Twenty Twenty-Four

Surprise! It’s already 2024.

It’s been a rough year to be a game developer. Amidst redundancies and studio closures across Australia and the rest of the world, the shakiness of the industry has affected us all. I hope you’re all doing okay out there.

My 2023 was a mixed bag. I was lucky enough to be part of several game projects that were orders of magnitude larger than anything I’d worked on before (one of which has since been shelved, but that’s a story for another time) and expand my skillset in ways I couldn’t have anticipated.

It’s not quite been the year I had planned for techarthub, either. The site feels so young (founded 3 years last October) and I’m still figuring out what I want it to be. This year saw the site itself go through a significant facelift, as well as the first release of the Shooter Sandbox, an evolution of my Competitive Recoil project that spiraled way out of control.

I am proud of all I was able to achieve with the site this year, but the New Year is a time for resolutions so I’d like to take this opportunity to make some changes as to how we operate as a community.

At the start of the year I wouldn’t have known where to start making
a multiplayer game, and now I’m dangerously confident.

Patreon Tiers

The techarthub Patreon has been live for over 2 years now, and I must admit it really hasn’t taken off as I had hoped. That said, if you’d have asked me back then I would have had no idea what ‘success’ even looked like. I just enjoyed sharing my work.

One thing I didn’t anticipate is how much I’d enjoy chatting with you all, and working through things as a team. It still feels good to have that space to share things I discover and to get practical feedback on my work.

To this end, I’ve decided to lower the barrier of entry to engage with techarthub content, and the following changes have been made to my Patreon tiers effective immediately:

  • The Voting Power tier has been retired. All members will now have a say in the direction I take the site, and vote in my (admittedly infrequent) content polls.
  • The price of the Tutorial Content tier has been reduced from $8USD to $5USD. The rewards will remain exactly the same, just at this lower price each month.
  • A new Extra Support tier has been added at a price of $10USD. The rewards for this tier will be exactly the same as Tutorial Content. This tier is for those who’d like to take that extra step to support me and my work.
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Important note for my existing Patrons

Although this price reduction has already come into effect, Patreon (quite rightly) prevents me from automatically reducing your pledge. If you want the same rewards for the new price you will need to manually change the amount yourself.

Patreon has a handy guide on how to do this, but if you run into trouble let me know and we’ll sort it out.

Discord Server

Speaking of community, I’d like to take this opportunity to shuffle some channels around in the techarthub Community Discord server.

Although not quite as drastic as the Patreon overhaul, I’ve made the following changes to help me stay on top of the discussion and to further facilitate the cool discussions that are starting to happen.

  • Restrictions on channels in the the Patreon-only category have been removed. The one exception is a single Patron-only channel that’s reserved for discussion only relevant to Patrons.
  • Several channels have been consolidated/merged. This will make it easier to find the right place to ask questions/start discussions.
  • Previously paywalled support channels for techarthub assets have been made public. Hopefully this makes it easier for newcomers to find answers to frequently asked questions.

Roadmap

Just a quick reminder that the Roadmap is where you’ll be able to get an idea of what’s coming down the pipe for both free and paid techarthub content. It’s recently been cleaned up, and might help you decide on your level of support for the site.

I’m trying my very best to stick to it this time!

Thank You

None of this would be possible without your support. From my amazing Patrons, the kind and helpful Discord community that’s grown so much this year, to casual readers of the site. Thanks to the magic of Google Analytics I see you coming in from all over the world, and I really appreciate your time and passion.

Best of luck in 2024, everyone! ❤️????

I am a technical artist from Adelaide, Australia. I created techarthub to share my knowledge and love for this industry. I hope you feel it too!

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