Remember I promised some cool announcement in my last report? So, here it goes!
That means anyone will be able to access all content, all working files, all stuff while we are working on episode. So, anyone will be able to follow and learn from our working process.
But… how about spoilers?
I believe there are many people who do not want spoilers and would like to avoid watching in-production content.
Previously, since 2015, we were sharing in-production content only for those who were supporting us on Patreon platform (“Paywall” model, that is).
In production of this episode I wanted to make our in-production content available to everyone, regardless of whether he pays or not (see below why).
So, I’ve come to a very simple solution:
That’s it. All content with spoilers will be hidden for regular site visitors by default. But any visitor will be able to register a free account and enable option to display spoilers. The hidden content becomes visible for that user when he is logged in. So simple!
This also provides some very rudimentary entry threshold: people generally hate registration, so they do not register unless they care. This is like an open “fan-zone”.
Also, some content will be shared as Gumroad download, where people can (optionally) donate any amount for downloading (or enter “zero” to download for free), like here.
How about Patreon then?
That completely changes our relationship with Patreon and our Patrons.
Access to in-production content was the only incentive we provided to our Patrons (well, actually there were also a “logo on homepage”, but it has no demand for months).
Everything described above means that we have no special incentives anymore.
From now on, Patrons do not have to pay us if they want access to in-production content – they will be able to get it for free.
And that changes role of Patreon platform for us – it’s not a tool for “premium memberships” anymore. Now it is just a tool (or, you can say “a channel”) for collecting monthly (recurring) donations, nothing more.
Of course, now there is a risk to loose our Patrons. Of course there is. On the other hand it is so tempting to make this experiment – to get away from a concept of “market” and build a project around the concept of “giving”. And… I have a strong suspicion that majority of our Patrons are supporting our project not because of being rewarded, but simply because they want to help us. In any case, we will know soon! ^__^
After release of Morevna Episode 4 I’ve had a lot of thinking. Thinking where we go, what we are good at and what are we bad at.
My plan was simple – to identify our strengths and weaknesses, and then amplify what we are good at and put less in what we are bad at.
And no matter how much I thought, I got the following: I am good at sharing and I am bad at selling.
After that I remembered about Patreon – all those years I was struggling to invent more incentives, to keep rolling existing ones… and deep inside there was always a feeling that this isn’t the right way.
So, I decided to share more and sell less.
When I’ve come to that decision I felt an incredible relief. Deep inside it was like feeling as walking in the right way. So this is how it is. Glad to finally share it with you. ^__^
P.S. I remember many of you are still waiting for sources of Morevna Episode 4 to be published. Sorry, last months I was mostly busy with preparing new release of Synfig and upgrading our web infrastructure. Now the release of Synfig is very close and I hope to get done with source publishing soon!