Working on DBM full time allowed two things.
For a while, my dev time was supported by partnership with Elitist Jerks website. Unfortunately, times have changed and the need for EJB has diminished. Traffic from this website no longer covered costs of hosting DBM (or even itself). That partnership has come to an end and Elitist Jerks has closed it's doors completely.
Now, I'm asking you, the users of DBM, for support.
I worked very hard getting DBM ready for Legion and continue doing so for all upcoming content. The mods I've created so far are some of the most advanced mods included in DBM yet. The time I've poured in goes well and beyond the time most authors put into any wow addon. I have been there for every raid test, every dungeon (multiple times), countless hours in logs and coding, and have spent lots of time gathering feedback. I want to continue giving the level of support that's put DBM in top form these last three expansions.
I don't know what I'll do if I cannot make full time DBM work anymore. I've counted on this for 4 years to create the best mods possible while also being best caregiver possible.
As such, I have launched this Patreon so users can help crowd fund and support DBM's continued full time development.
If DBM can make at least first goal, I'll be able to continue to provide the following:
*To spend substantial time log crawling dozens if not hundreds of pulls to go above and beyond to produce greatest accuracy in mods as possible, ensuring that my timers are more accurate than anyone else's and account for every possible variable I can.
*To monitor user feedback and provide support whenever it is needed
*To manage a new website that's just for DBM feedback/support/news/updates.
*To be available to always create pre test mods for PTRs/Betas, no matter how short the notice to ensure some preliminary mod support day of a bosses first test.
*To be available to respond as quickly as possible to provide support, and respond to bug reports and feedback.
*Faster mod updates by being able to afford to pay for additional 3rd party support such as logs when needed.
*Gives buffer needed to cover unexpected life costs that may exceed normal monthly budget.
*Extra buffer for light 3rd party help that'll enable bringing mod/feature updates faster (ex, the nameplates feature I paid someone to write for DBM.)
* Do more Contests/give aways (video games, gift cards, maybe even rare big items like video cards or TCG loot some months)
*Ability to invest in software/hardware upgrades to ensure I'm not working from a toaster.
I've always known that I couldn't work on DBM full time forever. Eventually WoW will come to an end. I'm only asking for help to make it as long as possible. As long as there is a World of Warcraft, I want there to be the best DBM possible for all. Do this, and I promise I will always work my hardest on delivering best mods that I can. Mods I can be proud of. Mods that I myself use as well. It doesn't even take a lot. Just a little from a lot of people. Giving as little as 1 dollar a month still goes a long way. Anything extra that isn't needed to support myself and my mother has always gone into DBM. I've often used my own money to pay other authors to help with certain features, or guilds for their private logs.
I live off very little so I can give the most to my work. DBM has never made a lot of money, but for a number of years it has been enough. My fervent hope is that with your help this can continue to be the case. Thank you so much for your support.
You can read a more detailed post at: http://www.deadlybossmods.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&p=32