The good news is the GCG went back online on September 10 after being down approximately eleven days for a database backup.
The bad news is the return was followed by an announcement by grid owner Roddie Macchi that region rates will increase on January 1, 2018. The increase affects those loyal region owners who were grandfathered in at the start-up rate of $5 per region years ago. Unfortunately this delivers yet another blow to future stability of Manitou.
As you read this month Manitou is cutting back to 4 regions in April 2018 to save $15 Canadian per month in tiers. "My real life job situation is not as lucrative income wise as it was a year ago and when you have to decide between money for entertainment or money for car insurance some tough sacrifices have to be made" said Winter Silversmith, CEO of Silversmith Estates the RP parent corporation that owns all of the Manitou regions.
The new rate increases lead to the decision to close an additional three regions on January 1, 2018. "The good news is that our pre-payment will be applied to a new single twenty-thousand prim region and Manitou in some form will live on... the bad news is seven of the eight Manitou regions will close as a result of the increased rates" Winter explained to the Corran Journal this evening.
Mr. Silversmith was asked for his opinion about the increased tier rate, he reiterated the statement he had made in his notecard issued to the new Manitou region group members late Friday night. "Like I said some people might be upset about the changes coming in the next few months but in the end GCG is a business not a hobby and they have bills to pay like everyone else."
The Corran Journal obtained a copy of the notecard that Winter Silversmith issued to friends and renters of the Manitou regions late Friday night, the document in its entirety is included below. Various communications by Roddie Macchi, grid owner, including the GCG Forums, stated the rate increases were the result of the need for improved programming and continued support. Those interested in knowing the specific reasons for the rate increases are welcome to contact the Great Canadian Grid for comment at email@example.com
Dear Friends, Neighbours and Supporters of Manitou,
First, I want to give you a little backstory on myself and my regions.
I have been in GCG for over 3 years now, and owned regions almost since the first week I was here. I just checked, my avatar was created September 9, 2014. I’ve been “inworld” though since December 2008 in that “other grid”.
A wee jump ahead now…
In 2016, I was still working in a retail store as a Manager and making a decent salary. I have been in GCG for a few years now and was fortunate enough to take advantage of the original $5 per region rates. It’s been a great 3 years and in that time Manitou has grown and flourished to 8 regions.
I have pre-paid my regions a year in advance during the past two years because GCG is my home. I think I go to SL maybe once per year and I hate it. I don’t go to any other OpenSim regions except when I Hypergrid and I do not like doing that at all. I might bitch now and again about how things are in GCG but it’s because I care so much about my community, my friends and my home.
Well, as you may have heard the recession finally hit Alberta last year and in 2017 I lost my management position and job. I looked for 2 months and after not finding work I moved back to Ontario, unemployed and costing about $3,500 to move back I had to make some tough decisions concerning my entertainment budget.
I ended up getting a job in June 2017 but it was paying far less than I was making before in Alberta. I decided that in April 2018, when my regions tiers came up for renewal that I would cut 4 regions from my budget. This would reduce my monthly bill of $33+tx to $18+tx.
I wrote in the Corran Journal a few weeks back that I was going to make the transition to 4 regions in March 2018. My renters and others found out one day, however, rather suddenly that I decided to expedite my plans and turn the 4 regions into greenspaces now focusing all my attention on the remaining 4 regions.
I must apologize once again for the over 10 people who got evicted. I just needed to make the change. The ideas for the new town were piling up in my brain and driving me crazy with anticipation. Anyone who has designed and built their own regions and put their heart and soul into them will understand what I mean.
I had just started to build the new “Town of Manitou” when the grid went down for 10 days. Well, here it is a week later and I’m almost done the new build.
And then Roddie announced the rates would be increasing for GCG. The resulting increase would cost me $5 more per region for 3 of the 4 “remaining” regions I had planned to keep in April 2018.
Unfortunately, I cannot afford to put $15 per month more into the 3 regions that would be affected. After all my plan was to save $15 a month not move it into other regions.
The result is this.
In December, I will begin dismantling the “new” Town of Manitou. Yes, the one I just built and had a select few of you moved into this past week.
January 1, 2018 all the regions, as they exist now, will close.
I plan to obtain one – 20,000 prim region for $10+tx per month under the new rate plan with all the bells and whistles of the “new coding” Roddie mentioned in his notice.
The good news is this new rate plan and my changes will end up saving me $23 a month, which is great because my income is about half what it was in 2016 and it’s very hard to make ends meet without spending $350+ a year on one game.
I now spend over half my working hours paying for gas and food to work my new job. It’s one of those weird catch 22 situations eh. You need work to buy gas and food but then you need more gas and food when you are working. Ah well it’s still good to have a job these days.
The bad news is that there is going to be a dramatic scale back of my roleplay town to a single region. Yes, one region. It will have a couple shops and residences. I do not have a plan laid out yet. I just don’t want to think about all my hard work being ripped to shreds in a few months.
I know a lot of people are probably upset at Roddie right now for raising rates. I am not upset at the raising of rates. It had to come sooner or later, but, like everyone I'm sure, we all hoped it would be later than sooner. It's just the cost of doing business and in the end GCG is a business.
I do know that I’ll probably end up evicting even more of my friends just because of the reduction of space available. To be honest I DO NOT KNOW. I will wait until December to decide what the new “whatever” will look like.
In the meantime, I will strive to carry out an interesting roleplay in the new “Town of Manitou” for the next 3 months.
Please follow the Corran Journal at www.corranjournal.ca for the latest RP story in our quaint little fictional Ontario, Canada town www.manitoutourism.ca I might keep that name Manitou Tourism even though the region will change, it could be a private company that was just hired to promote the new single region community. We shall see.
Thank you again all of you for your continued support and loyalty to me, the Corran Journal and Manitou. You do not know how much I truly appreciate it.
Winter Silversmith firstname.lastname@example.org
(RL: Kevin M. Klerks www.kevinmklerks.ca)
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