[Complete] Help Us Run Hollowworld: Community Donations Edition

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Help Us Run Hollowworld: Community Donations Edition

Hello! You might have wondered here from the main page. Currently, we have reached our Community Donation Goals to get passed the August and September monthly costs to run this server. The following is the thread's introduction with details on some add-on costs and license costs for the forums.

We earned $345 that helped us pay for
-a forum license of xenforo (This helps us with bugs, and keeps us up to date with xenforo, etc)
-a Minesync add-on (This links your server rank to display as your forum rank)
-and funding for August and part of September for monthly server costs.

Thank you to all!

As you may know, it can be expensive to pay for and host this community we all call home. HollowWorld has been around for many years, and we would like it to be around for many more. Staff is happy to volunteer their time to keep everything within the community moving, however, the server costs money to operate. We recently underwent a migration to new hardware to reduce costs, however, the server will still cost $95 per month, before any incidental costs such as yearly licensing renewals.

In order to keep HollowWorld sustainable and operating, we are reaching out to the community in an open and transparent way. Whenever the server is short funds for a month, the server owner must pay these funds, which becomes expensive over time. We as a community must become more sustainable financially.

We understand some people cannot donate and contribute in other still meaningful ways, and we appreciate that. But if you can afford to help keep HollowWorld running, it would be incredibly helpful to us as a community.

Before Migration up to July 2019: Monthly Server Cost is $140 per month.
Migration after August 2019: Monthly Server Cost is $100 per month (required). ($85 for Hardware. $15 for email host costs)
Xenforo License $165 (required)

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[Reached] Community Milestone Main Goals:

85 / 85
If we reach $85, we'll have paid for the cost of our server migration that happened this end of July. This migration has helped us run the forums and server at a lower yearly cost. And has helped us prepare for 1.14. August's payment will continue to be accumulated via Buycraft and does not count toward this counter.

245 / 245
If we reach $245, we'll be able to pay for a year's xenforo license which costs an addition $165.

If we reach the Main Community Goals, we'll celebrate with:

+Limited Availability of the [Evil] and [Good] ranks for month of September 2019. Make sure you have 1 HW donation credit in your inventory and are rank [Legend] or up.
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+ MCMMO x2 Experience gains through skills in the first week of September 2019. September 1-7.

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[Reached] Extra Benefits:

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August's Cost. The Donation Bar on the front page accumulates the current balance gained before this post.
Any additional coin will be saved to our server bank to extend any future licenses or plugins.

If we reach the Extra Community Benefit Goals, we'll celebrate with:
+Addition of Limited Special Titles specific to Universal Holidays. Make sure you have 1 HW donation credit in your inventory & be Legend Rank:​
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Winter (December): 101716101717101718
Valentines (February): 101719101720101721
+ MCMMO x2 Experience gains for a week on the first stable week after a 1.14 update. (This is on the basis that the first week after 1.14 will be for any bugs or issues. We will have a new sorrows and nether at that time.)​
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If you have any questions- ask below!
Contribute here!
 
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Solus

:eyes:
Staff member
Server Owner
[Reached] Community Milestone Main Goals
Hey lot- Thank you for supporting us so far with our major donations these past 10 days. We'll be updating our forum license with this boosted help for the year and have paid for the cost of our recent hardware update. We'll still be working towards the Extra Benefits, but if we do miss our mark, we'll be using the rest of what's earned towards August's Monthly total cost of $100.

 

Solus

:eyes:
Staff member
Server Owner
Hey lot- As it's August 24, we're coming up onto the September paying period.

We'll continue to offer 2exp for the first week of september as promised by the first milestone reached. However- with 1.14 updates being pushed back, I feel it fair to offer the 2nd 2exp when we have a new sorrows and nether. This way, the experience gathering will come with a fresh approach of refilled blocks and items.

I have also made an executive decision to try and reach our August cost instead of paying for extra license add-ons as we're short on time. Those are nice perks, and updates to our addons would be great, but aiming for realistic goals is my priority right now to keep the server running. We just need an additional $40.

+ MCMMO x2 Experience gains through skills will be offered with the introduction of 1.14 and a new sorrows and nether.
Thanks all.
 

Sizzix

Doge Keeper
Hey lot- As it's August 24, we're coming up onto the September paying period.

We'll continue to offer 2exp for the first week of september as promised by the first milestone reached. However- with 1.14 updates being pushed back, I feel it fair to offer the 2nd 2exp when we have a new sorrows and nether. This way, the experience gathering will come with a fresh approach of refilled blocks and items.

I have also made an executive decision to try and reach our August cost instead of paying for extra license add-ons as we're short on time. Those are nice perks, and updates to our addons would be great, but aiming for realistic goals is my priority right now to keep the server running. We just need an additional $40.



Thanks all.
done
 

Solus

:eyes:
Staff member
Server Owner
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As promised- 2x experience gains on Mcmmo during September 1-7 will begin now!
You may also ask for an [Evil] or [Good] Rank from a Staff member if you have 1 HW credit!
 

Rygan

Rygan.
Spooky
Mystic
Rygan_Deathblade
Rygan_Deathblade
LegendMystic
Most of our playerbase has already donated for a rank since we've been playing here for a long, long time. Have you considered returning the subscriber rank and coming up with some extra goodie ideas for that? Even 4 people taking it at 5 dollars would be 20 a month which is a lot of the 100 dollar cost.
 

Solus

:eyes:
Staff member
Server Owner
Most of our playerbase has already donated for a rank since we've been playing here for a long, long time. Have you considered returning the subscriber rank and coming up with some extra goodie ideas for that? Even 4 people taking it at 5 dollars would be 20 a month which is a lot of the 100 dollar cost.
The Subscriber rank was discontinued, as far as I'm aware, because it offered perks that went against the EULA. If it did return, it would be similar to the other ranks, where in we can only offer cosmetic benefits. Something folks can already gain via donating $5 per month using "Help Keep Hollowworld Alive". As I've returned the option to gain an Evil and Good rank, I am sure the group can collect a time to gain a Crafter rank in future donation motions.

We have brainstormed methods of donation perks that would still follow the EULA, but did not restrict us to cosmetics. Such as having milestones to reach to refresh our sorrows or nether, to gain a time for 2xp for MCMMO, etc. Our overall goal that staff and I've wanted to maintain and is not to withhold any in-game benefits before reaching our goal, and base our donations entirely by our playerbase's will to donate when they can if they want to see the server continue. This is why our focus has mostly been cosmetic gains. And why we purchased hardware updates before asking the playerbase to help us pay it back. Perhaps in the future, we'll be able to find a way for subscriber rank perks that isn't similar to the current rank models and is unique.
 

Solus

:eyes:
Staff member
Server Owner
103439

As September has passed, the Evil and Good ranks are no longer available!

We've released the new Holiday Ranks, starting with Halloween for October!

Please see this link for more details on how it looks {Here}
You may contact any available Staff member for help to convert your ranks.

There was confusion on how the colored title would look- and we've since decided to go fully into naming them new colored Ranks. I've also sectioned there to be 6 new titles for each holiday. There also came a complication where having different ranks be able to color their new ranks would complicate the code. Therefor- I have changed it so that one must be of Legend Rank & 1 HW credit to be able to change into the exclusive holiday ranks. If this is in any way inconvenient for the promised multiple ranks having that ability, please send us a Support Request so we can talk about it.

Thank you all.
 

Archbishop

Faith prevail
Snowflake
Retired Staff
Archbishop
Archbishop
Snowflake
Something I've wondered about, as I've racked up a few credits, is, are these ranks temporary (as in only lasting just the month and they you get moved back) or are they temporary (meaning limited availability?
 

Solus

:eyes:
Staff member
Server Owner
Something I've wondered about, as I've racked up a few credits, is, are these ranks temporary (as in only lasting just the month and they you get moved back) or are they temporary (meaning limited availability?
These ranks are temporary meaning limited availability. It's an exclusive rank that'll be available for a specific holiday month this year, and you get to keep that rank for as long as you prefer until you change it. The ranks may not return next holiday seasons.

Just a note before you do use the credit, each holiday has special titles and can't be overlapped with each other. ie- You can have Haunted for Halloween, but not Snowflake for Winter Season when it comes out. However, you'll have access to titles from tiers accumulated before them.
 

Charybdis

Screaming Cat
Legend
Charybdis
Charybdis
Legend
Minesync shows your rank under your forum avatar. Media Gallery is on the forums' home page and has the scrolling pictures.
Oh okay. Are they using the scrolling pics rn? I can't see it on mobile
 

Charybdis

Screaming Cat
Legend
Charybdis
Charybdis
Legend
Also, for clarification: Solus as they are considered optional I assume they're put last on order of donations, is that right? If they aren't paid for, do you pay for those two extras out of pocket, or does the server just not use them for that month on the site?
 

Solus

:eyes:
Staff member
Server Owner
What exactly do the add-ons of minesync and media gallery do?
Minesync shows your rank under your forum avatar. Media Gallery is on the forums' home page and has the scrolling pictures.
Minsynce is correct, but I want to clarify the Media Gallery is for adding a tab to the top, much like the Calendar, where we display screenshots of the server builds, players, etc. If you recall our old forum style, we used to have one to post screenshots of Inns, Builds, and so on. Our new move didn't come with a Media Gallery, and we would need to purchase it for $60. This is a completely new feature that isn't pertinent to the forums or server, but more for appeal. The license would last for a year. I've removed it from the main donation goals because there was more interest in paying for the prior month and more important lisences.

The scrolling banner on the home page is a different add-on feature we've had called Xenporta and I'm encouraging our Staff members to use it more frequently. It let's us display images and videos.

Also, for clarification: Solus as they are considered optional I assume they're put last on order of donations, is that right? If they aren't paid for, do you pay for those two extras out of pocket, or does the server just not use them for that month on the site?
Yes, add-ons and plugins that cost $$ only come if we have a roll-over of donations once we hit our goal and if we feel stable in our donation cycle for the next month. I pay out of pocket if we don't hit the mark and we're in need of the plugin or if we are low on donations. Regarding the two, they aren't purchased yet. I'll be considering Minesync, which is $35 for 6-months, but we may wait till we feel confident in the next month. The server just doesn't use the add-ons if they aren't purchased for the month or until we have enough to buy them. Sometimes, the features continue to be available, but not for all the add-ons, like Minesync.

it's a yearly fee for them, iirc. They've been paid up for the year.
Server plugins are fortunately permanent purchases. Forum Add-ons tend to be yearly or half a year. ie- Minesync is only half a year, while having a full xenforo lisence for bug/additional fixes is a year.



Also -
Holiday Ranks, starting with Halloween for October!
Please see this link for more details on how it looks {Here}
Just a reminder that tomorrow is the last day for Halloween ranks!
 
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Charybdis

Screaming Cat
Legend
Charybdis
Charybdis
Legend
Minsynce is correct, but I want to clarify the Media Gallery is for adding a tab to the top, much like the Calendar, where we display screenshots of the server builds, players, etc. If you recall our old forum style, we used to have one to post screenshots of Inns, Builds, and so on. Our new move didn't come with a Media Gallery, and we would need to purchase it for $60. This is a completely new feature that isn't pertinent to the forums or server, but more for appeal. The license would last for a year. I've removed it from the main donation goals because there was more interest in paying for the prior month and more important lisences.

The scrolling banner on the home page is a different add-on feature we've had called Xenporta and I'm encouraging our Staff members to use it more frequently. It let's us display images and videos.



Yes, add-ons and plugins that cost $$ only come if we have a roll-over of donations once we hit our goal and if we feel stable in our donation cycle for the next month. I pay out of pocket if we don't hit the mark and we're in need of the plugin or if we are low on donations. Regarding the two, they aren't purchased yet. I'll be considering Minesync, which is $35 for 6-months, but we may wait till we feel confident in the next month. The server just doesn't use the add-ons if they aren't purchased for the month or until we have enough to buy them. Sometimes, the features continue to be available, but not for all the add-ons, like Minesync.



Server plugins are fortunately permanent purchases. Forum Add-ons tend to be yearly or half a year. ie- Minesync is only half a year, while having a full xenforo lisence for bug/additional fixes is a year.
thanks that makes more sense

ill donate 10%-15% of each art commission made through the server at the end of each month since its free to use and i benefit from it. i strongly encourage other creators who make money through hw to do the same.
 

Charybdis

Screaming Cat
Legend
Charybdis
Charybdis
Legend
id totally get a rank with a more contrasting colour combination such as magenta/cyan, purple/cyan, orange/pink or something. true purple in general would be nice
 

Archbishop

Faith prevail
Snowflake
Retired Staff
Archbishop
Archbishop
Snowflake
I would like some bold color combos as well, but for the meantime I’m waiting patiently for the December colors. Going to change then.
 
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