Game Maker's Toolkit (GMTK)

is creating videos on game design

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All Patrons on this tier will receive a monthly reading list with articles and videos I think you'll enjoy.

You'll be automatically invited to the Game Maker's Toolkit Discord server. 

You'll receive updates about GMTK from Mark, such as channel stats and progress updates
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GMTK Super Fan

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Every month you'll get an exclusive bonus video where Mark talks about the games he has been playing recently.

Plus, you'll always get early access to written reviews.

Plus all previous tier rewards.
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GMTK Ultra Fan II Turbo

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At this tier, you'll get to watch episodes of Game Maker's Toolkit 24 hours early, and be given an opportunity to provide feedback on the final video.

Plus, you'll sometimes get behind-the-scenes goodies such as editing tutorials.

Plus all previous tier rewards.

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About Game Maker's Toolkit (GMTK)

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 Cuphead's bosses are designed, the secrets of good artificial intelligence, the creation of God of War's Leviathan axe, and the world design of Dark Souls.

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

And beyond that, I've done a game-by-game breakdown of the interconnected level design of Zelda and Metroid, run five wildly successful game jams, and created a series about designing for different disabilities. I also stream, here and there, on YouTube.

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.

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, pay my mortgage 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 and a terrific collection of articles and videos that should be of interest to any fan of GMTK. Plus, you can join our Discord server. 

Pledge $3 a month and you'll get a bonus video each month. This is called Game Maker's Playlist and has quick-fire impressions of at least three games that Mark has been playing recently. You'll also get early access to Mark's written reviews.

Those who pledge $5 will get new episodes of Game Maker's Toolkit 24 hours early and will sometimes get additional behind the scenes goodies such as editing tutorials.

And those who pledge $10 or more will appear in the credits at the end of every video. 

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

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

Anything to declare?

I also sometimes work as a freelance writer, consultant, lecturer, and speaker 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.

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