In the real world; away from our consoles and our videogames, success comes with a price. RPGFan has become a runaway success over the last few years and as such, the cost has been equally impressive. We've done an analysis of our growing user base as well as our outgoing bandwidth and if these trends continue, RPGFan will have exceeded our server provider's allowance for bandwidth by March 2002. What does this mean you may ask? While we have been responsible for the journalistic, artistic and comedic upkeep of our wonderful site and community, we have also assumed financial responsibility. RPGFan has been funded out of the pockets of its own staff, and if our growth continues, there may be some drastic changes to our beloved site. Our options include paying for more bandwidth, downsizing dramatically (the removal of our Image Galleries to start), or simply shut the whole site down. Obviously, we don't want this to happen because we love this site and we want to continue running it for a long time.
This is where you, our reader, comes in. We need your help. To keep RPGFan afloat and thriving, we ask for your donations. We do this as a last resort, so that we may continue to bring you the best RPG coverage on the net, period. With your assistance, and the continued support of all our readers, I'm sure we can persevere. If the GIA was able to raise more than $10,000 from donations, hopefully our readers can help us achieve even a fraction of that success to ensure our survival and continued growth. We've always been too proud to ask for money but there comes a time when you don't have a choice. You do what needs to be done. Some websites have resorted to payed subscriptions for premium access while others have put dozens of annoying pop-up banners in order to generate enough revenue to stay afloat. RPGFan has decided not to go that route. We prefer to think that our readers will invest in RPGFan's future with their donations instead. From interaction with our readers, via e-mail and our messageboard, we've realized that our readers are the most die-hard RPG fans on the net. We take pride in our community members, and we hope to continue providing a place for them to interact, while bringing you the best RPG news, reviews, and coverage on the net.
For our readers with an interest in nostalgia, we have posted the article: History of RPGFan, for your enjoyment. This journal tells the ups-and-downs of the site since its creation in 1997, and how RPGFan has grown into the website that you know today. Our story is a story filled with juicy details about various aspects of the site, the industry, and what it took to get to our current level. The article also provides insight into the various events and challenges that occur behind the scenes of a website. It's an interesting read to say the least. You can also check out all of the past graphic designs for RPGFan through the years. You’ll get a good laugh at the way the site looked in the beginning. You can read our history by clicking right here.
For those readers who wish to donate to RPGFan, you simply click on one of the buttons below and follow the directions. Paypal is the preferred method of payment, and is a convenient way to manage money online (especially Ebay). Both options allow you to use a credit card to pay but Paypal charges us a lot less per transactions so you should definitely use Paypal. If you would like to donate to RPGFan but are unable to use either of these services, please feel free to send an e-mail to email@example.com and we can discuss other options.
Once again, we'd like to thank all of you for your support of RPGFan in the past, present and (hopefully) future.
If you do not have a lot of money, you can still contribute by donating smaller amounts like $1 or $2. It doesn't seem like much but if 500 people donate $2 for example, that equals $1,000 that goes to save the website so don't worry if you can't contribute much, just remember that anything, even the smallest donations, will help in some way.