Quick Update - June 23rd By: Ryan Created: June 23rd, 2015 at 11:34am
Hey everyone, Ryan here. I just wanted to take a few minutes and talk about the current state of the game. Many of you have noticed the lack of updates recently. This is partly due to me being sick, and also not having the ambition to put more time into the game at this moment. I love working on the game, and watching all of you enjoy playing it. I do not plan on "ditching" the game, or stopping updates anytime soon. But with that being said, the amount of updates are going to slow down a lot compared to what they were in the previous months (mostly due to the fact that it was in development / beta, and was getting content created for it on a daily basis). The lack of support is another reason that updates have slowed down / halted for now as well.
Many of you might not know it, but this game is basically my full-time job. I have over 800 hours put into coding the game (holy shit!), with lots and lots more to come. Without monetary support, I'm just not able to put in as much time as I would like to. I was really hoping that the game would take off and would allow me to live comfortably off the revenue it provides, but sadly that isn't the case. We've went from amazing amounts of donations, to literally none. Not only does it hit me in the wallet, it also shows that the community doesn't really care enough about the game to want to invest anything into it (so, why should I?).
Money isn't the only thing that I'm upset over, support overall isn't that great. The amount of new players has dwindled into nothing. We need players to spread the word to their friends, family, classmates, co-workers, etc. Put your referral link in your signature on forums, post it to your social media (Facebook & Twitter), guildmates or whoever else you know. I can't do everything on my own, especially the advertising part. It's hard enough to spend 14+ hours a day coding, let alone getting done with that and trying to advertise on the internet. All it takes it posting your referral link (which can be found under "Menu" when logged into the game).
I will be moving to my new apartment around July 1st, something I've been looking forward to for quite a while. I was really hoping to have enough money saved up from the game, but that hasn't quite happened yet. What I would like to ask of those of you who are loyal to the game, and want to show your support for it, to help out in any way you can. Whether that is with a donation, introducing a friend to the game, re-tweeting messages, etc.
At this point in time, I won't even be able to afford internet when I move into my new place. Something that can make it quite difficult to produce updates for the game, or even manage it at all. I'm really looking forward to all the extra time I'll be able to spend coding and working on new content once I am moved out, as it'll allow me much greater freedom. I really enjoy working on the game and hope that I can continue to do so into the future for a long while. I just need some more support from the community to show me that you guys care as much as I do!
I have basically given up my main / only source of income (my Twitch stream) to pursue this game, don't let it be a mistake for me. Scratch my back and I will scratch yours. I am always taking your feedback into consideration, and have made quite a few changes to the game recently that reflects that (better odds of being successful on actions, along with increased experience values). I would like to thank everyone who has supported the game so far, it really means a lot to me. For real. You guys are fucking awesome and it means a lot. I hope that we'll have many years worth of adventures for us in ManaPot, and that you'll be there to partake in the journey with us.