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[quote] On 06-09-2006 22:53, Foddy wrote: Hi, Switching to a donation system is something that has been considered, and is certainly a change we'd like to implement if it's sustainable. The question is, are there enough altruistic players who would be willing to pay to allow others to play for free? In terms of costs, the server cost almost ?4k. If you depreciate it over three years, you're looking at ?100 a month. That's not taking into account hosting, bandwidth, firewalls, etc. There are also other costs, which as you rightly say, includes advertising. Advertising isn't cheap - we placed a half-page advert in The Mud Companion magazine for $250 ... a more mainstream magazine would charge a LOT more for this. We've also spent money on Google AdWords, these brought a fair few players in, but not enough to cover its costs. It would be very easy for us to run up some posters for players to distribute, but we haven't considered this appropriate as Muddled Games is a commercial organisation ... changing Muddled Games into a charity isn't something that's occurred to us, but it's something we could look into. I do, however, agree that the current pricing model isn't working. I'd be interested to know how many people would be willing to donate/sponsor mudii.
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