Why am I doing this? Long story short, I want your help to build the best spaceship bridge simulator there ever was. On Tuesday,October 5th at 7:30 Eastern, there will be a virtual meeting for anyone interested in contributing to Thorium Nova. This includes developers, artists, writers, designers, project managers - I can use all the help I can get.
10 minutes getting to know everyone, including why and how you want to contribute.
15 minutes talking about the vision and contribution goals.
15 minutes making plans and project decisions, including project management, licensing, and future meeting schedules.
5 minutes to wrap up.
Why am I doing this?
After Daisy was born in April, I took a step back from Thorium development. Becoming a father made me realize a couple of things about my priorities and how I spent my time. The aggressive development schedule I used for Thorium Classic and Thorium Nova just wouldn't work moving forward.
Yet I still have this burning passion for spaceship bridge simulators. There are a lot of untapped ideas that I would love to bring to fruition - I just can't do it all myself. Having a team of passionate people working on Thorium Nova gives it a much better chance of being finished and sustained for the long term.
Since this project would die without the help and support of the community, I'm making every effort to welcome and encourage contributions from anyone willing to help. A common criticism of Thorium Classic is how difficult the codebase is to work in. I hope to change that with Thorium Nova.
I know that building an open source community around a game like this is possible. You can see the success The Battle for Wesnoth and Empty Epsilon (one of our fellow bridge simulators!) have had as open source projects. The hope is that Thorium Nova can join their ranks.
I can't contribute directly; how can I help?
Stay involved. Read and reply to the Thorium Thursday updates (which will be resuming!). Share your ideas with me and enjoy watching Thorium Nova as it develops.
Spread the word! Let your friends know about Thorium Nova. Send them to the Thorium website at https://thoriumsim.com. If you know any developers, forward this email to them and invite them to contribute. Tweet about it, share it on Facebook, whatever. Spread the word far and wide.