Thanks for showing interest in supporting our forums! The Let's Play Zone is a Discourse forum for Let's Plays - those videos where people talk over video games. But there are so many other ways to LP games - be it through commentated screenshots, podcast re-enactments, choose-your-own-adventure interactive threads... We need a forum to house and archive them all! With LP Zone, we'll be able to:
- Organize Let's Plays with a tagging system
- Archive Let's Plays and make them searchable via a powerful search function
- Host screenshot LP threads so they're easy to read and look great on mobile devices
- Foster a supportive community of LPers
- A Discourse iOS/Android mobile app, plus many other features!
With your support, all of this will be available for free to anyone who wants to LP!
Where we are now
Your money will keep the LP Zone ad-free and running as long as we clear our minimum hosting costs. These costs are for:
- The “lp.zone” domain
- The “letsplay.zone” domain
- Hosting with unlimited views, 80GB storage
- Future Discourse updates and improvements
Our regular upkeep total:
$600 per year/$50 per month (Including 25% tax)
Now that all makes sense, right? Right, but what if we make more money than we're spending? Where does that revenue go?
It's hard to say exactly what the future holds, but we've got our eyes set on a few key features that will need funding. Here's what we intend to use excess LP Zone funds for:
- More customized badges/emojis
- DDoS Protection
- Site beautification with custom CSS
- Forum modifications to add customized features and fix bugs
- Extended storage for hosting image files posted on LP Zone
- Sponsored content like podcasts and commissioned Let's Plays
So! LP Zone staff and I hope you have a great time on the forums. Our first few months will be our trial period, and if this thing's a hit I can see some very awesome stuff on the horizon!