BYOND needs to be an Engine.
If that is the case, it proves my point even further. As a developer, you are the entrepreneur. You need to convince people to buy your game. It's business 101. You need to communicate with people outside of BYOND and get shit started. Getting your game on Steam is fine and dandy, but without advertising (hell, like you said, a forum post or reddit post) then the game won't go anywhere.
figuring out ways to make Byond more appealing as a 2D engine with networking capabilities is the main thing in my view.
Let Lummox do his thing. Your part in this is making a good game.
Honestly these threads are always created by people who have never made anything at any point during their 5 or 10 years on this site and it's absolutely mind boggling how they always have a list of tasks for Tom ( or at this point, Lummox ) to complete and offer him business advice and yet they seem completely incapable of doing the most useful thing anyone here can do to help and that's always been to just open Dream Maker and create a game.
We don't need blogs back. We don't need to revive the BYOND Anime guild. We don't need to add more shit onto Lummox's to-do list. The way to help the site is literally written in its name: go BUILD YOUR OWN NET DREAM.
Why does that suggestion NEVER compute with you people? Oh, right, I forgot. It's because you're not a good programmer, or you can't afford a pixel artist, or your host doesn't respond to your Skype messages, or the engine is shit, blah blah blah, whatever makes you feel better kids.
I'll even buy you and Drakemoore memberships if you agree to make a game and never create a "BYOND needs" thread ever again. Do we have a deal or nah?
I stopped making games in BYOND years ago. Whether the site succeeds or fails makes little difference to me. Obviously I don't wish anything bad on it but the only reason I still come is because the meme threads and whatnot are mildly entertaining and I like to keep up with what's happening here out of curiosity.
But I'm not making "BYOND needs" threads. I'm not making feature requests. I'm not claiming I want to help save the site. So no, I don't have an obligation to do anything. I am not interested in being BYOND's savior nor am I interested in 2D game development anymore, nor do I care about failed entrepreneurial attempts I made when I was 15 and in high school.
I'm participating in this thread because I've seen this exact same topic created time and time again and somehow I never get tired of repeating the same answers.