Personally, I am excited. Sure, there’s work to be done, sure some old stack overflow threads will get lost, but with the open source future, it means that we all have a bigger part to play in Solar2D’s future.
It’s not a question of “we need a marketing budget to start marketing”. Sure, having a budget and buying ads is cool and all, but we can all pitch in at a personal level. An easy thing that everyone could do is to contribute to Vlad’s crowd funding campaigns. Then we also have Graham with his “made with Solar2D” showcase site. We have Scott and Richard with their upcoming marketplace sites. I am working on open source modules and plugins for Solar2D to make developing games even easier than it already is (first I need to go rename some files and strings btw!). Once I am done with them, I have some educational content planned. There are also some who’ve expressed their interest at designing logos and visual style for the new brand, etc.
Most of us probably have social media accounts or blogs, or perhaps a personal reddit account, right? Anyone and everyone of us could make a few posts or tweets about the new Solar2D once it launches or just tell your friends or fellow developers. There’s a lot that everyone of us can do without even spending a dime.
One of the simplest and most straightforward group effort would be to have that game jam session that some of us have talked about already. We are all already making games and we want to demonstrate how Solar2D can be used to make games, so what better way is there than to hold a game jam and release a bunch of games?
When Corona Labs Inc is gone and the future of Solar2D is left in our hands, then it is up to us to make it successful.