Mappers, I did not want to get emotionally involved in this, I was willing to let it pass even - but I think as fellow artists, learners and businesspeople you will be able to relate to and understand these events. I know little about forum policy regarding discussion about locked threads, so if I’m trespassing on rule-breaking territory, I apologise.
This is a little story about how you feel when you don’t get paid and the person who was meant to pay you dismisses your existence.
Imagine that one day, as you’re browsing facepunch with a colleague and working part-time on a Steam game, you find a terrific mapping opportunity. Something crazy awesome that doesn’t show up often, and you jump on it as a result. It’s for a massively ambitious project with a ludicrous deadline for only a payment of $200 - a lot less than what it’s worth - so if you can pull it off, you and them are heroes, and even though the reward is kinda small, it’s significant and you’re both a lot more likely to get it right?
When you make something with artistic intent, you put hours and hours into it. It becomes a part of your life, it becomes a part of who you are and part of you goes into it and doesn’t come back. You’re always thinking about it, on the bus, in that one boring Networking lecture, trying to solve that one problem or design the next segment or you’re hooked on thinking of what asset you’ll need to make next. Well, we made it. We made it in a third of the time it should have taken, and we weren’t paid.
I am writing this to serve as a warning for others wishing either to commission a map or create one for money. Get a legally binding agreement of some sort. In business, trust is as worthless as a sky_camera stuck out in the void - make sure that if you are going to put your heart and soul and countless hours into something for someone, don’t do it just to get screwed over. I recall a wise man once told me that money is nothing to play with.
You can do what I did and just shrug and say, “shit happens”. It does, and if you weren’t in a binding agreement and were solely relying on trust, it’s tits-up for you if the other guy doesn’t uphold their half of the deal.
You just don’t expect them to then go and make it personal.