You know me as Anakura in-game. I've developed a community map website to help all players enjoy Coin Hunt World just a little bit more. Users can add keys, vaults, cubiecranes and print shops to the map so other players know where to go.
I created this map because the other resources we had to map and share points of interest were either slow, buggy, clunky or unintuitive. This map website is meant to be fast, easy-to-use, and beautiful.
Since launching the website over a week ago, I have seen thousands of poi's added to the map. I'm thrilled at how much love the community map has received. It is clear that players like using it. But with that comes a problem - loading maps from services like MapBox and Google is not free. At least not when there are 100,000 tile requests per day - which is what https://coinhuntmap.com is currently sending. And it's only upwards from here.
Today I received my first invoice of $332.50 from MapBox for services rendered since June 17th. Obviously, this is a lot of money for less than two weeks of time. If we want https://coinhuntmap.com to stay alive, we will need to switch to a new mapping service. At the current rate, we would be looking at a minimum of $1,500 per month, just for mapping. Furthermore, I really don't want to have to put ads on the website.
To cut costs as much as possible while keeping the website fast, easy-to-use, and beautiful, we are thinking of hosting out own map tile server through Amazon Web Services, or another similar platform. This would bring the cost down significantly, to around $350 per month. Maybe even less. Hopefully.
However, a transition like this requires a lot of work. And coffee. And lack of sleep. Thankfully, I have another fellow player to help with this - @Mahandor has joined me in the development and maintenance of https://coinhuntmap.com, and has been doing an amazing job. You can support us, and the community map, by donating even a small amount. Everything is appreciated.
We hope you give us the opportunity to keep developing cool stuff. And as always, Happy Hunting!
@Anakura and @Mahandor
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