Well would you look at this... GreenPepper is late yet again, by a month. Thank goodness he does not do game design for a living eh? Why does he even call himself GreenPepper when it is a half truth? If he were an honest person, he would call himself LazyTortoise!
At least a tortoise moves at a steady pace.
If I were to release my current work on the map, those who have been following the project since the beginning wouldn't really have anything new to test. After all, you can't really test new background geometry. So, instead I think it would be better for me to just keep it to images for now.
I have a plan to make a more feasible release cycle of news and versions. Firstly, I will release a short, but to the point newsletter every week. Secondly, poll results and productivity charts will be posted on the last newsletter of every month (polls will be done monthly). Thirdly, new versions of the modification will be released (after an estimated release date is published of course) only when there is significant changes to warrant more playtesting. Lastly, upcoming dates for newsletters will be posted in each newsletter.
Poll results for:
"Are paid mods usually better than free mods?"
To be fair, both for-profit and non-profit games are imperfect and since Above the Catacombs is a modification of a for-profit game, it would be difficult to argue that for-profit games always result in poor quality products. One thing for sure is that due to the absence of a profit motive in non-profit games, the sole use of passion as a motivation usually results in a lot more creativity. Anyway, the question wasn't really focusing on everything non-profit and for-profit, but rather the topic of paid mods.
Overall I would say most definitely free mods tend to be better than paid mods or at least mods that started off free. For me, I do not think making Above the Catacombs for-profit would improve the quality of the modification and in many ways I think it might actually ruin the modification by undermining some of its messages. It would be like selling a product that tells people consumerism is bad, but not when it involves buying said product. I do not think it is possible for any pure anti-consumerist movement to legitimately sell itself without distorting its intended message. You simply cannot sell anti-consumerism, it is not something that can be sold, similar to anti-capitalism or communism. As soon as you sell it, how does it maintain its integrity, how is it still anti-consumerism?
Here I am going off-topic again, but the bottom-line is, modifications are meant to be made by fans, for fans. Not to be another DLC or some third-party expansion pack. Sure, there are people who disagree, there will always be people who disagree, but that does not matter. I will not be purchasing a modification regardless, it is not because I do not believe people deserve to be rewarded for their work, it is just because I believe that we shouldn't be trying to turn everything into a business.
Mods, for the longest time have been something done purely out of passion rather than profit. If you turn modifications into a business, it is just going to become another capitalist tool to exploit the working clas--- okay GreenPepper I think they get the point.
Productivity thus far...
Another thing I wanted to talk about is keeping up with the progress of the modification. I am guessing a good portion of you already do this, but I highly recommend using an application that can send you RSS updates, so you do not have to check the page unnecessarily. For those using Opera, like myself, I recommend installing the Smart RSS extension.
Lastly, if you are in the mood to fill out a survey, I would really appreciate for you to take a look at our Free4G User Survey and fill out any questions you are comfortable with.
- GreenPepper was probably a really fat lazy tortoise in another life.
- The development cycle has changed to one newsletter every week, with a productivity chart and poll released every month.
- Mod versions will no longer be released monthly, but rather be released only when enough new content warrants testing.
- Free mods > paid mods.
- If you are using Opera, install the Smart RSS or another similar extension to be updated automatically on development news.
- Fill out the Free4G User Survey to help us (me currently) understand our audience.
- Week 108 Newsletter (May 8, 2016)
- GreenPepper (lead developer)
Quote of the week:
"I have always believed that exercise is the key not only to physical health but to peace of mind." - Nelson Mandela