As many of you have noticed, I’ve been absent from the site and animation-related activities for a considerable amount of time. To keep it brief, up until recently I have been working at a game company whose policies prohibited me from these activities due to potential conflicts-of-interest. I’ve now moved on to to a different company with a more flexible policy, and can now continue from where I left off.
While I couldn’t work on animations, I did have a lot of time to reflect and think about how to streamline some of the administrative aspects of this venture. During that same time, I’ve also received a lot of requests for the 30/60-FPS versions of the freebies that I’ve distributed here, which I’ve traditionally handled through one-on-one conversations.
I’m happy to announce a solution that I believe will solve both problems and is a win-win for us.
Before getting into it, I want to emphasize that I will continue to release new 20-FPS versions of Animations Archive content here, and these will always be free. None of the currently available things are being cut.
Having said that, I plan on setting up a Patreon account. Here’s an overview of the different tiers and associated perks.
As you can see, all of the currently existing Animations Archive releases will be immediately accessible for download as soon as you make one month’s pledge. It might be weird to hear this coming from me, but if that’s all you’re looking to get, then feel free to cancel after you’ve downloaded the files and before the 2nd billing cycle starts; some of you are budget-conscious students or have other financial priorities, I get it. For those of you who are willing to support me long-term (thanks!) the benefit comes in the form of being able to get the 30/60-FPS versions of the new stuff that I’ll be releasing henceforth.
Note that with this system, if you unsubscribe for a month, or if you’re a Patron-tier supporter, then the only way to be able to get the animations you missed from the unsubscribed month will be to become a Champion-tier patron sometime down the road.
To be fully transparent, I’m not expecting to be able to pay all my bills through this (it’d be nice though), nor do I intend to stop making animations just because I don’t hit a particular funding target. As mentioned in the beginning, the main reason for adapting this pseudo-subscription model is to save time for both parties involved from the inefficient processes currently in place for buying the 30/60-FPS Archive animations, etc.
Since I’m able to save time with your help this way, I intend on giving some of it back to the community; in addition to the individual perks for patrons, there will be community benefits that will be available to everyone (even non-patrons) once the aggregate pledge hits certain milestones. For example, an increase in minimum number of releases per month, an ad-free web page with custom domain name, etc. are all things that I can do if I’m convinced that my audience (you) find value in them.
For the people unable to contribute through monetary means, you can still help by spreading the word to others in your other social circles, communities, discords, etc. so that we can hit the milestones faster and unlock more things for everyone to enjoy.
Barring any extenuating circumstances, the launch date for this will be October 1st, 2018. While the Patreon page is already live, there will not be any perks and rewards this month. As such, feel free to follow the page for now, but please don’t pledge anything yet (unless you really want to support me that much, in which case I am very grateful.)