I have developed a completely custom jmonkey Asset Store and have outlined an idea that I believe will help advance the engine for the future. My progress relies on support from Patreon to provide small amounts of funding from the community, and in return be provided with a growing asset store containing quality content available to everybody.
Written below are excerpts from the Patreon page that ouline the goals for the future.
My goal is to make jMonkeyEngine a prominent force in the gaming industry! With your support jmonkey will have an asset store and thousands of free assets for everybody to use!
Your support will fund server costs, advertising, and more free assets - all of which are geared directly toward increasing the popularity and quality of jMonkey!
Create An Asset Store!
GOAL REACHED: https://jMonkeyStore.com/
When I reach $30 a month I will host and maintain a Jmonkey Asset Store website that will showcase user-created content available to all users for free. Both the server and client side is completely custom written specifically for this project by myself.
Anybody can create an account and publish their free asset on the website. All publications will undergo a staff approval phase to ensure the content is not spam or inappropriate.
The website will contain:
- A primary showcase page of various “latest” plugins (newest/most viewed/etc).
- User account creation and asset publishing to the website.
- A showcase page for each published asset.
- Markdown text-formatting support for plugin descriptions.
- Self-hosted asset showcase images
- Support for YouTube videos
- Registered users can provide reviews and star-ratings
- Ability for publishers to edit and amend their asset.
- Staff moderation: all assets are screened before publication and amendment.
- Search abilities
The website will be updated as fast as my schedule allows, with bug-fixes being the utmost priority. Additional features will become available as popularity rises.
Watch this video for a vision of how this website will look and function.
Asset Store Payment System!
When I reach $350 a month I will begin to implement payment functions to the asset store so developers can sell their assets! Users will be given the option of either giving their product away for free or at a price they deem appropriate. This is a major goal for both this project and the jmonkey community. Talented developers now have the opportunity to put their hard work out there and earn some real cash - and give the engine some serious assets to make this engine a true competitor in the industry!
The funds will go into purchasing an upgraded server (required because paid assets will require storage and additional bandwidth), legal advice and the initial start-up costs of business-based transactions.