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Old July 23, 2009, 11:29   #1
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Donating to Angband

Hej hej!

A few people have contacted me privately whilst I've been maintainer asking for ways to contribute monetarily to Angband and I've been thinking about how to let people do that, given no individual developer can really claim any ownership over the game as a whole. Obviously people can donate to angband.oook.cz and I encourage them to do that, but people apparently want to give money to Angband itself in some way.

It seems like the most reasonable thing to do is to allow people to give money toward server costs for rephial.org and trac.rephial.org, since the box that hosts them is currently paid for by me and ajps out of our pockets. Now, we use that box for other stuff too, like our mail and other assorted sites, but I'm hoping that isn't a problem, since the highest-bandwidth things in there is Angband by far. The cost is currently $20/month; I honestly wouldn't expect donations to reach that level.

I'd publish accounts of donations on the website too, along with the donor's name if they wanted that published.

Before I implement any of this, I'd like to make sure the community is OK with it, and in particular other active developers who have been pretty instrumental in making the modern game what it is. If anyone has any better ideas on how to let people contribute money, go for it.

So, comments on a postcard, please.
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Old July 24, 2009, 04:30   #2
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I say, if it feels good, do it!

haha, I'll donate. I've gotten my money's worth so far, so I'm up for re-investing.
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Sounds good. Ancillary uses of the rephial servers are not a problem.
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OK, well, since no-one said "DON@T MONETISE ANGBAND YOU SCROOGE" or anything close, I've put a donations page up at http://rephial.org/donate. There's no pressure for donations, but if you want to support our server costs financially you're more than welcome.
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I was too deeply saddened to even comment. Oh well, I guess everyone's doing it these days.

While I have your attention, I'll raise an issue that's being discussed over on rgra - namely that the main version new players coming to rephial to download are directed to is the buggy 3.1.0beta. It seems to me that (regardless of where development is) this is not ideal; possible fixes include doing a fix of the main bugs in 3.1.0, or making 3.0.9b the main download instead. Neither of these would take a huge amount of effort.

I think it's the least we can expect for our money
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I was too deeply saddened to even comment. Oh well, I guess everyone's doing it these days.

While I have your attention, I'll raise an issue that's being discussed over on rgra - namely that the main version new players coming to rephial to download are directed to is the buggy 3.1.0beta. It seems to me that (regardless of where development is) this is not ideal; possible fixes include doing a fix of the main bugs in 3.1.0, or making 3.0.9b the main download instead. Neither of these would take a huge amount of effort.

I think it's the least we can expect for our money
Luckily I spent a few hours this evening doing just that.
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Luckily I spent a few hours this evening doing just that.
Cool. Just what?
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See the frontpage of rephial.org...
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See the frontpage of rephial.org...
Very pretty. Does that mean there's not a 3.1.0 bugfix? Just for the sake of clarity.
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Very pretty. Does that mean there's not a 3.1.0 bugfix? Just for the sake of clarity.
Yeah. Any time I spent on a 3.1.0 bugfix will be better spent on 3.1.1, which is coming real soon now... I'm going to spend a good eight hours on it tomorrow; maybe it'll be ready then, maybe not.
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