most livestreams occur Saturdays or Sundays at 5pm Pacific time (GMT - 7).  Includes all previous reward levels.

Suggest an Extra History Topic
$8 or more per month 496 patrons
 Tell us what historical period or person we should make a future series about! (Must be 1920s or earlier.) This reward will be offered once a month. Includes all previous reward levels.
Your Name in the Credits
$50 or more per month 26 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! (Sponsor credits are updated between video series.) Includes all previous reward levels.
Goals
$13,947 of $16,000 per month
With $16,000 a month, we'll invest into creating a single, four-episode run of the series that our patrons have requested for a long time: Extra Mythology! We'll explore one legend that both shaped and reflected the culture that embraced it. Topic will be announced when the milestone is met!
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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 supporters like you help us pick interesting periods and people to talk about every Saturday for each 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 donor, you get access to our special donors-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, during which we'll pick from your donor suggestions for another topic to include in the next series topic poll. 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 2001 patrons
 Get access to our special, donors-only Patreon activity feed with updates, commentary, and messages from the creators. You'll also have our sincere thanks for supporting the show!
One Day Early Access
$3 or more per month 388 patrons
 Watch new episodes the day before they come out on YouTube and get your bean-person history fix on Fridays instead of Saturdays. Includes previous reward level.
Decide Our Next Series + Q&A Livestream!
$5 or more per month 1439 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!

 
Plus! Join us for an exclusive, cozy Q&A livestream once a month! Most livestreams occur Saturdays or Sundays at 5pm Pacific time (GMT - 7).  Includes all previous reward levels.

Suggest an Extra History Topic
$8 or more per month 496 patrons
 Tell us what historical period or person we should make a future series about! (Must be 1920s or earlier.) This reward will be offered once a month. Includes all previous reward levels.
Your Name in the Credits
$50 or more per month 26 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! (Sponsor credits are updated between video series.) Includes all previous reward levels.