The official Mana Seed Discord server is open to anyone who's using (or just interested in) Mana Seed assets. If you're a patron or Ko‑fi supporter, you'll want to use those respective website's tools to get you onto the server (so you can get your special role assigned automatically).
For help with Patreon, read this article: Get My Discord Role. As for Ko-fi, you can claim your discord role at the point of donation, or at any time from my Ko‑fi page:
Once your account is linked (or if you're not a supporter at all), you can use this invite code to join the server:
If you're not a supporter, you will only have access to an #introductions channel at first, where you can let me know who you are and what you're up to (you'll automatically get a DM from a bot letting you know the server rules). Then a mod will assign you a role so you can join the conversation. For detailed information about all the available roles, see the next section below.
Patreon/Ko-fi supporters will automatically be assigned a special role and have access to all channels. Including a patron-only chat channel and a silent streaming channel (where I occasionally stream art or map-making, but you are welcome to use it as well).
I should be "online" 24 hours a day, so you can ping or message me whenever you want, but I won't always respond right away. You're welcome to hit me up anytime or chat with other members. There are designated channels for things like sharing your project, linking Mana Seed compatible assets, or requesting feedback, as well as engine-specific channels for questions about Unity, GMS, RPG Maker, Godot, or Unreal. Over the years it's become a welcoming place for indie devs using my assets to share their own creations, tips, and techniques. Hope to see you all there!
Here's a rundown of all the roles available on the Mana Seed Discord server. Some are self-assigned through the #server-roles channel. If you think you should have one of the roles listed below, get with me so I can hook you up! Note that the Ko-fi Club, Patrons, and Benefactor roles are assigned automatically by bots once you connect your Discord account to your Patreon or Ko-fi account.
Without further ado, here's an explanation of each role, in order of precedence (for the most part, the furthest one down you have on this list will be the color your name is in Discord):
Superfan This is the basic role I give everyone once they've introduced themselves in the #introductions channel. With this role, you can see most of the channels and participate normally.
he/him, she/her, they/them, ask for my pronouns These self-assigned roles are just for self-identification and purely optional. They don't confer any server benefits or change your name color. You can look at someone's profile to see if they've given themselves one of these, and if so, please respect their chosen pronouns.
Unity/GameMaker Studio/RPG Maker/Godot/Unreal Engine These are self-assigned roles you can use to let everyone know that you have experience with a particular game engine and are up for fielding questions from others. Pinging these roles is encouraged when someone is looking for help.
Legacy Patrons I did a big overhaul of my Patreon tiers and rewards in November 2020. Anyone who was a patron before that big change gets this cosmetic role. It includes no benefits other than showing off how long you've been around. You can't do anything to earn this one, they've all been awarded already 🤗
Ko-fi Club/Patrons This role is assigned automatically by the Patreon Bot or Ko-fi Bot when you commit to a monthly pledge. They both grant the same perks in the Mana Seed Discord server:
Your name will be on a separate list from others.
You can set your own nickname unique to this server.
You can see the #patrons-only channel and the streaming channel. I don't do a lot of streaming, but you're welcome to do your own streaming here if you want to share your project or help someone use a program.
You can use the @role command to send a message to everyone in a particular role.
You can create invites for new members.
Benefactors This is another auto-assigned role, but for high-dollar pledge tiers. You get a shiny gold name, an elevated name list, and access to a hidden #benefactor-lounge channel, where we discuss future assets and custom orders.
Angels Special recognition for patrons who reach a $500 lifetime pledge total. Same permissions as the Patrons role, but you keep this one even if you have to end your pledge and are no longer a patron. You also get a free character portrait/avatar drawn by me!
Absolute Legends This is a top-5 patron list of the longest-running unbroken pledges, regardless of tier or lifetime pledge value. You da real MVP 👉😎👉
2018-19/2020/2021 Collector The collector roles are available to anyone who owns all of the paid assets I produced throughout a specific year. If you own all of these, email me some receipts (maybe a screenshot from itchio) so I can assign you the role. The Mana Seed assets you need to collect for this role can be found here:
Commissioner Get this role by commissioning a custom Mana Seed asset.
Showcase Dev This role is for devs that have a project in the works and coming out soon. Find these projects in the #project_showcase or #project_updates channel. If you've got an upcoming project using Mana Seed assets, let me know so I can add it. You'll need a significant online presence (website, Steam page, Twitter account, etc) and be pretty far along in development to qualify. If you appear to abandon this game, I'll have to remove your role.
Published Dev Getting this one is super easy, just release a finished commercial game to the public using some of the Mana Seed assets 😂 There has only been one, officially, that I know of (SuperMash), but there are quite a few in development. When your game is out of Early Access please let me know!
Collaborator This special invite-only role is for devs who are working directly with me on special projects.
Demishaper This role is for any pixel artists or coders who've released publicly available development assets that are certified Mana Seed compatible, or assisted me with creating or updating one of my assets. I will need to vet these personally and add them to my itchio collection, so please get with me if you would like to make something like this.
Contest Winner Get this one for winning one of my map-making contests.
V.I.P. This is a prestigious time-limited role you can earn for doing something special (like winning a contest, for example). This puts you at the very top of the member list, but it only lasts 1 month.
Server Booster This is something Discord manages, and I don't really have any control over it. You need to pay money to "boost" the Mana Seed server to get it. I can't promise you I'll take advantage of any boosted server benefits, but if you want to do it for the snazzy purple diamond badge, go for it! 😆
And that's it! If you have any questions or have earned a role I haven't assigned to you yet, you can drop them here or message me personally through Patreon or Discord. Also, if you have any cool ideas for fun roles, I'm happy to hear them 😊
One last note: I may change the name, color, or order of some of the roles without warning, so if it ends up looking a bit different on Discord, that's just because I thought better of it at some point 🤷♀️
If you want to hang out in the Mana Seed Discord server, you will need to follow a few ground rules designed to keep everyone safe and happy. If you break a rule, a mod will DM you to let you know where you went wrong and give you a chance to make a course correction. Brazen defiance or hostility will get you banned without warning. This is a private server for a small art community, please be on your best behaviour. Thank you!
Note: A "mod" is anyone with "The Shaperate" role (though right now that's just Seliel).
No racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, or any other kind of bigotry directed at a marginalized group. This includes offensive imagery, jokes, and dog whistles.
No NSFW images or offensive language. Occasional frustrated cursing is understandable, but otherwise, please try to keep it family-friendly.
No unsolicited DMs. If it's for something appropriate, you can ask another member in a public channel to DM you, or if you can DM them. Do not slide into their DMs uninvited. If someone is bothering you, please DM a mod and they will put a stop to it.
No unauthorized promotion/solicitation. DM a mod to ask about sharing something outside the following:
You can share screenshots and videos of your gamedev journey (provided you're using Mana Seed assets in some way).
You can share links to assets compatible with Mana Seed (including assets you made).
You can share links to products and services for gamedev in general (relevant articles, tutorials, hosting services, etc).
This is a zero-tolerance no NFTs, no crypto zone. The blockchain is not welcome here.
No A.I. "art" sharing or discussion. In this house, we respect real artists.
Read the pinned posts please! Each channel has a pinned post (sometimes a few) that describe what that channel is for. Please read them!
No feedback outside the feedback or game engine channels (#unity, #godot, etc). We have channels specifically for seeking feedback or help. If it's not in that channel, don't offer uninvited criticism.
Be nice! Always try to be supportive and encouraging when giving constructive criticism. Don't make people feel stupid or unwelcome just because they don't have the same experience you do. Explain where they went wrong, and how it can be corrected or improved.
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