Wabble: An Update
First, I'd like to thank you for requesting updates via the website or by emailing me directly. The support I've received from the community has been extremely encouraging and has helped me work through the last few months.
Second, please accept my sincere apologies for not replying personally to questions and concerns. I first needed to sort out all of the legal matters, but then, and perhaps more relevantly, I actually wanted to have a meaningful update to provide.
As you are no doubt aware, I received a cease and desist letter and Wabble is no longer operational. However, I am actively investigating what it would take to produce a Wabble successor and have a number of ideas for what it might look like.
Before I can start, I need to make sure that appropriate legal protections and structures are in place. If a Wabble successor is going to be successful, it can no longer exist as a hobby project. I'm currently finding a lawyer with knowledge of the online games space to make sure that trademarks, copyrights, and other legal matters are handled professionally.
As you can imagine, this won't be cheap. While I have been more than happy to take on the cost of running and maintaining Wabble, paying for the legal costs associated with building a successor are beyond my capacity for this type of project. That's where I hope you and the rest of the community will come in.
The next email you receive will include more detail about what I plan to do and a link to a crowdfunding website, where I'll be running a campaign to raise money for the legal fees. If you feel that Wabble has been valuable to you, I hope you'll support its successor and encourage others to do the same.
As before, I don't have a specific timeline and can't guarantee that I'll respond to questions yet. However, if you have questions, concerns, or suggestions, please reply and send them; I'll do my best to address or incorporate them in some way.
Thank you for your patience and understanding,