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  1. 26 Oct '09 02:09
    I think it would be a good idea to include some kind of trial subscription.

    Something like 9.99$ for 60 days with an option to upgrade to a normal membership for an additional 30$ for 305 days. It would help lure in people who are on the fence about subscribing (like me) but don't want to automatically commit to a full year. 40$ is a big investment for a student!

    (that or add a student discount hehe )
  2. 26 Oct '09 05:51
    Yip - I'd go for that... Not sure if the extras are really worth it. Also, lots of free sites out there. I'm here because I like the interface... but lately I'm thinking of moving.

    For $10 for 60 days, I'd be able to see if the extras are worth it.

    Good idea...

    Rec'd
  3. Subscriber Kewpie
    since 1-Feb-07
    26 Oct '09 06:27
    It's come up many times, recently it was pointed out that when it was available people signed up, joined clans and tournaments, loaded up with 1000 games, then let the subscription lapse without any extension. May be possible to do it on a refund-if-you-don't-use basis, I don't know.
  4. 26 Oct '09 06:50
    Originally posted by Kewpie
    May be possible to do it on a refund-if-you-don't-use basis, I don't know.
    Good idea.

    If they start zillions of games, that's an indication that they really like the site - meaning no refund and hooked for a year!
  5. 26 Oct '09 15:48
    Or just put a game maximum if you're only subscribed to the trial. Like 50 or something. Just enough so there's no complete exaggeration.
  6. 26 Oct '09 17:31
    Originally posted by Maxime Ferlatte
    Or just put a game maximum if you're only subscribed to the trial. Like 50 or something. Just enough so there's no complete exaggeration.
    that's the only way it would work.
  7. 28 Oct '09 07:04
    Ok fine... I will pay $10 for 30 days with the following restrictions:

    + 2 tournaments (which you can complete, even if the time lapse)
    + Sieges - that looks soooo interesting... (you can keep defending if at the top after 30 days)
    + You get an 8 game limit (the extra two is for tournament and player table play)

    At the end of 30 days, you can upgrade to full membership by paying the balance.
  8. 29 Oct '09 15:24
    Originally posted by Wumpus
    Ok fine... I will pay $10 for 30 days with the following restrictions:

    + 2 tournaments (which you can complete, even if the time lapse)
    + Sieges - that looks soooo interesting... (you can keep defending if at the top after 30 days)
    + You get an 8 game limit (the extra two is for tournament and player table play)

    At the end of 30 days, you can upgrade to full membership by paying the balance.
    I don't think 30 days is enough for CC. I think the tournament limit may be a good idea though. However, an 8 game limit in really not enough either for a paying costumer.
  9. 02 Nov '09 09:27
    ...I'd like to evaluate whether I'd like sieges and tournaments. I can not do that without paying the full amount. With an 8 game limit I'd be able to evaluate immediately, while I'm waiting for more slots to become available
  10. 02 Nov '09 09:50
    Originally posted by Wumpus
    ...I'd like to evaluate whether I'd like sieges and tournaments. I can not do that without paying the full amount. With an 8 game limit I'd be able to evaluate immediately, while I'm waiting for more slots to become available
    you would pay $10 for an extra 2 games? i think you would be the only one... 20 games seems fairer.
  11. 02 Nov '09 11:32
    No, I'd pay $10 for 30 days for:

    + the right to play sieges.
    + the right to participate in any tournament.
    + extra 2 games... (but make it extra 6 if you like).

    My point is that I cannot evaluate sieges and tournaments without paying the full subscription. Being South-African, the rand is very undervalued - so $40 is quite a lot, but I'm willing to pay it if I like the aforementioned activities.
  12. 02 Nov '09 20:52
    Maybe +2 games would be fine for you Wumpus, but they would have more buyers making it a bigger number. It would only be to prevent complete exaggeration. Anyways, I don't see how the general idea wouldn't work?

    Soo.. yeah.. make it happen
  13. 03 Nov '09 04:55
    Originally posted by Wumpus
    No, I'd pay $10 for 30 days for:

    + the right to play sieges.
    + the right to participate in any tournament.
    + extra 2 games... (but make it extra 6 if you like).

    My point is that I cannot evaluate sieges and tournaments without paying the full subscription. Being South-African, the rand is very undervalued - so $40 is quite a lot, but I'm willing to pay it if I like the aforementioned activities.
    lets say you're already playing 6 games when you sub, do you think an extra 2 games is enough to work out if you like tournaments ans sieges? i don't think so... an average tourney will give you an extra 6 games on it's own.
  14. 03 Nov '09 08:48
    *sigh*
    Okay... an extra n games please
  15. Subscriber Russ
    RHP Code Monkey
    03 Nov '09 16:25
    The one thing we hope to achieve with our subscription model is simplicity.

    One fee, "eat all you can". Very difficult to misunderstand that.

    Clearly the 6 game restriction is not really going to work with most of the sub only features here, so it has to be a binary "subscriber/not a subscriber" on deciding which features can be used.

    Right now, I'm not convinced complicating things will make a huge difference. (And if hundreds of non-subs post in this thread telling me I'm wrong, then yes, I'll accept I'm wrong.)