Surface and Orbit Authority

Expenses to date

Hi folks!

As you might expect, the pieces that make all of this work cost some money. As I’ve said in a number of places, right now I’m happy to cover the bills because this is a project I personally care about and want to see succeed. However, in the interests of transparency, I thought I’d share this information. Here’s a breakdown of the costs to date:

Service Billing Date Amount (USD) Running Total
gandi.net - lithobrake.club 2019-03-07 4.87 4.87
Amazon Web Services - Route 53 2019-03-07 0.50 5.37
PingPerfect Game Servers 2019-03-08 12.36 17.73
Amazon Web Services - EC2 2019-04-01 13.41 31.14
PingPerfect Game Servers 2019-04-01 12.36 43.50
PingPerfect Game Servers 2019-04-03 23.26 66.76

Honestly, not too bad. However, we’re now clipping into PingPerfect’s RAM limit on this tier - 4.7 GB of RAM - on a more-or-less daily basis, as people mine out voxels and build cool stuff. With that in mind, I’ve sent them a request to upgrade and add more RAM; I expect that’ll bump the monthly server cost from $12.36 to around $30 depending on the final details. (Edit: This is done; it added another $23.26 to this month’s bill.)

If you want to pitch in, please send me a few bucks via https://ko-fi.com/ojacobson/. Not only will you be helping keep this going, but I’ll also make sure you, personally, experience a warm, fuzzy feeling.

Space Coffee dispatched, warm fuzzy feeling confirmed.

May’s bills are in, as are a few donations to help offset them. Here’s the updated account:

Service Billing Date Amount (USD) Running Total (USD) Amount (CAD)
gandi.net - lithobrake.club 2019-03-07 4.87 4.87
Amazon Web Services - Route 53 2019-03-07 0.50 5.37
PingPerfect Game Servers 2019-03-08 12.36 17.73
Amazon Web Services - EC2 2019-04-01 13.41 31.14
PingPerfect Game Servers 2019-04-01 12.36 43.50
PingPerfect Game Servers 2019-04-03 23.26 66.76
Ko-Fi Donation 2019-04-04 -15.00
Paypal Transaction Fees 2019-04-04 0.74
CAD to USD conversion: 1 CAD = 0.74220 USD 2019-04-04 -10.58 56.18 14.26
Amazon Web Services - Route 53 2019-04-07 0.50 56.68
Amazon Web Services - EC2 2019-05-01 16.80 73.48
Amazon Web Services - Route 53 2019-05-07 0.50 73.98
PingPerfect Game Servers 2019-05-08 32.88 106.86

After looking at the options and getting some advice, I’ve also opened a Patreon account to replace the Ko-Fi account. Patreon allows a set-it-and-forget-it recurring contribution, for those of you who feel like pitching in, and is a bit lower-friction than Ko-Fi. The fees are also lower on the whole, as they’re aggregated across all contributions rather than charged for each individual payment.

Special thanks to this month’s donors:

A couple of discussion prompts:

  • Should we codify this kind of account somehow? I’m doing it basically out of a personal feeling about transparency, right now, since I’m the only one actually on the hook for money anyways. However, it might be nice to set more regular expectations around this. Proposal ideas wanted, basically.

  • I’ve taken the liberty of putting a Patreon button on the front matter at https://lithobrake.club/. If you feel strongly about this - in either direction - we should absolutely talk about it. We’ve treated the front matter as “not part of the charter,” so I felt I could do that as a side effect of hosting the charter website, but that’s not the only valid perspective.

  • With a few more contributions we might be able to run temporary servers for scenario games. This is something we touched on briefly in the Game Lifecycle thread, if I remember right.

June’s bills are in. Here’s the updated account:

Service Billing Date Amount (USD) Running Total (USD) Amount (CAD)
gandi.net - lithobrake.club 2019-03-07 4.87 4.87
Amazon Web Services - Route 53 2019-03-07 0.50 5.37
PingPerfect Game Servers 2019-03-08 12.36 17.73
Amazon Web Services - EC2 2019-04-01 13.41 31.14
PingPerfect Game Servers 2019-04-01 12.36 43.50
PingPerfect Game Servers 2019-04-03 23.26 66.76
Ko-Fi Donation 2019-04-04 -15.00
Paypal Transaction Fees 2019-04-04 0.74
CAD to USD conversion: 1 CAD = 0.74220 USD 2019-04-04 -10.58 56.18 14.26
Amazon Web Services - Route 53 2019-04-07 0.50 56.68
Amazon Web Services - EC2 2019-05-01 16.80 73.48
Amazon Web Services - Route 53 2019-05-07 0.50 73.98
PingPerfect Game Servers 2019-05-08 32.88 106.86
Patreon Contributions 2019-06-01 -10.00 96.86
Patreon Fees 2019-06-01 0.89 97.72
Amazon Web Services - EC2 2019-06-01 17.36 115.08
PingPerfect Game Servers 2019-06-04 32.88 147.96

As always, contributions towards the cost of running the service are welcome at Patreon.

Special thanks to this month’s donors:

July’s bills are in. Here’s the updated account:

Service Billing Date Amount (USD) YTD Total (USD) Amount (CAD)
gandi.net - lithobrake.club 2019-03-07 4.87 4.87
Amazon Web Services - Route 53 2019-03-07 0.50 5.37
PingPerfect Game Servers 2019-03-08 12.36 17.73
Amazon Web Services - EC2 2019-04-01 13.41 31.14
PingPerfect Game Servers 2019-04-01 12.36 43.50
PingPerfect Game Servers 2019-04-03 23.26 66.76
Ko-Fi Donation 2019-04-04 -15.00
Paypal Transaction Fees 2019-04-04 0.74
CAD to USD conversion: 1 CAD = 0.74220 USD 2019-04-04 -10.58 56.18 14.26
Amazon Web Services - Route 53 2019-04-07 0.50 56.68
Amazon Web Services - EC2 2019-05-01 16.80 73.48
Amazon Web Services - Route 53 2019-05-07 0.50 73.98
PingPerfect Game Servers 2019-05-08 32.88 106.86
Patreon Contributions 2019-06-01 -10.00 96.86
Patreon Fees 2019-06-01 0.89 97.72
Amazon Web Services - EC2 2019-06-01 17.36 115.08
PingPerfect Game Servers 2019-06-04 32.88 147.96
Amazon Web Services - Route 53 2019-06-07 0.50 148.46
Amazon Web Services - EC2 2019-07-01 10.85 159.31
Patreon Contributions 2019-07-01 -10.00 149.31
Patreon Fees 2019-07-01 0.89 152.20
PingPerfect Game Servers 2019-07-02 32.88 183.08

As always, contributions towards the cost of running the service are welcome at Patreon.

Special thanks to this month’s donors:

The EC2 costs are weird this month because I moved the forum to DiscourseHosting.com mid-month. Next month, there’s going to be a sizable bill (approximately USD 200) for DiscourseHosting. This is almost exactly the same annual cost as the EC2 instance I was using to host the forums (USD 201.60/yr), but I don’t have to spend additional time operating and maintaining it, so it’s a net win.

August’s bills are in (and in fact were last week). Here’s the updated account:

Service Billing Date Amount (USD) YTD Total (USD) Amount (CAD)
gandi.net - lithobrake.club 2019-03-07 4.87 4.87
Amazon Web Services - Route 53 2019-03-07 0.50 5.37
PingPerfect Game Servers 2019-03-08 12.36 17.73
Amazon Web Services - EC2 2019-04-01 13.41 31.14
PingPerfect Game Servers 2019-04-01 12.36 43.50
PingPerfect Game Servers 2019-04-03 23.26 66.76
Ko-Fi Donation 2019-04-04 -15.00
Paypal Transaction Fees 2019-04-04 0.74
CAD to USD conversion: 1 CAD = 0.74220 USD 2019-04-04 -10.58 56.18 14.26
Amazon Web Services - Route 53 2019-04-07 0.50 56.68
Amazon Web Services - EC2 2019-05-01 16.80 73.48
Amazon Web Services - Route 53 2019-05-07 0.50 73.98
PingPerfect Game Servers 2019-05-08 32.88 106.86
Patreon Contributions 2019-06-01 -10.00 96.86
Patreon Fees 2019-06-01 0.89 97.72
Amazon Web Services - EC2 2019-06-01 17.36 115.08
PingPerfect Game Servers 2019-06-04 32.88 147.96
Amazon Web Services - Route 53 2019-06-07 0.50 148.46
Amazon Web Services - EC2 2019-07-01 10.85 159.31
Patreon Contributions 2019-07-01 -10.00 149.31
Patreon Fees 2019-07-01 0.89 152.20
PingPerfect Game Servers 2019-07-02 32.88 183.08
DiscourseHosting.com - talk.lithobrake.club 2019-07-04 200.00 383.08
Amazon Web Services - Route 53 2019-07-07 0.50 383.58
Patreon Contributions 2019-08-01 -10.00 373.58
Patreon Fees 2019-08-01 0.89 374.47
PingPerfect Game Servers 2019-08-02 32.88 407.35
Amazon Web Services - Route 53 2019-08-07 0.50 407.85

As always, contributions towards the cost of running the service are welcome at Patreon.

Special thanks to this month’s donors:

There’s a large expense in July for the forums, which will amortize over the next 12 months to slightly less than we were spending on EC2. It has also already proven to be much more hands-off than the EC2 hosting we had been using. Thanks to @SurprisingEdge for finding this service!

September and October’s bills are in. Rather than reposting the entire account history, here’s the new transactions.

Service Billing Date Amount (USD) YTD Total (USD)
Balance forward - August 2019-09-01 407.85 407.85
Patreon Contributions 2019-09-01 -10.00 397.85
Patreon Fees 2019-09-01 0.89 398.74
PingPerfect Game Servers 2019-09-01 32.88 431.62
Amazon Web Services - Route 53 2019-09-07 0.50 432.12
Patreon Contributions 2019-10-01 -10.00 422.12
Patreon Fees 2019-10-01 0.89 423.01
PingPerfect Game Servers 2019-10-01 32.88 455.89
Amazon Web Services - Route 53 2019-10-07 0.50 456.39

As always, contributions towards the cost of running the service are welcome at Patreon.

Special thanks to @SurprisingEdge for his continuing support!

November’s bills are in.

Service Billing Date Amount (USD) YTD Total (USD)
Balance forward - October 2019-11-01 407.85 456.39
Patreon Contributions 2019-11-01 -10.00 446.39
Patreon Fees 2019-11-01 0.89 447.28
PingPerfect Game Servers 2019-11-01 32.88 480.16
Amazon Web Services - Route 53 2019-11-07 0.50 480.66

As always, contributions towards the cost of running the service are welcome at Patreon.

Special thanks to @SurprisingEdge for his continuing support!