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Sega and Sonic Retro Annual Fundraiser

#1 User is offline Scarred Sun 

Posted 12 June 2010 - 06:33 PM

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Click here to donate now!

Really, you should donate

Rather than harassing people every month about the cost of Sega/Sonic Retro, I figure it'd be far nicer to just ask once a year for you to donate—it's far less annoying for all parties. Given that most of you seem to have a few extra bucks in the summertime, I figure there's no better time than now.

We here at Sonic Retro try our best to provide you with information and entertainment on a number of different mediums, from our front page news updates to our extensive archives of knowledge to the forums, IRC and podcasts. Considering that we do not put advertising on any of these products nor does anyone on staff get paid to produce these things, we're offering you a lot for free both in terms of resources and labor. In exchange, all we ask is that you chip in to help us pay to bring these services to you.

Our current costs per operating year are:
  • $600 - Retro Server: This covers the electricity and bandwidth costs (currently 1.5TB at 100Mbps) for our main server, which hosts the website.
  • $240 - Badnik Server: This covers the entirety of BadnikNET IRC, as well as support functions for the Retro server
  • $50 - IPB license: This keeps our board software license in good standing and keeps us eligible for patches and upgrades
  • $50 - Domains: This covers our renewals for the domains we have (,, and, as well as an extra domain that may be purchased next year

That brings us to $940 a year. Normally, I just grab the Badnik costs out of pocket, so that brings the bill to $700. If you could help by sending us money to cover these costs, it would be greatly appreciated.

When we occasionally have more funds than our operating costs, we use the excess money to purchase goods and services that help the Retro community. Some of the many things I have paid for this last year include shipping foreign goods to members in other countries so they can produce scans and photos, paying international library fees, and buying products to scan. Many of these items tend to pop up on a random basis on auction sites and it always handy to have money to cover these costs. The only thing I know right now that I do want is a 50-page Sega slot machine service manual to scan and distribute, which runs around $25.

In addition to the server expenses I mentioned earlier, I am interested in purchasing some t-shirts to sell for fundraising in the future (most likely a brown/black/blue run of shirts with the Retro star logo and/or a blue shirt with the 1960s-style Sega logo on it.) However, I would need to know if you guys are interested in buying such shirts (which would be between $12 and $15 plus shipping depending on how many I could order at one time.) I'm friends with a company that does professional merchandise for many well-known bands, so this isn't shoddy shit—these are nice, high-quality American Apparel or Alternative Apparel shirts.

What's in it for me?

If you donate between now and July 15, you will receive:

  • "Best Member Ever" achievement, if you do not already have it
  • A special achievement for the donation drive
  • Three Retro 1" pins (if you donate $10 or more)
  • A prize from our prize pool of t-shirts, games, books and more (if you donate over a certain amount to be determined—probably $25-30)
  • Two extra-special prizes for the top two donators

You can donate by using my PayPal address of [email protected] or using this donation page to donate by credit/debit card or bank account. Thank you for donating to support Retro! Your donations are the fuel that powers our Speedboat of Awesome.

#2 User is offline Chimpo 

Posted 12 June 2010 - 07:06 PM

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#3 User is offline Enzo Aquarius 

Posted 12 June 2010 - 08:53 PM

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A pin?!

Sounds good to me! The t-shirt idea (for the future fundraising idea) would be another good plan to implement too, definitely.

#4 User is offline Ashram 

Posted 12 June 2010 - 10:28 PM

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QUOTE (Chimpo @ Jun 12 2010, 05:06 PM)




In all seriousness though, once I get this month's expenses squared away, I'll donate some cash.

#5 User is offline Ink 

Posted 12 June 2010 - 11:07 PM

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Gah, it just had to be this and next month, when things are tighter than they'll be all year. Well, I'll still see if I can't manage something.

#6 User is offline Skaarg 

Posted 13 June 2010 - 12:34 AM

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I knew I should have waited on my donation at the end of last month. =P

Money is a little tight right now due to small splurge, but I'll see what I can do once I find out how much my parents are paying to watch their house while they go on their trip to Hawaii. (Sounds completely fair right?!) I have to factor in me not working for a week, gas money, and that kind of crap..

For sure count me in for $10-20 within the next week, but if funds allow I'll throw in $30-40.
This post has been edited by Skaarg: 13 June 2010 - 12:35 AM

#7 User is offline MarkeyJester 

Posted 13 June 2010 - 05:05 AM

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Ffff, I can barely support myself, let a lone help with Retro, I mean doll money isn't exactly a brilliant resource, especially with my mum constantly "borrowing" from me (Though I'm pretty sure that if I still had a job, she'd still be "borrowing" that too, and "borrowing" being the appropriate word).

If you can wait a couple of more years, then yeah, sure, why not =)

#8 User is offline Flygon 

Posted 13 June 2010 - 05:24 AM

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QUOTE (Scarred Sun @ Jun 12 2010, 03:33 PM)
The only thing I know right now that I do want is a 50-page Sega slot machine service manual to scan and distribute, which runs around $25.

Consider that $25 paid for.

#9 User is offline Oerg866 

Posted 14 June 2010 - 12:13 AM

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Eh... I'll donate $10 later.
This post has been edited by Oerg866: 14 June 2010 - 12:21 AM

#10 User is offline MykonosFan 

Posted 14 June 2010 - 11:31 AM

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Seeing as I'm still 16, I can't see my parents letting me donate any form of cash through Paypal, but I may be able to at least buy a T-shirt.

#11 User is offline MathUser 

Posted 14 June 2010 - 11:59 AM

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Next Wednesday I can donate 50 I think. I just registered for paypal so hopefully I find out how to use that alright next wednesday.

#12 User is offline Max Firestorm 

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Shit, I'm not going to be able to donate for at least 3 weeks >.>

#13 User is offline Mad Echidna 

Posted 14 June 2010 - 02:35 PM

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edit: WOW, I really need to l2r
This post has been edited by Mad Echidna: 14 June 2010 - 02:36 PM

#14 User is offline NiktheGreek 

Posted 14 June 2010 - 05:04 PM

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Oh dear what has my life come to when I donate money to a website? I've never done this before, vision fading, etc.

Seriously, thanks for keeping this giant heap of internet going. Keep up the good work.

EDIT: Got paid today, so I topped it up some more. That'll do for me now, though!
This post has been edited by NiktheGreek: 18 June 2010 - 05:35 PM

#15 User is offline SteelBrush 

Posted 14 June 2010 - 10:30 PM

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The entire balance of my PayPal account has been gladly donated, all £2.80 of it, I'll top it up another tenner in about a fortnight. Every bit helps right?

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