Help save SpaceQuest.net
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Update: Oh wow! In just 2 hours, we shot through the goal. We have now closed donations. Thanks to everyone who donated, to those who wanted to donate but didn't get the chance, and to those who just spread the word.
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The TL;DR version
Recently, SpaceQuest.net - one of the premiere sites for the Space Quest online community - was put up for sale by its owner, Frans van Hofwegen. In an effort to make sure the site remains in the hands of fans, rather than scammers or other ill-wishing ilk, this campaign aims to purchase the domain and restore the site to its former glory.
Who are we?
This campaign was started by Brandon Blume and Troels Pleimert. Both have been active in the Space Quest community since the mid-90s, and continue to be passionate about Space Quest and its legacy.
Brandon was a moderator of the SpaceQuest.net forums for many years. In 2012, the site was revamped and merged with The Virtual Broomcloset, and Brandon remained on as moderator. He also actively participated in the crowdfunding campaign for SpaceVenture.
Troels is known as "The Space Quest Historian," and wrote a comprehensive tome of knowledge known as the Space Quest FAQ. This FAQ was used by Frans as the building blocks for the first iterations of SpaceQuest.net. Troels was also community manager in the crowdfunding campaign for SpaceVenture.
What do you plan to do with SpaceQuest.net?
We plan to turn the ownership rights over to us so that SpaceQuest.net remains in the hands of fans. Brandon will become the legal owner of the SpaceQuest.net domain.
We will then begin restoring the site to its former glory, retaining all that made the original great: the comprehensive database of walkthroughs, music files, goodies, rarities, box cover scans, etc.
We will make sure that SpaceQuest.net stays true to Frans' vision of a one-stop repository for all Space Quest knowledge and information.
Will it be the same SpaceQuest.net as before?
By and large, yes. Before putting the domain up for sale, Frans was working on a new version of the site. We are in talks with Frans for him to hand over the materials of this new version as part of the purchase, so that we can continue his work.
Why this price?
We have been in contact with Frans, and he would also like to see the domain remain with fans. He quoted us a price.
We have already secured more than half of that asking price out of our own pockets. We hope to collect the remainder via this campaign.
Why Danish Kroner? Why not a civilized currency like $ or €?
This campaign site was launched by Troels, who is a Danish citizen. GoFundMe will only let you launch campaigns in your native currency.
In Euro, this would be €200.
In American Dollars, this would be (roughly) $245.
Why does it say you're from Tiel, NL?
GoFundMe only lets you input your zip/post code, not type in your country of origin. Troels is from Roskilde, Denmark, which shares the same post code as Tiel in The Netherlands (apparently), but the system won't change to the correct country. Long story short, it's a bug on GoFundMe's part.
Are you profiting from this?
No. Everything raised by this campaign goes to the purchase of the domain from Frans. There is no profit involved by either Brandon, Troels, or our hosting partner.
Are there any rewards for donating?
Other than the knowledge that you've helped secure SpaceQuest.net for future generations of Space Quest fans, not really.
We will have a section on the new website thanking our donators, though. If you would like to have your name on there, we will gladly print it for the world to see.
What about hosting?
We have already secured private hosting for the site. Should we be successful in this campaign, we will have a dedicated hosting partner whom we are in direct contact with -- and who is also a dedicated Space Quest fan.
How soon do you need it?
The timeframe is loose, but sooner than later would be good. Frans hasn't given us a specific cut-off date, but he is looking at other offers. So the sooner, the better.
Yes, the web site is live! Granted, it's still the old SpaceQuest.net in its old layout, in all its non-responsive, non-modern glory.
Fear not, Brandon is hard at work revamping the site using Frans' originally abandoned redesign as a template. For one, it's got a responsive layout, which means SQN will now be mobile friendly. We're looking forward to unveiling that.
We didn't want to wait around until that was finished, though, so we have restored SQN as it was before it became a forum. We have made a few updates to the content, but it is by and large an archived copy of the original SQN -- so there is still some information that is, in the words of Douglas Adams, "apocryphal or at least wildly inaccurate."
Join us in welcoming back the legacy that is SQN! http://spacequest.net
Frans has also kindly included in the purchase the re-design he was working on for SpaceQuest.net, meaning we can carry on the torch as he had envisioned.
To start with, we'll simply reupload the site as it used to look, including all the goodies you've missed. While that's there, we'll continue to work on completing Frans' redesign.
Thank you again to our backers for making this a reality. Thanks to your kindness, SpaceQuest.net will live again!
This is an exciting time. We hope to make you proud with the new site. We will, of course, keep you updated on how it progresses.
In the 2 hours since we officially launched this campaign, we have shot through our targeted goal.
On behalf of ourselves and Space Quest fans everywhere, thank you so much!
We will now begin the process of acquiring the domain. We will of course keep you updated on the progress.
Follow @SpaceQuestNet on Twitter for the latest updates.
Thank you again, everyone!
- Brandon & Troels