Ryan is creating Game Development Tutorials
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Hello, and welcome

If you've found your way here to my Patreon page you are probably familiar with who I am and what I do, but if not allow me to introduce myself;

I am Ryan van Zeben (Also known as vanZeben or DesignsbyZephyr on the interwebs), a 23 year old software engineer from Ontario, Canada. I have been recording tutorials on how to create games through-out my own learning process, both formal and informal. I am currently working full-time as a contract web developer whilst attending school and teaching others. It's quite a lot on my plate and by all means I asked for every single grain of rice on it.

I love what I do. I love creating games and explaining to others not only how to perform specific tasks but helping them improve their own problem solving skills at the same time. I try to keep on top of things, but sometimes life gets in the way with work. I created this patreon so that I can, not only, share my thoughts with you, my audience, but also (hopefully) entertain and inform you as-well. But unfortunately the Beetles were a 'tad' incorrect when they said "All you need is love".

Apparently you can't pay for your groceries with good feelings. Your landlord doesn't accept hugs and kisses in lieu of rent. And the tax man certainly doesn't appreciate it when you fill in your self-assessment with hearts and flowers.

Apparently all you need is love... and money. And that's where Patreon steps in. 

So why Patreon?
You are probably asking yourself; what has this got to do with me, and what the hell is Patreon? Don't all Youtubers get tons of money from Ads?

Well the simple answer is, no. Youtube ad revenue is pretty tiny and insignificant unless you happen to be one of those lucky channels who attain 100's of thousands, if not millions, of subscribers. For smaller channels like myself, it's a constant struggle trying to balance the time required to create awesome and informative content for you with the need to work "real jobs" in order to pay the bills, and unfortunately, paying the bills always comes first. 

Patreon helps shift that balance a little by allowing fans to directly support the creators they love with small donations which allows them to spend more time creating and less time worrying about bills.

So is this going to turn into a "pay-wall"?
There is a super easy answer for that - no.

I am going to continue to make videos free for everyone who wants to learn from them on Youtube. This is simply a way for fans to help support the channel if they want to and can maybe afford to give a couple of dollars a month.
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
1 patron
My eternal gratitude for supporting my efforts plus early access to videos. I'll use the money on pizza, beer, and computer hardware - maybe not in that order - Scout's honor.
Goals
$3 of $50 per month
This is roughly what a month of youtube ads earns. By reaching this milestone, I will remove all ads on past and future videos.

This also means that I will put an effort towards releasing new content. With school and work getting in the way of youtube, if this goal is hit, we will be able to consistently release two videos a week 
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Hello, and welcome

If you've found your way here to my Patreon page you are probably familiar with who I am and what I do, but if not allow me to introduce myself;

I am Ryan van Zeben (Also known as vanZeben or DesignsbyZephyr on the interwebs), a 23 year old software engineer from Ontario, Canada. I have been recording tutorials on how to create games through-out my own learning process, both formal and informal. I am currently working full-time as a contract web developer whilst attending school and teaching others. It's quite a lot on my plate and by all means I asked for every single grain of rice on it.

I love what I do. I love creating games and explaining to others not only how to perform specific tasks but helping them improve their own problem solving skills at the same time. I try to keep on top of things, but sometimes life gets in the way with work. I created this patreon so that I can, not only, share my thoughts with you, my audience, but also (hopefully) entertain and inform you as-well. But unfortunately the Beetles were a 'tad' incorrect when they said "All you need is love".

Apparently you can't pay for your groceries with good feelings. Your landlord doesn't accept hugs and kisses in lieu of rent. And the tax man certainly doesn't appreciate it when you fill in your self-assessment with hearts and flowers.

Apparently all you need is love... and money. And that's where Patreon steps in. 

So why Patreon?
You are probably asking yourself; what has this got to do with me, and what the hell is Patreon? Don't all Youtubers get tons of money from Ads?

Well the simple answer is, no. Youtube ad revenue is pretty tiny and insignificant unless you happen to be one of those lucky channels who attain 100's of thousands, if not millions, of subscribers. For smaller channels like myself, it's a constant struggle trying to balance the time required to create awesome and informative content for you with the need to work "real jobs" in order to pay the bills, and unfortunately, paying the bills always comes first. 

Patreon helps shift that balance a little by allowing fans to directly support the creators they love with small donations which allows them to spend more time creating and less time worrying about bills.

So is this going to turn into a "pay-wall"?
There is a super easy answer for that - no.

I am going to continue to make videos free for everyone who wants to learn from them on Youtube. This is simply a way for fans to help support the channel if they want to and can maybe afford to give a couple of dollars a month.

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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
1 patron
My eternal gratitude for supporting my efforts plus early access to videos. I'll use the money on pizza, beer, and computer hardware - maybe not in that order - Scout's honor.