Our apologies for being so late on the monthly update, at the last minute of course! This month's update is just a little bit different. Earlier last week, we asked supporters for their help with a little bit of a dire issue.
In the past, we've asked for help from the community with things like looking for new talent, getting your opinion or just generally seeking different forms of help. Today, I come to you with a bit of a bigger problem.
In the past, we have offered our great supporter package for a measly $10USD, which with current exchange rates is chump change. But I'd like to ask the help of anyone willing, to keep Dystopia alive.
In October of 2007, we moved from a server owned by Fuzzy to a server owned by our IT staff. The server was equipped to handle the load at the time, but has grown pretty old. At the moment, there are many problems plaguing this server -- one of which being the risk of losing our next version, entirely, along with the stats system, US test server and many other great services that we allow free of charge.
Hard drive failures, overheating, and other catastrophic system failures have lead us in pursuit of a better server that will last much longer, and provide faster response time for all of our services. Imagine stats, forums, website servers and the like at exponential load times and never experiencing down times. That is the kind of dedication and experience we want to bring to this community.
However, because everyone on the team works either part time jobs or full time jobs to do what we love (Dystopia) and live on ramen, we're a bit strapped for cash. Help us meet our goal by donating so that we can have a safe haven to house all of our information, and bring the next versions (yes, I said versions) to you quicker.
To contribute, again, send Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org
Any help, from $1 to $10 is highly appreciated!
As a bonus, if someone decides to donate $50 alone, they get to pick any area to show a screenshot of in 1.2. It is recommended that you take a screenshot of the area you want to see in 1.1, and we will carry it over to 1.2. This is not a guarantee that you will see what you want to see.
I'm happy to announce that as of very late last week, we sucessfully made the move over to the faster, better server, and are already seeing great load times and response times for our utilities! We hope that this server can accomodate the needs of the community for the future.
However, what money that was not donated, was money donated by the development team. Seeing as we've already donated close to a 5 digit number in expenses throughout the last few years, and we're still living off of ramen, we'd like to open up the donation reward process for EVERYONE!
Everyone is free to donate to recieve the supporter status, however, if someone chooses to donate $50, they will recieve their choice screenshot of 1.2 in the next monthly update!
Here are some of the screenshots that were requested by the supporters!
As a special bonus, we've also included more screenshots to unveil, new areas, new models and more!
We'd also like to take this time to welcome Atomy to the tryouts team as a Programmer. He's a workhorse so far, and is quickly making a great impression on 1.2!
Finally, as a special thanks, we'd REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, like to thank WhiteHawke and esoj for their fabulous charity! As well as once again thanking all the past supporters and future supporters for the new server fund! Remember, $50 for your personal sneak peak of 1.2. Plus lots of great supporter benefits!