Game Maker's Toolkit is creating videos on game design
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$9,351
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Hi! My name's Mark Brown, and I'm the creator of a YouTube series about game design, called Game Maker's Toolkit.

In each episode I strive to reveal the hidden genius of my favourite games, demystify the design process, pass on the philosophies of the world's best designers, or take a critical look at the most recent releases.

I've talked about how Mario's stages are inspired by Chinese poetry, how Spelunky generates levels, how The Last Guardian tells a story through the language of games, how Shovel Knight nails nostalgia, and what Mirror's Edge Catalyst should have learned from Burnout Paradise.

The videos are for both gamers looking to learn more about their favourite games, and new designers looking to find out more about how games use their design to challenge us, deliver experiences, and tell stories.

I've got endless ideas for new episodes - and I want you to help me make them.

What is Patreon?

Patreon is a service where you can pledge to send a regular payment to creators, so they can support themselves and keep making new stuff.

Patreon is better for creators than advertising or sponsorship. The content is 100% uncompromised, payment is more predictable, and creators don't need to stoop to clickbait content or other shady practices.

Patreon means that creators serve their viewers, not advertisers or corporate sponsors. And where the viewers choose what deserves to be made and who deserves a voice.

How often will I end up paying?

You pay per month. I always release at least one video a month, but often will put out two. In the very unlikely circumstance that I don't make a single video, I won't charge anyone for that month.

Why do you need the money?

Starting in 2017, I was able to make Game Maker's Toolkit my full time job. So, Patreon is now my primary source of income. I therefore need the money to, like, eat and stuff - all while spending upwards of 100 hours researching, writing, editing, and publishing the latest episode of the show.

I also use the money to purchase equipment for the show (like hard drives to store game captures, better capture equipment, and new consoles), games, online services, and stuff like that.

What's in it for me?

All Patrons pledging $1 or more get updates about the show, behind the scenes stuff, opportunities to help with upcoming episodes, a monthly newsletter about me and my work, and a terrific collection of articles and videos that should be of interest to any fan of GMTK. 

Plus, you can take part in our regular GameClub discussions and join our Discord server.

Pledge $3 a video and you'll get a bonus video each month. This is called Game Maker's Playlist and has reviews of three recently released indie games that may be of interest.

And those who pledge $5 will get new episodes of Game Maker's Toolkit 24 hours early and will appear in the credits for every paid-for episode.

Will I get previous Patron-only content when I subscribe?

Yes, but only after your first payment has been processed (which happens at the beginning of the month).

Anything to declare?

I also work as a freelance writer and consultant so I sometimes get paid for that. I sometimes receive free games from developers but will make this clear in the description for any video that talks about the game at length. I sometimes get paid to talk at events and conferences. 
Tiers
GMTK Fan
$1 or more per month 1458 patrons
All Patrons on $1 or more will receive a monthly newsletter, and a monthly reading list with articles and videos I think you'll enjoy.


You'll also be invited to the Game Maker's Toolkit Discord server, and can take part in our regular GameClub discussion (where we play and chat about a specific game).


Plus! All Patrons on this tier will receive various other bonuses such as Premiere tutorial videos, game reviews, and other blogs and videos.

Includes Discord rewards
GMTK Super Fan
$3 or more per month 1284 patrons
Every month you'll get a new episode from an exclusive bonus show called Game Maker's Playlist, where Mark recommends games you might have missed.


Plus, all previous tier rewards.

Includes Discord rewards
GMTK Ultra Fan II Turbo
$5 or more per month 1072 patrons
At this tier, you'll get to watch each episode of Game Maker's Toolkit 24 hours early, and your name will appear in the credits for every video for as long as you pledge support.


Plus, all $1 and $3 rewards

Includes Discord rewards
Hi! My name's Mark Brown, and I'm the creator of a YouTube series about game design, called Game Maker's Toolkit.

In each episode I strive to reveal the hidden genius of my favourite games, demystify the design process, pass on the philosophies of the world's best designers, or take a critical look at the most recent releases.

I've talked about how Mario's stages are inspired by Chinese poetry, how Spelunky generates levels, how The Last Guardian tells a story through the language of games, how Shovel Knight nails nostalgia, and what Mirror's Edge Catalyst should have learned from Burnout Paradise.

The videos are for both gamers looking to learn more about their favourite games, and new designers looking to find out more about how games use their design to challenge us, deliver experiences, and tell stories.

I've got endless ideas for new episodes - and I want you to help me make them.

What is Patreon?

Patreon is a service where you can pledge to send a regular payment to creators, so they can support themselves and keep making new stuff.

Patreon is better for creators than advertising or sponsorship. The content is 100% uncompromised, payment is more predictable, and creators don't need to stoop to clickbait content or other shady practices.

Patreon means that creators serve their viewers, not advertisers or corporate sponsors. And where the viewers choose what deserves to be made and who deserves a voice.

How often will I end up paying?

You pay per month. I always release at least one video a month, but often will put out two. In the very unlikely circumstance that I don't make a single video, I won't charge anyone for that month.

Why do you need the money?

Starting in 2017, I was able to make Game Maker's Toolkit my full time job. So, Patreon is now my primary source of income. I therefore need the money to, like, eat and stuff - all while spending upwards of 100 hours researching, writing, editing, and publishing the latest episode of the show.

I also use the money to purchase equipment for the show (like hard drives to store game captures, better capture equipment, and new consoles), games, online services, and stuff like that.

What's in it for me?

All Patrons pledging $1 or more get updates about the show, behind the scenes stuff, opportunities to help with upcoming episodes, a monthly newsletter about me and my work, and a terrific collection of articles and videos that should be of interest to any fan of GMTK. 

Plus, you can take part in our regular GameClub discussions and join our Discord server.

Pledge $3 a video and you'll get a bonus video each month. This is called Game Maker's Playlist and has reviews of three recently released indie games that may be of interest.

And those who pledge $5 will get new episodes of Game Maker's Toolkit 24 hours early and will appear in the credits for every paid-for episode.

Will I get previous Patron-only content when I subscribe?

Yes, but only after your first payment has been processed (which happens at the beginning of the month).

Anything to declare?

I also work as a freelance writer and consultant so I sometimes get paid for that. I sometimes receive free games from developers but will make this clear in the description for any video that talks about the game at length. I sometimes get paid to talk at events and conferences. 

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Tiers
GMTK Fan
$1 or more per month 1458 patrons
All Patrons on $1 or more will receive a monthly newsletter, and a monthly reading list with articles and videos I think you'll enjoy.


You'll also be invited to the Game Maker's Toolkit Discord server, and can take part in our regular GameClub discussion (where we play and chat about a specific game).


Plus! All Patrons on this tier will receive various other bonuses such as Premiere tutorial videos, game reviews, and other blogs and videos.

Includes Discord rewards
GMTK Super Fan
$3 or more per month 1284 patrons
Every month you'll get a new episode from an exclusive bonus show called Game Maker's Playlist, where Mark recommends games you might have missed.


Plus, all previous tier rewards.

Includes Discord rewards
GMTK Ultra Fan II Turbo
$5 or more per month 1072 patrons
At this tier, you'll get to watch each episode of Game Maker's Toolkit 24 hours early, and your name will appear in the credits for every video for as long as you pledge support.


Plus, all $1 and $3 rewards

Includes Discord rewards