Martin Thompson is creating Videos
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Why Patreon?
Patreon is an experiment for me, basically! Ideally, with an independent income I could move to a better environment generally and invest in better kit and improve the quality of the work I produce. I am not however trying to make videos that have the look and feel of commercial productions, since I feel it is time for us to return to a state in which genuine human beings as opposed to so-called 'personalities' are actually talking to each other, entertaining each other, and educating each other, in a plain-and-simple manner. I suppose I'm just getting a bit tired of the commercial 'matrix' really. Therefore, my videos are minimally edited... and may well stay that way: I feel it makes for more authenticity.

Unlike other platforms, like, say, Kickstarter, where people pledge large lump sums, Patreon allows supporters to make small monthly pledges (like $1). Many creators on the site set it so the pledge is paid per creation (with a monthly maximum set), but I think that since the number of videos I make is variable, it is more appropriate to have my channel set to a single monthly subscription instead. Depending on the amount you pledge, 'rewards' are available for you - you can check mine out towards the bottom of this page.

What do I do?

VLogging
My vlogs are mostly for people interested in some of the bigger questions of life, the Universe, and everything, like enlightenment, consciousness or life on other planets, social issues and current affairs, or for anyone feeling a bit stuck in the 'matrix' of our modern, over-commercialised world and who would like to get back in touch with real life somehow.

Gaming

My gaming videos are usually aimed at beginning game players and typically show play at the lower levels of difficulty, allowing people to view the gameplay as they are likely to actually experience it themselves. This way, if they are not familiar with the games, they can decide whether they'd like to play them too. Anyway, many players, such as myself, don't have the time to get good enough to play a the top levels either and although it can be interesting and fun to watch a 'deity' play, it can be fun and interesting at the lower levels too!

Sightseeing
Right now, I live in London, England, and there's a lot to see here... if you're thinking of visiting or moving to this amazing city, check my videos out for ideas. But stay tuned for my holiday videos too!

Conclusion
So there you have it. Check out the rewards below, and if you feel you'd like to contribute, why not give it a try? As this is all a bit experimental at the moment, I will probably have to change and re-adjust the rewards and levels as time goes on - I hope you'll bear with me on this. If you have ideas for better rewards, do let me know: I'll always consider them. Anyway, you can cancel at any time. I look forward to seeing you as a patron. Bye for now!

Tiers
Sol-Level Patrons
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Gain access to the Patreon feed (a kind of a members-only blog) and messaging system, where I'll update you on upcoming videos and other odds and ends, and Patrons can contact each other too, I believe. I'm not sure how it all works at this stage, but it may involve the system sending you an occasional update e-mail or something. Don't worry if you can't afford even this level of sponsorship! It's all entirely optional! It's great for me if you just like watching my videos or subscribe to my YouTube channel - but if you do feel you can contribute towards helping with their creation, please do! Ultimately I'll probably be setting goals to purchase better kit,  spend more time producing videos, and things like that.


Includes
  • Join the patron community
  • Patron-only content feed
Moon-Level: Founder Patrons
$1 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
Founder Patrons!
  • My first five patrons will gain a special mention as 'Founder Patrons' on my Patreon page for as long as they remain patrons!
  • I'll send my first five patrons a postcard with greetings from London if they leave me address details;
  • Access to the Patreon feed.
  • Membership of the Patron community


Includes
  • Join the patron community
  • Patron-only content feed
Mercury-Level Patrons
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
  • In a mostly first-come-first-served kind of way, if you would like me to, I'll add you to a list so you can be named as a character or object (e.g., city) in those games I play in which it is feasible... I could use a nickname instead, if you let me know what it should be;
  • Suggest a place in London (a  particular building, museum, area) that you'd like me to make a sightseeing video about, and I'll put it in the queue and hopefully get to it in a reasonable length of time. Being London, the weather causes many delays as some places are best filmed on a sunny day, after all, and with my full-time work, that sunny day has to happen at a weekend as well. Also there are some places that require paid entry and are by no means cheap, like the Shard at £26 per person. I would not want to pay this much on principle even if I could afford it as it is just a rip-off in my view. Some places are cheap enough to be OK though, once I have enough patrons! Most museums and galleries are free. So far I've avoided visiting St Paul's Cathedral, since £18 per person to visit  seems a bit steep to me but could be OK when I'm getting an adequate income from Patreon... Anyway, make the suggestions; I just don't promise to do the expensive ones until I feel I can afford them, or until I feel they are not a rip-off (whichever comes first). The cheaper ones, as I say, will be scheduled in according to the weather and my own available time and I will let you know when it is upcoming. Free ones will get the highest priority though! Anyway, if the queue gets too long, I may have to limit this option, but at the moment the field is wide open;
  • All lower level rewards.


Includes
  • Join the patron community
  • Patron-only content feed
Venus-Level Patrons
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
  • If you have a question about life in London or the UK (Britain, England, whatever this place is called), ask away and I'll put it in the queue to make a vlog article about it. I may not get to it right away as my time is limited (I have a full-time job) and anyway I would probably want to think about it for a bit before making the video;
  • All lower-value benefits.


Includes
  • Join the patron community
  • Patron-only content feed
Terra-Level Patrons
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
  • If you like, and provide me with an address, I will send you an occasional postcard with greetings from London!
  • I'll host an occasional Google Hangout or similar to which you will be invited. We'll talk about... well, I have no idea. Let's just see how it goes!
  • All lower value benefits.


Includes
  • Join the patron community
  • Patron-only content feed
Mars-Level Patrons
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
  • If you happen to be in London sometime, since I'm living here at the moment, how about a several-hours-long guided tour past some of the sights? I envisage this as something like a loooong walk along the river Thames, which passes near many of the most famous buildings and parks... but feel free to suggest something else. You might like a canal walk along the Regent's Canal with a look around Camden Market, for example, or a wander around Hampstead Heath. It would have to be at the weekend since I'm at work during the week. Weather not guaranteed. :) You must have made at least three payments at this level to qualify;
  • You may also have a non-commercial link with a one-line description in the video description of any videos published after your first payment date, as long as you remain a patron at this level or higher;
  • All lower-value benefits.


Includes
  • Join the patron community
  • Patron-only content feed
Jupiter-Level Patrons
$35 or more per month 0 of 4 patrons
  • You may have your channel featured on my YouTube channel - in the Featured Channels section! This will last from your first payment onwards, for as long as you remain a Patron at this level. I won't feature just anybody though: it has to be legal, decent, honest, and all that, and I don't approve of companies that get people into debt ('finance', loans, gambling, etc.). Corporate sponsors are welcome, but note that I do occasionally make 'Escaping the Matrix' videos about, among other things, the pernicious influence of modern advertising on the poor unsuspecting public! Naturally, I still try to get money from advertising on YouTube too, since that is the nature of the world we live in and I will continue to do so as long as life is like this! The number of these Featured Channels is limited to 4.
  • You may also have a commercial or non-commercial link with a one-line description in the video description of any videos published after your first payment date, as long as you remain a patron at this level or higher;
  • All lower-value benefits.


Includes
  • Join the patron community
  • Patron-only content feed
Goals
$0 of $25 per month
When I reach $25 a month income, I will turn off some of the more intrusive YouTube advertising on all my videos - those little text boxes that pop up over the vids while you're watching them. I don't find the skippable videos to be so bad, so I'll probably keep them going for a while, anyway: YouTube deserves some income, after all!
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Why Patreon?
Patreon is an experiment for me, basically! Ideally, with an independent income I could move to a better environment generally and invest in better kit and improve the quality of the work I produce. I am not however trying to make videos that have the look and feel of commercial productions, since I feel it is time for us to return to a state in which genuine human beings as opposed to so-called 'personalities' are actually talking to each other, entertaining each other, and educating each other, in a plain-and-simple manner. I suppose I'm just getting a bit tired of the commercial 'matrix' really. Therefore, my videos are minimally edited... and may well stay that way: I feel it makes for more authenticity.

Unlike other platforms, like, say, Kickstarter, where people pledge large lump sums, Patreon allows supporters to make small monthly pledges (like $1). Many creators on the site set it so the pledge is paid per creation (with a monthly maximum set), but I think that since the number of videos I make is variable, it is more appropriate to have my channel set to a single monthly subscription instead. Depending on the amount you pledge, 'rewards' are available for you - you can check mine out towards the bottom of this page.

What do I do?

VLogging
My vlogs are mostly for people interested in some of the bigger questions of life, the Universe, and everything, like enlightenment, consciousness or life on other planets, social issues and current affairs, or for anyone feeling a bit stuck in the 'matrix' of our modern, over-commercialised world and who would like to get back in touch with real life somehow.

Gaming

My gaming videos are usually aimed at beginning game players and typically show play at the lower levels of difficulty, allowing people to view the gameplay as they are likely to actually experience it themselves. This way, if they are not familiar with the games, they can decide whether they'd like to play them too. Anyway, many players, such as myself, don't have the time to get good enough to play a the top levels either and although it can be interesting and fun to watch a 'deity' play, it can be fun and interesting at the lower levels too!

Sightseeing
Right now, I live in London, England, and there's a lot to see here... if you're thinking of visiting or moving to this amazing city, check my videos out for ideas. But stay tuned for my holiday videos too!

Conclusion
So there you have it. Check out the rewards below, and if you feel you'd like to contribute, why not give it a try? As this is all a bit experimental at the moment, I will probably have to change and re-adjust the rewards and levels as time goes on - I hope you'll bear with me on this. If you have ideas for better rewards, do let me know: I'll always consider them. Anyway, you can cancel at any time. I look forward to seeing you as a patron. Bye for now!

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Tiers
Sol-Level Patrons
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Gain access to the Patreon feed (a kind of a members-only blog) and messaging system, where I'll update you on upcoming videos and other odds and ends, and Patrons can contact each other too, I believe. I'm not sure how it all works at this stage, but it may involve the system sending you an occasional update e-mail or something. Don't worry if you can't afford even this level of sponsorship! It's all entirely optional! It's great for me if you just like watching my videos or subscribe to my YouTube channel - but if you do feel you can contribute towards helping with their creation, please do! Ultimately I'll probably be setting goals to purchase better kit,  spend more time producing videos, and things like that.


Includes
  • Join the patron community
  • Patron-only content feed
Moon-Level: Founder Patrons
$1 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
Founder Patrons!
  • My first five patrons will gain a special mention as 'Founder Patrons' on my Patreon page for as long as they remain patrons!
  • I'll send my first five patrons a postcard with greetings from London if they leave me address details;
  • Access to the Patreon feed.
  • Membership of the Patron community


Includes
  • Join the patron community
  • Patron-only content feed
Mercury-Level Patrons
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
  • In a mostly first-come-first-served kind of way, if you would like me to, I'll add you to a list so you can be named as a character or object (e.g., city) in those games I play in which it is feasible... I could use a nickname instead, if you let me know what it should be;
  • Suggest a place in London (a  particular building, museum, area) that you'd like me to make a sightseeing video about, and I'll put it in the queue and hopefully get to it in a reasonable length of time. Being London, the weather causes many delays as some places are best filmed on a sunny day, after all, and with my full-time work, that sunny day has to happen at a weekend as well. Also there are some places that require paid entry and are by no means cheap, like the Shard at £26 per person. I would not want to pay this much on principle even if I could afford it as it is just a rip-off in my view. Some places are cheap enough to be OK though, once I have enough patrons! Most museums and galleries are free. So far I've avoided visiting St Paul's Cathedral, since £18 per person to visit  seems a bit steep to me but could be OK when I'm getting an adequate income from Patreon... Anyway, make the suggestions; I just don't promise to do the expensive ones until I feel I can afford them, or until I feel they are not a rip-off (whichever comes first). The cheaper ones, as I say, will be scheduled in according to the weather and my own available time and I will let you know when it is upcoming. Free ones will get the highest priority though! Anyway, if the queue gets too long, I may have to limit this option, but at the moment the field is wide open;
  • All lower level rewards.


Includes
  • Join the patron community
  • Patron-only content feed
Venus-Level Patrons
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
  • If you have a question about life in London or the UK (Britain, England, whatever this place is called), ask away and I'll put it in the queue to make a vlog article about it. I may not get to it right away as my time is limited (I have a full-time job) and anyway I would probably want to think about it for a bit before making the video;
  • All lower-value benefits.


Includes
  • Join the patron community
  • Patron-only content feed
Terra-Level Patrons
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
  • If you like, and provide me with an address, I will send you an occasional postcard with greetings from London!
  • I'll host an occasional Google Hangout or similar to which you will be invited. We'll talk about... well, I have no idea. Let's just see how it goes!
  • All lower value benefits.


Includes
  • Join the patron community
  • Patron-only content feed
Mars-Level Patrons
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
  • If you happen to be in London sometime, since I'm living here at the moment, how about a several-hours-long guided tour past some of the sights? I envisage this as something like a loooong walk along the river Thames, which passes near many of the most famous buildings and parks... but feel free to suggest something else. You might like a canal walk along the Regent's Canal with a look around Camden Market, for example, or a wander around Hampstead Heath. It would have to be at the weekend since I'm at work during the week. Weather not guaranteed. :) You must have made at least three payments at this level to qualify;
  • You may also have a non-commercial link with a one-line description in the video description of any videos published after your first payment date, as long as you remain a patron at this level or higher;
  • All lower-value benefits.


Includes
  • Join the patron community
  • Patron-only content feed
Jupiter-Level Patrons
$35 or more per month 0 of 4 patrons
  • You may have your channel featured on my YouTube channel - in the Featured Channels section! This will last from your first payment onwards, for as long as you remain a Patron at this level. I won't feature just anybody though: it has to be legal, decent, honest, and all that, and I don't approve of companies that get people into debt ('finance', loans, gambling, etc.). Corporate sponsors are welcome, but note that I do occasionally make 'Escaping the Matrix' videos about, among other things, the pernicious influence of modern advertising on the poor unsuspecting public! Naturally, I still try to get money from advertising on YouTube too, since that is the nature of the world we live in and I will continue to do so as long as life is like this! The number of these Featured Channels is limited to 4.
  • You may also have a commercial or non-commercial link with a one-line description in the video description of any videos published after your first payment date, as long as you remain a patron at this level or higher;
  • All lower-value benefits.


Includes
  • Join the patron community
  • Patron-only content feed