Dorks of Yore is creating RPG Science and History
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Welcome Fellow Gamer! This project is close to my heart, and I appreciate your interest. RPG Science and History is an endeavor for the advancement and legacy of the roleplaying hobby, and it is a two-pronged approach:

The Science

With our web series RPG Science, we explore the physics and biomechanics behind tabletop roleplaying games! Our hope is that the series will enrich your experience of play, help you better imagine what in-game action would look like, and help game designers formulate more coherent rule mechanics.

This research is very much in the spirit of the hobby's originators. Although having fun was always their primary goal, Gary Gygax, Dave Arneson and their respective gaming groups undertook painstaking study of the battles they were simulating on the tabletop - a proclivity that led Gary to name his game company "Tactical Studies Rules."

RPG Science will also help gamers learn principles of math and physics by relating them to a subject they are passionate about.

The History

By "history" we mean to honor and remember the pioneers of the hobby. Our current undertaking in that regard is a feature-length documentary about Gary Gygax and the creation of Dungeons & Dragons. We began shooting almost three years ago and are now in the home stretch with post production. With this film, we hope to inspire members of the gaming community and even help non-gamers understand the magic that underlies this hobby we love so much.

We will also make available all of our extended interviews with the giants of RPG history. The dozens of hours of interviews with crisp video and sound will stand as an archive that can be appreciated by gamers for generations to come.

In many ways I see this content as being for people like myself who can't get enough of the hobby. We're always searching for something new about the games we haven't seen before so we can feel that little burst of magic that we've known since childhood.

Thank you again for your interest. Please join us in this exciting and worthwhile project!

- Pat Kilbane

Here are some common questions we get:

What is Patreon?
Patreon is like Kickstarter, but to support content that is released regularly. With Patreon you back projects with a small amount every month instead of a lump sum and can cancel your support whenever you'd like.

Who are you?
I am Pat Kilbane, and most people know me from my years on Mad TV and my appearance as Bizarro Kramer on an episode of Seinfeld. The last eight years or so, I've been doing my work behind the camera writing and directing. As a gamer, I started in 1979 on the Holmes basic set and quickly moved to AD&D. I've also played a lot of Twilight: 2000 and a variety of home-brew systems. When I say "I" in the above text, I'm talking about myself, and when I say "we" I'm including our other team members, Melissa McQueen (producer), Matt Renoir (producer and director of photography), and John Bennett (producer and sound engineer).

What will the money be used for?
So far, the content has all been produced out of pocket and during spare time between other work. Your support for the project will primarily cover travel and equipment expenses. At higher goal thresholds, we will be able to do some fancier things with the productions, especially with graphics and archival footage.

When will the documentary come out?
Our first screening is tentatively scheduled for Friday November 9, 2018 at Gamehole Con in Madison, WI. The good news is that you will be getting content every single month, along with updates on the film.
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
RPG Enthusiast
You love roleplaying games and want to learn more about what we're doing. Welcome!
At this level you'll receive:
  • Immediate access to our Patron-only feed and messages with inside scoop on our work.
Pledge $3 or more per month
RPG Student
Passion for the hobby has motivated you to support it more than the average gamer. Thank you!
At this level you'll receive:
  • All $1 level rewards
  • Early access to RPG Science episodes
  • Updates on progress with our Gary Gygax documentary
Pledge $5 or more per month
RPG Scientist & Scholar
You are serious about roleplaying games and are a scholar indeed, my friend. Thank you for seeing the value in our endeavor.
At this level you'll receive:
  • All $1 and $3 level rewards
  • An early look at outtake footage from the documentary feature

And at $40 of lifetime support:

  • A digital download of the documentary feature when it is released
Pledge $10 or more per month
RPG Polymath
With this kind of commitment, RPGs are clearly more than a hobby to you. Thank you for understanding their importance.
At this level you'll receive:
  • All $1, $3 and $5 level rewards
  • Your RPG Science questions will have top priority in our Q&A episodes
  • Access to a special monthly update video

And at $80 of lifetime support:

  • A digital download of the two-hour bonus materials package to accompany the feature film
  • A "Special Thanks" credit in the documentary feature
Pledge $100 or more per month
Fellowship of Founders
You have joined a group of elite few who have special concern for the legacy and advancement of the hobby. Words cannot express our gratitude.
At this level you'll receive:
  • All $1, $3, $5 and $10 rewards
  • Recognition and thanks to you at the end of every web video we produce that month
  • A monthly 20-minute phone call or Skype to discuss the documentary or other game-related matters of your choosing

And at $800 of lifetime support:

  • A credit of "co-producer" of the documentary feature
  • Invitations to all screenings and parties related to our projects
  • DVDs of the documentary feature, bonus material package and all extended interviews
Goals
83% complete
Our first goal! This will cover upgrading our storage drives (exciting, right?). Data management is challenging for a big video project like this, and while our current system is reliable, we need something better scaled for our purposes. This will be a big help in getting us going!
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Welcome Fellow Gamer! This project is close to my heart, and I appreciate your interest. RPG Science and History is an endeavor for the advancement and legacy of the roleplaying hobby, and it is a two-pronged approach:

The Science

With our web series RPG Science, we explore the physics and biomechanics behind tabletop roleplaying games! Our hope is that the series will enrich your experience of play, help you better imagine what in-game action would look like, and help game designers formulate more coherent rule mechanics.

This research is very much in the spirit of the hobby's originators. Although having fun was always their primary goal, Gary Gygax, Dave Arneson and their respective gaming groups undertook painstaking study of the battles they were simulating on the tabletop - a proclivity that led Gary to name his game company "Tactical Studies Rules."

RPG Science will also help gamers learn principles of math and physics by relating them to a subject they are passionate about.

The History

By "history" we mean to honor and remember the pioneers of the hobby. Our current undertaking in that regard is a feature-length documentary about Gary Gygax and the creation of Dungeons & Dragons. We began shooting almost three years ago and are now in the home stretch with post production. With this film, we hope to inspire members of the gaming community and even help non-gamers understand the magic that underlies this hobby we love so much.

We will also make available all of our extended interviews with the giants of RPG history. The dozens of hours of interviews with crisp video and sound will stand as an archive that can be appreciated by gamers for generations to come.

In many ways I see this content as being for people like myself who can't get enough of the hobby. We're always searching for something new about the games we haven't seen before so we can feel that little burst of magic that we've known since childhood.

Thank you again for your interest. Please join us in this exciting and worthwhile project!

- Pat Kilbane

Here are some common questions we get:

What is Patreon?
Patreon is like Kickstarter, but to support content that is released regularly. With Patreon you back projects with a small amount every month instead of a lump sum and can cancel your support whenever you'd like.

Who are you?
I am Pat Kilbane, and most people know me from my years on Mad TV and my appearance as Bizarro Kramer on an episode of Seinfeld. The last eight years or so, I've been doing my work behind the camera writing and directing. As a gamer, I started in 1979 on the Holmes basic set and quickly moved to AD&D. I've also played a lot of Twilight: 2000 and a variety of home-brew systems. When I say "I" in the above text, I'm talking about myself, and when I say "we" I'm including our other team members, Melissa McQueen (producer), Matt Renoir (producer and director of photography), and John Bennett (producer and sound engineer).

What will the money be used for?
So far, the content has all been produced out of pocket and during spare time between other work. Your support for the project will primarily cover travel and equipment expenses. At higher goal thresholds, we will be able to do some fancier things with the productions, especially with graphics and archival footage.

When will the documentary come out?
Our first screening is tentatively scheduled for Friday November 9, 2018 at Gamehole Con in Madison, WI. The good news is that you will be getting content every single month, along with updates on the film.

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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
RPG Enthusiast
You love roleplaying games and want to learn more about what we're doing. Welcome!
At this level you'll receive:
  • Immediate access to our Patron-only feed and messages with inside scoop on our work.
Pledge $3 or more per month
RPG Student
Passion for the hobby has motivated you to support it more than the average gamer. Thank you!
At this level you'll receive:
  • All $1 level rewards
  • Early access to RPG Science episodes
  • Updates on progress with our Gary Gygax documentary
Pledge $5 or more per month
RPG Scientist & Scholar
You are serious about roleplaying games and are a scholar indeed, my friend. Thank you for seeing the value in our endeavor.
At this level you'll receive:
  • All $1 and $3 level rewards
  • An early look at outtake footage from the documentary feature

And at $40 of lifetime support:

  • A digital download of the documentary feature when it is released
Pledge $10 or more per month
RPG Polymath
With this kind of commitment, RPGs are clearly more than a hobby to you. Thank you for understanding their importance.
At this level you'll receive:
  • All $1, $3 and $5 level rewards
  • Your RPG Science questions will have top priority in our Q&A episodes
  • Access to a special monthly update video

And at $80 of lifetime support:

  • A digital download of the two-hour bonus materials package to accompany the feature film
  • A "Special Thanks" credit in the documentary feature
Pledge $100 or more per month
Fellowship of Founders
You have joined a group of elite few who have special concern for the legacy and advancement of the hobby. Words cannot express our gratitude.
At this level you'll receive:
  • All $1, $3, $5 and $10 rewards
  • Recognition and thanks to you at the end of every web video we produce that month
  • A monthly 20-minute phone call or Skype to discuss the documentary or other game-related matters of your choosing

And at $800 of lifetime support:

  • A credit of "co-producer" of the documentary feature
  • Invitations to all screenings and parties related to our projects
  • DVDs of the documentary feature, bonus material package and all extended interviews