The crowd-funding campaign for Aesop ended at midnight last night, shy of our $15K goal. However, after a few words of encouragement and advice from you guys, it was decided to extend the campaign until Wednesday, and lower the goal to $6k. That means we’re just $200 shy of our goal now, and the reality of Aesop coming to life just got real!
The plans, at least for now, have somewhat changed. Because we did not raise the full amount, there’s a strong chance that the hosted version may not come to fruition. This wasn’t scheduled to happen until the Spring anyways, so there’s still a small chance it will pan out, however focus is being put on finishing the core story engine first.
If you backed Aesop expecting the hosted version, we’re going to make it up to you by either providing you with a couple of free themes when they are released, or simply refunding your contribution. In the end we want to make sure you walk away happy, and we’re going to do everything in our power to make this so. If you’d like an immediate refund please reach out to me and we’ll get you squared away.
When the campaign closes this Wednesday, we’re going to focus all of our efforts into getting 1.0 of the Story Engine out the door next month. This involves finding a developer to help with a few remaining tasks. This is of course a paying gig, so if you are interested in being a part of Aesop, please reach out to @nphaskins. Although we did not raise the full amount, we did raise enough to finish the development of the story engine itself, along with the development of a couple of themes built specifically for Aesop.
Once Aesop 1.0 is ready, it will be released for free into the WordPress.org plugin repo where everyone can download for free, and receive updates.
In the end, I’m still really, really happy for how this all turned out. Although the hosted version of this may not pan out, the product is coming to life because of YOU, and for that I’m truly grateful. The support and feedback has just been overwhelming, and certainly didn’t see any of this coming as I forfeited Christmas holidays to write the code. It was, and still is, completely worth it. I’m vested in this 100%, and can’t wait to bring you guys a few beautiful themes from either myself, and/or other companies who have backed us.
Until then, stay informed by adding your name to the mailing list for updates, and feel free to add any questions or thoughts below!
P.S. – A very big thanks to everyone including @pippinsplugins, @woothemes, @envato, @rebelcompass, @crowdtilt, @chrislema, @chrisplough and everyone else who has contributed, tweeted, or shared! Thank you!!!- Nick Haskins