This mod catapults Empire at War into 2019. It maintains the game's design philosophy, while adding new units, better graphics, and deeper gameplay.
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This is going to be a long post. This is important to me, and I believe that trust and transparency is everything, hence the length of the post. I'll add a TL;DR at the bottom if you don't want to read through the whole thing, but if you do I'll explain as best I can why I have this Patreon and why I'm making this post.
As some of you may know, the EAW Remake mod is entirely made possible by the people willing to support me as I develop the mod. I have some help in making it, and over the years some like Niko have helped a significant amount but the mods development is mostly a one man circus. This project has been my passion and my life for many years now, and over time I've been able to make this my job. Because of my Patreon page I can keep developing this mod, if it weren't for our contributors I'd have to find a physical job and kill the project. We're not currently in danger of that happening, but I need to make this post regardless.
I work hard to maintain the quality standard of the mod. This game is old, and the game engine, as other modders will happily tell you, is not very well suited for what modders try to put it through. When I first started the Patreon page I didn't think people would be interested in contributing to something like a mod, especially because it is free to download anyway. But we're in the age of crowdfunding and weirder things than a mod have been funded by people, so I was leaning on the hope that people would be willing to fund me doing this. I produce the highest quality of gameplay experience that I can to prove that I'm worth the trust people put in me by backing the mod. I spend the time it takes to make something feel as good as it can, from tweaking weapon stats for hours to going back and redoing or slightly tweaking existing unit models just to chase that perfection I know I can reach, and the patreon page makes that possible. I want to thank each and every one of you who has literally made this mod possible by contributing to it.
So far, you guys seem satisfied with the content I produce, the patreon still has support, and I hope by continuing to make high quality content that more people will have enough faith in me to start contributing and help the the project grow. Now to the point of this post.
The project is almost at 100 supporters on patreon, and currently sitting at $1313. If we maintain the high level of support we have, the Empire at War Remake: Clone Wars mod will begin production at the end of this month, which will focus entirely on the conflict between the Republic and the CIS. This is because making the additional units, heroes, the entire experience, needed for a new era would take a significant amount of time. We have 4000 fans on our discord server, and at the time of this news post, 27 thousand downloads of the Light version of the mod on moddb. If everyone supported for just 5 bucks per month on Patreon we'd be set for any developments in the future, I could stop having to worry about asking for money for the major 100+ hour projects like the Viscount and Sovereign, which I'm currently doing as commissions, and just do them whenever I or the community feels like it, funded by the support from Patreon. This mod is a free service, that will always be free to download and enjoy, but I need support to keep making the mod every day. Thanks to the 97 contributors currently supporting the project there's a good buffer preventing us from hitting the absolute minimum required (before I'd have to quit the mod and get a physical job, killing the project) but there's a lot more that I could do with more support. From no longer having to worry about the major commissions (Eclipse, Executor, Sovereign, Viscount, other smaller ones in the past like the Titan and the Purifier) to actually commisioning other people to help make content, if we ever get to that level of support.
I try to be as transparent as I can in these matters because I believe trust is everything, hence the length of this post. As far as I know I'm the only modder with this level of support and there's no rule book or guideline on how to proceed. I try to be as clear with the fans as I can on why your support helps me. And to just continue making the same quality content you're used to of course.
No doubt some people will see this as begging for money and leave the server as a result, but it needs to be said, 2,5% of our players on discord (and less than 1% of total downloads) are currently making this mod possible, and even chucking a 5 sheet at the patreon would do so much to help me. It may seem minor to you, but when the community stands together like it has done for so long those little bits are enough to make a tremendous difference. Some of you have been extremely generous over the past year, I couldn't ask more of you, I'm asking the people that've been enjoying the mod for years to consider contributing some love, even if it's just for a few months, or just one, it would change my life and it would change the mod. Thank you for reading through all this.
The mods development requires (your) support, the quality standard I aim for can't be done as a hobby on a 2 hour a week basis, the Patreon has supported me as I made this my job but I can do more with more support. Fewer than 100 supporters are currently making this possible, if more people considered supporting with even a 5 US dollar contribution to the Patreon page it would change the mod and change my life. We have a huge community that still enjoys this game and this mod, and even such small amounts from individuals amounts to a tremendous change.
Our discord server, where you'll find me, the community, and regular updates on what's happening in terms of balance, new units, slight tweaks, in far greater detail than moddb: Discordapp.com
The Patreon page: Patreon.com
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The best of 2018s screenshots, with screenshots made by me and the fine folks posting to the screenshot channel on our discord server.
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