Chris Chapman is creating stories about gaming history in video
21

patrons

$72
per video
Every game has a story. I'm Chris, and I want to tell as many of these stories as I can.




I'm the creator of Retrohistories, a series of mini-documentaries available for free on YouTube. So far I've chronicled the rise and fall of Might and Magic, examined Bungie's first decade as a Mac-focused indie game developer, and dug deep into the previously undocumented development of Interplay's cancelled adventure Star Trek: Secret of Vulcan Fury. I've told the tales of how the first violent game set the scene for the next twenty years of media coverage, Sony making an enemy of a Church of England cathedral, the disgruntled Maxis employee whose prank made it into SimCopter, and a magician's battle with Nintendo over a Pokémon's likeness.




I believe that video is the best medium for these stories. But producing video is time-consuming and complex, especially when you're working solo. Research, writing, voiceover, editing, motion graphics, promotion, even the occasional bits of 3D modelling and music — 95% of the production is a one-man show. I've been working on them in my spare time, and they've each taken months to complete.

With your help, I can put more time and resources into producing episodes, and hopefully find a long-term, sustainable future for the series.




If you pledge to this campaign, you'll be billed whenever I release a new episode: that's roughly once a month. Any other videos I make won't be charged; you're only pledging for full and finished episodes of Retrohistories.

I'm passionate about bringing video game history to a wider audience, without chasing trends or compromising quality. If this is something you believe in too, and you have a few spare dollars, I would be truly grateful if you could help me make it happen.




Whether or not you decide to pledge, thank you for reading. I hope you enjoy the series!
Tiers
Player Character
$1 or more per video
Thank you! By backing at the $1 level, you'll get to watch new episodes at least a couple of days early, read Patreon-exclusive posts, and experience warm fuzzy feelings for helping to support independent creators.
Hero
$3 or more per video
In addition to the above, your name will appear in the credits of every episode you help fund, immortalising your contribution for the remainder of the human era of history.
Vault Dweller
$6 or more per video
As well as the rewards above, you'll get to see script drafts and rough cuts as episodes take shape. You'll also get exclusive postmortems breaking down each episode: how they were made, things I had to cut, and what I'm happy and unhappy with.
Avatar
$10 or more per video
Contribute at this level, and I'll draw you† a 32x32 pixel art version of the avatar of your choice‡, which will appear alongside your name in the credits of every episode completed while you back at this tier!


You'll also get links to downloadable versions of the highest quality video files available for every episode (past and present) before YouTube compressed the snot out of them. (Though the earliest episodes were exported at fairly low quality in the first place.)


Plus all previous rewards, naturally.


† no promises of artistic quality

‡ nothing inappropriate please!

Paragon
$20 or more per video
There are no extra perks to this tier; it's functionally equivalent to the $10 tier in every way, but it's here if, through overwhelming generosity, you want to fund double what's needed to get all the perks.


The only difference is that we will secretly both know how friggin' awesome you are.

Goals
$72 of $100 per video
This sum would — roughly speaking — cover my subscription fees for the software and research resources I use.

An important milestone: I'm not losing money making the series!
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Every game has a story. I'm Chris, and I want to tell as many of these stories as I can.




I'm the creator of Retrohistories, a series of mini-documentaries available for free on YouTube. So far I've chronicled the rise and fall of Might and Magic, examined Bungie's first decade as a Mac-focused indie game developer, and dug deep into the previously undocumented development of Interplay's cancelled adventure Star Trek: Secret of Vulcan Fury. I've told the tales of how the first violent game set the scene for the next twenty years of media coverage, Sony making an enemy of a Church of England cathedral, the disgruntled Maxis employee whose prank made it into SimCopter, and a magician's battle with Nintendo over a Pokémon's likeness.




I believe that video is the best medium for these stories. But producing video is time-consuming and complex, especially when you're working solo. Research, writing, voiceover, editing, motion graphics, promotion, even the occasional bits of 3D modelling and music — 95% of the production is a one-man show. I've been working on them in my spare time, and they've each taken months to complete.

With your help, I can put more time and resources into producing episodes, and hopefully find a long-term, sustainable future for the series.




If you pledge to this campaign, you'll be billed whenever I release a new episode: that's roughly once a month. Any other videos I make won't be charged; you're only pledging for full and finished episodes of Retrohistories.

I'm passionate about bringing video game history to a wider audience, without chasing trends or compromising quality. If this is something you believe in too, and you have a few spare dollars, I would be truly grateful if you could help me make it happen.




Whether or not you decide to pledge, thank you for reading. I hope you enjoy the series!

Recent posts by Chris Chapman

Tiers
Player Character
$1 or more per video
Thank you! By backing at the $1 level, you'll get to watch new episodes at least a couple of days early, read Patreon-exclusive posts, and experience warm fuzzy feelings for helping to support independent creators.
Hero
$3 or more per video
In addition to the above, your name will appear in the credits of every episode you help fund, immortalising your contribution for the remainder of the human era of history.
Vault Dweller
$6 or more per video
As well as the rewards above, you'll get to see script drafts and rough cuts as episodes take shape. You'll also get exclusive postmortems breaking down each episode: how they were made, things I had to cut, and what I'm happy and unhappy with.
Avatar
$10 or more per video
Contribute at this level, and I'll draw you† a 32x32 pixel art version of the avatar of your choice‡, which will appear alongside your name in the credits of every episode completed while you back at this tier!


You'll also get links to downloadable versions of the highest quality video files available for every episode (past and present) before YouTube compressed the snot out of them. (Though the earliest episodes were exported at fairly low quality in the first place.)


Plus all previous rewards, naturally.


† no promises of artistic quality

‡ nothing inappropriate please!

Paragon
$20 or more per video
There are no extra perks to this tier; it's functionally equivalent to the $10 tier in every way, but it's here if, through overwhelming generosity, you want to fund double what's needed to get all the perks.


The only difference is that we will secretly both know how friggin' awesome you are.