NS2 Mapper Pack - An Appeal to the NS2 Community
Crowdfunding NS2 ArtIf I am correct, Unknown Worlds intends to rely on community-made maps rather than including a large number of 'Official' maps with the game. Looking at this forum, the NS2 community has the will to deliver, as there are a number of unofficial maps in production. But the topic often comes up - mappers wishing for a wider variety of art assets to use in their levels. UW does intend to release new art assets for mappers/modders, but on a gradual timeframe that may not happen until after NS 2.0 hits the proverbial shelves.
That being said, I would like to pitch an idea to you all. I am an unemployed CG artist, and I would like to gauge the interest of the NS2 community in "hiring" me to produce an unofficial set of textures and props that will be released for free to mappers. My initial idea is an 'NStalgia" theme, that is textures and props that are modern re-imaginings of artwork from NS1. But I am more than open to community suggestions, and I will get into that in a moment. The idea, put simply, is that if their is sufficient interest, we can 'crowd-fund' this project on Kickstarter.com. In exchange for your donation you will get a reward, for example small donations could get a custom texture included in the pack such as a locker with your name on it, larger donations could get a custom 3d prop of your own design. If enough people pledge donations, then Kickstarter will finance the project (whereas if funding is insufficient, your money never leaves your hands).
My goal is to raise $1000 so that I can take 1 month to develop this texture/model pack full time, 40 hours a week, with creative input from the community. I am imagining something like 75 textures and 25 props. This would be allow mappers to create areas and even entire levels that are totally different from the level sets that will ship with NS2. If 100 people pledge $10 we can make this happen - so my question to you all is, is there enough demand for this?
Please post your thoughts, questions, and suggestions in this thread. What kind of rewards would encourage people to donate? What kind of themes and props would you like to see?
Here is a texture I made tonight as a proof of concept - kinda rushed to be honest but it looks ok. This is a screenshot being lit in realtime in Blender: