You are all very thoughtful and wonderful people; thank you for this thread and for your support, and your thoughts.
@max99x said a lot of the things I would have said, so to elaborate from there, and as the person who coordinates much of the work that happens on the game I’d offer these points:
- Whatever you plan, imagine first, above all things, that starting in August, I move onto another project and have only an hour a week or so to converse and coordinate stuff with you. Same is true for whatever people who remain on SH working on bugs; their primary goal will be to fix bugs only they can fix. So whatever you all want to do, has to mostly be done on your own.
- I’d recommend that instead of trying to get something into our um, incredibly complex codebase, that you package your efforts as mods, because mods can be easily turned on and off, thereby preventing, say, the rogue AI in some feature from CPU clobbering the rest of the game.
- As per our EULA and “the one rule” be super clear about who gets credit for which parts of which mods, because people should get credit for the things they do and keep everything free because that helps us avoid “you took my thing and made money from it” rabbitholes.
- If you encounter stuff as you make mods that you would like to be easier to do, collect these all together and send us regular digests; we could add this to our modding API.
- Appoint a representative to speak for you, to help with communication and to act as a single point of contact and coordinate
- If, by December of 2018, you have a mod (or a few) that is already on workshop and that is already well tested and well loved, and your representative states that you collectively would like this to be the case, there may be a way for us to auto-enable that mod for everyone who plays the game on steam, making it essentially, a part of the 1.1 release. Of course, someone from our team would probably want to go through the mod with you to make sure that it’s sane and fits the goals of the game.
No promises! But I see this as a way this could work out amazing.