Hello, dear community.
This is my first post here, but I have been an avid lurker for the last four months or so. And, well, I fear I have a few questions regarding my first demo and patreon possibilities.
I’m writing a low-fantasy tale of Kings and Queens, revenge and treachery. You see, for a long time I wanted to create my own and so I did. Sort of. I still have things to do and write, expand my lore and world, but the overall draft is done.
I’m also done with what is supposed to be my first chapter, but I do plan to revisit later to tweak more so I can implement other choices and meaningfull stats (for now, “never bite off more than you can chew”). I’m happy and proud of it, dare I say.
So here is my first concern: should I upload my first chapter (as of now around~40k words) as a demo even though in the future I plan to introduce new paths and choices? Or should I only upload my demo when I have that all figured out, so the players introduction to the game is solid? As of now, I have the main plot solidified, but I want to introduce already from the first chapter new possibilities, I don’t want anything to be obvious and good x bad dynamic, and as such will take a bit more coding and time. Or maybe even further and my demo should be out when the whole game is done?
I see writers uploading their full demo that are hours long and reach the end of the game, others upload their first 3 chapters, others upload only a prologue and so on… I’m not sure which would be more well received.
My second concern is about patreon. I’m a new writer and will be uploading my game and world for the first time. I would very much like to have the support of readers who come to like what I write, as I have plans to introduce art (portraits, maps and misc) and have been looking around to commission an artist that fits the mood of what I’m writing. I guess my doubts and fears revolve around the realms of “when is it too soon? should I introduce a patreon with the launch of my demo? will I even have backers as an unknown writer?”
Anyway, I would appreciate very much the input of other writers and readers.