The Player and the Doodler are creating funny Let's Play videos and associated fanart
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THE PLAYER AND THE DOODLER ARE CURRENTLY INACTIVE! We decided to more-or-less end this channel in February 2018, and while videos of our backlog of streams will continue to post on Youtube and our website until close to the end of 2018, we currently have no plans for new projects. This is not a decision we came to lightly, as we always had a great time streaming and interacting with all you fans, but we feel that we need to move on to other projects. There still remains the possibility that we might do a stream or two in the future for fun, but it won’t be edited or posted here or on the website (the best place to find any of those streams will be our Twitch channel in the highlights if any end up happening).

As for this Patreon page, it will currently remain in place until our backlog has been entirely uploaded to Youtube, at which point it will probably go defunct. There remains a possibility, however, that the channel will be resurrected if we get enough supporters to make it a financial boon for us, so if you want to see us back in action, make sure to support us and spread the word!

Thank you all for your years of support! Below is the original Patreon page, which will remain up until our backlog has been uploaded to Youtube:


If YOU'VE enjoyed watching the Player and the Doodler, support our Patreon!

Visit our website at theplayerandthedoodler.com!

Q: So what is this Patreon all about?
The Player (Jeff Parkes) and the Doodler (Johnathan Whiting) is a duo that produces Let’s Play videos with (hopefully) humorous and (occasionally) informative commentary, but with a twist! While the Player is playing a game, the Doodler is drawing things based on it, and at the end we post both the gameplay videos and the doodles.

Q: So are these doodles just drawings of screens from the game or something?
A: Some of them are, but sometimes they’re based on jokes that pop up during the stream, or scenes inspired by the game without being directly lifted from it. They run the gamut!

Q: What kind of games do you guys cover? Endless Minecraft videos, like most other Let’s Players?
A: Bah! We scoff at Minecraft! (Well, not really, but it’s not our scene.) Potentially we could cover any game, though our main focus has been on games published before the mid-90’s, particularly from Sierra Online’s adventure game series such as King’s Quest or Quest for Glory. We also open many of our streams with a short playthrough of a multiplayer Atari 800 game that most people under 33 (and many over) have never heard of (including the Doodler; the Player grew up with an Atari 800XL), and have done a smattering of Nintendo games.

Q: What, so they’re, like, videos of games that are decades-old that nobody knows? Why would I want to watch those?
A: They’re fun! We grew up with a lot of these, but even the ones that have no nostalgia filter are still fun to play (and make fun of). The Atari videos, in particular, end up being pretty madcap and fun to watch, as half of the fun is figuring out just what’s going on back when graphics and good game design were in their infancy. Besides, they’re unique! You can see thousands of people online streaming Fallout 4 or League of Legends or whatever, but how many videos have you seen with people playing Wizard of Wor or Ballblazer? I’d reckon not a whole lot!

Q: Are you ever going to do some modern games?
A: We’ve started doing some, like Dokapon Kingdom and King’s Quest (2015). Beyond that, possibly, some day, if we find the right game. We tried doing some more modern games like Mass Effect 2 during our first stream, but found that we didn’t have nearly as much fun or inspiration with them as we did with the older games, so we didn’t save the footage.

Q: What is your update schedule?
A: A new video goes up every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on our Youtube channel and also here, with a new entry into our long-running Dokapon Kingdom series posting on Saturday. At the end of a series, a compilation post of all the videos will appear on our website, with a companion post showcasing the doodles made for that game.

Q: What will you be posting here on the Patreon page?
A: Currently we're only hosting Patreon-exclusive content on this page, mostly because importing our archives would be a massive undertaking (and somewhat redundant, since everything's already posted on our own website as well as Youtube, tumblr, Pinterest, etc.), so if you want to see our publicly available stuff, visit one of those sites. The schedule for Patreon-only stuff will be a little more sporadic, though the monthly caption contest will happen, well, monthly.

Q: What about your livestreams? Can I get in on some of that sweet action?

A: You betcha! We stream on twitch.tv, and we love to have an active chat. We interact a lot with our chatters, so the more the merrier!

Q: What’s the schedule for those?
A: That’s a bit trickier, as we have to squeeze those in around our ever-changing real-life schedules. Lately our average has been about two livestreams per month. They normally get announced on our Facebook page as well as here on Patreon a few days in advance.

Q: Who wrote your little theme ditty? It sounds pretty good!
A: That would be the Player, who is also a musician. You can check out some other stuff he’s done on his music blog and his Soundcloud page.

Q: Where can I find more artwork by that Doodler guy?
A: Several places! You can find a lot of his work on his deviantart page, his general art blog, or his Facebook page. You can also buy his book ABC Monsters: The A Is For AAAAAAHH!!! The Z Is For Zither… He is currently working on a webcomic entitled Zoe and Beans, which you can find on Twitter.

Q: Would I be able to get some of the original doodles you guys draw during the stream?
A: Possibly. Contact the Doodler using the links above or his email and he can let you know what the availability and pricing is (normally about $20 including shipping).

Q: So why are you running a Patreon account? What are you going to do with my money?
A: With your money we will buy a giant inflatable bouncy castle and stream from in there! (Not actually.) We're mostly looking for a bit of compensation, as recording and editing all these videos takes some time, and the equipment ain't cheap! If we get some funds we'll be able to put together more videos of what you want to see, in terms of games we play and other videos we do (compilation videos, extra Patreon-exclusive content, etc.) and also upgrade our equipment when we can. This will also cover some travel expenses, as the two of us don't live near each other anymore. This is just a hobby for us, but every bit helps!
However, the best way to really support us is to spread the word! Pledge your support and spread the links, so that we can grow our audience, and soon dozens, nay, hundreds of people will be loving Gray Chang as much as we do!

Q: OK, you keep mentioning this Gray Chang fellow; who is he?

A: Gray Chang was a game developer in the early 1980’s. We happened to notice his name in the credits for both Claim Jumper and Dog Daze along with a big spiel including his P.O. Box in Dog Daze Deluxe, so we looked him up online and found a picture of him with a giant cardboard pinhole camera the size of his torso. Since then he’s become a bit of a running gag, especially in our Atari videos. He seems like a nice guy, though the only comment he had for our videos was that we cut off the score on the screen. You can visit his website if you want.

Q: Why do people keep mentioning square castles?
A: In our first stream (King’s Quest I), the Doodler saw Castle Daventry and remarked that he really liked the design. Unfortunately, it was a view of the castle from far away and was little more than a rectangle with bumps on it:

The chatters kept making fun of him for it as he tried to defend his position. He’s never been able to live it down since.

Q: What about that troll drawing of Valanice that keeps popping up? That weird song about Gavroche? The squeaky Patrick Stewart mouse voice? “But sometimes when you walk in…”? Hot pixel action? “All the knowledge in the universe!”? Yawn I. Tor Fred? Limericks? What does the 1992 USA Men’s Olympic Basketball Team have to do with Chrono Trigger?
A: Look, I’m not going to explain all of our running gags here. Someday we may get popular enough to earn a tvtropes page, and then you can look them all up. In fact, somebody get on that!

Q: Are you guys racist?
A: No, we’re just terrible with accents.

(The preceding is taken mostly from the FAQ section of our website)
Tiers
Gavroche
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Your reward: the warm fuzzies you feel for helping us out!
Gray Chang
$3 or more per month 1 patron
At this level you'll get access to random things we decide to release (desktop wallpapers, podcasts, etc.)
Square Castle
$5 or more per month 1 patron
All of the above, plus extra Patreon-only videos/streams (sometimes solo-Player or solo-Doodler, sometimes with both of us). You will also get special treatment when it comes to contests we hold (for example, in our recent BINGO contest most participants had to fill out their entire card, but $5 supporters only had to get a BINGO to qualify).
The Best Patreon Supporter...in the UNIVERSE! Good form!
$10 or more per month 1 patron
All of the above, a shout-out at the end of a project's doodle video, plus the option to receive a real postcard with a unique doodle on it from The Doodler, three times a year (for Christmas, the Fourth of July, and February 7th, which is our anniversary).
Goals
$9 of $50 per month
At this point we'll finally be able to cover our current operating costs, which are minimal (mostly transportation costs for The Doodler).
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THE PLAYER AND THE DOODLER ARE CURRENTLY INACTIVE! We decided to more-or-less end this channel in February 2018, and while videos of our backlog of streams will continue to post on Youtube and our website until close to the end of 2018, we currently have no plans for new projects. This is not a decision we came to lightly, as we always had a great time streaming and interacting with all you fans, but we feel that we need to move on to other projects. There still remains the possibility that we might do a stream or two in the future for fun, but it won’t be edited or posted here or on the website (the best place to find any of those streams will be our Twitch channel in the highlights if any end up happening).

As for this Patreon page, it will currently remain in place until our backlog has been entirely uploaded to Youtube, at which point it will probably go defunct. There remains a possibility, however, that the channel will be resurrected if we get enough supporters to make it a financial boon for us, so if you want to see us back in action, make sure to support us and spread the word!

Thank you all for your years of support! Below is the original Patreon page, which will remain up until our backlog has been uploaded to Youtube:


If YOU'VE enjoyed watching the Player and the Doodler, support our Patreon!

Visit our website at theplayerandthedoodler.com!

Q: So what is this Patreon all about?
The Player (Jeff Parkes) and the Doodler (Johnathan Whiting) is a duo that produces Let’s Play videos with (hopefully) humorous and (occasionally) informative commentary, but with a twist! While the Player is playing a game, the Doodler is drawing things based on it, and at the end we post both the gameplay videos and the doodles.

Q: So are these doodles just drawings of screens from the game or something?
A: Some of them are, but sometimes they’re based on jokes that pop up during the stream, or scenes inspired by the game without being directly lifted from it. They run the gamut!

Q: What kind of games do you guys cover? Endless Minecraft videos, like most other Let’s Players?
A: Bah! We scoff at Minecraft! (Well, not really, but it’s not our scene.) Potentially we could cover any game, though our main focus has been on games published before the mid-90’s, particularly from Sierra Online’s adventure game series such as King’s Quest or Quest for Glory. We also open many of our streams with a short playthrough of a multiplayer Atari 800 game that most people under 33 (and many over) have never heard of (including the Doodler; the Player grew up with an Atari 800XL), and have done a smattering of Nintendo games.

Q: What, so they’re, like, videos of games that are decades-old that nobody knows? Why would I want to watch those?
A: They’re fun! We grew up with a lot of these, but even the ones that have no nostalgia filter are still fun to play (and make fun of). The Atari videos, in particular, end up being pretty madcap and fun to watch, as half of the fun is figuring out just what’s going on back when graphics and good game design were in their infancy. Besides, they’re unique! You can see thousands of people online streaming Fallout 4 or League of Legends or whatever, but how many videos have you seen with people playing Wizard of Wor or Ballblazer? I’d reckon not a whole lot!

Q: Are you ever going to do some modern games?
A: We’ve started doing some, like Dokapon Kingdom and King’s Quest (2015). Beyond that, possibly, some day, if we find the right game. We tried doing some more modern games like Mass Effect 2 during our first stream, but found that we didn’t have nearly as much fun or inspiration with them as we did with the older games, so we didn’t save the footage.

Q: What is your update schedule?
A: A new video goes up every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on our Youtube channel and also here, with a new entry into our long-running Dokapon Kingdom series posting on Saturday. At the end of a series, a compilation post of all the videos will appear on our website, with a companion post showcasing the doodles made for that game.

Q: What will you be posting here on the Patreon page?
A: Currently we're only hosting Patreon-exclusive content on this page, mostly because importing our archives would be a massive undertaking (and somewhat redundant, since everything's already posted on our own website as well as Youtube, tumblr, Pinterest, etc.), so if you want to see our publicly available stuff, visit one of those sites. The schedule for Patreon-only stuff will be a little more sporadic, though the monthly caption contest will happen, well, monthly.

Q: What about your livestreams? Can I get in on some of that sweet action?

A: You betcha! We stream on twitch.tv, and we love to have an active chat. We interact a lot with our chatters, so the more the merrier!

Q: What’s the schedule for those?
A: That’s a bit trickier, as we have to squeeze those in around our ever-changing real-life schedules. Lately our average has been about two livestreams per month. They normally get announced on our Facebook page as well as here on Patreon a few days in advance.

Q: Who wrote your little theme ditty? It sounds pretty good!
A: That would be the Player, who is also a musician. You can check out some other stuff he’s done on his music blog and his Soundcloud page.

Q: Where can I find more artwork by that Doodler guy?
A: Several places! You can find a lot of his work on his deviantart page, his general art blog, or his Facebook page. You can also buy his book ABC Monsters: The A Is For AAAAAAHH!!! The Z Is For Zither… He is currently working on a webcomic entitled Zoe and Beans, which you can find on Twitter.

Q: Would I be able to get some of the original doodles you guys draw during the stream?
A: Possibly. Contact the Doodler using the links above or his email and he can let you know what the availability and pricing is (normally about $20 including shipping).

Q: So why are you running a Patreon account? What are you going to do with my money?
A: With your money we will buy a giant inflatable bouncy castle and stream from in there! (Not actually.) We're mostly looking for a bit of compensation, as recording and editing all these videos takes some time, and the equipment ain't cheap! If we get some funds we'll be able to put together more videos of what you want to see, in terms of games we play and other videos we do (compilation videos, extra Patreon-exclusive content, etc.) and also upgrade our equipment when we can. This will also cover some travel expenses, as the two of us don't live near each other anymore. This is just a hobby for us, but every bit helps!
However, the best way to really support us is to spread the word! Pledge your support and spread the links, so that we can grow our audience, and soon dozens, nay, hundreds of people will be loving Gray Chang as much as we do!

Q: OK, you keep mentioning this Gray Chang fellow; who is he?

A: Gray Chang was a game developer in the early 1980’s. We happened to notice his name in the credits for both Claim Jumper and Dog Daze along with a big spiel including his P.O. Box in Dog Daze Deluxe, so we looked him up online and found a picture of him with a giant cardboard pinhole camera the size of his torso. Since then he’s become a bit of a running gag, especially in our Atari videos. He seems like a nice guy, though the only comment he had for our videos was that we cut off the score on the screen. You can visit his website if you want.

Q: Why do people keep mentioning square castles?
A: In our first stream (King’s Quest I), the Doodler saw Castle Daventry and remarked that he really liked the design. Unfortunately, it was a view of the castle from far away and was little more than a rectangle with bumps on it:

The chatters kept making fun of him for it as he tried to defend his position. He’s never been able to live it down since.

Q: What about that troll drawing of Valanice that keeps popping up? That weird song about Gavroche? The squeaky Patrick Stewart mouse voice? “But sometimes when you walk in…”? Hot pixel action? “All the knowledge in the universe!”? Yawn I. Tor Fred? Limericks? What does the 1992 USA Men’s Olympic Basketball Team have to do with Chrono Trigger?
A: Look, I’m not going to explain all of our running gags here. Someday we may get popular enough to earn a tvtropes page, and then you can look them all up. In fact, somebody get on that!

Q: Are you guys racist?
A: No, we’re just terrible with accents.

(The preceding is taken mostly from the FAQ section of our website)

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Tiers
Gavroche
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Your reward: the warm fuzzies you feel for helping us out!
Gray Chang
$3 or more per month 1 patron
At this level you'll get access to random things we decide to release (desktop wallpapers, podcasts, etc.)
Square Castle
$5 or more per month 1 patron
All of the above, plus extra Patreon-only videos/streams (sometimes solo-Player or solo-Doodler, sometimes with both of us). You will also get special treatment when it comes to contests we hold (for example, in our recent BINGO contest most participants had to fill out their entire card, but $5 supporters only had to get a BINGO to qualify).
The Best Patreon Supporter...in the UNIVERSE! Good form!
$10 or more per month 1 patron
All of the above, a shout-out at the end of a project's doodle video, plus the option to receive a real postcard with a unique doodle on it from The Doodler, three times a year (for Christmas, the Fourth of July, and February 7th, which is our anniversary).