If you follow the Icosahedrophilia podcast, you may have had trouble accessing some of the episodes within the last three weeks or so. I apologize for that, and wanted to give you a little behind-the-scenes look at the reasons for the trouble … and ask for your help.
Several months ago, I moved to a new web hosting company that offered unlimited storage, unlimited bandwidth, and more accessible (i.e., 24/7) tech support than my prior web host. I talked with a salesperson beforehand and cleared my use case—podcasting—with the salesperson before committing. Fast forward a few months to August 2013. All of my websites unexpectedly go dark. My host had unilaterally suspended my sites because of “excess server load” caused by downloads and/or streaming of old Icosahedrophilia episodes. In order to get the site back up and running, I removed the offending episodes, and things went back to normal … until September 2013, when the whole “excess server load” thing happened again.
After arguing with my hosting company for a while about the definition of “unlimited”—to me that means “unlimited,” to them it means “within normal expectations”—and doing some comparison shopping (you might be surprised how many “free” services aren’t free), I ended up migrating the websites to a virtual private server rather than a shared server. This move cost me about $300 to complete.
So, dear listeners, I am coming to you once again in “fund drive” mode, looking for contributions. If you enjoy the show and you want to help out with the cost of the server migration, please just send a small donation, perhaps $5, to d20-at-drchris.me via PayPal.
When I started the Icosahedrophilia podcast, I vowed never to put anything behind a paywall and never to hold any episodes for “ransom.” I am sticking to that pledge. If I receive $0 from this request for help, I will still continue to publish Icosahedrophilia just like always. But I will appreciate any help received. And in the event that contributions exceed the cost of the server migration, I will channel the excess back into our gameplay at the table, looking to make the podcast more enjoyable for all of you who listen.