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How to Donate to Saturn Valley Online
- Other ways: Please contact Skye
Where does the money go?
Saturn Valley Online is a non-profit massive multiplayer online game ran by a couple of Earthbound fans. We try to keep the server up and running at all times but servers cost money, so we pay for them with our own earned money. Same goes for our websites.
- Domain Name Fees: $35/year
- Server Hosting Fees: $70/year
As you can see, donations are really appreciated to cover the costs.
Do I have to donate to Saturn Valley Online?
No one is obliged to donate to us but keep in mind we spend a lot of our free time developing SVO, so if you're not such a great artist, programmer or music composer, another way of helping is to donate.
How much do people usually donate?
Donations usually range between $5 and $20. Anything above $5 is very much appreciated, we're so glad people actually help us out that way, that we compiled a package of stuff you get when you donate at least $5. It contains the following
- Custom Forum Title
- One custom ingame sprite for your account
- Bigger affiliate button on site
- Bronze "Moneybags" Ribbon
When you're feeling generous and donate $10 or more you get these extras as well:
- Three custom sprites for your account
- Become an instant SVO Elite user
- Silver "Moneybags" Ribbon
Please note that there are some rules which the above have to follow (see below)
For some reason I can't donate, is there anything else I can do to help?
You can also help us by spreading the word about SVO on Earthbound and MMORPG related websites and forums, but don't spam them. For example, you can vote for us every day on the following sites:
You can also:
- Become a fan on facebook
- Join our Whatpulse team
- Join our Last.fm group
- Join our Steam Community
- Follow us on Twitter
If you have any other idea to help don't hesitate to use the contact form!
Drawbacks to donating?
There could be drawbacks indeed, but as long as you keep your head cool there won't be any. Sometimes people may donate only to show off when they got their custom sprite in the game. This may annoy people and do damage to your popularity. Donating does not make you any more special than people who can't. Please keep this in mind, and don't try to use donations to bend rules, you will be treated as anyone else.
You Donated, now what?
When you donated, please contact Skye on the forum or with an e-mail
Rules for the Thank You package
- Forum title has to be appropriate and child friendly
- Your affiliate button and site linking to have to be appropriate and child friendly
- Your sprite may still be rejected (but you may send in another one if it is)
- A character cannot be bigger than 32 (width) x 48 (height) pixels. Too big/small ones will be rejected
- It has to fit the style of Earthbound