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Now Accepting Donations
« on: April 10, 2006, 09:07:20 PM »
Those that know me understand that accepting donations was a difficult step for me to take. I have had this site as a hobby for about 5 years now as it steadily grew from the most basic of interactive pages to something a little more useable and pretty. Until recently the cost of the site was not horribly expensive ranging from $8 to $20.00 a month. Not a whole lot really when you consider the enjoyment I get out of it and the fun we all have with it. Through time with the help of many people and their thoughts, encouragement, and talent the site slowly grew.

When V2.0 starting taking off we started running into some difficulty. A shared server is usually pretty powerful but also somewhat limiting. SQL queries started maxing out and bandwidth requirements exceeded the first two hosts. Then the intermittent downtime starting plaguing us when nobody could get to the site for chunks of time. The second move, where we currently are, was a planned stepping stone before having to get into our own server, a Virtual Private Server to be exact. In this location we have already been shutdown once for too much CPU usage and, under the right circumstances, that will soon happen again especially as we continue to grow as I know we will. So that next step is a large step in cost from $19.99/mo to 39.99/mo. There is a deal to get 2 months free if you pay a year in advance but don't want to do that till we test the server. That will save us a bit if we can do it that way. I can still handle paying it, but the burden would be greatly relieved if I was to get some help with it. So that is where we are. Probably this weekend I will make the request and we will be moved to our own virtual server. There we will have all our own resources that should be plenty to keep the site going into the future. The bonus is that I will be able to optimize the server specifically for this site's usage instead of dealing with the default setup.

I also want to keep a very open line of communication as I don't want there to be any doubts as to what the donation will be going. There will need to be some discussions on (and up to the person donating) how they want their donations to be displayed if at all, status of donation pool, status of payments, etc. Since it is your donation I want you to know exactly what is happening with it. How we handle this will be decided over the next couple weeks.

The donation button is now in the footer (bottom of the page) of the main Citadel.

Special thanks to those that wish to donate. Thanks, also, to those that don't wish to donate or can't. The site is only here because of the great people that visit and contribute to the site. So simply enjoy the site and use it as it was intended. There is no obligation whatsoever and, if nobody donates, it wouldn't hurt my feelings a bit and I'd still be happy to cover the cost. Just don't want there to be any sort of sense of obligation or guilt for not donating, because there's no reason for it. Enjoy the site!

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Re: Now Accepting Donations
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2006, 09:21:26 PM »
I'm weepy. I will donate $250 tomorrow. You can do with it what you wish, you can buy some pet Emperor Scorpions for all I care. Just keep the site going loud and proud! Whos with me?!

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« Last Edit: April 10, 2006, 11:49:41 PM by Murometz »
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Re: Now Accepting Donations
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2006, 11:26:22 AM »
I will donate for sure, but I will do it this fall. Too many expenses this spring and summer. Well, I could make donations this spring, but they would be sub 100$
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Re: Now Accepting Donations
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2006, 02:41:44 PM »
Let me see what I can scratch up around here and shove into the modem!


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Re: Now Accepting Donations
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2006, 02:57:52 PM »
*puts on a mafia look and pulls out a sleek suitcase* Tell me my friend, how much do you need?
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Re: Now Accepting Donations
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2006, 04:20:46 PM »
And Strolen: If you want to spend the bucks on burgers, beer and strippers, you're welcome. We owe you ;) No need to explain anything.
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Re: Now Accepting Donations
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2006, 09:53:26 AM »
Transaction complete!!
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1. Finally killing an incredibly powerful, lucky, annoying player's character.
2. Finally achieving a TPK (Total Party Kill)
3. Finally achieving a TPK using only traps
4. Finally working out how to make it so that d**n wizard doesn't steal the spotlight all the d**n time.

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Re: Now Accepting Donations
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2006, 01:04:41 PM »
wow... He actually did it. I have nagged and nagged him, and he always said no.  So there it is.  Okay, when my paycheck arrives, I will plug some cash in the hole.

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Re: Now Accepting Donations
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2006, 06:15:49 PM »
See what happens with enough nagging? It works! Not only can my wife attest to it, but now Moon can too!!


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Re: Now Accepting Donations
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2006, 06:22:00 PM »
You must get your wife a gold plated visa with a glossy version of the Citadel header on!
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Re: Now Accepting Donations
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2006, 06:25:42 PM »
Ooooohhhhhh....Citadel Visa......niiiiiiiiice idea!

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Re: Now Accepting Donations
« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2006, 09:33:58 PM »
You have my donation. I am inextricably tied to this site. I also am very grateful that there has never been a membership fee or anything like that. It makes me proud to reside here, and I can't imagine anything that I would rather put my money towards.

Oh yeah...and one more thing. How can I get one of those Citadel Visa's for myself? I would use it just to have an excuse to pull a castle out of my wallet.

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Re: Now Accepting Donations
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2006, 12:33:56 PM »
A membership fee....hmmmmmmmm

I would like to thank nobody for their donation.

(Do those jokes ever get old?)

I hate membership fees and I hate donations, but it will not longer keep me from accepting them. Thanks again!

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Re: Now Accepting Donations
« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2006, 09:32:00 AM »
Villianous Fiend bent on destroying the world                               $0

Mysterious Ally with mystical powers                                          $0

Charming Princess with interesting quirks                                     $0

Magic sword to win the day                                                      $0

The game that your players will talk about long after the dice have stopped rolling
                          Priceless

Some things money cant buy, for that, theres the Strolen* Visa Card.










*not to be confused with the stolen visa card


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Re: Now Accepting Donations
« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2006, 11:06:22 AM »
Imagine all the awesome hits I would get for people looking for a "Stolen Visa" :) muahahahaa

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