Ok, here’s a bit more transparency to my current mindset. I know that it likely won’t change anyone’s minds because to some of you every word from my mouth is a lie (and you’re entitled to feeling that way), but I will be able to say I tried rather than not.
Last Friday morning (3/8/19) I hadn’t the slightest idea that I would be here writing this. I was planning a game night of Crawl and sharing some craft beer with a few local friends.
That evening I was text messaged by an old friend from the community telling me that my Ti Walker design was being directly copied and the person doing so has been trying to contact me. I could see the posts but not reply, and the email I used to establish my YYE account is long gone so I had to get that corrected before I could even talk to this individual.
When that was all settled, I was finally able to see the months of messages @codinghorror had been sending me requesting that I rerun the Ti Walker.
He offered to flat out pay for me to have it done initially, then when I didn’t reply, eventually had a Ti Walker loaned to him to get scanned and have a prototype made over those months of trying to reach me. He continued to ask me to be a part of this project through this entire process. It was all written there. His intent. His reasoning. His promise to donate the proceeds to charity. All of it.
The community overall wants a Ti Walker rerun rather badly. Beyond that the man asking me for my blessing to rerun my design is rather capable, and offering to donate the entirety of proceeds made to any charity I want. He can easily run the design without asking, but wants my approval because he feels it’s the right thing to do. That is why we are all here.
None of this at all would be possible without Jeff. I have no personal funds that I could realistically allocate to start Vs. Newton over again even if I would have wanted to before all of this. This guy is dropping a CHUNK of change out of the kindness of his heart and to see people get a yoyo that they want, and is offering me what I see as my last even close to realistic shot to not only get players a yoyo that they want and get money to charity, but also maybe feel like I belong here again.
So, what am I supposed to say? What am I supposed to do? I’ve tested the prototype and it plays like a modern Ti Walker. A capable man is offering to front the entire bill and promises to donate the proceeds (non of which I will ever physically see if that wasn’t clear) to charity. All I have to do is give it my designers blessing. Of course I’m going to say yes. I want this community to get what it wants and I want to help when I can.
If at the end of all this I still don’t feel like I belong here I’ll leave and this will all be over. This rerun of my design will have donated thousands of dollars to charity and all those of you who still hate me have to do is sit idle and wait for me to leave. Life will of course go on either way. I really hope that it doesn’t go that way but I can’t not take this opportunity, and I’m sorry if that bothers you.