Here I would like to announce I am making changes to my Patreon page and they are as below :
Changes on Patreon
$1 or above to view the information of update(that means you must become a patron to see the info)
$5 or above to view the concept art gallery(unchanged)
$20 or above to receive Uncensored Survivor Sarah 1 and Updates of Survivor Sarah 2
$25 or above to receive all of the rewards above!
Reason for the change
The reason for this change is based on the fact that the amount of patrons that I can receive is really limited because some of the themes of my games are not welcomed by the majority like scat or shota. You can view my previous post 'Should I just give up?' and its comments and that should explain why I feel this way and made the changes.
Something good but it will never happen
The changes is truly basically a price increase in order to receive larger amount of monthly support which honestly is not my original intention. In previous months when the number of patrons is still increasing, I have actually thought about releasing the updates or even the game for free on the internet if it is able to meet certain amount. By doing this, I believe I can publized the game and receive more support in the long run and lastly, it can share burden of current patrons. Think about if I can get 400 patrons and each of them only need to donate $5 and I would already receive $2000 for a month! And if luckily I can get over 1000 patrons, they would just need to donate $2 to help each month. The number maybe a bit unpractical but it is the direction that I originally hoped. However, because of the predicted and limited amount of patrons, it will just never happen.
Making the game exclusive
I am now thinking the opposite way that I will only create game for the people who can enjoy the game completely or can actually ignore the things they don't really like in it. If it can meet certain amount of monthly donation, I am hoping to make the game exclusive to my patrons on patreon and the game won't be available on DLsite or even on my blog. I believe by doing so, it can discriminate the people who don't actually enjoy my games from playing it so I can stop being complained or blamed for adding scenes like scat or shota that are not appreciated by most people, lol! The other reason to make my game exclusive on patreon, is famous site like DLsite can take half of the game price for its commission which is really deep from my point of view. For a game that take 1 year to develop with a price of $13, will require like over 3000 downloads to make it only $1600 a month while my games have already a hard time just to receive 1000 downloads so that amount of download is impossible to archieve. However, despite trying to make it exclusive, I will still try to promote my games and seek more support but I hope only people who can actually like my games will become patrons and I believe the higher requirement will enable me to find the right patron. I believe it is beneficial to both side. Also, if the game has truly become exclusive on patreon, I will also add a lifetime donation requirement for patrons to receive the final game. So, newcomer won't receive the finished game by just donating $20 but only loyal patrons can receive the completed game and I believe it will reduce the chance for the game to be shared easily to make it truly exclusive. But of course, the requirement will be reasonable and I believe it will depends on the development time.
I know $20 isn't cheap and I think not all the current patrons can accept or afford the changes and I am not forcing people to continue to support me. But I think it is time for me to realize if my games have enough support and whether I should continue. From SS1 to TGS, from TGS to AA and from AA up to now, there wasn't a time that I can stop worrying about trying to receive enough support for the development. I believe I am not too greedy that hoping to receive $2000 for a month to continue to create games after over 2 years of work as a new start. If I am unable to reach my target, I think it is the right timing to wake up from my dream and give up. Although I believe there are people who works over 10 years in the same field but still receive around the same salary because of their interest, I think it is wiser to make a change.
Some of my background
While I would like my personal thing remain hidden as I don't want any of these to affect people's view on my games, I would like to tell you some of my background that explain why I have to increase the price or I would just give up if it doesn't work. I was born and live in a developed place, the cost of living is really high here especially the housing. It is a place that has one of the most expensive housing price in the world! And more importantly..... I still don't own one and that means I have to paid the extremely high rent each month. Luckily, I still got my parents but I do hope there will be a future for my life. And I can tell you $2000 is around the average income in my place and I think it is around the same as world's average income. However, because of the housing price, receiving $2000 monthly is still COMPLETELY hopeless to own a house or even having a family in the future because you have to paid 40% or above of your income to pay the rent alone. Or even you don't have to pay for the rent, you will have to save up for 30 years just to buy a small house... You are actually doomed in this place if you are poor and can only hope the thing will become better in the future but it is quite unlikely.... Even so, I do still hope to receive $2000 a month after over 2 years of trying and hope it can increase slowly by the time goes on and saves up some money to make some investment for the living.(Maybe some of you already know where I come from but I would still want it to remain unknown, lol!)
But to all patrons, it is truly ok if you don't want to support anymore as it maybe the right time for me to give up creating games and try something else. It is true that I cannot afford to wait one or two more years for the possibility to reach my monthly goal. However, it would be really great if you don't mind to support more during the time to help me. All I can promise is if thing can continue, I will surely lower the reward's requirement again and I actually plan to make another rewards with lower price if I can by pass the next month. But after all, I think I am prepared for whether to continue or not after all those time, I will let you all decide and gladly accept the fate.
Thanks for the long read!
(I will still try my best to finish Sarah's side in part 1 and release updates as I have already received the donations for this month. And for the next month, if I decided to stop, I will refund the donation for September or even remove all patrons before they are being processed. Thanks.)