Hi there, readers. I wish I had better news for you after months of inactivity, but unfortunately I won’t be keeping up with Derp Mods. When I first came up with this idea with a couple of friends, we had a lot of enthusiasm and hope for what this site could be. It was our (chiefly my) intention to provide a place in which beginning modders could be shown step-by-step plans and guides for some of the “hottest” mods. Basically, it was about imitation and joining the bandwagon. However, for many reasons, we simply couldn’t keep up.
Now, I won’t bore you with too many details, but I’d like to explain the major points of failure to you as best as I can. First and foremost is participation. About a week or so after launch, “Derp Three” went incommunicado. When we finally got up with her, she had decided not to go forward with it after all…and just never told us. Fast forward a few months, and “Derp Two” just wasn’t able to keep up on his builds. Too much stuff going on in his life. Understandable. However, this left me alone, and I just couldn’t keep the pace up. This would be the other major point of failure: resources. I have been fighting bad weather, failing health, and unemployment for months. I in no way have the time or other resources (especially money) that I need to constantly churn out mods and the guides to them, especially when so many advances in modding are popping up on a weekly basis (see: HIRicanes, Sentinel Union, etc.).
I thought about opening the site up to becoming something of a Q&A blog where I simply cover basic questions about paint, disassembly, and so forth, but that helps no-one. Instead, I recommend you look to the plethora of guides already out there on YouTube and reddit. Don’t need me cluttering up the works. As such, it is with a heavy heart that I’ll be “shutting down” Derp Mods. I’ll still be contributing to discussions within our online communities, responding to emails, and maintaining the Nerf Mid-Atlantic pages, but Derp Mods is essentially dead.
I’m very sorry to the few of you who faithfully read this blog over the couple of years since I’ve implemented it. I’m sorry I “slacked off,” and I’m sorry I kept you waiting so long for signs of life. Still, there are much better guide-makers out there than I, and I will be sure to direct you to those whom I can should you so wish. Until then, see you on the forums, maybe.
The very day I “shut down,” almost within minutes, I was asked to join the Blaster Hub team. I still won’t be doing any new projects – I’ll happily redirect you to others who are – but I will be introducing a new article, “Blaster Basics.” This article will be used to refresh experienced modders as well as introduce newer modders in to techniques they may have yet to master (myself included). I hope you find it both entertaining and informative, and I’ll try to have a new article up on at least a bi-weekly basis.