matt wrote:Well, I'm not sure I would shut it down. Maybe long long long term, but I think having a forum to discuss Neverending Nightmares and whatever isn't a bad thing. Will I keep posting developer diaries? Maybe not. Will I check it as frequently? That really depends on how frequently other people are posting. I think presently, you are probably the only one who checks it every day, so if I'm posting new developer diaries, I'm not sure if we'll have anything to talk about. haha
Maybe I am just in a bad mood, but I think my experiment in community building and open development kind of failed. I thought the advantage of pouring so much time into my community was that we'd get support for things like kickstarter. While it may be true, I think it works on a much smaller scale than I'd hoped. Would my time be better spent on development? Maybe. Again, perhaps this is just my mood, but I'm really feeling like I'd rather be in a position as an indie where I have a publisher take care of marketing and promotion (and hopefully funding), and I can just put my head down and focus on development. Perhaps that's unrealistic (our Neverending Nightmares Deluxe Edition totally fell through) but I am kind of tired of wearing so many hats... Maybe being a grunt in another studio won't be so bad? :-/
Haha well there ya go.. there's at least 2 of us on here daily.
Sorry this all has you in a bad/negative mood. I guess though it is to be expected, so I can't blame ye. This all is a bad state of affairs.
You are right though, not doing dev diaries anymore means less to post to this forum and so less reason for people to come here. So in time it'll become a ghost town and then..well.. why keep it up? Sucks to think of that though. I hope possibly as your other future plans and projects come up you might use this as a sounding board and keep interest going. As you said, this is a good place for fans to come for tech support and stuff too!
The concept of open development is a kool one but I find MOST gamers aren't really interested in participating in it when the door is left WIDE open. With the project "Among The Sleep" they had a forum and were actively engaging with their fans and backers and worked with them closely through development and on the free DLC, but ultimately only a handful of active participants came around, despite the success and love the game has. The forums for Ghost of A Tale are fairly quiet now too, and they get frequent big coverage for the game at con's and in multiple magazines and web/tv shows.
With so many campaigns going it is hard to get passionate and be fully active in all of the different games. Effectively you are vying for collaboration from fans alongside hundreds of other game projects. Just to give you a sense, Krillbite backed Among the Sleep via 8,110 and yet their forums only sported a few dozen people, less than a dozen upon the game's release. Ghost of a tale was backed by 1,190 people and their forums only sport 198 members, some of which have only ever logged in once, and some BOTS and spam accounts.
NeN got backed by 3,608 people and you have a total of about 12% of that as registered members here. Granted some of those members are here for DD and others for RetroGrade, but thats still not too shabby. I guess I am not sure how many you expected to try and participate?