AI and Games is creating videos on artificial intelligence in video games.
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patrons

$310
per month
Hello!  I'm Tommy Thompson and I'm the creator of AI and Games: a YouTube series on research and applications of artificial intelligence (AI) in video games.

Artificial intelligence is a big talking point these days and I use this video series to talk about it in the context of games.  I run a series of videos that address this topic in different ways:

  • Case Studies
    • How artificial intelligence is applied in commercial video games.
    • How AI research in games is used to enhance our understanding of the field.
  • AI 101
    • Explaining core AI tech in the games industry, how it works and clever ways it is used in games.
  • Design Dive
    • How AI applications in games influence game design.
  • Tutorials
    • How you can build your own AI behaviours and tools in existing game engines or just in your own software systems.
  • Let's Plays
    • Playthrough diaries of my time playing titles related to the content on this channel (either direct or copied over from Twitch.tv)

Some of my videos to-date include the how the AI is implemented in AAA games, including:



In addition, I also look at work that is occurring in academic research and how games help innovate state of the art AI practices, this includes research projects such as: 




I have an almost endless supply of new topics to cover and videos to make - and I need you to help make that a reality.

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Why Do You Need Money?
I currently work part-time and freelance and while I enjoy developing these videos they take away from time otherwise spent earning money to keep me afloat.  My videos take a long time to create: from the initial research of a given topic to the scripting, recording, editing and final release can take anywhere from 20-80 hours to construct.  Ultimately, patron-money helps offset the production costs of the series itself, but it also allows me to dedicate more of my time towards it's development instead of other paid work.

Why Use Patreon?
In short?  It really comes down to costs of the development of this series and the time that takes.  I hope that you - my viewers - feel this show is worth investing in.
If you're happy to invest in this show, I simply can't thank you enough.  However, I do provide some rewards in return!

Patreon - where we are right now - is a service where you can pledge support to a creator (in this case me) so they can support their work and continue to make it a reality.  Patreon is great for creators such as myself given I can remove any need for advertising or sponsorship and instead focus on creating content that my viewers are excited about.  

How Do Payment and Rewards Work?
Patrons are charged monthly by patreon and I strive to put out one or more videos a month.  As detailed in the rewards tab, patrons who sponsor at varying tiers are offered a variety of rewards, including access to the patron-feed here on Patreon, a monthly newsletter, an invite to the AI and Games Discord Server with higher tiers offering the opportunity to vote on new topics, get early-access to new videos, bonus videos such as the Smoke and Mirrors series, as well as interviews with people involved in the topics I cover, plus other behind-the-scenes content such as my research notes and code from demos and examples

What Experience Do You Have in Games and AI?
I love reading studying and talking about artificial intelligence in video games, to the point I spent over 10 years in academia studying the subject, I carry both a Masters degree (University of Edinburgh) and a PhD (University of Strathclyde) on game AI. I have published over 30 academic research papers on topics such as machine learning for non-player characters as well as procedural content generation.

In addition, I teach video game development at university level in the UK and am an indie game developer in my own right.  I have launched my own game Sure Footing on PC in 2018 - with console and mobile versions coming in 2019 - plus am actively working as an AI programmer for a couple of unannounced games for 2019 and 2020.

Any Other Disclaimers?
In some instances, the authors of the work I am discussing in videos are people who I have an established professional relationship with: researchers who I have known in the academic community, fellow game developers etc.  In the event this occurs, this will be disclosed in the video description.
Tiers
Space Invader
$1 or more per month 39 patrons
You are supporting AI and Games!  That means you are an awesome person by default.  All patrons of $1 or more get access to some extra rewards:


  • The patron-only feed, where I post updates on goings on and updates to the channel.
  • The monthly newsletter where I look back on recent video releases, discuss progress on upcoming ones, interesting videos and write-ups from elsewhere on the internet and more.
  • You'll be invited to the AI and Games discord server and can hang out with fellow patrons and chat about any and all things AI and Games related.
Includes Discord rewards
Goomba
$3 or more per month 14 patrons
You're even smarter and more deadly than before and with that comes new rewards!


  • Every month patrons get a new episode of the exclusive bonus show 'Smoke and Mirrors' where Tommy talks about games he's playing, the interesting systems underneath and games you might have missed.
  • In addition, patrons get a minimum of 24 hours early access to all episodes of AI and Games, Design Dive and AI 101.


Plus all Space Invader rewards.

Includes Discord rewards
Ghost
$5 or more per month 37 patrons
In addition to all of the previous rewards at Space Invader and Goomba tier, you also receive:


  • Patrons names will appear in the credits at the end of every episode of the show for as long as you pledge support.
  • In addition, patrons will be able to vote on new video topics for the case study and AI 101 series.
  • Patrons receive the script and any compiled notes from all case study, design dive and AI 101 videos that I produce.
Includes Discord rewards
Arbiter
$10 or more per month 3 patrons
For a limited time, patrons on the Arbiter tier will receive a hand-written postcard complete with exclusive AI and Games artwork by concept artist Helen O'Dell.


In addition, Arbiters receive extra rewards including:


  • A special shoutout at the end of each video (with up to five patron shoutouts per video).
  • Full project files from games and demos constructed for videos.


Plus all rewards from Space Invader, Goomba and Ghost tiers.


Please note this reward tier requires a physical address for items to be shipped.

Includes Discord rewards
Xenomorph
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
Xenomorphs are some of the smartest and most ferocious patrons in the galaxy.  So I reward your intellect with cool physical AI and Games goodies!  


  • A laptop sticker of the AI and Games logo, which you can put on your laptop... and other places.
  • A coffee mug for you to show your support and host beverages when necessary for easy consumption.


Plus all rewards from Space Invader, Goomba, Ghost and Arbiter tiers.


Please note this reward tier requires a physical address for items to be shipped.

Includes Discord rewards
Doomslayer
$40 or more per month 1 patron
Doomslayers are feared for their knowledge of games and AI even in the darkest regions of hell itself.  


On top of all existing reward tiers, patrons receive an exclusive AI and Games t-shirt with custom design by Helen O'Dell.  This t-shirt will only be made available on patreon.


Please note this reward tier requires a physical address for items to be shipped.

Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$310 of $600 per month
Attending Conferences and Events
Many of the videos made rely on my being able to attend talks and events where developers and researchers present their work or getting access to presentation materials.  Reaching this goal enables attending conferences, workshops, dev meets etc. easier to attain.

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Hello!  I'm Tommy Thompson and I'm the creator of AI and Games: a YouTube series on research and applications of artificial intelligence (AI) in video games.

Artificial intelligence is a big talking point these days and I use this video series to talk about it in the context of games.  I run a series of videos that address this topic in different ways:

  • Case Studies
    • How artificial intelligence is applied in commercial video games.
    • How AI research in games is used to enhance our understanding of the field.
  • AI 101
    • Explaining core AI tech in the games industry, how it works and clever ways it is used in games.
  • Design Dive
    • How AI applications in games influence game design.
  • Tutorials
    • How you can build your own AI behaviours and tools in existing game engines or just in your own software systems.
  • Let's Plays
    • Playthrough diaries of my time playing titles related to the content on this channel (either direct or copied over from Twitch.tv)

Some of my videos to-date include the how the AI is implemented in AAA games, including:



In addition, I also look at work that is occurring in academic research and how games help innovate state of the art AI practices, this includes research projects such as: 




I have an almost endless supply of new topics to cover and videos to make - and I need you to help make that a reality.

----
Why Do You Need Money?
I currently work part-time and freelance and while I enjoy developing these videos they take away from time otherwise spent earning money to keep me afloat.  My videos take a long time to create: from the initial research of a given topic to the scripting, recording, editing and final release can take anywhere from 20-80 hours to construct.  Ultimately, patron-money helps offset the production costs of the series itself, but it also allows me to dedicate more of my time towards it's development instead of other paid work.

Why Use Patreon?
In short?  It really comes down to costs of the development of this series and the time that takes.  I hope that you - my viewers - feel this show is worth investing in.
If you're happy to invest in this show, I simply can't thank you enough.  However, I do provide some rewards in return!

Patreon - where we are right now - is a service where you can pledge support to a creator (in this case me) so they can support their work and continue to make it a reality.  Patreon is great for creators such as myself given I can remove any need for advertising or sponsorship and instead focus on creating content that my viewers are excited about.  

How Do Payment and Rewards Work?
Patrons are charged monthly by patreon and I strive to put out one or more videos a month.  As detailed in the rewards tab, patrons who sponsor at varying tiers are offered a variety of rewards, including access to the patron-feed here on Patreon, a monthly newsletter, an invite to the AI and Games Discord Server with higher tiers offering the opportunity to vote on new topics, get early-access to new videos, bonus videos such as the Smoke and Mirrors series, as well as interviews with people involved in the topics I cover, plus other behind-the-scenes content such as my research notes and code from demos and examples

What Experience Do You Have in Games and AI?
I love reading studying and talking about artificial intelligence in video games, to the point I spent over 10 years in academia studying the subject, I carry both a Masters degree (University of Edinburgh) and a PhD (University of Strathclyde) on game AI. I have published over 30 academic research papers on topics such as machine learning for non-player characters as well as procedural content generation.

In addition, I teach video game development at university level in the UK and am an indie game developer in my own right.  I have launched my own game Sure Footing on PC in 2018 - with console and mobile versions coming in 2019 - plus am actively working as an AI programmer for a couple of unannounced games for 2019 and 2020.

Any Other Disclaimers?
In some instances, the authors of the work I am discussing in videos are people who I have an established professional relationship with: researchers who I have known in the academic community, fellow game developers etc.  In the event this occurs, this will be disclosed in the video description.

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Tiers
Space Invader
$1 or more per month 39 patrons
You are supporting AI and Games!  That means you are an awesome person by default.  All patrons of $1 or more get access to some extra rewards:


  • The patron-only feed, where I post updates on goings on and updates to the channel.
  • The monthly newsletter where I look back on recent video releases, discuss progress on upcoming ones, interesting videos and write-ups from elsewhere on the internet and more.
  • You'll be invited to the AI and Games discord server and can hang out with fellow patrons and chat about any and all things AI and Games related.
Includes Discord rewards
Goomba
$3 or more per month 14 patrons
You're even smarter and more deadly than before and with that comes new rewards!


  • Every month patrons get a new episode of the exclusive bonus show 'Smoke and Mirrors' where Tommy talks about games he's playing, the interesting systems underneath and games you might have missed.
  • In addition, patrons get a minimum of 24 hours early access to all episodes of AI and Games, Design Dive and AI 101.


Plus all Space Invader rewards.

Includes Discord rewards
Ghost
$5 or more per month 37 patrons
In addition to all of the previous rewards at Space Invader and Goomba tier, you also receive:


  • Patrons names will appear in the credits at the end of every episode of the show for as long as you pledge support.
  • In addition, patrons will be able to vote on new video topics for the case study and AI 101 series.
  • Patrons receive the script and any compiled notes from all case study, design dive and AI 101 videos that I produce.
Includes Discord rewards
Arbiter
$10 or more per month 3 patrons
For a limited time, patrons on the Arbiter tier will receive a hand-written postcard complete with exclusive AI and Games artwork by concept artist Helen O'Dell.


In addition, Arbiters receive extra rewards including:


  • A special shoutout at the end of each video (with up to five patron shoutouts per video).
  • Full project files from games and demos constructed for videos.


Plus all rewards from Space Invader, Goomba and Ghost tiers.


Please note this reward tier requires a physical address for items to be shipped.

Includes Discord rewards
Xenomorph
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
Xenomorphs are some of the smartest and most ferocious patrons in the galaxy.  So I reward your intellect with cool physical AI and Games goodies!  


  • A laptop sticker of the AI and Games logo, which you can put on your laptop... and other places.
  • A coffee mug for you to show your support and host beverages when necessary for easy consumption.


Plus all rewards from Space Invader, Goomba, Ghost and Arbiter tiers.


Please note this reward tier requires a physical address for items to be shipped.

Includes Discord rewards
Doomslayer
$40 or more per month 1 patron
Doomslayers are feared for their knowledge of games and AI even in the darkest regions of hell itself.  


On top of all existing reward tiers, patrons receive an exclusive AI and Games t-shirt with custom design by Helen O'Dell.  This t-shirt will only be made available on patreon.


Please note this reward tier requires a physical address for items to be shipped.

Includes Discord rewards