John Boyle is creating a Dungeon Crawl: Stone Soup Server, CBRO
4
patrons
$18
per month
Hi, I'm John. I currently run the Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup online server, CBRO (crawl.berotato.org).  The monthly costs of the server is about $50 and for many years I've been able to happily subsidize the cost. Over the years I've had several kind people offer donations to help offset the cost, but for various reasons, I haven't felt comfortable with accepting donations.

However, it's clear that I am not able to sustain this long-term, so I'm setting up this Patreon.

There's a few caveats:

First, my current philosophy is that I don't want to make money by just running the server, so for now I'm capping the monthly donation to the cost of running the server for a month.

Second, I don't even want it to be widely known that there's a donation model, so you won't see any links to Patreon (or even a 'thanks' to patrons) on any CBRO webpage.  This Patron is mainly a way to solve the issue I've had with people interested in donating but not really having a system in place to handle it. Now I can just point interested folks here.

So, here's my current plan:

1) There's only 1 tier. $5 per month
2) There's a limitation of 10 slots since $50 handles the full price of running CBRO for a month
3) Currently, the only reward is continued operation of the CBRO crawl server (and my heartfelt thanks).

So basically, this Patreon is just a way I can try to walk that line between accepting donations, but still try to limit the amount of money raised to not exceed monthly operating costs.

If you are still interested in donation, feel free to snag a slot, and thank you very much! 

If all the slots are currently taken, please just spread the spirit of Rotato wherever you can :)
"Be Excellent to each other. If you can't be excellent, Be Civil. If you can't be civil, Be Offline"


FAQ:
"Why limit to $50/month?"
As I said above, I'm not trying to make money on this.  I *do* think there's a valid business case to run a "for-profit" crawl server, but I think that business model needs a much more solid foundation to build from, and a lot more bells and whistles to justify the service.  CBRO fills a critical niche in the Online Crawl Server Ecosystem, but I don't think the current setup justifies a 'for-profit' system.

I'm happy to keep the server going, but I just want to start mitigating some of the long-term recurring costs.

"Why 10 slots?"
I'm trying to find a balance.  I know from past experience that there's quite a few of you out there who are extremely overly generous, and if I allowed it I'd probably end up with several of you trying to fund the whole $50 yourselves. But that would just eventually end up in a similar situation that I'm in now when/if financial situations changed and you'd be in a situation like I'm in where you might want to reduce your contribution, but you may also feel obligated to keep the donations going.  

I don't want to put anyone in that uncomfortable situation.

Limiting the overall donation to just the monthly operating costs and limiting the number of slots to just 10 means that there's a reasonable chance to fill all slots and if people need to drop their donation, it won't cause a huge impact on the overall funding level.  My hope is that I can keep a small core team of patrons to help keep the lights on and 'word of mouth' is enough to fill slots if they ever become available.

"I donated, what else do I get?"
Unfortunately, I can't really offer any additional rewards right now, other than the opportunity to help keep the lights on.  I'm hoping that by easing some of the financial responsibilities, maybe I can start chipping away at other server improvements, like getting an SSL cert for the site, updating/modernizing the server infrastructure, setting up a Discord server, maybe setting up some sort of admin team, or other server quality of life updates. 

Also note that becoming a Patron doesn't necessarily give you a vote on how the server should be run or in setting priorities. It's mainly just an opportunity to help keep CBRO running.


Tiers
CBRO Patron
$5 or more per month only 6 left

CBRO Patron

Hi, I'm John. I currently run the Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup online server, CBRO (crawl.berotato.org).  The monthly costs of the server is about $50 and for many years I've been able to happily subsidize the cost. Over the years I've had several kind people offer donations to help offset the cost, but for various reasons, I haven't felt comfortable with accepting donations.

However, it's clear that I am not able to sustain this long-term, so I'm setting up this Patreon.

There's a few caveats:

First, my current philosophy is that I don't want to make money by just running the server, so for now I'm capping the monthly donation to the cost of running the server for a month.

Second, I don't even want it to be widely known that there's a donation model, so you won't see any links to Patreon (or even a 'thanks' to patrons) on any CBRO webpage.  This Patron is mainly a way to solve the issue I've had with people interested in donating but not really having a system in place to handle it. Now I can just point interested folks here.

So, here's my current plan:

1) There's only 1 tier. $5 per month
2) There's a limitation of 10 slots since $50 handles the full price of running CBRO for a month
3) Currently, the only reward is continued operation of the CBRO crawl server (and my heartfelt thanks).

So basically, this Patreon is just a way I can try to walk that line between accepting donations, but still try to limit the amount of money raised to not exceed monthly operating costs.

If you are still interested in donation, feel free to snag a slot, and thank you very much! 

If all the slots are currently taken, please just spread the spirit of Rotato wherever you can :)
"Be Excellent to each other. If you can't be excellent, Be Civil. If you can't be civil, Be Offline"


FAQ:
"Why limit to $50/month?"
As I said above, I'm not trying to make money on this.  I *do* think there's a valid business case to run a "for-profit" crawl server, but I think that business model needs a much more solid foundation to build from, and a lot more bells and whistles to justify the service.  CBRO fills a critical niche in the Online Crawl Server Ecosystem, but I don't think the current setup justifies a 'for-profit' system.

I'm happy to keep the server going, but I just want to start mitigating some of the long-term recurring costs.

"Why 10 slots?"
I'm trying to find a balance.  I know from past experience that there's quite a few of you out there who are extremely overly generous, and if I allowed it I'd probably end up with several of you trying to fund the whole $50 yourselves. But that would just eventually end up in a similar situation that I'm in now when/if financial situations changed and you'd be in a situation like I'm in where you might want to reduce your contribution, but you may also feel obligated to keep the donations going.  

I don't want to put anyone in that uncomfortable situation.

Limiting the overall donation to just the monthly operating costs and limiting the number of slots to just 10 means that there's a reasonable chance to fill all slots and if people need to drop their donation, it won't cause a huge impact on the overall funding level.  My hope is that I can keep a small core team of patrons to help keep the lights on and 'word of mouth' is enough to fill slots if they ever become available.

"I donated, what else do I get?"
Unfortunately, I can't really offer any additional rewards right now, other than the opportunity to help keep the lights on.  I'm hoping that by easing some of the financial responsibilities, maybe I can start chipping away at other server improvements, like getting an SSL cert for the site, updating/modernizing the server infrastructure, setting up a Discord server, maybe setting up some sort of admin team, or other server quality of life updates. 

Also note that becoming a Patron doesn't necessarily give you a vote on how the server should be run or in setting priorities. It's mainly just an opportunity to help keep CBRO running.


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Tiers
CBRO Patron
$5 or more per month only 6 left

CBRO Patron