Paralives Monetization Strategy (Post for and by Mew @ Discord)
This is not my idea nor do I take any credit for this post, I’m posting for another user. All credit and ideas belongs to Mew at Discord.
If: Paralives has DLC on Steam
Then: Players can make a one-time purchase to support the game
If: Players purchase a “Game Character Creation” DLC
Then: Players can create an NPC in PAM that is added into the NPC database of Paralives
Implications: NPC created by Steam users who have purchased the DLC may appear in the other players games.
Assumptions: Paralives has an NPC database and randomly picks NPCs to fill households upon generating a new world.
Pros: provides another way to monetize the game, allows non-patrons a way to support the game via one-time purchase; provides players with a sense of visible support.
Cons: other players can use NPC characters as they wish, perhaps against creator wishes; relies on assumptions heavily.
Con circumvention: Player -made NPCs could have a: no mod flag to prevent spawning in modded games.