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Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:46 pm     Super secret spam barrier
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3CB Finances


Hello everybody

After a quick review with Major Goodson and the other officers this evening we are having to make some urgent changes to our donations structure.

What are we Changing?

We need to move the donations target from £67 to £87

Why are we doing this?

Short version - Our costs are higher than we thought given some key changes we made at the end of 2017.

Longer version - We had always been running with a small donations surplus, we'd accrued this as a rainy day fund against disaster or perhaps a reduction in donations. However with all the significant changes we made to the servers in Q3 and Q4 of 2017 we managed to pretty much burn it up. To cut a long story short we effectively ran two server environments for several months while we were changing over all the web structures and game servers etc. This doubled our cost base, which we assumed we could cover...

However despite the fact I deal with Foreign currency in RL(!) I'd neglected to take account of the significant impact the Euro/Sterling Exchange rate had had on the cost base. Just so we can be completely transparent here are some of the invoices for the servers we run.

Our normal costs used to be covered by about £60 per month.

Our new invoices for the 3 boxes we use for Repo, Game & Ocap are €77 per month currently. Plus a one off hit each Jan of about £112 for the TS license.

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For October 2017 we got hit really badly - but have only just been made aware (GOODSON!)

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When will we be making a change?

Effective immediately

We've done the math and as of tonight we'd spent all our 3CB monies and were in a negative balance. Goodson has stepped in and kindly covered the shortfall for the March bill - £20. We will therefore be adjusting the donations page to represent a more realistic cost figure to keep us running each month as of this evening (or whenever we can find ReV to change the page).

As of right now this months donations stands at £55 so we're still a little short of our target.

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If anyone has any questions please ask one of us.

Thanks for your continued support - and have fun !

SJ


Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:48 pm     Super secret spam barrier
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Just want to say thanks so much to everyone that's just donated, and of course to everyone who's donated in the past! It's great to see such a positive response. Your support has kept 3CB running month after month since it's founding in 2012.


Thank-you!
G


Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:30 am     Super secret spam barrier
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Thanks all for the overwhelming response. We had hoped to be able to cover off the April bill without having to borrow from bank of Goodson.. ;-) as it is we have some security now moving into may and june... Thanks guys.

Remember we don't need much, just a couple of quid from everyone would easily cover the costs. For those who have donated larger sums.. Wow. it blows us all away. Thanks

SJ


Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:53 am     Super secret spam barrier
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Playing devils advocate can we get rid of the OCAP server or is Jamie going to fix it ;)


Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:31 pm     Super secret spam barrier
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It’s a good question. However it does currently hold all the indexed maps and profiles for all the units who use it. We briefly discussed combining it onto an expanded repo box. Not sure if the combined cost would be cheaper as we need more storage overall anyway. But we’ll investigate. £87 should cover us either way. J

Oh and a fix IS in the works apparently. Milkshakes aside...


Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:33 pm     Super secret spam barrier
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Andy1 wrote:
Playing devils advocate can we get rid of the OCAP server or is Jamie going to fix it ;)

We'll merge the OCAP server with the Repo server


Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:49 pm     Super secret spam barrier
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Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:41 pm     Super secret spam barrier
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Incredibly impressed with the response to this!

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Posted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 1:04 am     Super secret spam barrier
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As am I.

It should secure us a comfortable buffer - and allow Tap to combine repos onto a bigger better box too I imagine.

Thanks again guys, remember we only need a small donation, little and often is the key.


SJ


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I think it shows how much people think of what we have here and how much we appreciate everyone's efforts
Top effort, from top people


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