Jake Thornton

is creating Game Design Mastery

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CURIOUS about Game Design
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£2
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Thank you, thank you, and welcome to the party! This tier gets you:

  • Access to the GDM library where you can browse articles at your leisure.
  • At least 1 new article per month added to the GDM library.
  • A weekly behind-the-scenes sneak peek. A brief and barely intelligible snapshot of the confusion. Possibly with cats. 
  • Invitation to the GDM Discord server in the CURIOUS role. Please feel free to pull up a comfy chair and make yourself at home. 
Includes Discord benefits
  • Patreon-only Discord server
  • 1 new GDM library article per month
  • Weekly behind-the-scenes pics or video
INTRIGUED by Game Design
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£5
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An excellent choice! This tier gets you all the rewards in Tier 1, plus:

  • The ability to nominate topics and vote on the monthly article for the GDM library.
  • At least monthly WIP previews of the background and discussion sections from the latest GDM volume. You can discuss these in...
  • ...the GDM Discord server. You'll be invited to join in the INTRIGUED role. 
Includes Discord benefits
  • Patreon-only Discord server
  • Nominate and vote for monthly article
  • Monthly WIP of GDM book (background/discussion)
ABSORBED by Game Design
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£12
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A wise and generous selection! This tier gets you all the rewards in Tiers 1 & 2, plus:

  • At least monthly WIP previews of the challenges from the latest GDM volume. You can collectively puzzle your way through them in...
  • ...the GDM Discord server. I've prepared a special ABSORBED role for discerning individuals such as your good self.
Includes Discord benefits
  • Patreon-only Discord server
  • Monthly WIP of GDM book (challenges)

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About

Welcome to the Game Design Mastery project (GDM). I'm so glad you joined us. 

My name is Jake Thornton, and I've been working in the games industry for over 30 years. I've worked with everyone from individual start-ups to Games Workshop and Hasbro, and now I'm embarking on exciting projects of my own. GDM is one of these. 

The Game Design Mastery project is a way for me to pass on some of my experience to the next generation of designers. It's also fun for me to talk to enthusiastic, like-minded individuals who take their game design seriously... but not too seriously. 

If you're interested getting deeper into game design in general, or if you've got questions on one aspect or another in particular, this may be the place for you. Over the years I've been involved in most aspects of the process of making games, from concept and pitch through to printing, packing, and distribution. And if I don't know the answer, one of the other Patrons probably does. 

Note that this Patreon is only one part of the GDM project. For more details on the whole project, please see the introductory article on my blog.
Goals
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When we get to a total of 25 lovely Patrons, I'll write an extra new article and add it to the GDM Library.

The topic of this article will be chosen by the lovely Patrons themselves. Each Patron can suggest one topic for the shortlist (to keep it a manageable length), and all Patrons get to vote on the winner. 
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