We don't spend a lot of time trying to make money off the forums, mainly because it's a losing game - we run this place out of love, not avarice. Nonetheless we do have costs to cover, and in the past we've done donation drives where people have invariably been incredibly generous. Now we're going to try a new model: annual subscriptions. The annual subscription cost is €20 (that's about £15, or $27), and subscribers get the following perks:
- No adverts
- PM inbox that can take 500 messages, not the usual 70
- A little gold star to demonstrate your generosity
The last time our advertising deal fell through, Delphy had to pay for the forums out of his own pocket, so the primary destination of the money we get from subscriptions will be a fallback fund so we can keep the forums running (for a while, anyway) even if for some reason we stop getting advertisement revenue. It will also go towards some of the monthly payments if we have to add some more oomph to the servers that run the forums. If the take-up is far, far better than we anticipate then we might even be able to drop adverts altogether, but this is pretty unlikely.
Thanks to all of you for your generosity, both in the past and in the future. We think the forums are an incredibly important part of the Relic community, so securing their financial future is something I take very seriously. If you've got any questions, ask away, and I'll do my best to answer them.
Payments go through PayPal, either from a PayPal account or a credit card.