So since there's a lot of ambiguity about my HUD the past few months, I figured I owed it to everyone to write a short message to update you all and hopefully remove any uncertainties that might be going around throughout the TF2 community.
I started this HUD as a side project back when I was a senior in high school in late 2012, as a means to introduce myself to the more technical side of game-related things in order to familiarize myself with the types of things I might deal with when I went off to college the following year and pursue a degree in computer science. While the HUD didn't necessarily match up entirely with the type of work I ended up doing while pursuing my degree, the development of the HUD was fun, and seeing more and more people enjoy something I put out continued to drive me to update it and keep it alive for as many people out there that wanted to use it; even long after I ended my "formal" relationship with the game.
However, now that I'm entering into my final semester of my undergraduate degree, I'm oftentimes finding myself with not enough free time left to do all of the things I want to do. While I love this game and the community surrounding it, I just don't have the time or motivation to pursue updating it anymore.
While I'm still around the community and still active online, my free time is scarce compared to what it was when I first created the HUD; and the little free time I do have goes into pursuing other things - building my stream community, pursuing a healthier lifestyle, etc.
Unfortunately, this means that as of today, I'm officially going on a long hiatus from TF2 HUD editing. If something happens to suck me back into this game and I end up pouring free time into it again, then sure, I might come out of the shadows and update my HUD again, but it was just eating too much of my time and I can't warrant putting time into it anymore.
So, what does this mean to you guys?
- My HUD isn't going anywhere. I plan to keep my github repository public and open - Anyone who wants to fork it and create their own version of it that's kept up to date is welcome to do so.
- You're free to continue to use it, but it'll most likely be bug-filled, and some things might not work properly (although that's already the case at least somewhat from what I hear, haha)
- The installer (which was already somewhat broken from the start) will also no longer be receiving updates. If someone on down the line wants to create another version of it, then feel free.
If you're seriously interested in taking over support of the HUD, feel free to contact me at my email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or DM me on Twitter @raysfire (https://twitter.com/raysfire). If I think you'd be a good successor, I'd be willing to add you as a collaborator to the repo and allow you to push updates to it.
Thanks for everything, guys. We had a good run. I appreciate all of you for supporting me, being patient with me through updates, and enjoying the content that I made. Hope I'll see some of you around in the future.
- raysfire <3