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TCO Donations
« on: June 24, 2018, 11:13:58 AM »
I'm going to sticky this for easy reference in the future, but for those who have asked how they can donate for the efforts to keep Raw Deal going over the years, here's the information.

While I can't accept any donations for Raw Deal without a legal issue, it's certainly legal to support the website we use for it!  :)  So here's the link to the PayPal account for TCO:

TCO PayPal Donation

I've covered the website costs for a while, already paid for the domain renewal - that's the easy part.  However, the site that hosts this forum is significantly more, especially since we kept exceeding our allotted page loads and 'CPU usage', resulting in temporary shutdown, so I had to upgrade our hosting package.  The new costs are:

1 year - $420
2 years - $670
3 years - $880

It's not due for a couple months, but I want to post this now so we have plenty of time.  Covering 1 year is the goal, and we have a big headstart on that thanks to one TCOer's generosity (thanks again!)  But obviously if we can get the discounted rates for more years, then we don't need to bother for a very long time. :)

Thanks in advance for any assistance, rest assured it is GREATLY appreciated.  (...and could curry small favors like gaining a 'TCO Donor' tag if desired)

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Re: TCO Donations
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2018, 09:06:56 PM »
Just following up on this, we have just about enough for a 1 year renewal, thank you again guys.

There's still one month to go, so anything further would help keep the doors open another year.  We'll see how it goes.

Thanks again to everyone who's chipped in!

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Re: TCO Donations
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2018, 09:40:10 AM »
hey, is there a way I can venmo a donation over?? I have two customers who insist on paying me via Venmo, and I'd love to put it to good use (well aside of paying for my ice time!)
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Re: TCO Donations
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2018, 11:05:39 AM »
I'd literally never heard of Venmo until you asked about it.  I'll try to remember to check on it.

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« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2018, 01:07:28 PM »
I'd literally never heard of Venmo until you asked about it.  I'll try to remember to check on it.

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That was honest to God the same reaction I had when the first guy asked me to pay in it  :laugh:

It's a mobile app basically, it's HUGE in the ice hockey community ....heh
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Re: TCO Donations
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2019, 07:16:31 PM »
Unfortunately, it's about that time again.  Renewal for the hosting company where this website lives will be at the end of November, and thankfully the prices listed in the first post are still the same.

There's a bit in the renewal fund already, but only about $50 so we still have a way to go.  Unfortunately, my funds are rather limited this time around (summer beats up my budget, living in the desert with high electric bills) so I won't have a lot available to cover the difference if we want to keep TCO alive.  But they're offering a 3-month renewal, so we have two options:

1) Donations get us to the 1-year mark and we renew in November.
2) We can renew for 3-months, and revisit this after the holidays in 2020.

Let me know what you guys think, it'd be great to keep TCO alive if we can!

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Re: TCO Donations
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2019, 07:27:23 PM »
Unfortunately, it's about that time again.  Renewal for the hosting company where this website lives will be at the end of November, and thankfully the prices listed in the first post are still the same.

There's a bit in the renewal fund already, but only about $50 so we still have a way to go.  Unfortunately, my funds are rather limited this time around (summer beats up my budget, living in the desert with high electric bills) so I won't have a lot available to cover the difference if we want to keep TCO alive.  But they're offering a 3-month renewal, so we have two options:

1) Donations get us to the 1-year mark and we renew in November.
2) We can renew for 3-months, and revisit this after the holidays in 2020.

Let me know what you guys think, it'd be great to keep TCO alive if we can!

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If my math is correct (assuming you have $50 even in the lockbox), that put you at $55 needed to get to 2020?

PM me with specific numbers on what's going on.
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Re: TCO Donations
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2019, 02:28:28 AM »
Good news / bad news....

Bad first, I was planning a 3-month renew for now, but been very busy with my position at work changing, taking an online music course, being sick, and Gem having another knee surgery.  And it auto-renewed for 1 year, which wiped out my savings/overdraft protection.

Good news, two people made some nice donations that covers almost half of the cost, so I'm not overdrawn, but I'm out about $240 I wasn't planning to spend.  And of course, TCO is renewed for another year, so that's good, heh.

(The frustrating thing is, had I realized when they were processing payment, I'd have switched it to a credit card, but it was still set to bill my debit card.  Argh)

So any donations to help cover the cost would be greatly appreciated, especially that the vote has been cast for us to renew for a year, haha.

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Re: TCO Donations
« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2019, 02:36:47 AM »
I'll drop in some donations in a few hours. Thanks for tanking the amount. What would allow to downgrade the plan so it becomes cheaper?

I've seen how Facebook, Flickr and dropbox/onedrive can store images. Would pushing all the downloads off this forum help?

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Re: TCO Donations
« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2019, 10:45:53 AM »
Possibly for part of it, but they also monitor CPU usage, as in 'how much computing is necessary to generate the pages?'  We got our first warning in a long time last month, likely from the new set dropping (thankfully we still came in under our allotment, or they'd have shut the site off for the rest of the month).

Hopefully no one's automatically updating the site anymore, there's no need for that, but there's still a lot of casual visitors it seems.  (Maybe bots too, who knows)

That said, thank you for the help.  I don't know if anyone else uses Venmo, but thanks to Crasher I got that set up if anyone prefers that.  PayPal seems rather universally accepted, though.

Again, thanks for the donations, past and present, it's greatly appreciated!

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Re: TCO Donations
« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2020, 06:52:26 PM »
So unfortunately, we're back to that time of year again, sigh.  I despise asking for money, just ... ugh.  But alas, COVID has been unkind to the economy, and the hosting company has raised their prices. Normally I'd mention 2/3 year plans but those are increased higher as well, sadly, so it will cost $479.88 to renew for 1 year.

I'm torn - TCO has been such a staple for Raw Deal, dating back to the printed game, and the sole host for Virtual Raw Deal over the last decade-plus. There's so many memories, and archived rules questions, and history... it's tempting to just let it slip, switch to Dropbox for hosting the card files, and fully move to Discord (not too sure about the FB group, haha).

The good news is, the bucket is not empty.  There's already been a few contributors (thank you again!!) and we've almost hit our first $100 mark, but there's still a way to go if we're going to keep the ol' red-and-white around for another year.

As always, everything you guys do to keep us up is greatly appreciated.  And rest assured if I can ever get hired for that lottery jackpot winner job I keep applying for, I'll never ask again!  haha

Take care, everyone, and thanks for all the memories.

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Re: TCO Donations
« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2020, 09:49:11 PM »
A quick Thank You So Much! to those people who have contributed, we're at $180 of the $480 goal, which is 3/8th of the way there, or 37.5% if you prefer.

Seems we might be keeping TCO around a bit longer, if this keeps up!

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Re: TCO Donations
« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2020, 04:37:19 PM »
WE DID IT!

Wow, thank you guys, this is the first year we hit the renewal goal 100% from donations!!

I am so grateful, at this very difficult time, to have the support of Raw Deal players... I can't even put it into words.

Again, from the bottom of my tiny blackened heart.. THANK YOU!

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Re: TCO Donations
« Reply #13 on: October 25, 2020, 06:18:14 AM »
Sweeettt!!!! Our community is amazing!