From no longer having to worry about the major commissions Eclipse, Executor, Sovereign, Viscount, other smaller ones in the past like the Titan and the Purifier to actually commisioning other people to help make content, if we ever get to that level of support. This is the mods discord server, where people talk about the mod, star wars related matters and other random stuff, everyone is welcome! I try to be as transparent as I can in these matters because I believe trust is everything, hence the length of this post. The Victory and Procursator already serve the heavy frigate role, we don't need a downgraded version of this, people already don't use these 2 powerful ships enough, no point in diluting that further. As far as I know I'm the only modder with this level of support and there's no rule book or guideline on how to proceed. This project has been my passion and my life for many years now, and over time I've been able to make this my job. Now to the point of this post.
This game is old, and the game engine, as other modders will happily tell you, is not very well suited for what modders try to put it through. Thank you for reading through all this. I want to thank each and every one of you who has literally made this mod possible by contributing to it. This is because making the additional units, heroes, the entire experience, needed for a new era would take a significant amount of time. It's not unique enough to add to the mod.
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I try to be as clear with the fans as I can on why your support helps me. Because of my Patreon page I can keep developing this mod, if it weren't for our contributors I'd have to find a physical job and kill the project. We have 4000 fans on our discord server, and at the time of this news post, 27 thousand downloads of the Light version of the mod on moddb. This mod catapults Empire at War into 2019. If everyone supported for just 5 bucks per month on Patreon we'd be set for any developments in the future, I could stop having to worry about asking for money for the major 100+ hour projects like the Viscount and Sovereign, which I'm currently doing as commissions, and just do them whenever I or the community feels like it, funded by the support from Patreon. When I first started the Patreon page I didn't think people would be interested in contributing to something like a mod, especially because it is free to download anyway. I have some help in making it, and over the years some like Niko have helped a significant amount but the mods development is mostly a one man circus.
I produce the highest quality of gameplay experience that I can to prove that I'm worth the trust people put in me by backing the mod. Thanks to the 97 contributors currently supporting the project there's a good buffer preventing us from hitting the absolute minimum required before I'd have to quit the mod and get a physical job, killing the project but there's a lot more that I could do with more support. So far, you guys seem satisfied with the content I produce, the patreon still has support, and I hope by continuing to make high quality content that more people will have enough faith in me to start contributing and help the the project grow. We're not currently in danger of that happening, but I need to make this post regardless. It maintains the game's design philosophy, while adding new units, better graphics, and deeper gameplay. But we're in the age of crowdfunding and weirder things than a mod have been funded by people, so I was leaning on the hope that people would be willing to fund me doing this. I work hard to maintain the quality standard of the mod.
We have a huge community that still enjoys this game and this mod, and even such small amounts from individuals amounts to a tremendous change. Some of you have been extremely generous over the past year, I couldn't ask more of you, I'm asking the people that've been enjoying the mod for years to consider contributing some love, even if it's just for a few months, or just one, it would change my life and it would change the mod. It may seem minor to you, but when the community stands together like it has done for so long those little bits are enough to make a tremendous difference. This is going to be a long post. No doubt some people will see this as begging for money and leave the server as a result, but it needs to be said, 2,5% of our players on discord and less than 1% of total downloads are currently making this mod possible, and even chucking a 5 sheet at the patreon would do so much to help me. .
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