Milestone 3 hit, here's the plan!
So at the start of this year, we had a team meeting about the milestones and the Toolshed. I said I hoped we could meet Milestone 3 by March 20th, because it will be the one year anniversary of launching the Toolshed. I thought it might have been a little optimistic, and said that we might have to announce something about trying to reach that goal by the anniversary if we wanted to hit it. Nothing as formal as a pledge drive or anything, just a news post at the start of March to let everyone know that we had the 20th in mind.
Well, you all put us over the mark on February 8th.
This is incredible, and I continue to stand in awe of the Erfworld fanbase. But it has created a set of those "good problems to have." See, there were promises made at the Milestone 3 level. I said we'd relaunch Hamstard.com, have guest art in the Art Blog, and start paying a professional word rate to stories in our Fiction stream.
We're not quite ready to do any of those things. We've been working on a site redesign since before Christmas, and we were planning to launch it in late March or April. It's going to have the Hamstard site embedded with the Erfworld site, and have submissions guidelines for the paid stories and art, etc. We're still in the design and coding phases with a lot of that stuff, and we want to roll it all out at once.
So hang on for those unlocks. I am soliciting some pros I know to be guest artists and seeking out some initial stories to post. I've posted a Hamstard and will keep making more of those, but I think it's safe to say that it'll be like 6-10 weeks before we're really doing everything that was unlocked at Milestone 3. The web team is hard at work.
And in the meantime, of course, the art team is killin' it and we're keeping the story rolling. Everyone on Team Erfworld is grateful for your generous and patient support. Our 10th anniversary will be in December, and it seems like 2016 is already the best year we've ever had. Thank you all!
Exactly as has been observed: no-one (reasonable and fair-minded) expects instant gratification on the benefits of a given milestone. It is enough, IMO, that the new features are "being worked on", with a rough timeframe of "within a month or two". If we reach [b]June[/b] and there's no Hamstard and such, [b]then[/b] we can break out the pitchforks and torches, hahaha!
I'm here because of Erfworld, and right now it's the best its ever been. I feel really great about my subscription.
Just keep doing the things you do, in the knowledge that you're making at least one paying customer proper happy.
Here's the bit I care about in milestone 3: "Rob's and Linda's full time salaries are covered". Though, y'know, the Luckamancy bonus is good too.
I really wasn't expecting anything until after the milestone number had stabilized. As it stands now, one subscription cancellation could drop us under that milestone amount. Once we are consistently above the milestone mark, then I would be expecting something to be mentioned about it. Nothing quite like rolling out a huge luckamancy bonus and then having to counter it with negative luckamancy.