DRGN (Durgan)

is creating programs for modding SSBM

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Beta Testers

$2
per programs/program updates (new features), and various hacks

Gain access to beta builds/updates to my programs.


Also, if you encounter any bug that's in the way of you finishing your work, let me know and I'll stop work on any other features or projects I may be working on and put your issue at the top of my list to get your issue resolved ASAP.

  • Beta Build Downloads

Feature Suggesters

$3
per programs/program updates (new features), and various hacks

Gain to-do list priority. 


I have a long list of features and changes on my todo lists for my programs. With this reward, along with getting the perk of instant troubleshooting and access to beta program builds, your feature requests will go to the top of my updating to-do list. (If multiple patrons have requests, I'll tackle them in order of which I think I can implement the quickest.)

  • Beta Build Downloads
  • Feature Suggestions

Super Supporters

$10
per programs/program updates (new features), and various hacks

I DON'T EVEN


I don't even know what to say, besides thank you! I'm not sure what else I can give, besides the previous two perks, and definitely a special thanks in the OPs of my programs' threads. (I believe this is technically known as the OMGWTF tier for donations.)

  • Beta Build Downloads
  • Feature Suggestions
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About DRGN (Durgan)

Hi! This page is a way for you to offer support for my work, based closely on the actual content I create. This is different than a donation via PayPal or something like Kickstarter; rather than a one-time donation, you can give based on a per-creation or per-update basis. (And don't worry, you can put a monthly limit on it, in case I were to ever go crazy and create all the things.) That also means that if I'm not releasing anything, you're not donating.

So what do I do?

For the most part, I've been working on a few programs to help myself and others quickly and easily customize their copy of SSB Melee (though these now also work for other GameCube/Wii games as well). The most prominent of which are -

DAT Texture Wizard (DTW): A program for replacing files and textures. Texture hacking was an involved and slow process before this. Needless to say, it's a definite game changer. Follow the link to see screenshots and more explanation of everything it can do.

Melee Code Manager (MCM): This provides a great amount of management, simplification, and debugging aid to both amateurs and pros alike for ASM coding. Supremely nifty.

Top Secret: A new project to do new things, and old things better. Atm, only patrons will be in on what this is. They will also be able to offer suggestions for capabilities/features.

You could also consider donating here to support other miscellaneous hacks, costumes, and R&D. There are a good number of things I’ve discovered, written guides for, and shared into the community. Some of the more simple hacks and costumes include my Ice Climbers Combat UniformsFrost Kong, or Galaxy Yoshi costumes, CSPs (for Zelda/Sheik and Samus), and SSS cursors (see packs 1 & 2). You can browse more costumes I've made on my SSBM Textures page, here. Fruits of R&D and more advanced hacks include my Unique Closed Ports hack (it may seem minor, but this has several unique aspects to it that open up potential in other areas of hacking the game, such as changing textures’ types/properties, or changing the amount of space available for a texture or other structures in a file), Melee's True Glass Cannon, or the Upgraded SSS Cursor.

So what do all of these activities have in common, besides being awesome? Time. They unfortunately take a lot of it. MCM is over 10,000 lines of code, while DTW is over 20,000 lines, and they're certainly not the only programs or scripts I’ve written for Melee. Many in the community wish we could do this stuff as our job, but of course there’s not very much demand for it. So instead I have a full-time job. And with friends/family and life demands, there isn't much time left over. It would be great if I could actually get a part-time job instead and have more free time for these kinds of things. That is my hope!

The donations you provide would really only be for major updates to my main programs, new programs, or large mods like the Unique Closed Ports or perhaps 20XX, not small stuff like costumes/CSPs or small program updates (such as for bug fixes or one or two small features). Any donation tier will also give you access to beta versions of the programs for testing, or to make pre-release suggestions.

By supporting me, there's also something else that you’re giving besides a dollar amount, which is hard to describe, yet amazing nonetheless. It’s the recognition of how much my work helps and means to others! I didn’t expect some of the thanks and responses I've gotten, but it's really pretty cool, and motivates me to keep making new things. Ultimately, I mostly do these things because of you guys out there. So seriously, thank you!
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