Phantom River Stone is creating insightful Shenmue content.
20

patrons

$69
per month
Who are you and what are you creating?

Hello! I'm Switch.

I'm thrilled that you have found my Patreon page and are interested in joining the Phantom River Stone community of other passionate Shenmue fans!

The PhantomRiverStone.com blog has been running for over 18 months with 200+ posts to date. I launched it to provide a regular flow of fresh and insightful Shenmue content, from the unique perspective of a fan who is a long-term resident of Japan and familiar with the language and customs.

Yu Suzuki designed Shenmue as a game series of hidden depths and subtleties that rewards deeper examination, and this is what Phantom River Stone is all about.

What do I get as a patron?

There are several tiers, each with their own set of rewards.

Examples of rewards include...
  • Entry to the patron-only Phantom River Stone Discord channel [all tiers]
  • Our exclusive translation of a 1998 interview with Yu Suzuki from a Japanese magazine (distributed at the start of the month after you join). [White Tiger tier and above]
  • Early access to analytic posts on the Patreon feed. This means translations, commentary, real-life location reports and so on. News / update posts. [Vermillion Bird tier and above]
  • Access to patron-exclusive "behind the scenes" posts on various topics. One topic might be how I translated a certain ambiguous phrase from a Yu Suzuki interview, another might share an unreleased Dobuita Street photo. [White Tiger tier and above]
  • Be a co-director: make your voice heard! Vote each month from the blog's master topic list and the most-voted post topic will be included the following month. [White Tiger tier and above]
  • 5-10% discount on Shenmue merchandise from our partner Retro Import Gamer's online store. [Black Tortoise, North Star tiers]
  • And more.
Check out the full selection of tiers and their rewards in the Rewards column!

When does blog content come out?

New content is published on a weekly basis at a minimum, often with multiple posts in a week. 

Actual content that has been published on the blog in the past includes:

  • Translations of Yu Suzuki interviews, Japanese articles from the present and past, and design documents. One early design document for Shenmue describes a potential part-time job for Ryo catching fish.
  • Photo & video footage taken on location at the actual Dobuita Street in Yokosuka, the setting of the first game.
  • An interview with Eric Kelso, the English voice actor for Fuku-san, Guizhang and Ren, incorporating questions gathered from the fan community.
  • Development of a hack for the Shenmue Passport disc to let you access several screens that normally requires an online connection.
  • And much more!

Why Patreon?

Especially now that the Shenmue III Kickstarter project has been announced and interest in the Shenmue franchise is ever-increasing from around the world, I am keen for Phantom River Stone to continue dissecting reports, translating conferences and sharing Shenmue information with the community.

A single blog post can take multiple hours to plan, create and polish. With your support, I will be able to continue to produce quality Shenmue content.

Thank you for considering becoming a patron of Phantom River Stone!

FAQ

Q: When are the rewards delivered?
A: In general, rewards will be delivered at the start of the month after you join (for example, Twitter shout-outs, pdf distribution). Access to the Patreon posts and the Discord channel is immediate.

Q: How do I apply my reward discount at the Retro Import Gamer store? (Black Tortoise / North Star tiers)

A: Contact Retro Import Gamer directly (through an Ebay message, Twitter DM etc) prior to purchase. The discount can be applied to any item listed with a "Buy-It-Now" or "Make Offer" price.

Tiers
Azure Dragon
$1 or more per month 3 patrons
  • "Shenmue Shorts": the latest Shenmue news exclusively for patrons in an easy, bite-sized format 
  • Access to the Phantom River Stone Discord channel
  • A shout-out on Twitter
Includes Discord rewards
Vermillion Bird
$2 or more per month 5 patrons
  • Early access to premium-content posts 

PLUS! All the rewards from the tier beneath:

  • "Shenmue Shorts": the latest Shenmue news exclusively for patrons in an easy, bite-sized format 
  • Access to the Phantom River Stone Discord channel
  • A shout-out on Twitter
Includes Discord rewards
White Tiger
$5 or more per month 11 patrons
  • Patron-only "behind the scenes" posts about creation of the blog posts
  • Eligible to vote in the monthly poll on a blog post topic for the next month, from the master list  
  • A follow on Twitter by the Phantom River Stone account
  • Our exclusive translation of a 1999 interview with Yu Suzuki from the Japanese Dreamcast Magazine (one-time reward)

 PLUS! All the rewards from the tier beneath:  

  • Early access to premium-content posts 
  • "Shenmue Shorts": the latest Shenmue news exclusively for patrons in an easy, bite-sized format 
  • Access to the Phantom River Stone Discord channel
  • A shout-out on Twitter
Includes Discord rewards
Black Tortoise
$10 or more per month 1 patron
  • Your name credited in Phantom River Stone videos 
  • Receive a 5% discount on Retro Import Gamer's Buy-It-Now Shenmue merchandise [see main page for details]
  • Receive a 15% discount on the Phantom River Stone Translation Service

PLUS! All the rewards from the tier beneath: 

  • Early access to premium-content posts
  • A shout-out and follow on Twitter by the Phantom River Stone account
  • Eligible to vote in the monthly poll on a blog post topic for the next month, from the master list 
  • Patron-only "behind the scenes" posts about creation of the blog posts.
  • Our exclusive translation of a 1999 interview with Yu Suzuki from the Japanese Dreamcast Magazine (one-time reward) 
  • "Shenmue Shorts": the latest Shenmue news exclusively for patrons in an easy, bite-sized format
  • Access to the Phantom River Stone Discord channel
Includes Discord rewards
The North Star
$25 or more per month 0 patrons

PLUS! These rewards from the tier beneath:  

  • Your name credited in Phantom River Stone videos 
  • Early access to premium-content posts
  • A shout-out and follow on Twitter by the Phantom River Stone account
  • Eligible to vote in the monthly poll on a blog post topic for the next month, from the master list 
  • Patron-only "behind the scenes" posts about creation of the blog posts.
  • Our exclusive translation of a 1999 interview with Yu Suzuki from the Japanese Dreamcast Magazine (one-time reward) 
  • "Shenmue Shorts": the latest Shenmue news exclusively for patrons in an easy, bite-sized format 
  • Access to the Phantom River Stone Discord channel
Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$69 of $100 per month
When I reach $100 per month, I will film a bonus video on location in the real Dobuita in Yokosuka, Japan as a thank you to all Phantom River Stone patrons.
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Who are you and what are you creating?

Hello! I'm Switch.

I'm thrilled that you have found my Patreon page and are interested in joining the Phantom River Stone community of other passionate Shenmue fans!

The PhantomRiverStone.com blog has been running for over 18 months with 200+ posts to date. I launched it to provide a regular flow of fresh and insightful Shenmue content, from the unique perspective of a fan who is a long-term resident of Japan and familiar with the language and customs.

Yu Suzuki designed Shenmue as a game series of hidden depths and subtleties that rewards deeper examination, and this is what Phantom River Stone is all about.

What do I get as a patron?

There are several tiers, each with their own set of rewards.

Examples of rewards include...
  • Entry to the patron-only Phantom River Stone Discord channel [all tiers]
  • Our exclusive translation of a 1998 interview with Yu Suzuki from a Japanese magazine (distributed at the start of the month after you join). [White Tiger tier and above]
  • Early access to analytic posts on the Patreon feed. This means translations, commentary, real-life location reports and so on. News / update posts. [Vermillion Bird tier and above]
  • Access to patron-exclusive "behind the scenes" posts on various topics. One topic might be how I translated a certain ambiguous phrase from a Yu Suzuki interview, another might share an unreleased Dobuita Street photo. [White Tiger tier and above]
  • Be a co-director: make your voice heard! Vote each month from the blog's master topic list and the most-voted post topic will be included the following month. [White Tiger tier and above]
  • 5-10% discount on Shenmue merchandise from our partner Retro Import Gamer's online store. [Black Tortoise, North Star tiers]
  • And more.
Check out the full selection of tiers and their rewards in the Rewards column!

When does blog content come out?

New content is published on a weekly basis at a minimum, often with multiple posts in a week. 

Actual content that has been published on the blog in the past includes:

  • Translations of Yu Suzuki interviews, Japanese articles from the present and past, and design documents. One early design document for Shenmue describes a potential part-time job for Ryo catching fish.
  • Photo & video footage taken on location at the actual Dobuita Street in Yokosuka, the setting of the first game.
  • An interview with Eric Kelso, the English voice actor for Fuku-san, Guizhang and Ren, incorporating questions gathered from the fan community.
  • Development of a hack for the Shenmue Passport disc to let you access several screens that normally requires an online connection.
  • And much more!

Why Patreon?

Especially now that the Shenmue III Kickstarter project has been announced and interest in the Shenmue franchise is ever-increasing from around the world, I am keen for Phantom River Stone to continue dissecting reports, translating conferences and sharing Shenmue information with the community.

A single blog post can take multiple hours to plan, create and polish. With your support, I will be able to continue to produce quality Shenmue content.

Thank you for considering becoming a patron of Phantom River Stone!

FAQ

Q: When are the rewards delivered?
A: In general, rewards will be delivered at the start of the month after you join (for example, Twitter shout-outs, pdf distribution). Access to the Patreon posts and the Discord channel is immediate.

Q: How do I apply my reward discount at the Retro Import Gamer store? (Black Tortoise / North Star tiers)

A: Contact Retro Import Gamer directly (through an Ebay message, Twitter DM etc) prior to purchase. The discount can be applied to any item listed with a "Buy-It-Now" or "Make Offer" price.

Recent posts by Phantom River Stone

Tiers
Azure Dragon
$1 or more per month 3 patrons
  • "Shenmue Shorts": the latest Shenmue news exclusively for patrons in an easy, bite-sized format 
  • Access to the Phantom River Stone Discord channel
  • A shout-out on Twitter
Includes Discord rewards
Vermillion Bird
$2 or more per month 5 patrons
  • Early access to premium-content posts 

PLUS! All the rewards from the tier beneath:

  • "Shenmue Shorts": the latest Shenmue news exclusively for patrons in an easy, bite-sized format 
  • Access to the Phantom River Stone Discord channel
  • A shout-out on Twitter
Includes Discord rewards
White Tiger
$5 or more per month 11 patrons
  • Patron-only "behind the scenes" posts about creation of the blog posts
  • Eligible to vote in the monthly poll on a blog post topic for the next month, from the master list  
  • A follow on Twitter by the Phantom River Stone account
  • Our exclusive translation of a 1999 interview with Yu Suzuki from the Japanese Dreamcast Magazine (one-time reward)

 PLUS! All the rewards from the tier beneath:  

  • Early access to premium-content posts 
  • "Shenmue Shorts": the latest Shenmue news exclusively for patrons in an easy, bite-sized format 
  • Access to the Phantom River Stone Discord channel
  • A shout-out on Twitter
Includes Discord rewards
Black Tortoise
$10 or more per month 1 patron
  • Your name credited in Phantom River Stone videos 
  • Receive a 5% discount on Retro Import Gamer's Buy-It-Now Shenmue merchandise [see main page for details]
  • Receive a 15% discount on the Phantom River Stone Translation Service

PLUS! All the rewards from the tier beneath: 

  • Early access to premium-content posts
  • A shout-out and follow on Twitter by the Phantom River Stone account
  • Eligible to vote in the monthly poll on a blog post topic for the next month, from the master list 
  • Patron-only "behind the scenes" posts about creation of the blog posts.
  • Our exclusive translation of a 1999 interview with Yu Suzuki from the Japanese Dreamcast Magazine (one-time reward) 
  • "Shenmue Shorts": the latest Shenmue news exclusively for patrons in an easy, bite-sized format
  • Access to the Phantom River Stone Discord channel
Includes Discord rewards
The North Star
$25 or more per month 0 patrons

PLUS! These rewards from the tier beneath:  

  • Your name credited in Phantom River Stone videos 
  • Early access to premium-content posts
  • A shout-out and follow on Twitter by the Phantom River Stone account
  • Eligible to vote in the monthly poll on a blog post topic for the next month, from the master list 
  • Patron-only "behind the scenes" posts about creation of the blog posts.
  • Our exclusive translation of a 1999 interview with Yu Suzuki from the Japanese Dreamcast Magazine (one-time reward) 
  • "Shenmue Shorts": the latest Shenmue news exclusively for patrons in an easy, bite-sized format 
  • Access to the Phantom River Stone Discord channel
Includes Discord rewards