DBM has become one of those things in WoW that I have simply taken for granted. Until today I had no idea that it was all because of one person that a mandatory raiding and progression tool (as well as proving to be an invaluable asset to casual players regardless) used by thousands of players EVERY DAY has existed and thrived for years. The man here has obviously tried not to sound like a charity case and is reaching out to the community he's helped and the game itself is better off for contributions from people like himself that make devs work harder to create raid and dungeon encounters that are fun and challenging. The part where he explains he cares for his disabled relative got to me in particular; my own mother is a good decade younger and disabled as well and regularly needs help with shopping, chores and just company in general, and we have possible dementia hanging over our heads as well. Most of my friends I currently know the best and interact with regularly are friends on Warcraft, from younger days or from work, I have no doubts in my mind that MysticalOS means it when he says he has no friends or social life; they go hand in hand and need time and money. I'm sure I can sacrifice a little to pay him back a bit.
I am not and have never been a mythic raider, and don't plan to be. Whilst I love the game and always have I can't afford the time needed to play the game in that way lol. In saying that DBM is always one of the first mods I install with every xpac, because it covers so many bases, not just mythic content. Thank you for the dedication and commitment you have shown to the WoW community by the work done on DBM, and as soon as possible I'll be signing up to your Patreon. The way I see it is your work saves me time watching videos of runs over and over, because of the reliability of DBM. That's time I get to do what I love doing which is actually play the game, not watch others play it lol. If that means having one less beer a month down the pub and using that cash to help you save me time it's a no brainer :).Thanks again for all your efforts and I hope that more people using the mod make the decision to support your Patreon. With the amount of downloads each xpac, even the $1 per month support option (25 cents a week) could make a large change to your circumstances, helping you to take better care of yourself mentally and physically (many people don't understand how stress can impact us physically).For those thinking about Patreon support that love DBM (especially you mythic runners), imagine trying to keep a mod up to date without running the content! If enough of us sign up then not only will basic living costs get taken care of, but perhaps a PC update can happen too! He's said DBM is not stopping yet but the question I asked myself is "Do I think what DBM adds to my WoW enjoyment is worth at least 25 cents a week?" and you already know my answer. Ask yourself the same question and if you answer yes and your personal circumstances allow it, head over to his Patreon page and sign up :).
Take are of your health man. I love your mod, and the level it is maintained at I would gladly pay a $5 a month sub. I will definitely be going over to your Patreon. Get well, then come back and knock us dead.
tl;dr - went directly to patreon and subscribed.This man is an unsung hero and a !@#$ing legend.
Sounds like a cruddy situation to be in, and the addon developer should definitely be reaching out more for help than they have been up until now. Not just with DBM, but with what sounds like just about everything. At least on the WoW side of things, being able to say 'I'm the one who owns DBM' is some pretty strong credentials for getting support in whatever way WoW players can provide it.That being said, I personally haven't been able to call myself anything more than a casual raider since early MoP, and I stopped using DBM around the time of 7.3. My reason for this is that while obviously still not at the level of depth provided by addons (almost bordering on hand-holding, to be frank), Blizzard themselves have come a long way towards communicating what's going on during encounters to where you don't really even need addons like DBM in the first place, especially once you've run through an encounter a couple times and you've actually experienced everything for yourself. I've started to view boss mods as something like training wheels with how much they really ease a lot of the on-the-spot thinking a raider might have to do during an encounter.
This guy has done more for the PvE UI of this game than ANY of the official WoW Devs...his work is of higher quality, too. And still he has to manage with almost nothing in his pockets. Sad. It's an example of socialism gone wrong...if you juust give without the guaratee of something coming back...you might end up screwed.I honestly wish him the best of luck. You SHOULD have been an official WoW UI Dev for years, including the salaray that comes with this. Blizzard is basically coasting off your work hours.
I had no idea DBM was a one man show. Good job, perhaps blizzard can learn things from you, your mod works.
Much respect, hun. You do an amazing job.
hey mysticalOS. idk if you'll read this. but i feel you man. i'm just gonna spout random stuff now in the hopes one of them might be of help. stuff i learned when my father passed away and i had to deal with mortgage and stuff. and cuz i'm used to living on the low end. if you've never looked these things up, i think the time is now.these are in no particular order:1. check out https://www.reddit.com/r/personalfinance/ if you have any more detailed questions. those guys are pretty smart and love to help and have great articles.2. fixed rate mortgage. i hope you got this. i don't know any reason why a variable would be any good to anyone. it only made things harder on my dad when he was alive so when he passed and i had to learn this complicated migrane-inducing process, i made sure i got FIXED!. variables might START low, but that &*!@er will climb. fixed is better imo. but the people at /r/personalfinance will have a more educated opinion about it than my personal experience. :p3. escrow. lump your home insurance and yearly taxes into the house payment. i wish i did this when i first took over all my dad's finances. it was painful and i too got into massive CC debt trying to pay for things. when i did a refy and did escrow, it helped a lot. they just divide those two major payments by 12 and tack it into your monthly mortgage. something you can technically do on your own if you had the discipline, but sometimes, that's the hard part. :p so it was easier for me and my mom to get it done with an escrow account. 4. sign up for ALL of your utilities low income family plans. your home phone, electricity, gas, water, etc. should all have one. it'll make a HUGE difference. imo you might qualify. the website to your utilitie companies should have a table so you can see if you qualify. like "if you make under X amount" you're practically in. my water goes from 40ish to 20ish in this plan. and my electricity hovers around 60 a month. and i live in CALIFORNIA which i hear is the most expensive state for all things. (idk its just what i heard). look into this asap! i think even cell phone companies have super basic lines now cuz cell phones aren't "luxury" items no more they are life neccessities. 5. i recently switched auto/home insurance companies. saved a lot. you know, those stupid annoying commercials like geico and progressive? i know it's a chore and i HATED doing it, but maybe it's time to get some quotes. i ended up going with AAA. helps a lot if you get one company to do all your insurance. (life/home/auto). which is what i did. i used to have allstate and farmers. the annoying part is the homework and research. cuz all because one company was great for me doens't mean it'll be great for you and i ain't about to give nobody free advertising. you might like "xxx insurance". you just gonna have to do that homework yourself sadly. remember, these guys are salesman so they'll always talk to you like your life is gonna be better if you switch. !@#$ that! put your thinking cap on and make those companies fight eachother! :p maybe tell company A that company B offered you this much and see if they undercut. :p i know it's annoying, but if it saves you hundreds a year, DO IT!. 6. medicaid and foodstamps. NEVER be too proud to not sign up for this help.it's there for a reason! the application process is a REEEEAL $%^&* though. for obvious reasons. weed out leeches that don't contribute to society. but it's funny how they're the ones that always get accepted for maximum benefits but us hard working people get like 10 dollars a month. -_- tell them about your mom. she should be getting tons of help for being elderly. you should get help from the govn't for taking care of her. which reminds me of...7. social security. if your mom ever worked a day in her life she should be getting her benefits since she was 60 i think. she earned that! and your dad too btw. there are SURVIVORS BENEFITS for the children/spouse of the deceased. you should also be getting SS money your dad EARNED as well as your mom. technically you won't qualify for your dad's SS money if you're over a certain age i think 26? but your mom will cuz she's over 55/60 i forgot the minimum age. this is your money. TAKE IT! it's different from foodstamps/medicaid. SS money is YOUR PARENTS MONEY. GET IT! so in summary, your mom should be getting both her own SS and her husbands SS money. get em both!that's all i can think of for now. i been there bro. but i learned a lot, the good Lord was with me when i knew nothing about money and bills and sorrounded me with helpful family and people. i hope my knowledge can be a blessing to you, friend. <3
Thank you for sharing this. I never would have imagined that DBM was entirely run and maintained by one person. For all the work he puts in and the millions of people that use his addon every day, he deserves to be making a decent living by doing this. I will gladly support him on Patreon and hope others do too. Even if just a tiny fraction of users can do $1 a month, that would more than provide the financial support he needs.
I'm all for helping someone and money can certainly reduce problems and stress. He stated that he was basically playing wow or improving dbm basically 24/7 and it was causing him an immense amount of stress on top of everything else he was dealing with. Doesn't go out, no friends. How will this help with that? I feel like this only ups the stress as he's now being paid to produce a quality product
MysticalOS,As of moments ago you're up to 1,411 supporters (me being the latest). One of my closest friends is a caregiver for her mom and WoW is a big source of fun for her.I'm not much of a raider, but DBM gets me through heroic dungeons and LFR. I'm glad to give back.
Thank you for alle the work and personal effort! I think there are two main problems:We, or at least most of us, are used to free content. Free news, free magazine content, free recipe, free movies, music etc. And if it is not free, someone make it free - just remember Napster, audiogalaxy, mega upload etc. And behind of everything is someone’s work and dedication.This is a (self-generated) problem - and if people / company’s start to charge something for their work - there will be a workaround or someone who will do it for free. The second „problem“ - things will sum up. It’s 10€ für Netflix here, 10€ for spotify, then Amazon prime, some crowd-funding, Patreon on wowhead, raider.io, raidbots, askmrobot and whoever else is there. It’s easy too lose where to spent what and end ab with high fix costs at the end of the month - something I try to avoid as good as possible for my personal life.Since people are used to free addons -I just hope your patreon is not too late. I know patreon is a free decision - but some people will feel the morally grey and switch to another addon whose authors story is unknown and so using ist free will feel less guilty.Maybe there is a chance to get some content or support also on a „free basis“ - it may help to offer different options to support you
I've always played with DBM since i started WoW on MoP 5.4 patch.Awasome addon, but i can't imagine it was only supported by ONE developper.. It's an insane amount of work.Thanks for that awasome addon, for your work and i hope you the best, inside and outside of the game !
I use Big Wigs. I haven't always. I have played for over a decade and many times DBM has been my addon of choice. I'm still using Big Wigs, but I did become a patreon just now. You've done a ton for the community. I don't have to use your addon to support you. Best of luck!
WoW, Can I say I am amazed at the support of the Warcraft Community? Thank you to Wowhead, all the players and to Adam. I am so happy this post was created and that we came through for him. #DBMforLife.
Sad that Blizzard won't support him since the addon is such a big part of the game for a lot of players.I understand they can't do it though because it would be unfair to other addon developers.
It's pretty much criminal that Blizzard hasn't bought out DBM and/or just hired this guy full-time.
@MysticalOSIf I was an employer/developer of Blizzard for WoW, after reading this, I'd hire you since there's no raiding without DBM, I'd let you integrate your mods in moderation and discression to make it better, I'd make it an on/off feature that everyone would/could use, with this, you could afford to a paid caregiver, do your dream job, and do what you like with the amount of work and dedication you've put on this project.Unfortunately life doesn't give us what we or other people think we deserve, we just get what we get. And I'm sorry for this being the case for you.Hoping you to be in a better position in your life real soon.