Greetings, forum users!
The first version of Battle for Wesnoth was first released to the public in July 2003. Since then, the game and the community around it have grown far beyond anyone’s original expectations. We are committed to providing you with the best Free (as in speech) gaming experience, and in order to best serve the community’s evolving needs, we continuously seek new ways to improve our existing infrastructure.
In an ideal world, we would be able to provide you with these services without charging you a single cent. However, the reality is that our current hardware platform can no longer sustain the community at its current growth rate, and as you may know, hosting large public servers is expensive. As game developers and players ourselves, we would never consider moving to a “free-to-play” or “freemium” model, and closing our doors to our existing players is definitely out of the question. For these reasons, the Wesnoth.org administration and our community management team have worked hard — with the collaboration of our Forum Moderators — on devising a middle-ground alternative which we are sure will prove useful to the community by promoting intelligent and hassle-free communication.
We are proud to announce the launch of the WesGold™ Forum Accounts program! This initiative will enable users of our Wesnoth.org forums board to access new highly-requested features intended for bettering your overall forum experience for an affordable monthly fee of USD 10.00. These are the benefits for WesGold ™ users:
- Color formatting in posts and signatures!
- Increased signature size limits up to 1000 characters and 10 lines!
- Animated avatars up to 1 MiB/200x200 in size!
- New BBCodes!
- The ability to lock, unlock, and delete their own forum threads, even after others have posted in them!
- Unlimited thread resurrections in all forum sections, even if they are not the thread’s author!
- Advanced post search options powered by Google’s Enterprise Search platform!
- Full WML validation and syntax highlighting in posts!
- One-click integration with social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Reddit, Windows, and more!
- A more dynamic forum experience leveraging the power of HTML5, CSS3, and AJAX!
Have you been unjustly banned by a moderator? You no longer have a reason to worry if you are (or become) a WesGold ™ user! For an additional one-time fee of USD 50.00, you may ask to be instantly unbanned any number of times you wish, without having to email the administration a lengthy and potentially embarrassing appeal letter!
WesGold ™ users will also be able to use these new WesGold™-only BBCodes in posts and signatures:
- Table formatting tags: table, row, header, cell
- Social media tags: youtube, soundcloud, twitter, imgur (more to come!)
- A powerful html tag for including your own HTML code in posts!
Includes automatic server-side analysis during submission to prevent exploits. Forum posts found to contain exploits will result in immediate rejection of the post, revocation of WesGold™ privileges, and permanent banning of the authoring account, as well as an instant notification to our field agents and legal representatives around the world.
- More to come!
These features will be gradually rolled out to current regular users for a free trial during the following 30 days before WesGold™ subscriptions become mandatory for using them. Forum users may purchase WesGold™ subscriptions any time they wish, even before the trial is over. WesGold™ subscriptions will be used to finance our operations including the addition of new exciting features for everyone (including non-WesGold™ users) in 1.14 such as cloud storage for Wesnoth saved games (including forum integration), multiplayer voice chat, HTML5-based Web browser integration, in-game video capture and editing, and the upcoming Windows 8 Modern UI port.
The WesGold™ subscription platform will be fully operational within the next 24 hours. This announcement will be updated accordingly once WesGold™ subscriptions are open to public.
We want to hear your feedback! You may post your thoughts and ideas to this thread for other cool additions you might want to see in the future for WesGold™ users.
WesGold™ and WesGold™ Forum Accounts program are trademarks or registered trademarks of Weldyn Industries Inc. in the U.S. This post is Copyright © 2005-2014 by Weldyn Industries Inc. All rights reserved. No reproduction or distribution of this post is allowed without prior written permission.