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What is an SPS account?
SPS accounts are our way of giving something extra
back to those of our visitors who directly support the operation
of Sorcerer's Place by donating a certain sum of money. Additionally,
all members of the SP team get SPS accounts for free.
We will work hard to add new features to SP that
are exclusive to SPS account holders. Note, however, that if you don't join, nothing will be different for you in terms of regular content
availability - SP is still completely committed to offering the
best news and information about D&D and other select fantasy games, and that will not
Why does Sorcerer's Place need SPS accounts?
The SPS accounts serve a double function - to provide
added value for the generous donors who have been satisfied with
little in return until now, as well as to incite other visitors
to sign up; visitors who might not have wanted to donate thus far,
because they didn't see themselves gaining much from it.
The harsh reality of the situation is that Sorcerer's
Place has long not been able to support itself with advertising
revenue alone. Over the years, the ads have gotten progressively
bigger and more annoying, and paid consistently less. Coupled with
Sorcerer's Place's continual growth, both in size and resource requirements,
we have arrived at a fatal combination. To survive, we rely heavily
on the generosity of our donors. And since we want to make the donors
feel they are actually getting something in return besides the warm,
fuzzy feeling that comes with supporting something you enjoy, we
have provided the SPS accounts.
What do I gain with an SPS account?
By becoming an SPS account holder, you help support
Sorcerer's Place. This service allows us to expand our coverage
and offer you a variety of new features, which will continue to
grow over time.
Here is a list of the benefits you currently receive
by becoming an SPS account holder:
1. No More Advertising!
One of the first things that you will notice about becoming an
SPS account holder is the option to remove all advertisements
from Sorcerer's Place:
- The removal of all intrusive advertisements from
our pages. This means no more pop-ups, pop-unders, flash ads,
- Optional removal of the left and right side skyscraper
banners, as well as the top banners.
- The removal of ads from our message boards.
2. Message Board Perks
By becoming an SPS account holder, you will have the following
unique features added to your account in our forums:
- A special icon ()
& title indicating your SPS status.
- Access to a private forum for SPS account holders
- A custom portrait/avatar & title. SPS account
holders can have titles twice the regular length, and select from
over 1000 avatars and portraits.
- The ability to upload an animated profile picture (gif).
- Expanded album pictures (larger width, height and file size, plus double the number of allowed pictures to upload to the albums).
- Expanded signatures (higher character, line and code limits, and the ability to use link advertising and images in signatures).
- Expanded private messages (PMs). 500 PMs storage limit, the ability to send PMs to users who have reached their maximum stored messages quota and the ability to send a PM to a maximum of 5 members at the same time.
- Reputation control (the ability to see who has given you negative or positive reputation points).
- The ability to change your user name up to 5 times.
- Private calendars (very similar to Outlook's calendar).
3. Direct Content Download
As an SPS account holder you will also gain direct access
to a number of exclusive download options, including screenshot
batches and game soundtracks.
Additionally, you will be able to download each of the files hosted at Sorcerer's Place without having to wait a few seconds for your download to be prepared. No more waiting in line!
4. Sorcerers.net E-mail Forwarder
As an SPS account holder you are entitled to a @sorcerers.net
e-mail forwarder. You are free to specify the name of the forwarder,
as well as the forwarding location.
5. Basic Web Hosting
As an SPS account holder you have the option to request
a basic web hosting account with us. At this point we
are able to provide all SPS account holders with 300 megabytes
of space, an FTP account to access their sites, 1 database (by
request) and unlimited monthly bandwidth (within reason). All
web hosting accounts are normally set up as subdomains, though setting up a
separate domain is also possible by arrangement. If you've ever
needed some web-accessible place to put up various images, files,
a personal website or something similar, this SPS account feature
should come in handy.
6. Beta-testing New SP Features
As an SPS account holder you will have the opportunity to try out and provide feedback on the upcoming site or message board features before everyone else.
We are always looking to add even more value to
the SPS accounts, so we regularly keep improving the SPS features
and services. Ready to sign-up? You can do it here!
If I do not join, do I lose access to anything
Not at all. All of the services and features that
we had available to you before starting this new service will still
be available to you absolutely free.
How much does it cost?
A variety of subscription options are available.
Please see this page for the current prices.
Is it safe to send my credit card information
over the Internet?
We use PayPal to handle all the money transactions.
All credit card transaction information is sent from your browser
to the PayPal servers that process the transaction via a securely
encrypted connection. We don't store your credit card information
on our servers; in fact, we do not keep credit card numbers on any
server in any file or database. PayPal is completely safe and used
by millions of people every day.
Is there a way to donate without using a credit
Yes. Please see this page
What is your refund policy?
Due to the nature of this service, we do not offer
Can I cancel my membership?
There is no formal cancellation process. If you
no longer want to use your SPS account, simply let it expire on
its own by choosing not to renew once you get the notice that your SPS account is about to expire. We do not automatically renew
If I get an SPS account, will the site be
Most likely, yes. The reason is the lack of ads.
However, there are many factors that determine how quickly a web
page loads, and not all of them are under our control. But we do
strive to keep our site as fast as possible for subscribers and
How do renewals work?
We will notify you when your subscription is about
to expire, and at that time you can decide whether you wish to renew
it. We will save your account information for 90 days after your
subscription lapses. We do not automatically renew subscriptions,
and no further charges will appear on your credit card.
Is my personal information kept secure &
Yes. We take great pains to protect your personal
information. We do not share your personal information with any
other parties whatsoever. That is our policy and our promise. We
take your privacy concerns very seriously, and we are committed
to protecting your personal information from all unauthorized access.
What happens when an SPS account expires?
If your account expires, you lose all of the SPS
benefits mentioned above, with the exception of your chosen avatar/portrait
+ title. You keep these for as long as you remain active on our