Design Doc

is creating Video Essays on Game Design

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  • Ad-free, early access to finished Design Doc episodes
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  • Access to our monthly behind-the-scenes podcast, Design Talk, where we talk about the latest episode and what we were thinking when we made it.
  • Your name in the end credits of every new video. 
  • Patreon-backer Design Doc stickers mailed to you (one time, after the first month's payment)
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About Design Doc

Hey, Patrons! This is Dan and Mike and we make Design Doc, a video essay series about the things we love in game design. Like how the design of Roller Coaster Tycoon has aged super well. Or how Battle Chef Brigade could really use a sequel. Or how FFX and FFXIII are both linear games but in very different and very important ways.

I started working on Design Doc in 2016 during my final semester of college. The first 3 episodes were part of my thesis project that explored the role of graphic design in games and how they can intuitively teach new players. Since then I have continued to work on Design Doc with my brother Mike as a fun way to talk about game design and to improve myself as a writer and editor. The channel began to gain traction in early 2018 and now it's basically a full-time job.

We've been releasing monthly videos on YouTube for a couple of years now. We want to make these videos better and faster, but we need to cover the expenses and labor needed to do it. So, we think fan support on Patreon is the best way to make that happen.

With your help, we want to speed up the release schedule and invest in better recording equipment - you can see the details in the stretch goals.

In return for your generous support, you can get access to:
  • A behind-the-scenes podcast for each new video
  • Early access to videos
  • A shoutout in the credits of new videos
  • Patreon-exclusive Design Doc stickers
  • The ability to vote on future topics
  • Patreon-exclusive posts
  • The satisfaction of helping us keep this show running.

Every little bit helps, and will collectively help us get these ideas to your eyeballs in a timely, expedient fashion.

Thanks for your help. We can't wait to get more episodes out to you!
$187.22 of $500 per month
Faster Design Doc: At $500, we can bump up our release schedule to a new episode every 2 weeks.
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