Iam Elyot Grant—MIT dropout, game developer, Prismata founder, and destroyer of our company mailing list. My story became the most upvoted submission in history on /r/bestof after reddit completely changed my life. AMA
I'm one of those folks whose life was truly changed by reddit.
Bio/backstory: A little over a year ago, I quit my PhD at MIT to work full-time on a video game called Prismata that some friends and I had been developing in our spare time since 2010.
This August, we gave our first demo at FanExpo, hoping to get our first big chunk of users. Due to an unfortunate bug in offline mode for google docs, I ended up accidentally deleting the entire list of emails we gathered. We were crushed, as we had spent over $6500 attending FanExpo. Reddit saved the day when, a few weeks later, I posted the story on r/tifu, got BESTOFed, hit the front page, and thousands of redditors swarmed our site due to one of you finding Prismata in my post history. That single event resulted in a completely life-altering change for me and our studio, including a 40-fold increase in our mailing list size, creation of the Prismata subreddit from nothing, and our game's activity growing from a few dozen games per week to tens of thousands.
Since then, we've been featured on the reddit frontpage multiple times, have had Prismata played by famous streamers, and raised over $100k on Kickstarter. Reddit completely reversed our misfortune and I can honestly say that I don't think our community would be even close to what it is today without reddit.
Some friends suggested I do an AMA after Prismata's loading animation was featured on the reddit front page yesterday. (I was the guy who posted the source code in the discussion.)
I'm willing to answer anything relating to Prismata, Lunarch Studios, or whatever else. I'm also a huge StarCraft nerd and I love math, music, puzzles, and programming.
EDIT: BRB going to shower and get my ass to the office.
EDIT2: If you folks want to know what Prismata is, we have a video explaining how the game is played.
EDIT3: If you wish, you can check out our Kickstarter campaign. Alex is sitting in the office sending out the "INSTANT ALPHA ACCESS" keys to supporters, so you should be able to get access almost right away.
EDIT4: SERIOUSLY, this is on the FRONT PAGE?! WHAT IN THE ACTUAL FUCK!!! Guess I'm gonna be here a while...
EDIT5: It's 12AM, I'm STILL doing questions. Keep em coming! I do believe I've answered every single comment in the thread.