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Homecoming Server Update (May 7th): Donations
« on: May 07, 2019, 08:22:38 pm »
Hey folks,

We have some major news that many of you have been curious about. We’ve been asked time and time again if you’re able to financially contribute to the Homecoming team, and so far the answer has been ‘not yet’ because we wanted to ensure we weren’t putting the server in any unnecessary risk.

Today that changes. We’re happy to say that we’ve now set up as an LLC (the first step towards becoming a non-profit) and are in a position to be able to take donations in order to keep the servers online.

Going forwards, our plan is to move to a less expensive, long-term hosting solution with OVH. The key reason this solution is less expensive is because it is significantly less flexible, but now that we’ve experimented with what our hardware requirements are and have the server load under control, that is no longer an issue.

This initial donation drive will be to cover some one-off costs as well as the first month of hosting at OVH. Once those costs are covered we will close off donations until next month. We’ll continue with this pattern until a longer-term solution is decided upon - likely in the form of a Patreon.

For full transparency: The money is being handled by a new legal entity, Homecoming Servers LLC (registered in Delaware, file number 7407345), which was set up today. We are currently in the process of transferring all Homecoming-related assets into this new entity.

Our ongoing costs will be roughly as follows:

  • Auth Server
    • 1x A1 @ $102.99
  • Shard Database Servers
    • 5x A1 @ $102.99 each, $514.95 total
  • Central Database
    • 1x A3 @ 137.99
  • Mapservers
    • 6x A5 @ $354.99 each, $2129.94 total
  • Services Box
    • 1x A1 @ $102.99


For a total of: $2,988.86 per month before factoring software licenses. Please head on over to this page for more information on OVH’s pricing.

In addition, the one-off costs for this month also include:
  • Around $1200 to pay off the remaining bill to Digital Ocean (here’s the bill for May so far), up until this point we’ve paid around $1370 ourselves
  • Around $500 to cover the remaining time we will be spending on Digital Ocean
  • $375 filing costs for setting up Homecoming Servers LLC
  • A $1250 contingency fund to cover any other unexpected costs or to spin up additional hardware if needed
Which is an additional $3225, for a total of $6313.86.

Lastly, a few quick points:
  • There is absolutely no in-game benefit to donating, and there never will be - the one exception may be that donors get queue priority and/or some kind of forum title, but that is undetermined at this point (and definitely will not be happening for a while - we just want to be fully transparent about our intentions)
  • Homecoming Servers LLC is not currently a non-profit as it’s a multi-month process to set one up, but the eventual goal is to convert it into one (as previously mentioned, the entity was set up today)
  • The primary reason for setting up an LLC is to give us tax protection - if the donations were funneled through an individual, they would be classed as income and as such would be taxable
  • We plan to close donations as soon as the $6613.86 goal is met, and the same process will be repeated for future months until a more permanent solution is worked out (see above)
  • If we receive any money over the goal before we shut donations off, it will be put in reserves for use the next month
  • We will post full receipts of all expenditure at the end of each month
If you wish to contribute, please go on over to our new donation page (apologies, it isn’t very pretty yet). We will update this post once the donation goal for the month has been met. The donation target has been met, thank you!

Thank you in advance for your support. And as always: Go. Hunt. Kill Skuls.

- The Homecoming Team
« Last Edit: May 08, 2019, 07:43:21 am by GM Jimmy »

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Re: Homecoming Server Update (May 7th): Donations
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2019, 08:33:34 pm »
It's about time! You guys are miracle workers. You have no idea what Homecoming means to me and my friends and family. I'll be happy to donate every month, just sent $25.

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Re: Homecoming Server Update (May 7th): Donations
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2019, 08:37:15 pm »
$100.00 headed your way.  Thanks for all of your hard work!  Long Live Our City!

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Re: Homecoming Server Update (May 7th): Donations
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2019, 08:38:10 pm »
Sent along my $50 donation! Hope it helps! I'd do more if it was possible.

You folks deserve alot more for your efforts!

Least I could do to help defray costs for the hosting this experiment.
Thanks for saving my sanity!

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Re: Homecoming Server Update (May 7th): Donations
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2019, 08:38:18 pm »
There's no reason I wouldn't donate to help you all. $15 sent, just like the old days each month. Keep the flame burning.

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Re: Homecoming Server Update (May 7th): Donations
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2019, 08:39:42 pm »
Dropped 100 in, seemed like the least I could do.  Use it well and thank you!

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Re: Homecoming Server Update (May 7th): Donations
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2019, 08:40:09 pm »
So happy to donate. I hope enough people feel as I do and help out! When CoH shut down, I was paying (I think) $12.00 a month. I will more than double that and DONATE $25.00 a month!
To a New Yorker like you, a hero is some sort of sandwich!

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Re: Homecoming Server Update (May 7th): Donations
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2019, 08:40:20 pm »
Donation sent. $15 and I'll do the same monthly

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Re: Homecoming Server Update (May 7th): Donations
« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2019, 08:40:26 pm »
I tossed you guys $20. Even if I never get to play the game again after today, this last week has been entirely worth that $20. Thank you for all the work you guys have put into it.

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Re: Homecoming Server Update (May 7th): Donations
« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2019, 08:40:53 pm »
Donated a fair sub price,  appreciate all of you for bringing me home!

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Re: Homecoming Server Update (May 7th): Donations
« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2019, 08:41:30 pm »
Sent some cash your way. Glad to help support my favorite MMO ever.

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Re: Homecoming Server Update (May 7th): Donations
« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2019, 08:41:45 pm »
Sent! Happy to support! Keep up great work!

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Re: Homecoming Server Update (May 7th): Donations
« Reply #12 on: May 07, 2019, 08:42:48 pm »
$15 donation sent, just like the old days.  Thanks to all you wonderful people for making this a reality.

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Re: Homecoming Server Update (May 7th): Donations
« Reply #13 on: May 07, 2019, 08:43:08 pm »
Thank you all for brining back awesome game :) just sent $50. I will donate again at next month. Hope this help : )

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Re: Homecoming Server Update (May 7th): Donations
« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2019, 08:43:37 pm »
Put in my bit.  Thanks for giving me my game back.