I wanted to share with you some information I've gotten from Zuggsoft's Admin about the cost of paying for a default icon for Genesis in their startup window. I had contacted them a few years back about this, and learned that they have a once-per-year bidding period in which the highest bidders get the top positions. The minimum bid back then was $1,000 which, at the time, caused me to drop the idea. Now, we have some money, but we must use it wisely.
I wrote Zuggsoft again and got the following updated information:
I'd be interested in hearing what people think of the value of this option. Obviously, we would be likely to get a few people peeking in since we would be one of the relatively few muds that have a primary default icon in CMUD. The problems I see are:Zuggsoft Admin wrote:Well, the bad news is that you missed the bidding period again. The bidding always happens during the month of February.
The good news is that this year I started relaxing the entire bidding and icon process. I no longer limit the number of startup icons within CMUD and while the bidding is still used to determine the order of the icons (and who gets the top slot), I have started allowing *any* MUD that bids the minimum of $1000 for the year to get an icon near the bottom.
So, if you are still interested, I could pro-rate this by the number of months left in the year. Running the icon from June until February 2012 would be 8 months, so 8/12 * $1000 = $667. Then in February you will be automatically on the email list to participate in the bidding where you can either bid more for a higher slot, or just stick with the $1000 min bid.
If you are interested in this, let me know and we can work out details for the payment, icon image, etc.
- We would not have a very visible slot in this select group (near the bottom)
- Only people who update their CMUD or are fist time new buyers would see this ... I think?
- We would lose this icon next February and have to pay at least another $1,000 to renew per year
- This gives us visibility ONLY with people who already know about muds and own CMUD. People who have never heard of a mud before ... it doesn't help find them at all.