The short version: We currently make $89/month from the Patreon. We will need to make at least $150/month in donations to keep the site alive. That means we need at least a $61 increase per month in donations to keep going without adding ads to the site, which we really don't want to do.
The long version: Back in February, the site was experiencing major problems. The forum was crashing about once a day because the searches people were doing were too large to keep in memory. Some of you might remember having to ping me in Discord about database errors that would keep the site down completely down for hours if I wasn't awake. I tried to find a way around it with programming, but in the end I had to upgrade the server. On February 18th I made an upgrade to the server that took our costs from $70/month to $150/month.
I thought we would be fine because our Patreon was at $150/month in January, so I hadn't been paying attention to how much it was costing me. Immediately after the site was upgraded we lost a lot of patrons and our Patreon subscriptions dropped from $150 in January to $89 in February.
I have been paying the extra $61 each month to keep the site running since we upgraded in February. To put that into perspective, I am being paid negative money to run this website. I have been willing to deal with it because I love this community, but unfortunately it has become impossible for me to keep paying it. I have had some financial setbacks including replacing my totaled car and a substantial increase in rent, and I am no longer able to pay my bills with my income.
If we cannot pay this bill then we cannot keep the site alive.
The only other option we have at this point, if don't reach our goal, is to add advertisements to the website, which we have been against since day one.
Things that your donations will pay for:
- Keeping ads off the site
- Keeping the site running smoothly with no hiccups
- Having a place specially designed to host the Mafia Championship
- Keeping Partner communities alive when they already lost their home community
- My completely automated Mafia gaming system, which makes this the best site to play Mafia on the net (AKA Modbot)
- Continual and near-instant Modbot and webite support
Things would be lost if Mafia Universe goes down:
- Access to anything, including your old games
- The best forum mafia system on the web
- The entire history of the Mafia Championship
- A home base for Partner communities who had already lost their home community
Please subscribe to help keep Mafia Universe going!
If you have any feedback on the following two questions, please let us know:
What Patreon rewards would you be excited about?
How opposed would you be to putting ads on the site?