UPDATE: We’re amazed by the outpouring of goodwill and generosity we’ve received since yesterday. We asked for help, and you answered us loud and clear. We’ve now met our Q3 goal. We’ll update the banner ASAP (we have to do it manually) and I’ll get cracking on updates to the Donate page to give our donors the recognition they deserve. Look for a followup blog post later today with more thoughts about fundraising and where we go from here.
The nine months since our last status update have seen a lot of chaos in our personal lives (mine especially) and correspondingly slow progress on Warhorn improvements. At this point we know better than to give you all a forecast but we’ve started doing monthly “hack days” to keep our momentum and motivation going. We’re keeping the current site chugging along while we chip away at our backlog.
All that being said, Brian and I have finally admitted to ourselves something that’s been obvious for a while. I’ll be blunt: Warhorn can’t continue without your donations. Most months, a few people donate to us and we are incredibly grateful to them. The harsh reality, though, is that the efforts of these heroic few don’t cover the minimum monthly costs to keep the current site online.
Brian and I have spent literally thousands of dollars out of our own pockets to keep Warhorn running and pay for the tools we need for new development. Continuing that financial outlay has become untenable.
Twenty people contributed to Warhorn in 2011. That’s less than one-tenth of one percent of Warhorn’s total users. We’re asking the remaining 99.9% of you to pitch in. There’s a donation banner on the site now that shows the amount we need to raise by the end of September. If we hit that goal, we can keep Warhorn going and set another goal for Q4. If not, then Brian and I have some tough decisions to make.
Thanks for helping us help you make your awesome gaming experiences possible.