Hi! You may have noticed recently that I have been in the Forums less and less. This is because I have gone back to Electrical & Computer Engineering as my day job.
Don't worry. I will continue to be active in the community, if less than you're used to. I'm not leaving, just making money doing what I'm best at.
Having said that, let's get to the meat of this post. Because I'm doing engineering full-time I have decided that I no longer want to deal with selling templates. I will keep them listed here, but I'm shutting down my Sellfy sales page.
I am also (and this is the topic of the post) releasing all of my Paid Templates++ for free below.
Download Entire Repository: https://github.com/roaminggamer/RG_FreeStuff
Browse Products: https://github.com/roaminggamer/RG_FreeStuff/tree/master/Products
Action Pack 1
Template Portfolio Release
Jan 13 2019 05:00 PM
- egruttner, ldurniat, bgmadclown and 2 others like this
Hope the job is going well too. I'm curious as to what you're doing exactly?
Thanks for the concern. By doing this, I hope I'll be helping a few folks in the community.
Yes, that is easily the equivalent of a year of work full-time, but the ROI just wasn't there.
A big part of my business was 'template' making in my early years here (Corona community), but the average user changed a lot over time and now most of the folks just want everything for free.
Many of the users who see my templates are poor or students or have some other 'reason' for not wanting to spend money for help/ a leg up. I get it, I can't support it any more. So, free it is. I'll keep helping folks when I can, but I won't be making
any more templates nor will I support them.
Note: I should have focused on making games. @SGS and others have given such advice and they were right.
As far as what I do now... I'm on the memory team here: https://nwlogic.com/
PS - Please don't take this release or this post as negative. I simply made mistakes in running my business and I'm an adult with real month to month expenses and responsibilities. I gave it a real try, but failed. This was because (as I said above) I focused on the wrong things. Too bad, so sad, the ride was fun.
Now I get to go back to being a hobbyist game developer using the most awesome 2D engine there is: Corona
PPS - Kudos to anyone who ever bought a template or product of mine. I am not forgetting how awesome each of you is.
- bgmadclown likes this
Still, some lucky people are going to get a goldmine of learning materials for free!
Damn ... I guessed you're less active because you've opted to not spend the whole day replying to almost all questions ever asked here (I, iirc even multiple times, wrote that you should be on CoronaLabs payroll) and instead set the priority to making games.
But, more than ever, I fully understand running out of funding/not earning what you need to pay your bills is simply a situation you can only be in for a limited amount of time. It's great to hear you've found a job in what seems a decent fit for your skills and interests, so congrats for that and still looking forward to see you here and maybe still move your focus and create more games.
Like @schroederapps already said, I've looked up to you in terms of programming, helping others and everything Corona related for years, even if I had spent the last several years pretty much just lurking here on the forums.... but why on Earth am I (and some others) taking such a sad tone? This isn't an eulogy!
Best of luck with your work, Ed! I'll be looking forward to your future game releases, and many thanks the generous move of giving away all of those templates for free. I'm sure that more people appreciate them than care to comment here.
@schroedderapps (Jason) - Yep. Just for fun now. I'm working on a CYOA style game in my spare time now. It's a bit niche, but I'm fine with that.
@SGS - I'm still alive and Corona is still alive. Sorry if I made it seem negative. I just wanted to be honest about the why and the "now what."
@agramonte - I'll still be here, just less.
@XeduR @Spyric - That's right In the words of Monty Python, "I'm not dead yet!"
- Michael Flad, egruttner, schroederapps and 2 others like this
Good luck on your new career path Ed and thank you for releasing the source code. Amazing contribution to the community as always. Like Jason mentioned, hopefully with bills being paid, you can release new stuff (maybe more games this time?) when you find the time. Looking forward to that.
@Rob, maybe pinning this post somewhere with good traffic would be a good idea for other developers to benefit more from it.
@roaminggamer - I want to thank you so much. I've purchased a few of your templates and SSK2 and even though they're now all free I do not begrudge paying one penny of it. The templates that I paid for weren't for re skinning and releasing, they were to take apart and learn from. You're a massive part of this community and I really hope you succeed in your new FT job.
@roaminggamer Thank you for years of great advice and problem solving. I bought everything you ever put on the marketplace and everything you sold before the marketplace and I'd do it all over again! They were great learning tools. I wish you well in your new endeavors and I hope I can return some insights or solutions when you are working on your next game.
Good luck Ed!