Big announcement today Double launch of:
- The Bounty Hunters project
- The Modular Motel web shop (that will help advance the Bounty Hunter project)
As a way to promote the development of units that the ER-301 community wants or needs the most, I have created a page on the hub that will attempt to keep track of those needs by means of a “monitized” priority list. For every unit that the community requests we will pool some money in the project by either buying a piece of merchandise in the Modular Motel web shop, or by directly sponsoring the project with a Bounty Hunter’s target (through the same shop). You can find the list of requested units and more detailed information on the “WANTED” page on the hub.
The bounty hunter’s list should not only clearly communicate to developers which units are most sought after, but will also provide an an incentive for them to start cracking on the project When any person delivers a unit that ticks all the boxes, they get rewarded the money that was collected. This amount will very likely not even come close to reflecting the amount of hours they have invested but it’s something. If a developer should decide to refuse the award, it will be donated to a charity of their choice.
The Modular Motel web shop was born from a few brainstorming sessions on how to collect funding for the ER-301 hub. We have decided to keep our hosting free on GitHub so now we can use it for fun stuff like this. Since it has been created especially for this purpose, it is currently filled exclusively with unofficial ER-301 fan merchandise. 50% of the profit of all purchases will go into the project you have mentioned on checkout. If you just want to sponsor a project without buying any product at all you can do so by following the PayPal donation link on the wanted page. 70% will go to the project you mention on the checkout form (since there is not design, shipping, printing and so forth involved)
I hope these projects will create some buzz, and I’m excited about the units that you will request. This is where you all come in by the way: we need projects, ideas and requirement lists for bespoke ER-301 units. Start here in this thread and propose your idea. We will branch out in dedicated threads whenever a new project is put on the bounty hunter’s list.
Please find more detailed instructions on how to go about funding or contributing to this project on the WANTED page.
Disclaimer: this is the first time I’m setting something like this up I don’t have a clue yet about the profit margins on the products and exactly how much will end up in the projects. Let’s say it’s in an experimental phase.