Hello everyone. This is SupSuper writing to you personally, not as representative of OpenXcom. No light-hearted tone, jokes, or any of the usual stuff. This is a serious post so I don’t wanna waste your time.
I’m sure you’ve noticed my contributions to OpenXcom have been pretty rare lately. Sadly my life has had to take priority, OpenXcom is a hobby I work on in my spare time, my income comes from working full-time as a programmer and it’s very difficult to keep both up without taking a toll on my mental health. I am as sorry about this as much as you, I love my community, I do my best to keep myself available whenever possible, and I hate letting you all down like this.
To make matters worse, 2020 has been a rough year on everyone and I’ve been running into financial difficulties. I talked it over with some friends and they suggested setting up a Patreon. This lets you donate to me monthly, helping support me and my hobbies like OpenXcom. It’s like a subscription, only there are no hidden penalties, you can start, change and stop donations at any time.
So if you’ve been a fan and have money to spare, consider donating to my Patreon and spread the word. You’d be surprised how every little helps. At worst, you will help alleviate my financial troubles. At best, I could work full-time on this and more remakes, without having to juggle jobs. I can’t guarantee you’ll get anything out of it but I’ll be eternally grateful and I’ll do my best to meet your expectations.
If you don’t care I fully understand, I’m not trying to guilt you or ask for charity, just trying to figure out ways to help both of us. This will be my first and last time asking for personal donations on this website. I’d rather keep this related to OpenXcom or more charitable causes. Here’s a FAQ, if you got more questions just ask:
Should I be worried? Nope, whatever happens I’ll come out alright, you don’t need to worry about my well-being or OpenXcom’s. Progress will just be slower or faster depending on my circumstances.
Are you charging for your work? Nope, these are purely recurring donations, it’s all voluntary, same disclaimer applies. If you think it’s weird for an open-source contributor to be “asking for money”, times change, check how many other people are doing the same.
Why not an OpenXcom Patreon? 1. I don’t wanna tie myself down to OpenXcom or pretend “I am OpenXcom”, it’s the community’s project. 2. I don’t wanna drag the rest of the devs down with me, they’re ok with this decision, and some already have their own.
OpenXcom 2.0? If you wanna try TFTD and the latest features just use the nightlies. Trust me, there’s nothing wrong with them. But to have a “proper” 2.0 release, I wanna update the docs, website, etc, all to match. The boring stuff, it’ll take time. Also if you want more modding features, consider checking out OpenXcom Extended.